Warning: Spoilers if you have yet to watch the Demon Slayer 2023 movie or Season 2 of the anime.

The Demon Slayer 2023 movie has taken the world by storm. Fans of the series have gathered at cinemas worldwide to catch what is essentially the teaser to Season 3.

After showing recaps from seasons 1 and 2, the movie picked up right where the Entertainment District Arc ended. It then introduced all the central characters in the upcoming Swordsmith Village Arc.

The To the Swordsmith Village movie adapts chapters 98 to 101 of the Demon Slayer manga, depicting events that involve the gathering of Upper Rank demons, and Tanjiro traveling to the Swordsmith Village.

The movie also ends on a cliffhanger which calls for an ending explained analysis that will give us a better idea of what will happen next in the anime.

If you want to know who the mysterious figure in the movie’s last scene is, read on.

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Demon Slayer 2023 movie World Tour Japan
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Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, and Inosuke Hashibira needed to recover from their injuries after they successfully beheaded Upper Rank Six demon siblings Gyutaro and Daki. The youngsters were immediately taken to the Butterfly Mansion after they were found by the Kakushi, the Demon Slayer Corp’s support staff.

Zenitsu and Inosuke recovered from their injuries and were asked to go on separate missions, so don’t expect them to be pivotal characters in the upcoming Swordsmith Village Arc. Meanwhile, Tanjiro needed more time to recover after being poisoned by Gyutaro. 

Demon Slayer’s main protagonist wasn’t the only one worst for wear. His Nichirin Sword suffered heavy damage yet again. He then journeyed to the secret village of the Demon Slayer swordsmiths to explain how his sword was so severely damaged to Hotaru Haganezuka, the smith who forged his blade.

After meeting with the chief of the Swordsmith Village, Tanjiro comes across the Love Hashira, Mitsuri Kanroji, who whispers to him about a mysterious secret weapon that could make him stronger.

Demon Slayer Upper Rank demons from the Twelve Demon Moons 2
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This new information causes Tanjiro to search through the forest to look for the secret weapon. He then sees the Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito, arguing with one of the villagers.

After getting a closer look, Tanjiro sees a mysterious character sporting the same hairstyle as Kokushibo, the highest-ranking member of the Twelve Demon Moons. The Upper Rank One demon is the right-hand man to the Demon King Muzan Kibutsuji and was show during the gathering at the start of the movie.

Despite their similar appearance, the mysterious figure in front of Muichiro is not Kokushibo. It is actually the Yoriichi Type Zero, a battle doll created by swordsmiths 500 years ago during the Sengoku Era.

Yoriichi Tsugikuni flashback scene from Demon Slayer's Entertainment District Arc
Credit: ufotable

The training dummy is based on Yoriichi Tsugikuni, the strongest Demon Slayer in history and the inventor of Breathing Styles. To match Yoriichi’s fighting prowess, the swordsmiths gave the battle doll six arms and hands that each held a katana.

Fans must wait for the following episode after the premiere of Season 3 to find out what happens next.

The one-hour special airs on April 9, 11:15 a.m. JST | 10:15 a.m. GMT+8 | 2:15 a.m. GMT | April 8, 6:15 p.m. PT.

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