If you’re a die-hard fan of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, you’re probably itching to explore some captivating romantic connections. Whether they’re officially recognized or beloved by fans, the most thrilling Demon Slayer pairings are the ones that ignite a spark of potential romance.
In this rundown, we’re going to rank some of the hottest Demon Slayer relationships. Now, keep in mind that our selections are based on what’s trending on Archive of Our Own and other fan platforms, so there’s a chance we might have missed out on some hidden gems. But fear not! This list includes a mix of well-known duos like Zenitsu x Nezuko, Sabito x Giyu, Mitsuri x Obanai, and many more.
It’s worth noting that we’ll be diving into manga events, including the juicy canonical relationships. But don’t worry! We’ll give you a heads up before any spoilers sneak in.
So, which pairings do you ship? And if you’re curious about how these characters measure up, you can find their heights in the Demon Slayer series.
1. Obanai x Mitsuri
Caution: The following contains manga spoilers.
Obanai and Mitsuri are both Hashira, meaning they have to work closely with each other regularly. However, their relationship goes beyond just being colleagues. Throughout the series, Obanai is deeply in love with Mitsuri. He pays meticulous attention to her, noticing even the slightest changes in her mood from her eating habits or tiny facial expressions. He credits her for making him feel like a normal person, something he rarely experiences.
Mitsuri, known as the Love Hashira, unfortunately, doesn’t realize Obanai’s feelings for her. Tragically, it’s only after Mitsuri is killed by Muzan that Obanai finally expresses his emotions. In her final moments, they both confess their love for each other. When they are reincarnated, they are finally able to be together.
2. Uzui x His Wives
If you’re someone who prefers to stick to the canon, then this ship might catch your interest. Uzui happens to be married to three women: Suma, Makio, and Hinatsuru. Now, I know this might raise eyebrows, but in their shinobi community, this sort of thing is actually quite normal. Surprisingly enough, the four of them have a loving and mutually respectful relationship. They not only team up to combat demons using their ninja skills, but they also have heartfelt conversations about their emotions, hopes, and dreams for the future. Uzui has made it crystal clear that he wants his wives to prioritize their own lives and happiness above their relationship with him or their missions.
As of now, the anime hasn’t delved into the specifics of Uzui’s relationships with each of his wives. However, fans are free to imagine and fill in the details however they please.
3. Kagaya x Amane
This ship revolves around manga spoilers since it is based on canon material.
At the age of 13, Kagaya Ubuyashiki found himself in a situation where 12-year-old Amane Himorogi was chosen to become his wife and also serve as a priestess. Amane’s responsibilities included assisting Kagaya with his significant medical needs. However, Kagaya only agreed to this arrangement if Amane made the decision willingly.
Over time, their relationship grew into a loving and supportive marriage, and they became parents to multiple children. Despite the challenges posed by Kagaya’s role as the leader of the Demon Slayer Corps and his health issues, their love for each other enables them to overcome these hardships.
4. Tanjiro x Kanao
Tanjiro and Kanao’s first encounter didn’t start off well – Kanao knocked out Tanjiro to pursue Nezuko. But their relationship took a complete turn once they found themselves on the same side and Tanjiro stayed at the Butterfly Mansion. During his time there, Tanjiro played a significant role in helping Kanao overcome her communication and decision-making difficulties, which previously seemed insurmountable. His kindness and understanding towards her were unlike anything she had ever experienced before.
Now, here comes a manga spoiler: Eventually, Tanjiro and Kanao got married and had children. So, if you picked up on the potential romantic undertones between them in the anime, you were indeed observant!
5. Zenitsu x Nezuko
From the moment they first met, it was clear that Zenitsu had a strong attraction towards Nezuko. I mean, he practically shouted it from the rooftops. Although Nezuko hasn’t shown any feelings towards him in the anime, it’s not too far-fetched to think that she might eventually warm up to him. He’s loyal, funny, and an integral part of their team.
