Know everything about a demon slayer without breathing style, Genya Shinazugawa

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Genya Shinazugawa

Who is Genya Shinazugawa?

Genya Shinazugawa is a character from the Japanese anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba. He is a member of the Demon Slayer Corps.

He is a demon slayer without a breathing style. As a result, he uses Repetitive Action which is similar to Total Concentration Breathing.

Who are the voice actors of Genya Shinazugawa?

Voice Actors of Genya Shinazugawa

The Japanese voice for the character is provided by the Japanese voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto. Whereas, the English voice for the character is contributed by the American voice actor, Zeno Robinson.


Appearance of Genya Shinazugawa (Source: Pinterest)

Moving towards appearance, he has a muscular body. He has a height of 5 feet 11 inches(180 cm). As of now, he is 16 years old. The color of their hair is Black whereas the color of his eye is dark purple. Most of the time, he wears a purple sleeveless yakuta dress.

Genya Shinazugawa – Background and Family

We can see Genya’s background through lots of flashbacks in the series. His brother’s name is Sanemi Shinazugawa. Sanemi is a Hashira (Pillars) of the Demon Slayer Corps. They have a very difficult life as they were living in poverty. His mother was very hard-working and was the one raising them. Whereas, their father was abusive and used to beat him and his brother a lot.

But, his mother was also suffering from illness and died when he and his brother were very young. Adding on, their father was murdered by one of the aggressor people of the village. His brother thought everything happening was because of the demon. So, his brother starts to hate him too as he has mixed human and demon blood.


Sanemi Shunazugawa

Sanemi and Genya (Source: Pinterest)

Sanemi is the older brother of Genya. They both have a good relationship and took good care of their mother. But, one-day demon attacked their family and their mother died. Later, Sanemi accused him as the killer. Which makes their relationship worse. So, they both moved split and went to work in their own way.

Tanjiro Kamado

Tanjiro and Genya (Source: Pinterest)

Tanjro Kamado and Genya met each other during the Final Selection. At that time, Genya mistreats a small girl, Kanata Ubuyashiki. So, Tanjiro stopped him from doing so. Thus, Genya does not want to talk with Tanjro meeting each other after that incident. But, Tanjiro keeps on trying to connect with them. Also, they both start a good bonding with each other after fighting against Hantengu together.

Gyomei Himejima

Gyomei Himejima (Source: Pinterest)

In the data book of Demon Slayer, it is revealed that Gyomei is the stepfather of Genya. Even more, Gymei was the one to rescue him after he gets out of control after eating the demon. As well, he also tried to teach him the breathing style but Genya was not able to learn it. As a result, he taught him the Repetitive Action which is similar to Total Concentration Breathing.

Inosuke Hashibira

After becoming a good friend to Tanjiro, he starts to become closer to friends of Tanjiro too. Heading on, he also keeps on fighting with Inosuke as he keeps on teasing Genya because he could not perform the breathing technique and use a gun instead.

Does Genya Shinazugawa have a breathing style?

No, Genya Shinazugawa does not have any breathing style like any other demon slayer. The Breathing Styles are the patterns of breathing that help to manipulate the oxygen in the blood. These styles are connected with using the nichirin swords. Thus, we can see him using a gun in 3rd episode of Season 4. Even more, in the place of the Breathing Style he uses a different technique which is known as Repetitive Action. Gyomei was the one who taught him this technique.

Demon Slayer Mark of Genya Shinazugawa

Genya’s Demon Slayer Mark

Though., he does not have any breathing technique but he is able to awaken his demo slayer mark. Also, his demon slayer mark is very different from other characters. He was able to awaken his demon slayer mark after eating the cells of two Upper-Rank Demons. His demon slayer mark looks like a flame which helps him to get more power while battling with the demons.

Genya eats demons’ flesh to gain power

We already know that Genya is very different from the other demon slayers and has no breathing styles. But, he gets powers by eating the flesh of demons. Even more, he gets the power considering how powerful the demon is. If the demon is powerful he gets more power. Adding on, his ability also keeps on changing as he gets the power for a certain time after eating the flesh of demons. Thus, he gets different powers after eating the flesh of different demons. Actually, his power depends upon the style and power of the demon.

Flesh Gun of Genya Shinazugawa

Gun of Genya (Source: Sportskeeda)

Being a different type of demon slayer and not able to use the breathing technique, he uses a flesh gun as his weapon. His gun is very quick and advantageous in battle. Also, the gun has a super aim too. Even more, his gun also detaches the bodies and cells of the demons and slows their regeneration time too. Likewise, the sword of Kokushibo’s gun also has a number of eyes in it. He is also able to suck the blood of the demon using the bullets of his flesh gun after hitting the demons.

Is Genya Shinazugawa dead? Who Killed him?

Kokushibo vs Genya, Muichiro (Source: Wiki-Fandom)

As of Genya is not dead. But, in Chapter 179 of demon slayer, he takes his last breath. He dies while fighting with the Upper Moon Rank One, Kokushibo. He had lots of wounds while fighting with Kokushibo which make him die along with Muichiro. Before dying he says “You call this looking out for you? Idiot”, which was his last words. As a result, he dies disintegrating his body as the death of demons. At that time, his brother begged his brother to go to heaven.


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