Demon Slayer

Who Is Koinatsu Oiran? Is Koinatsu Still Alive?

Out of the three Oirans introduced in Demon Slayer's Entertainment District arc, Koinatsu became an instant hit with the fans for her beautiful looks and gentle personality.

However, the arc failed to explore more of Koinatsu's character, leaving most of the audience slightly disappointed. What confused everyone more, though, was the lack of follow-up on her condition after an Upper Demon attacked her.

Did Koinatsu live? Did she die? Did she get married to her betrothed?

Read on to find out!


This article will contain potential spoilers for Demon Slayer's second season and chapters 70 to 99 of the manga. Read at your own risk!


Who Is Koinatsu Oiran?

Demon Slayer Koinatsu Oiran

Koinatsu is the Oiran of Takito House and a minor supporting character in Demon Slayer's Entertainment District arc. She's a young human female known for her exceptional beauty and her kindness towards her subordinates. She's the first Oiran introduced in the arc, though her involvement in the story remains minimal.

Tanjiro was sent to spy on Tokito House disguised as a girl, where he first met Koinatsu. When she saw him carrying her luggage, she immediately expressed her gratitude and handed him a candy.

Demon Slayer Koinatsu Oiran

When the other girls in the room started whining playfully, asking for candies, Koinatsu shushed them, saying, "you guys had candies before."

This implies that Koinatsu often rewarded her subordinates, usually the younger girls in the brothel, with candies — which might not sound like much to a modern-day person but carries a lot of meaning given the context and setting.


Why Koinatsu's Kindness Is Admirable

Koinatsu giving Tanjiro a candy

Koinatsu Giving Tanjiro A Candy

The Oiran of a brothel holds the highest rank among the prostitutes. Since the status indirectly translates to power, Oirans are generally known to be cruel to the other girls in the brothel.

In most cases, owners will overlook any ignorable incidents from the Oiran since she's the one who brings the most money to the brothel.

Koinatsu could've easily exerted this sort of power over her subordinates as well, but instead, she chose to remain respectful and affectionate towards them. She sympathized with their pain (like she sympathized with Tanjiro when he lied to her about Suma being his lost sister and assured him that his sister would be safe).

She even went out of her way to reward her subordinates with candies for their hard work — a beautiful gesture towards the young girls surviving in a brothel.

When Tanjiro asked for her help, though hesitant, Koinatsu compiled after looking at his open face. She told him that Suma was rumored to have run away, and the evidence lay in Suma's diary entries just days before she disappeared. Though Tanjiro suspected this was a cover fabricated by the demons, he thanked Koinatsu for her help and comfort.

Did Koinatsu Know Tanjiro Was A Boy?

Koinatsu Oiran

Koinatsu knew Tanjiro was a boy. When Tanjiro decided to leave Takito House, he told Koinatsu the truth about his identity, who replied that she'd already figured that out. Still, she stayed silent because she had faith in his sincerity and trusted him to be a good person.

Tanjiro was pleasantly taken aback and thanked her before he promised to save Suma from the demons. She smiled at him then, implying that she also knew Suma wasn't Tanjiro's sister but didn't point it out because she realized that whatever his story, Tanjiro had good intentions and would save the people that needed his help. 


Koinatsu revealed that she would soon marry a suitor and leave Takito House for good but hoped she could stay until the demon situation was resolved. Tanjiro bid her farewell and made his way out of her room, but before he could get far, he sensed that an Upper Demon had appeared.

He ran back into Koinatsu's room, only to find the Upper-Rank Six demon Daki had taken her hostage.

Tanjiro tried to save her, but the Demon mercilessly threw him out the window. He soon realized that the creature choking Koinatsu was actually an obi — a detached body part from Daki's real body, capable of intelligent action and carrying out orders from the main body. He tried to think of a strategy and wasted no breath to jump back into the room and face Daki.


Did Daki Kill Koinatsu? Is Koinatsu Still Alive?

Daki's Obi Choking Koinatsu

Daki's Obi Choking Koinatsu

Koinatsu is alive. Tanjiro managed to defeat the obi that attacked Koinatsu before springing into a battle with Daki. Daki died subsequently, and it didn't seem like she went back for Koinatsu during the fight. Though it isn't made explicitly clear, we can safely assume Koinatsu survived the night and lived.

Given the intensity of the battle and the fact that Koinatsu was a minor character, it's understandable that the mangaka didn't bother clarifying if she'd survived or not, especially since we saw that she was saved. But it would've been nice if there'd been a follow-up on her in the aftermath of the battle, just for fun.

Katanakaji no Sato-hen

The "Entertainment District Arc" is followed by the "Katanakaji no Sato-hen".

The "Katanakaji no Sato-hen" begins with episode 98 in volume 12 of the original work.

※By the way, the original story of Demon Slayer was completed in volume 23, which was released on December 4, 2020.

Tanjiro goes to the village of swordsmiths and meets the love Hashira, Mitsuri Kanroji, and the Mist Hashira, Muichiro Tokito. Fans who cannot wait for the anime adaptation should read the original 12 volumes.


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