Yes! Nezuko Kamado and Zenitsu Agatsuma do end up together. While their relationship started off as tense and rocky, over the course of the series, the two develop a close bond and eventually end up together as a couple. Read on to find out how these fan-favorite characters fell in love, but beware of major spoilers ahead!
How Did Nezuko and Zenitsu First Met?
Zenitsu’s act of protecting Nezuko is first showcased when Tanjiro informs him that the box holds something precious to him. However, Inosuke reveals in episode 13 that the box actually holds a demon and that he’ll slay it. Despite his nervous demeanor, Zenitsu upholds Tanjiro’s words and bravely defends the box, even if it means sustaining injuries. Zenitsu, known for his fearful and awkward nature, uncharacteristically displayed bravery.
The first official interaction between Nezuko and Zenitsu occurs when Nezuko emerges from her box. Throughout the moment, Zenitsu is in a state of panic and pleads with Tanjiro to protect him. But as soon as he lays eyes on Nezuko and hears that she is Tanjiro’s sister, he instantly falls in love. He rushes over to her and calls her by the iconic moniker “Nezuko-chan.” Even a glimpse of the “serious” Zenitsu exclaims, “You’ve been traveling with someone this cute all along?“
And thus, the ship between the pair was born. From Zenitsu’s initial fear and nervousness to his unwavering love and devotion to protecting Nezuko, their relationship blossomed into one of the most beloved and cherished dynamics in the series.
How Much Does Zenitsu Love Nezuko?
One of Zenitsu’s first acts of affection towards Nezuko was presenting her with flowers. She quickly became his source of hope in the demon-filled world, and he vowed to protect her at all costs. This can be seen in the Mount Natagumo Arc, where Zenitsu initially refuses to follow Tanjiro up the mountain due to fear. However, once he realizes that Nezuko is with him, he immediately stands up and chases after Tanjiro, scolding him for bringing a girl into such a dangerous place. He even motivates himself by imagining being in Nezuko’s lap, reducing his fear of the mountain-filled demons.
Zenitsu’s love for Nezuko has changed him from the person he once was. In the early days of his demon-slaying career, he would chase after girls and plead with them to marry him. But now, he has become completely devoted and loyal to Nezuko, directing all of his love and affection toward her alone.
In Chapter 51, there is a panel that shows Zenitsu sitting beside Nezuko’s box, surrounded by hearts and holding a flower. He speaks to her about his day and tells her that he plans to take her to see the blooming flowers tonight. Nezuko communicates back by scratching the box. The anime did not feature this panel.
During the Mugen Train arc, Zenitsu’s dreams are filled with images of him and Nezuko holding hands as they wander together. These dreams are said to reflect a person’s deepest desires, and it is a touching realization that all Zenitsu wants is a peaceful life with Nezuko. This scene highlights how much he cares for her, especially since he has no family left to remember except for his sensei. When an intruder invades Zenitsu’s subconscious, he declares that only Nezuko has permission to be there.
In the Demon Slayer manga, Zenitsu requests a strand of Nezuko’s hair as he sets out on a solo mission. This odd request may seem strange, but it must be understood that in the past, this symbolized love and demonstrated Zenitsu’s desire to always have Nezuko with him.
Moreover, During one of the training sessions, Zenitsu motivates himself by repeatedly shouting Nezuko’s name. While in another panel at the end of the Demon Slayer manga, he shows his jealousy when Sanemi gently pats Nezuko on the head.
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Does Nezuko Like Zenitsu?
As fans of Demon Slayer, we all know that Zenitsu expresses his obsession with Nezuko without any shyness. He repeatedly displays his feelings toward her, but how about Nezuko, though? Does she feel the same way?
In the Demon Slayer manga, in Chapter 51, there is a bonus illustration that features Zenitsu and Nezuko together. Zenitsu shows Nezuko a goldfish and tells her, “Isn’t it cute?” But accompanying the illustration is a note that reads:
Zenitsu took the goldfish bowl from Shinobu’s room without asking. Later, Aoi found him and chewed him out thoroughly.Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
This is a funny and cute detail that shows how both are happy together and love spending time with one another.
In the Megun Train Arc, when Nezuko is in peril and held by the demon train, Zenitsu steps in to save her using his thunder breathing technique while declaring his determination to protect her. Visibly moved by his bravery, Nezuko then discovers that he is actually still asleep and snoring after his heroic act.
At the conclusion of the Mugen Train Arc in Chapter 65, there is a bonus page that shows Nezuko tending to Zenitsu’s wounds with his head resting in her lap.
In Chapter 196 of the manga, as Nezuko begins to return to her human form, she recalls all of her memories. One of those memories is of Zenitsu offering her flowers, which demonstrates that even when she was still a demon, she had not forgotten his kind gestures.
Furthermore, at the end of the battle between Muzan and Tanjiro, a panel shows Zenitsu referring to Nezuko as his wife, to which she responds with “Wife?” with a concerned expression, but notably, she does not dismiss the possibility of also being Zenitsu’s wife. This is a significant moment because Nezuko is the first girl who does not immediately reject Zenitsu.
In What Chapter Does Nezuko Speak to Zenitsu?
In chapter 128, Zenitsu was overjoyed when Nezuko started speaking again. He held her hands and told her how happy he was, and expressed his excitement about their potential marriage. He continued to shower her with compliments. However, Nezuko mistakenly greeted him as Inosuke. This made Zenitsu furious with Inosuke. But, the manga later reveals that Nezuko’s mistake of calling Zenitsu, Inosuke, was due to Inosuke continually teaching her his name for a period of 2 days.
Did Nezuko and Zenitsu Get Married?
At the conclusion of the Demon Slayer manga, Zenitsu lived with Nezuko, Tanjiro, and Inosuke. There were scenes of Nezuko patting Zenitsu’s head and comforting him when he voiced his concerns about the scary night and his hunger. There’s also an illustration of Nezuko and Zenitsu sitting close to each other, surrounded by hearts over their heads, and sharing food while Inosuke and Tanjiro eat.
In chapter 205 of the manga, a time skip takes us to modern-day Japan where two siblings, Toko Agatsuma and Yoshiteru Agatsuma, are seen to be the spitting image of Nezuko and Zenitsu, revealing that they are the great-grandchildren of the famous demon slayer couple. This showcases the fact that Nezuko and Zenitsu did end up together.
The end showcases further scenes that display the group photo of all surviving Demon Slayers, with Nezuko standing beside Zenitsu. Zenitsu has a flustered and joyful expression. The chapter also shows a panel of Nezuko and Zenitsu laughing together, and a photo in which Zenitsu finally puts a flower crown on Nezuko’s head, with Chuntaro also present in the picture. It is a happy ending for the two famous characters.
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