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Sakonji Urokodaki ( (うろこ) (だき) () (こん) () Urokodaki Sakonji?) is a Cultivator of Swordsmen in the service of the Demon Killing Corps.[1] He was also formerly a Demon Hunter, having held a position as a Pillar.[2]

Appearance

Urokodaki's face has never been revealed or depicted; he is always seen wearing a tengu mask which covers his face. He appears to be an elderly individual as noted by the countless number of students he's trained as well as his silver coloured hair.

He is always seen wearing a jinbei styled kimono with a hood covering his head whenever he is travelling.

Personality

History

Synopsis

Final Selection Arc

Message

Sakonji receives Giyuu's message

Having received a letter from Giyu Tomioka requesting that he train Tanjiro Kamado, which also explained the boy and his sister's circumstances, Sakonji set forth from his home to find the two.[3] Upon finding them, he stops Tanjiro from attempting to kill a Demon with his knife, stating that the boy will be unable to kill the creature with such a blunt weapon.[4] Admonishing the youth for his question of how to properly defeat the beast, the elder watches as Tanjiro struggles to come up with a way to dispatch the creature. Sniffing the youth, Sakonji determines that he is no good, as he still has the scent of kindness even when confronted by vile demons.[5]
Sakonji slaps

Sakonji slaps Tanjiro

While Tanjiro is still struggling to kill the demon, Sakonji buries the victims of the creature, afterwards kneeling by their graves with his hands together in prayer. He then introduces himself to the youth, asking if he is the one Giyuu spoke of in his letter. Getting an affirmation to his inquiry, Sakonji goes on to ask the boy what he will do if his sister decides to feast on a human, slapping him when he hesitates to answer. He admonishes the youth on his slowness to answer, stating that he lacks determination, and stresses that he must not allow his sister to harm another human under any circumstance. Getting an answer of conviction from Tanjiro, the elder agrees to test the boy to see if he is worthy of becoming a Demon Slayer, telling him to bring his sister and follow him.[6]
Sakonji runs

Sakonji and Tanjiro travel to Sakonji's home

Sakonji then swiftly makes for his home, with Tanjiro struggling to keep up with his pace. Arriving at their destination, the elder tells the exhausted youth that the test begins now, instructing him to hike up the mountain. He travels with the boy part way up the mountain, telling him that he must make his way back to his home before dawn. He then vanishes into the heavy fog surrounding them.[7] Later, having made his way back down the mountain, Sakonji drapes a blanket over Nezuko, before noticing a noise at his door. A heavily exhausted and injured Tanjiro opens the door, prompting the elder to recognise his abilities, and thus his passing of the test.[8]
Training

Sakonji trains Tanjiro

Sakonji explains his profession as a Cultivator to Tanjiro, as well as how to join the Demon Killing Corps: surviving the Final Selection. To prepare him for this trial, and to see if he is worthy of even being able to participate in it, Sakonji begins to train Tanjiro in the way of the sword. He explains the intricacies of the weapon and the forces behind it, sparring with Tanjiro to improve his endurance using only his bare hands. Alongside this, he trains the boy in proper breathing techniques, slapping his stomach when he fails to get it right.[9]
The Final Obstacle

Sakonji shows Tanjiro the final part of his training

When Nezuko falls into a coma, Sakonji calls for a doctor, who cannot find anything wrong with her. Finally, after a year has passed, the elder tells Tanjiro that he has nothing more to teach him, instructing him to prove himself by improving the basics he has been taught. He then leads the youth to a huge boulder, telling him that if he can cut it in half, he will be permitted to go to the Final Selection. When Tanjiro hesitates, overcome by doubt, Sakonji leaves without a word, his hand in the boy's training completed.[10]
Sakonji compliments

Sakonji compliments Tanjiro on the completion of his training

Much later, after Tanjiro finally succeeds in slicing the boulder in half, Sakonji explains his reasons for not wanting Tanjiro to go to the Final Selection, complimenting the youth on his accomplishment. He then wraps the youth in a hug, urging him to come back alive from the Demon Killing Corps' test. Before Tanjiro leaves, the elder cuts his hair and gives him a mask to ward off bad luck.[11] Besides, Sakonji explains that Demons increase in power by consuming humans, can use a type of sorcery to alter their bodies and that Tanjiro will be able to figure out how many humans a Demon has consumed if he increases the sensitivity of his nose.[12] When Tanjiro wishes him farewell, asking the old man to look after Sabito and Makomo, Sakonji wonders aloud how the boy knew the names of his two dead apprentices.[13]
Sakonji and Nezuko reunite with Tanjiro

