NYCC 2021: The cast of Demon Slayer reflect on the movie and tease season 2


It’s still mind-boggling to me that Demon Slayer: Mugen Train was the highest-grossing movie of 2020. I know that there are huge asterisks to place next to that given the nature and timing of its release, but honors are still honors. Demon Slayer is a hot franchise, which the cast of the show fully recognized during their panel at New York Comic Con.

The cast present, which consisted of Abby Trott (Nezuko), Aleks Le (Zentisu), Landon Macdonald (Enmu), and Lucien Dodge (Akaza), reflected on what it was like to see the movie in theaters. For most of them, it was the first film they saw since lockdowns began to lift, and felt that it was the same experience for fans. It was one of the films back in the spring that helped revived the box office, going head to head with Mortal Kombat. As a side note, remember Mortal Kombat? What a totally forgettable disappointment.

Anyway, Macdonald gave a little analogy about how he was leaving his screening and kept hearing his voice throughout multiple screens as he was making his way to his car. He then went on to say that Enmu wasn’t really a bad guy, he was just a guy who really wanted a promotion and really liked his boss. Like… a lot. He then proceeded to make sex noises in the Enmu voice and talked about people being inside of him which is probably why the film got its R rating. Kinky.

Weeb Analysis: Demon Slayer

Aleks Le as Zentisu Agatsuma (C) Funimation

But when the topic eventually came to the upcoming second season, the cast was quick to detail the already announced plans for the show’s continuation. Season 2 of Demon Slayer will begin with a seven-episode adaptation of Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, which will include an entire new episode focused around Rengoku, a pivotal character in the film. Additional scenes will be added throughout the adaptation, but upon the culmination of the arc, the next major arc, the Entertainment District arc, will begin airing on December 5th.

While it’s all information we know already, and the panel mostly served as a victory lap for the movie without anything new of worth, it was nice just to get some insight into some of the actor’s ideas about the characters and cute little asides. For all of you Zenitsu fans, myself included, the highlight of the panel probably had to be when his voice actor just point blank told the audience “Zentisu doesn’t get to be happy.” I mean… you’re not wrong.

Season 2 of Demon Slayer premieres tonight exclusively on Funimation. The second season will run for two cours.

Jesse Lab
The strange one. The one born and raised in New Jersey. The one who raves about anime. The one who will go to bat for DC Comics, animation, and every kind of dog. The one who is more than a tad bit odd. The Features Editor.