Kanao Shares A Coin-Flipping Habit With Batman’s Two-Face
demon slayer is a hit shonen action series that, for all its comedic sketches and colorful humor, also has its dark side. Most of the main characters in this anime are marked by personal loss or tragedy, and that includes Shinobu Kocho’s friend and apprentice, the shy Kanao Tsuyuri. In fact, Kanao never even speaks.
However, Kanao is more than just a dandere with a sword. She is known to flip pieces to make her decisions, using the random luck of a piece to overcome her timid and indecisive nature. Protagonist Tanjiro Kamado thinks this coin-tossing habit is holding Kanao back, and if a certain Batman the villain is an indication, Tanjiro is right on the money.
Why Kanao & Two-Face Flip Coins
Other than tossing coins to make random decisions, Kanao Tsuyri and Harvey Dent/Two-Face have very little in common, but even so, their shared habit of tossing coins is deeply insightful into how the two characters think. . Neither of them is able to make meaningful decisions on their own due to traumatic personal experiences, and they fear making the wrong decision and therefore feeling even worse about themselves in the process. For them, tossing coins is a way of avoiding injury, and it is also their method of avoiding the stress of decision-making. They can’t recognize their actions, so they let the random outcome of a coin lead the way.
There’s a little more to each character than that, but that’s the basic idea of why Kanao and Two-Face need outside help to do anything. In 2008 The black Knight, the film adds another element to Harvey’s coin flipping, with Harvey using random luck to give everyone a “fair” chance to survive, inspired by the Joker’s chaotic philosophy. Harvey doesn’t want to be held responsible for the murders he commits, so in his mind, it’s the play’s fault every time he kills someone.
Kanao, on the other hand, has more innocent reasons for tossing coins, though her story is pretty dark on its own. She was once captured and held in bondage as a child, and sisters Kanae and Shinobu Kocho witnessed her being driven around town, tied up with rope, to be sold as a slave. Kind Kanae opposed this and bought Kanao’s freedom, empowering Kanao before meeting her own fate as a Demon Slayer. However, before she died, Kanae had given Kanao a coin to guide her, and Kanao came to rely heavily on this coin to make decisions for her, given her emotionally suppressed mind. Right now, Kanao just couldn’t take control of her life, with a few exceptions, like taking the final Demon Slayer exam on her own.
When Kanao outgrows his two-faced habit
On some level, it’s vaguely amusing to watch the sweet and innocent Kanao act like a famous Batman mean, but of course that’s not really meant to be a running joke. This is an important part of Kanao’s character arc, representing his lingering fixation on his difficult past and his apparent inability to come out of it. It’s a very nice situation for Kanao, and no one can blame him for relying heavily on a coin to function in daily life like that.
Kanao has room to grow both as a demon slayer and as a person, and of course, demon slayer fans saw some of this growth when Kanao listened to Tanjiro’s heartfelt speech and reconsidered his use of the coin. Perhaps in time, Kanao will find the mental strength to toss his coin and make his own decisions to take control of his destiny. She cannot let chance dictate her life – Kanao must, at her own pace, realize her destiny and seize it with her own power.
This quest for self-acceptance and empowerment finds an echo in other demon slayer characters too, especially Inosuke Hashibira. He may act totally different from the coin-throwing Kanao, but even he has his insecurities and blocks, including his own face. He can’t stand how girlish his face looks and he probably still misses his boar mother, so he solves both problems by wearing a boar’s hollowed-out head as a helmet at all times. It’s his “coin”, so to speak, and Inosuke could show some serious growth in the future if he can stand without it, facing his future with his face exposed and his eyes directly on his fate.