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Introduction

Koyoharu Gotoge’s Demon Slayer is the leading example of how one can touch the hearts of millions with pure simplicity. It’s just Gotoge’s love, passion, and dedication for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba that has reached millions across the globe. Though the abrupt ending of Demon Slayer manga has left us wanting more.

But the Demon Slayer Movie: Infinity Train has made us forget about its absence with its astounding visuals and a heartwarming farewell to our beloved Flame Hashira, Kyoujuro Rengoku. The man who was and always will be the epitome of flame burning within our hearts. 

So, without any further ado, let’s dive right into the details about Kyoujuro Rengoku.

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Kyoujuro Rengoku

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Character Information

Title: Flame Hashira
Description:

Deceased

Gender:  Male

Age: 20

Height: 177 cm (5’10”)

Weight: 72 kg (159 lb)

Birthday: May 10th

Hair Color: Gold with Red Tips

Eye Color: Gold with Red Irises

Professional Status

Occupation: Demon Slayer

Affiliations:  Demon Slayer Corps

Appearances in ANIME/MANGA

Manga DebutChapter 44

Anime Debut – Episode 21 (Season 1)

Relations

Shinjuro Rengoku (Father)

Ruka Rengoku (Mother)

Senjuro Rengoku (Younger Brother)

Voice Actors

Japanese: To Be Announced

English: To Be Announced

Appearance

Rengoku Appearance

As the Flame Hashira, Kyoujuro Rengoku’s appearance radiated trust, strength, and warmth. Kyoujuro was tall, athletic, and oozed confidence through a smile cemented on his face almost all the time. Just like a flame, Rengoku’s long hair was bright yellow with red tips, with two shoulder-length bangs, and two-chin length bangs respectively.

Even his eyebrows were like the tips of the flames. And he had golden Iris and bright red pupils burning with passion. Every inch of his being resembled the flame of fire.

Rengoku

Unlike the regular black costume of Demon Slayer Corps, Kyoujuro Rengoku donned a brown version of it. His costume consists of a brown gakuran jacket, a white belt around his waist, and brown hakama pants. On top of that, he wore the Haori, which only the Flame Pillar is allowed to wear. (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Kyoujurou Gaiden Chapter 1)

Rengoku

The haori has a yellow gradient with red flame-like finishing which his father, Shinjuro Rengoku donned as the former Flame Hashira which is passed through generations in his family. Besides that, he wore red kyahan with yellow flames patterned on it with a pair of pale brown tabi socks and a white pair of zori with red straps.

Though he wore the regular Demon Slayer Corps uniform in his early days, soon as he rose the ranks, he proudly donned the brown uniform and the Flame Pillar Haori.

Personality

Kyojuro Rengoku

Kyoujuro Rengoku is the symbol of enthusiasm. Though he isn’t always happy, the eternal smile on his face says otherwise. Rengoku might come out as an empty shell, but in reality, he has decided to toughen up and take the responsibility of a Hashira at an early age.

He was like any other kid in his childhood. But losing her mother during his childhood and witnessing his father drown in sorrow left Rengoku with a burden he was unprepared for. Though he was always shunned by his father after hs mother’s death, Kyoujuro Rengoku never disrespected him. However, his mother’s parting words have helped him to stand proud as a Hashira who protects the weak.

“Helping the weak is the duty of those born with strength. You must take your responsibility seriously and do your duty...and never ever forget that.”

Ruka Rengoku (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 64) Tweet

And those words are the foundation of the Flame Hashira, Kyoujuro Rengoku. Not only did he take the rank of the Flame Hashira in his father’s absence, but he also supported his younger brother during the hard times by being true and honest with him.

Sadly, we were only able to witness Rengoku’s warm and hearty smile in his last breath.

During that moment, not only did he ask Tanjiro to visit his house and relay his message to his father and brother, he also acknowledged Nezuko as a member of the Demon Slayer Corps. His last words to them were to keep learning and growing until they become a Hashira.

But the words that tore us apart were also his last words,

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“ Mother…Did I do well? Did I use my gift wisely?” –
Kyoujuro Rengoku

“You did splendidly.” – Ruka Rengoku (Mother)
(Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 66)

And this final dialogue between a mother and her son summarises the personality of our beloved Flame Hashira, Kyoujuro Rengoku. Strong, Reliable, and Disciplined till his last breath.

