Mysterious Swordsman in Demon Slayer Season 3
Who is the Mysterious Swordsman in Demon Slayer Season 3? (Image via Ufotable)

Demon Slayer Season 3 Episode 5 was just released and fans are fluttering with happiness over the developments in the new episode. Tanjiro finally has the upper hand against Hantengu’s clones as both the Hashiras have arrived at the scene.

Muichiro Tokito and Mitsuri Kanroji, both the Hashiras are in the Swordsmith Village as two Upper Moon Demons pose an uncanny threat. Meanwhile, Tanjiro singlehandedly tackles three clones. With the help of Nezuko’s Blood Demon Art, he managed to overpower them. However, the anime projects ana cute similarity between him and the mysterious swordsman. Fans wonder who this swordsman actually is in Demon Slayer Season 3. Hence, keep reading as this article explains everything about the mysterious swordsman.

Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers from the manga.

Exploring the mysterious swordsman with earrings in Tanjiro’s memories in Demon Slayer Season 3

Yoriichi in Demon Slayer Season 3
Yoriichi Tsukiguni as shown in Episode 5 (Image via Ufotable)

The mysterious swordsman in Tanjiro’s memories has made an appearance in the anime numerous times. First appeared in Season 2, Yoriichi Tsukiguni is the man in Tanjiro’s memories. He is the progenitor of the breathing styles that the members of the Demon Slayer Corps members use today. That is not all he was also regarded as the strongest demon slayer in history as he was the only man who overpowered Muzan without any effort.

Yoriichi Tsukiguni will play a significant role in the upcoming arcs as the story is heading toward the final showdown quite steadily. He was the only user of Sun Breathing, the first breathing style ever created. Therefore, it is a given that he is a prime character in the story as he still haunts Muzan even though he has been long dead.

What is Yoriichi’s relation to Tanjiro?

Yoriichi and Tanjiro's relation in Demon Slayer Season 3
Sekido sees Yoriichi in Tanjiro (Image via Ufotable)

When he first appeared in Demon Slayer Season 3, many people mistook him for Tanjiro’s father. However, after learning about the fact that Yoriichi existed in the Sengoku Era, people have now settled upon him being a forefather of Tanjiro. After all, Tanjiro has “inherited memories” of him.

Tanjiro Sun breathing
Tanjiro’s Sun Breathing in the manga (Image via Shueisha, Koyoharu Gotouge)

However, both of these notions are equally untrue as Yoriichi and Tanjiro are not biologically related. Yoriichi could not have a kid as both his wife and his kid were killed by a demon. However, he was a very close friend of Sumiyoshi, who was in fact a forefather of Tanjiro. Prior to his retirement and sudden disappearance, Yoriichi let Sumiyoshi have his hanafuda earrings that Tanjiro wears in the anime. Moreover, Sumiyoshi learned the Hinokami Kagura through his Sun Breathing and has passed it down to generations in the Kamado family. This is how Yoriichi and Tanjiro are related to each other. Later in the series, Tanjiro will be the second person ever to use the Sun Breathing as he will unlock his full potential.

This was everything you had to know about the mysterious swordsman in Demon Slayer Season 3.

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