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Once you decide to defeat a demon, defeat it. Once you decide to win, win. Win, whatever the cost. You made that promise with Kanao and me, didn't you?

Kanae Kocho ( () (ちょう) カナエ Kochō Kanae?) was a minor character in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. She was a Demon Slayer and the late Flower Hashira ( (はな) (ばしら) Hana Bashira?). She is the older sister of Shinobu Kocho and the adoptive older sister of Kanao Tsuyuri.

She was slain several years prior to the present story by Upper Rank Two, Doma.


Kanae was a young woman of a slender build who was rather tall for her age and had notably red lips in contrast to her pale complexion. She had long, straight, black hair that reached just below her hips, worn down with two shorter clumps over her shoulders, and arched, ear-length bangs on either side of her face. Her eyes were a pale violet and slanted towards the sides of her face, bright and bug-like, with many notable white sparkles reflecting light off of them.

Kanae wore a dark purple-tinted version of the standard Demon Slayer uniform and tattsuke hakama pants as well as a piece of black fabric around her calves and zōri with pale purple straps. She also sported a pair of green and pink butterfly hairpins that she wore adorned on either side of her head - one of which was later used by her adoptive younger sister, Kanao Tsuyuri, as a memento. She also wore the white butterfly-patterned haori that fades to pale turquoise then pink toward the cuff and hem, which Shinobu Kocho now wears in the present.


Kanae's laid-back nature

Kanae's easygoing nature, much to a younger Shinobu's annoyance.

Kanae is shown to be a good-natured girl with an easygoing personality; in Shinobu and Kanao's flashbacks, she is almost always seen with a gentle smile on her face.[2][3] When Sanemi Shinazugawa lashed out against their leader, Kagaya Ubuyashiki, she displayed concern for Kagaya and gently informed Sanemi how Kagaya truly cares for the Demon Slayers under his charge.[4] Kanae also had a dream of someday being able to live peacefully alongside demons despite all the suffering and death they have inflicted on humans, which later inspired Shinobu to do the same.[5]

Kanae's spirit declares that Shinobu will win

Kanae's spirit declaring that Shinobu will win with the right resolve to defeat Doma.

However, Kanae had a much stricter side, as shown when Shinobu was on the verge of defeat during her battle with Doma. Kanae's spirit ordered her to stand up and face her opponent, brushing away the excuses forming in her mind that she was too delicate to take on demons. Kanae was also keenly observant, seeing through Doma's acting and lies, and deducing that he was in fact emotionless and empty. According to Kanao, Kanae felt sorry for him due to his emptiness, even though he mortally wounded her.[6]


A young Shinobu with her older sister Kanae

Kanae and Shinobu make it their goal to be Demon Slayers.

The Kocho sisters lived a peaceful, privileged life with their wealthy and loving parents, who continuously doted on and cared for them. Growing up wanting for nothing, the two sisters were content with their simple life together. However, this all came crashing down when a demon attacked their home. Their parents tried to protect the two but were slaughtered before their daughters' eyes. They would have been next, but they were saved by the timely arrival of Gyomei Himejima, who killed the demon immediately before it could kill either of them. After these traumatic events, the two sisters made a promise to both join the Demon Slayer Corps to stop the demons from inflicting the same horror and pain they experienced on others.[7] Both of them soon became successful Demon Slayers after completing their training and developing their own Breathing Styles.

At some point down the line, Kanae became the Flower Hashira. She was present at Sanemi's first Hashira meeting, looking at him in alarm when he rudely confronted their leader. When Kagaya mentions Masachika Kumeno by name, Kanae informs the surprised Sanemi that Kagaya made a point to memorize the names and backgrounds of each Demon Slayer who died in combat.[8]

Shinobu and Kanae taking Kanao

The Kocho sisters taking Kanao.

One day, while traveling through a village, Kanae took notice of a little girl being dragged along by a leash by a man. Even though the girl was nameless, dirty, and didn't speak, Kanae approached her and attempted to convince the man who purchased her to let her go. When he demanded money in compensation, Shinobu flung money in the air, grabbed the rope he released, and ran off with the girl. They then took her to the Butterfly Mansion, adopted her, and named her Kanao. When the girl proved unresponsive without orders, Kanae gave her a coin to flip to help her make decisions until she could make decisions on her own.

Some years later, Kanae ran into the Upper Rank Two of the Twelve Kizuki, Doma. She was fatally wounded during the encounter, but he was forced to flee from the rising sun before he could devour her. As she lay dying in Shinobu's arms, she tries to convince her sister to leave the Demon Slayer Corps to live a normal life, but her sister is dead set on avenging her. With the last of her strength, Kanae described Doma to Shinobu before succumbing to her wounds.[9]


Rehabilitation Training Arc[]

Shinobu with dying Kanae

Shinobu holds a dying Kanae.

