How Many Arcs Does Demon Slayer Have?

Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba is a smash hit, having sold millions of tankobon volumes since its inception. The anime series proved to be just as popular, making it a pop-cultural landmark. The story follows Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy who joins the Demon Slayer Corps after Muzan Kibutsuji kills his entire family.



Although his sister Nezuko survived the attack, she ended up becoming a demon. Tanjiro hopes to find a cure for his sister and avenge his family. The series spanned 23 manga volumes and 11 arcs, with the final one split into two sub-arcs. Each phase of the story manages to outdo the last as the story rapidly becomes darker.

Updated on January 19, 2024, by Ajay Aravind: Demon Slayer is arguably one of the most iconic shonen anime of the 2010s.The show just finished airing the Swordsmith Village arc, where Team Tanjiro gets to deal with a whole new bunch of overpowered enemies. That said, anime-only fans have always wondered how many arcs are in Demon Slayer. As such, we’ve revamped this list of all the Demon Slayer arcs in order.


How Many Arcs Are In Demon Slayer?

Demon Slayer Tanjiro, Zenitsu Agatsuma, and Inosuke Hashibira

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For anime-only fans, Demon Slayer underwent 11 total arcs in the manga. The final arc was split into two parts, and explored a generational timeskip that featured reincarnations of those who died across the series, as well as the future generation of the beloved characters who survived. Nine arcs are already available for anime-only fans.

The most recent Swordsmith Village arc aired during the Summer 2023 season, while the next animated arc is set to air in the first half of 2024. As such, it won’t be long before Tanjiro Kamado and his fellow demon slayers arrive at the end of their story. Below are all the Demon Slayer arcs in order of chronology.

The Final Selection Arc Introduces Tanjiro And Nezuko

Tanjiro and Kasugai crow at the Final Selection

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

1-5

1-9

1-2

Tanjiro, Nezuko, Giyu

Demon Slayer kicks off with the Final Selection arc. As far as introductory anime arcs go, this one quickly hops from zero to one hundred. One minute, Tanjiro is just an average charcoal seller, and the next, he’s picking up a Nichirin blade to fight demons. His transformation isn’t shocking to Shonen audiences, who are used to protagonists suffering great tragedies in order to become stronger.

After enduring a few years of training under Urokodaki’s guidance, Tanjiro heads off to the Final Selection, an entrance exam for aspiring Demon Slayers to prove their worth. They pass if they make it off the mountain alive after seven days. This arc introduced some of the main characters: Tanjiro, his sister Nezuko, and later Zenitsu. One of the better Demon Slayer arcs, it also introduced the concept of the Hashira, starting with Giyu Tomioka.

The Kidnapper’s Bog Arc Follows Tanjiro’s First Mission As A Demon Slayer

Tanjiro battles the Swamp Demon in Demon Slayer.

Episodes

Chapters

Volume

Main Players

6-7

10-13

2

Tanjiro, Nezuko, The Swamp Demon

The Kidnapper’s Bog arc, or the First Mission arc, follows Tanjiro’s first steps to becoming a full-fledged demon slayer. He goes on his first mission during this arc to investigate why young women have been inexplicably disappearing. The main event of this arc was Tanjiro and Nezuko’s battle against the Swamp Demon.

It wasn’t an Upper Rank or even a Lower Rank in Muzan’s Twelve Kizuki, but the resulting fight certainly proved just how vicious these demons could be. It also showcased Tanjiro and Nezuko’s impressive teamwork, one of the first Demon Slayer arcs to do so. The Swamp Demon was eventually defeated, marking Tanjiro’s first major victory as a demon slayer.

The Asakusa Arc Reveals That Not All Demons Are Evil

Tamayo and Yushiro with a floral background in Demon Slayer.

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

8-10

14-19

2-3

Tanjiro, Tamayo, Yushiro

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Most of Demon Slayer‘ demons aren’t docile and kind like Nezuko, but Tamayo and Yushiro are two rare examples of demons who can coexist with humanity. However, their debut wasn’t the only exciting event in this arc. Tanjiro finally had a run-in with Muzan Kibutsuji while traveling in Tokyo, which shook him to his core.

After that, he meets Tamayo and Yushiro, who take him in and listen to his idea about finding a cure for demons. However, they are soon attacked by Susamaru and Yahaba, two Twelve Kizuki hopefuls who would do anything to serve Muzan. The Akasuka arc might not have much fighting, but it’s certainly one of the most important Demon Slayer arcs in terms of story.

