Hotaru Haganezuka: Demon Slayer character explained

Hotaru Haganezuka is a major supporting character who also serves as a prominent helper of Tanjiro and others during the Swordsmith Village Arc in Demon Slayer.

Demon Slayers contend with some of the most preternaturally ferocious creatures, who all possess overwhelming strength and viciousness. When dealing with such damning odds, the ones who must cut the demons down need additional strength boost, which primarily comes in the form of the weaponry they use.

Swords remain the most common weapon of choice among the slayers, and the show’s most recognizable swordsmith, Hotaru Haganezuka, makes the swords for the protagonist while also serving as a beacon of sincerity and hardwork.

Most irate & focused

Haganezuka is perennially angry. He’s got the anger nerve always twitching. And even if it can be excessive, he often has good reason for it.

The biggest trigger for him is whenever the swords he spends so much time forging get brought back in pieces. This is the chief topic of contention that defines his relationship with Tanjiro.

The demon slaying protagonist has a tendency to get his Nichirin swords broken during battles, and it always earns Haganezuka’s ire, but he fixes up him a new sword always.

Hotaru Haganezuka Demon Slayer
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Haganezuka’s other prominent characteristic is his laser-sharp focus. When he gets in the zone it’s near impossible for one to get him out of it.

This is proven to be true when Gyokko inflicts severe wounds on him but the swordsmith remains unfazed, beating the sword into shape, which even makes Gyokko envious of him, since he vies to be that indulged in his own craft.

Master forger

Despite the hilarity that he inspires most of the time, Haganezuka is one sincere swordsmith. The first and foremost sign of his passion of swordsmithing is the way he can ramble on and on about them.

During the Swordsmith Village Arc, Tanjiro has in his possession another broken sword. He needs Haganezuka for the rescue but he can’t find him anywhere. When Haganezuka does present himself, though, he comes with guns for his arms, ripped and chiseled, and bulked up like a wrestler.

This time he takes on a special project, one where he has to beat in shape a legendary sword that has rusted over centuries after having been wielded by the greatest demon slayer who ever existed.

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