The final episode of the Red Light District arc of the second season of the Demon Slayer anime reveals the tragic past of the two Upper Luc brothers, Gyutaro and Daki. Two siblings who love each other and have no one left, both seem to be mirror images, dark versions of the protagonist brothers, Tanjiro and Nezuko.
Action that drives results is nourishment. The only difference between Gyutaro and Daki’s human life compared to Tanjiro and Nezuko’s, is that the Kamado brothers get privilege and love, while Gyutaro and Daki are hated and suffer from loneliness.
As is the case with most of the demons in the series, memories of his past self flooded into Gyutaro’s mind before his death. Most demons don’t remember their human lives until they are about to disappear. One of the aspects of the Demon Slayer series that have won over fans’ hearts is that it makes them empathize with their traumatic past, despite seeing them commit countless crimes and pay the price with their lives. me. The story does not call for forgiveness for the villains, but rather a sense of pity and sadness overwhelm the victory over beheading the vile demon.
Gyutaro’s childhood explains why he noticed Tengen Uzui’s flashy appearance. Because Gyutaro despises anyone who is born beautiful and loved. Gyutaro’s disfigured face and scarred skin weren’t the result of any depravity – he was born that way.
Daki, whose real name is Ume, was born beautiful and became the younger brother that Gyutaro is proud of and protective of. And just like Tanjiro witnessed the murder of his family, Gyutaro returned home one day to find Ume’s charred body because he injured a samurai.
Tanjiro and Gyutaro have much in common, they both love their biological sisters and will do anything to protect them. Tanjiro, however, was not consumed by anger like Gyutaro was. He was not sober when he chose to be a demon, all he had in mind at that time were just the two words “revenge.” A Shang Luc at that time turned the Gyu-Ume brothers into demons by himself.
Gyutaro was also able to voluntarily/seek to follow this path, because the first thing he did when he found his brother’s body was to take two lives, who directly and indirectly killed Ume.
Perhaps the only difference between Gyutaro and Ume and Tanjiro and Nezuko, is knowing how to love others. The Thuong Luc brothers only focused on each other, leaning on each other and living because their own biological mother was not even a fulcrum.
Although this was not an excuse for their actions, it was understandable why Gyutaro and Daki became like that, acted like that. Tanjiro and Nezuko are lucky in that they both know what is good, while Gyutaro and Daki always have to hang around just to survive. Circumstances make a person, if childhood had been different, the future of those children would have been brighter.