Updated on February 13, 3:05 p.m. (GMT+8): Added photos.

The second season of Demon Slayer not only showcased jaw-dropping action sequences but also unveiled key characters that hold significant importance in the series.

One character who has captivated fans’ attention is Yoriichi Tsugikuni, a mysterious man who was teased during the Entertainment District Arc.

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If you’re feeling curious, take a deep dive with us into Yoriichi’s background, initial introduction, and crucial role in the overarching narrative of the series.

Warning: Major spoilers if you have yet to watch the Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc or for those who haven’t read past Chapter 96 of the manga.

Who is Yoriichi Tsugikuni?

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First appearing in episode eight of the Asakusa Arc during a look at Muzan Kibutsuji’s past memories, Yoriichi becomes a major supporting character in future arcs.

He was a legendary Demon Slayer, responsible for creating the Breathing Styles that many of the characters use. He was also, more importantly, known for the Breathing Style passed down in the Kamado family, Sun Breathing, which the main character Tanjiro Kamado hopes to learn more about.

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He appears in a flashback after Muzan, the king of all demons, orders his minions to specifically kill Tanjiro, emphasizing that the latter wears Hanafuda earrings. What is more intriguing about the moment is how the series’ main villain is seen visibly trembling at the reminder of Yoriichi, who also sports Hanafuda earrings.

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In the sixth episode of the Entertainment District Arc, after Daki uses her sashes to wreak havoc, resulting in numerous deaths, Tanjiro seethes at her in anger and asks why she torments humans, who are far weaker than demons. 

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This act triggers a memory of Muzan’s that Daki can experience because she consumed the Demon King’s blood, in which she relives his encounter with Yoriichi. Though the flashback comes in snippets, we are shown that Muzan and Yoriichi likely fought to the death.

Who is Kazuhiko Inoue?

Japanese seiyuu Kazuhiko Inoue
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Yoriichi’s voice actor has a wealth of experience spanning almost 51 years.

Kazuhiko Inoue began his voice acting career in 1975 when he debuted as Tetsusai in the Japanese historical comedy anime Ikkyū-san. He is best known for his roles as Kars in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Kakashi Hatake in Naturo, and Glidarts Clive in Fairy Tail.

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The 67-year-old recently won Best Supporting Actor in the third Seiyuu Awards for his role as Nyanko-sensei in Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-chō).

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