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Kanao Tsuyuri is one of the main supporting characters in the popular anime and manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. As a skilled demon slayer and the adopted sister of Shinobu Kocho, she plays a pivotal role in helping the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado defeat the demons terrorizing Japan as well as in the plot of the anime.

Background and Personality

Kanao Tsuyuri
Kanao Tsuyuri

Kanao had a traumatic childhood before being adopted by the Kocho sisters, Shinobu and Kanae, which left her unable to make decisions on her own. To help her, Kanae gave Kanao a coin to flip to make choices when she didn’t know what to do. For many years, Kanao continued to show little emotion or personal desire.

Despite this stoic demeanor, Kanao does develop a strong hatred of demons after seeing the suffering they cause. She also undertakes the Demon Slayer Corps Final Selection test of her own will, showing her inner strength. While she relies heavily on the coin at first, Kanao gradually becomes more independent after interacting with Tanjiro, making more of her own choices and expressing herself unambiguously.

Kanao is generally quiet and serene, but also hides great determination and care for her comrades. Her battles against the Upper-Rank demons reveal a ruthless side of her personality when provoked. By the end of the series, Kanao has fully regained her sense of self and ability to make decisions without the coin.

Skills and Abilities as a Demon Slayer

As the adopted sister and tsuguko (successor) of Kanae and Shinobu Kocho, two of the most skilled Hashira demon slayers, Kanao has been thoroughly trained in combat. She wields a standard Nichirin Blade and employs the Flower Breathing style, which she secretly learned by observing Kanae.

Kanao possesses tremendous speed, reflexes, strength, and endurance. She can outpace fellow talented slayers like Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke. Even the Upper Rank Two demon Doma acknowledges her as an equal opponent. Her Flower Breathing techniques allow her to unleash devastatingly fast and flexible attacks.

Kanao also has extremely sharp vision, letting her predict movements and counterattacks by noticing subtle muscular shifts in her enemies. This observational skill makes her deadlier than even Shinobu according to Doma.

Major Battles

Some of Kanao’s most important battles in Demon Slayer include:

  • Facing off against Nezuko Kamado – This battle helped Kanao hone her skills early on.
  • Final Selection on Mt. Fujikasane – Kanao passed this intense Demon Slayer initiation trial through her own effort.
  • Assisting in the battle against Upper Rank Two Doma – Kanao managed to hold her own against this powerful demon thanks to her agility and Flower Breathing techniques.
  • Fighting Muzan Kibutsuji with the other Hashira – Kanao joins the Demon Slayer Corps’ pillars in the final confrontation against the Demon King himself.

Relationships with Other Characters

Kanao and Tanjiro
Kanao and Tanjiro

Kanao has complex relationships with several key characters in Demon Slayer:

Kanae and Shinobu Kocho – Her adoptive demon slayer sisters. Kanao cares for them deeply and Shinobu tries to protect Kanao.

Tanjiro Kamado – Helps Kanao break out of her shell and make independent choices. She comes to care about him.

Inosuke Hashibira – A fellow demon slayer. Initially distant, Kanao shows outrage when Doma insults Inosuke’s late mother.

Doma – An Upper-Rank demon who murdered Kanae and Shinobu. Kanao ruthlessly attacks Doma verbally before defeating him.

Nezuko Kamado – Initially views her as an enemy demon, but comes to understand Nezuko’s bond with Tanjiro. Tries to protect both.


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In summary, Kanao Tsuyuri is a traumatized girl who becomes a strong-willed demon slayer under the Kocho sisters’ guidance. She wields clever techniques and sharp vision to defeat demons, playing a key support role. Kanao ultimately finds her own identity and compassion for others by the story’s end. Her development epitomizes Demon Slayer’s themes about human connection.

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