Demon Slayer is a work by Koyoharu Gotoge published from 2016 and continues to this day, it has experienced a huge boom in 2019 thanks to an animated adaptation of impeccable graphic quality. It recounts the adventures of a young man named Tanjiro Kamado who lives in an interwar Japan in search of a way to heal his sister. His quest will lead him to demon slayers in order to find the original demon responsible for the state of his sister Nezuko. At the top of the hierarchy of demon slayers are the Pillars, accomplished swordsmen each mastering a particular style of sword fighting.
Today the team of Manga Universe will look at the case of the pillars through a small top listing the best characters belonging to this prestigious order, we will see their strengths, their weaknesses but also their personal history.
Attention this article contains spoilers.
Iguro is a peculiar character, first of all because of his appearance, since he is a young, small and thin man with eyes of different colors, one yellow and the other blue/green, and he is always accompanied by a snake that serves as his best friend and with whom he seems to communicate. He is also the holder of an adapted version of the breath of water, the snake's breath, a breath that is played more on tortuous blows thwarting the opposing defense to strike a fatal blow. His main weakness lies in his human condition, in fact it is said that three pillars are worth a demonic moon.
The story of Iguro is also extremely gripping, as the first male child in a clan that worships a snake demon and offers him its babies as a sacrifice, he was kept aside thanks to his physical particularity to be raised before he too ended up as a demon meal as a rare prey, both for his birth affiliation and for his heterochromy. The snake demon forced him to have his lips opened in order to eat more, however he was saved by the pillar of flame before he too joined the ranks of the Slayers and became one of its most powerful members.
For the continuation of our retrospective, we will look at Urokodaki's other student, the master of Tanjiro. And it is indeed the handsome dark-haired boy of this anime, the one who indicated Urokodaki's address to Tanjiro, touched by the unusual reaction of Nezuko who tries to protect her brother despite the fact that she has been transformed into a demon. He is a central figure in the work since he is Tanjiro's mentor/senpain (a person from the same school but older). Like him, he masters the breath of water, a technique that increases the oxygen supply in the blood in order to increase the physical capacities of the person who uses it.
Like many members of the demon slayers, he experienced a family drama involving demons, in fact, when he was still young, his sister was killed by a demon and he was sent to a doctor because he was thought to be insane. He succeeded in escaping during his transfer and, lacking to die of hunger in the mountain, was taken in by Urokodaki who will thus lead him to his disciples. One will learn later that Giyu suffers from a big inferiority complex following the selection of the killers during which he will take his legs to his neck in front of the power of the demons. He will nevertheless succeed in getting out of it and will officially become a slayer which will mark him forever.
3. SHINOBU KOCHO, THE PILLAR OF THE INSECT.
In third place, we will tackle the only woman in this ranking, the talented Shinobu Kocho. Shinobu is a young woman with a pale face and purple eyes without pupils, giving her a little insect side, she is always jovial and seems sweet but actually hides a deep hatred of demons. Shinobu is much weaker physically than the other pillars of the army and is therefore unable to decapitate a demon. To get around this problem, she has developed her own fighting style based on high speed and a poison she developed herself, based on wisteria and changing composition each time her sword enters her scabbard, she named it the insect's breath.
Shinobu was also a victim of demons during her childhood, her parents were indeed killed by demons which will push her and her sister Kanae to join the ranks of demon slayers. The two sisters will be good slayers and Shinobu's older sister will even become a pillar, that of the flowers, a breath also drawn from the breath of the water from which will also come the breath of the insect. Unfortunately the Kanae will have to face the second higher demonic moon against which she will lose her life, seriously wounded she will die in the arms of her sister, the latter deciding at this moment to take revenge on the demons.
In second place in our ranking, we find the most powerful of all the pillars, Gyomei Himejima, a giant with an impressive stature which has the peculiarity of being blind, which does not in any way stain his abilities in combat, yet he is a gentle and kind giant. His handicap, his necklace of red balls and his habit to maintain the hands in position of prayer strongly brings him closer to Buddha or the goddess of mercy, Kanon pronouncing regularly "Namu Amida Butsu" which is a Buddhist prayer. Contrary to the other swordsmen all armed with swords, Gyomei is armed with an enormous axe linked to an equally enormous weapon scourge by a chain. This atypical weapon allows him to unleash all the power of his breath, the breath of the rock, one of the five main breaths derived from the breath of the sun.
Gyomei also experienced trouble before joining the demon slayers, originally an orphan who took in other orphans in a temple until one day a demon infiltrated the temple. The demon began to kill the children there, and only the one who trusted Gyomei and stood behind him escaped. In a murderous rage, he threw himself headlong into battle, fighting the demon with his bare fists, taking advantage and beating the demon at the head at each regeneration until daybreak. Unfortunately, the shocked child accused Gyomei of the crime and was imprisoned and sentenced to execution before being saved by Oyakata-sama, whom he followed without discussion, becoming a member of the perpetrators. Only two months after becoming a member of the perpetrators, he became one of the pillars of them, which proves his talent.
And we end our retrospective with the best of all the pillars, certainly not in the field of power, but in the writing because let's say it without shame, Rengoku is total bro. He is an athletic young man with red and yellow eyes and hair of the same color, long and straight on his head. He is an elite fighter since he holds the place of pillar of the flame, he holds his breath, the breath of the flame, of a family heritage indeed each person of the lineage of Rengoku is trained by his relative to the mastery of this breath. In addition to being an exceptional fighter, he is also endowed with an incredible personality, good, altruistic, smiling, he places above all his responsibility as a strong person to protect the weaknesses.
He is the son of the previous pillar of the flame and has a younger brother who will also be drawn to the breath of the flame and who will admire him immeasurably. We will unfortunately see Rengoku only during an arc since he will leave his life in front of the third demonic moon to save our hero and his friends. However, his shadow will hover over the rest of the manga through different memories of Tanjiro.
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