Demon Slayer’s strongest Hashira might be anime’s most powerful (and pathetic) heroes

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the Demon Hunter available on Viz Media.

Afirst glance, the Hashira of the Demon Hunter’s Stone Pillar, Gyomei Himejima, gives the impression of being a peculiar and compensated character … and he is. From his highly emotional nature, which causes him to constantly cry, to the fact that he is the strongest Hashira in the Demon Hunter Corps, there is certainly more depth to Gyomei’s character than meets the eye.

Although it has not appeared much in the anime, the manga of Demon Slayer he has given many details to explain his tragic past and how he has achieved such feats, all while being blind. Let’s talk about the past and the powers of Gyomei Himejima.

Demon hunter Hashira Gyomei Himejima has a sad past

In his youth, Gyomei raised nine children in a temple, all of them orphans whom he loved very much and considered his family. As the forest surrounding the temple was infested with demons, there were strict rules not to stay outside until dark as Gyomei always burned wisteria incense to keep those in the temple safe. One night, however, one of the children disobeyed the temple rules, staying after sunset and encountering a demon. Terrified, the boy offered Gyomei and the other children as sacrifices to save his own life, even putting out the wisteria incense and driving the demon straight to the temple. Most ran scared and killed themselves, but the youngest, a girl named Sayo, hid behind Gyomei.

Although he was blind from birth and quite thin, Gyomei was desperate to protect his family and struck the demon with his bare hands until dawn, discovering its innate power for the first time. At dawn, the demon turned to dust, but when help arrived, Sayo blamed everyone’s deaths on Gyomei. He was charged with murder and imprisoned, and only escaped execution thanks to Kagaya Ubuyashiki, leader of the Demon Hunter Corps. Since then, Gyomei harbored doubts and suspicions about the true nature of people, although he remained very emotional and kind.

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After only two months of training, Gyomei was declared Hashira of the Stone Pillar, proving that his physique and raw strength are a force to be reckoned with. But of course his prowess in the Demon Hunter it goes even further. Gyomei handles one of the five original breathing styles derived from the Breath of the Sun, known as Breath of Stone. A technical and difficult-to-master style, Stone Breath mimics earth and stone to create persistent and unwavering abilities both offensively and defensively. Being born blind, Gyomei learned to empower his other senses, giving him a much stronger and unique connection to the earth than most others.

Unlike the other Demon Slayers, Gyomei’s Nichirin Blade is not a sword. Instead, he wields an ax with a barbed flail attached to a long chain.

In addition to his already extraordinary abilities, Gyomei combines his Breathing Style with Repetitive Actions to expand his limits. Repetitive Action is a technique that opens the five senses to achieve Total Concentration Breathing. You can repeat a series of familiar movements or recall a moment of extreme pain and anger to increase your concentration and draw more power from within. Gyomei’s Repetitive Actions involve praying constantly.

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In short, yes. As the most powerful Hashira in anime Demon Slayer, Gyomei’s gentle and sensitive nature only fuels her strength. To begin with, constantly offering prayers to people and situations that discourage you is not only in tune with your powerful emotions, but is also a practice of repetitive actions whose catalyst is your immense empathy. And although you doubt others from the beginning, when you accept someone, your loyalty and trust towards them is enormously admirable.

In fact, Gyomei’s emotions are what sustain him, as his strength is not solely due to his incredible muscular strength. Anger, grief, and regret from her past and present directly fuel her desire to protect, as she is terrified of experiencing that pain and loss again. The secret to Gyomei’s powers is that they are governed, regulated, and empowered by his emotional abilities. So, in a sense, her crying is a sign of her strength rather than her weakness. As a gentle giant, Gyomei’s character can be seen as a deconstruction of what makes a person strong in Demon Slayer.