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I swear your big brother will protect you, no matter what!!
~ Tanjiro Kamado to Nezuko Kamado, Episode 1

Tanjiro Kamado is the main protagonist of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

Background

Tanjiro Kamado was born into a family of coal burners in the mountainside during Japan’s Taisho Period (July 30th, 1912 to December 25th, 1926). At some point, Tanjiro’s father died and as the oldest of his siblings, Tanjiro had to make money for his family by selling charcoal to a nearby town. One day, a strong snow storm kept Tanjro from returning home, forcing him to spend the night somewhere else before morning came.

The next day, however, Tanjiro came home to find his mother and siblings brutally murdered by an unknown assailant. The only survivor of the attack was his younger sister, Nezuko Kamado, who unfortunately, got transformed into a demon. Soon after, they were attacked by the Water Hashira, Giyu Tomioka of the Demon Slayer Corps, whose job was to kill Nezuko. However, he spared Nezuko’s life when it was shown that she still retained some of her humanity by protecting her big brother. Afterwords, he sent Tanjiro to be trained by the former Water Hashira Sakonji to become a demon slayer.

Tanjiro would use his training in the Water Breathing Style to pass the Final Selection to become a full-fledged demon slayer. At some point in his career, Tanjiro would learn the identity of the demon who killed his family, Muzan Kibutsuji (a.k.a. Demon Michael Jackson). In addition, Tanjiro was given a personal task of collecting the blood of Muzan’s underlings, the Twelve Kizuki, for a potential cure to be made that could return Nezuko back to being a human. Eventually, Tanjiro would learn about the Hinokami Kagura that was once taught to him by his late father. With this new knowledge and his goals set in mind, Tanjiro becomes determined to defeat Muzan and transform Nezuko back to being a human.

