Demon Slayer Fans Anticipate Emotional Sibling Moment in the Hashira Training Arc

Despite being initially portrayed as antagonists, Sanemi and Genya were both introduced in the early stages of the story in Demon Slayer. However, as their tragic pasts and the intricate dynamics of their relationship were revealed, they quickly became beloved characters among fans.

Despite their shared traumatic experience of witnessing their siblings’ death at the hands of their demon mother, Sanemi and Genya have a strained relationship. This is due to the fact that Sanemi was forced to kill their mother in order to save Genya, leading to feelings of guilt and resentment. Sanemi’s refusal to accept that Nezuko, a demon, can coexist peacefully with humans is rooted in his regret over not being able to save his own mother.

The upcoming episode of Demon Slayer’s Hashira arc will center on the troubled relationship between the brothers and delve into their past.

Please be aware that this article contains major spoilers for the Demon Slayer series.

Demon Slayer: The Strained Relationship between Sanemi and Genya

Sanemi and Genya’s initial encounter with demons left a lasting impact on both of them, ultimately motivating Sanemi to enlist in the Corps and relentlessly pursue demons. Sanemi consistently shows animosity and aggression toward Genya, being particularly tough on him.

Despite his harsh demeanor, Sanemi’s actions are driven by a deep care for his younger brother, Genya. He joined the corps and relentlessly hunts demons to ensure his brother’s safety and well-being. Despite their turbulent relationship, their bond is rooted in a profound love and concern for each other, with Sanemi’s harshness acting as a protective barrier for Genya.

Based on the episode preview, it is clear that the upcoming fifth episode of the Hashira Training Arc will be titled I Even Ate Demons. This strongly indicates that the episode will center on Genya Shinazugawa, as he is currently the only known Demon Slayer who has consumed demons in order to increase his power.

Fan Reactions to the Upcoming Episode

The manga concluded its run in 2020, and as a result, many fans have already begun to eagerly anticipate what will happen next. However, some fans have taken to X (previously known as Twitter) to voice their concerns about the upcoming anime adaptation. One fan specifically mentioned their support for Genya, while another shared that even Sanemi fans may struggle to defend him.

“Even i’ll be protecting genya i fear,”a fan said.

“Hard to defend my glorious king that does no wrong on this one ngl,”another fan shared.

“i ain’t ready to see this animated..”One fan commented.

Despite his upcoming portrayal in the episode, one fan pointed out that it may lead to a mischaracterization of Sanemi by the fans. However, this will likely be rectified once his true intentions are revealed.

“Please god no.. the mischaracterization of Sanemi is gonna be WICKED,”another fan said.

“Genuinely I’m scared to watch that,”one fan shared.

One fan used this moment to highlight Ufotable’s development of Sanemi’s character leading up to this pivotal moment. They also pointed out that previous seasons and recent episodes had caused viewers to overlook Sanemi’s treatment of Nezuko, and episode 5 will likely reignite feelings of animosity towards him.

Genya as shown in the anime (Image via Studio Ufotable)
Genya as shown in the anime (Image via Studio Ufotable)

“Ufotable built Sanemi up in preparation for this moment. SSV ep 6 & the first three EPs of HT made us forget about Nezuko now people are about to do a 180,”a fan said.

The fifth episode of the Demon Slayer Hashira Training arc is scheduled for release on Sunday, June 9, 2024. It is expected to be one of the most controversial episodes in the entire series.

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