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Demon Slayer: The Hashira Training Arc’s Shocking Moment Explained – Why Did Sanemi Attack Genya?

Demon Slayer: The Hashira Training Arc's Shocking Moment Explained – Why Did Sanemi Attack Genya?
Sanemi and Genya (Ufotable)

In  Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, one relationship stands out amidst the bonds and complexities – that of Sanemi Shinazugawa, the Wind Hashira, and his brother Genya Shinazugawa. Their dynamic takes center stage, especially during the Hashira Training Arc, where tensions reach a boiling point.

In the 5th episode aptly titled “I Even Ate Demons,” Sanemi’s actions towards Genya shock both Kamado Tanjiro and the audience.

Sanemi’s attempt to strike Genya’s eyes is not just an act of violence but a desperate plea to distance his brother from what he perceives as self-destructive behavior.

Sanemi and Genya (Ufotable)

As someone who has witnessed the horrors inflicted by demons firsthand, Sanemi cannot bear to see his own flesh and blood willingly engage with these monstrous beings.

This aggressive act is born out of a deep-seated fear and concern for Genya’s well-being. Sanemi understands the harsh realities of their world as demon slayers, and he fears that Genya’s reliance on demonic powers will lead him down a path of no return, much like their mother.

The tragic history of the Shinazugawa brothers further complicates their relationship. Their mother’s transformation into a demon and subsequent demise at Sanemi’s hands left profound scars, both physical and psychological.

Initially resentful towards Sanemi for the act, Genya eventually comes to understand his brother’s sacrifice and the reasons behind it. However, their past continues to haunt them, shaping their present-day interactions and decisions.

Sanemi and Genya (Ufotable)

Despite their shared trauma, Sanemi and Genya have adopted vastly different coping mechanisms. Sanemi’s devotion to demon slaying contrasts sharply with Genya’s pursuit of strength and atonement. Their conflicting paths highlight the complexity of their bond and the challenges they face in reconciling their past with their present.

In essence, Sanemi’s attack on Genya during the Hashira Training Arc is not driven by hatred but by a deep-seated love and desire to protect his brother.

Their journey towards reconciliation and understanding is fraught with obstacles, but it is fueled by the enduring bond of brotherhood and the shared experiences that have shaped their lives. As they navigate the complexities of their relationship, they must strive to honor their past while forging a path towards a brighter future.

Mona Sharma
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Mona is a film lover based in Chennai, India. She focuses on the South Indian film industry and enjoys sharing her thoughts on new releases. You can email her at [email protected].

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