Strength And Skills

Kyoujuro Rengoku was one of the strongest members among the nine Hashira. Fighting against the Lower Ranker One Demon, Enmu, and the Upper Rank Three Demon, Akaza while saving lives of all 200 passengers on the Infinity Train. That too, in a single night, proves the towering strength of the Flame Hashira.

If not tired from saving the passengers and fighting against Enmu, Kyoujuro Rengoku would have defeated Akaza of the Twelve Kizuki. (Twelve Demon Moons)

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Furthermore, Shinjuro Rengoku mentioned that Kyoujuro is a self-made Hashira who learned Flame Breathing all by himself with the help of only three volumes. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 81)

According to Akaza, Kyoujuro Rengoku was close to perfection which meant he was close to obtaining the Transparent World and Selfless State.

All these facts point out that if his father had continued training him, Kyoujuro Rengoku would have been invincible till the end of the story.

Tanjiro and Rengoku sleeping

Enhanced Instinct

Even with his extraordinary sense of smell, Tanjiro Kamado was unable to sense the demon before Kyoujuro Rengoku. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 54)

Not to mention, while Enmu merged with the whole train, instead of panicking Rengoku quickly assessed the situation and assigned roles to everyone while handling the hardest part of the job by himself. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 60)

He was also able to sense Enmu’s demonic presence in the spell which helped him to break out from the dream.

Rengoku was also the one who taught Tanjiro how to stanch the torn blood vessel using breathing techniques. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63)

Kyoujuro Rengoku’s instinct was in a class of its own. Sharp and Precise.

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Rengoku vs Akaza

Inhuman Speed and Reflex

In terms of speed and reflexes, Kyoujuro Rengoku, just at the age of 20, was toe-to-toe with Upper Rank Three Demon, Akaza who was 200 years old during the battle.

When the Infinity Train was controlled by Enmu, Rengoku reached Tanjiro at such a speed that the train itself was this close to being derailed. Tanjiro was shocked at how Kyoujuro’s fast movements caused tremors across the train. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 60)

Without Rengoku’s fast reflex Tanjiro would have been killed by Akaza.

During his battle with Akaza, Tanjiro Kamado was unable to track either of Rengoku’s or Akaza’s movements, let alone join the fight to help the Flame Hashira. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63)

Even the prideful Inosuke Hashibira was unable to perceive their movements and remarked on their movements being from another dimension.

“I feel it. If I get too close, there is only death.”

At times, Kyoujuro Rengoku was even able to out-speed Akaza. Overwhelming a demon, that too an Upper Rank, in the aspect of speed and reflex proves the Flame Pillar’s inhuman ability.

Stamina and Endurance

Kyoujuro Rengoku’s stamina and endurance resemble the Daruma doll. Doesn’t matter how much damage is inflicted, Kyoujuro Rengoku will always stand strong on his two feet carrying the duty of being the Flame Pillar.

In his fight against the Flute Demon, Rengoku didn’t hesitate to burst his eardrums to counter the demon’s spell. Without eardrums one would easily lose his composure and balance, but not Rengoku. Furious about his comrade’s death, he slashed the demon down to its grave. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 205.1-Special One-Shot)

Hairo vs Rengoku

To prove that he is capable of being the Flame Hashira, he was tasked with defeating one of the Twelve Kizuki (Twelve Demon Moons). During his fight with the former Lower Rank Two, Hairo, Rengoku suffered severe injuries and wounds from gunshots, followed by a fatal explosion.

But that didn’t stop him from buying time for his team to disarm the bombs planted across the city. Following which he defeated Hairo. (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Kyoujurou Gaiden Chapter 1)

Rengoku

On the Infinity Train, when Enmu fused with the train, Rengoku defended five out of eight cars by himself and successfully did so. That proves his unending endurance. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 60)

After successfully defending 200 passengers of the Infinity Train against Enmu, Rengoku defended worn-out Tanjirou, Inosuke, and others against Akaza, a demon of the Upper Rank, even with several internal organ injuries, a crushed eye, and broken ribs. (Demon Slayer: Kiimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 64)

Fighting two demons of the Twelve Kizuki (Twelve Demon Moons) in a single night proves Kyoujuro Rengoku’s immense stamina and endurance. A strong pillar indeed.

