Demon Slayer: Who is Yoriichi Tsugikuni?

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arch revealed a lot of new information; starting from the reveal of Upper Moon Six to some explanation of the mystery behind Tanjiro’s Sun Breathing style. At Entertainment District Archthe series subtly depicts a mysterious character: a Demon Slayer, Yoriichi Tsugikuni, through Kamado Tanjiro, using some flashy foreshadowing.

Yoriichi Tsugikuni is a minor character in the series, but is central to the rich cultural history of Demon Slayers. However, little information has been shared about this mysterious Demon Slayer in the anime. Regardless, most fans are intrigued by the character’s background since Muzan, and some of his blood-related henchmen expressed visible fear after encountering anything that closely resembled Yoriichi.


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Who is Yoriichi?


Yoriichi was a member of the Demon Slayer Corps. He wore Hanafuda earrings like Tanjiro and is revered as the first breath user. He was the creator of the legendary Sun Breathing style, the style from which other forms of breathing originate. Yoriichi is the younger of two twins who seemed weak after his birth. However, it seems that was not the case. He just seemed weak as he was a quiet kid with remarkable emotional intelligence. At some point, everyone thought that he was deaf due to his indifferent nature. Even his older brother couldn’t see Yoriichi’s true strength until much later. Yoriichi was born with the Demon Slayer mark on his forehead, proof of his immense strength and skill as a fighter. After Yoriichi’s father discovers his strange birthmark, mistaking it for a bad omen, he threatens to kill his son, but Akeno, Yoriichi’s mother, stops him.

Yoriichi’s parents then agree to send him to a monastery when he turns ten. Later, Yoriichi’s mother dies and he runs away from his house, running for a full day and night in the mountains without showing signs of fatigue or exhaustion. At this point, the manga begins to offer glimpses of Yoriichi’s ability. He soon meets a girl named Uta, whose age is similar to his. Everyone in Uta’s family is dead, so Yoriichi decides to live with her. About a decade later, they marry and Uta becomes pregnant.

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One fateful day, Yoriichi decides to find a midwife to watch over his wife, but comes across an old man who needs his help and offers his help. After helping the old man, he decides to return to his house to meet his wife, rescheduling his appointment with the midwife. To his horror, when he arrives, he discovers that a demon had murdered Uta and her unborn child. The whole scenario shocks him so much that he carries his dead family in his hands for ten days before burying them, following the advice of a member of the Demon Slayer Corps. After this tragedy, Yoriichi takes the sword from him and trains as a Demon Slayer.

Why is Muzan afraid of Yoriichi?


After Yoriichi becomes a Demon Slayer, he soon encounters Muzan, the Demon Slayer Corps’ archenemy and longtime villain. Instantly, Yoriichi’s ability, the power to see the transparent world with his heightened perception, allows him to see through Muzan and discover that the mighty demon possesses five brains and seven hearts that can move at will within Muzan’s body. he. Taking advantage of this revelation, Yoriichi attacks Muzan with determination, inflicting mortal wounds on the supposedly immortal creature. As he continues the fight, for the first time in centuries, Muzan becomes scared and desperate as he confronts Yoriichi. Soon, he can’t get his head back on him. As a last resort, he split his body into 1,800 pieces. Surprisingly, Yoriichi still manages to kill 1500 pieces, while Muzan barely escapes.

Hands down, this feat alone makes Yoriichi the strongest Demon Slayer in existence. This also exposes the motive behind Muzan’s order for Tanjiro’s execution; triggers the terrifying memory of his confrontation with Yoriichi.

What is the connection between Yoriichi and his brother?


Yoriichi’s older twin brother, Michikatsu, was the successor to his family. Initially, he took pity on Yoriichi because he was discriminated against due to his Demon Slayer mark on his forehead. Seeing him as inferior and clingy since he was always attached to his mother, Michikatsu still felt responsible for his brother, so he gave Yoriichi a whistle to contact him when he was in difficult situations. Soon, Yoriichi’s talent for swordsmanship is revealed, and Michikatsu covets his brother’s ability, fearing that his father may make him the successor of his family after discovering his talent. However, it didn’t work out that way as Yoriichi ran away after his mother’s death.

Decades later, Michikatsu is revealed to be the Upper Moon One demon, Kokushibo. Yoriichi, who is currently 80 years old, questions his brother’s motive for becoming a devil. This results in a battle between the brothers. Yoriichi easily handles Koskushibo by inflicting injuries on him. Sadly, his old age catches up with him and the legend dies in a breathing pose while he is standing.

Is he the ancestor or relative of Yoriichi Tanjiro?

Demon Slayer - Tanjiro using the transparent world type

Many Kimetsu no Yaiba fans deduce that Yoriichi is Tanjiro’s father, but that is not the case. However, Yoriichi is responsible for teaching Tanjiro’s ancestors the hinokami Kagura, that has been passed down from generation to generation. This is ultimately why Tanjiro can use the Sun Breathing style, making this vague connection between the two one of the most important in the series.

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