Although Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a shounen anime series, it is a dark series. This series focuses on the deadly battle between humans and man-eating demons. In the midst of brutal battles, character deaths have become a common occurrence in this series.
Even so, the death of a character in this series is always a moving moment. Especially, if it happens to a character that many fans like. Of the many characters who died in this series, here are the five most heartbreaking deaths in the Demon Slayer series.
With his playful personality, it didn’t take long for Kyojuro Rengoku to become a character loved by fans. Therefore, his death became the most tearful death even though his death came not long after he was introduced.
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Kyojuro is a Pillar of Fire who acts as one of the main protagonists in the Mugen Train arc. After meeting the trio of demon hunters, Kyojuro immediately became close to them and was even willing to become their teacher. Unfortunately, Kyojuro could not accompany the journey of Tanjiro and his friends to the end.
After successfully defeating Enmu, the demon hunters are faced with an even more powerful demon, namely Akaza. As a Top 3 Rank Devil in the Twelve Kizuki, Akaza managed to beat Kyojuro in terms of strength. Kyojuro almost killed Akaza, however, he had to lose his life. Even in his final seconds, Kyojuro still maintained his positive nature and left the world with a smile on his face.
The Kamado Family
The death of the Kamado family is the most tragic death in this series as well as a death that proves how cruel the world of Demon Slayer is. The death of the Kamado family also started Tanjiro’s journey to become a demon hunter.
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One day, when Tanjiro went to earn a living, he stayed at a relative’s house because he came home too late and was afraid of the demon that was terrorizing him. However, the next day, when he returns home, Tanjiro finds that his family has been brutally murdered by the devil.
Nezuko is the only survivor. However, he had already been turned into a demon. There, Tanjiro then meets the Water Pillar, Giyu Tomioka, who advises him to become a demon hunter. After learning the Water Breathing technique, Tanjiro begins his journey to find the person responsible for the massacre, namely Muzan Kibutsuji.
The villain character is presented to be hated by the audience. However, after knowing his motives and background, not infrequently the audience turned to sympathize with him. That was what Rui experienced.
A Lower 5 Demon in the Twelve Kizuki, Rui is shown as a very vicious demon who kidnaps anyone to become his family. Rui is very rude to his family because he often tortures his family if they don’t do what he says. He also tries to kidnap Nezuko after being impressed by her loyalty to Tanjiro.
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However, upon his death, it was revealed that Rui actually only wanted the warmth of a family. When he was still a human, Rui was a sickly child. Rui then meets Muzan, who saves him by turning him into a demon. Rui was free from his illness, however, not by his bloodlust as a demon.
Having killed so many people, his parents tried to commit suicide with Rui. However, Rui saw this as a betrayal so he killed his father and mother. Therefore, he created a fake family because Rui didn’t understand what family meant.
Besides Kyojuro, Shinobu Kocho is also one of the characters that fans really like because of his fun personality. As a character loved by fans, Shinobu’s death is also the death that invites the most tears.
Behind his pleasant personality, Shinobu actually harbors a huge hatred for demons. Unfortunately, he had to die at the hands of the creature he hated the most, namely Doma the Devil Ranks 2 in the Twelve Kizuki. Even so, his death was not in vain because his death was also one of the keys to Doma’s defeat.
Daki and Gyutaro
Despite acting as the main antagonist in the Entertainment District arc, it must be admitted that the deaths of Daki and Gyutaro are the most moving in this series. Just like Rui, Daki and Gyutaro’s background is revealed in the last second before their deaths.
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Born in an environment where face is everything, Gyutaro is ostracized because of his appearance. Even so, Gyutaro’s life changes after he has a younger brother, Daki. Unfortunately, the happiness didn’t last long as Gyutaro and Daki almost died defending themselves. Even so, they were saved by being turned into demons by Muzan.
In the end, both of them died with their heads cut off and faced each other. Before his death, Daki and Gyutaro cursed each other as if they hated each other. However, Tanjiro stopped the fighting. Daki admits that he is only afraid of death.
Many characters died in the Demon Slayer anime series. Even so, the deaths of the five characters above are still the most heart-wrenching, regardless of their roles as protagonists or antagonists. Of the deaths of the five anime characters above, whose death do you think is the most heartbreaking?