Demon Slayer: Who Is Muichirō’s Brother? Meet Yūichirō Tokitō!

Demon Slayer: Who Is Muichirō's Brother? Meet Yūichirō Tokitō!
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When discussing Demon Slayer, one usually talks about the demon slayers themselves or the demons. And while the series has offered us a variety of other intriguing characters, we will talk about one specific Demon Slayer – Muichirō Tokitō, the Mist Hashira. But, while the story of this article is undoubtedly going to be connected to Muichirō’s story, he won’t be the focus of this article. Namely, as the recent episode of Demon Slayer revealed, Muichirō once had a brother named Yūichirō Tokitō and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about Yūichirō and his story in the Demon Slayer anime and manga.

Yūichirō Tokitō was the older twin brother of Muichirō, whom he cared for after their parents died. He has a wholly different personality than Muichirō and took it upon himself to raise and take care of his younger twin, who had a very gentle personality. Yūichirō was just hiding his pain behind all that toughness, actually, but he still rejected the possibility of becoming a Demon Slayer after their parents died, despite Muichirō’s wishes. He was ultimately killed when a Demon attacked the twins.

As you can see, siblings, especially twins, are a thing in Demon Slayer, so we have decided to tell you yet another sibling tale here. This article is going to focus on Yūichirō Tokitō and how his story is tied to that of his brother, as well as the general plot of Demon Slayer. We have to warn you, though, that this article contains spoilers, so be careful how you approach it if you’re not fully up-to-date with the story of Demon Slayer.

The Tokitō twins experienced a tragedy similar to those of many many other Demon Slayer characters

Muichirō and his older twin brother Yūichirō were born into a lumberjack family. When they were ten years of age, their mother became very ill. She eventually developed bronchitis and died in her bed.

Before that, their father was very worried about his wife’s condition; therefore, despite the snowstorm, he went to look for medicines and other medical assistance, but on the way to the village, he fell off a cliff and died. This left the Tokitō twins orphaned, and they were left to care for themselves, as no relatives were present in their lives.

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As we have said, only the two survived and had no one else but themselves. Muichirō was a kind person, a trait he inherited from his father, while his older twin was rational and tried to assess every situation with a cool head; he was sometimes rude and always stood his ground.

In fact, it could be said that he was the complete opposite of Muichirō in every aspect, yet, despite his cold and brutish demeanor, he still cared deeply for Muichirō and was willing to protect him, even with his life (which he would eventually do, but we are going to tell you more about it later in the article).

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But, despite getting along well generally, the two of them often quarreled because of their different personalities, which is why Muichirō found it difficult to live with his brother.

When spring arrived, Kagai Ubuyashiki’s wife Amane found them and invited them to join the Demon Slayer Corps, noticing that both had great potential to become skilled members of the Corps. Muichirō was excited and immediately accepted the offer, but his brother was, as expected, not. In fact, he was quite mean in rejecting Amane, which surprised his younger twin.

Muichirō was flustered by how aggressively Yūichirō reacted to the offer, turning it down without a thought. Later, in a rage, Yūichirō blamed his parents’ overworking and benevolent nature for their deaths, pointing out that they should have made all decisions with a cold head as he did.

Muichirō failed to convince his brother to join the Corps, but Amane never stopped visiting the twins. Still, each time, Yūichirō chased her away, and this ritual kept going for some time – Amane would come with the same offer every time, but Yūichirō would be mean and harsh in rejecting her and sending her away. Muichirō did not fully understand such behavior, but he went along with it, probably due to his gentle nature and the fact that he had no one else in the world besides his brother.

At the beginning of summer, when the twins were eleven years old, a Demon came to their house and attacked them. Yūichirō stood up to the Demon and attacked it to protect his younger twin, but he lost his left arm while defending his brother. This resulted in Muichirō, in a fit of rage, attacking the demon and beating him to death in the street with everything he could get his hands on, from various tools to logs; it was a truly brutal sight.

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When the sun rose in the morning, the Demon disappeared because the sunlight finished it off, and Muichirō managed to drag himself back to their home. When he arrived, he saw his brother, covered in blood and on the verge of death, praying for Muichirō’s life. As we have said, this scene showed that Yūichirō cared deeply for his brother despite his personality and behavior and did not want to join the Demon Slayer Corps because he did not want to endanger them any further.

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While dying, Yūichirō talked about how good his brother, who simply wanted to help others, was and that he only got in the way under his feet. Muichirō took his hand, but Yūichirō was already slowly dying and finally stopped breathing at the end. Amane and her daughters later found the twins. She then took Muichirō to their home to heal him. After the incident, Muichirō lost most of his memories and started working as a Demon Slayer for the Demon Slayer Corps, subjecting himself to intense and rigorous training, becoming a Hashira in record time.

How old was Muichirō when his brother died?

Muichirō was 11 years old when Yuichiro died. Due to experiencing such drastic trauma at such early age, Muichirō’s life was marked with emotional problems and severe memory-related issues, most notably amnesia. Luckily Muichirō eventually remembered everything that took place.

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