Demon Slayer released new art of the insect Hashira Shinobu Kocho for his birthday. The new illustration was posted on the official Demon Slayer Twitter account and shows the character celebrating his birthday on February 24 along with several of his fellow Hashira.
The Hashiras of Water and Mist, Giyu Tomioka and Muichiro Tokito, hang decorations for the event, though the Serpent Hashira Obanai Iguro angrily points out that they have misspelled the birthday message on the banner they are hanging. However, Shinobu seems to be moved by the celebration, as she blushes as she holds a bouquet of roses.
Shinobu Kocho is first introduced in the Natagumo Mountain arc and becomes an important part of the story during the Rehabilitation Training arc, where she helps Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke recover from their injuries and master a new technique. which greatly increases his fighting abilities. The character is one of the nine Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, a rank given only to the most powerful and courageous leaders within the force. Shinobu’s small body and outwardly pleasant demeanor mask his devastating speed and seething hatred of demons.
The Demon Slayer anime recently concluded its second season on February 13. Most of the season focused on the Entertainment District arc, which featured another Hashira member, Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui. The arc is one of the most highly regarded parts of Koyoharu Gotouge’s original manga, and its anime adaptation was similarly praised, with additional praise for studio Ufotable’s trademark quality animation and impressively intricate fight choreography.
Fans who want to see Mist Hashira do something besides mess up some birthday decorations should keep an eye out for the anime’s third season, which will feature an adaptation of the Swordsmith Village arc. This story sees the central protagonist Tanjiro Kamado traveling to the home village of the Demon Slayer Corps blacksmiths to repair his worn out Nichirin katana. The arc will allow viewers to see the airheaded Mist Hashira in action, as well as the overly affectionate Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji. A premiere date for the anime’s continuation has not yet been announced.
The entire season 1 and season 2 of the anime are now available to stream from Funimation and Crunchyroll. Koyoharu Gotouge’s original manga published its final chapter in 2020, and the entire series is now available in English on VIZ Media.