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Water Breathing ( (みず) () (きゅう) Mizu no kokyū?) is one of the five main Breathing Styles directly derived from Sun Breathing.

Description

Water Breathing is a Breathing Style that mimics water, specifically the flow, flexibility and adaptability of the liquid and replicates it with the user's movements, techniques and abilities. Most, if not all, known techniques involve the user bending their body, arm and weapon in a fluid motion to match the movements of flowing water. Users also visualize themselves seemingly creating and manipulating water when unleashing its techniques.

This Breathing Style was originally created by one of Yoriichi Tsugikuni's students who attempted to learn Sun Breathing, but due to not being as innately talented as Yoriichi, they were instead taught and trained an alternative personalized Breathing Style that focused on their strengths and weaknesses, eventually becoming Water Breathing.[1]

It is said to be the most common Breathing Style among Demon Slayers due to being the easiest to learn for beginners. A known Cultivator of Water Breathing in the Demon Slayer Corps is Sakonji Urokodaki, though there are other Cultivators as well.[2]

Breathing Style Relationship Chart

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Known Users

Known Users
Sakonji Urokodaki
Giyu Tomioka
Murata
Sabito
Sakonji Urokodaki
(Cultivator)
Giyu Tomioka Murata[3] Sabito
Makomo
Tanjiro Kamado
Aoi Kanzaki
Makomo Tanjiro Kamado Aoi Kanzaki[4]

Known Techniques

Water Breathing has 10 techniques, with an eleventh one created and exclusively used by the current Water Hashira, Giyu Tomioka along with numerous modified versions of pre-existing forms.

  • First Form: Water Surface Slash ( (いち) (かた)   (みな) () () Ichi no kata: Minamo Giri?)[5] - The user generates enough momentum to create a powerful single concentrated slash.
  • Second Form: Water Wheel ( () (かた)   (みず) (ぐるま) Ni no kata: Mizu Guruma?)[6] - The user leaps and vertically spins forward in the air while releasing a flowing attack in a circular motion.
    • Second Form: Improved, Lateral Water Wheel ( () (かた) (かい)   (よこ) (みず) (ぐるま) Ni no kata kai: Yoko Mizu Guruma?)[7] - An alternate variation of Second Form: Water Wheel created by Tanjiro Kamado that unleashes a horizontal spin instead of a vertical one.
  • Third Form: Flowing Dance ( (さん) (かた)   (りゅう) (りゅう) () San no kata: Ryūryū Mai?)[8] - The user swings and bends their blade in a winding motion along with their body and dances in a flowing pattern, slicing everything in its path.
  • Fourth Form: Striking Tide ( () (かた)   () (しお) Shi no kata: Uchishio?)[9] - The user makes multiple consecutive slashes while twisting their body and sword in a flowing fashion to deliver multiple blows simultaneously.
    • Striking Tide: Turbulent ( () (しお) (らん) Uchishio - Ran?)[10] - An improved version of the Fourth Form: Striking Tide. The user increases the quantity of consecutive strikes and slashes along with improving its accuracy in order to contact a specific target during a chaotic situation.
  • Fifth Form: Blessed Rain After the Drought ( () (かた)   (かん) (てん) () () Go no kata: Kanten no Jiu?)[11] - The user changes the grip on their sword and decapitates the opponent in a single flowing strike that causes little to no pain. It is a “sword strike of kindness” used when the enemy willingly surrenders.
  • Sixth Form: Whirlpool ( (ろく) (かた)  ねじれ (うず) Roku no kata: Nejire Uzu?)[12] - The user fiercely twists their upper and lower body, creating a whirlpool of air that cuts anything caught in it. Its effect and efficiently is enhanced underwater, where the user can draw water around their weapon to enhance their slashes.
    • Whirlpool, Flow (ねじれ (うず) (りゅう) (りゅう) Nejire Uzu - Ryūryū?)[13] - A combination of Third Form: Flowing Dance and Sixth Form: Whirlpool created by Tanjiro Kamado. The user combines the footwork from Flowing Dance and the twisting movements of Whirlpool, performing an attack around the user that conjures a twisting, swirling, vicious flow of water to redirect projectiles from multiple angles.
  • Seventh Form: Drop Ripple Thrust ( (しち) (かた)   (しずく) () (もん) () Shichi no kata: Shizuku Hamon Tsuki?)[14] - The user performs a fast and accurate stab, capable of reducing the impact of a moving target.
    • Drop Ripple Thrust, Curve ( (しずく) () (もん) () き・ (きょく) Shizuku Hamon Tsuki - Kyoku?)[15] - A modified strike that hits from a specific angle corresponding to the sword's structure which nearly nullifies the impact and momentum of a moving object.
  • Eighth Form: Waterfall Basin ( (はち) (かた)   (たき) (つぼ) Hachi no kata: Takitsubo?)[16] - The user cuts the target vertically in a flowing motion which is most effective when they are falling downward.
  • Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow, Turbulent ( () (かた)   (すい) (りゅう) 飛沫 (しぶき) (らん) Ku no kata: Suiryū Shibuki - Ran?)[17] - The user changes their footwork in a way that minimizes the landing time and surface needed when landing, allowing the user to move without limits. Ideal when fighting in a place with no solid foothold.
  • Tenth Form: Constant Flux ( (じゅう) (かた)   (せい) (せい) () (てん) Jū no kata: Seisei Ruten?)[18] - The user performs a continuous flowing attack which seemingly takes the form of a water dragon that increases in strength and power with each rotation due to momentum.
  • Eleventh Form: Dead Calm ( (じゅう) (いち) (かた)   (なぎ) Jū Ichi no kata: Nagi?)[19] - The personal creation of the current Water Hashira, Giyu Tomioka. The user ceases all body movements and enters a state of complete tranquility, deflecting, blocking and cutting any incoming attacks with imperceptible speed with their blade. However, its effectiveness is limited as fast and numerous attacks can break through.

