Nezuko is the talk of the anime community in recent months. And it doesn’t seem like the conversation will “die down” any time soon.
She’s become a popular character with the male AND female portion of the
Never has a female
Let’s get into why that’s the case.
1. Brother-sister relationship with Tanjiro Kamado
Brother-sister relationships aren’t anything new in
BUT, they haven’t been too common in the shounen genre of
In the beginning of
It’s clear that the family bond is what keeps them together.
Until sh*t hits the fan
Then Tanjiro discovers his family’s been MURDERED. Later finding out that demons are responsible.
It’s at this moment that Tanjiro and Nezuko’s bond and story begins.
Even when Nezuko becomes a demon she still retains some of her humanity, protecting Tanjiro from danger.
This is the starting point of what makes Nezuko so likeable as a character. And why the brother-sister relationship is loved so much.
- There’s never been a Shounen series to highlight this relationship in this way.
- The desperation of an older brother fighting for his sisters survival is relatable.
- Despite Tanjiro being a
demon slayer, he still commits to protecting Nezuko because it’s his little sister.
The demon sister and human brother relationship is a strange one, but it’s welcomed with open arms.
It’s the ONE thing that makes
2. Nezuko is
We might as well get this out the way and put it out there. Nezuko is
The strange abilities she comes with like being able to “shrink” her body, and her personality in general has “cute” written all over it.
This scene is one example where Nezuko shrinks her body to fit inside a Bamboo basket.
Tanjiro carries Nezuko around in this basket in the early episodes of
Or THIS episode where Nezuko headpats this guy because he reminds her of her own family.
Even as a demon – Nezuko is “still” human on the inside. And that’s part of the “Demon Slayer series
A lot of episodes make this point obvious.
3. Nezuko’s a capable character who doesn’t “need” saving
In episode 2 of
Tanjiro was in trouble at this moment, and Nezuko stepped in to lend a helping hand.
In a lot of
Instead of portraying the little sister as “weak” and not capable of fighting her own battles, or having the courage to do so, Nezuko is different.
It’s balanced and at no moment do you get the sense of one character being “more important or superior” compared to the other.
Nezuko and Tanjiro need each other equally. And most fights in
4. Nezuko’s kind and caring nature
Even as a demon, Nezuko is still the kind and caring character she once was as a human.
The impossibility of someone being turned into a demon, and still managing to keep all their caring traits. Not to mention the ability to think about others before giving into her demonic tendencies – this is what makes Nezuko’s role special.
She’s not able to speak or say too much because of the muzzle, but I guess that’s what makes her differences fall into place.
You could call it childish or daft, but it all adds to Nezuko’s character and the sometimes subtle differences compared to other characters. Or other
There IS no other character like Nezuko
I can’t think of a Shounen
The “demon” aspect makes it even more bitter-sweet and emotional I guess.
A weak brother willing to give up his life to protect his sister who’s become a demon. It has a good ring to it.
Besides – the
Nezuko makes the
Tanjiro on the other hand makes the
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