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is a fictional character in Koyoharu GotÅge's manga Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Tanjiro is a teenager who goes on a quest to restore the humanity of his sister, Nezuko, who was turned into a demon after his family was killed by Muzan Kibutsuji following an attack that resulted the death of his other relatives. After an encounter with Giyu Tomioka, a demon slayer, Tanjiro is recruited by Giyu to also become a demon slayer to help his sister turn human again and avenge his family. Besides Ufotable's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime adaptation, Tanjiro has also appeared in a light novel that acts as a prequel to the manga.
Koyoharu GotÅge created Tanjiro following a suggestion from his editor of having a bright main character who would stand out in his dark narrative. His design influenced by Himura Kenshin from Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga Rurouni Kenshin when deciding how andrognynous the character should look. In the anime series, Tanjiro is voiced by Natsuki Hanae in Japanese and Zach Aguilar in English. The character has been well received by manga and anime critics due to his caring nature and relationship with his sister while also becoming a strong fighter. This has led to the character winning multiple awards based on his popularity with Hanae's performance as him also receiving one.
Tanjiro Kamado originates from Koyoharu GotÅge's ideas involving a one-shot with Japanese motifs. Tatsuhiko Katayama, his editor, was worried about the one-shot being too dark for the young demographic and asked GotÅge if he could write another type of main character who would be "brighter". GotÅge has cited issues in the making of the character due to the contrast he has with the dark narrative. For the release of the manga's seventh chapter, GotÅge drew a cover of Tanjiro wielding his sword while smiling. However, due to the constrating aesthetics the manga had. As a result, GotÅge discarded the drawing and instead drew a similar design with Tanjiro having a serious expression.
In the initial design, Tanjiro did not have a scar or wear earrings, but in the end they felt these features really accentuated the character. In the making of the cast, Tanjiro had four supporting characters who would balance each other due to their different skills. The editor commented about Tanjiro, "[He] is a type of male main character that you don't really see much. He's so kind. He has Nezuko, so he's coming from this position where he can't just say all demons are absolute evil. He's in the gray zone." Tanjiro's design was also influenced by GotÅge's editor: he suggested giving Tanjiro a facial scar in his forehead inspired by Himura Kenshin from Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga Rurouni Kenshin while also giving him earrings in order to balance how androgynous he would look.
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