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The sufferings of my past were lessons on what to do to others as revenge! If I don't cause misery equal to my own unhappiness, I'll never balance the scales! That's how it is when you're a demon! And we kill anyone who tries to tell us otherwise.
 

Gyutaro (妓夫 (ぎゅう) () (ろう) Gyūtarō?) is one of the primary antagonists in the Entertainment District Arc of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. He is a demon affiliated with the Twelve Kizuki, holding the position of Upper Rank Six ( (じょう) (げん) (ろく) Jōgen no Roku?), which he shares with his younger sister, Daki.

Appearance

As a demon, Gyutaro is a relatively tall man of a somewhat muscular build with a black-dotted, pale grayish complexion whose anatomy was somewhat strange in that his upper torso, arms and legs were all extremely muscular where his waist was incredibly skinny, his pelvis jutting out at an unnatural angle. He possessed thin, green and red eyes, their sclera bright orange, that were slanted drastically downwards at the sides, the kanji for "Upper Rank" ( (じょう) (げん) Jogen?) and "Six" ( (ろく) Roku?) carved across them. He has unruly black hair that cut sharply off to a brighter green around the crown of his head, worn messily styled with uneven bangs and several ahoges. His body and face has noticeable ink-like markings in the form of black spots on his body and a flowing water-like pattern on his face. Gyutaro has been described to look very ugly.[2]

Gyutaro wore no shirt, only sporting a pair of baggy blue pants and seven pieces of pattern red cloth to decorate his body, one large one around his neck and three smaller ones around each arm.

As a human, Gyutaro had similar facial features as he did as a demon, notably the ink-like patterns on his face. He also possessed the same strange contorted anatomy and hair that he had when he turned into a demon. He was seen either wearing a dirty and torn kimono or a striped kimono that revealed his chest when he was older.

Personality

Due to the hard life he lived in near-constant poverty and the harsh tragedies he experienced as a human, Gyutaro portrayed himself to be cruel, petty and envious of anyone blessed with a better life than him, leading to him developing a habit of sarcastically complimenting a person's best traits and then trying to vindictively kill them afterwards, as he did to Tengen Uzui. Because of these hardships he faced as a human, Gyutaro eventually developed a personal belief that to take from those who have a better life than he had as a human is justified. A habit he seems to have is the penchant to inflict harm to himself when he is angry, frustrated or jealous as seen when he scratched himself hard enough to tear deep wounds into his own flesh when he grew jealous of Tengen.

Having lived over a hundred years and battled many Demon Slayers and Hashira, Gyutaro has become somewhat arrogant and prideful in combat, developing the habit of underestimating his opponents and looking down on them as beneath him, as he did with the team of Demon Slayers dispatched to kill him by having his sister fight and deal with them first rather than himself.

Despite his negative traits, Gyutaro does possess a genuine, strong love for his younger sister, Daki. Having raised her himself due to his mother's mental instability, this familial love was so strong that, despite becoming a demon and nearly forgetting his life as a human, he still retains a considerable attachment to her. Due to this, he has developed a tendency to occasionally spoil and allow her to do whatever she pleases, even if her actions go against his best interests. However, his love for her does not stop him from screaming and insulting her out of frustration.

Upon his death and his final thoughts, Gyutaro is shown to possess no regrets on the choices he made throughout his life—especially his choice of willingly becoming a demon and his subsequent actions of killing and eating hundreds of people for hundreds of years—showing how misanthropic and bitter he had become due to his terrible and harsh circumstances as a human. However, he later states that his only true regret he holds in his life is his sister, Ume, showing that deep down, Gyutaro regrets that his negative influence through how he raised her was the cause for her growth into a selfish person. During his final moments, Gyutaro wonders if she could have experienced many other wonderful things and lived many different lives without having to walk on the path of becoming a Demon if he wasn't in her life. He genuinely wishes that she was born and raised by someone other than himself, completely shouldering the blame for all of her deplorable actions and showing just how much he loves her.

Later, even in death, Gyutaro is shown to have Daki's best interests at heart by telling her to go to the opposite direction where the light was better, showing that he wished Daki would have a fresh start to a new life without him being a bad influence on her.