The Tsuzumi Mansion Arc Formally Introduces Zenitsu And Inosuke

A worried Tanjiro places his hand on the face of a young girl to keep her quiet

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

11-14

20-27

3-4

Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke

The Tsuzumi Mansion arc was one of the most action-packed Demon Slayer arcs. Tanjiro was sent on a mission to investigate a house where Kyogai, a former Twelve Kizuki member, was wreaking havoc. This arc formally introduced the lovable coward Zenitsu Agatsuma and the hard-headed boar-child Inosuke Hashibira.

Zenitsu unveiled his true power against the Tongue Demon, and fans got their first glimpse of Inosuke’s potential during his fight against the Horned Demon. Tanjiro’s fight against Kyogai was epic, and its aftermath proved the young demon slayer’s boundless compassion. All things considered, the heroes managed to save at least a few lives in the process.

The Mount Natagumo Arc Brings Tanjiro’s Hinokami Kagura To The Forefront

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

15-21

28-44

4-6

Tanjiro, Nezuko, Rui, Inosuke, Zenitsu, Giyu, Shinobu

Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke trekked up Mount Natagumo on their first group mission to take down the dreadful Spider Family. These demons were the most powerful foes they had met until that point, and it was enough to make Zenitsu sit on the sidelines for most of the arc — until he was forced to unleash his powers against the Son Spider Demon.

Rui was the first current member of the Twelve Kizuki introduced, and it took everything Tanjiro and Nezuko had to defeat him. By the end, Giyu reappeared alongside Shinobu, the Insect Hashira, without whom the young heroes would have certainly perished. Most importantly, this is the first Demon Slayer arc to introduce Tanjiro’s Hinokami Kagura.

The Rehabilitation Training Arc Introduces The Hashira And Their Leader

Demon Slayer - all the Hashira together as a group

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

22-26

45-53

6-7

Tanjiro, Nezuko, Ubayashiki, The Hashira

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Even though Tanjiro and Nezuko played a significant role in taking down the Spider Family, the fact he was traveling with a demon is a crime, at least according to the Corps’ laws. After teasing so much about the elusive Hashira, this arc introduced the other seven members, as well as their leader, Kagaya Ubuyashiki.

Despite some of the Hashira’s attempts to disparage and discredit Nezuko, Kagaya decided there was no reason to punish anyone and allowed Nezuko to live. After that, the main gang was taken to the Butterfly Mansion, where they spent time recuperating from the previous battle. At the same time, Muzan was preparing his Lower Rank troops for the battles ahead.

The Mugen Train Arc Highlights Kyojuro Rengoku’s Heroic Endeavors

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

27-34

54-66

7-8

Tanjrio, Enmu, Kyojuro, Akaza, Slasher

One of the most exciting Demon Slayer arcs, Mugen Train was adapted into a movie that fans can stream on Crunchyroll and Funimation. Rengoku stole the show in this arc as the leading trio fought alongside him to defeat Enmu, a Lower Rank demon who had fused his spirit with the train. He was challenging to defeat, especially since the slayers were all in dreamland for most of his attack.

By its conclusion, this arc turned out to be one of Demon Slayer‘s most brutal. Akaza popped in at the end, challenging the Flame Hashira to a fight. After an epic exchange of blows, Akaza somehow managed to defeat Rengoku, proving the seemingly limitless strength of the Upper Rank demons. That said, Akaza barely escaped the aftermath with his life.

The Entertainment District Arc Features The Flashiest Hashira

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

34-44

67-97

8-11

Tanjiro, Nezuko, Inosuke, Tengen, Gyutaro, Daki

The Entertainment District arc took the main trio into the Red Light District, where they had to go undercover in brothels to locate the demon wreaking havoc in the city. This arc introduced Tengen Uzui, the Flashy Sound Hashira, and all three of his “wives.” The arc had some of the best fights in the series and introduced the Upper Rank demons Daki and Gyutaro, who demonstrated the true terror of Muzan’s Twelve Kizuki.

This arc also put Nezuko through a bizarre transformation where she grew strong enough to stun Daki, although she nearly lost herself in the process. Although one of the best Demon Slayer arcs in the anime, the battle with Gyutaro left Tengen unable to continue fighting for the Hashira. On a positive note, the Sound Hashira would return later to help with training.

