What Sets Demon Slayer’s Hashira Apart from Other Heroes: A Key Difference
Even the top Hashira don’t take their power for granted and will never be able to defeat Muzan’s Upper Moons due to reckless hubris or a lack of confidence.
Demon Slayer is a well-known shonen anime with a variety of familiar themes and components. These include the “monster hunter” concept that it shares with Jujutsu Kaisen and Chainsaw Man and the idea of an elite and small group of characters that includes both the heroes and the villains. Demon Slayer is very similar to Bleach’s 13 Soul Reaper captains or the top 10 heroes of My Hero Academia. But there’s one key distinction.
The Hashira is, by far, the most powerful demon slayer corps members They are glamorized and respected as the best chance humanity has against demon-kind. But this did not go to their heads, and the nine Hashira are surprisingly humble and self-aware of the demon slayer corps elite. In contrast, the Soul Reapers as well as pro heroes got too used to controlling their universes and paid a heavy price for this.
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Why does the Hashira Continue to Make a Scene of Discontent?
The nine Hashira, regardless of whether or not their boss Kaguya Ubuyashiki favored it has a humble, practical mindset in their role as the organization’s top warriors. While they take a lot of confidence in their immense skills and experience but the Hashira appear to be extremely down to earth when compared to other elites of anime. They’re honest because they know they are not the best in the ongoing battle with Muzan or the Upper Moons. The fact is that hubris isn’t what they need.
The Hashira will be further restricted by their excessive pride, arrogance, complacency, and insecurity. They also must be constantly reminded of their vulnerability as human beings. The corps has welcomed Tanjiro, a 15-year-old Japanese, into its ranks. Demon slayers ultimately fall prey to demons even when they hunt demons with their Nichirin swords, and the Hashira are just more powerful prey. Kyojurorengoku, for example, can easily defeat ordinary demons However, he was unable to save his life in the battle against Akaza. TengenUzui, the ninja, was severely injured in the battle with Gyutaro. Obanai Iguro was not alarmed by the possibility of two gaps between the ranks of Hashiras when Tengen was victorious.
The Hashira have struck a balance between self-confidence and simple awareness that they’re as liable to die in combat as other demon slayers are, and all without falling to despair or fear. It’s a remarkable feat, with the Hashira having to be acutely aware of their own human frailty and poor survival rate while encouraging Tanjiro’s team with their incredible power and prestige as shonen-style instructors. It’s easy for heroes of the highest rank to think that they’re immortal and become too comfortable with peace and victory. But they’re not the Hashira. They’ll be able to defeat Muzan and his followers when they’re not taken out first. This will allow them a fair and realistic assessment of their power and may even provide them with an advantage.
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The Soul Reapers & Pro Heroes Paid the Price for Hubris
While the nine Hashiras may not be the same as their Captain or My Hero Academia counterparts Their humility and vulnerability as human beings mean that they don’t want to engage in fights they can’t overcome. They don’t undervalue their adversaries. The Soul Reapers of Bleach, On the other hand, became quite proud and self-confident after beating the Quincy army some centuries ago, their Achilles heel.
Paradoxically, their greatest weakness was their inability to protect the peace they had worked to achieve. This was a major reason behind the incredible success of the Wandenreich so far in the Thousand-Year-Blood Waranime but just now, the Soul Reapers are breaking from their complacency and undergoing shonen-style instruction. However, they paid for this lesson with the deaths of many Captains as well as Yamamoto himself.
The professional heroes of My Hero Academia faced a similar issue. As opposed to the humble Hashira heroes, the professional heroes were too comfortable with being the dominant and undisputed leaders of their world and they greatly underestimated the power, numbers, and determination of the numerous criminals and outcasts who resented them. This is what prompted the Paranormal Liberation Front to create a villain army that, with Tomura’s Shigaraki as its leader could take down the hero society. The heroes of the professional world were unprepared due to their lack of exposure to real-world challenges, and now several heroes have found themselves killed or even quit their jobs because of their shame.
This wouldn’t happen in Demon Slayer’s world. The demon slayers, from the rookies to the Hashira are always reminded to be Plus Ultra and do everything they can to stay alive and get rid of Japan of demon-kind.