When Ufotable announced Demon Slayer Season 4, we assumed the season would be divided between the Hashira Training Arc and the Infinity Castle arc. However, a recent leak has shocked the fandom by claiming that the studio has a different plan for the Infinity Castle arc.
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According to the leak, Ufotable will be adapting the Infinity Castle arc into a series of movies, instead of a regular season. The leak also stated that Ufotable will be making an official announcement soon but did not specify a date.
Is the Infinity Castle Arc leak credible?
The source of the leak is quite popular on Twitter and has been previously spot-on about other anime announcements. However, as with any leak, it is advisable to take this news with a grain of salt until Ufotable confirms or denies it.
- If the leak turns out to be true, it would not be surprising that Ufotable would choose to make the Infinity Castle arc into a movie series. After all, Infinity Castle is one of the most awaited Demon Slayer arcs, and the Studio stands to make a lot of money if it gives it a theatrical release.
- Moreover, Ufotable has already proven that they can make a successful Demon Slayer movie with Mugen Train, which broke several box office records and became the highest-grossing anime film of all time.
Infinity Castle Arc: Will Ufotable make it into a Movie Series and a Season?
Another possibility that the leak did not mention is that Ufotable might follow the same strategy that they used for Mugen Train and Entertainment District arc.
- In this case, the Infinity Castle arc would be adapted into both a movie series and a season, with the movie version being released first and the season version being aired later. This would allow Ufotable to capitalize on the popularity of the arc and reach a wider audience.
- However, unlike Mugen Train, which was a single movie that covered one arc, the Infinity Castle arc is much longer and more complex, spanning over 50 chapters in the manga. It’s unlikely that Ufotable would be able to fit the entire arc into one movie, even if they cut some scenes or extended the runtime. Instead, they would have to split the arc into several movies, each focusing on a different part of the story.
This is not unprecedented, as other anime franchises have done something similar in the past. For example, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel, another Ufotable project, was adapted into a trilogy of movies that covered one route of the visual novel. Therefore, Ufotable might decide to make the Infinity Castle arc into a movie series after all.
What does this mean for Demon Slayer Season 4?
If the leak is true and Ufotable decides to make the Infinity Castle arc into a movie series, then what will happen to the fourth season of the anime? Will it only cover the Hashira Training arc?
- The Hashira Training arc is a relatively short and simple arc that shows how Tanjiro and his friends train with the Hashira to improve their skills and prepare for the final battle. The arc only spans around six chapters in the manga, which is not enough to make a full season of 24 or 26 episodes. Therefore, if Ufotable chooses to make the fourth season only about this arc, they might have to shorten it to 10 or 12 episodes or add some original content that is not in the manga.
We honestly expected Ufotable to make the Hashira Training Arc into a short film instead of a part of the fourth season. However, Ufotable might have thought that this arc would not be appealing enough for a movie audience, as it mostly consists of training scenes and flashbacks. So movie it is, we guess.
A recent leak has revealed that Ufotable plans to adapt the Infinity Castle arc into a series of movies instead of a regular season. The leak claims that Ufotable will make an official announcement soon but did not specify a date.
Ufotable may follow the same strategy for the Mugen Train and Entertainment District arc, combining the Infinity Castle arc into both a movie series and a season. This would allow Ufotable to capitalize on the popularity of the arc and reach a wider audience. But nothing is confirmed yet! Let’s wait for Ufotable to confirm things before coming to conclusions.
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