Even the top Hashira don’t consider their power for granted and will not lose to Muzan’s Upper Moons because of tragic hubris or excessive confidence.
Demon Slayer is one of the most popular shonen action anime that features several well-known themes and elements to it, from the “monster hunter” concept it has in common with Jujutsu Kaisenand Chainsaw Manto the concept of having a small elite group of villains and heroes. Demon Slayer is like in many ways Bleach’s 13 Soul Reaper captains or the top 10 heroes from My Hero Academia. However, there is one major differentiator.
The Hashira is the most powerful demon slayer in the corp. They’re revered and respected as the only hope for humanity against the devil. The nine Hashira are the most elite of the demon slayer corps and are self-aware and humble. The Soul Reapers as well as the heroes were too at ease in their worlds and paid a hefty price.
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Why does the Hashira Continue to Make a Scene of Discontent?
The nine Hashira, regardless of whether or whether their boss Kaguya Ubuyashiki favored it, have a humble and pragmatic mindset as their organization’s top warriors. They are proud and confident in their mighty skills and experience However, when compared to other anime elites, the Hashira are extremely humble. They’re honest because they recognize that they’re not the most effective in the constant battle against Muzan or the Moons of the Upper. They are not the way to go.
The Hashira will be further hindered by excessive arrogance, pride, complacency, and insecurity. They must also deal with daily reminders about their fragility as humans. The group has welcomed Tanjiro, a 15-year-old Japanese, into its ranks. Even though they hunt demons using their Nichirin swords and the Hashira are more powerful prey Demon Slayers are always going to be prey. Kyojurorengoku for instance can easily defeat normal demonic creatures 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 frightened by the existence of two gaps between the Hashiras’ ranks after Tengen was victorious.
The Hashira are able to strike a balance between self-confidence and humble awareness that they’re at almost the same risk of dying in combat as other demon slayers are, all without succumbing to despair or fear. It’s an amazing feat that has the Hashira having to be acutely aware of their vulnerability as human beings and their low survival rate while encouraging Tanjiro’s team with their immense strength and prestige as shonen-style instructors. Similar to other anime series that recently demonstrated, it’s common for elite heroes to believe that they’re invincible and get used to winning and peace but not the Hashira. If they don’t all lose their lives first and then, they’re in an excellent position to fight Muzan and his gang by having a realistic and practical appraisal of their strength which might give them the advantage.
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The Soul Reapers & Pro Heroes paid the price for Hubris
While the nine Hashiras may not be as powerful as their Captain or My Hero Academia counterparts, however, their humility and vulnerability as mortals imply that they won’t take on fights they can’t overcome. They also don’t take lightly their enemies. By contrast, the Soul Reapers from Bleach became very proud and self-confident when they defeated the Quincy army a few centuries ago, with arrogance being their Achilles heel.
The most glaring weakness of theirs was that they were unable to defend the peace that they once fought so hard for. This is one of the main reasons for Wandenreich’s remarkable success in the Thousand Year Blood War anime. Now, only recently are Soul Reapers finally awakening from their slumber and going through shonen-style classes. They paid the price for this lesson by sacrificing Yamamoto’s life as well as several other Captains.
The professional heroes of My Hero Academia had a similar problem. Unlike the humble Hashira heroes, the pros got too comfortable with being the dominant and undisputed supreme rulers of their world, and they greatly underestimated the power, numbers, and determination of the numerous criminals and outcasts who resented them. This was the catalyst for the Paranormal Liberation Front to create an army of villains which, with Tomura Shigaraki as its leader, could bring down hero society. Since they weren’t accustomed to real-world challenges, pro heroes were completely unprepared and several heroes have been killed or even quit their jobs out of shame.
This would not happen this way in Demon Slayer’s world. The demon slayers, from the rookies to the Hashira are constantly reminded that they have to be Plus Ultra and do everything they can to stay alive and eliminate Japan from the demons.