History

Human Life

Gyutaro was born into poverty within the lowest class of the Entertainment District. His mother would often beat and try to kill him even before he was born due to presumed attempted miscarriage since she could not afford to feed him, but her efforts were proven to be in vain when she died of syphilis.

Throughout his childhood, he was berated for his appearance, voice, and poor hygiene from the other residents of the district. When his sister, Ume, was born he gained a sense of pride and acted as her "collector" within the district.

When his sister turned 13 and she began to officially work for a brothel, he returned home from work to discover her tied up and burned to near death and left to die in a ditch because she poked a samurai's eye out with a hairpin. He jumped into the ditch and began to panic, tearfully demanded that his sister be turned back to normal while cradling her body. As he embraces his dying sister, the same samurai whose eye was poked out, sneaks up behind Gyutaro and slashes his back in an attempt to kill him. He then overheard the samurai speaking to brothel manager who is revealed to be the one who asked to have Gyutaro killed. However, before the samurai is able to finish him off, he manages to jump out of the ditch and kill both the manager and the Samurai with his sickle.

Despite being injured, Gyutaro carried his sister Ume's dying body throughout the Hanamachi district in search of help, but was ultimately denied aid no matter where he went. He eventually succumbed to exhaustion, both he and Ume being on the verge of death. Before the end, they were then found by the then Upper Rank Six Doma, who was searching the Entertainment Districts to devour the young women of the area. He then offered to "help" them by turning them into demons, due to him being a "Nice Guy" and gave them a few drops of his blood to initiate their transformations. He then gleefully challenged them to become powerful enough to be chosen by "that man" and join the Twelve Kizuki themselves.

Demon Life

As a demon he and his sister, who was now known as "Daki", continued to reside in the Entertainment District and continued to terrorize and feast on its inhabitants, with the siblings seemingly developing a taste of only eating from the district's finest and most beautiful geisha and oiran of the district. After an unknown number of years, the siblings were eventually noticed and acknowledged by "that man" and given the rank of Upper Rank 6 of the Twelve Kizuki that they then shared between themselves.

Somewhere along his long life as a demon, Gyutaro successfully killed and ate at least thirteen Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps while his sister killed and ate seven.

Synopsis

Entertainment District Arc

Gyutaro emerges from his sister's body

After a tantrum-throwing Daki called out for him, Gyutaro emerged from her body, quickly taking her to another part of the room. He reattached her severed head, comforting her while doing so. Tengen attacked the pair, but Gyutaro quickly countered it, injuring the Hashira. He then complimented the Demon Slayer on stopping his attack.[3]

Gyutaro reveals he and his sister are one

The mysterious demon further complimented Tengen's face, skin, flesh, and height, as well as his presumed popularity with women. Feeling envious of the Hashira, Gyutaro threatened him with a painful death. Hearing Daki's complaints about Nezuko Kamado's involvement, he promised to exact vengeance upon all those who had hurt her. Throwing his sickle-like weapons with great force, which returned to him shortly afterwards, Gyutaro was unable to injure Tengen or the bystanders he was protecting. He restated his envy of the Hashira, which only increased when the Demon Slayer revealed he had three wives. The mysterious demon unleashed his Blood Demon Art: Flying Blood Sickles, a barrage of blood blades. His attack accomplished nothing, as Tengen escaped through a hole he made in the floor, which surprised the emaciated demon. Gyutaro commanded his attack to turn, revealing its auto-tracking nature. Tengen deflected the attack again, throwing and then detonating several small bombs in Gyutaro's vicinity. Wrapped in his sister's sash, Gyutaro withstood the blast, smugly stating they are one.[4]

