In the world of Demon Slayer, there are no other entities as dominant and powerful as the Hashiras. Here’s my take on who the strongest Hashiras are.
Strongest Hashiras : An introduction
The world of Demon slayer mainly consists of Demons and the slayers of these demons are known as the Demon corps. The strongest members of the Demon corps are known as the Hashiras. They are the pillars of the organisation and are known as their highest-ranked members. An entrance exam known as the ” Final Selection ” is taken before anyone can join the demon corps. The highest-ranking and strongest members of the people who have passed this selection usually go on to become demon slayers. The strongest among the Demon slayers become Hashiras.
These are highly skilled individuals who are usually tasked with handling higher-ranked demons who can only be dealt with by them. Each of the Hashiras has a different affinity to the different sword and breathing styles like the water sword style, flame, etc.
The Strongest Hashiras ranked from weakest to strongest :
Shinobu Kocho(Weakest of the Strongest Hashiras) :
Although Shinobu herself is not weak by any means whatsoever. She in my opinion is the weakest among the Hashiras. Even though she displays herself as calm and composed at most times she actually bears a burning hatred toward demons. This is because of the loss of her sister and her parents to the demons.
She does not fight with demons head-on with her physical strength. Instead, she uses Wisteria poison which is extremely useful against demons along with her Insect sword style. Despite all of this, however, Shinobu does not possess the same level of combat skills as the other Hashiras hence why she is placed so low on this list. She makes up for this however with her vast knowledge of poisons and anti poisons to counter the ones made by the demons.
Mitsuri Kanroji :
Mitsuri Kanroji who is also known as the ” Love Hashira ” is also one of the strongest characters in Demon Slayer. Her “Love Breathing” style paired with her extremely powerful swordsmanship and combat skills is why she places herself at this spot on my list.
She also has the ability to use ” Fire Breathing ” and uses a Whip Nichirin Katana which is a thin and long katana that resembles a whip. Despite appearing shy and blushing at most times, she is very kind and possesses the ability to destroy most demons.
Tengen Uzui :
Tengen Uzui is officially known as the Sound Hashira in Demon Slayer and is typically characterized by his “flashy” nature and appearance. This trait of him being “flashy” and flamboyant is one of his main attributes. He even calls himself “the god of flashiness”.
Despite his obsession with being “flashy” he is also caring. He shows this caring side to his three wives namely Makia, Suma and Hinatsuru. He is also one of the fastest of the Hashiras and possesses incredible combat ability. This ability of his was clearly showcased during the Entertainment arc where he played a big role as a major character. Before becoming a Demon slayer, however, he was a ninja raised in a shinobi family. Because of this, he had already experienced harsh training and conditions even before he became the monster of a demon slayer he currently is.
Kyojuro Rengoku :
Kyojuro Rengoku is also one of the stronger Hashiras among the group. He had taken the place of the flame Hashira from his father before him. This had been an important event in the development of his character as his father had become increasingly critical of him. He was an extremely loud and overly positive individual with incredible willpower and belief in himself. Along with this, he had a very strong foundation of morals and ethics because of his mother.
He had received most of his strength and power by training himself to learn the flame breathing style and swordsmanship. His ability to fight and slay demons was put on a show during the Mugen Train arc where he played a major role.
Obanai Iguro :
The current Serpent Hashira known as Obanai Iguro is a rigid and strict individual characterised by his dual colour eyes and the serpents by his side. He has no patience for those who break the demon slayer rules. Despite this, he also has a caring side to him which is shown through his affection towards Mitsuri Kanjori and his respect towards the leader of the Demon Slayers Kagaya Ubayashiki.
Obanai was born to a clan that would sacrifice their newborn children to a demon. This had caused him severe trauma throughout his childhood to the point where he would call himself tainted due to his “impure bloodline”. Despite the fact that he is nearly blind in one eye he still possesses an insane level of skill and combat. His small stature and physical strength have held him back but he is still one of the strongest hashiras nonetheless.
Muichiro Tokito :
The current Mist Hashira who is also known as Muichiro Takito is one of the strongest among the lot. He usually spaces out and is a doltish individual. He is one of the younger Hashiras and had a twin brother who had died at the hands of a demon when he was just eleven. Before the death of his brother, he had a much more positive character compared to how he currently is.
Despite his young age, he is extremely powerful and a very skilled swordsman. He had become a Hashira after only two months of training making him one of the strongest among them.
Giyu Tomioka :
Giyu Tomioka is the current Water Hashira and is one of the earliest characters introduced in the anime. He had played a major role in the beginning when he let Nezuko stay with Tanjiro despite her being a demon after Tanjiro pleaded his case. Giyu is rather introverted or reserved and cares about the opinion other people have about him. He barely shows any emotions and doesn’t show much expression on his face.
Giyu attributes his strength due to his mastery of the Water Style breathing technique and swordsmanship. He puts his combat skill on display at the beginning of the anime when he powers through the spider family demons and when he shows his superior skill to Tanjiro and his friends.
Sanemi Shinazugawa :
Sanemi is the current Wind Hashira and older brother of Genya Shinazugawa. He is a hot-blooded and loud individual who is not afraid to frankly speak out his opinions and feelings. He had lost many people who were close to him to the demons like his mother. Because of this, he pushes away Genya who had joined the demon slayers in search of Sanemi so that he isn’t exposed to any more danger and because he loves him.
He is one of the strongest Hashiras because of his amazing combat ability and fighting skills. He is so strong to the point where the Upper Rank one demon Kokushibo had acknowledged him. Sanemi had also shown his superior fighting skill during the Infinity Castle Arc where he slew a large number of demons.
Gyomei himejima (Number one from the Strongest Hashiras) :
Gyomei himejima is the Strongest Hashira and the current stone Hashira. He is also the mentor to Genya Shinazugawa ( the younger brother of Sanemi Shinazugawa ). Gyomei is gentle, kind and does not speak much. He is characterized by his giant stature and is always seen carrying his prayer beads around with him as he is constantly crying over small things.
Gyomei is respected among the Hashiras not only for his strength but also for his leadership qualities. He is also accepted by many as the strongest Hashira and even Tanjiro and Inosuke themselves admitted to this fact. Gyomei also possesses an insane physical build and capacity, this had been acknowledged by the Upper Rank one demon Kokushibo who said that he had never fought anyone of his power in the last 300 years. He was also able to put up with the Upper-Rank Demons during his fight with them without using his Demon Slayer mark and this is only attributed to the fact that he is the strongest Demon Slayer.
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