Kimetsu no Yaiba is a popular anime and manga series that has captivated audiences with its distinct characters, thrilling action, and thought-provoking themes.
Daki, a powerful demon and one of the Twelve Kizuki who serves as a major antagonist in the Entertainment District arc, is one of the series’ most memorable characters.
In this blog post, we’ll look at Daki’s character, role in the series, themes, and symbolism surrounding her, and appearances in other forms of media. In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, we will explore the dark and fascinating world of Daki.
Daki was one of the main antagonists in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’s Entertainment District Arc. She was a demon affiliated with the Twelve Kizuki, and she was the second holder of the position of Upper-Rank Six, which she shared with her older brother, Gyutaro.
Daki was a human child named Ume who lived in the Rashomon Riverbank of Yoshiwara, the lowest class of the Entertainment District before she and Gyutaro were personally turned into demons by Doma, who was Upper-Rank Six at the time.
She appeared to adhere to the characteristics of the oiran/tay while disguised as an oiran, her hair being the typical date-hygo style with numerous gi bira kanzashi hairpins both decorating and supporting it, as well as wearing traditional makeup.
The flower-like crests on her face were also hidden. Daki also had a multi-colored eye as a disguise for her demonic nature, with the top half terracotta orange and the bottom half lime green with black thin pupils.
She also wore a large white haori with black five-faced pentagonal shaped patterns near the cuffs and hem, as well as a dark magenta Susohiki/Hikizuri (trailing skirt) kimono and a purple juban underneath it all, with fragments of her Blood Demon Art serving as her obi.
Daki was a tall, curvy, slender woman with lime-green eyes, long eyelashes, and pale skin. Her initially black hair was revealed to be white with a lime green ombre at the ends, and she wore it in a full, long ponytail with kanzashi hairpins (three on each side) holding it up.
Daki had the kanji for “Upper Rank” engraved in his left eye and the kanji for “Six” engraved in his right. Her Blood Demon Art was a pink flower-patterned obi wrapped around her waist.
She had two pink flower-like demon crests on her face and wore a two-piece kimono with magenta pink panties tied by long, black bows on the sides and two magenta pieces of cloth covering her chest.
Her thigh-high stockings were magenta with black flower patterns, and she wore tall three-legged sanmaiba/koma-geta or mitsu-ashi shoes.
Daki’s hair changes from black to pale white with lime green tips after her obi sashes are returned to her, matching her original hair color when she was human.
When her elderly brother Gyutaro awakens, he implants his left eye into Daki’s forehead upside-down, leaving black ink-like markings around the eye (similar to the markings covering Gyutaro’s body).
Daki was a young girl with long, disheveled white hair with messy bangs, pale lipstick, and lapis blue eyes with long lashes before she became a demon.
She was dressed in a torn pale pink kimono with an irregular square pattern and horizontal lines running across it.
Daki was a very arrogant, dismissive, and sadistic person who took pleasure in toying with her victims before killing them and showed no remorse or guilt for taking their lives.
She thought highly of herself, dismissing all non-Hashira Demon Slayers as unworthy of her time and becoming enraged when Tanjiro Kamado spoke to her because she regarded him with contempt.
This was also demonstrated when Daki stated that she might spare Tanjiro if he told her how many Demon Slayers were present in the Entertainment District, and when Daki openly expressed her boredom with the Demon Slayer’s techniques, highlighting her arrogant and dismissive personality.
Despite being over a century old, she exhibited childish and bratty behaviors such as throwing tantrums, crying hysterically when things didn’t go her way, and lashing out at anyone to vent her frustrations.
She was verbally and physically abusive to anyone who irritated her in any way, displaying her venomous hostility on numerous occasions.
She had a number of habits that were well documented in history, including using the word for princess, “Hime,” at the end of any of the identities.
She assumed because she believed she was more valuable than others, and a habit of angling her head to the sides and glaring at others while sitting when criticized.
Daki was a cruel and wicked oiran, pulling on a young girl’s ear because she didn’t clean up her room, yelling at any attendant or aide in the Kyogoku House, and punching Zenitsu Agatsuma into another room for simply touching her.
