The term “ship” in terms of anime is actually a shortened version of the word “relationship” and represents fan-based relationships between the characters in the series. So, if you think that two characters would be great as a couple, you’re “shipping” them together. As far as Demon Slayer is concerned, the series itself has many ships, and while some were confirmed to be canon, others are quite ridiculous. The ship we will discuss belongs to the latter group and involves Muichirō Tokitō, the Mist Hashira, and Tanjirō Kamado, the show’s protagonist. In this article, you will find out whether Muichirō likes Tanjirō and the actual nature of their relationship.
Muichirō Tokitō does not romantically like Tanjirō Kamado. The two of them are allies and friends who’ve had some shared adventures and discussions, but there wasn’t anything romantic between them at any point. Tanjirō Kamado was also confirmed to be heterosexual, whereas there are no indications whatsoever that Muichirō was homosexual. Muichirō respected and liked Tanjirō, but only as a friend.
The rest of this article will explore the nature of the relationship between Muichirō Tokitō, the Mist Hashira, and Tanjirō Kamado, the show’s protagonist. We will explore Muichirō’s and Tanjirō’s personalities in more detail, as well as the nature of their relationship in the world of Demon Slayer. This article won’t contain too many spoilers, but still, be careful how you approach it if you don’t know the whole story.
Muichirō’s and Tanjirō’s stories were connected, but there was never any romance between the two
Due to the nature of the series and the close bonds between some of the characters, the number of ships in the world of Demon Slayer is quite significant, and fans have shipped numerous characters with each other. And while the author has confirmed some of these ships to be canon (e.g., Tanjirō and Kanao, Zenitsu and Nezuko, Obanai and Mitsuri, etc.), some of them are non-canon, and that is completely fine since most anime have a lot of non-canon ships.
Some of these non-canon ships are more probable than others, but some are outright ridiculous. The ship we are going to talk about here is not one of the most ridiculous ones we’ve heard, but it is completely off and has nothing to do with the realities of the characters involved, and they are Muichirō Tokitō, the Mist Hashira, and Tanjirō Kamado, the show’s protagonist.
Now, Muichirō’s and Tanjirō’s stories had a lot of common elements – both faced tragedy when their respective families were attacked by a Demon and had to do their best to live through that and fight the Demons that harmed them – and while they are allies and friends, we don’t really have much to add in this aspect as far as the depth of their relationship is concerned. When they first met, Muichirō had a very negative attitude towards Tanjirō because he protected Nezuko and was disrespectful of the hierarchy of the Corps.
Still, when they met again, Muichirō had difficulty remembering who Tanjirō was and even what they talked about. This is due to Muichirō’s amnesiac behavior. But, when they talked later, Tanjirō’s words influenced Muichirō, as he remembered them when he went to save Kotetsu. When Muichirō regained his memories and stopped being so mist-headed (pun intended), he remembered who Tanjirō was completely, and they became friends. They would later participate in the raid on Muzan’s Infinity Castle but did not battle together.
Muichirō is a person who is constantly in thought and can never concentrate on one thing. He usually doesn’t get involved much in conversations and only thinks for himself. His thoughts always follow the logic and are still guided by emotions. However, his personality was different before his twin brother’s death. Until he was eleven, Muichirō was very caring. Although originally more like his father, he showed a great deal of kindness and was very understanding, which does not reflect his attitude as a Demon Slayer.
He believes that he must do good for others to do him good. After a Demon killed his brother, Muichirō later lost his memories and retained an ever-present anger that he deeply suppressed and later fueled his intensive training. After the amnesia, he exhibited his indifferent attitude as a Hashira. After Muichirō regained his memories, he showed more emotion and confidence, which helped him form new friendships with the other Demon Slayers. He even used sarcasm against Gyokko, the Upper-Rank Five.
Tanjirō, on the other hand, has frequently been referred to as having soft eyes by others because he is naturally compassionate. He exhibits incredible tenacity and will never give up once he establishes a goal to accomplish. The best illustration of this is his never-ending hunt for treatment for Nezuko. Even though he is physically fit, he is not opposed to asking for assistance when needed. He shows a lot of love to his pals, especially his sister. However, Tanjirō’s most notable quality is his ability to get along with everyone, including demons, which frequently causes him to think twice before killing a demon.
The drawback to these pauses is that they frequently give the Demons time to recuperate so they can carry on battling later. Tanjirō has a raging inner fire of retaliation and rage that burns behind his outwardly affable and compassionate exterior. Tanjirō Tanjirō first encounters Muzan and is about to draw his sword and fight him; we witness this side of him. Tanjirō unleashes his resentment as Muzan makes his getaway and declares he will be the one to execute Muzan. Another time, when the Demon Slayers allowed their necks to be torn by the Spider Demon’s (Mother) threads, Tanjirō displays a visceral wrath that even Inosuke feels.
As you can see, the two of them would have been compatible in terms of personalities, but before we wrap this up, we can only confirm again that Muichirō did not like Tanjirō in a romantic way and vice versa. The two of them were allies and friends who valued each other deeply and respected each other, but they were simply friends. Muichirō died while fighting Kokushibō, whereas Tanjirō would go on to survive and start a family with Kanao Tsuyuri.