Demon Slayer Tanjiro Guide – Key Information

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Demon Slayer( Kimetsu no Yaiba) had a huge impact on the anime world, as fans were not expecting such an amazing and good-looking anime. While the manga was popular, anime made it become a huge success.

The studio that does the animation, Ufotable, is well-known in the industry for doing amazing beautiful animations. So in this world where human-eating demons live, an association known as the Demon Slayers Corps was created to fight against these demons, and save humans.

In the anime, we follow the story of a young boy, Tanjiro Kamado, who lived a peaceful life with his family in the mountains, and since his father passed away, as the older brother, he was now responsible for making money and taking care of his family.

However, one day when returning from selling charcoal to a nearby village, Tanjiro couldn’t make his way back home because of a snowstorm, that forced him to spend the night away from home.

When he finally returned home, he found his mother and siblings all dead, except for one, his sister, Nezuko. She however was turned into a demon, and because of that, a member of the Demon Slayer Corps, Giyu Tomioka appeared and tried to kill Nezuko. However, Tanjiro does his best to protect his sister, and Nezuko, even as a demon, tries to protect her brother.

After seeing this, Giyu spares her life and tells Tanjiro to search for a man named Sakonji, who would teach Tanjiro the way of water breathing, and train him to become a Demon Slayer.

This is how his journey started, and after being accepted into the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjiro now travels with his sister, and they hunt demons while also looking for a way to make Nezuko human once again.

Who Is Tanjiro Kamado?

Since he was first introduced, we can see that Tanjiro is a kind-hearted boy, whose main focus in life was to take care of his family.

After losing almost everyone in his family, except for his sister, he still continued being that same boy. Although he is set on defeating demons and finding a cure for his sister, when fighting most of the demons, he always shows compassion towards them, as they were also human once.

During his fight against a demon named Rui, who is the Lower Rank five demon, Tanjiro finds himself having a hard time fighting him, even though Rui had captured Nezuko, and was threatening to kill her. Tanjiro, with the help of his sister, was able to defeat Rui. In his final moments, Tanjiro shows compassion for Rui, as all that he ever wanted was a family.

What sets Tanjiro apart from every other character in the series, is that even though his family was killed by demons, and made her sister become one, he does not hate any of them.  Tanjiro is also a very sweet person, and he is very close to two friends he met during his journey.

One of those friends is Zenitsu, a scared young boy that faints at the sight of seeing a demon but is extremely strong. The other is Inosuke, a boy who wears a boar helmet and has a pretty strong personality.

Getting Into the Meat of the Story

If we go further into the story, in the Mugen Train Arc, we once again see the Flame Hashira Rengoku. Tanjiro sees Mugen Train as a master and an amazing Demon Slayer. Even though they don’t spend a lot of time together, Rengoku teaches Tanjiro some valuable lessons. He also shows him what it truly means to be a Demon Slayer.

After being able to defeat a Demon that took control of a train, and eventually becomes the train, a demon named Akaza appears, and he is one of the strongest demons. Tanjiro was hurt during this fight and wasn’t able to assist Rengoku, and was only able to watch the fight.

While Rengoku is an amazing swordsman, Akaza eventually ends up dealing a fatal blow to him. However, Rengoku is able to hold Akaza and plans to not let him go until the sun comes out, and eventually kill him.

Akaza is able to set himself free and proceeds to run away from the sun. Tanjiro proceeds to stand up, throw a sword at Akaza while he runs away, and then goes to call him a coward. Rengoku’s death affected Tanjiro a lot, as he looked up to him. But thankfully his friends Zenitsu and Inosuke are there to share their pain, and this inspires the three of them to become better.

As a swordsman, Tanjiro trained with Urokodaki, a former water pillar, and while he does now how to use all of its breathing techniques, Tanjiro eventually discovers that he isn’t able to bring out its full power. During his fight against Rui, he remembers that his father would perform a dance known as the Hinokami Kagura, he then proceeds to mimic the moves that his father did and uses it to beat Rui.

Tanjiro Kamado: Personality, Appearance, Quotes, and More Personality

Tanjiro is a pretty honest and straightforward person, so this means that he has a pretty hard time lying to people. He is also extremely caring, and even shows compassion towards the very demons that he hunts and kills. He is still a 15-year-old boy, and while he is very mature for his age, he is still pretty ignorant, and sometimes lets his feelings get the best of him. We see that he is very kindhearted, and will always do his best to help.

While these are amazing qualities to have, they sometimes put him in danger when fighting against demons. He also shows a lot of respect for those who are older and stronger than him.  Tanjiro is usually an easy-going person, but he gets frustrated at certain times, especially when he finds himself being unable to do anything. He has a very strong sense of responsibility, and always tries his best to save everyone.

His kindness sometimes can be used against him, as an example, in the Mugen Train arc, we see that he ends up getting stabbed by an ordinary person because of being too kind, and because of this wound, he is unable to assist Rengoku in battle. Tanjiro also doesn’t have any problems working alongside other people, and he is not afraid to team up with others in order to defeat demons and he is pretty good at giving and following orders.

While most of the time he is calm and lighthearted, there are some things that make him get serious. Whenever he sees innocent people get hurt, or sees how evil demons can be.

He will also go through anything to keep his sister safe, he even ends up joining forces with demons so that they can find a cure to make demons turn into humans again. All that he wants is to find a way to make his sister become human again so that they can enjoy a peaceful life with her and his friends.


The first time we see Tanjiro, he is 13 years old. He is a short boy, with long dark red hair, and crimson eyes. After training with Urokodaki for three years, now with 15 years, Tanjiro has short hair, wears the black Demon Slayer Corps uniform, and a green and black kimono with a square pattern.