The Swordsmith Village Arc Reveals That Sunlight Doesn’t Harm Nezuko

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

45-55

98-127

12-15

Tanjiro, Nezuko, Genya, Gyokko, Hantengu, Mitsuri, Hotaru

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The most recent of all Demon Slayer arcs in the anime is the Swordsmith Village arc. Tanjiro only goes to the swordsmith village to get his sword repaired, but after running into Muichiro and Genya, he has to take on two Upper Rank demons. Tanjiro, Nezuko, Genya, and Mitsuri all took on Hantengu, an Upper Rank Demon who could generate emotion clones.

Muichiro was fighting Gyokko in the meantime, eventually defeating the Upper Rank 4 demon. The Swordsmith Village arc also revealed that Nezuko grew strong enough to survive in the sunlight. Muzan was delighted to hear about this unexpected development because it meant that he could finally overcome his greatest disadvantage.

The Hashira Training Arc Feels Like The Calm Before The Storm

Demon Slayer Volume 16 cover showing Ubuyashiki and his sister

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

56-TBA

128-136

15-16

Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke, The Hashira

The first of the Demon Slayer manga arcs yet to be adapted is the Hashira Training arc, whose first episode is said to be an hour long. Hashira training is a chance for slayers in the lower ranks to train with the best. Tengen Uzui teaches stamina training, Mitsuri handles flexibility, and Muichiro helps the slayers improve their overall speed.

Obanai gives tips on how to be a better overall swordsman, Sanemi manages strength training, and Gyomei helps the slayers build their muscles. Giyu and Shinobu don’t participate, but Tanjiro eventually persuades the Water Hashira to join. It’s a pretty brutal Demon Slayer arc, but it’s full of entertaining banter and feels like the calm before the storm.

The Infinity Castle Arc Includes Some Of The Best Fights In Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer Volume 17 cover showing Sanemi Shinazugawa

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

TBA

137-183

16-21

Tanjiro, Muzan, Shinobu, Doma, Giyu, Akaza, Obanai, Mitsuri, Nakime, Inosuke, Zenitsu, Kaigaku, Kokushibo, Gyomei, Kanao

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The Final Battle arc is split into two sub-arcs, marking the end of the entire series. The Demon Slayer Corps is finally ready to take on Muzan Kibutsuji. The Infinity Castle arc is the first sub-arc, and it’s filled with explosive battles. All hands are on deck to take down the demonic overlord, as the heroes invade the titular stronghold.

The arc has tons of great fights, like Shinobu versus Doma, Tanjiro and Giyu versus Akaza, and Obanai and Mitsuri versus Nakime. Fans will easily get their fill of explosive battles. Unfortunately, some fan-favorites were taken out during this penultimate Demon Slayer arc. At the same time, some of the most despised villains had their tragic backstories revealed.

The Sunrise Countdown Arc Spells The End For Muzan And His Kin

Demon Slayer Volume 22 cover showing Muzan's final form

Episodes

Chapters

Volumes

Main Players

TBA

184-205

21-23

Tanjiro, Nezuko, Muzan, Zenitsu, Inosuke, The Remaining Hashira

The Sunrise Countdown storyline is the last of the Demon Slayer arcs, finally bringing an end to this iconic story. There were intense battles during the Infinity Castle arc, but the Sunrise Countdown arc has a pretty self-explanatory premise: the Corps must take down Muzan and his regime before the sun rises. They eventually defeat Muzan, but Tanjiro becomes a demon and his former comrades have to defeat him.

Luckily, Tanjiro reawakens as a human, and Nezuko is cured as well. Despite their considerable losses, the main trio had a happy ending. Tanjiro ended up with Kanao, Inosuke ended up with Aoi, and Zenitsu found himself in a loving relationship with Nezuko. That last one is probably the most unexpected event in all the Demon Slayer arcs.

Demon Slayer Anime Poster

Demon Slayer

When Tanjiro Kamado returns home to find his family was attacked and killed by demons, he discovers his younger sister Nezuko was the only survivor. As Nezuko slowly becomes a demon, Tanjiro sets out to find a cure for her and become a demon slayer so he can avenge his family.

Release Date
April 6, 2019

Cast
Natsuki Hanae , Zach Aguilar , Abby Trott , Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

Seasons
3

Studio
ufotable

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