Demon Slayer is widely regarded as one of the best new anime for a variety of reasons. The main storyline is compelling, the action sequences are breathtaking, and Nezuko is a small bean that fans will defend until the end. Yet, one of the most inspiring reasons for the series' success involves the protagonist's dialogue.
Tanjiro Kamado likes to talk... a lot. If he's not speaking, we're granted access to his inner monologues, which usually serve as the voice of reason during tough times. Either way, Tanjiro is an excellent source of valuable life lessons, so let's take a look at 10 of his best quotes to date.
10 Use Your Head
"Spirit alone isn't gonna get me anywhere! Use your head not just spirit. Think, think, think."
This quote comes about in episode 13 titled "Something More Important Than Life". Tanjiro has been struggling against Kyogai, the master of the Tsuzumi Mansion, for quite some time now. The Demon has him at his wit's end, which causes Tanjiro to pause and consider a more productive strategy. This is when he realizes that spirit alone is insufficient when it comes to certain battles. Sometimes you need to take a deep breath and tackle situations logistically and with a level head.
9 Protect Nezuko!
"Don't stop! Run! You gotta protect Nezuko! Even if it means getting slashed by him at the same time!"
It's impossible to forget the most remarkable fight in the Demon Slayer anime thus far. Episode 19 is famous for the mind-blowing sequence that occurs near the end and this quote can be found during that time frame. Tanjiro is in the midst of facing his most formidable foe yet, but all he can think about is protecting his younger sister, even if it means getting slashed by Rui. It's heroic, inspirational, and utterly beautiful.
8 Work Hard
"Work at it. All I can do is work hard! That's the story of my life!"
Those that don't read the manga have only received one season of Demon Slayer thus far, so they're at the very beginning of Tanjiro Kamado's journey. Therefore, hard work is a recurring theme. The protagonist has to work hard to learn the basics of Demon slaying and then work harder to be able to hold his own against such daunting opponents. It really is the story of Tanjiro's life, but it's also applicable in the real world where most of us put our best foot forward to pursue our individual goals.
7 Go On Living
"No matter how many people you may lose, you have no choice but to go on living. No matter how devastating the blows might be."
Tanjiro says this to Kazumi — a villager who had lost his fiancée to the Swamp Demon — in episode 7, titled "Muzan Kibutsuji". Kazumi had claimed that he could never continue living without his loved one, but Tanjiro soothes him with these wise words. Pain and loss are a natural part of life; death is unavoidable. As heartbreaking as it might be, you can't let these tragic events paralyze you and prevent you from persevering.
6 I Can Do It!
"I can do it. I know I can do it. I'm the guy who gets it done, broken bones or not. No matter what, I can do it! I can fight!"
Tanjiro had a rough time in episode 13 against the aforementioned master of the Tsuzumi Mansion, Kyogai. This is partly due to the fact that he had broken several bones during his previous battle. One of the most inspiring things about Tanjiro is that he can talk himself into accomplishing just about anything he sets his mind to. It's a great quality that requires confidence and strength, so we have to admire how resilient Demon Slayer's protagonist is.
5 Big Brother
"I swear your big brother will save you no matter what!"
Tanjiro declares this promise in episode 1 of the series and it basically sets the tone for his entire relationship with Nezuko. From the jump, it's obvious that the protagonist truly loves his family and will go out of his way to keep his last remaining sibling safe. It's a positive attitude for a young boy to have toward his sister and it reassures the power of familial bonds. It's a slight deviation from the most popular anime themes that primarily emphasize friendship instead.
4 The Law of Nature
"The strong should aid and protect the weak. Then, the weak will become strong and they, in turn, will aid and protect those weaker than them. That is the law of nature."
This moment occurs during chapter 148 of the manga, which hasn't been animated yet, so we'll be sure to avoid any spoilers or plot details. However, it's still a valid lesson within the Demon Slayer series that deserves some recognition. It's reminiscent of a Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist) quote where he states that "I'll do everything humanly possible to protect the people I love. In turn, they will protect the ones they love." The concept implies a trickle effect where one person's good intentions could empower those they help and so forth.
3 Hashira or Not
"Anyone who hurts my sister, Hashira or not, I won't let you get away with it."
After the climax of the series, Tanjiro and Nezuko are taken to the Demon Slayer Corps headquarters for their fates to be determined by the leader. The Hashiras (also known as "Pillars") are set on killing Nezuko because she's a Demon, but her big brother won't hear it. He threatens that anyone who hurts his sibling will face the consequences, even if they're one of the nine most powerful swordsmen in the Corps. A brother's love knows no bounds.
2 Humans Like Me
"To dispel the regrets of those killed, to stop any more victims from appearing, I will relentlessly wield my blade against the Demons and that's a fact. But I will not trample on the pains of being a Demon. Nor on those who regret their actions. Because Demons were humans... they were humans like me."
After Rui is defeated, his body dissolves and Giyu steps on his clothing in victory. Tanjiro then asks him to demonstrate a bit of respect toward their enemies and their tragic backgrounds. Of course, Tanjiro won't hesitate to kill a Demon, but he also acknowledges that they were once human like he is. It's an admirable display of sympathy and understanding that only the most kindhearted people possess.
1 Muzan Kibutsuji!
"Muzan Kibutsuji! No matter where you go, you're not getting away! I'll follow you to the ends of Hell and I swear I'll slice your head with my blade! I'll never forgive you no matter what!"
Tanjiro Kamado crosses paths with Muzan Kibutsuji rather early in the series, but chaos ensues when the villain turns a passing civilian into a Demon to distract the protagonist. Kibutsuji flees and sends two of his subordinates to kill Tanjiro. Given that this was the monster that killed Tanjiro's family, his determination to hunt the Demon down "to the ends of Hell" is completely reasonable.