Audience Favorite Demon Slayer: Hashira’s Sad Death of Mugen Train was necessary for Tanjiro’s journey and the story as a whole. As the titular Slayers continue their fight against Muzan’s flesh-eating demons, death is inevitable in the world of Demon Slayer.
In Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, the death of Kyojuro Rengoku, the series’ first on-screen Hashira, is particularly sad. The death of Flame-Breaking Hashira was all the more painful as he was the least eccentric of his group, with a more sincere and noble character. The larger story of the series, of which Mugen Train is a canonical part, demanded it.
ufotable consists of a group of Rengoku stans who just can’t let go pic.twitter.com/J4Kv8kTzd0
— Mel スケベ柱 (@sanemititties) October 18, 2021
Can Rengoku come back to life?
Even if a character has been greeted favorably by audiences, the plot may need them to cope with his demise. The Hashira were doomed by Rengoku’s connection to the story’s protagonist, Tanjiro. Tanjiro’s story revolves around Demon Slayer and Rengoku was a helpful mentor to have. Rengoku, a master of flame breathing, may have been able to help Tanjiro master the Hinokami Kagura, an extremely powerful technique that appears to be related to flame breathing.
“Rengoku considers Muichiro a younger brother maybe because he is about Senjuros’ age” pic.twitter.com/hxiLHil4Ad
– irem🧚♀️ (@peralties) October 18, 2021
The chances of him coming back to life are very much less. It could be used in character memories and flashbacks. But his death was beautiful and a reason for everyone to fight Muzan more seriously than ever. There isn’t enough time in the series for Tanjiro to learn such an advanced skill before the events of Mugen Train happen. Rengoku was sadly taken out of the plan to avoid the usual anime cliché of an overwhelming hero.
Teaching the young Demon Slayer would have made Tanjiro’s journey far too easy, and it would have hurt the series far more than Rengoku’s death ever could. If Enmu had been Mugen Train’s last antagonist, the series might have found a compelling method of keeping Rengoku around without making his mentorship too easy for Tanjiro. We know that Rengoku has a younger brother, and Kagaya Ubuyashiki, the leader of the Demon Slayer Corps, regularly assigns missions to the Hashira. Rengoku could have been kicked out of Tanjiro’s path without being killed, provided it was done creatively.
Rengoku stans tries not to cry when he seems to defy * miserably failed * pic.twitter.com/qYTKZryTKi
– RENGOKU CAME BACK FROM DEAD SHIRTS (@rengokutopia) 21 October 2021
When Akaza showed up at the end of the Mugen train, the flame-breathing Hashira was forced to die. The first highest rank Muzan demon, the third highest rank of the 12 Kizuki, appears in the series. He had to make a statement about the demons’ outrageous strength and danger, so his entry had to be spectacular. Rengoku’s victory or even survival would have tarnished the reputation of the surviving top ranks, including Muzan.
When it comes to Demon Slayer Corps Hashira, they have proven themselves superior time and time again by easily destroying the demons that Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu had spent their lives fighting against. When Akaza showed up there, they were lucky to have a Hashira by their side. However, this served to demonstrate that Hashira is not invulnerable. They have learned the hard way that Tanjiro and the others cannot always depend on the Hashira to save them from a battle of demons.
really appreciate the commitment to draw sleeping Tanjiro on Rengoku’s shoulder from every possible angle lmfao pic.twitter.com/Hcuu84lUGj
— Sarah umai! (@kazryus) 25 October 2021
Lately, things have been going a bit too well for Tanjiro and his team. The three of them had grown in strength and friendship to the point where it was time to wake up. Now that they are tasked with carrying on Rengoku’s legacy, the loss of Rengoku has given the trios new inspiration to become stronger while also developing as individuals.
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