Akaza vs Rengoku

Monstrous Strength

Don’t go by his looks, Kyoujuro Rengoku is strong enough to derail a moving train. Yes, a 20-year-old young adult can do that.

On the Infinity Train, to relay the strategy to Tanjiro, Rengoku used the Flame Breathing technique to reach him, which nearly derailed the train.

“What?! A demon attack?!” – Tanjiro Kamado

That’s what Tanjiro thought.

To defend the rear five cars of the train, the Flame Hashira used the same technique and vanished in thin air, seeing which Tanjiro was shocked to witness the tremor throughout the train. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 60)

Rengoku vs Akaza

If you are looking for inspiration for your leg day, Rengoku is the man.

Rengoku’s one katana swing sent Akaza flying. Rengoku’s monstrous strength is further demonstrated when Akaza was unable to get out of Rengoku’s grip even with a hole through his solar plexus.

“He stopped my fist! Unbelievable power! But my fist has pierced his guts!”

Invincible Will

Be it his enhanced instincts, inhuman speed, reflex, stamina, endurance, or monstrous strength, nothing would have mattered if Rengoku lost his will to protect the weak and break the promise he made to his late mother.

Without the indomitable will, Kyoujuro Rengoku wouldn’t be a Flame Hashira despite a life full of obstacles. Be it his father’s wallowing in sorrow and leaving his two sons on their own, or training by himself to take the rightful place that his father left as a Flame Hashira, Kyoujuro Rengoku kept moving forward.

Rengoku vs Akaza

Even with the sorrow of his mother’s demise, Rengoku looked after his brother with care and ultimately became the Flame Hashira to fulfill his mother’s dying wish.

During the battle, despite being severely wounded, with a busted eye and ribs and ruptured internal organs, Rengoku didn’t slow down. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 64)

Akaza Running Away

Instead, with the will of fire, Rengoku with a pierced solar plexus grabbed Akaza till dawn but unfortunately, he escaped by tearing his hands apart. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 65)

Though his will wasn’t enough to defeat Akaza. However, the will of fire was passed onto Tanjiro Kamado.

Sharp Intellect

With only 3 volumes as to his guide to learning the Flame Breathing Technique, Kyoujuro Rengoku mastered the technique at a very young age. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 81)

While Tanjirou was in a state of panic, Rengoku quickly assessed the situation and came up with a plan to find the demon’s head, and asked Tanjiro to follow it, taking care of everything within a matter of seconds. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 60)

It was Rengoku who assessed Tanjiro’s wounds without any delay and told him to use the breathing technique properly to close off the severed blood vessel. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 62)

During his battle with Akaza, Rengoku instantly realized the fact that he has to fight closer to Akaza to get the upper hand.

Akaza and Rengoku

“If we keep fighting at a distance like this…it will be tough to cut off his head. So, I’ll get in close!” – Kyoujuro Rengoku (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63)

In his early days, while fighting against the Flute Demon, Rengoku was quick enough to analyze his comrade’s sign language and use it as an advantage to kill the Flute Demon. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 205.1-Special One-Shot)

Fighting Style

Kyoujuro Rengoku is a highly skilled swordsman. Even amongst the nine hashira, his ability as a swordsman is highly regarded. The sword he carries is not just a weapon, the demon-slaying sword was a part of his body.

He proved his ability during his battle against Akaza, Hairo, and Enmu on the Infinity Train.

“To come this far, I had to do some really precise blade-work…so I think the demon’ll need some time to regenerate..” – Kyoujuro Rengoku (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 60)

“Such amazing speed! And your amazing sword technique! Time will steal it all, Kyoujuro!” – Akaza (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63)

Rengoku's

Sword

Kyoujuro Rengoku carried a katana made out of nichirin. The katana has a reddish-orange tone resembling the flame. The words “Destroy Demons” were engraved on the sword.

The hilt of the sword looked like a flame with a red and orange tone. After Rengoku’s demise, his younger brother, Senjuro gifted Tanjiro with the hilt.

“I want you to have it. I’m sure it will protect you.” – Senjuro Rengoku (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 69)

The sheath of the sword is white and grey.

Fire Breathing Hashira

Breathing Technique

Kyoujuro Rengoku is the user of the Flame Breathing Technique, which has been passed down to generations in the Rengoku family. The former being his father, Shinjuro Rengoku.

