(Spoilers!) After this, we only have 2 Hashiras left! If I finish them, then it will be my first ever blog project completed, Thats a pretty great achievement for me.. Anyway, todays post is about the one and only… Serpent Hashira! I was rereading his part in the manga this week and I nearly cried because I was so sad, His past and future are heart breaking.
We’ll start with Obanai’s past: He grew up in a family that only consisted of females, He was fed and kept alive for one reason, to be fed to a Serpent demon. When Obanai realized this, he quickly tried to create an escape plan by scratching the walls he was imprisoned in. When he escaped, the serpent demon chased him but he was saved by the flame Hashira at that time, Kyoguro Rengokus older brother.
You may notice that Obanai wears bandages on his mouth, this is because his family cut his mouth open as to resemble the Serpent Demon which they served. You may also notice that his eyes are different colors, When he was born, he had different colored eyes and the Serpent demon took a liking to him because of that. She ordered his family to keep him alive for her to eat him later in the future. His past is really sad.
Personality wise, Obanai is pretty harsh.. He is harsh and strict and only cares for 2 people. He thinks that his fellow demon slayer are weak, and he critized Tengen Uzui for suffering heavy wounds against the ‘weakest’ Upper Moon Demon and tells him to fight to the death when Tengen chooses to retire. But actually, the Demon Slayer corps had gone 113 years without killing an Upper Moon, so it was a good achievement. And Shinobu said that One Upper moon is equal to 3 Hashiras in strength.
Obanai is extremely devoted to the Demon Slayer Corps. but his devotion usually comes at other peoples costs… such as when he tries to force Tengen to stay with the Demon Slayers even after losing an eye and arm, and when he ties up lower-ranked Demon Slayers and uses them as obstacles during Hashira Training for relatively petty reasons.
Now for the 2 people Obanai deeply cares about.. The first is his crush, the Love Hashira, Mitsuri Kanroji. It’s implied by most of their companions save for Tanjiro and Mitsuri herself; having given her her green socks which she wears as a present. He threatens Tanjiro for growing too close to her and he is the first person to meet up with her in the Infinity Castle.
The second person he cares deeply about is the leader of the Corps, Kagaya Ubuyashiki. All the Hashira’s have the utmost respect for the leader, so its no wonder. Here is some sad information, Obanai dies in the battle against Muzan Kibitsuji… He was slashed in the eyes which blinded him and then died from extreme bleeding. But before he died, and before Mitsuri died, they both confessed their love and died happy. Im happy for them.. but their deaths were sad.