When one decides to talk about 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 are going to talk about one specific Demon Slayer – Gen’ya Shinazugawa, Sanemi’s brother – in this particular article. Gen’ya is a very interesting character because of his unlikable personality and how it reflects on his relationship with the Demon Slayer Corps in general. Building on that fact, we have decided, in this article, to tell you a bit about his powers and abilities and how he would fare against numerous other characters from the Demon Slayer series.
The article is going to be divided into two major parts. The first one will represent Gen’ya Shinazugawa’s powers and abilities, while the other one will be a short comparison of Gen’ya Shinazugawa’s powers and abilities to the powers and abilities of other characters, divided into several subsections. These will not be detailed analyses, just brief comments so you can understand Gen’ya Shinazugawa’s position in the Demon Slayer lore.
Gen’ya Shinazugawa’s powers and abilities
After becoming one of the members of the Demon Slayer Corps, he possessed quite a high level of strength and surpassed an average person. His strength was greatly increased after using his Demonic Transformation ability, and he could take on members of the Twelve Demon Moons, such as Hantengu and Kokushibo. His level of physical stamina surpassed that of most Slayers, allowing him to endure severe pain and survive fatal injuries, as demonstrated when he lost one of his teeth in the middle of training or when one of the Hantengu clones speared him.
Every time he recited a portion of the Amida Sutra, his speed rose to new heights, giving him more control over his powers and making him practically undetectable to both humans and demons. He was a member of the Demon Slayer Corps, but what made him so special was that he could not perfect any Breathing Technique.
He trained under Gyomei Himejima’s guidance to make up for not having any skills, learning the Repetitive Action technique that helped him focus intensely and fully open his five senses, improving all of his physical abilities and the use of Nichirin weapons.
He didn’t employ any Breathing Styles, but he was nonetheless a skilled swordsman who could move with incredible agility with Nichirin swords. Additionally, he specialized in the usage of pistols in addition to moving around while wielding a sword. Thanks to his accurate shot, he could rip off a demon’s head in a couple of seconds.
Gen’ya might momentarily take on demonic traits by eating a demon’s living flesh. Depending on his strength, he might get regeneration and physical strength equivalent to one. Gen’ya is temporarily able to defeat Aizetsu in this form. After devouring the wood that Zohakuten had produced, Gen’ya was strong and swift enough to toss three trees at once.
Gen’ya’s demonization in its fullest was shown in his conflict with Kokushibo since he could only be put to death by being beheaded. Gen’ya’s demonic talents were strengthened by consuming Kokushibo’s hair, as evidenced by the fact that he could quickly rejoin his severed body and even listen in on Muzan Kibutsuji’s telepathic dialogue.
Later, the entire scope of Gen’ya’s heightened demonic talents are revealed, proving that even after having his head cleanly cut in half and being bifurcated, he was still alive and awake and had the power to use his Demon Blood Art. In addition, Gen’ya has demonstrated the capacity to separate his cells and combine them with his weapons.
Gyomei Himejima taught him the repetitive action technique to help him make up for his inability to employ breathing techniques. To effectively focus on his task, maintain mental clarity, and shut out pain, Gen’ya repeats a series of sentences or phrases. He repeats a series of Amida Sutra prayers for Gen’ya to help him concentrate.
At least two higher ranks (Hantengu and, later, Kokushibo) had their flesh and cells consumed by Gen’ya, who reportedly created his personal Blood Demon Art. Gen’ya’s Blood Power was intended to combat and harm other demons, the same as Nezuko’s. Gen’ya’s special technique combines his demon-turned cells with his solar steel balls and weapon, allowing him to easily control the direction and speed of the bullets as they are fired.
This was demonstrated when his bullets easily navigated around Kokushibo’s sword and sank right into his body. While inside the designated target, thsee bullets are able to instantly develop into a massive tree that resembles the higher rank four Zohakuten form tree animals before entangling and wrapping around the target to render it paralyzed. Gen’ya could modify his inserted flesh balls even further by making them penetrate his target’s body and absorb demon blood, stopping them from using their own Blood Demon Art.
How powerful is Gen’ya Shinazugawa compared to other Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba characters?