Game Exclusive Techniques

  • Third Form: Flowing Dance, Shadows of Dawn ( (さん) (かた)   (りゅう) (りゅう) () い・ (あさ) (かげ) San no kata: Ryūryū Mai - Asakage?)[20] - The user covers their blade in water before unleashing a series of circular rising slashes in a flowing motion from multiple directions before delivering a powerful downward slash.
  • Eighth Form: Waterfall Basin, Destruction ( (はち) (かた)   (たき) (つぼ) (かい) Hachi no kata: Takistubo - Kai?)[20] - The user unleashes a flurry of slashes completely surrounding their enemy until they unleash multiple gargantuan waterfalls that pulverize their opponent.
  • Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow ( () (かた)   (すい) (りゅう) 飛沫 (しぶき) Ku no kata: Suiryū Shibuki?)[21] - The user rushes around their opponent discombobulating them in multiple circles forming a vortex-like flow of water. They subsequently leap over their opponent delivering an overhead slash summoning a large wave crushing them afterwards.
    • Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow, Flash ( () (かた)   (すい) (りゅう) 飛沫 (しぶき) (またたき) Ku no kata: Suiryū Shibuki - Matataki?)[20] - The user rushes towards their opponent seemingly appearing like teleportation and unleashes a powerful uppercut-like slash.
    • Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow, Turbulent Effervescence ( () (かた)   (すい) (りゅう) 飛沫 (しぶき) (らん)   (うた) (かた) Ku no kata: Suiryū Shibuki - Ran Utakata?)[20] - The user rushes forward turbulently and unleashes numerous flowing water slashes from all directions while creating levitating bubbles all around their enemy. Afterwards, they leap away from them and cause all the bubbles to pop, releasing a heavy pressured burst of water spewing in all directions, dealing massive damage to their opponent.
  • Eleventh Form: Dead Calm, Tidal Waves ( (じゅう) (いち) (かた)   (なぎ) () () () (とう) Jū Ichi no kata: Nagi - Naori Hatō?)[20] - An offensive variation of Dead Calm. The user initiates Dead Calm, before suddenly appearing behind their opponent, having already moved and unleashed a delayed-barrage of sharp water sword slashes that completely lacerates them before summoning multiple towering tidal waves and causing them to slam downwards on their enemy with tremendous force.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations
Tanjiro using First Form Water Surface Slash to kill Hand Demon.gif
Tanjiro using Second Style Water Wheel on Hand Demon.gif
Tanjiro using Second Form Modified Horizontal Water Wheel to slice Yahaba's head.gif
Tanjiro using Third Form Flowing Dance on Susamaru.gif
First Form Second Form Second Form: Improved Third Form
Tanjiro using Fourth Form Striking Tide.gif
Tanjiro using Fifth Form on Mother Spider Demon.gif
Tanjiro using Sixth Style Whirlpool against Swamp Demon.gif
Tanjiro use Twisting Whirlpool - Flowing Water.gif
Fourth Form Fifth Form Sixth Form Sixth & Third (Combo)
Tanjiro using Seventh Form Drop Ripple Thrust-curve on the temari.gif
Tanjiro using Eighth Form Waterfall Basin against Swamp Demon.gif
Tanjiro defeats Kyogai with Ninth Form.gif
Tanjiro using Tenth Form.gif
Seventh Form Eighth Form Ninth Form Tenth Form
Giyu using Eleventh Form on Rui's attack.gif
Eleventh Form

— Water Breathing —

Trivia

  • The water that users of Water Breathing visualize themselves manipulating is very similar to that of water or oceanic waves being depicted in classical Japanese paintings.

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 178 (Page 7).
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Vol. 17, Extra Pages.
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Vol. 17.
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Second Fanbook.
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 7 (Page 21).
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 6 (Page 18).
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 17 (Page 25).
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 16 (Page 22).
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 6 (Page 13).
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 76 (Page 17).
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 31 (Page 19).
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 12 (Page 11).
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 17 (Page 18).
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 136 (Page 11).
  15. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 16 (Page 10).
  16. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 10 (Page 19).
  17. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 25 (Page 11).
  18. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 39 (Page 12).
  19. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 42 (Page 16).
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Kimetsu no Yaiba Game: The Hinokami Chronicles.
  21. Kimetsu no Yaiba Game: The Hinokami Chronicles


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