Demon Slayer’s Wind Hashira Is Proud of All His Scars

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The following contains spoilers for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Chapter 168, “Never Disappear” by Koyoharu Gotoge, now available in English via Viz Media.

Murderer of demonsWind Hashira, Sanemi Shinazugawa, is known for his grumpy and aloof personality and for using his scars as trophies. She even goes so far as to wear her open shirt to show off her healed battle wounds. This battered appearance adds to her tough exterior, but deep down Sanemi has a life story filled with tragedy and loss.


Wind Hashira’s life was far from perfect growing up; After losing his mother and her siblings to the demons, Sanemi took up life as a demon slayer. The scars that cover his body have accumulated over many years of fighting in battle, but the one that covers his face has a much more traumatic backstory and acts as a constant reminder.

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How did Sanemi get the scars on his face?

Sanemi was the eldest of seven children who lived with his mother and father. His father was abusive towards Hashira’s siblings and mother, and early in his childhood he was killed by someone who held a grudge against him. After this, Sanemi and his younger brother Genya, who fought alongside Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu in the Final Selection, took care of his mother and other siblings.

However, one day the demon hunter’s mother disappeared; when Sanemi finally found her, she realized that she had become a demon and couldn’t stop her from returning home with her siblings. Sanemi’s mother ended up killing five of Shinazugawa’s children, but just before she could kill Genya, he tackled her outside through a window with a knife in his hand. In this fight, Sanemi’s mother slashed him twice across the face. In self-defense and to save the life of his younger brother, Hashira fought back and eventually killed his mother.

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Wind Hashira’s scar acts as a reminder of that day.

Despite being so proud of his battle scars on Murderer of demonsSanemi remembers that day every time she catches a glimpse of her reflection. Arguably, this was the worst day of her life; one where she lost nearly all of his siblings, killed his own mother, and was permanently changed. While the actions were done out of love and an innate need to protect her little brother and save the only good thing in her life, Sanemi believes she committed an unforgivable sin.

Even after he gave everything to protect his brother, Genya pushed him after he killed their mother. Once he was willing to forgive his older brother and understood that he did those things to protect them, Sanemi was already too far gone. He joined the Demon Slayer Corps to hide from Genya, another reminder of his past, and though Sanemi was now driving him away, Genya followed in his footsteps to find him.

Every time Sanemi sees his own face or even his brother’s, he is confronted with his brothers being killed, his mother being murdered, and the younger brother he did his best to save and who drove him away.

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Sanemi’s other scars distract from his face.

That’s why Sanemi is so proud and willing to show off his other scars. He sees himself as a killer and believes that this is something the world should know before even talking to him. They act as a sort of philosophical armor, used to distract from the two he desperately doesn’t want to think about, so they can’t hurt him any further. Likewise, they keep people at a distance if their putrid personality doesn’t.

After leading a life like hers, Sanemi probably wants to keep people as far away as possible. Anyone who gets close to him is killed, so Wind Hashira’s rudeness is used to prevent him from finding intimacy with anyone. Self-hatred is a big part of his character, and he cuts to the core because how could he not hate himself for killing his mother, even if he was in self-defense of him? She was the only good part of his life, and Sanemi himself took it from her. Although he dedicates his life to protecting people and saving their lives, he believes that he will go to hell; the scars on his face are nothing more than a reminder of his trauma.

Sanemi’s characterization in Murderer of demons it’s heartbreakingly tragic. From his failed relationship with Genya to the death of her family, Wind Hashira can’t seem to escape loss and pain. Most of his scars protect him from memories of his past and while he wears them proudly, the reason Sanemi does so is truly heartbreaking.



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