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Hinokami Kagura (ヒノカミ神楽 (かぐら) Hinokami Kagura?, lit. Dance of the Fire God) is a Breathing Style only known and taught by the Kamado Family, later revealed to be the first Breathing Style, Sun Breathing ( () () (きゅう) Hi no kokyū?).

Description

The Hinokami Kagura is a Breathing Style that is passed on from father to son in every generation alongside the Hanafuda earrings. The Kamado family uses the Breathing Style within a ritual ceremony practiced every new year, where the Breathing Style user offers the Fire God a dance from sunset to sunrise to ward off threats and diseases.

The dance is composed of twelve segments repeated throughout the night until dawn.[1] Tanjuro noted that the breathing technique utilized in this dance allows the user to never exhaust themselves no matter how long they move, making it such that they can seemingly dance forever.[2] The last user is Tanjiro Kamado, who learned the Breathing Style from his father, Tanjuro Kamado. Other people can learn this technique if taught by a Kamado descendant.

The Hinokami Kagura is later revealed by Shinjuro Rengoku to be a legendary Breathing Style known as Sun Breathing ( () () (きゅう) Hi no kokyū?), a legendary and forgotten Breathing Style and the first one to ever be created. All other Breathing Styles are derived from it as the result of Yoriichi Tsugikuni, the creator of Sun Breathing, modifying it to suit the individuals he taught.[3]

Both the Hinokami Kagura and Sun Breathing are Breathing Styles that mimics the sun and replicates it with the user's movements, techniques, and abilities. All techniques and forms are extremely varied and have no set pattern, making it the most versatile and effective against demons. Users of Sun Breathing visualize themselves seemingly manipulating solar flames when unleashing its techniques.

Tanjiro also noted that using this style increases his overall power and speed, probably due to the fact that his body is more suited to Sun Breathing as opposed to Water Breathing.

Upon seeing Yoriichi perform the twelve forms through his ancestor's memories, Tanjiro realized that, despite being replicated with a surprising degree of accuracy for hundreds of years and his own mastery of Hinokami Kagura, Hinokami Kagura had unnecessary movements, such as different wrist angles, footwork and breathing rhythm, compared to the Sun Breathing directly performed by Yoriichi. Removing them enabled him to use the Breathing Style in its nigh-purest form.[4]

Breathing Style Relationship Chart

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Moon
   
   
   
   
Flame
   
   
   
   
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Wind
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Love
   
   
   
   
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Known Users

Known Users
Yoriichi Tsugikuni
Sumiyoshi
Tanjuro Kamado
Tanjiro Kamado
Yoriichi Tsugikuni Sumiyoshi Tanjuro Kamado Tanjiro Kamado

Known Techniques

Sun Breathing was initially created with 12 techniques all connected to one another by Yoriichi Tsugikuni. Later upon meeting Muzan Kibutsuji, Yoriichi perfected his swordsmanship form, creating a new unnamed thirteenth form.

  • Dance ( (えん) () Enbu?)[5] - The user delivers a single high-powered vertical slash.
    • Dancing Flash ( (えん) () (いっ) (せん) Enbu Issen?)[6] - A modified version of Dance developed and utilized only by Tanjiro Kamado. The user combines the Thunderclap and Flash technique of Thunder Breathing with the high-powered slash of Dance by inhaling huge amounts of oxygen, increasing the pumping of blood through the entire body, focusing it on the legs, and releasing it all to assault the target with a slash. This technique was capable of out-speeding Genya Shinazugawa, Nezuko Kamado, as well as the fleeing Hantengu.
  • Clear Blue Sky ( (へき) () (てん) Heki-ra no Ten?)[7] - The user spins their body horizontally to deliver a 360° slash.
  • Raging Sun ( (れつ) (じつ) (こう) (きょう) Retsujitsu Kōkyō?)[8] - The user unleashes two horizontal slashes to hit or defend from incoming attacks.
  • Burning Bones, Summer Sun ( (しゃっ) (こつ) (えん) (よう) Shakkotsu En'yō?)[9] - The user unleashes a large circular slash that defends from imminent frontal attacks.
  • Setting Sun Transformation ( (しゃ) (よう) (てん) (しん) Shayō Tenshin?)[10] - The user backflips into the air to deliver a powerful upended sword slash that aims to decapitate their target.
  • Solar Heat Haze ( () (りん) (かげ) (ろう) Hirin Kagerō?)[11] - The user charges towards the target, unleashing a horizontal slash seemingly covered in haze that fails to land, but actually does hit the target.
  • Beneficent Radiance ( () () (おん) (こう) Kiki Onkō?)[12] - The user spirals into the air and delivers a powerful slash that surrounds the enemy.
  • Sunflower Thrust ( (よう) () (とつ) Yōkatotsu?)[13][14] - The user unleashes a single thrust attack with the point of the blade.
  • Dragon Sun Halo Head Dance ( (にち) (うん) (りゅう) (かぶり) () Nichiun no Ryū Kaburimai?)[15] - The user unleashes a continuous fast and powerful sword attack that seemingly takes the form of a Japanese dragon made of solar flames. This technique is capable of decapitating multiple targets at once.
  • Fire Wheel ( () (しゃ) Kasha?)[16] - The user leaps behind the opponent and spins in the air downward, releasing a sword attack in a circular motion.
  • Fake Rainbow ( (げん) (にち) (こう) Gen'nichi Kō?)[17] - The user performs high-speed twists and rotations, thus creating afterimages used mostly to evade attacks. The afterimages work most effectively on enemies with good vision.[18]
  • Flame Dance ( (えん) () Enbu?)[19] - A two-combo strike which starts with a vertical slash and then a horizontal one right after.
  • Thirteenth Form ( (じゅう) (さん) (かた) Jū San no kata?)[20] - The user continuously performs all twelve forms of Sun Breathing in repetitive succession to increase the accuracy and agility of its movements while reducing fatigue. This form was created solely for the purpose of killing Muzan Kibutsuji, since the repetition of all twelve forms aims to destroy Muzan's twelve vital organs (seven hearts and five brains) that move freely inside his body.