Gyutaro and Daki battle Tengen

The emaciated demon informed his opponent he was different from the previous Hashira he had fought, once again expressing his envy at Tengen's talents. He remained silent as the Sound Hashira rejected his claims, who cited Gyomei Himejima and Muichiro Tokito as examples of amazing talent, but countered by demanding to know how his Flying Blood Sickle's poison hadn't killed the Demon Slayer yet. Moments later, Gyutaro grinned, declaring Tengen's statement of poison resistance to be a bluff, and blocked the Hashira's twins blades with his dual sickles. Clashing briefly with his opponent, Gyutaro was furious at Tengen kicking his sister. He was then surprised as Tengen threw more bombs at him and his sister, which he managed to escape unscathed. He quickly deduced the true nature of the bombs, special gunpowder capable of hurting demons, leaving him confident in their eventual victory, but was surprised as Tengen's subsequent sword strike extended. Marveling at the Hashira's grip strength, Gyutaro deflected the attack, but was left with a slight wound to his neck. He warned Tengen of his impending death, only to be surprised by the arrival of Inosuke Hashibira and Zenitsu Agatsuma.[5][6]

Gyutaro almost lands a blow on Tanjiro

The mysterious demon reiterated his death threat, believing the arrival of the Hashira's subordinates to be insufficient. Tengen remained confident in their victory, having deduced that cutting off both of the siblings' heads off at the same time was the key to success, but Gyutaro assured him it wouldn't be easy to accomplish. He also mentioned how he and his sister had eaten numerous Hashiras, fifteen and seven, respectively. He then watched silently as Daki was taken onto the roof by Zenitsu, with Inosuke going to assist the towheaded youth in his fight, but remained confident that she would prevail. Utilizing his connection with his sibling, Gyutaro closed one of his eyes, and quickly attacked Tanjiro Kamado. He nearly struck a blow to the youth's neck, but was thwarted by Tengen at the last second causing him to only stab him in the chin mere inches away from the fatal strike, and proceeded to exchange a flurry of blows with his opponent. In the middle of this clash, sashes from his sister's conflict above them descended, prompting Gyutaro to call Tengen's claim of success to be a lie, as well as labeling his adversaries as incompetent for lack of movement control.[7]

Abilities

Overall Abilities: As the true Upper Rank Six, Gyutaro is an incredibly powerful demon with over a century worth of combat experience under his belt, making him an extremely deadly individual, having killed 15 Hashira in the past, the strongest and most skilled Demon Slayers in the Demon Slayer Corps.[8] His immense skills and abilities were evident as he possessed the means to to easily combat both Tengen Uzui, the Sound Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, and Tanjiro Kamado, a talented Demon Slayer who has fought Lower Rank demons in the past, eventually overwhelming them in battle. Even when the battle turned in the favor of the Demon Slayers, Gyutaro and Daki quickly managed to take control of the situation and overwhelm them.

Another testament to his power is the fact that despite being killed in battle, Gyutaro was still capable of severely injuring and maiming Tengen, Tanjiro and Inosuke and would have likely killed them if not for Nezuko's own unique Blood Demon Art and if not for his own arrogance getting the better of him, he would have likely won and killed them all himself, as Muzan Kibutsuji later stated.[9] Even as a child with no combat training, Gyutaro managed to defeat an adult swordsman by himself.

Core Detachment: Gyutaro possess the ability to completely detach his "core" from his own body, with it seemingly taking the form of his right eye that he then implants into his sister Daki's forehead, that then enhances and strengthens all of his sister's abilities and powers.[10] Through this, Gyutaro also then develops a psychic connection with her and allow him to see, hear and sense everything she does and even possess and take control of her body in order to better coordinate their attacks.[11]

  • Decapitation Immunity: This ability allows Gyutaro to detach his "core" from his own body, effectively protecting him from being killed via decapitation due to his main core not being present in his own body. This effectively insures that both he and his sister cannot be killed by decapitation unless both of their heads are cut off simultaneously.

Extrasensory Perception: Through his psychic connection with Daki, Gyutaro can sense everything around her as well, allowing them to coordinate their attacks. This was shown when Gyutaro act on the information given to him on pure instinct and maneuver both his and her attacks and actions perfectly while in battle, as seen during their battle against Tengen, Tanjiro, Inosuke and Zenitsu, where he perfectly coordinated his attacks with Daki's to both launch several simultaneous assaults on all four opponents despite the both of them fighting in separate locations and facing two entirely different pairs of opponents by manipulating his sister's actions and controlling her sashes to strike in tandem with his blood slashes to create powerful surprise attack combos.[12][13][14]

