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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 Sun Breathing.

Description

Thunder Breathing is a Breathing Style that mimics lightning, specifically swift strikes and movements akin to lightning striking and the sound of thunder itself, and replicates it with the user's movements, techniques and abilities. Most, if not all, known techniques and forms involve utilizing blinding speeds to close in and swift and insanely fast movements to overwhelm the opponent instantly. The movements of Thunder Breathing are so immense that it creates a sound akin to thunder. Users that have mastered Thunder Breathing visualize themselves seemingly creating and manipulating lightning when unleashing its techniques.

It has been remarked by Zenitsu that this combat style focuses on channeling strength into the user's legs, and maximizing the output of every single muscle and blood vessel in them.[1] This combat style is very reminiscent of the real life sword style known as Iaijutsu.

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.[2]

A known cultivator of Thunder Breathing in the Demon Slayer Corps is Jigoro Kuwajima.

Breathing Style Relationship Chart

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Known Users

Known Users
Jigoro Kuwajima
Kaigaku
Zenitsu Agatsuma

Jigoro Kuwajima
(Cultivator)

Kaigaku Zenitsu Agatsuma

Known Techniques

Thunder Breathing has 6 standard forms, 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.

Note: Since the second to sixth form has only been displayed by Kaigaku who uses lightning in conjunction with his sword attacks, it is unknown how a normal Thunder Breathing swordsman would perform these techniques.

  • 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 unsheathes their blade, dashes forward at blinding speeds and decapitates the opponent faster than they can react. This technique is reminiscent of Iaijutsu.
    • Six Fold ( (ろく) (れん) Rokuren?)[4] - An extension of the Thunderclap and Flash technique created by Zenitsu Agatsuma. The user performs the Thunderclap and Flash technique six times in quick succession while slightly augmenting the power and speed of his dashes.
    • Eight Fold ( (はち) (れん) Hachiren?)[5] - An extension of the Thunderclap and Flash technique created by Zenitsu Agatsuma. The user performs the Thunderclap and Flash technique eight times in quick succession while slightly augmenting the power and speed of his dashes.
    • God Speed ( (しん) (そく) Shinsoku?) - An extension of the Thunderclap and Flash technique created by Zenitsu and the fastest version of the technique, so fast that even an Upper Rank Demon with extrasensory perception couldn’t react in time. During the first display of this technique, an unconscious Zenitsu remarked that he mustn't perform this technique more than 2 times, otherwise his legs would be rendered useless due to muscle fatigue and exhaustion. However, during the battle against Muzan Kibutsuji, Zenitsu has shown improvement in the proficiency of this technique, allowing him to use it more than 2 times while still maintaining the power and speed of the technique.
  • Second Form: Rice Spirit ( () (かた) (いな) (だま) Ni no kata: Inadama?)[6] - Kaigaku unleashes five electrified arching slashes all 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] - Kaigaku surrounds the enemy with powerful waves of electricity and sword slashes that slice up the enemy in all directions.
  • Fourth Form: Distant Thunder ( () (かた) (えん) (らい) Shi no kata: Enrai?)[8] - Kaigaku generates powerful lightning strikes in several directions with his blade from a far distance.
  • Fifth Form: Heat Lightning ( () (かた) (ねつ) (かい) (らい) Go no kata: Netsu Kairai?)[9] - Kaigaku unleashes a powerful ranged electrified sword slash upwards that burns the flesh of his opponent.
  • Sixth Form: Rumble and Flash ( (ろく) (かた) (でん) (ごう) (らい) (ごう) Roku no kata: Dengō Raigō?)[10] - Kaigaku releases a series of strong ranged electricity attacks that strike his opponent from multiple directions.
  • Seventh Form: Honoikazuchi no Kami ( (しち) (かた) (ほの) (いかづちの) (かみ) Shichi no Kata: Honoikazuchi no Kami?, lit. Flaming Thunder God) [11] - The personal creation of Zenitsu Agatsuma. The user dashes forward at blinding speeds superior than even his Godspeed technique and unleashes a singular forward slash.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations
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First Form First Form: Six Fold

— Thunder Breathing —

Trivia

  • 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]

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 125 (Page 5).
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 178 (Page 7).
  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).