Zach Aguilar sat down with The Gamer to discuss playing Tanjiro in the English dubbed version of “Demon Slayer,” and the actor had more than a few interesting anecdotes to share. Since Aguilar was also there to discuss his voice work on the video game adaptation of the hit anime, the conversation quickly turned to whether the performer played video games himself. “I’ve played video games since I was a kid, and that includes anime-based fighting games similar to ‘Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles,'” Aguilar explained. “Having that understanding of the genre helped solidify my understanding of how to approach voice acting.”
People absorb so much into their brains as children, so it makes sense that these experiences from Aguilar’s youth have had such a significant impact on how he voices the characters that he portrays. “I pull a lot of my style of acting for ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’ in general from my childhood,” Aguilar went on. “Growing up with popular anime and listening to the performances of the voice actors that worked on those shows.” Aguilar has done an admirable job of voicing Tanjiro throughout his frequently intense emotional journey, so it would seem that these influences have only benefited his performance.