Sakonji and Nezuko embrace Tanjiro

After Tanjiro returns from the Final Selection, Sakonji and Nezuko embrace him, the elder weeping tears of joy while saying that the youth had finally made it back alive. Fifteen days after this, Haganezuka arrives with Tanjiro's new sword, but ignores the youth's attempts at hospitality, prompting Sakonji to note to himself that the swordsmith hadn't changed. He then agrees with Haganeduka when he notes that Tanjiro's blade may turn red, watching shortly after that as it instead turns black. Noting this, the elder watches as Haganeduka throws a fit over this unexpected development.[14]

Sakonji then watches in silence as Tanjiro buttons up his uniform, and subsequently shows him a box made out of "Mist Cloud Fir", which he can hide Nezuko from the sun with. He speculates that Tanjiro's sister may have fallen into her coma because she was attempting to regain strength through sleep, rather than through consuming humans.[15] He goes on to tell Tanjiro that while she was sleeping, he gave Nezuko some suggestions to her subconscious to defend humans as her family from other demons.[16] He also informs his apprentice about Caster Demons[17] and the monster responsible for the creation of other Demons and the murder of Tanjiro's family, Kibutsuji Muzan.[18]

Abilities and Powers

Breath of Water Style ( (みず) () (きゅう) Mizu no kokyū?): Sakonji is the primary instructor of this Breath Style. He has taught ten breath techniques to both Tanjiro Kamado and the successor of his former position as Water Pillar, Giyu Tomioka. The user can increase the amount of oxygen in one's blood by controlling their breathing pattern. Doing this increases his strength and agility to equal a demon's. It is currently unknown what is his level of skill while utilizing this style, but it can be assumed that he was a formidable swordsman as a former pillar.

  • First Style: Water Surface Slice (壱いちノ型かた 水みな面も斬ぎり Ichi no kata: Minamo giri?) - A single concentrated slash
  • Second Style: Water Wheel (弐にノ型かた 水みず車ぐるま Ni no kata: Mizu guruma?) - Sakonji jumps and spins his body while slashing.
  • Third Style: Dance of the Rapid Current (参さんノ型かた 流りゅう流りゅう舞まい San no kata: Ryūryū mai?) - Sakonji swings his blade at his opponent in a way that mimics the movement of waves on the surface of water.
  • Fourth Style: Striking Tide (肆しノ型かた 打うち潮しお Shi no kata: Uchishio?)
  • Fifth Style: The Merciful Rain of a Dry Day (伍ごノ型かた 干かん天てんの慈じ雨う Go no kata: Kanten no jiu?) - A "sword strike of kindness" that kills the target with little to no pain. Used when the enemy surrenders.
  • Sixth Style: Twisting Whirpool (陸ろくノ型かた ねじれ渦うず Roku no kata: Nejire uzu?) - Sakonji fiercely twists his upper and lower body, which creates a whirlpool that cuts anything caught in it.
  • Seventh Style: Piercing Rain Drop - A fast and accurate stab. The fastest Breath of Water technique.
  • Eight Style: Waterfall Jar (捌はちノ型かた 滝たき壷つぼ Hachi no kata: Takitsubo?) - cuts the target vertically.
  • Ninth Style: Water Splash (玖くノ型かた 水すい流りゅう飛沫しぶき Ku no kata: Suiryū shibuki?) - Minimizes the landing time and surface needed when landing, allowing the user to move without limits. Ideal when fighting in a place with no solid foothold.
  • Tenth Style: The Dragon of Change - A continuous attack that increases in power with each rotation, creating a strong slash.

Trivia

  • Sakonji was ranked in 14th place as of the first character popularity poll with 213 votes.

Quotes

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 4, Page 4
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 46, Page 9
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 3, Pages 2-4
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 2, Pages 24-25
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 3, Pages 4-6
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 3, Pages 8-12
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 3, Pages 12-16
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 3, Pages 22-23
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 4, Pages 4, 7-9
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 4, Pages 9-13
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 6, Pages 3-4
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 7, Page 6
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 6, Page 5
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 9, Pages 8-17
  15. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 10, Pages 3-4
  16. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 11, Page 19
  17. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 10, Page 15
  18. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 11, Pages 2-3


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