The Demon Slayer light novel trilogy, written by Aya Yajima and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge, will hit shelves in the West soon.
The three books are titled The Flower of Happiness, One-Winged Butterfly, and Signs from the Wind, with each novel named after the first chapter of each book. The trilogy includes several short stories that take place throughout the events of the main Demon Slayer narrative, with some chapters set in the comic world of the spin-off series Kimetsu Academy. All three books were written by author Aya Yajima, while series creator Koyoharu Gotouge provided the books’ covers and illustrations.
The books take place at different points in the Demon Slayer timeline, with each standalone chapter having a different tone and focusing on a different character. Some chapters contain humorous glimpses into the lives of the actors, such as when Demon Slayer Corps leader Kagaya Ubuyashiki asks the other Hashiras to make the stoic Giyu smile, while other chapters contain heavier themes, such as a story detailing the encounter between Wind Hashira Sanemi Shinazuguwa and his former partner, Masachika.
The announcement of the English localization of the Demon Slayer light novel trilogy comes as the anime adaptation wraps up its second season. The season’s “Entertainment District” arc covered Tanjiro and his allies’ investigation into a demon-infested red-light district, as well as the swordsmen’s final clash with the High Ranking Six brothers Daki and Gyutaro. The season finale also featured the animated debut of future antagonist Doma, who was revealed to be the villain who turned Daki and Gyutaro into demons.
Following the conclusion of Demon Slayer’s second season, animation studio Ufotable announced that a third season is in production and will cover the “Swordsmith Village” arc, which focuses on Tanjiro ‘s journey. to the village of swordsmen in search of a new weapon. Two key visuals have been released to commemorate the announcement, featuring Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito and Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji, both of whom will play major roles in the upcoming arc. The launch date for the season has yet to be announced.
The Demon Slayer light novels will be released in fall 2022, while both seasons of the anime adaptation are now available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.