Kokushibo is a tall man with long black hair that he keeps in a ponytail. On his face, he has three sets of eyes with red eye whites and yellow irises. His middle set of eyes features the mark of Upper Moon one on his face and neck are red markings resembling flames. He wears a patterned kimono with a black hakama on his waist. On his waist, he carries a sword that has eyes in the space between the tsuka wrapping of the handle of his sword. The guard and blade were also later revealed to have eyes and veins.
Kokushibo is reserved yet shrouded in mystery. If his actions at the meeting of the Upper Moons are anything to go by, he is a punctual and rule abiding individual who places high value in the hierarchy of the Twelve Demon Moons. He is also humble, as he did not hesitate to admit his failure or complain of any difficulties, instead acknowledging his opponent's strength. He has also displayed a strong sense of loyalty towards Muzan Kibutsuji, with most of his actions being done with the sole purpose of fulfilling Muzan's goals.
Although he can come off as reserved and humble, he is also capable of being cold in nature. Kokushibo's words can come off as harsh, especially when reprimanding individuals. His threats come off as nothing short of cruel and overwhelmingly serious. However, he also reveals a warmer side to his personality, showing attachment to the family he left behind as a human and later showcasing pride in the skills and abilities of his descendant, Muichiro Tokito. He even tried to convince Muichiro to become a demon, going as far as stopping his blood loss and asking for forgiveness for cutting off his arm. Although, this behavior may simply due to the fact that he considers Muichiro's skills being a result of his own "cells" being passed down, showing a more narcissistic side to himself.
As a human, Kokushibo's birth name was Tsugikuni Michikatsu. Somewhere along his life he somehow became a Demon Slayer, with him even remembering that he once trained and refined his sword skills with a former Breath of Wind user during the Sengoku Period. Thus, familiarizing himself with the Breath of Wind style. Later he had a child of his own who went on to continue his bloodline.
Somewhere down the line he was transformed into a demon and joined the Twelve Demon Moon, eventually obtaining the rank of Upper Moon One. He also noted that he was one of the oldest members of the group. Having fought numerous Demon slayers across the centuries, he encountered a Demon Hunter about 300 years prior to the present who devoured demons to enhance his own and strength, battling and defeating him by cutting his torso into two, killing him.
Kokushibo was summoned to a meeting of the Upper Moons, arriving before all of his colleagues. He silently sat facing a wall, only speaking when his presence was acknowledged by the Biwa Demon, and revealing that Kibutsuji Muzan had arrived. Muzan revealed the death of Gyutaro, berating Kokushibo and his fellow Upper Moons for being unable to destroy the Ubuyashiki family and failing to find the Blue Spider Lily. Kokushibo admitted that he had nothing to say in his defense, as Kagaya Ubuyashiki had cleverly hidden himself.
After Akaza brutally destroyed Doma's head, Kokushibo covertly sliced off the former's hand, stating he had gone too far. He explained to Doma that he had not intervened for his benefit, but for the preservation of the hierarchy of the Upper Moon system. He then told Akaza to arrange for a blood battle if he wanted to take Doma's position, asking him if he understood what he was being told. Akaza acknowledged this fact, promising to kill the high-ranking Upper Moon, which Kokushibo wished him luck in before departing.
Kokushibo is present in a flashback of Kaigaku, depicting the time just before Kaigaku following his defeat at the hands of Kokushibo. Kokushibo then offers his own blood and the power that Kaigaku craves if "that man" is willing to accept him as an ally. And as he does, he threatens that if a drop of blood is spilled, the human will be beheaded.
Following Akaza's death, Kokushibo is seen alone. Murmuring how Akaza had abandoned his path to reach further heights and how he had failed to defeat Kokushibo, he reprimands how weak Akaza is. Simultaneously, he reaches for his katana, singlehandedly and instantly slicing the surrounding stone pillars to pieces in a single stroke.