During Tanjiro Kamado's training to become stronger with Rehabilitation Training, Shinobu met the boy and commended him for his spirit and will to push on. To Shinobu's shock, Tanjiro unexpectedly asks her if she is angry, despite having a smile on her. Her expression saddens as she states that she had always been angry at demons, seeing them as unredeemable, unlike her beloved older sister Kanae. Kanae, like Tanjiro, saw sympathy in demons; when she was killed, Shinobu attempted to maintain a friendly and cheery façade in remembrance of her but couldn't hold the same sympathy for demons, seeing them as irredeemable.

Infinity Castle Arc[]

Kanae and Shinobu are reunited

Kanae reuniting with Shinobu in the afterlife.

After being pulled into the Infinity Castle along with the rest of the Demon Slayer Corps, Shinobu happens upon Doma, Kanae's killer. He eventually recognizes Kanae's haori and recollects how he missed out on eating her,[10] enraging Shinobu. When she is on the brink of defeat, Kanae's spirit commands her to continue fighting.[11] After Doma's death at the hands of her adoptive sister Kanao and Inosuke Hashibira, Shinobu and Kanae's spirits pat the exhausted Kanao on the head, commending her for doing well.

Shinobu and Kanao attends Kanae's funeral

Shinobu and Kanao attending Kanae's funeral

Shinobu and Kanae are seen in kimonos, running towards their parents as they all go to heaven.[12] Kanao, who previously internalized her emotions from her abuse, apologizes to Kanae because she could not cry during her funeral, despite no one blaming her. She saw Kanae's hair pin broken and found Shinobu's pin in the lotus pond, before clutching memoirs of to her sisters to her chest and crying for the first time, mourning Kanae and Shinobu.


Overall Abilities[]

During her time as a Demon Slayer, Kanae was a Flower Breathing user that was skilled enough to hold the position of the Flower Hashira, a position only reserved for Demon Slayers who have slain one of the Twelve Kizuki or have successfully battled and slain at least 50 demons, further implying her incredible skill and natural born talents. Unlike her younger sister, Shinobu, who lacks the strength to cut off a demon's head due to her small body and thus compensated by using a uniquely-designed Nichirin Sword and new fighting style, Kanae wielded an ordinary-looking blade.[13] A further testament to Kanae's strength is that she was able to fended off Upper Rank Two, Doma, until sunrise, showing that although she was incapable of defeating him and was severely injured in the end, she was at least able to battle him to a standstill.

Fighting Style[]

Master Swordswoman: As a Hashira, Kanae would be one of the most powerful combatants in the Demon Slayer Corps, which is supported by the fact that she was able to battle with the second strongest Upper Rank for until sunrise, though it was not specified when the fight started.

Breathing Styles[]

Flower Breathing ( (はな) () (きゅう) Hana no kokyū?): A Breathing Style Kanae mastered well enough to battle Upper Rank Two, Doma.


  • Second Form: Honorable Shadow Plum ( () (かた)   () (かげ) (うめ) Ni no kata: Mikage Ume?)[14] - The user releases several rotating sword slashes that deflects incoming physical attacks.
  • Fourth Form: Crimson Hanagoromo ( () (かた)   (べに) (はな) (ごろも) Shi no kata: Beni Hanagoromo?)[15] - The user unleashes single sword slash that curves and twists gracefully.
  • Fifth Form: Peonies of Futility ( () (かた)   (あだ) (しゃく) (やく) Go no kata: Ada no Shakuyaku?)[16] - The user unleashes a flurry of nine consecutive attacks that flow and weave in on themselves.
  • Sixth Form: Whirling Peach ( (ろく) (かた)   (うず) (もも) Roku no kata: Uzumomo?)[17] - A technique used after or during evasion, the user spins around moving with their body weight to deliver an attack.
  • Final Form: Equinoctial Vermilion Eye ( (つい) (かた)   () (がん) (しゅ) (がん) Tsui no kata: Higan Shugan?)[18] - A focusing technique that raises the user's kinetic vision to its maximum, while using this technique the user perceives the world as if it were in slow motion. Usage of the technique, however, is highly dangerous, as the tremendous strain on the eyes could cause blood vessels to rupture and lead to partial or complete blindness.[19] This technique is still usable even if the user only has one fully functional eye.[20]


Standard Nichirin Katana: Kanae carries around a standard sized and shaped Nichirin katana that is light pink in color. Her katana's handguard seems to be the same as her younger sister, Shinobu Kocho's: a four-petaled aqua-colored flower, trimmed with orange. As a Hashira, Kanae's blade should have the words Destroyer of Demons ( (あっ) () (めっ) (さつ) Akki Messatsu?) engraved on the side. Her katana broke during her encounter with Upper Rank Two, Doma.