What really makes him stand out, is this big scar that he has on his forehead. He now also carries a wooden box in his back, that has his younger Sister Nezuko inside, as demons will die if they come in contact with sunlight. He usually wears his Demon Slayer uniform with the kimono, but when hospitalized, we see him use light blue pants and a shirt.


As a character, Tanjiro has some amazing quotes during the series, and some of them are beautiful. He is a kindhearted person, and will always say very sweet things, but there are also times when he is very serious. So here are some of his best quotes up until now in the anime:

  • No matter how many people you may lose, you have no choice but to go long living. No matter how devastating the blows might be.
  • It’s the heart that drives people forward. Your heart can grow as strong as you want it to!
  • If you can’t tell the difference between good Demons and bad ones, then you don’t deserve to be a Hashira.
  • Everything I wasn’t able to do for the others, I’ll do for you.
  • Anyone who hurts my sister, Hashira or not, I won’t let you get away with it.

These are just some of his quotes in the anime, and all of them tell a lot about how Tanjiro is as a person. It shows that he can be a kind and gentle person, but will also be firm and angry at certain times.

Breathing Techniques

When training with Urokodaki, Tanjiro was trained and learned the water breathing technique, and he knows how to use all ten of them.

However, at a certain point, he comes to realize that he isn’t able to bring out their full power. Tanjiro is also able to use the Hinokami Kagura breathing technique, which is also known as sun breathing, the very first breathing technique.

However he was never shown all of its techniques, he only remembers some of them, from when he watched his father perform the Hinokami Kagura. There are in total 12 steps to this dance and a 13th one that can be achieved by performing all the steps one after the other.

Tanjiiro however isn’t capable of performing all of them, and using this breathing technique puts a huge strain on his body. So to be able to use this breathing technique, he tries to use the water breathing with it, so that he can draw the power of the sun breathing without putting too much stress in his body.

Breathing techniques aren’t only used for swords, they can also be used to help the users get stronger, and heal their wounds faster. Total concentration breathing is a breathing technique that enhances its user’s physical and mental abilities, and can even give them superhuman strength, and it is thanks to this that the Demon Slayers are able to fight against demons.

Every Hashira is able to constantly use Total concentration breathing, which enhances their strength and stamina even more.  This breathing can also be used to stop the bleeding from wounds.

Tanjiro trains long and hard to be able to achieve using this breathing technique. And the last breathing technique that can be used to enhance its user, it’s known as recovery breathing, which helps its user recover from fatigue and stiff muscles.

Further in the manga, Tanjiro is able to access the see-through world. This can be achieved when its user shows no battle spirit or blood-lust. With this, his agility and intuition are improved, as he perceives the world around him much faster. This state also allows him to see through an enemy, seeing their muscles, organs, blood vessels, and all of their contractions, which allows him to react perfectly to his opponent’s movements.

Tanjiro is also able to use a Demon Slayer mark, that takes the shape of a scar, raises its user’s heart rate, and increases their body temperature.

Only people who are related to the sun breathing were born with this scar. Using this makes Tanjiro become even stronger and faster, and also enhances his breathing techniques, which makes him as strong or even stronger than most demons. However, using this technique is extremely dangerous, as it leaves its user extremely exhausted. The first time we see Tanjiro use this is in his fight against Gyutaro.

Fighting Style

Tanjiro is a great swordsman, but he is also smart and is able to think quickly during fights. He will easily adapt while fighting, and won’t give up even when close to death.

Tanjiro was born with a great sense of smell, that helps him locate demons by following their stench, but it also helps him find openings in his opponents, that allow him to finish the battle. This also helps him to dodge incoming attacks and traps.

Tanjiro also has a pretty hard head, which he often uses in combat as his last resort, as it always surprises his opponents.

In the anime, we finally discovered that Tanjiro inherited this rock-hard head from his mothers. Tanjiro is still an innocent kid, and this affects him in battles, as his opponents take advantage of how naive he is. He is also pretty reckless, and will always act without thinking about his well-being, so this always puts him in a near-death situation, and pretty much after every battle, he is heavily injured and needs to be hospitalized for a long time.


Question: Why Did Muzan Kill Tanjiro’s Family?

Answer: Muzan made a promise to himself that he would kill anyone that was related to Yoriichi and the Sun Breathing technique. However, this was a mistake on his part, as they were not related to Yoriichi, but Tanjiro’s ancestors were friends with him, and Yoriichi taught his technique to them so that they could pass it on to their descendants.

Muzan, later on, met Tanjiro, and because he was wearing the same earrings that Yoriichi used to wear, he assumes Tanjiro is related to him, and orders all of his demons to kill him.

Question: Does Tanjiro Have A Love Interest?

Answer: Yes, while their interaction was brief, Tanjiro ends up falling in love with Kanao, and in the future, they end up together, and even have kids of their own! While we don’t really get to see much of their relationship in the manga, all of their interactions have always been very cute and wholesome

Question: Does Tanjiro Master The Sun Breathing?

Answer: Yes, he will eventually be able to perform all 12 steps of the dance, and even the secret 13th form. However, it will take a really long time before we get to see him do it, as he will only be able to do it in the final arc.

Demon Slayer Tanjiro Guide: Final Thoughts

It is really hard to hate Tanjiro, he is an amazing character with a beautiful story, and he always gives his all to achieve his goals.

He is the definition of kindness, not only is he an amazing friend, and has a beautiful relationship with Zenitsu and Inosuke, but he always shows a lot of respect for his superiors, and the Hashiras. He isn’t by any means a perfect person, and that is something that makes us like him even more. After all his suffering, all we want is to see him have a good life and be happy.

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