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Naruto’s New Final Form (Baryon Mode Explained)

Naruto’s new Nine-Tails form is revealed in full by the Boruto sequel series. But what is Baryon mode? And what exciting powers does it bring?

Here’s everything we know so far about Naruto‘s Baryon Mode. Over the course of his ninja career, Naruto Uzumaki has unlocked a host of different forms and transformations. The toad-inspired Sage Mode, the jinchuriki Nine-Tails Mode, and the “I finally made friends with my inner demon” Kurama Mode are the three most common in Naruto’s arsenal. While new power-ups are a staple of many action anime and manga franchises, most fans would’ve assumed that Naruto peaked once the spotlight turned to his son in the eponymous Boruto: Naruto Next Generations series.

Naruto Baryon Mod
  • However, Boruto recently revealed that the Seventh Hokage had yet to reach his final form. Pushed to the limit by the emergence of a new villain, Isshiki Otsutsuki, Naruto was being soundly beaten in his standard Kurama Mode, even with the assistance of Sasuke Uchiha. When all seemed lost, Kurama revealed a previously unknown ace Naruto could still call upon, albeit at the cost of his life. Boruto chapter 51 only offered a tantalizing glimpse at Naruto’s new mode, but chapter 52 lifts the lid fully on this unexpected transformation.
  • Naruto’s new form is officially called Baryon Mode, and according to Kurama, involves smashing Naruto’s chakra and the Nine-Tails’ chakra together in a manner similar to nuclear fusion, creating an entirely new energy. The Baryon title is derived from a type of scientific particle, and while the real-world Baryon won’t turn you into a demonic killing machine, the name does at least allude to the nuclear nature of Naruto’s latest upgrade. As revealed by the issue’s cover page, Naruto’s usual orange-yellow glow is now replaced by the bold red color of Kurama’s fur, which forms a sleek coat around him with tails protruding from the back. Naruto’s face and hair take on traits of the Nine-Tails, and an Uzumaki logo with the tails of Kurama spinning off forms on his chest, representing their fusion.

In terms of power, Baryon Mode is far beyond any of Naruto’s other transformations. Where the Hokage was struggling to even land a decent strike in Kurama mode, he effortlessly dodges Isshiki’s attacks in Baryon mode, and can knock the Otsutsuki villain down with a single, well-placed elbow. Perhaps the greatest benefit of Baryon Mode is the poisonous effect each blow inflicts upon an opponent. With every strike Naruto makes, Isshiki’s life is gradually chipped away, somewhat akin to radiation poisoning. As Kurama describes it, simply hitting the target is enough to claim victory while fighting in Baryon mode. Unfortunately, this power comes with a major drawback. Naruto’s previous forms involved fusing chakra with Kurama and then un-fusing once the battle ended. In Baryon Mode, the chakra of both Naruto and Kurama is used up, and unable to be replenished – hence why the form will supposedly end in death.

While Baryon Mode is clearly streaks ahead of Naruto’s other states, it’s difficult to say whether this is his most powerful form in the entire history of the series. Baryon Naruto is dominant against Isshiki, but the Otsutsuki isn’t currently fighting with the full extent of his power. Sage of Six Paths Naruto was competitive against Kaguya Otsutsuki but required the help of Sasuke and Sakura. As things stand, Naruto’s Sage of Six Paths Mode looks to be stronger than Baryon, but it’s still too early to say for certain. If Naruto can somehow survive his current ordeal and master Baryon Mode to use at will (and not die each time, obviously), the transformation would be a very welcome, and very marketable, feature of Naruto mythology.

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Demon Slayer Season 2: Everything You Need To Know about the new season’s Entertainment District arc

Demon Slayer season 2 is back, but some fans might be left disappointed

Demon Slayer season 2 is here, but some might be confused by the Mugen Train arc that’s currently recapping the hit movie and only providing a sprinkling of new scenes in its episodes.

Worry not. Below, we’ve got the skinny on the full Demon Slayer season 2 release schedule, including when new episodes from the upcoming Entertainment District arc are set to air. For those who skipped the movie (and want to relive it), we’ve also laid out the full Mugen Train episode 2 release date and air time plans.

Further down, there’s a larger look at what to expect from the Entertainment District storyline, including cast news, talk of some new demons lurking in the shadows, and where to watch Demon Slayer season 2.

Demon Slayer season 2 schedule: Mugen Train Arc episode 2 release date and air time

First up: the Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 2 release date is October 17. That’s set to air on Crunchyroll and Funimation at 8:45am Pacific/11:45am Eastern. That’s 4:45pm in the UK. We can expect that same time for every new episode moving forward, too.

There are seven ‘recap’ episodes of Mugen Train airing every Sunday, complete with some new scenes and music. 

The official ‘start’ for season 2 will come later – on December 5. That’s also going to be a one-hour episode so it’ll surely be worth the wait. New episodes will then run weekly across December 2021 and well into 2022. It should look a little something like this.

  • Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 1: October 10, 2021
  • Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 2: October 17, 2021
  • Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3: October 24, 2021
  • Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 4: October 31, 2021
  • Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 5: November 7, 2021
  • Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 6: November 14, 2021
  • Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 7: November 21, 2021
  • Demon Slayer season 2 episode 1 [Entertainment District]: December 5, 2021

Demon Slayer season 2 story: do you need to watch Mugen Train?

The Demon Slayer season 2 story will adapt the ‘Entertainment District’ arc of the manga starting from December. In the source material that takes place after Mugen Train. In a surprise move, however, there’s currently a seven-episode recap airing with new material to catch fans up on Mugen Train in case they missed it the first time round. 

So you either need to watch the movie or the seven-episode recap, beginning in October. Or both, for completion’s sake. Your call. The October 10 premiere, though, was an entirely original prequel and is well worth seeking out.

So, what can we expect from the story? Without diving too much into specific movie spoilers, the first season ended with Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke summoned to their first major assignment as part of the Demon Slayer Corps.

Rengoku, a member of the Hashira (elite Demon Slayer swordsman) is tasked with accompanying the trio – and with Tanjiro’s sister-turned-demon Nezuko in tow. The events of the movie surround Tanjiro and company’s attempts to take down the Lower One of the Twelve Moons, the demonic group led by original demon – and slayer of Tanjiro’s family – Muzan Kibutsuji.

After the dramatic events of Mugen Train, and the end of the Infinity Train saga, Tanjiro, the Hashira, and the Demon Slayer Corps will have to deal with the fallout of the movie, but also the emergence of dangerous new foes.

The second season, as shown by the trailer below, sees the group heading to Yoshiwara, a town with bright lights and dark desires. Fertile ground for demons, then, and with the Sound Hashira (Tengen Uzui) also in tow, expect Tanjiro to maybe come into conflict with an Upper Moon or two. Upper Rank Six demon, Daki, is confirmed to appear.

Where can I watch and stream Demon Slayer season 2?

Funimation has announced that Demon Slayer season 2 episodes will be available on the anime streaming service in 2021. Crunchyroll members can also watch new simulcast subbed episodes every Sunday. New episodes are also available on Netflix in some regions.

The first season is available on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and Netflix in the US, and Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix in the UK.

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