Powers & Abilities

  • Enhanced Smell: Even before he became a demon slayer, Tanjiro had an incredible sense of smell. His sense of smell is strong enough to allow him to smell the “line of interval” (the slight pause in an enemy’s movement that leaves an opening to strike), detect traps and use their scent to dodge them, and distinguish between species as well as their approximate positions. After some more training, Tanjiro can now smell emotions and track objects (humans and demons) over long distances. In addition, he can also use his sense of smell to predict his opponents’ movements faster than the “line of interval”.
  • Animal Communication: Despite having a talking crow that other people are aware of, Tanjiro is able to understand bird language. An example is shown in which Tanjiro is completely aware of what Zenitsu’s bird is saying word for word.
  • Hard Head: Tanjiro’s head is commonly shown to be extremely tough, often compared to a rock in toughness. It’s so tough in fact that it caused Nezuko, as a demon, to bleed when she tried to headbutt it (pictured above). In combat, Tanjiro is known for utilizing this to match power with opponents like Inosuke or hit enemies even when he can't use his arms.
  • Breathing Styles: Breathing styles are swordsmanship styles taught by the Demon Slayer Corps, allowing demon slayers to be capable of fighting on par with demons. The Breathing Styles make use of specific and concentrated breathing patterns, which increase the user’s lung capacity and the amount of oxygen in the blood. This increase of oxygen allows the user to enhance their physical abilities and mental concentration. This allows them to fight on par with demons, who are naturally physically stronger than humans. Focused breathing is also capable of clotting wounds from severe injuries and slowing down the circulation of poison in the bloodstream.
    • Total Concentration Breathing: an advanced application of Breathing, is a state where a Breathing Style user inhales the maximum amount of oxygen within a specific breath pattern to raise their physical and mental prowess to their utmost limits. It is often used by demon slayers for a brief moment to temporarily boost their combat capabilities to prepare a decisive attack.
    • Total Concentration: Constant is a Total Concentration Breathing state during the morning, noon, and night, and even while asleep that Advanced Demon Slayers, such as Hashira, can constantly maintain. There is an immense difference in strength, speed, and stamina between someone who can maintain Total Concentration Breathing at all times and someone who cannot.
    • Breathing Hybridization: is when a demon slayer uses more than one Breathing Style technique at a time, allowing them to take advantage of the advantageous aspects of both techniques. With Breathing Hybridization, Tanjiro can use both the Water Breathing and Sun Breathing styles simultaneously.
  • Water Breathing: Tanjiro was taught the Water Breathing Style by the former Water Hashira Sakonji. This Breathing Style allows Tanjiro to increase the amount of oxygen in his blood through the control of his breathing pattern. As a result, this strength and agility increased to match a demon’s. He was able to increase his base strength, speed, and stamina thanks to his training in Total Concentration Breathing. Using his enhanced strength and ability to find the 'line of interval,' Tanjiro can utilize ten different moves based on the Water Breathing Style:
    • First Form: Water Surface Slice: Tanjiro generates enough momentum to create a powerful single concentrated slash.
      • Second Form: Water Wheel: Tanjiro leaps and vertically spins forward in the air while releasing a flowing attack in a circular motion.
    • Second Form: Improved - Lateral Water Wheel: An alternate variation of Second Form: Water Wheel that uses a horizontal spin.
    • Third Form: Flowing Dance: Tanjiro swings his blade at his opponent in a way that mimics the movement of waves on the surface of water.
    • Fourth Form: Striking Tide: Tanjiro makes multiple consecutive slashes while twisting his body in a flowing fashion similar to a harsh tide.
    • Fifth Form: Blessed Rain After the Drought: A "sword strike of kindness" that kills the target with little to no pain which Tanjiro uses when an enemy surrenders.
    • Sixth Form: Whirlpool: Tanjiro fiercely twists his upper and lower body, creating a whirlpool that cuts anything caught in it. It can be used in a place without footing, and if used underwater, can generate a large whirlpool that draws in anything nearby in addition to cutting them up like a large blade.
    • Whirlpool: Flow: A combination of Third Form: Flowing Dance and Sixth Form: Whirlpool. Tanjiro combines the footwork from Flowing Dance and the twisting aspect of Whirlpool, resulting in the swordsman to perform an attack around the user and conjure a twisting, swirling, vicious flow of water to redirect projectiles from multiple angles.
    • Seventh Form: Drop Ripple Thrust Curve: A fast and accurate stab and the fastest Water Breathing technique.
    • Eighth Form: Waterfall Basin: Tanjiro cuts the target vertically.
    • Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow - Turbulent: Minimizes the landing time and surface needed when landing, allowing Tanjiro to move without limits. It’s an ideal technique when fighting in a place with no solid foothold.
    • Tenth Form: The Dragon of Change: A continuous attack that increases in power with each rotation, creating a strong slash.
  • Hinokami Kagura: Translated as “Dance of the Fire God” and also known as the Sun Breathing Style, the Hinokami Kagura was taught to Tanjiro by his late father. It’s a breathing technique that increases the user's strength and endurance and is composed of 12 segments repeated from sunset to sunrise. In addition, there’s also an unknown 13th form that is achieved if the segments are repeated one after another, as the techniques are meant to be connected like a circle from Dance to Flame Dance. Every other Breathing Style is derived from Hinokami Kagura, which is passed on from father to son in every generation alongside a pair of hanafuda earrings. While the Hinokami Kagura gives Tanjiro a massive boost in strength, durability and speed, it can also be extremely damaging to him if used for too long. This Breathing Style also allows Tanjiro to use abilities from the other schools of breath without formal training.These are the techniques used in the Hinokami Kagura:
    • Dance/Waltz: A single concentrated slash.
      • Waltz Flash/Flash Dance: Tanjiro utilizes Zenitsu's Thunderclap Flash and combines it with his Waltz by pumping air through his entire body, focusing it on the legs, and releasing it all while ending with a flaming slash.
    • Blue Heaven/Clear Blue Sky: A similar attack to "Water Wheel" in which Tanjiro spins his body to create a 360-degree slash.
    • Raging Sun/Scorching Crimson Mirror: Tanjiro unleashes two horizontal slashes that defend him from attacks from the front or side.
    • Fake Rainbow/Parhelion Rainbow: Tanjiro uses this technique to evade techniques using high-speed twists and rotations. It works most effectively on enemies with good vision, as they will attack an afterimage of him and not his actual body.
    • Fire Wheel/Fire Chariot: Tanjiro uses this technique in quick succession with Parhelion Rainbow and attacks the enemy while they are distracted.
    • Burning Bones, Summer Sun/Burning Sun: A circular slash that defends from imminent frontal attacks.
    • Sunflower Thrust/Shining Sun Stab: A single thrust attack with the sharp blade.
    • Solar Heat Haze/Soaring Flame Haze: Tanjiro charges towards his opponent with a flame-cladded blade to slash them. The flames around Tanjirou's sword distort where the blade actually is, making it more difficult for an enemy to dodge.
    • Setting Sun Transformation: Tanjiro flips into the air to deliver an upended flaming sword slash.
    • Beneficent Radiance: Tanjiro spirals into the air to deliver a powerful slash to those caught in it.
    • Dragon Sun Halo Head Dance/Solar Halo Dragon Dance: Resembling a dragon, Tanjiro moves in circles to avoid enemy attacks and then slashes multiple times at the target. A single slash from this technique is capable of severing the head of multiple enemies at once. It also greatly increases Tanjiro’s power and halts regeneration completely for some time.
    • Flame Dance/Flame Waltz: A two-combo strike which starts with a vertical slash and then a horizontal one right after.
    • Thirteenth Form: Tanjiro continuously performs all twelve forms of the breathing style in repetitive succession to increase the accuracy and agility of his movements. This form was created solely to kill Muzan since the repetition of all twelve forms aims to destroy Muzan's twelve vital organs (7 hearts and 5 brains) that move freely inside his body thanks to his shape-shifting ability.
  • Thunder Breathing: Despite having no formal training in the style, Tanjiro is able to use techniques from this school by simply hearing his companion, Agatsuma Zenitsu, describe the feeling he gets when he uses it. The Thunder Breathing Style focuses on channeling strength into the user's legs, concentrating every muscle and forces oxygen into the blood vessels to allow for explosive speed in one direction. Tanjiro has been shown to be able to use at least 1 technique from this style:
    • Thunder Clap Flash/Clap of Thunder: The primary technique of the Thunder Breathing Style that allows for a sudden burst in speed forward, creating the sound of thunder while moving.
  • See Through World: Just his father, Tanjiro gains the ability to foresee an opponent's attack while showing no battle spirit and sense of blood-lust. This allows him to achieve immunity from anyone who can sense these. In this state, Tanjiro’s movement intuition and evasion speed increase dramatically due to a gain in hyper-perception. Because of this, he perceives the world around him at a much faster rate, making the world appear to him in slow motion. Tanjiro can enter the “see-through world” by becoming aware of every part of his body and "closing" any unneeded actions out like one would close their eyes when trying to hear something. By seeing through an enemy, Tanjro can observe muscles, blood vessels, lungs, and all their contractions and accurately predict and react to his opponent's movements, as well as confirm the health and well-being of others.
  • Demon Slayer Mark: The Demon Slayer Mark is a mysterious marking that can be unlocked and may appear on the body of a strong demon slayer, looking somewhat like a tattoo, scar, or birthmark. These usually appear in demon slayers that had survived the life-threatening conditions of having a heart rate over 200 bpm and a body temperature over 39° Celsius (102.2° Fahrenheit). The precondition for unlocking it is that an individual directly related to the Sun Breathing has been born with it. Tanjiro unlocked his during his separate fights with the demons Gyutaro and Akaza. However, the mark has a drawback in which Tanjiro can only enter this state on rare occasions, and can only use it for a very short period, since it causes exhaustion. Upon activating the mark, Tanjiro is granted superhuman strength, speed, and enhanced breathing techniques beyond that of a normal Breathing Style user, and can even rival that of the strongest demons. The mark also allows Tanjiro to enter the see-through world (look above for more info). Lastly, the mark allows Tanjiro to dye his Nichirin Blade in a crimson red color. As mentioned before, a Crimson Red Nichirin Blade has the ability to hamper the enhanced regeneration of demons.