Surprisingly, Kyoujuro is a self-taught Flame Hashira who mastered the Flame Breathing Technique from just the 3 volumes. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 81)

There are a total of nine forms in the Flame Breathing Technique. Out of which only six forms are known.

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First Form: Unknowing Fire

In The Flame Breathing First Form: Unknowing Fire, the user charges towards the enemy with speed and goes behind the enemy to slash its head in one single stroke.

Rengoku used it to cut the first demon’s head in the Infinity Train. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 54)

Second Form: Rising Scorching Sun

In the Flame Breathing Second Form: Rising Scorching Sun, the user swings the sword towards the opponent creating a crescent shape, unlike its name.

Rengoku used this form to save Tanjiro from Akaza’s attack. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63)

Third Form Rengoku

Third Form: Blazing Universe

In the Flame Breathing Third Form: Blazing Universe, the user jumps high up in the air and uses the momentum while falling into a vertical slash.

Rengoku used this technique while fighting against Akaza. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Infinity Train)

Fourth Form: Blooming Flame Undulation

In the Flame Breathing Fourth Form: Blooming Flame Undulation, the user creates a circular motion with the sword to stop any attacks that have multiple points of contact. It acts as a shield and it can also slash multiple enemies in a close combat battle.

Rengoku used this form to protect himself from Akaza’s air attacks. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63)

Flame Tiger

Fifth Form: Flame Tiger

In the Flame Breathing Fifth Form: Flame Tiger, the user powerfully swings the sword producing an attack that takes the form of a tiger, just like the name suggests.

Rengoku uses this form against Akaza’s Destructive Death Disorder. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63)

Flame Tiger

Ninth Form: Rengoku

In the Flame Breathing Ninth Form: Rengoku, the user dashes with the heart set ablaze and all the willpower focused into the sword, producing an attack that takes the form of a dragon.

Unfortunately, this was Rengoku’s last attack before dying in the hands of Akaza. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 64)

Facts

  • Rengoku loved to watch sumo wrestling matches.
  • Sweet potatoes were so favorite of Rengoku that he said “delicious” with each bite.
  • Rengoku’s favorite side dish was salt-grilled bream.
  • Due to his father’s hatred towards animals, Rengoku was never allowed to have pets in his household. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Official Fanbook)
  • Kyoujuro Rengoku was the mentor of the Love Hashira, Mitsuri Kanroji. Rengoku even gifted her a coat on passing the final selection and officially joining the Demon Hunters. (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Kyoujurou Gaiden Chapter 1)
  • On being asked about his hair by a kid, Rengoku said that his ancestors ate a lot of shrimp tempuras which affected the hair throughout the following generations. (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Kyoujurou Gaiden Chapter 1)

Past/History

Rengoku's Childhood

During his childhood, Kyoujuro Rengoku and his brother Senjuro were trained by his father, Shinjuro Rengoku, the former Flame Hashira.

But sadly after his mother’s demise, his father drowned himself in alcohol and left the position as a Flame Hashira. He stopped training both Kyoujuro and his brother.

Though it wasn’t a pleasant situation for him, Kyoujuro never gave up and trained himself to become the Flame Hashira and mastered the Flame Breathing Technique all by himself with only a few volumes to guide him. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 81)

Ruka Rengoku

The last words from his mother kept pushing and inspiring Kyoujuro Rengoku till his last breath. While all this, Rengoku never sidelined his brother, he always cared and supported Senjuro in every way possible.

While his father was always against Rengoku’s ideals and kept demoralizing him, Rengoku, not for once, despised him. Without getting demoralized, Kyoujuro pursued his dream with the help of his mother’s words till he fulfilled his promise. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 64)

Before becoming the Flame Pillar, Rengoku mentored Mitsuri Kanroji before she even became part of the Demon Slayer Corps. To become the Flame Hashira in place of his father, Rengoku defeated Hairo, the former Lower Rank Two Demon. (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Kyoujurou Gaiden Chapter 1)

In his first mission as a Demon Slayer, Kyoujuro Rengoku defeated the Flute Demon, to do which he had to burst his eardrums. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 205.1-Special One-Shot)

Affiliations

Demon Slayer Corps

Demon Slayer Corps

Kyoujuro Rengoku was a member of the Demon Slayer Corps climbing up the ranks as any other member until he rightfully took the position of the Flame Hashira in his father’s succession.

