In the Demon Slayer Corps, the highest-ranking combatants are the most elite and powerful warriors known as the Hashiras. They are the pillars of the corps, and each of them serves a pivotal role in their war against Muzan Kibutsuji and the Twelve Kizuki.
There are a total of nine active Hashira, each of them having their region to patrol, as well as their unique style, Breathing Technique, and abilities. One of these powerful elites is the Wind Hashira, Sanemi.
Here are some facts about Sanemi that you probably haven’t heard about and might find interesting.
1. He is the Wind Hashira
Sanemi Shinazugawa is one of the most elite members of the Demon Slayer Corps and has the title of the Wind Hashira after he defeated the former Lower Rank One demon, Ubume.
With his exceptional skills and abilities, he is considered the most skilled Wind Hashira of his generation. Even one of the most powerful demons, Kokushibo, was impressed by his skills and stated that Sanemi reminded him of the First Wind Hashira during the Sengoku Era.
Even though he has a grumpy and rude personality, he is the Wind Hahsira with his skills at their peak and unmatched. Before becoming a Hashira, he defeated the demon with the help of his friend, who died during the battle.
2. He uses Wind Breathing
As a Hashira, his powers are unmatched, and along with such excellent skills, he uses Wind Breathing, a breathing style that mimics the wind, specifically powerful torrents of air and whirlwinds, and replicates it with the user’s movements, techniques, and abilities.
Sanemi was able to learn and master this unique style along with his friend from an unknown cultivator. Considered to be the most skilled Wind Breathing user of his generation, Sanemi has successfully mastered up to the ninth form of the Wind breathing techniques.
With these forms, Sanemi can move forward at blinding speeds and slash continuously in a horizontal cyclone pattern. Mastering the breathing style, Sanemi is capable of leaping into the air and swinging his blade, which generates circular torrents of wind that slice up the opponent instantly.
3. Second strongest hashira
After Gyomei Himejima, Sanemi is considered to be the second strongest Hashira. As a Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, he is a mighty and skilled combatant. Throughout the series, he has displayed his extraordinary skills and abilities in battles.
Although he is a very hot-headed and cold, Sanemi possesses incredible speed and reflexes. When sparring with the Water Hashira, Giyu was able to fight on equal grounds. He has numerous scars and cuts all over his body, but despite it all, he never showed any signs of pain.
Furthermore, he even went on to fight with Muzan without stopping. Seeing such extraordinary strength, even the demon king was impressed and complimented Sanemi, saying that he had indeed surprised the powers of a normal human being.
With his extraordinary powers, Sanemi could annihilate dozens of demons and even hold his own against some of the upper-ranked demons.
4. Nichirin Sword
As a Demon Slayer, Sanemi carried a sword and was among the only four to take a standard Nichirin Sword. He carried around a standard-sized, jagged patterned Nichirin sword that resembled the jaw of a beast in a shade of green.
The shape of the hilt of his standard-sized katana is an abstract shape with eight points with an overlapping pattern; each plate has a forest green core with a silver border.
Just like other Hashiras, Sanemi’s blade has engravings as well. On the side of his blade, the words Destroy Demons (惡あっ鬼き滅めっ殺さつ Akki Messatsu) are engraved. With his katana, he even has a standard sword sheath that is a shade of deep gray with silver marks resembling scars scattered on it.
The Bright Red Nichirin Sword
During the battle against Kokushibo, Sanemi struck Gyomei’s spiked flail with his sword, which turned both of them briefly red, allowing them to decapitate the Upper-Rank Demon.
Learning about the powers of the red Nichiren sword, Sanemi used it again during his battle against Muzan. Sanemi forcefully clashed his sword together with Giyu’s, turning both of their blades temporarily red.
This granted them the ability to hamper the instantaneous regeneration of Muzan, which proved effective in the battle.
5. An excellent Swordsman
Sanemi, being a Hashira, is one of the most powerful and skilled swordsmen in the entire Demon Slayer Corps. With his standard-sized nichirin katana, he has slain countless demons in his time as a demon slayer.
His swordsmanship is often compared to that of Giyu, who is also one of the most skilled swordsmen. When these two went up against, they were on a par level with each other. Later, they attained the Bright Red Nichirin Sword and went up against the Demon King together.
Sanemi was skilled with his blades, as he could keep with and even impress one of the most powerful demons, the Upper-Rank One, Kokushibo, who was a demon with centuries of swordsmanship skills. As a Hashira, his sword skills were genuinely unmatched.
6. He had a younger brother
Sanemi Shinaugawa had a younger brother, Genya Shinazugawa, who also joined the Demon Salyer Corps in pursuit of his brother.
Just like his elder brother, even Genya is ill-tempered and has a cheeky way of speaking. Because of his foul mouth and refusal of help from others, he has often been termed a “lone wolf.”
After Genya blamed Sanemi for killing their mother, their relationship turned sour, but despite his poor treatment, Sanemi still truly loved and cared for his brother.
