The next Demon Slayer story arc has begun, and the Entertainment District is quickly adding many exciting new concepts and abilities to the war of demons against demon slayers. Tengen Uzui, the Hashira of Sound, has proven that Demon Slayers can recruit teams of ninjas to fight on their behalf, and Daki has upped the ante with his unique Cloth Belts.
Daki is the Sixth of the Upper Moon, and she has an incredible weapon to go with it. She disguises herself as an oiran, or courtesan, with a kimono and matching fabric sashes. During combat, Daki can use her belt as a flexible tool – and she can do so much more than reach out and grab her enemies. Tanjiro and his friends have seen for themselves what Daki’s belt can really do.
The combat functions of Daki’s belt
At first, Daki maintained her cover as Yatamahime the oiran, but when Tanjiro and Tengen’s squad arrived, Daki fought back, and she had more than just her claws at her disposal. She’s used her Cloth Belts to grab her enemies and hold them down before, which is an obvious use for a ribbon-like weapon, but she can do so much more.
In the latest episode of Demon Slayer, Daki fought Tanjiro with her only special belt, and that was enough for her to resist Tanjiro’s best techniques, including his flame-based Hinokami Kagura technique. Daki’s belt can branch into four independent arms, all of which originate from the middle of the back, and she can attack her enemies with these four “arms” and break through their defenses.
It’s difficult for even Tanjiro to deflect four weapons coming from different directions, and if she wants, Daki can use two of her belt arms as extra legs and improve her stability. This fighting style may remind Spider-Man fans of Doctor Octopus and his four mechanical arms, including instances where Doc Ock uses both lower arms as legs to stay steady while landing heavy attacks.
Daki’s belts are effective for blunt attacks and grabs, but as the last episode showed, they can also form sharp edges, enough to decapitate any Demon Slayer. Demons don’t usually wield swords, but somehow Daki has four, and these “swords” have a far longer reach than any Nichirin or no-dachi blade a human could wield. . Daki can sweep his four belt arms through the air at high speed, slicing through his enemies before they even realize what is happening.
The defensive functions of the Daki belt
Daki’s Belt can be used to capture live human prey and defend Daki’s underground lair from intruders like Inosuke Hashibira. His belt is almost like a spider, capturing prey alive and keeping it intact but helpless in a hidden lair for later consumption. In a vague sense, this use of Daki’s belt is reminiscent of Rui and her spider family, with spiders using silk to wrap their captured prey and store it for later. Daki is like an evolution of the Lower Moon Five, a brand new predator that doesn’t have all of Rui’s weaknesses. She’s a hunter like Tanjiro’s squad has never seen, and that’s thanks to her belt. Only an elite demon slayer could free the captured humans in this belt and get away with it.
Daki’s belt can even operate independently and defend the underground lair on its own. In this mode, Daki’s belt has a face and can talk, and it even appears to have its own personality when fighting. No other demon has ever wielded a weapon like this, and it may remind anime fans of the remote-controlled Stands found in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Black Sabbath is a prime example of this: a darkness-wielding Stand that fought Giorno Giovanna on its own while its owner was away, and could even talk. In that sense, Daki is Demon Slayer’s first Stand user, and even that might not be Daki’s last trick with his belt.
If pressed, there’s no doubt that Daki will come up with yet another bizarre use for this extraordinary garment, proving exactly why she’s part of the Upper Moons of Muzan.