We will discuss about Giyu Tomioka’s backstory from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba in this blog post. He is the current Water Hashira in the Demon Slayer Corps. He is one of the most skilled Demon Slayers in the association.

Even when things are very hard, Giyu never loses his calm and unflappable attitude.

Even though he let Nezuko Kamado live because Tanjiro Kamado kept trying, he doesn’t hesitate to kill other demons and has no respect or mercy for them, unlike most Demon Slayers. He is also quiet and has a very strong sense of what is right. He has no patience for people who don’t know what they’re capable of and waste their lives.

Giyu Tomioka Backstory – Demon Slayer from Wiki

Now in this article, we will see Giyu’s backstory in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

Giyu Tomioka Backstory – As a Child

Giyu used to play with his older sister, Tsutako, when they were kids. They were happy living together and used to spend most of their time together.

But, as the biggest problem in Demon Slayer’s world, one day, both the siblings faced a demon. His sister made the ultimate sacrifice by giving her life so that Giyu would be safe from the Demon.

Giyu’s Tragedy

After Tsutako died, Giyu tried to tell other people that she had been killed by a demon. But no one believed him. He was then diagnosed with a mental illness and sent to live with a relative who was a doctor.

Giyu got lost on the way there and almost passed out on a mountain. Later after wandering around for some time, Sakonji Urokodaki found him just in time before sunset.

Later, Giyu became Sakonji’s apprentice.

Giyu wore his current red haori and black tattsuke-hakama pants when he was training with Sakonji Urokodaki.

He also wore his current white leg-wrapped kyahan and a pair of white zri with dark blue straps. He also wears the masks that Sakonji’s pupils use to protect themselves. Giyu’s mask looks like a white fox with light blue eyes.

Giyu Tomioka Backstory - Under Sakonji's training
Giyu Tomioka Backstory – Under Sakonji’s training from Wiki

Training with the Water Hashira

Giyu met Sabito when he was 13 and training with Sakonji. Since they were both the same age and had similar pasts, they became good friends. They all went to Mount Fujikasane to compete in the Final Selection.

Giyu Backstory – Becoming a Demon Slayer

Giyu was hurt when a Demon attacked, but Sabito was able to save him after he almost killed every Demon on the mountain. Sabito was exceptionally skilled and had an arsenal of abilities.

But after a week, Giyu found out that Sabito was the only one who had died during their choosing. He couldn’t believe that someone as skilled as Sabito could die in the Final Selection.

Because of this, Giyu started to wonder if his position as the Water Hashira was real.

Giyu Tomioka Backstory - Giyu Tomioka
Giyu Tomioka Backstory – Giyu Tomioka

Learning the Water Breathing Style

Sakonji Urokodaki, the Water Hashira who came before him, taught him how to use the Water Breathing Style.

Giyu quickly became the finest Water Breathing user and climbed the rank of Water Hashira.

He had mastered this style of swordsmanship so well that he made a new move within the Breathing Style that impressed Akaza, who had fought a Water Hashira before. Akaza compliments him on his moves.

Giyu Tomioka Backstory from Wiki

Later on, it is shown that Giyu has an inferiority complex, which he has had since he took part in the Final Selection.

It gets so bad that he thinks about giving up his job as the Water Hashira. Tanjiro helps him realise that instead of acting on his survivor’s guilt, he should enjoy his life and live for the people who died for him.

Final Thoughts – Giyu Tomioka Backstory

There is nothing much shown about Giyu’s parents in his backstory. He starts off with his sister, who then loses her life to protect him from a demon.

This only makes his childhood one of the saddest in Demon Slayer. He didn’t have any parents, and a demon killed his only sister.

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