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The Tragic Past and Noble Goals of Shinobu Kocho

Who is Kocho Shinobu?

Kocho Shinobu is a major supporting character in the manga and anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. She is a Demon Slayer of the Demon Slayer Corps and the current Insect Hashira, one of the strongest members of the organization. She is also the younger sister of Kanae Kocho and the adoptive sister of Kanao Tsuyuri. In this article, we will explore her background, personality, appearance, abilities, skills, and major battles and events.

Background and family

Kocho Shinobu was born into a family of doctors who specialized in treating illnesses caused by demons. She had a happy childhood with her parents and her older sister Kanae, who taught her how to smile and be kind to others. However, when she was 10 years old, her parents were killed by a demon who infiltrated their clinic. Shinobu and Kanae managed to escape, but they were traumatized by the incident.

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Parents and sister

Shinobu's parents were compassionate people who dedicated their lives to helping others. They developed a medicine that could cure demon-related diseases, but they also secretly experimented with a poison that could kill demons. They hoped to find a way to turn demons back into humans, but they were discovered and murdered by one of their patients who was actually a demon in disguise.

Shinobu's sister Kanae was the only person who survived the attack. She took Shinobu with her and joined the Demon Slayer Corps, a secret organization that fights against demons. Kanae became the Insect Hashira, the leader of the Insect Breathing style, and trained Shinobu to become a Demon Slayer as well. She also adopted Kanao Tsuyuri, a young girl who was sold into slavery by her parents, and raised her as her sister.

Demon Slayer Corps and Insect Hashira

Shinobu followed in her sister's footsteps and became a Demon Slayer of the Demon Slayer Corps. She inherited the Insect Breathing style from Kanae, which is a branch of the Flower Breathing style. She also became the Insect Hashira after Kanae was killed by Upper Rank Two of the Twelve Kizuki, Doma. As the Insect Hashira, Shinobu is one of the nine most powerful Demon Slayers in the organization.

Personality and appearance

Shinobu is a complex character who has both light and dark sides to her personality. She is also a beautiful woman who has a unique appearance that resembles an insect.

Smile and kindness

Shinobu is known for her smile, which she always wears on her face. She learned how to smile from her sister Kanae, who told her that smiling can make people happy and calm. Shinobu also tries to be kind and gentle to everyone she meets, even to demons. She believes that demons are not evil by nature, but are victims of a curse that can be lifted. She often offers them a peaceful death by injecting them with her poison.

Hatred and vengeance

However, behind her smile, Shinobu hides a deep hatred and vengeance for demons. She blames them for killing her parents and sister, and she secretly wishes to slaughter them all. She also envies the other Hashira who can decapitate demons with their swords, as she lacks the physical strength to do so. She compensates for this by using poison as her weapon, which she developed from her parents' research. She also trains herself to endure pain and fear by exposing herself to venom Insect-like features

Shinobu also has a distinctive appearance that makes her stand out from the other Hashira. She has purple eyes with white pupils, and black hair with purple highlights. She wears a butterfly-shaped hairpin on the left side of her head, and a purple and white haori over her Demon Slayer uniform. She also has a pair of butterfly wings on her back, which are actually made of thin blades that she can use to attack or defend. She carries a thin sword with a notched blade, which she uses to inject poison into her enemies.

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Abilities and skills

As the Insect Hashira, Shinobu is a formidable fighter who possesses various abilities and skills. She is especially proficient in using poison and medicine, as well as Insect Breathing techniques.

Insect Breathing

Insect Breathing is a form of swordsmanship that mimics the movements and characteristics of insects. It is derived from the Flower Breathing style, which is one of the original five breathing styles. Shinobu learned Insect Breathing from her sister Kanae, who created it based on her admiration for insects. Shinobu can use different forms of Insect Breathing, such as:

  • Butterfly Dance: Caprice - A technique that allows Shinobu to move at high speeds and change directions quickly, like a butterfly.

  • Insect Breathing: Dance of the Fireflies - A technique that creates multiple afterimages of Shinobu's sword, like fireflies in the dark.

  • Insect Breathing: Dance of the Dragonflies - A technique that enables Shinobu to fly in the air using her butterfly wings.

  • Insect Breathing: Dance of the Centipede - A technique that delivers a series of rapid thrusts with Shinobu's sword, like a centipede's bite.

  • Insect Breathing: Dance of the Spider Thread - A technique that uses Shinobu's butterfly wings to create thin threads that can trap or cut her opponents.

Poison and medicine

Shinobu is an expert in using poison and medicine, thanks to her parents' legacy. She developed a special poison that can kill demons by destroying their cells from within. She injects this poison into her enemies using her sword or her butterfly wings. She can also adjust the dosage and potency of her poison depending on the situation. For example, she can use a weaker poison that causes paralysis or hallucinations, or a stronger poison that causes instant death.

Shinobu is also skilled in making medicine and antidotes for various ailments. She can heal wounds, cure diseases, and counteract poisons. She often uses herbs and flowers as ingredients for her remedies. She also has a vast knowledge of human and demon anatomy and physiology, which helps her diagnose and treat different conditions.

Intelligence and strategy

Shinobu is a smart and cunning woman who can devise effective strategies and tactics in combat. She can analyze her opponents' strengths and weaknesses, and exploit them to her advantage. She can also improvise and adapt to changing circumstances, and use deception and trickery to confuse or manipulate her enemies. She is also good at gathering information and conducting research, which helps her learn more about demons and their origins.

Major battles and events

Shinobu has participated in many battles and events throughout the story of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Here are some of the most notable ones:

Natagumo Mountain Arc

This arc involves Shinobu's first encounter with Tanjiro Kamado, the main protagonist of the series, who is also a Demon Slayer. Shinobu arrives at Natagumo Mountain, where dozens of Demon Slayers have been turned into spiders by a family of spider-like demons. She saves Tanjiro from being killed by one of them, and offers to help him find his sister Nezuko, who is also a demon but fights alongside him. She also meets Zenitsu Agatsuma and Inosuke Hashibira, who are Tanjiro's friends and fellow Demon Slayers.

Shinobu then confronts the mother of the spider family, who controls the other spiders with her threads. Shinobi easily defeats her by injecting her with poison, but she also tries to persuade her to surrender peacefully. However, the mother chooses to kill herself rather than face the wrath of her husband, who is actually one of the Twelve Kizuki, the strongest demons under Muzan Kibutsuji, the main antagonist of the series.

Shinobu then joins the other Hashira, the leaders of the Demon Slayer Corps, to fight against the father and the eldest son of the spider family, who are also members of the Twelve Kizuki. She also witnesses Tanjiro's fight against Rui, the middle son of the spider family, who is also a Twelve Kizuki. She is impressed by Tanjiro's courage and determination, and she decides to spare Nezuko's life after seeing her protect Tanjiro from Rui's attack.

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