Relationships

Throughout his life, Kyoujuro Rengoku loved and admired his family the most, especially his mother, Ruka Rengoku, and his younger brother, Senjuro Rengoku.

Though he didn’t hate his father, Shinjuro Rengoku, his relationship with him was not as close as his mother. However, in the last few hours of his life, he came to adore Tanjiro Kamado and Nezuko.

Ruka Rengoku, Demon Slayer Waifus

Ruka Rengoku

Mother

To Rengoku, Ruka was nothing less than a god he prayed to and idolized throughout his life. Her warm and disciplined upbringing has made Kyoujuro Rengoku a reliable and strong man. Ruka’s parting words pushed Rengoku to the limits of becoming a Hashira at the young age of 20.

Even Kyoujuro’s father acknowledges the fact that Ruka’s blood runs strong in him. And that’s why Rengoku never boasted or abused his powers, he was down to earth and honest to his duty as a Hashira.

All thanks to Ruka Rengoku.

“Ruka’s…his mother’s blood is strong in him.” – Shinjuro Rengoku (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 81)

Senjoru Rengoku

Senjuro Rengoku

Younger Brother

No matter what the situation, Senjuro was always his priority until the very last moment of his life. After Ruka’s demise, when his father, Shinjuro became a pitiful drunkard, Rengoku as the elder brother took the responsibility for Senjuro.

Kyoujuro never pressured his brother into becoming a Demon Slayer. He always said that Senjuro must follow his heart. No matter the path he follows, he must give his all. And most importantly Rengoku was always honest with Senjuro.

Kyoujuro and Senjuro shared an adorable bond. Both understood each other’s situation and tried their best to keep each other company in their hard times.

“I want you to tell…my little brother Senjuro…to take the path that he thinks is right, to follow his heart.” – Kyoujuro Rengoku (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 66)

Shinjuro Rengoku

Shinjuro Rengoku

Father

Shinjuro trained both Kyoujuro and Senjuro to become a Flame Hashira until Ruka’s demise. After which he stopped training them and asked them to leave the dream of becoming one.

Rather than giving up, Kyoujuro chose to follow his mother’s words and asked his brother to follow his heart. That didn’t mean that he ever disrespected his father.

Though Shinjuro badmouthed his late son, Kyoujuro cared for his father until the moment he died. Shinjuro never deserved a son like Kyoujuro, who carried his will despite the harsh words.

“And tell…my father to take care of himself.” – Kyoujuro Rengoku (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 66)

Mitsuri Kanroji

Mitsuri Kanroji

Kyoujuro Rengoku was the mentor of Mitsuri Kanroji. He gifted her a coat when she passed the final selection. Even her Love Breathing Technique was inspired by Rengoku’s Flame Breathing Technique.

The bond they shared was that of a master and a disciple. Rengoku loved the sweet potatoes she cooked. They eat those sweet potatoes during their breaks and Mitsuri even admired him saying “Delicious” after each bite since then. (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Kyoujurou Gaiden Chapter 1 & Chapter 2)

Tanjiro Kamado

Tanjiro Kamado & Nezuko

Rengoku didn’t like Tanjiro for protecting a demon, which is against the Demon Slayer Corps rule. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 45)

However, after meeting Tanjiro on the Infinity Train and seeing him doing so well against Enmu and protecting passengers eventually changed his opinion. He even offered to make Tanjiro his Tsuguko. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 54)

Nezuko

 While on his deathbed, Rengoku began caring for Tanjirou.

And witnessing Nezuko protecting the humans being a demon, moved Rengoku and in his last moments, he even acknowledged Nezuko to be a proper member of the Demon Slayer Corps. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 66)

“Tanjiro…I believe in your little sister. I consider her a member of the Demon Slayer Corps.” – Kyoujuro Rengoku

Inosuke Hashibira

Inosuke Hashibira

Though neither of them spend time with each other or conversed a lot, Inosuke was moved by the inhuman strength of Rengoku during his battle against Akaza. It’s very unlike Inosuke, but even he was unable to hold back his tears after Kyoujuro’s demise. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 66)

“But you’re crying too. The tears are flowing out of your mask.” – Zenitsu

Akaza

Though Akaza killed Rengoku, it was only because Rengoku continued to deny becoming a demon. Akaza kept pestering him to become a demon throughout their fight because he wanted to have battled with him for eternity. 

