True to his viral form, Demon Slayer’s Kibutsuji has made his own name taboo in the demon world, but this mysterious ability isn’t all-powerful.
Kodoani.com – In just a few years, Demon Slayer has become a household name in anime. Complete with quality animation, simple storytelling, and skillfully crafted characters, the anime series’ success should come as no surprise. That said, another key pillar to the development of any shonen series is the main antagonist. And the Demon Slayer’s Kibutsuji Muzan, the Demon King of the Taisho era, proved himself to be the most feared of Kamado Tanjiro and the Demon Slayer Corps.
As the first and therefore the forerunner of all demons, Kibutsuji possesses the strength and centuries of experience in crafting. Thanks to his incredible, incredible abilities, he is not only the leader of the Twelve Kizuki – the 12 most powerful demons – but also the de facto leader of all types of demons. As the Demon King, he commands fear and respect to the point of even saying his name.”Kibutsuji” is also considered taboo.
Among his numerous terrifying techniques in Demon Slayer, Kibutsuji Muzan is capable of placing a curse on any demon that soaks his blood. If any of the demons he created say “Kibutsuji” aloud, the curse will be activated – instantly killing them. This is exactly what happened to Susamaru during her battle with Nezuko and Tanjiro. Although she did not call out his name maliciously or mockingly, the curse was activated in the same way, killing Susamaru.
As readers have learned from Harry Potter’s Voldemort, there is rarely anything so evocative of a villain as a taboo to their name. Because of Kibutsuji’s blood curse, even the most formidable demons referred to him simply as “that man” whenever they spoke of him, partly out of reverence for his immense power – as well as fear of activating his curse.
However, scary is Kibutsuji’s blood curse, it’s infallible. There are at least two demons in Demon Slayer who have overcome the curse by sheer willpower: Tamayo and Nezuko. It is true that Tamayo possessed incredible medical knowledge, creating an “anti-demon” potion that was later administered to Nezuko, but it is unclear how she overcame Kibutsuji’s name curse other than discipline. self. Additionally, Nezuko has shown her own willpower in the beginning of the series by refusing to eat human blood even before taking Tamayo’s “anti-demon” potion. It was just the kind of determination that could conquer even the most formidable powers of Kibutsuji.
Although the taboo about the name of Kibutsuji proven to be beatable, it’s only been done by two – albeit impressive – characters so far in Demon Slayer. This implies that Kibutsuji’s only real weakness is his courage and bravery towards those who oppose him. When his enemies are fearless, they are determined to find new, unique tactics around his strength and wisdom. So Kibutsuji needed his name curse technique – both to keep the Demon Slayer Corps on alert and to prevent the demons from co-organising against himself.