Tanjirou Kamado (竈門 (かまど) (たん) () (ろう) Kamado Tanjirō?) is the main protagonist of Kimetsu no Yaiba, who becomes a Demon Hunter and joins the Demon Killing Corps to hunt down the Demon who murdered his family and turned his sister Nezuko into a Demon.


Tanjirou has burgundy hair combed back and dark eyes with a scar on the top right of his forehead. He wears long rectangular earrings with a sun symbol and a checkered black and green pattern haori over the standard Demon Hunter uniform.

He carries around a wooden box where Nezuko sleeps during the day.


Tanjirou is kind by nature and has been described by others as having very gentle eyes. He has a great deal of determination and will not give up once he has a goal to achieve, an example being finding a cure for Nezuko. Even though he is relatively strong on his own, he isn't opposed to asking others for help when he needs it. He is very protective of his friends and even more so of his younger sister. His biggest attribute is his ability to empathize with anyone, even demons. This often gives him hesitation when killing demons.


Nezuko Kamado

Nezuko is the younger sister of Tanjirou, and the only remaining member of their family each other have left. As such Tanjirou who is usually calm and polite will become enraged and attack anybody who harms Nezuko.[1] He is extremely protective of her but that doesn't prevent him from getting her help during battles that he can't handle alone.[2]

Tomioka Giyuu

Tanjirou first met Giyuu after he tried to kill Nezuko who had just been turned into a demon.[3] After seeing his determination Giyuu gives Tanjirou instructions to go to Urokodaki which leads him into the path of becoming a Demon Hunter.[4]

While not trusting him at first, Tanjirou comes to respect Giyuu a lot later on. They are both students of Urokodaki and users of the Breath of Water Style.

Zenitsu Agatsuma

Inosuke Hashibira

Urokodaki Sakonji

Kochou Shinobu

Tsuyuri Kanao



Final Selection Arc

First Mission Arc

Asakusa Arc

Drum House Arc

Natagumo Mountain Arc

Functional Recovery Training Arc

Demon Train Arc

Red Light District Arc

Abilities and Powers

Natural Abilities

Enhanced Sense of Smell: Tanjirou has a heightened sense of smell even before he underwent sword training. It is strong enough for him to smell the 'line of interval'-- the slight pause in an enemy's movement-- and distinguish between species, as well as their approximate position. After training, he can smell emotions as well as track objects, humans and demons over long distances.

Fighting ability: This trait of Tanjirou's was pointed out by Giyuu Tomioka during their first encounter in which Tanjirou skillfully laid out a plan to attack Giyuu by surprise by charging towards him not showing he was unarmed and plan to have bring down Giyuu with an axe he had thrown in the air beforehand.

Enhanced strength: After training, Tanjirou gained immense strength and speed and has demonstrated great use of it (i.e.: Jumping over twice his height during the Final Selection arc when fighting the Demon who killed Urokodaki Sakonji's disciples.


Breath of Water Style ( (みず) () (きゅう) Mizu no kokyū?)[5]: Taught to him by Urokodaki Sakonji, the Water Pillar before Giyuu. The user can increase the amount of oxygen in one's blood by controlling his breathing pattern. This increases his strength and agility to equal a demon's. Tanjirou has now learned to do full focus breaths at all times, further increasing his base strength, speed, and stamina. With this enhanced strength and ability to find the 'line of interval,' Tanjirou can utilize ten different moves:

