Demon Slayer: discover what the different names of Daki reveal

One of the great peculiarities of Demon Slayer is its humanization of demons. This taking pity allows the viewer to have compassion for them. Indeed, before becoming bloodthirsty monsters, most have experienced real tragedies. Daki is the perfect example. Daughter of a prostitute, living in the slums of the pleasure district, Daki was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. On her 13th birthday, she met a grim end. From her life as a human to that of a demon, Daki has called herself three different ways. Each reveals a lot about the young woman.

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Ume the human

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Before becoming a demon, Daki was Ume. Ume has a double meaning. The first refers to the kanji writing which corresponds to “white plum”. Indeed, Ume had pale hair. The second meaning is darker. Ume’s mother was a happy woman who died of syphilis. Syphilis or Baidoku in Japanese has several kanji. One of these kanji can be read “Ume”. Ume would therefore be inspired by this disease. The first name “Ume” is like a mark on the girl. In a way, he reminds her of this miserable milieu from which she cannot escape.

Warabihime la oiran

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After her transformation into a demon, Ume served as an oiran (a high-ranking Japanese courtesan). In this new position, she took the name Warabihime. Warabihime can be separated into two words: warabi which means fern and hime which means princess. The fern is a plant widely consumed in Japan. However, when it is poorly cooked, it is a source of diseases such as cancer. In the case of the demoness, this implies that she is pleasant to behold, but can pose a deadly threat to those who do not behave well with her. Moreover, by taking the title of “hime”, the demon wants to put the gap between Ume of the poor districts, and Warabihime the most famous oiran of the district of pleasures.

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Daki the demon

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Ume symbolizes the human past and Warabihime the social position. Daki finally represents the demoness and sister of the upper moon. It is under the name of Daki that the demons, and Muzan first designate her. Two kanji interpret the first name Daki. The first means forfeiture or disgrace. This implies that a person with a rank of honor has fallen very low. By agreeing to transform into a demon, Ume gave up her humanity for a life as a demon. As for Daki’s second kanji, it can be read as “princess”. Whether as an oiran or as a demon, Daki insists on showing his superiority. She is the sister of the sixth moon. By adorning herself with so many titles, the young woman wants above all to stand out from the environment which saw her be born and grow up. But this is far from enough. His madness of grandeur will come to an end thanks to the union of the slayers.

SOURCE: CBR