Game Exclusive Techniques

  • Cross Slash ( () (れん) () () () Nirenkesa Giri?)[21] - The user ignites their sword with solar flames and releases two arching flame slashes to their opponent, each individually making an "X" shaped slice. This is similar to Flame Dance ( (えん) () Enbu?)[22]
  • Scorching Rush ( (はや) () () Hayagake Giri?)[21] - The user rushes forward with a flaming sword and performs a 5-move combo as follows: a low-ended strike from the left, a low-ended strike from the right that lifts the user off the ground briefly, a spinning wave attack, a powerful forwards upward slash and finally an overhead downward slash.
  • Phoenix Flash ( (しゅん) (てん) () Shunten Giri?)[21] - The user disappears in a flash of fire, before reappearing from fire in mid-air either upright, where they perform a massive overhead circular slash, or upside-down where they perform an angled 360° sword slash.

Demonstrations

Anime
Tanjuro performs the Hinokami Kagura.gif
Tanjiro cutting Rui's threads with Hinokami Kagura Dance.gif
Tanjiro uses Clear Blue Sky against Enmu.gif
Tanjuro's Ritual Dance Dance Clear Blue Sky
Tanjiro uses his Raging Sun technique against Daki.gif
Tanjiro uses his Burning Bones, Summer Sun technique.gif
Tanjiro uses his Fire Wheel technique against Daki.gif
Raging Sun Burning Bones, Summer Sun Fire Wheel
Tanjiro uses his Fake Rainbow technique to evade Daki's attack.gif
Tanjiro uses his Flame Dance technique against Daki.gif
Fake Rainbow Flame Dance

— Hinokami Kagura —

Trivia

  • The passing of Sun Breathing as a Kagura draws heavily from Shintō mythology. In Japanese folklore, famous tales in volumes of the "Nihon Shoki" ( () (ほん) (しょ) () ?) and "Kojiki/Furukotofumi" ( () () () ?) explain that the Kagura ritual originates when Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun, retreated into a cave, plunging the world into darkness. In response, Ame-no-Uzume, the goddess of revelry and dawn, danced outside the cave to entice the sun goddess out. From these events, the Kagura was born, a ritualistic dance that honors Kami (Gods and ancestral spirits). Likewise, Sun Breathing was disguised as a Kagura and passed down as the Hinokami Kagura.
  • The term and technique Fire Wheel ( () (しゃ) Kasha?) is in fact an inspiration from the classic yōkai Kasha, literally meaning "Burning Chariot". Kasha are demonic beings with the head of a cat or tiger while having the body of a man, and have fiery tails. They ride on burning chariots around the world, snatching up the bodies of the recently deceased of those who have made heinous sins and take them to hell.
  • It is implied that the reason Flame Breathing ( (ほのお) () (きゅう) Honō no kokyū?) should never be referred to as Fire Breathing ( () () (きゅう) Hi no kokyū?) is because its pronunciation is exactly the same as Sun Breathing ( () () (きゅう) Hi no kokyū?).
    • The kanji for "sun, day" ( () hi?) has the same pronunciation as the kanji for "fire" ( () hi?).
  • After Tanjiro had witnessed Yoriichi perform all thirteen Sun Breathing forms through Sumiyoshi's memories, he noted his own current Hinokami Kagura forms contained wasted movements, then proceeding to try and fix those once he resumed battle, as such Tanjiro only starts naming his attacks as Sun Breathing thereafter, which showed that the Kagura moves were not as strong as they should be before Tanjiro actually saw Sun Breathing in its purest form.
  • Another god of fire in Japanese mythology is the "Sambō-Kōjin" ( (さん) (ぼう) (こう) (じん) Sanbō Kōjin?), sometimes referred to as the "Kamado-gami" ( (かまど) (がみ) ?). Sanbō-Kōjin is sometimes identified as an incarnation of the demon-slaying "Āryācalanātha" ( () (どう) (みょう) (おう) Fudō Myōō?), who was the servant to Mahāvairocana (Known in Japanese history as "Dainichi Nyorai" ( (だい) (にち) (にょ) (らい) ?) or "Birushana Butsu" ( () () (しゃ) () 𠏹 (ぶつ) ?) whose worship is related to the sun.
  • According to the second fanbook the Kamado family has preserved the Hinokami Kagura as a ceremonial practice all the way to present times, Tanjiro's great-great-grandchildren, Sumihiko and Kanata, are practitioners of it.

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 151 (Page 3).
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 40 (Page 4).
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 178 (Page 7).
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 192 (Pages 1-15).
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga and Anime: Chapter 40 (Page 6) and Episode 19.
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 125 (Page 21).
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 61 (Page 23).
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga and Anime: Chapter 77 (Page 14) and Episode 38.
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 81 (Page 16).
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 152 (Pages 22-23).
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 149 (Page 11).
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 191 (Page 18).
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 106 (Pages 9-10).
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 139 (Page 14).
  15. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 113 (Pages 8-9).
  16. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga and Anime: Chapter 147 (Page 9) and Episode 38.
  17. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga and Anime: Chapter 77 (Page 18) and Episode 38.
  18. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 77 (Page 18).
  19. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga and Anime: Chapter 77 (Page 16) and Episode 38.
  20. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 193.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Kimetsu no Yaiba Game: The Hinokami Chronicles.
  22. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 77 (Page 16).


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