  1. First Style: Water Surface Slice ( (いち) (かた) (みな) () () Ichi no kata: Minamo giri?)[6] - A single concentrated slash
  2. Second Style: Water Wheel ( () (かた) (みず) (ぐるま) Ni no kata: Mizu guruma?)[7] - Tanjirou jumps and spins his body while slashing.
    • Second Style Modified: Horizontal Water Wheel ( () (かた) (かい) (よこ) (みず) (ぐるま) Ni no kata kai: Yoko mizu guruma?)[8] -
  3. Third Style: Dance of the Rapid Current ( (さん) (かた) (りゅう) (りゅう) () San no kata: Ryūryū mai?)[9] - Tanjirou swings his blade at his opponent in a way that mimics the movement of waves on the surface of water.
  4. Fourth Style: Striking Tide ( () (かた) () (しお) Shi no kata: Uchishio?)[10]
  5. Fifth Style: The Merciful Rain of a Dry Day ( () (かた) (かん) (てん) () () Go no kata: Kanten no jiu?)[11] - A "sword strike of kindness" that kills the target with little to no pain. Used when the enemy surrenders.
  6. Sixth Style: Twisting Whirpool ( (ろく) (かた) ねじれ (うず) Roku no kata: Nejire uzu?)[12] - Tanjirou fiercely twists his upper and lower body, which creates a whirpool that cuts anything caught in it.
    • Sixth Style: Twisting Whirpool - Current ( (ろく) (かた) ねじれ (うず) (りゅう) (りゅう) Roku no kata: Nejire uzu - ryūryū?)[13] -
  7. Seventh Style: Piercing Rain Drop - A fast and accurate stab. The fastest Breath of Water technique.
    • Seventh Style: Piercing Rain Drop - Curve ( (しち) (かた) (しずく) () (もん) () き・ (きょく) Shichi no kata: Shizuku hamon tsuki - kyoku?)[14] -
  8. Eight Style: Waterfall Jar ( (はち) (かた) (たき) (つぼ) Hachi no kata: Takitsubo?)[15] - Tanjirou cuts the target vertically.
  9. Ninth Style: Water Splash ( () (かた) (すい) (りゅう) 飛沫 (しぶき) Ku no kata: Suiryū shibuki?)
    • Ninth Style: Water Splash - Chaos ( () (かた) (すい) (りゅう) 飛沫 (しぶき) (らん) Ku no kata: Suiryū shibuki - ran?)[16] - 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.
  10. Tenth Style: The Dragon of Change ( (じゅう) (かた) (せい) (せい) () (てん) Jū no kata: Seisei ruten?)[17] - A continuous attack that increases in power with each rotation, creating a strong slash.

Dance of the Fire God (ヒノカミ神楽 (かぐら) Hinokami Kagura?):[18] Taught by Tanjirou's father. A breathing technique that increases the user's strength and endurance.

  • Waltz ( (えん) () Enbu?)[19] - A single concentrated slash.
  • Blue Heaven ( (へき) () (てん) Heki-ra no ten?)[20] - A similar attack to "Water Wheel" in which Tanjirou spin his body to create a 360 degree slash.
  • Waltz Flash - Tanjirou utilizes Zenitsu Agatsuma's "Thunderclap flash" and combines it with his "Flame Waltz" by pumping air through his entire body, focusing it on the legs, and releasing it all and ending with a flaming slash.
  • Solar Halo Dragon Dance - A combination attack utilizing Nezuko's Blood Burst, Tanjirou's sword adopts a red color and is coated in flames. While in this state, he circles around the enemy in a pattern resembling a flaming dragon and slashes them multiple times and ultimately beheading them. He first used this on Urogi, Sekido, and Karaku.
  • Scorching Crimson Mirror ( (れつ) (じつ) (こう) (きょう) Retsujitsu kōkyō?)[21] - Tanjirou unleashes two horizontal slashes that defend him from attacks from the front or side.
  • Flame Waltz ( (えん) () Enbu?)[22] - A two-combo strike which starts with a vertical slash and then a horizontal one right after.
  • Parhelion Rainbow ( (げん) (にち) (こう) Gen'nichi kō?)[23] - Tanjirou uses this technique to evade techniques using high speed twists and rotations. It works most effectively on enemies with good vision as they will attack an afterimage of him and not his actual body.
  • Fire Chariot ( () (しゃ) Kasha?)[24] - Tanjirou uses this technique in quick succession with Parhelion Rainbow and attacks the enemy while they are distracted.
  • Shining Sun Stab - A single thrust attack with the pointed blade.
  • Burning Sun ( (しゃっ) (こつ) (えん) (よう) Shyakkotsu en'yō?)[25] - A circular slash that defends from oncoming frontal attacks.


Kamado, without the second kanji (竈, かまど) is a traditional Japanese wood or charcoal fueled cook stove/furnace.

Do, the second kanji of his family name, (門, ど) means door.

Tan (炭, たん) means charcoal.

Ji (治, じ) can mean 'to heal'.

Rou (郎, ろう) is a common Japanese name suffix for boys. It also means male.



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  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 25
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 3, Page 3
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  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 6, Page 13
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 31, Page 19
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 12, Page 11
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 17, Page 18
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 16, Page 10
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  20. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 61, Page 23
  21. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 77, Page 14
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  25. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 81, Page 16