I was inspired to write about Zenitsu because I really hated him. He always cried, when kids a lot younger than him didn’t in the same situations1. I didn’t want him to even be there, he just seemed like a disgrace to all the hard work and brave actions that Tanjiro did. But then, as I watched more, I realized that he was actually important. And I didn’t want everyone hating him like I did, but to recognize his potential, and what made him so valuable. So I wrote this post about what is important about him. I hope you also realize Zenitsu’s epicness and don’t hate him(seriously just wait till the next seasons are animated and you will regret ever hating him one bit, he becomes so epic!). So let’s start!
No one likes crybabies, especially in a world where crybabies will die if they choose to take up the responsibility of slaying man-eating demons. But why is Zenitsu(cry-babyish) acceptable, if not even inspirational?
Because no matter how hard he cries, he tries harder. He still works hard. He still trains. And he never runs away.
But why is he there? Why does a top-rate anime/manga put a crybaby in the main character trio?
Because he represents something important; you don’t need to be unafraid of demons or scary things to be strong. When he fights, he is so scared of dying that he cries his eyes out. He throws tantrums like a little child, but he is genuinely frightened. Anyone would be scared of dying, so to some extent, his actions are justified. But even if he does act like a baby, he still fights. And he doesn’t run away when it comes to it. He still stands to protect his comrades. Being strong means going on even if you are scared. Even if Zenitsu goes and hides up in a tree, he doesn’t stop training. He doesn’t stop fighting. He never stops believing. And that’s what Zenitsu does. He still fights, stands strong, and moves forward.
Which is what makes him acceptable. And that can also make anyone acceptable. You can cry and be terrified all you want, but just move forward and keep fighting. Always.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you found this inspirational(you too Sushiii, we’re cheering for you)!
Side note: I was also thinking about writing a post on how Rengoku’s resolve was so strong and he resisted becoming a demon, I found that very inspirational! It will take a while to write and post though. What do you all think?
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