Just as some of Demon Slayer’s Hashira are much stronger than others, there are some that are more average than others.
For a group of characters as powerful as the Hashira of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, there will always be a lot of talk about the strongest and weakest members, but what about the average members ? Some Hashira are stronger than others, others have more tragic stories, and still others have better design. The Hashira rose to prominence over the course of the manga, and while they all had a major impact on the series, some had more notable accomplishments than others.
The Demon Slayer manga established that some Hashira are much stronger than others, and the nine characters are fairly easily divided into three power levels. With Gyomei Himejima, Sanemi Shinazugawa and Iguro Obanai at the top of the ladder and Mitsuri Kanroji, Tengen Uzui and Shinobu Kocho at the bottom of the ladder, what is left for the others? Let’s take a look at Giyu Tomioka, Kyojuro Rengoku, and Muichiro Tokito and see why they are easily the most average Hashira.
Please be easy on Giyu
The Water Hashira, Giyu Tomioka, could have been one of the most powerful Hashira if he wasn’t against the idea of expending himself under the pretext that he doesn’t want to. Giyu spent most of Demon Slayer being brooding and aloof, and the only time he was seen in combat before the penultimate arc “Dimensional Fortress of Infinity”he had his favorite type of fight against Rui – Lower Rank Five of the Twelve Kizuki – where he killed a demon without having to make the slightest effort. Even the signature technique of Giyu, Water-Breathing, 11th Form: Dead Calmbrings its strength to its zenith in a fraction of a second, so that it can spend as little time as possible.
It was only during his fight alongside Tanjiro Kamado against Akaza as Giyu went all out in a fight, and even then he blamed the villain for forcing him into it. Giyu is one of the most average Hashira, simply because if it were up to him, he wouldn’t even be one. To his credit, Giyu was one of only two Hashira to survive the final battle against Muzan and the Upper-Ranks., and was the last Hashira on his feet and able to fight. However, Lower Five was still the most powerful demon Giyu killed in Demon Slayer – which isn’t as impressive as some of the other Hashira’s accomplishments.
Kyojuro Rengoku was a rich kid who was over the top
One of the finer details in Demon Slayer is that the Hashira are fairly well paid for their work. Kyojuro Rengoku comes from a long line of flame Hashira of the Rengoku family, that is to say a prestigious and wealthy family. He is the only Hashira who did not join the Demon Slayer Corps because of personal tragedy, but rather because killing demons is his family’s profession. That’s not to say that Rengoku was some kind of brat or that he didn’t deserve his title, just thatwhen it comes to Demon Slayer characters, he was easily the most favored.
It’s no coincidence that the most powerful Hashira have incredibly tragic histories, and although Kyojuro lost his mother to illness when he was young, his motivation just couldn’t compare to other characters like Gyomei or Iguro. In terms of strength, Kyojuro was in the middle of the pack. He single-handedly saved the lives of 200 people aboard the Mugen Train, but he was absolutely no match for Akaza, the higher rank 3 demon, which Giyu Tomioka fought almost on equal terms later in the manga. The impact of Kyojuro’s death was tangible for the rest of the series, but as Hashira it was pretty mundane in terms of strength.
Muichiro Tokito Is Demon Slayer’s Most Average Hashira
Tokyo, the Hashira of the Mist, was powerful enough to take on a High Ranking Five 1v1 and win, but from his stoic personality to his unimaginative design, he is by far the most annoying of all Hashira. The rest have all donned their Demon Slayer Corps uniforms to varying degrees, which helps them stand out in the crowd, but Muichiro only wore a loose version of the standard uniform to make his movements harder to predict. Combining his lackluster looks with his lack of emotion, he’s as close to the credits as any Hashira, even though he’s arguably the strongest swordsman on this list.
It’s conceivable that Gyokko, High-Rank Five, wasn’t as strong as he should have been given his title, given that Muichiro was literally cut to pieces by KokushiboHigh-Rank One. Muichiro was utterly helpless for most of his fight against the strongest demon Muzan Kibutsuji had ever created.while two of his much more powerful comrades were forced to do most of the heavy lifting.
To be fair, Gyomei and Sanemi wouldn’t have defeated Kokushibo if not for the wound a dying Muichiro inflicted on him. If he had survived this encounter – and if Demon Slayer had spent more time on his personality than on his story – Muichiro might not have ended up with the most average Hashira posthumous title.