The two grief-stricken Giyuu Tomioka and Sanemi Shinazugawa were the only Hashiras that survived the final line-up of the Demon Slayer Corps. Minus Tengen Uzui, who retired by the end of the Entertainment District Arc to finally settle down with his wives, as promised. Thus, he was not an active member during the Final Battle Arc where the long-awaited eradication of demons took place.
WARNING before you proceed! This article contains spoilers from the anime and the manga.
Out of the nine (9) active Hashiras at the start of the series, only two (2) remained active members and alive by the end. For the record, there are three who survived from the nine, which includes Tengen Uzui. Being defeated by Upper Moon Rank demons to having the Demon Slayer Mark were the other Hashira’s causes of death. The newly appointed head, Kiriya Ubuyashiki, called upon the last two Hashiras to a tearful disbandment of the Demon Slayer Corps. This officially marks the end of suffering and the start of an era without living in constant fear for the characters.
1. Giyuu Tomioka
Giyuu is the current Water Hashira, mostly remembered to be the first active Hashira we met in the series. He’s the one who convinced Tanjiro to become a member of the Demon Slayer Corps during the first episode.
The last we saw him was towards the end at the Butterfly Mansion. He visited the confined Tanjiro and Nezuko along with Sakonji Urokodaki. His appearance seemed calm and at peace while greeting the Kamado siblings. Though he harbors tons of guilt inside for being part of the only ones who survived among the Hashiras, he’s still hopeful for the new era ahead of them.
2. Sanemi Shinazugawa
Sanemi is the current Wind Hashira and the older brother of Genya Shinazugawa. He was first introduced during the 22nd episode: Master of the Mansion. Due to his deep hatred towards demons, he did not believe that a demon Nezuko can truly coexist with humans. To prove his point, he taunts Nezuko with his slashed arm to bait her into attacking him.
After facing the death of his brother Genya, he continued to battle Muzan until he fell unconscious. The next time we saw him was three months after the final battle. Sanemi visited the butterfly mansion to hand over the Iguro’s snake, Kaburamaru, to Kanao. During his visit, he also came face to face with a fully human Nezuko. Sanemi was hesitant to greet her after his hostility towards her before. Nezuko only had vague memories of her demon phase but might have remembered Sanemi’s hostility. Despite that, she still greeted him happily. Sanemi surprisingly admits to his mistakes and apologizes to Nezuko. This interaction made Sanemi remember a memory of his brother through a similar response Nezuko gave.
Are you ready to meet more Hashiras in the next season of Demon Slayer?