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Gyomei Himejima ( () () (じま) (ぎょう) (めい) Himejima Gyōmei?) is a Demon Slayer and the Stone Pillar of the Demon Slaying Corps.

He is confirmed to be the strongest demon hunter by Inosuke Hashibira and Tanjiro Kamado.[1]

Appearance

Gyomei is one of the tallest characters to appear in the series, and is the tallest demon slayer out of the pillars. He is extremely muscular and stocky. He always wears a large beaded necklace around his neck and is constantly seen holding prayer beads whenever he isn't engaging in battle.

He has black hair with a scar running horizontally along his forehead. Gyomei is the only character thus far in the series who doesn't have any irises, primarily because he is blind. His eyes frequently tear up when he gets emotional. Because he can't use Full Focus Breathing, he instead achieves a similar state wherein he has to muster strength by recalling all of his past hardships.

Personality

Gyomei embodies the gentle giant stereotype, being surprisingly soft-spoken and emotional, despite his intimidating appearance. He is also shown to be highly religious, having a tendency to offer a prayer at situations that sadden him.

History

Before Gyomei was a Demon Slayer and Pillar, he lived with nine other children who were orphans and raised them in a temple. The area was well known for demon attacks so Gyomei had always burned Wisteria Incense to ward off any demons that would harm him and the children.

One night, one of the nine children disobeyed the temple rules and traveled beyond its borders. He is immediately accosted by a demon, and in order to save his own life, he tells the demon to eat the other children including Gyomei. After night fell, the child invited the demon into the temple after putting out the Wisteria Incense.

Four children were immediately killed by the demon and the remaining children insisted on escaping the temple, ignoring Gyomei's orders. His frail stature and blindness fueled the distrust the children had in Gyomei's ability to protect them, which led them to abandon him and ultimately get killed by the demon.

In the end, only one child-- the youngest, Sayo-- had listened and stayed behind in fear of the demon.

Though it is unknown how the exchange went down, Gyomei had been cut across the forehead by the demon but soon reversed the situation and began attacking the demon mercilessly after realizing he had a "frightening amount of power."[2] He went on and beat the demon's head until the sun arose.

Soon after, people came to the scene of the incident to help but due to a misunderstanding with Sayo saying "That man's a monster. He killed them. He killed everyone."[3] the villagers thought she meant Gyomei and not the demon.

He was later imprisoned and charged with the murder of the seven children but Kagaya Ubuyashiki, a.k.a "Oyakata-sama", intervened and released before he would've been executed for his false crimes.

Later on, Gyomei became a Demon Slayer and later the Stone Pillar.

Synopsis

Natagumo Mountain Arc

Himejima was present with the other Pillars when Kamado Tanjiro awoke.

Functional Recovery Training Arc

Himejima is mentioned but never shown directly.

Demon Train Arc

Himejima appears at the very end of the arc, where it shows him receiving the news of the Flame Pillar Rengoku's death. Himejima is visibly saddened, tearing up, and offers up a prayer.

Abilities and Powers

Natural Abilities

Gyomei is noted by both Tanjiro and Inosuke as the current most powerful demon slayer in the entire Demon Slaying corps and of all the Pillars of the current generation. This is further given credence as Gyomei's natural physical abilities have been trained and strengthen to their absolute peak as noted by Upper Moon One, Kokushibo who noted and admitted that in the last three hundred years he has not encountered a warrior of Gyomei's caliber in that time period,easily making him a match for the strongest Upper Moon, where even two of his fellow Pillars easily found themselves cornered against Kokushibo, further showing the extent of his skill.

  • Enhanced Strength: Even before undergoing training, Gyomei possessed great, inhuman strength despite having a weak build at the time he discovered his abilities. He can also use his strength to push a large boulder bigger than him through a town along with the help of 'Repetitive actions.'[4]
  • Enhanced Reflexes: During their battle Kokushibo noted that in stark contrast to Gyomei's large physical build he possess fast and quick reflexes being able to easily move around his body to avoid all of his attacks despite Gyomei's large and heavy build,the Upper Moon even remarking that the ease and grace that he moved was almost absurd to believe.
  • Enhanced Hearing: Being blind, it can be assumed Gyomei has remarkable hearing, being able to become a Pillar. He also remarks on the sound of Muzan's flesh regeneration during their brief confrontation,Later during their Battle, Kokushibo noticed that Gyomei uses the sound of his chains rattling to tell the exact position the chain is in and uses that to guide his axe and fail during combat.
  • Demon Slayer Mark:
    Gyomei mark

    Gyomei's Demon Slayer Mark.

    Later during his battle against Upper Moon One, Gyomei displayed that he too,has also awakened his mark, appearing as a large group of blackened blood vein tattoos appearing on both of his forearms,that when activated drastically enhances his power.

Swordsmanship

Breath of Stone ( (いわ) () (きゅう) Iwa no Kokyū?) Himejima wields a hand-axe complete with a spiked flail attached to the hilt through a long chain. The chain, spike flail and axe are all created using the same metals used in the creation of Nichirin Blades. However the craftsmanship of the weapon is noted to be incredibly high class and even superior to the swords forged during the Sengoku era, where smithing and sword forging was already at its highest development,that even Upper Moon One, Kokushibo could not cut through the chain and was forced to instead resort to close range combat.

  1. First Form: Serpentinite Bipolar ( (いち) (かた) (じゃ) (もん) (がん) (そう) (きょく) Ichi no kata: Jamongan sōkyoku?)[5] - Gyomei throws both the flail and axe towards his intended target and manipulates the chain by rotating it thus causing the axe and flail to also rotate in order to drill and grind right though his target.
  2. Second Form: Upper Smash ( () (かた) (てん) (めん) (くだ) Ni no Kata: Tenmen Kudaki?)[6] - Gyomei throws both his axe and spiked flail for a pincer move before smashing down on the chain to cause the flail to then rebound and smash his target from afar.
  3. Third Form: Stone Skin ( (さん) (かた) (がん) () (はだえ) San no Kata: Ganku no Hadae?) [7] - Himejima unleashes a series of slashes with his sword deflecting nearby attacks.
  4. Fourth Form: Volcanic Rock - Rapid Conquest ( () (かた) (りゅう) (もん) (がん) (そく) (せい) Shi no Kata: Ryūmongan・Sokusei?)[8] - Gyomei manipulates both the flail and axe weapons at both ends of the chain by swing the chain on both sides in order to strike his opponents using a two pronged wide ranged attack.

Ability to See-Through: A different perspective of the world. Despite being blind, he gained the ability to see a perfect image of his enemies in his mind and sense them naturally.

Trivia

  • Gyomei is blind, thus explaining the reason for the lack of pupils in his eyes. It is unknown whether an incident had caused him to be blind or he was born like this.[9]
  • According to Uzui, Gyomei was one of the two people who had became a Pillar two months after becoming a Demon Hunter. The other being Muichiro Tokito.
  • It is heavily implied that the child who disobeyed the rules and let the demon into the temple was no other than Kaigaku, the future Upper Moon Six.
  • He is the only Pillar who doesn't use a Nichirin Blade, instead favoring a set of chained axes.
  • "Namu Amida Butsu" also known as Nembutsu, is a chant from the Shin Buddhism. A common translation is: "I entrust myself to the Buddha of Infinite Light and Life".

Quotes

"If I never got attacked by that demon, I would have lived my entire life not knowing I was strong."[10]

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 134, Page 8
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 135, Page 15
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 135, Page 16
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 135, Page 1
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 171, Page 12-13
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 169, Page 8
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 139, Page 8
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 169, Page 15-16
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 135, Page 14
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 135, Page 15

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