When one decided to talk about Demon Slayer, one usually talks about the demon slayers themselves or the demons. But, the series has offered us a variety of other intriguing characters who do not belong to the two aforementioned groups. One such character is Tanjuro Kamado, the father of Tanjiro Kamado, and in this article, we are going to introduce you to him and his role in the story. Tanjuro’s role was pivotal to Tanjiro’s evolution and this article will explain everything you need to know about it.
Tanjuro Kamado was the husband of Kie Kamado and the father of Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, Takeo Kamado, Hanako Kamado, Shigeru Kamado and Rokuta Kamado. Tanjuro seemed to have some connection to the demon slayer world and was a wise man, but sick and frail. He died some time before the massacre of his wife and youngest children but still manages to inspire his two surviving children.
The rest of this article is going to focus on Tanjuro Kamado and all of the aspects related to his character, including his role in the story, his history, his family, and his influence on Tanjiro. Tanjuro Kamado has a lot to offer in terms of powers and abilities, which is why we reckoned that he deserved proper treatment in a standalone article.
Is Tanjiro’s dad a demon slayer?
Tanjuro Kamado is a very intriguing character. As we are going to see in the paragraphs that follow, he was an amazingly strong and skilled character. His powers and abilities were certainly on the level of a demon slayer (and a higher ranking one, not one of the lower ranks) but he himself was not a demon slayer during his lifetime.
It is possible that his disease is at fault for that or because he knew the Hinokami Kagura, there was no need for him to leave his family, but whatever it is, Tanjuro Kamado was not a demon slayer.
Is Tanjuro Kamado a demon?
The process of becoming a demon in the Demon Slayer universe is not a complex one – Muzan was the prime demon and all the other demons actually stem from him. When injected with Muzan’s blood, a person will eventually become a demon if Muzan wishes it so. That is how both Nezuko and Tanjiro, at different points in time, became demons. The process is usually permanent – you live out the rest of your life as a demon – but was reversed in both Nezuko’s and Tanjiro’s case.
This means that demonic traits aren’t inherited in that sense and that Nezuko and Tanjiro being demons doesn’t have to mean that Tanjuro was also a demon. In fact, Tanjuro never even came into contact with Muzan, so there was no chance for him to become a demon. So no, to answer your question, Tanjuro Kamado was never a demon. He was born as a human being and died as a human being; his two children did become demons at some point in their lives, but both of them eventually turned back to normal during the story.
Tanjuro Kamado: Powers and abilities
As a descendant of the Kamado family and with the ability to enter the “Transparent World,” Tanjuro’s birthmark on his forehead was secretly a Demon Slayer Mark. This proves Shinjuro’s explanation that all Sun Breathing users naturally have a mark on their forehead.
It turns out that Tanjuro had the ability to predict his opponents’ attacks by seeing their blood flow, muscles, and joint movements.
Throughout his life, Tanjuro did not radiate any urges, hatred, anger, fighting spirit, hostility, or fear, not even in dire situations such as death or fighting a giant bear. This is strongly inspired by Yoriichi Tsugikuni’s ability to stop his fighting spirit/bloodthirst for battle.
For a non-demon slayer, Tanjuro had tremendous stamina. He was able to practice the ritual dance Hinokami Kagura from dusk to dawn without any break, despite his illness, weak body, and freezing environment.
Is Tanjiro’s dad strong?
Although there isn’t much information about his strength, Tanjuro is said to have had very strong arms. He was able to hide the presence of his fighting spirit and see through his enemies’ abilities, severing their heads with one punch. For example, he once wakes Tanjiro in the middle of the night to watch him fight and kill a bear with a simple rusty ax.
Tanjuro was shown to be a phenomenally strong individual despite not being a demon slayer and having a tragic disease that made his body incredibly frail. As said, he was able to slay a bear more than two meters tall without even wielding a Nichirin Sword at speeds magnitudes faster than the blink of an eye.
Yoriichi Tsugikuni was a legendary Demon Slayer in the Demon Slayer Corps during the Sengoku Era. Yoriichi is the younger twin brother of Michikatsu Tsugikuni, who later became a demon and joined the Twelve Kizuki, serving as the Upper Moon One. Yoriichi is the creator of the Sun Breathing Style and is today considered to be the greatest Demon Slayer in history and the franchise’s strongest character. He was the only character Muzan was genuinely afraid of.
