Hotaru Haganezuka

Hotaru Haganezuka

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鋼鐵塚 螢


Haganezuka Hotaru







[ 1 ]


Hair Color




Demon Slayer Corps



Base of Operations

Swordsmith Village ( once )

Personal Status


Active (Pre-Timeskip)
Deceased (Post-Timeskip)


Manga Debut

chapter 9

Anime Debut

Episode 5


Japanese VA

Daisuke Namikawa

English VA

Robbie Daymond Hotaru Haganezuka Images Image Gallery Hotaru Haganezuka ( 鋼鐵 ( はがね ) 塚 ( づか ) 螢 ( ほたる ), Haganezuka Hotaru ? ) is a supporting character of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. He is a swordsmith affiliated with the Demon Slayer Corps .


Hotaru wears a sunflower-patterned haori and a big, weave hat with hanging floral wind chimes. His capitulum is wrapped in a spot fabric and his face is concealed by a Hyottoko dissemble ( wooden festival masquerade ), similar to Sakonji Urokodaki. During the Swordsmith Village Arc, he is seen with a more brawny build compared to his initial appearance. [ 2 ] Unmasked, Hotaru is revealed to have long, bootleg hair coupled with sharp eyes and distinctly-shaped thick eyebrows. [ 3 ] however upon being attacked by Upper Rank Five, Gyokko, Hotaru nowadays possesses several deep scars and cuts from the Demon all over his body, including an X-shaped one on his grimace, and has now lost the use of his leave eye .


Hotaru profile (unmasked) Hotaru unmasked ( Manga ) .


Hotaru is a quite hot-blooded individual. He seems to show very little wish, if any, about anything besides the swords he creates. His rage for swords is so hard that he would be able to speak about them for long periods of meter, a trait alone even among the people from the Swordsmith Village. The like passion that gives him the enthusiasm and extreme dedication in creating swords is besides the cause why he is easily enraged ( normally in a amusing manner ) towards swordsmen that break his creations, particularly Tanjiro Kamado, no matter the context. [ 4 ] When angry, he normally calms himself down by eating mitarashi dango or by having others pin him down ( one method being tickling his sides ). [ 5 ] It is former on shown that his skills and concentration on swords is so huge that he would lose clients due to his bizarre and asocial demeanor and is actually felicitous that Tanjiro silent trusts him in making his swords. [ 6 ] His concentration besides prevents him from paying any attention to his surroundings when forging a decent blade, even when a monster was attacking him. [ 7 ]


At some point, Hotaru was born in the Swordsmith Village and finally became a swordsmith that forges Nichirin Swords for the Demon Slayers .


Hotaru first appears at Urokodaki ‘s house to deliver Tanjiro ‘s Nichirin Sword after the latter passes the Final Selection. [ 8 ] Despite Tanjiro ‘s frequent requests for him to enter the firm, Hotaru ignores him and sits outside the door, describing the blade he forged. After suddenly looking up at Tanjiro, he comments on his red hair and eyes, stating it was good fortune. Excited, Hotaru enters the house while remarking how Nichirin swords would change color and that his sword could turn a bright crimson, however, after seeing the blade twist k total darkness, Hotaru shows apparent disappointment and gets angry at Tanjiro. [ 1 ] During his fight against Lower Rank Five, Rui, Tanjiro breaks his blade and an enrage Hotaru is briefly seen in Tanjiro ‘s thoughts as he internally apologizes to him and Urokodaki. [ 9 ]

After Tanjiro heals at the Butterfly Mansion, he and Inosuke Hashibira greet their swordsmiths but are met with an angry Hotaru charging at Tanjiro with a tongue, angry about his better sword. [ 10 ] After chasing him and then calming down, Hotaru and Kozo Kanamori give the swordsmen their blades .
Hotaru appears when Tanjiro comes back from the Rengoku house, enraged over the loss of another sword and chases Tanjiro again. [ 11 ] After Tanjiro wakes up from his coma, Kiyo Terauchi shows him the boisterous letters Hotaru sent after his sword got chipped. [ 12 ] Haganezuka is featured prominently in this bow, even having his truthful grimace revealed during the attack on the greenwich village by two Upper Rank Demons. He proved instrumental in defeating Hantengu, by successfully finishing Tanjiro ‘s blade just in time for the young Demon Hunter to slay him. He suffered hard injuries to his face during the struggle, even losing the use of one eye .


Overall Abilities: Being a swordsmith, Hotaru has shown to have no indication of any especial abilities exchangeable to the members of the Demon Slayer Corps. Though after Tanjiro broke his Nichirin Sword multiple times against members of the Upper and Lower Ranks, he underwent extra train mountains so he could forge a stronger blade for Tanjiro ( albeit he would n’t admit it ). Enhanced Stamina: largely used as comic respite, Haganezuka has absurd amounts of stamina, evidenced by relentlessly pursuing Tanjiro for hours from evening to morning, and even made another undertake the follow sidereal day. In both instances Tanjiro was left exhaust. Enhanced Strength: After training in the mountains, his increased force apparently exceeded that of tied Tanjiro. Master Swordsmith: Hotaru is a skilled swordsmith, able to forge the Nichirin Sword and repaired it multiple times each time it broke against the Lower and Upper Ranks. After Tanjiro chipped his sword in his struggle against Upper Rank Six, Gyutaro and Daki, Hotaru trained more to make a stronger sword. Hotaru demonstrated his professionalism and expertness when he polished and sharpened the 300-year-old sword left in Yoriichi Type Zero while completely ignoring the wounds he received from Gyokko .

Fighting manner

Tantōjutsu: Hotaru is a technical in using a Tantō, using in a form of a clover. He normally shows his skills by attacking Tanjiro after he damages his swords


  • Hotaru’s surname contains the kanji for “steel” 鋼, hagane ? 螢,

    hotaru ?

    • He hates his first name due to how “cute” it is.[13]
  • Hotaru’s favourite food is mitarashi dango, and he goes out to buy some whenever he loses his temper.[14]
  • Hotaru has wind-chimes attached to his hat because he’s liked them since he was a child. Whenever he would throw a tantrum, the adults would use the chimes to calm him down.[15]
  • As a child, Hotaru was so horrible to deal with that his parents had a mental breakdown and Tecchin Tecchikawahara had to raise him.[16]
  • Tickling his sides is the only way to break his concentration, after which he humorously goes limp for several minutes.
  • In an omake, Hotaru is depicted as having a wife, but during the Swordsmith Village Arc he is shown to be single.
  • The knives that Hotaru uses to try to stab Tanjiro in his temper tantrums were actually made by Hotaru himself. These knives are noted to be extremely sharp and should never be used for cooking.[15]




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