Tanjiro and Genya, another Demon Slayer, are trying to protect the Sword Smith Village from a demon who can multiply himself every time his head is cut off. In another part of the village, the Mist Hashira, Tokito, gets caught up protecting Kotetsu, even though he thinks he should go protect the village. This turns out to be a wise decision because Kotetsu informs him that the sword masters are under attack from another demon at a secluded spot outside the village. Tokito races to help them and finds a terribly powerful demon threatening to destroy the only people who can make nichirin swords!
Kaguya is headstrong, defiant, and certainly not the prim-and-proper princess her mother would hope she would be. But, with the queen's failing health and enemies closing in on all sides to steal the sacred Moon Blade, the queen decides to perform the ascension ceremony and pass the torch down to her upstart daughter. Their enemies had other ideas, however, and the ceremony is beset with attackers, causing them to evacuate and send Kaguya to Tainted World alone. But Earth isn't what Kaguya thought it would be, and she still has to stay ahead of her pursuers who are trying desperately to steal back the Moon Blade and wrest control of the Moon Kingdom from Kaguya's family.
Tanjiro is, once again, in need of a new nichirin sword, but his sword smith refuses to make another sword for him. Instead, Tanjiro gets permission to travel to the village of the sword smiths, which is in a secret location. Once there, he finds the Love Hashira, Mitsubishi Kanroji, who is also waiting for her sword. The village happens to have healing hot springs, which helps with Tanjiro’s slow recovery after his taxing fight with Gyutaro and Daki. Tanjiro also finds the Mist Hashira, Muchiro Tokito, who is bugging a young sword smith named Kotetsu. Kotetsu has access to a special training doll that has been passed down in his family for generations and it is supposedly one of the best training tools for Demon Slayers, but no one knows how to fix it if it breaks.
Illustrated by Haruki Niwa
Since a tragic traffic accident took both her parents at a young age, Alice has lived with her aunt and uncle and their many children. She aspires to go to high school, but her grumpy uncle has made it very clear that he has neither the patience for her, nor the funds to keep up with her dreams. After seeing an ad in a paper for new maikos in her home city of Kyoto, Alice jumps at the chance to return and possibly escape her family, find a new job, and potentially reconnect with a childhood friend. But, the Kyoto she finds upon arrival is now what she expects. Everything is slightly off - streets and shrines aren’t where she expects; no one seems to pay for anything with money; and, there are anthropomorphized animals talking to her. She then finds out that her reasons for becoming a maiko are not pure enough. Alice must find a profession that will fulfill her life’s purpose, or she’ll risk being expelled from this Kyoto before being reunited with her friend, or worse, suffer even more dire consequences.
Illustrated by Toshi Aoi
Will is a No-Talent student attending Regarden Magical Academy and hoping one day to become part of the Magia Vander. He can’t cast a single spell, but he isn’t talent-less - rather, he is exceptionally skilled at the sword, and he has gotten as far as he has by beating monsters in the dungeon below the school, and by studying relentlessly so that he can pass all of his written exams. Despite his skills, most of Will’s classmates and professors refuse to accept a No-talent among their ranks, and they test him and bully him frequently. One such occasion comes within the dungeons as Will’s classmate, Sion, tries to eliminate a dangerous beast before Will and deprive him of the prize credits. In another turn, a professor challenges will to land a single offensive strike. Will constantly must prove that he is worthy of his place at Regarden and achieve his dreams at his friend's side in the highest place of their magical society.
Uzui and Tanjiro continue to take on Gyutaro while Inosuke and Zenitsu battle Daki. The team realizes that they need to coordinate their efforts to behead the demons together because the sibling demons are able to protect each other from dying. Uzui's wives also, somewhat, get involved, by hurling wisteria-dipped daggers at the demons, even though the Slayers take some as collateral damage. The Slayers also have to try to avoid Gyutaro's powerful poisonous Demon Blood Art sickles, which take Uzui out of the fight and leave Tanjiro facing an Upper Twelve Kizuki on his own.
Adapted by Luo Di Ching Qiu
Wei Wuxian, a powerful and hated figure, is summoned in a dangerous and forbidden ritual by a young man seeking revenge on his clan. But, the youth left some less than stellar instructions for Wei to decipher. If Wei fails, he risks his own eternal soul being destroyed. If he succeeds, he gets another chance at life, and a chance to build upon the work he was doing in his past life. After satisfying the initial demands, Wei leaves the family's compound to bring down some of the more powerful figures of the clan. This will take more cunning and power, which Wei is limited on in his new host body.
In the fight against Daki in the Entertainment District, Tanjiro reaches his limits discovers he can fuel some extra powerful attacks with his anger, but it comes at a physical price that leaves him weakened. Nezuko saves him yet again and unleashes some devastating blood demon arts of her own and loses herself in some rage-fueled power as well. She transforms and comes very close to eating a human. Just when the Slayers think they have Daki on the ropes, she reveals she isn't alone, and out comes her brother, Gyutaro!
The Beast and his Belle have been reunited, which is destroying our Belle's heart as she realizes more that she is in love with the Beast. What's worse is that the Princess Belle seems incredibly kind, and she also has lost the use of her legs. She requests our Belle's help in being her attending lady, helping her with her dresses and hair. Giselle finally can't take all of this any longer and leaves her room for the first time since the palace became cursed. She confides in Belle that the Princess Belle has actually entrapped the Beast in a relationship by guilt - Princess Belle betrayed her family in order to be with Prince Cyril before the curse happened, and now the Beast feels obligated to marry her. The Beast finds out that La Médium is in the court of The King and hatches a plan to confront her. He takes along a few people to help, including Belle, who hopes to finally rescue her maman.
Tengen Uzui, the Hashira of Sound, has lost contact with all three of his wives. They were under cover in an Entertainment District that he suspected was being operated by a demon. He recruits Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke to go undercover dressed as young girls to join a Courtesan house to find out what happened but also to investigate where the demon might be hiding and taking humans. Each of the guys joins a different Oiran courtesan house to investigate, some more convinsingly than others - Inosuke's beautfiul face gets him by as long as he doesn't speak; Tanjiro is found out almost immediately, but his kindhearted mistress doesn't mind since he is so helpful; but Zenitsu has the worst luck with his disguise and is captured almost immediately!
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