Equipment

  • Demon Slayer Garb: Tanjiro's garb protects him from fire, water, and cold. A weaker demon can't tear through his garb.
  • Nichirin Blade: The Nichirin Blade is a special weapon used by the Demon Slayer Corp in their war against demons. The reason why is because these blades are forged Scarlet Crimson Iron Sand and Scarlet Crimson Ore that constantly absorb sunlight, a major weakness of demons. Many Nichirin Blades come in different unique colors, depending on the user’s skills. Tanjiro’s sword is colored black. While the properties of this color are not yet understood, a black Nichirin Blade symbolizes the sun. Tanjiro can also raise the temperature of his blade to turn it red, whether through Nezuko’s blood demon art, by utilizing a strong grip, or when two Nichirin Blades clash together. These crimson red Nichirin Blades messes with a demon’s healing factor and can burn them on a cellular level to the point that their wounds won’t be able to heal.

Feats

Strength

Speed

Durability

Skill

  • Even before becoming a Demon Slayer, tricked Giyuu Tomioka.
  • Trained for days without food or water
  • Passed the Final Selection as one of the four survivors.
  • Assisted in the defeat of Susumaru and Yahaba.
  • Through sheer willpower alone, overcame the sleep-inducing, dream manipulating powers of Lower Rank 1 Demon, Enmu.
  • Assisted in stopping Lower Rank 1 Enmu from taking over a train, and fought against him alongside Inosuke.
  • Fought against the Lower Rank 6 Kyogai, saving innocents from his Drum House.
  • Did battle against Lower Rank 5 Demon Rui.
  • Assisted the Sound Hashira, Uzui, on a mission to find his missing wives who were investigating demon activity.
  • Killed Gyutaro and Daki, the 6th Upper Moon pair.
  • Assisting in defeating Upper Moon 4, Hantengu.
  • Attained the Demon Slayer Mark and access to the See-Through-World.
  • Alongside Giyu Tomioka, defeated Upper Rank 3 Demon Akaza.
  • Alongside the rest of the Demon Slayer Corps, fought and eventually defeated Muzan Kibutsuji.
    • This included fighting for over 90 minutes at a time just to keep him at bay.
  • Overcame the Sun as a demon.
  • Fought off Muzan’s final attempts to use him as a new body upon his death.
  • Tanjiro and Nezuko have no incestual undertones, which is unfortunately rare in anime nowadays.

Weaknesses

  • While his Nichirin Blade is capable of cutting through demons, with enough force it can be completely broken, which of course hinders him significantly.
  • While his Fire Breathing Techniques are easily the most powerful techniques that he has, they can be extremely damaging to the body (moreso after using Breath of Water techniques).
  • Tanjiro is also extremely kind to a fault and prefers battling with honor. As such he will rarely, if ever, use unsavory tactics to win in a fight, which can make him predictable and easy to counter.
  • He’s also an extremely terrible liar.
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