10 Anime Characters Who Would Be Super Hashira (And Their Breathing Style)
The Hashira in demon slayer are the pinnacle of talent in the Demon Slayer Corps, made up of the organization’s nine most skilled fighters. Their personalities tend to be very different, from the stoic and calm Giyu to the bubbly and gentle Mitsuru Kanroji, and the only driving factor they tend to have besides strength is a desire to protect and save innocent people.
To become a Hashira, a candidate must either have slain a minimum of fifty demons, or have killed a member of the Twelve Kizuki once they have reached Kinoe rank, or be a Tsuguko of a Hashira. The path to becoming one of the elite members of the Demon Slayer Corps is rocky, but it’s a path a few other anime characters would gladly take to help protect others.
ten Devilman Crybaby’s Akira Fudo, Shadow Breathing
From the moment Akira steps into his new Devilman identity, he defies all stereotypes and seeks to save and help humanity as best he can. Not once, even in the darkest times of the unbelievably dark crybaby devilmanAkira strays from his duty to protect.
To reflect his dual identity and evil origins, Akira would use the shadows and darkness he so often finds himself in to influence his swordsmanship. His style consisted of quick movements and lots of dodging as if he was one with the shadows himself.
9 Ai Ohto from Wonder Egg Priority, Love Breathing
Despite her size and age, Ai is the epitome of a powerful anime protagonist. She has a powerful arc throughout the first series of Wonder Egg Prioritygoing from a self-proclaimed confinement to a savior not only of the girls in the eggs, but also of his friends.
Ai’s combat ability already lends itself well to her using a love breathing form similar to the real Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji. She focuses on her flexibility and agility rather than her strength or size, and of all the emotions or elements in the world, Ai certainly radiates love more than anyone else.
8 Nanami Kento from Jujutsu Kaisen, breath of time
It’s no surprise Nanami to Jujutsu Kaisen would make a brilliant Hashira. In fact, if he were to become one, he would likely surpass most of them in skill and strength, not because of his innate abilities, but because of his incredible diligence and determination when he it’s about protecting innocent people.
Time would be his style of breathing to manipulate in tribute to his binding vow, overtime. Nanami is always thinking about time, how much time he has left, how he can use it to his advantage, and how much he spends on the clock, so that would be totally appropriate.
7 Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Water Breathing
Among a cast of superpowered characters, Sokka from Avatar always stands out as a fearsome warrior. He can’t master any of the elements, but he and his trusty boomerang have helped his friends out of several sticky situations, and he has enough compassion to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
As a member of the Water Tribe, it would be natural for Sokka to practice the Water Breathing Technique. Not only that, however, but every swordsman who has used the Water Breathing Technique has also become a Hashira, and it would only make sense for someone as determined and deserving as Sokka to take his place among legends.
6 Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto, Fox’s Breath
The Seventh Hokage himself needs little introduction or reason why he would make an exceptional Hashira, having not only the courage to defeat demons, but the compassion and empathy to care for the public.
Naruto’s breathing style is said to stem from his existence as the Nine-Tailed Fox’s jinchuriki, Kurama, and Kurama’s presence inside his body. His attacks would be powerful but quick, taking advantage of openings and misjudgments to strike effectively and genuinely.
5 Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Wish Breathing
Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of the most selfless anime characters to appear on television. She willingly and willingly sacrificed herself, her existence and all of her relationships to ensure that other young girls like her would never suffer the same fate. Although her best friend Homura has worked hard to reverse this trend, it doesn’t take anything away from Madoka’s heart.
Although it seems vague, it’s only fair that Madoka’s breathing style is based on the concept of wishes. He embodies his childlike spirit and dreamlike quality and is said to be a style based on using his abilities rather than strength, much like Shinobu’s insect breathing.
4 Hunter X Hunter’s Killua Zoldyck, Lightning Breathing
A great Hashira isn’t just born, it’s created, forged from tumultuous times filled with loss and pain, and Killua knows that feeling better than most. Having rebuilt his entire identity after fleeing the life of an assassin, Killua becomes a powerful individual who uses his strength for good rather than evil.
Lightning is the obvious choice, mirroring Killua Godspeed’s Nen ability. It would be an incredibly fast style of sword, never focusing on hard blows, but rather on a deadly, precise shot that would take down its enemy before they even knew it.
3 Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, breath of metal
Being the gentlest of the Elric brother duo, Alphonse has the patience and knowledge to not only fight demons effectively at a high level, but also to keep his fellow warriors together. Even aside from firecracker Edward, Alphonse’s growth throughout the series stands on its own.
Considering that he spends the entirety of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood in metal armor, it just seems like Alphonse is pulling material to influence his breathing. Strong, sturdy, and powerful, Metal Breathing would allow Alphonse to focus on defense as well as attack.
2 Ochako Uraraka from My Hero Academia, gravity breathing
Uraraka struggles to make herself known in my hero academiaespecially when she’s surrounded by Tenya and Midoriya, but there’s one thing she makes very clear: she’s a hero, and a great hero makes a great Hashira.
Mirroring his Quirk, Uraraka used gravity in his breathing style, taking advantage of his weight and size to leap over enemies and use the power of gravity itself to bring them immense power and strength. She may not have the power in her own body, but she would manipulate the environment to her advantage.
1 Kusuo Saiki from The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Psychic Breathing
It might be cheating to say that a character as powerful as Saiki would be a brilliant Hashira, but take away his psychic abilities and he still has all the makings of a protector and a warrior. Loyal, selfless, and able to deal with a variety of chaos, Saiki could stand up for those who couldn’t stand up for themselves.
A psychic breathing technique would mirror Saiki’s abilities in his universe, and the infamous telekinesis could also make use of a non-traditional weapon. Much like how Shinobu modified his sword, Saiki would probably modify something that kept him at a distance from his opponent and allowed him to gain the upper hand with little effort.
NEXT: 10 Anime To Watch While Waiting For Demon Slayer Season 3, Ranked
The 10 Most Hated Anime Of All Time That Deserve A Second Chance
About the Author