Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba has ended its run (at least in manga form), but there’s so much room for the series to expand into an entire universe of stories. A premise that many demon slayer that fans want to see is a spin-off series centered around some of the former Hashira who appear as supporting characters in the series: former Flame Hashira Shinjuro Rengoku, former Water Hashira Sakonji Urokodaki, and former Thunder Hashira Jigoro Kuwajima.
If you need a quick refresher: Shinjuro Rengoku was the father of Kyojuro Rengoku, the modern Flame Hashira who died in battle alongside Tanjiro Kamado during the climax of the Mugen Train arc. The older version of Shinjuro we encountered was a broken, drunken mess; however, its backstory has already been teased to include the Shakespearean tragedy of falling in love with a woman who eventually dies, breaking Shinjuro’s heart and the slow decline of his mind and will as he drinks himself up. to ruin. Seeing Shinjuro happy and heroic in his prime as a demon slayer would be an interesting new look at the character.
Sakonji Urokodaki was the first Demon Slayer sensei Tanjiro ever had. Sakonji is the main master of the Water Breathing Technique, having trained most modern Demon Slayers in this technique (Giyu Tomioka, Tanjiro, Sabito, Makomo). Sakonji is one of Demon Slayer’s most mysterious characters: never in the series does he reveal his face, always appearing in his red tengu mask. Sakonji’s story has big gaps to fill when it comes to when and how he mastered water breathing and became a Hashira – all we know is that he eventually captured the demon of the hand that demon slayers use for their final selection test. It would be great to see who is under that mask; how truly a hero he was; and why he ultimately chose to hide his face and stick to the teaching.
Jigoro Kuwajima’s story is filled with both tragedy and mystery. We know he was the former Thunder Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, who eventually retired to become a teacher of the Thunder Breathing style. While his time as Hashira is largely a mystery, Jigoro’s fate of seeing one of his two apprentices go on to become a demon (Kaigaku) led him to commit ritual suicide in disgrace. . It would be nice to see the honor and service to the foundation that made Jigoro’s resolve so serious that he ended his life.
Of course, the deepest joy of a spin-off series about these three characters wouldn’t just be their individual stories and characterizations: it would be seeing them interact as a group with other Hashira of their time. One of the best parts of demon slayer sees Tanjiro fight alongside his friends Inosuke and Zenitsu, seeing how these lonely, lonely old men were part of a lively group would be both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
What type of demon slayer spin-off would you like to see?