Since Sanemi was heartbroken by his little brother’s hatred, he tried to push Genya away from him. Realizing the truth about their mother, Genya later realized his mistakes and spent years getting Sanemi’s love and acknowledgment.
Sanemi was not all stone-hearted as he just wanted Genya to live a happy and everyday life, start a family and stay away from demons. Sadly, Genya could not do so as, during their fight with Kokushibo, he was brutally killed, leaving Sanemi in complete shock and dismay.
7. His blood is “Rare”
Along with his unique and rare abilities, Sanemi even has a rare type of blood known as the Intoxicant Blood or the Marechi. It is believed to be a rare type of blood, one that is incredibly intoxicating to Demons.
What makes Sanemi’s blood so unique is the fact that due to its intense potency even the slightest whiff of his blood causes demons to salivate, lose focus and even go crazy for it.
While there were others with similar blood, Sanemi’s was considered rarer than the average marechi, which intoxicated demons and disrupted their senses and movements.
Even the highest-ranked demon, Kokushibo, was attracted to his blood but somehow he managed to control it otherwise he would have been an easy target for Sanemi.
8. He hates Demons
While everyone did hate Demons, Sanemi had an intense hatred toward demons. Because he had lost his whole family and many close friends at the hands of demons, he developed a deep resentment towards demons.
When Tanjiro and Nezuko were presented to Kagaya Ubuyashiki, the leader of the Demon Slayer Corps, Sanemi was against the idea of Nezuko joining Tanjiro. He didn’t believe in Tanjiro when he insisted on the fact that Nezuko didn’t eat humans.
He was so convinced that humans and demons could never coexist he even went ahead and stabbed through the box with Nezuko inside just to prove his point. He even tried to bait her into attacking him by slashing his own arm.
However, later, Sanemi admits his mistakes, apologizes to Nezuko for his actions, and even pat Nezuko on her head in a loving way.
9. The Most Feared Hashira
One of the strongest Hashira of the Corps, Sanemi Shinagazuwa, is also one of the most feared Hashira. Since he has cold, rude, and dismissive behavior, many try to stay away from him and walk on blades around him.
He is very abrasive, hot-blooded, rash, stubborn, and often indifferent toward others. Also, because of his short-tempered nature, he gets mad extremely quickly,
Displaying a hunger for battle, his openness is ranked sixty percent and the most feared Hashira among the Demon Slayer Corps. However, his behavior and cold personality result from losing too many people he acted with in the past.
Following the battle with the Upper-Rank demon, he showed great anger and a certain emptiness toward Muzan making him even more scared.
10. Family History
Sanemi was the eldest among seven children and loved his parents and his siblings. He had a very kind mother but his father was abusive toward him. After his father’s death, Sanemi took care of them alone,
However, one day his mother turned into a demon and killed five of her children. This completely shocked and traumatized Sanemi. Just when she was about to kill Gneya, he quickly stepped in and saved his life.
His mother severely injured even Sanemi but because of his rare blood, she was intoxicated for a while which gave him enough time to kill his mother and save his brother.
Genya, who witnessed it all didn’t know what happened and blamed Sanemi for the death of his mother and hated him all his life.
11. His Demon Slayer Mark
The Demon Slayer Marks are the marks that appeared on the face of the Demon Salyers, resembling demons’ crests.
Sanemi was able to awaken his own Demon Slayer Mark during his battle against Kokushibo. His demon slayer mark resembles a single paper origami windmill, which is green with two dots on both sides of his right cheek.
His mark enhanced his physical abilities drastically, which helped Sanemi fight and went up against Kokushibo despite being severely injured with a slash across his abdomen.
Sanemi was going up against one of the most powerful demons, Kokushibo, which explained why he couldn’t land a significant hit on him even if his physical endurance, strength, and tolerance to pain were heightened.
12. The scars on his face
While Sanemi always had that scary look on his face, the two large scars made him look even more difficult. The scars on his face were not a birthmark but rather the spots that his demon-turned-mother gave him.
As much as the scars give him that fearless and bold look, it reminds him of the tragic and traumatic incident. The very spot that his mother gave him also made him colorblind in his right eye.
Sanemi would have easily been killed in the hands of his mother if it wasn’t for his unique Marechi Blood that disoriented his mother’s senses, giving Sanemi an opening to cut her down and save his little brother.
13. His friend, Masachika
After the tragedy with his family, Sanemi was wandering in search of demons to kill when he met Masachika Kumeno, who also had lost his brother to the wrath of the demons.
The two bonded over their hatred towards demons and soon became good friends. Moreover, it was Masachika who encouraged Sanemi to join the Demon Slayer Corps and had him learn the Wind Breathing Style.
Masachika even arranged a trainer for Sanemi so he could adequately learn how to defeat demons. Later they even challenged and successfully beat the previous Lower Rank One demon of the Twelve Kizuki, but Masachika was killed in the conflict.
After the battle, Sanemi got the position of the Wind Hashira, even though he was bitter and grieving over his friend’s death.
There you have it; some exciting and cool facts about one of the strongest and most powerful Hashira, Sanemi Shinazugawa.