Demon Slayer | What is the Mark?(mole) Conditions? Risks? | “Awakening” to Surpass Demons

冨岡義勇 痣出現
引用:「鬼滅の刃」 17巻 150話 集英社/吾峠呼世晴

In “Demon Slayer,” some characters manifest “Marks” during battles.

I’ve summarized what these Marks are, their activation conditions, and whether there are any risks associated with them. Please take a look!

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Demon Slayer | What Exactly are Marks(mole)?

竈門炭治郎「ガアアァアアア!」
引用:「鬼滅の刃」 11巻 94話 集英社/吾峠呼世晴

When you hear “Mark,” you might initially think of a bruise, a purplish-blue mark left after an injury. However, in “Demon Slayer,” Marks are more akin to patterns, with each character having a unique design.

The first character to manifest a Mark in “Demon Slayer” is the protagonist, Tanjiro Kamado. During his battle with Upper Rank Six, his original burn scar on his forehead became more pronounced and transformed into a Mark.

Several other characters, including several Pillars, have also manifested Marks, each experiencing a significant power boost as a result.

For instance, they may turn the tide of battle from being at a disadvantage to overwhelming their opponents after manifesting their Marks.

(Example: Mist Pillar “Muichiro Tokito” vs. Upper Rank Five “Gyutaro”)

These power-ups aren’t simple enhancements; they seem to be quite substantial.

So, what are the “conditions” for manifesting these Marks, which could be considered as trump cards?

While Marks grant such significant power-ups, it seems that the conditions for triggering them are far from simple.

Muichiro said,

1: Heart rate exceeding 200.

時透無一郎「その時の心拍数は二百を超えていたと思います」
引用:「鬼滅の刃」 15巻 129話 集英社/吾峠呼世晴

(An average resting heart rate for humans is around 70 beats per minute, and the maximum heart rate is said to be around 220 beats per minute.)

2: Body temperature above 39 degrees Celsius (102.2°F)Normal human body temperature is around 36 degrees Celsius(96.8°F)

時透無一郎「体温の数字は三十九度以上になっていたはずです」
引用:「鬼滅の刃」 15巻 129話 集英社/吾峠呼世晴

“The body temperature was probably over 39 degrees Celsius(102.2 °F),” he stated.

According to the medically knowledgeable Shinobu Kocho, under such conditions, one shouldn’t be able to function.

時透無一郎「おそらく痣が出るものと出ないものの分かれ道です」
引用:「鬼滅の刃」 15巻 129話 集英社/吾峠呼世晴

“At that point, whether one lives or dies is likely the turning point between those who manifest the Mark and those who don’t,” he remarked.

“I’m not sure about the heart rate, but regarding body temperature, Tanjiro mentioned it earlier in ‘Demon Slayer’, and…”

竈門炭治郎「熱が出ている状態だと本当に調子がいいんだよ」
引用:「鬼滅の刃」 集英社/吾峠呼世晴

“When I have a fever, I really feel great. I might even be able to use Hinokami Kagura more consistently,” Tanjiro commented.

“It might seem unimaginable to most, but Tanjiro may have instinctively understood that his Mark would manifest or become more pronounced when his body temperature rises,”

[Demon Slayer | What are the Risks when the Mark Appears?]

竈門炭治郎『ズズズ』
引用:「鬼滅の刃」 16巻 135話 集英社/吾峠呼世晴

Even after successfully meeting the conditions and manifesting the Mark, it wouldn’t be surprising if there were some risks or lingering effects associated with such power-ups.

However, as of now, it’s not entirely clear whether there are any risks associated with the Marks in “Demon Slayer.”

During battle scenes in “Demon Slayer” where Marks appear, it’s often when the battle is intense or when the characters are at a disadvantage. It’s uncertain whether they become “battered because of the Mark” or “were already so battered that they needed to manifest the Mark to stand a chance.”

For instance, Tanjiro’s Mark became more pronounced after exerting himself during training under Jigoro Kuwajima. Although he collapsed afterward, it seems more like he pushed himself to his limits and collapsed as a result, rather than collapsing because of the Mark itself.

Therefore, at this point, it’s unclear if there are any inherent risks associated with the Marks in “Demon Slayer.”

Lastly,,,

時透無一郎「ありがとう 鉄穴森さん」
引用:「鬼滅の刃」 14巻 119話

This time, I’ve summarized the Marks that frequently appear in “Demon Slayer,” including their risks and conditions!

“Marks” have become an indispensable keyword in “Demon Slayer.” Even in the current “Infinity Castle Arc,” characters like Giyu Tomioka and Gyomei Himejima have manifested new Marks.

“You! When did you learn to manifest a Mark?”

Various characters in the series are now able to manifest Marks, underscoring their significance.

In the future, we may see scenes where new Upper Rank demons or perhaps even Muzan Kibutsuji manifest Marks…

And with that, I’ll wrap up for now…

© Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

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