Spoiler Alert: Believe it or not, this is actually canon in the manga. Towards the end of the series, they end up getting married and even have children together. So, for all you Zenitsu x Nezuko shippers out there, congratulations! Your ship will definitely sail!
6. Inosuke x Aoi
Let’s dive into the foundation of their relationship. Inosuke is known for his rough and uncouth manner towards everyone, which initially surprises Aoi. However, she quickly learns to handle his behavior with ease. Aoi possesses a tough personality and can easily handle even the most absurd antics. In the beginning, she takes on a somewhat maternal role for Inosuke, something he hasn’t experienced in a while. This dynamic sets the groundwork for their relationship, although there is much more to it.
Spoiler alert: This is actually canon! In the end of the series, Inosuke and Aoi are depicted as a married couple with children and even grandchildren.
7. Shinobu x Giyu
Thanks to Giyu’s stoic and standoffish personality, he finds it difficult to get along with most members of the Hashira. However, there is one notable exception – Shinobu. With her more extroverted nature, Shinobu often takes the initiative to approach Giyu for conversation. Surprisingly, the two of them engage in frequent and varied discussions. While not everyone may be fond of Giyu, Shinobu genuinely likes him and is more than willing to defend him when necessary. Likewise, Giyu holds a high opinion of Shinobu, describing her as hardworking and serious.
Their close friendship might be the reason why they are considered one of the most popular ships among fans!
8. Sabito x Giyu
Sabito and Giyu crossed paths during their training under Urokodaki. They quickly formed a strong bond, connecting over their shared hardships, past experiences, and ambitions. It seemed that their friendship had the potential to grow even deeper, had it not been for a tragic event that tore them apart. During the Final Selection, Sabito fell victim to an unexpected attack, draining his energy and leaving him vulnerable to the Hand Demon’s assault.
While Giyu successfully completed the Final Selection, Sabito tragically lost his life. The weight of this loss stayed with Giyu, impacting his interactions with fellow Demon Slayers and demons in the future.
9. Shinobu x Mitsuri
Shinobu x Mitsuri is a super popular femslash ship in the Demon Slayer fandom. These two Hashira have formed a tight bond, partly because they’re the only ladies in the organization, and partly because their personalities just click. They hang out a ton and chat about all sorts of stuff. Mitsuri has been giving Shinobu cooking lessons on Western cuisine, while Shinobu has been dishing out love advice to Mitsuri.
Now, the love advice Shinobu dishes out is all about the physical stuff—heart rate and hormones and whatnot. But imagine if she actually suggested to Mitsuri that they should date each other instead? That would definitely shake things up!
10. Sanemi x Giyu
Sanemi and Giyu, also known as the ‘Hotheaded Idiot x Oblivious Idiot’ duo, have gained popularity among fans due to their unique dynamic. Initially, they don’t see eye to eye. Sanemi’s fiery temperament clashes with Giyu’s distant and socially awkward nature. This often leads to disagreements, with Giyu perceiving Sanemi as unreasonable, while Sanemi considers Giyu to be pretentious. Interestingly, Giyu truly desires for them to get along, but struggles to express his emotions openly.
However, as time goes by, their relationship gradually improves. Their shared experiences as Hashira and their similar pasts, both having lost a friend to a demon, play a significant role in bringing them closer. While their bond may have started off on shaky ground, it only serves to fuel the creativity of shippers who enjoy exploring the complexities of their relationship.
11. Inosuke x Tanjiro
Can’t remembering someone’s name doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love with them, right? But hey, as long as Tanjiro checks that wedding registration to make sure he’s not listed as Kamaboko Gonpachiro, everything will be fine.
But seriously, there’s a reason why this ship is so popular. Tanjiro and Inosuke have gone through so much together, from training to slaying demons. Sure, they have their arguments, but there’s a strong foundation of trust and respect between them. While their relationship isn’t explicitly romantic in the canon, it’s not too far-fetched to imagine it based on the amazing bond they share.