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The 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.

The Insect Breathing combat and breathing style mimics insects and bugs, specifically their lethal stings and movements, and replicates it with user's movements, techniques and abilities. Most, if not all, known techniques and forms include 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 them. When utilized properly, the user visualizes themselves manipulating and generating insects in a variety of colors, mostly purple, causing insects to seemingly emanate from their weapon, surroundings or themselves.

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. Hence, this sword style can only be utilized by her and only using a unique katana with a needle-like tip, resembling an insect's stinger in appearance and function. The "stinger" is designed for injection of Wisteria poisons into Demons.

Breathing Style Relationship Chart



  • Butterfly Dance: Caprice ( (ちょう) (まい) (たわむ) Chō no mai: Tawamure?)[1] - Shinobu leaps up and charges towards the opponent and stings them multiple times with her blade to inject her poison.
  • Dance of the Bee Sting: True Flutter ( (ほう) () (まい) () (なび) Hōga no mai: Manabiki?)[2] - Shinobu dashes at her target at an incredible speed and uses the momentum of her speed to then strengthen her single thrust into her opponent and inject lethal poison into them.
  • 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 attack with which Shinobu aims to strike and inject her target with multiple doses of poison at the targeted Demon's weak spots (such as the neck, heart, torso, etc.) in order to kill them with a large dose of poison.
  • 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] - An attack with which Shinobu uses her full speed to run a zigzag pattern to confuse her opponent in order to create an opening for her to directly stab her opponent's neck and inject poison to kill them, with the stab's force and power being further enhanced by the momentum of her speed. Doma noted that the sheer speed of this technique is strong enough to destroy an entire wooden bridge.


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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