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Pull yourself together. Don't cry over this.
~ Kanae Kocho to her sister.

Kanae Kocho (胡蝶 カナエ) is a flashback character in the 2016-2020 fantasy horror manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and its 2019 anime television series adaption.

She was the older sister of Shinobu Kocho, the adoptive older sister of Kanao Tsuyuri, and the former Flower Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps.

She is voiced by Ai Kayano in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Bridget Hoffman in the English version of the anime.


Kanae was a slender-built girl much like her younger sister, who was very tall for her age and, contrary to her pale complexion, had distinctly red lips. She had very-dark grey thick, straight hair that reached below her waist, worn down over her shoulders with two short clumps and bangs with arched ear-length on either side of her nose. Her eyes are pale-violet and slanting, shiny and bug-like to the sides of her nose with several prominent white sparkles reflecting light off them.

She wears a purple-tinted version of the traditional Demon Slayer Corps uniform, as well as a piece of fabric all over her calves and pale straped sandals. She also sported a pair of green-pink butterfly hairpins, which she wore painted on either side of her head, which was later used as a memento by her younger adoptive sister, Kanao Tsuyuri

She was also wearing a a white, light green and pink butterfly-patterned haori, which Shinobu Kocho currently wears.


Kanae was the polar opposite of her sister Shinobu; she was a sweet, patient and kind girl with an easy-going personality, which she is almost always seen in a soft smile on her face in the flashbacks of Shinobu and Kanao

As Sanemi Shinazugawa chuckled at her leader Kagaya Ubuyashiki, she showed compassion for him and politely told Sanemi about how Kagaya Ubuyashiki is really caring for the Demon Slayers under his command. She also had a vision of being able to live alongside the Demons peacefully one day amid all the pain and death they caused on humans, which encouraged Shinobu to strive to do likewise. Tragically after Kanae's violent death, Shinobu abandons that effort and walked down on vengeful path which ultimately proved to be self-destructive.



  • Her name is spelled with three katakana characters, which differs her sister, Shinobu Kocho, and it's similar to how her adoptive sister Kanao's name is spelled.

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Demon Slayer Corps
Demon Slayers
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Giyu Tomioka | Sanemi Shinazugawa | Kyojuro Rengoku † | Tengen Uzui | Shinobu Kocho † | Mitsuri Kanroji † | Gyomei Himejima † | Kanae Kocho † | Muichiro Tokito † | Obanai Iguro † |

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Butterfly Mansion
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Ubuyashiki Family
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Final Selection
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Swordsmith Village
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