This section will compare Gen’ya Shinazugawa to some other strong Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba characters. These are going to be brief comparisons whose main goal is to give you a general idea of his powers and abilities.
Gen’ya Shinazugawa vs. Tanjiro Kamado
Well, this is intriguing, and we decided to start with it. Namely, when Tanjiro first met the Gen’ya, the aggressive trainee was more powerful than the frightened Tanjiro, but as time passed, Tanjiro became very powerful. He even mastered Sun Breathing, becoming one of a very small number of Demon Slayers who managed to master two different styles. This definitely has changed Tanjiro’s position, and after assessing everything from start to finish, at the height of his powers and abilities, Tanjiro would be able to defeat Gen’ya.
Gen’ya Shinazugawa vs. Hantengu
We always pick one specific Demon Slayer to compare with a member of the Kizuki, and in Geny’a’s case, we picked Hantengu, as he was the first Upper Rank that Gen’ya fought on-screen. From an objective standpoint, evaluating the balance of power between the two is exceptionally difficult, just as it would be difficult to compare Gen’ya with the Upper Ranks. Still, after consuming parts of Hantengu’s flesh, Gen’ya was able to fight him on equal terms or, to be more precise, some of his clones. We don’t think he is as strong as an Upper-Rank Four, but Gen’ya wouldn’t lose that easily, especially if we consider the version with Kokushibo’s powers.
Gen’ya Shinazugawa vs. the remaining Hashira
This is a very versatile category, and while it usually depends on whom the protagonist is fighting – in this case, Gen’ya – we have to say that we don’t think that Gen’ya could beat anyone, really. Perhaps Sanemi, at the peak of his abilities, but all the other Hashira would ultimately be able to defeat him. Gyomei, Obanai, Rengoku, Muichiro, and Giyu would do it easily, Shinobu would outwit him, Tengen is simply too fast, and Mitsuri would overpower him with ease. This is why we don’t think he would defeat any of the Hashira.
Gen’ya Shinazugawa vs. Zenitsu
Zenitsu was able to defeat Kaigaku, and he would probably do relatively well against Gen’ya. Namely, we could, perhaps, compare Gen’ya to Kaigaku in some aspects, and since Zenitsu was able to defeat Kaigaku, he would probably be able to defeat Gen’ya as well, but it would have to be Zenitsu at the peak of his abilities, as Gen’ya’s demonic powers would demand such an approach.
Gen’ya Shinazugawa vs. Inosuke
Well, Inosuke might be more similar to Gen’ya than his own brother, Sanemi. The two rely on their instincts and their raw power, which is why they are so similar and interesting to compare. But, as we did with Zenitsu, we’d give Inosuke a slight advantage here because he is a Demon Slayer and can use a Breathing Style, which is effective against Demons.
Gen’ya Shinazugawa vs. Muzan
Muzan is the most powerful of all Demons and the creator of all the Demons that came after him. His weaknesses are the same as those of the other Demons, but his powers and abilities far surpass those of any other known Demon in the series. Using his powers, he has turned numerous people into Demons and has organized the most powerful ones in the Twelve Kizuki. And while he did put up a fight against Kokushibo and helped kill Hantengu, Gen’ya would stand no chance against Muzan and would be eliminated in an instant.
Gen’ya Shinazugawa vs. Kokushibo
And while we usually pick just one Demon Slayer-Demon pairing, we have to say that Kokushibo is as good of a choice as Hantengu since Gen’ya fought both of them. And while there is no doubt that Kokushibo is more skilled than Gen’ya, the Upper-Rank One was surprised by Genya’s resilience and, later, his ability to mimic his own skills. Gen’ya ultimately helped kill Kokushibo, but in a one-on-one fight, the Upper-Rank One would still prevail.
Gen’ya Shinazugawa vs. the remaining Twelve Kizuki
As a member of the Demon Slayer Corps, Gen’ya was fairly skilled, although his skills differed from those of his colleagues. He managed to put up a great fight against Hantengu and helped kill Kokushibo, but realistically, we think that he is somewhere on the level of an Upper-Rank Six, possibly an Upper-Rank Four. He would definitely lose to both Akaza and Doma but would probably win against the three Upper Ranks Six we’ve seen. Gyokko is a mystery, and we think he would win, although Gen’ya would also have some chance in this battle.