Zenitsu is one of the funniest characters I’ve seen in anime and manga in a while: he’s loose yet comical; realizes his weaknesses more than his strengths, and may seem the weakest link compared to his comrades in arms.
But let’s be real: his personality has captured the hearts of many fans, including myself.
So, you’re wondering: how does this yellow-haired boy with the creepy cat become brave in the manga? And has he overcome his fear?
Hello and welcome! Today let me enlighten your mind on Zenitsu’s strengths and weaknesses.
This page contains Demon Slayer spoilers.
Does Zenitsu overcome his fear and become brave?
Zenitsu overcame his fear and became brave. This is evident when he fought Kaigaku (the new Upper Demon Six who replaced Daki and Gyūtarō) in the Infinity Castle raid.
The long-awaited showdown between Zenitsu and his senpai (yes, Zenitsu’s ‘senpai’) took place in Muzan’s revolving lair. Kaigaku mocked Jigoro Kuwajima (the former Lighting Hashira) in front of Zenitsu.
Jigoro may be his and Zenitsu’s sensei, but Kaigaku only sees the old man as useless and good for nothing. Not once did he even wear the kimono Jigoro gave him.
Hearing Kaigaku spout such mean words only pisses Zenitsu off. So, Zenitsu made a comeback, saying, “Remember, you’re just a High Moon replacement.” to defend his kind-hearted sword master, Jigoro.
To say such sarcastic remarks to Kaigaku would put any Demon Slayer Corps at death’s door. It may be a small step for Zenitsu, but it’s the start of a great conquest to overcome fear.
Zenitsu couldn’t say such words to his demonic enemies in the manga’s early series. Now Zenitsu can and to a cruel senpai no less.
It only takes a few simple words to open the way to bravery; thus, Zenitsu fans are happy that their favorite yellow-haired boy finally manages to overcome his fears.
Did Zenitsu kill a higher demon?
Even though he is not a Hashira, Zenitsu single-handedly cut off the head of his former “friend” and senpai, Kaigaku. He created a unique form of Thunder Breathing and used it to chop off his enemy’s head.
Do you remember how Kaigaku became Zenitsu’s “senpai”? They were simply training under former Thunder Hashira, Jigoro Kuwajima (the man we all thought was Zenitsu’s grandfather at the start of the series but was actually his mentor or coach).
During their training, Kaigaku had to emphasize his superiority and forced Zenitsu to call him “senpai”. He has bragging rights after all after showing his “strengths” to oppose the demons.
Zenitsu just went with it. He already feels quite inferior to Kaigaku; so why oppose him and create more discord? This must be Zenitsu’s mindset when he was still a student in training under the former Light Hashira.
Avoiding a fight by conceding how superior your senpai is to you might be the best course of action, but it’s not without its downsides.
This gave Zenitsu a loose personality. And every time he sees girls, he asks them to marry him because he’s afraid he won’t survive the next demonic battle he encounters.
Zenitsu paid for his mistakes with Kaigaku with his cowardly personality and by “renouncing marriage proposals”.” he could have had with different ladies, to say the least.
Plus, it’s already insulting to Kaigaku to replace the original demons who previously occupied the Upper Demon Six position. After all, if it weren’t for the late Daki and Gyūtarō, the position wouldn’t even be available in the first place.
How many forms of thunder breathing techniques are there?
Technically, there are only 6 forms of the Thunder Breathing technique. But Zenitsu created the seventh form of the Thunder Breathing Technique to defeat Kaigaku.
Zenitsu wasn’t a Hashira when he defeated Kagaku, but there’s no denying that his power levels have increased to match that of a Hashira.
Remember that overcoming fear is not a easy thing even in anime and manga. The characters we read may possess super strength. But let’s not forget that their emotions and mental strength are based on human nature.
While it’s true that the stories and characters are fiction, their varying emotions (like the way they show tears, compassion, and happiness) reflect a functional, functioning human being.
So the moment I saw Zenitsu overcome his worst nightmares in the manga, it shocks and inspires many fans, including myself.
Zenitsu may be cowardly, but his personality has captured the hearts of many fans:
- He can victoriously fight demonic enemies while he sleeps. Then, he wakes up a few minutes later without ever realizing the terrible events that have occurred.
- He bickers a lot with Tanjirō and Inosuke after he mistakenly thinks they are flirting with girls. But Zenitsu reconciles with them after the trio victoriously beheads a sadistic demon.
- And despite Zenitsu’s creepy nature, the most significant romance the show can offer its viewers is how Zenitsu falls for the loveable Nezuko-chan (Tanjirō’s sister-turned-demon).
The above three points may not be acts of bravery. But without them, Zenitsu would be just a shell of himself.
If Zenitsu has remained an unlikable character throughout the series, why would fans even care what he does and who he kills later in Demon Slayer?
It’s because Zenitsu is such a fun and fabulous character that fans care about how brave he becomes and overcomes his fears in the rest of the series.
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About Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotoge. Its publication in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump began in February 2016 with 19 collected tankōbon volumes published to date.
Set in a world filled with demons and demon slayers, Kimetsu no Yaiba follows the lives of two siblings Tanjiro and Nezuko Kamado after their family is murdered at the hands of a demon. Their difficulties don’t end there, as Nezuko’s life is spared only for her to live as a demon.
As an older brother, Tanjiro swears to protect and heal his sister. The story traces the bond of this brother-sister or better yet, demon slayer and demon combo against the odds of an arch antagonist and society.
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