Information about Giyu Tomiok

The current Water Hashira is the first demon killer Tanjiro encounters. Initially, he tries to kill Nezuko, but changes his mind when he sees her protecting an unconscious Tanjiro. He takes them both to Urokodaki, hoping that Tanjiro will learn water breathing and follow in his footsteps as Hashira, while seeking to heal Nezuko. Although he has mastered water breathing, he doesn’t consider himself a true Hashira. He believes that Sabito, one of his comrades who died saving other demon slayers-in-training, was uniquely suited to this role. He has developed the additional technique of Water Breathing, which only he knows. In the final battle against Muzan, he loses an arm but survives after the demon’s destruction.

History of Giyu Tomioka

When Giyu was young, his family was decimated by demons. Giyu miraculously survived thanks to the protection of his older sister.

At the age of 13, Giyu met Sabito and they became very good friends due to their similar pasts and ages. Both participated in the final selection in the Wisteria Mountains. Unfortunately, Giyu was attacked by a demon and injured during the ordeal. Fortunately, Sabito rescued him before leaving to help someone else. It seems that Giyu lost consciousness and, at the end of the week, was admitted. As for Sabito, he unfortunately lost his life during this selection.

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Giyu Tomioka’s personality

Giyu constantly wears a serious face. He has a reserved personality and a strong sense of justice, with no tolerance for those who fail to recognize their own limitations and waste their lives. Although he allowed Nezuko Kamado to live thanks to Tanjiro Kamado’s insistence, he has no hesitation in killing other demons and shows them no respect, like most demon slayers. However, Giyu broke the Demon Slayer Corps code of conduct by protecting Nezuko during Shinobu’s attempted murder. This suggests that he doesn’t completely despise demons, unlike some other Hashira, and is willing to make an exception by letting a demon live if it doesn’t kill and feed on humans. This shows that he takes a more pragmatic approach to his relationship with demons, rather than outright hatred as some other Hashira do.

Giyu seems to be concerned about other people’s opinions of him and is shocked when Shinobu Kocho says he is hated by many. However, apart from that, he doesn’t seem to be affected by Shinobu’s remarks, even when she ignores him. Despite all this, they are actually good friends, having shared many common experiences.

He’s a man of few words and finds it hard to interact with others, which leads him to generally keep to himself. He even goes out of his way to avoid speaking and prefers to keep his name to himself, believing that names are not meant to be shared.

It is later revealed that Giyu suffers from an inferiority complex that arose from his participation in the final selection. He becomes so severe to the point of considering giving up his role as Water Hashira, until Tanjiro helps him understand that rather than being driven by survivor’s guilt, he should enjoy his life and continue to live for the people who sacrificed their lives for him. This feeling of survivor’s guilt resurfaces when he believes that Tanjiro died after the fight against Muzan. Shedding tears, Giyu admits that he is still the one who is saved.

Despite his aloof, stoic nature, Giyu turns out to be protective and caring towards those close to him and considers his friends. This first manifests itself when he puts his life on the line for Tanjiro and Nezuko, vowing to commit harakiri if they were to commit an act of cannibalism. Giyu loses his usual calm and stoic demeanor when his loved ones are in danger, as evidenced by his intense anger after Akaza’s attempted murder of Tanjiro, as well as his obvious surprise when he learns of Shinobu’s death. This is also reflected in the fact that he still wears half the haori of Sabito, his deceased best friend, as well as that of his elder sister, in memory of them. However, Giyu seems to be particularly sensitive to who he expresses emotions towards, as he doesn’t react at all when informed of the deaths of Genya Shinazugawa, Muichiro Tokito and Kyojuro Rengoku.

However, Giyu won’t let his personal relationships get in the way of his duty. When Tanjiro transforms into a demon and launches his attack, Giyu is the first to assert that they must kill him, despite their brotherly relationship. After all these conflicts, it’s clear that Giyu has been able to embrace his happier side, as evidenced by his smiles towards the Kamado siblings, as well as Sanemi, showing how their relationship of rivalry has slowly transformed into one of mutual respect.

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Giyu Tomioka’s abilities and powers

As Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, Giyu is an extremely powerful swordsman. He is able to easily defeat the Spider Demon Father in his transformed form as well as Rui, the lower Rank 5. In his confrontation with Akaza, the top Rank 3, he managed to hold his own for some time, which surprised Akaza himself. Akaza even offered to turn Giyu into a demon, reserving this proposal only for opponents he considers worthy. Akaza claims he hasn’t met a water Hashira as talented as Giyu in fifty years.

The art of the sword

Water breathing: this technique was taught by Sakonji Urokodaki. The user can increase the amount of oxygen in his blood by controlling his breathing. This enhances his strength and agility, making them equivalent to those of a demon. Like all Hashira, Giyu has learned to maintain total concentration at all times, which further enhances his core strength, speed and endurance. He has mastered all the techniques of water breathing and has developed his own additional form.

First style: Water surface slice – The swordsman generates enough momentum to create a powerful, concentrated slice of water.

Second style: Water Wheel – The swordsman jumps and rotates vertically, launching a fluid attack in a circular motion.

Third style: Fluid dance – The swordsman swings his blade in such a way as to imitate the movement of waves on the surface of the water.

Fourth style: Strong tide – The swordsman makes several consecutive slashes while twisting his body in a fluid manner, similar to a powerful tide.

Fifth Style: Blessed Rain After Drought – A “sword stroke of kindness” that kills the target with little or no pain. Used when the enemy surrenders.

Sixth style: Whirlwind – The swordsman ferociously turns his upper and lower body, creating a whirlwind that slices through everything in its path.

Seventh style: Piercing Raindrop – A swift, precise stab. The fastest water breathing technique.

Eighth style: Waterfall basin – The swordsman slices vertically at the target.

Ninth style: Splashing water flow – Reduces the time and area needed to land, allowing the user to move without limits. Ideal for fighting in places where there is no solid grip.

Tenth style: Constant flow – A continuous attack that gains power with each rotation, creating a powerful blade.

The eleventh style: Calm – Created by Giyu, the swordsman ceases all body movement and enters a state of total defense, deflecting and blocking any incoming attack with imperceptible speed. However, its effectiveness is limited against fast and numerous attacks.

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