He was also noted to possess immensely honed senses, having been able to maintain full perception of everything happening around him and keep track of every single person he and his sister was fighting through their psychic connection, allowing him to keep track of both battles with little effort and easily detect any sneak attacks and human/demon presences when they approached either of them. This was shown when he detected Tengen's bomb attacks when he was on a floor below him, and dodged in the nick of time.[15]

Flesh Manipulation: Like all demons, Gyutaro possesses the ability to manipulate his own flesh to a certain extent. He mainly uses this ability to shape his flesh into an extremely sharp Kama which he can control telekinetically.[16] This was evident as Gyutaro could merge his body with Daki's and later managed to can encroach and infect the swords of Tengen and Tanjiro with his flesh Kama in order to prevent them from pulling out their blades effectively keep them in place. He also displayed the ability to twist his neck backwards.[17]

Immense Durability: Gyutaro possesses an incredibly durable body. This was shown when Tengen and Tanjiro both used their Nichirin Swords to attack Gyutaro's Kama made from his own flesh but to no avail as they couldn't even slice through it.[18] When Tanjiro landed a surprise attack on Gyutaro's neck, his blade failed to make a dent in the Upper Rank's body.[19] Tanjiro only managed to lob off Gyutaro's head when he "summoned a hundred times" the strength in his body, awakening his Demon Slayer Mark in the process, to successfully cut through his neck.[20]

Immense Regeneration: As a member of the Upper Ranks, Gyutaro's regenerative powers are one of the most advanced in existence. With his immense recovery speed, he could instantly heal the scracthes he inflicted upon himself in a matter of seconds.[21] More impressively, he could regenerate from the damages dealt to him by Tengen's explosive beads that possess enough explosive force to harm the bodies of Upper Rank demons.[22] Even when he was hit with kunai that was coated with wisteria extract that could paralyze an ordinary demon for half a day and seal the movements of Lower Rank demons, Gyutaro still managed to regenerate instantly.[23]

Immense Speed & Reflexes: As an Upper Rank demon, Gyutaro has assimilated an extremely high concentration of Muzan Kibutsuji's which have greatly enhanced his own speed and reflexes to levels that can out-match the Hashira. As seen with most demons, Gyutaro can also use bursts of speed so fast it made it seem like he teleported.[24] He could also keep up with the blistering movements Tengen, the Hashira with the fastets running speed out of all his peers, sometimes moving fast enough to evade his reflexes and land hits on him before he can even react.[25][26] Gyutaro was also fast enough to block a barrage of fast kunai.[27]

Poison Generation: Gyutaro possesses the ability to generate extremely lethal poison, which he uses to coat his flesh Kama. The poison is strong enough that it would almost instantly kill someone inflicted with it, and those who don't will be severely weakened and might be rendered unable to fight. Even Tengen who has developed a high tolerance to poison from his shinobi training is greatly weakened by Gyutaro's poison to the point he had to forcefully stop his heart to prevent it from spreading even further. The poison had much worse effects on Tanjiro and Inosuke, despite the latter having some form of natural poison resistance. Tanjiro was almost immediately incapacitated when he was inflicted by Gyutaro's poison while Inosuke was left in a near-death state after a while.[28]

Blood Demon Art

Blood Manipulation: Gyutaro's Blood Demon Art allows him to manipulate his own blood. He can generate them from his flesh Kama or from wounds on his body. In combat, he creates solidified sickle-shaped blood by slashing his flesh Kama which allows him to extend his attack range. Gyutaro is capable of manipulating these blood slashes freely until they hit their mark.[29] The blood he manipulates is shown to be quite durable as Tanjiro could barely deflect or cut them and Gyutaro is able to use it to defend himself from incoming attacks like a barrage of Kunai.[30]

Fighting Style

Kama Proficiency: Gyutaro has displayed mastery in dual wielding his flesh Kama in combat. As an Upper Rank demon, he has lived for over a century and has refined his skill to the point he can surpass the Hashira, the strongest swordsmen in the Demon Slayer Corps, in close ranged combat. Even before he became a demon, Gyutaro has shown to be apt in utilizing his Kama for violence, easily killing a woman and later slicing an adult swordsman's head in two with them when he was enraged. With his demon abilities, he can even control and move his flesh Kama telekinetically, which Gyutaro used to make them fly back to him like a boomerang.[16] As noted by Tengen and Inosuke, Gyutaro's fighting style is comparable to that of a mantis.[31][32]