She also preferred to eat only those she regarded as beautiful or strong, preferring to kill those who irritated her without eating them and leaving their bodies behind, which many mistook for suicide.
Daki had a spoiled and disdainful demeanor that bordered on sociopathic behavior, harassing many of her coworkers to the point of suicide simply because they annoyed or retorted at her, with no traces of guilt.
In fact, she shifted the blame for her offenses onto her victims. Her self-esteem was so high that she had no respect for anyone, not even her House’s owners, rubbing it in their faces that she was their main source of income as a way to both display her status and quell their objections to her.
She was so drunk on her fame and infamously violent tendencies that people had to bow their heads to calm her angry outbursts, to which she responded by adopting a more correct, polite, and affable stance.
Despite her flaws, she was an exceptionally skilled courtesan whose various identities had always earned her great fame and substantial earnings.
Daki was an extremely powerful demon with over a century of fighting experience, having killed and devoured seven Hashira in the past as the second holder of Upper-Rank Six.
Her flesh detachment in the form of a sentient obi sash was powerful enough to withstand the combined efforts of Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira, Makio, and Suma, the former two of whom were seasoned Demon Slayers and the latter two of whom were experienced kunoichi.
Even though she was weakened from dispersing her power across the city with her obi, she was still a handful for Tanjiro Kamado, who had begun to actively use the Hinokami Kagura in combat.
Daki regained her full strength after her sentient flesh obi that had spread throughout the entire city returned to her.
Her speed was unrivaled in this form, and her sashes became more durable, allowing them to easily slice Nezuko Kamado’s body in half and destroy an entire street’s worth of buildings.
Furthermore, after receiving Gyutaro’s eye, Daki’s power was amplified once more, giving her improved speed and reflexes that allowed her to outperform Zenitsu’s Thunderclap and Flash techniques.
This also allowed Daki to coordinate her attacks with her brother, significantly increasing their offensive output and easily turning the tables on Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and even Tengen Uzui, the Sound Hashira’s combined efforts.
Daki could share her senses and mind with her elder brother, as well as control her body by implanting one of his eyes in her forehead. She can send him logistical information via this eye and the link, allowing them to better coordinate their attacks.
Daki can also gather information from multiple locations at once using her sentient obi sashes, and even communicate with them telepathically. Daki’s obi sashes could tell Tengen was a Hashira just by his presence, so it’s safe to assume she can as well.
Daki had the ability to manipulate her own hair, which could have been a result of her shapeshifting and flesh manipulation abilities. She briefly demonstrated this by changing the color of her hair from white to black.
Even using it as a weapon as she attempted to attack Inosuke by wrapping her hair around his arms after he successfully decapitated her and removed her head from her body to prevent her from reattaching it.
Daki possessed advanced regenerative abilities as an Upper-Rank demon, easily regrowing her severed obi sashes after they were cut off and later regenerating her leg after Tanjiro tore it off.
She could also recover from Nezuko’s powerful kicks that pierced her torso and destroyed her head in seconds.
Daki also demonstrated the ability to heal from Nezuko’s pyrokinetic Blood Demon Art, which can slow demon regeneration. Despite being repeatedly decapitated by Tengen and Inosuke, she was later shown to be able to easily reattach her severed head.
Immense Speed & Reflexes:
Daki was extremely fast, as evidenced by her ability to effortlessly keep up with Tanjiro’s Hinokami Kagura techniques, to the point where she complained that it was boring. Daki, like all Upper-Rank demons, could move so quickly that she appeared to teleport.
Daki’s speed increased dramatically after she became whole with her dispersed obi sashes, to the point where it was incomparable to before.
After Gyutaro awakens, her speed increases even more, allowing her to keep up with Zenitsu’s Thunderclap and Flash technique and successfully react to Tengen’s explosives.
Daki possessed incredible physical strength as an Upper-Rank demon with an extremely high concentration of Muzan Kibutsuji’s blood.