However, the strong-headed Kyoujuro would never become a demon and ended up losing his life in Akaza’s hands.

“Die! You’re finished, Kyoujuro! Give in! Say you’ll become a demon!” – Akaza (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 64)

Plot

Though Kyoujuro Rengoku didn’t get deserved runtime in the story, his presence in those handfuls of chapters was the turning point of Demon Slayer. He was also the one behind Tanjiro Kamado’s awakening.

As someone once said, “It doesn’t matter how long you live, it matters how large you live.”

Flute Demon Arc

Flute Demon Arc (Special One-Shot)

The arc begins with Shinjuro telling Kyoujuro and his brother to give up on becoming the Flame Hashira as he will be the last one.

Rengoku being Rengoku, never gave up and asked his brother to walk the path he wanted to.

He faces the Flute Demon in his first mission as a Demon Slayer. He ruptures his eardrums to defeat the demon. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 205.1-Special One-Shot)

Hairo vs Rengoku

Hairo Arc (Gaiden)

In this arc, we get to know that Mitsuri Kanroji, the Love Hashira, was the disciple of Kyoujuro. She passed her final selections and became a member of the Demon Slayer Corps. And to celebrate it, Rengoku gifted her a coat.

Meanwhile, when his father refuses to go to the pillar meeting, Kyoujuro Rengoku attends the pillar meeting and tells Kagaya Ubuyashiki that he is ready to take the position of the Flame Pillar.

Kagaya Ubuyashiki accepts his request but on one condition. If he defeats the former Lower Rank Two, Hairo, he will be considered as the Flame Pillar. Rengoku confidently accepts the condition. (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Kyoujurou Gaiden Chapter 1)

Following which he had a tough battle with Hairo, as he was stalling time for his comrades to disarm the bombs. After severely injuring himself, he finally defeats Hairo and becomes the Flame Pillar. (Hashira) (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Kyoujurou Gaiden Chapter 2)

Infinity Train Arc

Infinity Train Arc

Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu meet Rengoku on the Infinity Train. While traveling, Rengoku comes across the first demon and slashes it with ease. Following which they fell asleep. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 54)

During their sleep, Enmu casts a spell to kill them in their dream by destroying their spiritual core. All of them were cast into their ideal dreams so that the procedure can be carried out with ease. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 55)

While Tanjiro was the first to break out of the spell, Rengoku soon broke out of it and reached Tanjiro to quickly strategize and give him a task to find the head of the demon while he protects passengers of five out of eight cars of the trains. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 60)

After saving all passengers, he was unfortunate to face the Upper Rank Three Demon, Akaza. After a valiant fight with Akaza, Rengoku lost his life after the demon pierced his solar plexus just before dawn and ran away to avoid the sunlight.

During his last breath, he accepted Tanjiro and entrusted his will to him. Rengoku even acknowledged Nezuko as a member of the Demon Slayer Corps and passed away after having a vision of his mother. (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 66)

Voice Actors

  • Japanese (Child)Satoshi Hino
  • Japanese (Adult)Mariya Ise
  • English (Child)Ryan Bartley
  • English (Adult)Mark Whitten

Do You Think Rengoku is the Strongest Hashira?

I wish Rengoku got more runtime, however, it’s also true that the impression he left on me and the fellow readers with his short yet huge presence in the story wouldn’t be as effective as it is right now.

That’s how beautifully written the character of our beloved Flame Hashira, Kyoujuro Rengoku is. Who would have thought that a single chapter of mere 22 pages would become one of the best character-driven chapters ever in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. That is Chapter 66 titled “Scattering Into Dawn”.

Who knew that the Infinity wasn’t actually infinite, that it had an end to it. A tragic one.

It’s hard to recover from the loss, but let’s cheer up because he was victorious till the end.

And be prepared to watch the journey all over again with the upcoming second season of Demon Slayer. Also, don’t forget to comment your thoughts down below.

References

  • (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Kyoujurou Gaiden Chapter 1)

  • (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 64)

  • (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 66)

  • (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 81)

  • (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 54)

  • (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 60)

  • (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63)

  • (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 205.1-Special One-Shot)

  • (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 65)

  • (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 81)

  • (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 69)

  • (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Kyoujurou Gaiden Chapter 1 & Chapter 2)

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