Mitsuri Demon Slayer: While anime fans will have to wait until season 3 to discover more about Mitsuri Kanroji, manga readers are already familiar with the Love Pillar.
Mitsuri Kanroji is one of the more lovable Hashira or Pillars in the enormously popular Demon Slayer series, although little is known about her in the anime.
Mitsuri Demon Slayer 9 Things Only Manga Readers
That’s not to suggest the Hashira are unlikable by default, but certain individuals, such as Wind Pillar Saenemi Shinazugawa, don’t help matters. Mitsuri is like the sun in comparison to him.
And now that Demon Slayer season two has wrapped up with all of the explosive happenings in the Entertainment District, viewers can look forward to seeing her again in season three.
So, in order to prepare, let’s go over some of the more intriguing elements of this character that only manga aficionados are familiar with.
1. She Was Originally Kyojuro Rengoku’s Tsuguko AKA His “Successor”
For those unfamiliar, a “Tsuguko” is a concept introduced early in Demon Slayer. These are the current active Hashira’s proteges or disciples who are supposed to take their position at some point.
For example, despite being trained by a Hashira to master all of the Thunder Breathing methods, Zenitsu isn’t a Tsuguko (or at least isn’t considered one anymore) because the Thunder Hashira was retired at the time. Mitsuri, on the other hand, was a Tsuguko since Kyojuro had originally taught her to take his place if anything went wrong.
Mitsuri didn’t stay in the Flame Style, as seen by her introduction as the “Love Hashira,” although she and Kyojuro remained close.
2. She First Tried Flame Breathing, Then Created Her Own.
Ms. Kanroji learned the Flame Breathing method initially as Kyojuro’s Tsuguko. And, as seen in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, the Flame technique is largely centred on exceedingly forceful, solitary attacks that leave a “burning” sensation. So, how did Mitsuri transition from the Flame to the Love Breathing Style, which appears to rely on multiple hits rather than the Flame?
As it turns out, Mitsuri’s body isn’t quite like a normal human’s, and the Flame Breathing method helped, but not entirely. Mitsuri ended up designing her own Breathing Style, the Love Style, out of necessity, which took advantage of her unusual weapon, ridiculous strength, and incredible flexibility. It’s as if she duplicated the Flame Style’s solitary but powerful strikes for her own Breathing Style, which is only possible because of her extraordinary strength.
3. Her Muscle Density Is Eight Times That Of A Normal Person’s
Mitsuri was born with abnormally dense muscles, which further explains what makes the Love Pillar’s body so unique. Mitsuri’s muscles are eight times denser than a normal human’s, which is more of a benefit than a flaw. This means Kanroji can toss a Sumo Wrestler with ease, despite her small stature.
Of course, this strength has repercussions, and it drove Mitsuri away from a number of people when she was younger. However, it appears to be a god-given superpower in general.
4. What about those striped socks? Obanai’s Present
The Love Pillar is visually distinct from the majority of the other Demon Slayer Hashira in a variety of ways. She’s the only one with compassionate eyes and a happy disposition outside of Shinobu. Mitsuri’s attire, on the other hand, is distinct, with her bright green striped socks/leggings standing out the most.
Manga enthusiasts, on the other hand, understand the significance of these socks. They represent the lovely relationship between Obanai Iguro, the Serpent Pillar, and the Love Pillar, as he gave her the socks. It’s never proven, but it’s very clear that he chose green to contrast Mitsuri’s pink sandal strings, much like the green ends of her hair contrast with the pink body of her hair.
5. Love Hashira and the Insect are great friends.
Because there aren’t many other women or even non-eccentric people in the Hashira, it seems natural that the Love and Insect (not Flower) Hashira would become fast friends. This friendship began when Shinobu informed Mitsuri that her uniform was excessively revealing, an observation expressed since the Demon Slayer Corps’ outfitter is a creep.
From there, the two of them grew closer as friends over time. It’s a shame there aren’t more scenes with them together, because the two characters appear to complement each other perfectly.
6. What a Spectacular Hunger!
It was previously stated that Mitsuri’s dense muscles have no “harmful” implications, and this is correct. Mitsuri doesn’t have much of a tradeoff in exchange for her strength, except than possibly damaging something or hurting someone if she isn’t careful. Her hunger is the only other noticeable “downside.”
Mitsuri, it turns out, consumes roughly the same amount of food as two Sumo Wrestlers combined in a single day. This isn’t due to her forcing herself to do so in order to keep her muscles; rather, it’s due to her voracious appetite. Anime fans could expect to see this shortly in season three, as it provides some fantastic bonding opportunities between her and Tanjiro.
7. Her Initial Objectives Were Surprisingly Ineffective
When Ms. Kanroji’s origin and motivation for joining the Demon Slayers is revealed in the next season three, viewers may experience some atmospheric whiplash. Almost every other Hashira joined to avenge their murdered family, find a location where their murderous skills might finally be put to good use, or some other depressingly awful storey. Mitsuri, on the other hand, first enlisted to find a husband/lover who was stronger than her.
Of course, there’s more to Mitsuri’s tale, and she soon recognises how ridiculous this objective is in relation to everyone else’s, but it makes perfect sense given how much she had to disguise her actual nature before joining the Demon Slayers.
8. She’s the only one who can even come close to competing with Inosuke.
Mitsuri Kanroji’s body is also incredibly flexible, which is a lesser known truth about her. Although it is never established in the manga whether her magical flexibility is due to her dense muscles or some intrinsic aptitude, she does have it. It’s the main reason she can comfortably wield her whip-like sword, as the flexibility allows her to whirl it around without harming herself.
Outside of all those horribly terrible Demons that can twist and distort their bodies at will, the only other person in the series who might give Kanroji a run for her money in terms of flexibility is Inosuke, and he might have her beat. Inosuke is canonically flexible enough to move his organs around in his body (somewhat), although Kanroji doesn’t appear to be aware of this potential. But, when compared to the Mountain God himself, she definitely exploits her abilities in warfare more gloriously.
9. She Isn’t Armed With A “Traditional” Sword
The revelation of the Love Pillar’s Nichirin Sword is one of the finest sections of the Swordsmith Village arc since it is so ridiculous in comparison to any other weapon in the game, including Gyomei’s Nichirin Ball and Chain. Mitsuri’s Sword, to be more specific, is more like a sharp whip than a katana, and she has to fold and wrap it numerous times to get it back into the sheath. Consider Ivy’s Whip from the Soul Calibur series, or even Bloodborne’s Cane Sword.
The reason behind Mitsuri’s sword’s appearance is that it is the type of weapon that best utilises Mitsuri’s Love Breathing Style, her unusual muscle density, and her incredible flexibility.