Abilities and Powers
Overall Abilities - Kokushibo is an exceptionally powerful swordsman. And being one of the oldest demons in the series, he has battled numerous Demon Slayers and has obtained a large pool of experience and knowledge of combat, easily deciphering the techniques and skills of at least Two Pillars and overwhelming them in battle. As a breath user he possess superhuman levels of strength and reflexes that are further enhanced by his demon physiology. His six pairs of eyes grant him superhuman kinetic vision similar to Kanao Tsuyuri and seems to give him the ability to peer into his opponents insides such as their muscles,organs and even their cells,as Kokushibo was able to immediately discern the skill level of Muichiro,Sanemi and Gyoumei with one look and was able to identify Muichiro as his descendant and was able to see that Genya was a Pseudo Demon by looking into their cellular structures. These overall abilities and skills allow him to easily defeat Tokitou Muichirou (Mist Pillar) and Sanemi Shinagawa (Wind Pillar) with minimal effort and then fight on par against Gyoumei (Stone Pillar), who is currently the most powerful Demon Slayer in the entire Demon Slaying corps, including the Pillars. Even when Himejima and Sanemi awaken the mark which Increase one physical abilities further,He still capable of holding his own against the both of them at the same time.
As Upper Moon 1, he is considered the strongest of all Twelve Demon Moons and second strongest demon in the series, just behind Muzan Kibitsuji.
Breath of The Moon (
- First Form: Dark Moon - Evening Palace (
壱ノ 型 闇 月・ 宵の 宮Ichi no kata: Yami Zuki - Yoi no Miya)?): Kokushibo draws his sword and slashes swiftly in a single motion, like with all Breath of the Moon techniques, numerous chaotic crescent shaped blades originate from the slash. This technique resembles Iaido.
- Second Form: Pearl Flowers Moon-Gazing: (
弐の 型 珠 華ノ 弄 月Ni no kata: Shuka no Rougetsu?)
- Third Form: Loathsome Moon: Chains: (
参ノ 型 厭 忌 月・ 銷り San no kata:Enkidzuki Tsugari?): Kokushibo swings his sword rapidly in two crescent slashes, from which a storm of smaller crescents spread. This technique causes huge destruction in a small area.
- Fourth Form
- Fifth Form: Moon Spirit Calamitous Eddy (
伍ノ 型 月 魄 災 渦Go no kata: Geppaku Sai Ka?): Kokushibo makes multiple curved slashes layered over one another resembling a rising vortex. Numerous chaotic blades originate from these slashes. Kokushibo performed this attack without swinging his blade.
- Sixth Form: Perpetual Night, Lonely Moon - Incessant (
陸ノ 型 常 夜 孤 月・ 無 間Roku no kata: Tokoyo Kogetsu - Muken?): Kokushibo releases a wild storm of slashes in multiple directions. This technique was powerful enough to not only slice up multiple pillars around him but also overwhelm the Wind Pillar Shinazugawa Sanemi.
Flesh Sword - Kokushibo reveals that he had detached some of his own flesh and shaped it into the Katana that he uses in battle. The blade possesses numerous eyes in the blade, handle, and guard, allowing him to have increased range of vision while using it in battle. Also, since the blade is created from his flesh, the blade can easily regenerate if destroyed or chipped. This ability is shown when the blade returns to its original shape in his battle with Gyomei Himejima,Later Kokushibo also displayed the ability to freely manipulate the form of the blade as seen when he grew three additional blades from the original blade to increase its reach.
- Kokushibo bears a striking resemblance to the first Breath of the Sun user.
- Kokushibo is chronologically the first Demon Slayer to become a Demon.
- "I... have nothing... to say... Ubuyashiki... cleverly... hid... himself..." Chapter 98, page 15.
- "You... went too far..." Chapter 99, page 3.
- "Be thankful for the blood... You are not allowed to spill even a single drop on the ground... for if you do... your torso and head shall have a sorrowful parting." Chapter 145, page 5.
- "You opened a path... to reach further heights... and you abandoned it... Very weak." Chapter 157, page 5.