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Thunder Breathing ( (かみなり) () (きゅう) Kaminari no Kokyū?) is one of the five main Breathing Styles directly derived from the Sun Breathing. It was created from one of Yoriichi Tsugikuni's students who attempted to learn the Sun Breathing, but due to not being as innately powerful as Yoriichi, they were instead taught an alternated breathing style that focused on their individual strengths and weaknesses, which eventually evolved into the Thunder Breathing.[1]

It focuses on channeling strength into the user's legs.[2] The primary cultivator for the Demon Slayer Corps was Jigoro Kuwajima.

Breathing Style Relationship Chart



There are a total of six original forms that can be used with the Thunder Breathing with the first form said to be the foundation for the rest of them. However, Zenitsu Agatsuma developed a seventh form in order to stand on equal ground with Kaigaku, his former senior disciple under Jigoro who had become the Upper Rank 6 of the Twelve Kizuki, replacing Daki and Gyutaro.

  • First Form: Thunderclap and Flash ( (いち) (かた) (へき) (れき) (いっ) (せん) Ichi no kata: Hekireki Issen?)[3] - The user dashes forward and slashes at their opponent with incredible speed. Zenitsu has honed this ability to the extent of being able to repeat the dash multiple times in quick succession.
    • Six Fold ( (ろく) (れん) Rokuren?)[4] - A compilation of the First Form with a series of six dashes. Primarily used by Zenitsu.
    • Eight Fold ( (はち) (れん) Hachiren?)[5] - Zenitsu dashes eight times within one use of this technique.
    • God Speed ( (しん) (そく) Shinsoku?) - Further augments the speed of Thunderclap and Flash.
  • Second Form: Rice Spirit ( () (かた) (いな) (だま) Ni no kata: Inadama?)[6] - The swordsman is able to generate five straight attacks around the user in a single moment.
  • Third Form: Thunder Swarm ( (さん) (かた) (しゅう) (ぶん) (せい) (らい) San no kata: Shūbun seirai?)[7] - Generates a spinning wave that strikes all directions of the foe.
  • Fourth Form: Distant Thunder ( () (かた) (えん) (らい) Shi no kata: Enrai?)[8] - The user releases multiple ranged strikes towards a target.
  • Fifth Form: Heat Lightning ( () (かた) (ねつ) (かい) (らい) Go no kata: Netsu kairai?)[9] - A single, focused, slashing attack.
  • Sixth Form: Rumble and Flash ( (ろく) (かた) (でん) (ごう) (らい) (ごう) Roku no kata: Dengou raigou?)[10] - A series of strong ranged attacks released around the user .
  • Seventh Form: Honoikazuchi no Kami  ( (しち) (かた) (ほの) (いかづちの) (かみ) Shichi no kata: Honoikazuchi no kami?) [11] - A form developed by Zenitsu. The user conjures the image of a dragon-like creature of lightning while attacking at blinding speeds. Info icon.png


Jigoro Kuwajima
Zenitsu Agatsuma

Jigoro Kuwajima

Kaigaku Zenitsu Agatsuma


First Form First Form: Six Fold

— Thunder Breathing —
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  • This Breathing Style is very similar to the real-life fighting style of Iaijutsu.
  • The First Form: Thunderclap and Flash is stated to be the basis for the other forms, which was all Zenitsu could learn and hone, while Kaigaku couldn't despite learning the other forms after it. Two unnamed Demon Slayers said that he wouldn't be able to master the others much.[12]


  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 178 (Page 7).
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 125 (Page 5).
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 23 (Page 9).
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 34 (Page 9).
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 91 (Page 15).
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145 (Page 7).
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145 (Page 8).
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 144 (Page 17).
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145 (Page 9).
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145 (Page 10).
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145 (Page 15).
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145 (Page 13).

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