Zenitsu is unquestionably one of the most intriguing characters in Demon Slayer, and his admirers adore him. He isn’t the most strong demon slayer, but he is one of the greatest, and his combat technique is strange yet fascinating. He fights while unconscious, and it’s debatable if he’ll ever be able to fight aware or out. We’ll find out if Zenitsu can fight while he’s awake or not in this piece. Zenitsu comes out as a coward, stating that he doesn’t have much time left because of the deadly nature of his profession as a Demon Slayer. He has poor self-esteem and even believes himself useless, as proven by his inability to accept he killed a demon and convincing himself it was Shoichi, despite the fact that the latter was a tiny boy with no unique demon-slaying talents.
Zenitsu comes across as a gifted and competent Demon Slayer right away, despite his fears. Zenitsu’s true strength awakens when he sleeps, as the nerves that normally block him from accessing it give way, allowing him to become more sage, calm, and precise in combat, allowing him to decapitate the Tongue Demon and defeat the Son Spider Demon on his own. Later, when Enmu, Lower Rank One, and Nezuko assaulted three train cars, he was able to protect them. He was able to go toe-to-toe with an awakening Daki a few months later with the support of Inosuke and subsequently blitz her with Thunderclap and Flash, God Speed.
When the terror becomes too great for him to bear, he passes out though it’s more of a semi-conscious condition, so he’s not really sleeping because he’s still awake. It’s more of a partnership between a coma-like condition and the fight-or-flight reaction. His mind transforms his current frightening position into a dream in order to cope with the dread. Because he’s currently in a dream, there’s nothing for him to be terrified of. He may be the person he actually desires to be: someone who can help and rely on others. That is why you see him fight effectively, speak quietly with others, and strategize. He forgets all that happened because it was only a dream when he wakes up.
Now, he doesn’t need to be knocked out to fight, as seen by his fight against Kaigaku and the time he flung Insokue far away, implying that he is generally strong. In fact, he’s been in serious mode since he received the letter about his Shihan’s death, even when they were still in Pillar training. If his wounded forehead was any indication, he’d been performing heavy training and most likely psyching himself up to break away from his fearful personality when Tanjirou went to see him since Zenitsu hadn’t been communicating to anybody recently. We’ve also seen him stand up for what he believes in and the people he cares about on several occasions, regardless of how terrified he is.
This suggests that his cowardice is more like a shackle as a result of his life experiences, which include not receiving enough love as a child and being abandoned, he has been belittled by Kaigaku when he became a disciple, being constantly betrayed by women, and not having a place to truly belong in because he doesn’t have a family, which is probably why he’s so obsessed with getting married rather than being a disciple.
He’s always been a good fighter and a gifted athlete; he’s just his own harshest critic. Basically, a traumatized hero, you know, when a hero becomes traumatized and is unable to accomplish heroic things; it’s not that they’re no longer heroes; it’s simply that the emotional/psychological discomfort holds them back or makes it difficult for them.
Training with Hashira
Hashira Training is a one-of-a-kind training session taught by Hashira with the goal of improving the abilities and physical health of all Demon Slayers. The Hashira are divided up for training. Tengen Uzui, the Sound Hashira, conducts basic stamina training first. Mitsuri Kanroji, the Love Hashira, oversees flexibility training, while Muichiro Tokito oversees fast movement training. Obanai Iguro, the Serpent Hashira, concentrates on sword skill revision, followed by Sanemi Shinazugawa, the Wind Hashira, who focuses on pounding training, and Gyomei Himejima, the Stone Hashira, who focuses on muscular reinforcement. Hashira, Shinobu Kocho, and Giyu Tomioka, members of the Insect and Water Hashira, do not participate in the training.
Due to Tanjiro Kamado’s determination, though, the latter does participate in the session. With the exception of Tanjiro Kamado and Inosuke Hashibira, the bulk of Demon Slayers regard the training session as an endless trip to hell. Hashira is expected to attend each other’s training sessions on a regular basis. It’s a win-win arrangement for both the Hashira and the Demon Slayers since the Hashira benefits from being regularly attacked by juniors rated lower than them.
Zenitsu is an exceptionally skilled swordsman, particularly in Iaijutsu-style swordplay and the Thunderclap and Flash method, to the point that he can generate offshoots of the technique and use it even while he is sleeping. His swordsmanship ability helped him to repel dozens of spiders and defend three railway wagons from Enmu’s attacks. Zenitsu’s swordsmanship has always been good, but it has improved to the point where he could fight Upper-Rank demons of the Twelve Kizuki and later matched a severely weakened Muzan, implying that his swordsmanship has most likely improved to the point where it matches that of the Hahira, the Demon Slayer Corps’ highest-ranking and most powerful swordsmen.
Relationship with Kaigaku
As heirs of the Thunder Breathing, Zenitsu and Kaigaku studied under Jigoro Kuwajima. Despite their common hostility, Zenitsu held him in high regard, even punching other Demon Slayer Corps members who gossiped behind his back. Due to his lack of strength, Kaigaku referred to Zenitsu as “dirt.” Zenitsu has a different, more serious attitude during the Hashira training, as if he is focusing on something essential. When facing Kaigaku, Zenitsu is harsh, frequently criticizes Kaigaku, and is characterized by Kaigaku as “suddenly becoming a new person.”
Regardless of how Zenitsu treats Kaigaku now, he has always respected him, even though he despises him. Zenitsu, like his Gramps, can agree that Kaigaku was special and essential to him. As Zenitsu collapses at the conclusion of the battle, he declares that he wants to deploy his own technique, Honoikazuchi Nokami, with Kaigaku in combat the next day. When Zenitsu finds Jigoro, his own Gramps, standing before him after the battle, he can’t help but cry and apologize for not getting along with Kaigaku. Zenitsu believed that if he hadn’t existed, Kaigaku would not have been a demon, but rather something else. Zenitsu thought Jigoro deserved to be compensated for his assistance, and he regrets that he was unable to do so.