Tanjiro’s Dad, Tanjuro Kamado, was Kie Kamado’s husband and the father of six children, including Tanjiro and Nezuko Kamado. He possessed great knowledge and skills, despite being sick and frail. He passed away before the massacre of his wife and youngest children but continued to inspire his two surviving children. Tanjuro’s strength and abilities were comparable to those of a Demon Slayer.
Was Tanjiro’s Father, Tanjuro Kamado, a Demon Slayer?
Tanjiro’s father, Tanjuro Kamado, was not a Demon Slayer. He married Kie and had six children, and their family had been charcoal burners for generations. Unlike the Rengoku family, who were a dynasty of Demon Slayers, the Kamados had no knowledge of the existence of demons until Kibutsuji attacked and killed them. Although Tanjuro was not a Demon Slayer, he was a master of the Sun Breathing technique.
Tanjuro passed away from an illness before the events of the Demon Slayer series. He died before Kibutsuji’s attack on his family, but he continued to inspire his two surviving children. The exact time of his passing is not mentioned, but in several flashback scenes, Tanjiro is shown interacting with a younger Tanjuro.
Tanjuro Kamado suffered from an unnamed disease that made his body frail, and skinny, and caused his skin to appear pale throughout his life. Despite his illness, he continued to inspire his family, especially his son Tanjiro. In his later years, Tanjuro spent most of his days bedridden, but whenever he could find the energy to move, he would take the opportunity to teach Tanjiro about various things.
Tanjuro made it a priority to teach Tanjiro the movements of the Hinokami Kagura dance, which would later prove to be the foundation of the Sun Breathing technique. Sun Breathing was the technique used by the first Demon Slayer and serves as the basis for all modern breathing techniques. Without the image of his father’s dance deeply ingrained in his memory, Tanjiro would not have been able to use the technique that proved crucial in defeating Muzan Kibutsuji.
Tanjuro’s dedication to teaching his son the dance was a reflection of his commitment to preserving the Kamado family’s traditions. The Hinokami Kagura and Sun Breathing are one and the same, yet Tanjuro did not use them to kill demons.
Instead, it was a ritualistic dance and form of prayer to protect his family from injuries caused by the fire they worked with as charcoal burners. Tanjiro remembered his father as a gentle, frail man who would dance the Hinokami Kagura every year, even as his health declined. Despite suffering from his illness, Tanjuro could perform the dance throughout the entire night, even in the bitter cold, without growing weary.
Tanjuro’s love for his family and his traditions, as well as his dedication to teaching Tanjiro, played a crucial role in Tanjiro’s journey as a Demon Slayer. The memories of his father’s dance and teachings gave him the strength and inspiration needed to continue fighting the demons and to become a skilled Demon Slayer. Tanjiro’s gratitude towards his father for passing down such an important technique and teaching him the value of tradition and perseverance was immense.
Does Tanjiro Become a Hashira?
No, Tanjiro doesn’t become a Hashira. While Tanjiro reached the level of power required to become a Hashira and completed most of the necessary training, he never attained the title. This is because, as Tanjiro achieved the required level of power, the final battle against Muzan had already commenced, thus, he was unable to become a Hashira. Furthermore, after Muzan’s defeat, the Demon Slayer Corps dissolved as there were no longer any demons to fight against.
The reason for the disbandment of the Demon Slayer Corps was due to the fact that they were formed to protect humanity from demons, and with Muzan’s defeat, there were no more demons left to fight. The Hashira, who are the most powerful swordsmen in the Corps and play a pivotal role in the war against Muzan, were no longer needed.
To become a Hashira, a Demon Slayer must be among the strongest fighters in the Corps, and there are two ways to prove their worthiness. The first method is to kill at least 50 demons, while the second is to kill a member of the Twelve Kizuki, the 12 strongest demons who serve directly under Muzan Kibutsuji, the Demon Lord.
Tanjiro met the conditions for becoming a Hashira, reaches the Hashira-level powers, and completes much of the training, but he does not actually become a Hashira because the Slayer Corps disbanded after Muzan’s defeat, and there was no further need for the Hashira.