Tanjiro Kamado, a character in the dramatic and emotionally packed universe of “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba,” has grabbed the hearts of fans all around the world.
Tanjiro's path from poor charcoal merchant to demon slayer is one of heartbreak, fortitude, and the pursuit of justice.
However, the tragic incident that put the wheels of his adventure into action – the death of his father – lurks behind this exceptional young man.
In this article, we will delve into the untold story of how Tanjiro's father met his tragic end and how it ultimately shaped the destiny of our beloved protagonist.
How Did Tanjiro's Dad Die?
Tanjuro Kamado, the family's head, was afflicted with an unknown severe sickness.
He died despite having a remarkable strength that once allowed him to slay a bear with his ax and the ability to do the Hinokami Kagura dance in frigid temperatures.
It is unknown when he died, but given that his youngest son, Rokuta, was three years old at the start of the story, Tanjuro most likely died when Rokuta was still a baby.
The appearance of Yoriichi Tsukiguni in a flashback led many to speculate that Yoriichi was Tanjiro's father. Not only did they both practice sun breathing, but they were also both photographed wearing Hanafuda earrings, implying a connection.
As the story progressed, fans discovered that Yoriichi was born over a thousand years ago and was the first person to employ the sun-breathing technique.
Tanjiro performed the Hinokami Kagura in its entirety while seeing his ancestors. Sumiyoshi was so moved by this that he learned 12 of the 13 steps and practiced them long after Yoriichi had left.
Yoriichi also gave Sumiyoshi his Hanafuda earrings as a thank-you for the hope and hospitality he received during a difficult moment in his life.
Those earrings were passed down through generations of Kamados, including Tanjuro, who died and left them to his eldest son.
With little information about Tanjuro, many fans wondered if he was a member of the Demon Slayer Corps himself.
All indications lean to the negative. He did appear to share Tanjiro's peculiar scar on his forehead, implying that if he hadn't been sick, he could very well have gone on to become a demon slayer.
While Tanjiro thought the scar was caused by spilled tea, it was actually a growing demon slayer mark that became more visible as he gained power.
Tanjuro passed on the skill of sun breathing after learning the motions of the Hinokami Kagura after watching his father conduct the ritual dance for the Fire God each new year.
Even if he had no idea how crucial it would become for his son, he knew it was a family custom that had been passed down for decades.
How Does Tanjuro Continue to Influence Tanjiro?
Tanjiro's recollections of his father drive him to persevere in the face of the numerous obstacles brought on by his exposure to the demon world.
Tanjuro was a caring and loving man, as evidenced by his son's memories, and his demeanor reflects this.
He is exceedingly nice to his friends and family, as well as polite and respectful to his elders.
Aside from the Hinokami Kagura, one of the most deep attributes Tanjiro got from his father is his unwillingness to quit.
Tanjuro's sickness foretold his demise, yet he refused to give up on life or his family. He spent every available moment with his wife and children, leading by example and laying a solid basis for their future.
He had no way of knowing what awaited them after his death, or that the majority of them would join him far too soon in the hereafter.
His character strength kept his eldest son strong, even after Tanjiro's entire world was shattered.