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Insect Breathing ( (むし) () (きゅう) Mushi no kokyū?)[1] is a Breathing Style branched out from the Flower Breathing, which itself is branched out of the Water Breathing.

This style is the personal creation of Shinobu Kocho, who designed it to compensate for her lack of physical strength to cut off a Demon's head. The sword style's main focus is stabbing, thrusting, and making shallow cuts with a specially coated/made sword to inflict multiple wounds onto the intended target in order to inject various lethal Wisteria-based poisons into the intended target.

Breathing Style Relationship Chart



  1. Butterfly Dance: Caprice ( (ちょう) (まい) (たわむ) Chō no mai: Tawamure?)[1] - The swordsman jumps forwards towards the opponent, stinging them multiple times with the blade to inject poison.
  2. Dance of the Bee Sting: True Flutter ( (ほう) () (まい) () (なび) Hōga no mai: Manabiki?)[2] - The swordsman dashes at the target with incredible speed and delivers a single thrust strengthened by the momentum to inject the poison.
  3. Dance of the Dragonfly: Compound Eye Hexagon ( (せい) (れい) (まい) (ふく) (がん) (ろっ) (かく) Seirei no mai: Fukugan rokkaku?)[3] - A six-strike-based attack where the user attacks the target in six different areas of the body in order to inject lethal poison in each area, increasing the chances of them succumbing to the poison.
  4. Dance of the Centipede: Hundred-Legged Zigzag ( () (こう) (まい) (ひゃく) (そく) (じゃ) (ばら) Gokō no mai: Hyakusoku jabara?)[4] - The swordsman runs at full speed in a zigzag pattern to generate enough momentum, creating a powerful single thrust that simultaneously injects poison into the intended victim. The blinding speed and erratic pattern also serve to throw the opponent into confusion and create an appropriate opening.


Shinobu Kocho
Shinobu Kocho


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Butterfly Dance: Caprice

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 41 (Page 16).
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 141 (Page 14).
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 142 (Pages 6-7).
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 142 (Pages 15-16).
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