The question of there being a direct relation between Tanjiro’s family and Yoriichi is an often-posed one but the answer is quite simple – Yoriichi and Tanjiro’s family are not related in any way. But, someone close to Yoriichi is. We shall now give you the details of this story.
After his banishment, Yoriichi decided he had a lot on his mind and wanted someone to talk to. He could only imagine his friends Sumiyoshi and Suyako and decided to visit them. He meets Sumiyoshi, sits down with him, and tells him his whole story, from his beginnings to his banishment from the Demon Slayer Corps.
Remembering his tragedies and speaking of his regret for leaving Muzan alive and the countless deaths that would follow, Yoriichi became dejected. Sumire, Sumiyoshi’s daughter, arrives just then to ask for a hug. At Sumiyoshi’s request, he lifts her up, causing her to laugh and scream in joy, causing him to burst into tears and kiss her. Suyako, Sumiyoshi’s wife, arrives soon after to comfort him, offer Yoriichi a meal, and cheer him up.
While with the Kamados, Suyako would have Yoriichi perform the Hinokami Kagura. He did it gently, performing every move with such grace that he was compared more to a spirit than a human. Sumiyoshi would watch these demonstrations carefully and keep them in his memories. During his last visit, despite saying he was welcome anytime, Yoriichi gave Sumiyoshi his own Hanafuda earrings. Sumiyoshi and Suyako then realized that would be the last time he would see them.
Overwhelmed with emotion, Sumiyoshi called out to Yoriichi as he walked away, calling on him to stop saying he was a worthless man. He recalled that he had saved them and he expressed his promise to preserve the forms of the Hinokami Kagura dance through his descendants. Hearing this, Yoriichi turns around and smiles brightly, thanking the Kamados and waving them goodbye.
Despite the seemingly limited lifespan of 25 years suffered by those who bore the Mark of the Demon Slayer, Yoriichi lived into his 80s but eventually went blind as he continued to slay demons. He would ultimately perish while fighting his brother, who had – in the meantime – become the demon Kokushibo.
Sumiyoshi is a distant descendant of Tanjiro’s. While it is now know how exactly they are related, it is known that they are. Sumiyoshi was the first known user of the Sun Breathing Style alongside Yoriichi and he really did fulfill his promise to Yoriichi, passing the technique down from generation to generation until it finally reached Tanjiro.
Now, Yoriichi and Sumiyoshi were not directly related, which – in turn – means that Tanjiro and Tanjuro Kamado were not related to Yoriichi. But, Sumiyoshi was Yoriichi’s only true friend and the kindness of the Kamado family is what helped Yoriichi to overcome his doubts. This is why Yoriichi’s story is intrinsically tied to the story of the Kamado family, despite there being no direct relation between them.
This story happened many years before we actually see Tanjiro and it wasn’t really something that the Kamado family often spoke of; maybe it would have, but most of them died by the time Tanjuro and Nezuko were a bit older. In the paragraphs that follow, we shall give you some more information related to Tanjuro’s and Tanjiro’s identical scar, as well as how Tanjuro’s story ultimately ended.
Why do Tanjiro and his dad have the same scar?
The scar we saw on both Tanjuro’s and Tanjiro’s foreheads was not actually a scar, but – as we have explained – the Demon Slayer Mark. It is a mysterious mark that can be obtained and can appear on the body of a powerful Demon Slayer. But, Tanjuro was not a demon slayer, and even Tanjiro became one after a series of tragic events, so how did they have it?
This seems to be a result of the Kamados’ connection to the Sun Breathing style. Namely, it is said that all Sun Breathing users have a Demon Slayer Mark, which shows that they are both extremely powerful and people with extreme potential. Now, Tanjuro was not a demon slayer so he never activated his Mark, but he certainly did benefit from it, just like Tanjiro (before the latter actually activated it).
This is why the two of them actually have the same scar – it is a birthmark that shows their enormous power and potential, which is why it is present in both.
How did Tanjiro’s dad die?
Tanjuro suffered from a disease that makes his skin look dull and pale. At some point in his life, Tanjuro married Kie and had six children. Tanjuro seemed to have some connection to the demon slayer world, but that was never fully explored. In his later years, he was a wise man, but sick and frail. He died at some point before the massacre of his wife and youngest children at the hands of Muzan Kibutsuji, but still managed to inspire his two surviving children, especially Tanjiro.