This was demonstrated when she effortlessly punched Zenitsu through two rooms, punched a hole in a roof with her bare hands, and nearly severed a young girl’s ear. Daki was also capable of easily lifting an elderly woman.
Daki possessed above-average intelligence. She was able to lure and trap courtesans for over a century without being discovered.
She was able to effectively blend in with all of Yoshiwara’s other inhabitants without being noticed by Tengen, who has extremely acute senses.
Daki, as an Oiran, would have had to have a lot of education to get to her position. Daki was also able to tell Zenitsu was a non-Hashira level Demon Slayer after only hitting him once.
Daki briefly demonstrated the ability to levitate in the air via unknown means, though it is implied that her sashes play a role in this.
Gyutaro and Daki possessed an unusual trait not found in most demons. Despite the fact that the siblings are two different people, they share a single body. This can be seen in how Gyutaro normally stays hidden within Daki without changing her physical mass in the least.
Gyutaro was more powerful than his sister, who was an active predator, despite being inactive for the majority of the time. This implies that the humans Daki consumes also serve as food for Gyutaro, allowing both to grow stronger at the same time.
Gyutaro also had power over his sister, capable not only of reattaching her head but also of healing her burnt tissue when she was in emotional distress.
Daki was an unmatched courtesan, with her many identities well known throughout the Entertainment District’s history, bringing great fortunes to houses that hosted her. She then used her elevated status to get away with a lot of her abusive behavior.
Unlimited Stamina & Endurance:
Daki, like all demons, had limitless stamina and endurance. This was most evident when she barely flinched and continued fighting indifferently after the Demon Slayers cut her obi sashes.
Which are extensions of her own body, with the exception of Tanjiro’s Hinokami Kagura techniques. Furthermore, despite having her head severed, Daki displayed no signs of pain or agony.
Blood Demon Art:
- Obi Sash Manipulation:
Daki’s Blood Demon Art allowed her to make flower-patterned obi sashes out of her flesh and freely manipulate them. When not in use, Daki creates these sashes from her back and retracts them back into her body.
She has also demonstrated the ability to control her obi from great distances. Her sashes are soft as silk but as sharp as a Nichiren Sword.
Daki used her obi sashes as powerful and fast tendril-like whips in combat, unleashing long-ranged interweaving attacks while also being able to use it to form a shield around her body if necessary, making her Blood Demon Art an extremely effective blend of offense and defense.
Her sashes were so powerful that they could repel and block Tengen’s explosive attacks as well as slice up buildings with ease.
Furthermore, because of their soft nature, they are especially difficult to cut and can reduce the effectiveness of slash attacks by bending and weaving.
Her sashes had a unique property that allowed her to store objects inside them, usually humans she wanted to eat. She traps them inside the sashes by transforming the objects she wants to store into two-dimensional flat versions.
This allowed her to move stealthily, as any opening or pathway wide enough for a sash to fit through is one she can take.
To free someone trapped in the sashes, cut it apart while avoiding cutting the trapped people inside, immediately freeing anyone and returning them to their original form.
Daki primarily used this ability to store humans she wanted to eat in an underground space and consume them later. Finally, Daki can transform her own neck into a sash in order to avoid being decapitated.
- Sentient Flesh Obi:
Daki has also demonstrated the ability to make obi sashes with cognitive functions, which she uses to guard and protect her “storehouse” where she stores her food.
As seen when it interrogated Makio, the sentient sashes also have a secondary purpose, which is to capture women in the Entertainment District brothels and gather information about them.
She also made another living obi sash to monitor and keep an eye on Hinatsuru because she suspected her of being a spy for the Demon Slayers and planned to kill her if anything went wrong.
Daki can also telepathically communicate with her sentient sashes, as evidenced by her ability to give them commands and keep an eye on Inosuke while he fights.
- Power Distribution:
Daki has demonstrated that when she makes her independent flesh obi sashes, she separates a portion of her strength and invests it in them.
Daki’s power was said to have drastically increased as she physically transformed after the sashes were returned to her and reabsorbed into her body.