*Kanae and Shinobu purchased Kanao out of slavery and adopted her as their little sister.


  • Kanae's surname is composed of the Kan-on'yomi reading of the kanji for "butterfly" ( () (ちょう) kochō?). Kanae's given name is spelled with three katakana characters; which differs from Shinobu, her biological sister, and is similar to how Kanao's name is spelled.
  • Kanae shares her English voice actress with Rui's human mother.



  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Volume 19, (Extra Pages).
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime: Episode 25.
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Extra: Bonus Manga.
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 168 (Pages 10-15).
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime: Episode 26.
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 157 (Pages 10-13).
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 143 (Pages 1-3).
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 168 (Pages 9-16).
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 141 (Pages 1-4).
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 141 (Pages 12-13).
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 142 (Pages 11-13).
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 163.
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 147.
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 158 (Page 5).
  15. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 143 (Page 14).
  16. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 158 (Page 4).
  17. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 158 (Page 7).
  18. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 162 (Page 18).
  19. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 162 (Page 19).
  20. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 202 (Page 16-17).
  21. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 142 (Page 12).
  22. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 142 (Page 13).
  23. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 142 (Page 11).
  24. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 142 (Page 10).


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Demon Slayer Corps
Ubuyashiki Family: Kagaya Ubuyashiki · Amane Ubuyashiki · Hinaki Ubuyashiki · Nichika Ubuyashiki · Kiriya Ubuyashiki · Kuina Ubuyashiki · Kanata Ubuyashiki · Senri Ubuyashiki · Akito Ubuyashiki
Hashira: Giyu Tomioka · Mitsuri Kanroji · Obanai Iguro · Sanemi Shinazugawa · Gyomei Himejima · Kyojuro Rengoku · Tengen Uzui · Muichiro Tokito · Shinobu Kocho · Kanae Kocho · Sakonji Urokodaki · Jigoro Kuwajima · Shinjuro Rengoku
Demon Slayers: Tanjiro Kamado · Zenitsu Agatsuma · Inosuke Hashibira · Genya Shinazugawa · Kanao Tsuyuri · Murata · Ozaki · Masachika Kumeno · Yoriichi Tsugikuni · Takeuchi · Nagakura · Noguchi · Yoshioka · Shimamoto
Butterfly Mansion: Aoi Kanzaki · Sumi Nakahara · Kiyo Terauchi · Naho Takada · Goto
Swordsmith Village: Tecchin Tecchikawahara · Hotaru Haganezuka · Kozo Kanamori · Kotetsu · Tetsuido
Other/Associates: Sabito · Makomo · Suma · Makio · Hinatsuru · Masao Maeda
Demons: Muzan Kibutsuji · Nezuko Kamado · Temple Demon · Hand Demon · Swamp Demon · Asakusa Demon · Tamayo · Yushiro · Susamaru · Yahaba · Tongue Demon · Horned Demon · Spider Demon (Father) · Spider Demon (Mother) · Spider Demon (Son) · Spider Demon (Daughter) · Shizu Shinazugawa · Serpent Demon
Twelve Kizuki: Kokushibo · Doma · Akaza · Nakime · Hantengu · Gyokko · Gyutaro · Daki · Kaigaku · Enmu · Rokuro · Wakuraba · Mukago · Rui · Kamanue · Kyogai
Kamado Family: Tanjuro Kamado · Kie Kamado · Takeo Kamado · Hanako Kamado · Shigeru Kamado · Rokuta Kamado · Sumiyoshi Kamado · Suyako Kamado · Sumire Kamado
Shinazugawa Family: Kyogo Shinazugawa · Sumi Shinazugawa · Teiko Shinazugawa · Hiroshi Shinazugawa · Koto Shinazugawa · Shuya Shinazugawa
Northwest Town: Kazumi · Satoko · Tokie
Tsuzumi Mansion: Teruko · Shoichi · Kiyoshi
Entertainment District: Koinatsu · Omitsu · Toyo · Rei · Yatsu
Other: Saburo · Hisa · Senjuro Rengoku · Ruka Rengoku · Yuichiro Tokito · Tsutako Tomioka · Sayo · Keizo · Koyuki · Kotoha Hashibira · Akeno Tsugikuni · Uta · Takaharu
Animals: Chachamaru · Kaburamaru
Species/Groups: Kasugai Crows · Ninju
Kamado Family: Kanata Kamado · Sumihiko Kamado
Agatsuma Family: Toko Agatsuma · Yoshiteru Agatsuma
Other: Aoba Hashibira · Tojuro Rengoku · Tenma Uzui · Giichi Tomioka · Sanehiro Shinazugawa
Spin-Off/Anime Original Characters
Civilians: Yae · Taro · Fuku · Tomi · Tatsu
Demons: Matazo · Hairo · Flute Demon · Ubume · Slasher · Mantis Demon