Techniques

  • Flying Blood Sickles ( () () (がま) Tobi Chigamo?)[33] - Gyutaro releases multiple sharp and durable sickle-shaped blades of solidified blood by swinging his Kama.
  • Rampant Arc Rampage ( (ばつ) () (ちょう) (りょう) Batsuko Chōryō?)[34] - Gyutaro creates a dome of sickle-shaped blades of solidified blood around him that defend from incoming attacks.
  • Rotating Circular Slashes: Flying Blood Scythes ( (えん) (ざん) (せん) (かい) () () (がま) Enzan Senkai - Tobi Chigamo?)[35] - Gyutaro unleashes circular waves of sharp solidified blood from his body. This technique has massive range and he is even able to activate it as his head is being cut off.

— Gyutaro's Blood Demon Art —

Equipment

Flesh Kama: Gyutaro carries around a pair of Kama fashioned from his own flesh and blood. They serve as his main tools in combat and are extremely durable and sharp, being able to tear through flesh and block attakcs from Nichirin Swords with ease. They are blood red in color and are coated with deadly poison. Gyutaro briefly displayed the ability to move his Kama telekinetically, making it fly back towards him as if it were a boomerang.[16] When he was a child, Gyutaro possessed a similar pair of Kama which someone left behind and was most likely his main source of inspiration for using a pair of Kama as a demon.[36]

Battles

Trivia

  • Muzan Kibutsuji has stated in Chapter 98 that he was the True Holder of the Position of Upper Rank Six, not his sister.
  • Gyutaro was one of Muzan's favorite Upper Rank, since he highly values his circumstance and greedy personality.[37]
  • The word 'Gyu' refers to the barkers who would entice customers to enter the entertainment district. After working as a Gyu, he took the word and used it to name himself as Gyutaro.[38]

Quotes

  • (To Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira and Tengen Uzui) "The sufferings of my past were lessons on what to do to others as revenge! If I don't cause misery equal to my own unhappiness, I'll never balance the scales! That's how it is when you're a demon! And we kill anyone who tries to tell us otherwise." [39]
  • (To himself) "It turns out I was good at fighting. So I worked as a debt collector. People found me creepy. They feared me. I liked that feeling. I became proud of my ugliness. And with such a beautiful sister, I began to lose my sense of inferiority. It felt like our lives were finally going in a good direction."[40]

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Vol. 13, Extra Pages.
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 96 (Pages 8-9).
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 85 (Pages 13-19).
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 86 (Pages 3-7, 10-19).
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 87 (Pages 3-6).
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 87 (Page 9-20).
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 88 (Pages 2-8, 12-19).
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 88 (Page 6).
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 98 (Page 13).
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 88 (Page 18).
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 94 (Page 1).
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 88 (Page 17).
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 89 (Page 8).
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 89 (Page 16-19).
  15. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 86 (Page 16-17).
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 86 (Page 7-8).
  17. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 91 (Page 6-7).
  18. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 91 (Page 5).
  19. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 93 (Page 2).
  20. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 94 (Page 3-6).
  21. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 86 (Page 11-12).
  22. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 87 (Page 15).
  23. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 90 (Page 3-4).
  24. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 88 (Page 14).
  25. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 85 (Page 18).
  26. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 90 (Page 8).
  27. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 89 (Page 21).
  28. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 95 (Page 7).
  29. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 86 (Page 15).
  30. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 89 (Page 12-13).
  31. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 89 (Page 11).
  32. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 88 (Page 8).
  33. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 86 (Page 12).
  34. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 89 (Page 16).
  35. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 90 (Page 5).
  36. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 96 (Page 9).
  37. Kimetsu no Yaiba First Fanbook.
  38. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 86 (Page 2).
  39. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 88 (Pages 11-12).
  40. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 96 (Page 10).


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