Tanjiro noticed this when her scent became much stronger and more ominous after her sashes were absorbed back into her body.
Eight-Layered Obi Slash:
Daki creates eight long-ranged Obi sashes to dispatch her opponents from a distance. Daki observed that this interweaving attack has no blind spots, making evasion and counterattack extremely difficult.
Game Exclusive Techniques
- Obi Assault (Tsurane Obi): Daki unleashes three layers of sashes, each consisting of two, from bottom to top on her opponent.
- Obi Pursuit (Hashiri Obi): Daki moves towards her opponent while one of her sashes slashes them vertically upwards.
- Piercing Obi (Sashi Obi): Daki launches all of her sashes downward toward her opponent in an aerial attack.
- Severing Obi (Tachi Obi) Daki relentlessly lacerates her opponent with her sashes, followed by an energy aftereffect from the sashes.
- Daki sends her sashes underground, reappearing beneath her opponents’ locations, forcing them high into the air and leaving them vulnerable to her.
- Eight-Layered Obi Slash, Pulverize (Yae Obigiri – Kaijin): Daki constantly lacerates and mutilates her opponent with her sashes until she unleashes her Blood Demon Art: Eight-Layered Obi Slash slashes them to the ground, unleashing a powerful burst of energy.
- The alias “Daki” contains the Go-on’yomi reading of the kanji for “degenerate, descent, lapse into” (da) as well as “princess” (da) (ki)
- Her given name is derived from the Kun’yomi reading of the kanji for “plum” (ume). Her human name is a combination of the kanji for “white” (shira) and “plum” (ume).
- Her most recent oiran alias has the Kun’yomi reading for “bracken” (warabi) and “princess” (hime). Yatamahime is the Kun’yomi reading of the kanji for “house,” “pearl” (tama), and “princess” (hime).
- Her brother revealed that her human birth name, “Ume,” was the name of the disease that killed their mother. It appears to be syphilis, as its Japanese name is “Baidoku.” “Bai” and “Ume” are alternative On’yomi and Kun’yomi readings of the same character, respectively, while the first character can be written with either the kanji or.
- Muzan Kibutsuji saw Daki as not a very smart child.
- It’s possible that Muzan pretended to like Daki because she was beautiful and a good source of income. One of Muzan’s favorite Upper-Rank demons was Gyokko, whose pots were works of art that could be sold for a high price, implying that even as a demon, Muzan saw the value in having cold hard cash. Daki would have made a lot of money as an oiran as well.
- Daki’s ability to transform her neck into an extendable sash appears to be based on the Rokurokubi, a Japanese folklore ykai. Her abilities manifesting as sentient obi sashes could also be a reference to the “Ittan-momen,” a ykai depicted as a bolt of cotton cloth that would flutter around at night attacking people.
- Daki’s entire persona is most likely based on “Rkasa,” a Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain concept. Rkasa is man-eating demons who use lust to entice men or women. Daki, as a female, embodies Rkasi, female man-eating demons who lured both men and women to their deaths.
- It is possible that because Daki was inspired by Raksasi, specifically Rasetsu (the Japanese pronunciation and belief of it), the Entertainment District would correspond to “Rasetsukoku” or “Nygogashima,” an island of women where unlucky men would wreck the ship and be lured to bed, only to be eaten or tortured shortly afterward.
- Daki and Daughter of the Spider Family both have the same English voice actress.
In conclusion, Daki’s character is an important part of the overall story of “Demon Slayer,” and her defeat adds to the series’ overall sense of triumph and hope.
Throughout the series, her character is complex and intriguing, displaying both cruelty and vulnerability. Despite her formidable strength and demonic abilities, Daki is ultimately defeated by the Demon Slayer Corps’ valiant efforts.
Daki’s character represents the danger and destruction that demons can bring to the world throughout her story arc. Her defeat, however, demonstrates the human spirit’s strength and resilience in the face of adversity.
Her story’s conclusion serves as a reminder that even the most formidable foes can be defeated with determination and skill.