The Swordsmith Village Arc is Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba‘s ninth arc. The arc began when Tanjiro traveled to the Swordsmith Village to replace his sword after Hotaru Haganezuka had had enough of repairing it.
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What is The Swordsmith Village?
It is unclear when the village was established, but the manga mentions that it had existed for approximately 300+ years before the story happened,
The village is home to the swordsmiths who make the Nichirin Swords for corps members, which is why it is hidden well inside the forest. To keep the location of the village secret, travelers must ride blindfolded while being piggybacked by multiple Kakushi. In addition to being a “workshop,” the area also has multiple hot springs that are used by swordsmen for their healing properties.
Many members of the village wear hyottoko masks to conceal their identities in order to protect themselves from being tracked.
Swordsmith Village Residents:
- Tecchin Tecchikawahara (Chief)
- Hotaru Haganezuka
- Kozo Kanamori
- Yoriichi Type Zero
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
The Swordsmith Village Arc Story:
Two months after the death of Upper Rank 6, the story begins. After two months in a coma, Tanjiro awoke. After a few days of recovery, Aoi told that Hotaru Haganezuka was tired of repairing Tanjiro’s sword. Therefore, he will no longer repair it.
So Tanjiro travels to the Swordsmith Village with the help of Goto in order to replace his sword. As Tanjiros’ nose is so sharp, he is not only blind filled but also wears nose plugs made of plastic.
When he arrives, he is immediately taken to the village head, Tecchin Tecchikawahara. He informs Tanjiro that Hotaru has recently gone missing. He then takes Tanjiro to the village’s hot springs to assist his body to recuperate.
In the hot springs, he finds Mitsuri Kanroji, the love hashira, and Genya Shinazugawa, another demon slayer. After spending some time with Mitsuri, she informs him that there is a secret weapon concealed in the hamlet that strengthens individuals. Tanjiro momentarily considers what it is. After a short stroll through the woodland, he encounters the mist Hashira, Muichiro Tokito disputing with a child.
Yoriichi Type Zero
From afar, he notices that he is begging for a key and that he ends up beating the child. Tanjiro leaps in to stop the Hashira, but he is hit and faints as a result.
He awakens a few seconds later to hear that the youngster ended up handing Muichiro the key to force him to go. The key, he claims, is used to activate a doll known as Yoriichi Type Zero, which is used to train swordsmen since its might is greater than that of a person.
Muichiro trains with it and breaks it a few times, including severing one of its six limbs off. This devastates the youngster, Kotetsu. Tanjiro goes to train with the doll after soothing him, and Kotetsu offers to teach Tanjiro how to fight better.
Tanjiro, who has spent a lot of time practicing, accidentally slices the doll’s head off, revealing a 300-year-old sword. They each take out the sword, only to find it rusty from lack of usage for so long. Hotaru and Kozo Kanamori step in at this point, totally covered in muscle. Hotaru takes the sword from Tanjiro and says he’ll take care of the rust and that it’ll be his new weapon.
Upper Rank Appears
Tanjiro spends the night with Genya but he is summoned and ejected by Genya Shinazugawa. In the middle of bathing, a random swordsmith saw a vase and decided to inspect it. But it turned out it was a demon, Gyokko of Upper-Rank Five accompanied by Hantengu of Upper-Rank Four set off to destroy the village. Muichiro awakens Tanjiro and inquires about Kozo Kanamori’s whereabouts.
Hantengu, an Upper-Rank Four demon, appears, much to everyone’s surprise. While Tanjiro and the others are doing their own thing, Hantengu appears and causes mayhem. The struggle between Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, Genya Shinazugawa, and Mitsuri Kanroji versus Hantengu begins now.
Muichirou has blasted away, and while attempting to return and assist the others, he comes into Gyokko, a member of the Upper-Rank Five, tormenting the Swordsmiths. Muichiro Tokito versus Gyokko is another fight going on at the same time.
Battles & Events:
- Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, Genya Shinazugawa, and Mitsuri Kanroji versus Hantengu
- Muichiro Tokito vs. Gyokko
- Genya’s demonification skills are demonstrated.
- Muichiro and Mitsuri unlock their Demon Slayer Marks, while
- Nezuko becomes sun resistant.
Will the Swordsmith Village Arc be in Demon Slayer Season 3?
Demon Slayer season 2 adapt the Entertainment District Arc of the manga; set in Yoshiwara’s red-light district. Currently, it is not officially announced, but if it does not become a movie, then this arc will definitely be a season 3.
Why this Arc will be a movie?
Swordsmith Village Arc would be better off as a movie because it would compensate for Zenitsu and Inosuke’s absences. Tanjiro’s friends and fellow demon slayers are not present throughout this arc of the manga.
In demon slayer, why does the swordsmith wear a mask?
Hyottoko masks are commonly worn by villagers in order to conceal their identities, so they can avoid being tracked.