Tanjiro Kamado is one of the best protagonists in the era of the post-“Big Three” anime series. The protagonist of the Demon Slayer series had absolutely everything you’d want from a great anime protagonist, which is why we are talking about him so often here on Fiction Horizon. This article will also be dedicated to young Tanjiro, as we are going to discuss his fate in the series. What happens to Tanjiro at the end of the series has been a hot topic for a while now and in this article, we are going to reveal what happens to the protagonist of the Demon Slayer manga and anime in the end, i.e., you are going to find out how he died.
Tanjiro does survive the fight against Muzan and later dies, presumably of old age
As everyone and their grandma knows, Tanjiro Kamado is the protagonist of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. He is a young boy who had a modest, but happy childhood. His father, a benevolent and caring man, died because of an illness, so the young Tanjiro was left – as the oldest child in the family – to take care of his mother and his younger siblings. They lived in a cabin on a hill and Tanjiro went to town every day to sell coal, which is how the family managed to pay their expenses. Despite living in poverty, they were not unhappy.
One day, Tanjiro went to town but returned late, so a neighbor told him to spend the night at his place because demons could be lurking in the woods at night and Tanjiro might be hurt. Tanjiro agreed and when he returned home the next morning, he found most of his family slaughtered, save for his younger sister, Nezuko, who was turned into a demon. He would find out that it was Muzan Kibutsuji, the King of Demons, who did this and he would soon become a Demon Slayer to avenge his family and to cure Nezuko of her condition.
Tanjiro trained hard and eventually learned the family dance, the Hinokami Kagura, which turned out to be Yoriichi’s Sun Breathing Style, the only Breathing Style capable of killing Muzan. After slaying many Demons, both Lower and Upper Moons, Tanjiro eventually clashed against Muzan with his friends and allies and they were able to defeat him. But at that point, Muzan took over Tanjiro’s body and tried to turn him into a demon so that he could continue living as Tanjiro; while his friends from the outside urged him to come back, Tanjiro was having an internal struggle with Muzan and was on the brink of succumbing.
But, as shonen manga will have it, Tanjiro ultimately managed to fight off Muzan and took control of his body, while Muzan faded into oblivion and died once and for all. With him, the demons also disappeared and the world became a much better and less dangerous place. So, what happened to Tanjiro later in the series?
We have concluded that he did not die in the fight against Muzan and after mourning his fallen friends and allies, he returned to leading a normal life. He eventually married Kanao and the two of them had a family; his descendants are still alive in the time-skip epilogue of Demon Slayer set in the present. Tanjiro, of course, died at one point in the manga, but it wasn’t in the fight against Muzan.
Although there are theories that he died young – having activated the Demon Slayer Mark on his forehead – this is highly unlikely, although Gotoge never confirmed this in the series. By all means, Tanjiro lived well into his old age and died at some point of natural causes, later in the series’ timeline. This was never shown in the manga, but based on what we know, we are quite certain that this is how it happened after Muzan’s defeat.
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