Demon Slayer: Could another Hashira have beaten Akaza?

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, in the “Mugen Train” arc

The Flame Hashira almost succeeded in exposing Akaza – the top rank three out of twelve Kizuki – to the sunlight, but he ended up as dead as he would have been had he lost to Akaza instantly. Muzan’s elite demons are not to be taken lightly, especially Akaza, who is “only” Upper-Rank 3. And just as Akaza is not the most powerful Upper-Rank, Rengoku was not the strongest of the Hashira. So, could another Hashira have defeated Akaza?

The Demon Slayer manga made it clear that while every Hashira is incredibly powerful, some are much stronger than others. Mitsuri Kanroji and Muichiro Tokito survived the upper tier four and five fights with (relatively) minor injuries, while Tengen Uzui was maimed and forced into retirement by upper tier six. Judging by the manga’s last two arcs, “Infinity Train” and “Countdown to Dawn,” one could easily argue that the strongest Hashira are Gyomei Himejima, Sanemi Shinazugawa, and Iguro Obanai. Let’s take a look at these Hashira and see which ones – if any – could have defeated Akaza had they been tasked with handling the Mugen Train fiasco.

The Iguro’s snake breath gives it quick and flexible movements

Iguro Obanai’s serpent breath gave Muzan a hard time in the manga’s final arc, “Counting the Dawn”, so it makes sense that Akaza found it troublesome as well. Akaza’s special ability, the Compass Needle, allows him to predict his opponent’s moves, but the fact that even Tanjiro surprised him with a weird move bodes well for Iguro’s chances against Upper. Three.

Snake’s breath is all about sneaking into the opponent, and Iguro’s sword moves unnaturally, like a snake. Given that Akaza didn’t take Rengoku very seriously, and that Iguro is smaller and weaker, Obanai’s best chance of defeating Upper Three would have been a deathblow before Akaza decided to give it his all. .

Sanemi’s wind breathing is too similar to Akaza’s blood demon art

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Although Sanemi Shinazugawa is arguably stronger than Iguro, he wouldn’t have been suitable against Akaza. Both the Upper Three and the Hashira of the Wind can launch long-range attacks, but Sanemi struggles when opponents get close – as evidenced by his many scars – which is a weakness Akaza doesn’t share.

During his fight against Kokushibo – Upper-Rank One – in the “Infinity Train” arc, Sanemi was gutted like a fish by the Moonbreath demon, and only an intervention by Gyomei Himejima gave him time. to sew itself back together before its entrails spill out. If it was Sanemi who encountered Akaza, he would surely have fought better than Rengoku, but Sanemi probably wouldn’t have emerged victorious, even if Akaza’s compass needle makes him almost impossible to decapitate anyway.

Gyomei’s Stone Breath would have obliterated Akaza’s body

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As shown in Rengoku’s fight against Akaza, Upper Three isn’t impervious to damage, even though his compass needle predicts his opponent’s moves. Each of the Stone Hashira’s breathing techniques carries a risk of total annihilation for the demons, as even Kokushibo and Muzan have had their heads and various body parts blown to bits by Himejima. Kokushibo even said that Himejima was the most powerful Hashira for 300 years, which means that Akaza, being much weaker than the others, could have had a lot to do with the Stone Hashira.

As Akaza predicts his opponent’s movements, Himejima, who is blind, uses the sound of his flail ax chain rattling to infer nearly all of his surroundings, meaning these two fighting spirits d he elite would have fought a spectacular battle. Gyomei would most likely have been able to decapitate Akaza, but whether he – or anyone else – could have defeated Akaza is a different question.

Akaza survived the beheading, making him virtually unbeatable

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In the “Infinity Train” arc, Akaza faced Tanjiro Kamado and Giyu Tomioka in a fight in which he was decapitated after Tanjiro overcame his compass needle by suppressing his fighting spirit. Unfortunately, much to Tanjiro and Giyu’s horror, Akaza’s headless body continued to fight as his head slowly regenerated, with Akaza surviving the beheading through sheer willpower and unwillingness to be defeated.

It took Tanjiro and Giyu everything they had to decapitate Akaza, and they surely would have been killed if Akaza hadn’t remembered his human life and chosen to kill himself out of shame for the monster he had. ‘it had become.

In the end, none of the Hashira could have defeated Akaza, although a few of them could have managed to decapitate him. Akaza proved too strong to be dragged into the sunlight, meaning none of the Hashira could have killed him. The only reason Akaza killed himself despite being beheaded is because Tanjiro’s resemblance to his former master triggered his human memories. If that hadn’t happened, Akaza would have fully recovered and slaughtered Tanjiro and Giyu. None of the other Hashira would have triggered Akaza’s human memories, meaning it would have taken all they had to decapitate him – and Akaza’s body would have continued to fight until he recovers and kills the exhausted Hashira who would have had the audacity to cut off his head.