All Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer Explained (7 Major Breath Style Techniques).
With its unique sword techniques known as Breathing Styles, Demon Slayer has differentiated itself from other common action anime.
Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer: Demon-Slaying Blade) plot is set during the Taisho Period in Japan when it was full of Demons, a sword makes up most interactions between Demons and Demon Slayers in the Kimetsu no Yaiba anime.
The Demon Slayers train hard to push their limits and develop the potential human beings are capable of, and to do so; they develop a Breath Style Techniques (Breathing Styles).
These Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer are pretty age-old; but, as years go by, the circumstances and creativity of the demon slayers’ prepare the ground for progression.
What Are Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba?
Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer or Breath Style Techniques are swordsmanship techniques that are taught and practiced within the Demon Slayer Corps.
Those Breath Style Techniques are usually used along with Nichirin swords, and help Demon Slayers evolve their skills to fight an equal or possibly stronger Demon.
Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer are peculiar and condensed breathing patterns that allow the user to boost their lung capacity and the quantity of oxygen in their blood which helps them attain a high point of mental concentration and enhance their physical skills to match that of a Demon’s.
Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer have many advantages: They are very helpful in slowing down poison within the body and healing wounds faster.
How Many Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer Are There?
There are 14 Breathing Styles in demon Slayer. All of them are generated from the Breath of the Sun, which is the first Breath Style Technique to have ever been made.
We are going to rank them according to their strength.
All Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Breath of Flames
- Number of Forms: 9
- Known Users: Kyojuro Rengoku
- Branch Styles: Breath of Love
Breath of Flames is one of the 5 foundational Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer. It is branched into a personal Breathing Style created by Mitsuri Kanorji, a Hashira, called the Breath of Love. The Branch consists of 6 styles that are based on sword-slashing.
All Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Breath of Water
- Number of Forms: 11
- Known Users: Giyu Tomioka, Sakonji Urokodaki, Tanjiro Kamado
- Branch Styles: Breath of the Flower, Breath of the Serpent & Breath of Insects
Breath of Water is another foundational style that was fundamentally used by Sakonji Urokodaki.
The Style initially consisted of 10 forms, with Urokodaki’s disciple Giyu Tomioka creating the 11th form for it later on. Tanjiro uses Breath of Water style as he was under Urokodaki’s tutelage.
Breath of Water is one of the most flexible Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba as it allows its user to combine it with other styles. It further diverges into:
- Breath of the Flower Style. This Breathing Style in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has 7 forms, it is practiced by Kanae Kochi and is currently used by Kanao Tsuyuri;
- Breath of the Serpent style. This Breath Style Technique has about 5 forms, and it is used by Obanai Iguro;
- Breath of Insects is the last branch of Breath of Water, and is practiced by Shinobu Kocho. It was created by her in order to compensate for her lack of physical skills.
All Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Breath of Wind
- Number of Forms: 7
- Known Users: Sanemi Shinazugawa
- Branch Styles: Breath of the Mist & Breath of the Beast
Breath of Wind is derived from the Breath of the Sun and makes use of an enhanced sense of touch.
Breath of Wind further diverges into two styles:
- Breath of the Mist used by Muichiro Tokito. It has 6 forms, with Muichiro creating its 7th form during his fight against an Upper Moon Demon;
- Breath of the Beast practiced by Inosuke Hashibira. It enhances the sense of touch while using different techniques. It has 10 forms with an extra technique created by Inosuke himself.
All Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Breath of Stone
- Number of Forms: 4
- Known Users: Gyomei Himejima
The Breath of Stone is one of the 5 foundational branch styles under the Breath of Sun.
All Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Breath of Thunder
- Number of Forms: 7
- Known Users: Zenitsu Agatsuma & Jigoro Kuwajima
- Branch Styles: Breath of the Sound
Breath of the Thunder or the Breathing Style of the Lightning is one of the 5 foundational Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Kimitsu no Yaiba. Its first user was Jigoro Kuwajima, who trained Zenitsu Agatsuma.
Initially, The Breath of the Thunder has 6 styles, but Zenitsu added a 7th style in his battle against an Upper Moon Six.
Breath of the Thunder provides its user with extreme speed, which make them able to face higher-level demons.
Breath of the Sound is derived from Breath of Thunder, and it is unique to Tengen Uzui, a Hashira, who uses it to read opponents’ movements and analyze them like sound through their rhythmic movements which allows him to strike with dramatic effect.
All Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Breath of the Moon
- Number of Forms: 16
- Known Users: Kokushibo (Michikatsu Tsugikuni)
The Breath of the Moon is a fundamental style created by Michikatsu Tsugikuni (Kokushibo) that is derived from the Breath of the Sun.
After being turned into a Demon, Michikatsu took on the position of an Upper Rank 1 Demon under the alias of Kokushibo and became the first Demon to utilize breathing techniques.
Due to his identity as Yoriichi Tsugikuni’s twin brother and a Demon Slayer, Michikatsu had plenty of time and experience to develop Moon Breathing Style.
From a basic form that created chaotic blades, he developed it to the point where it now possesses 16 different forms and easily surpasses most other Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
All Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer: Breath of the Sun
- Number of Forms: 12
- Known Users: Tanjiro Kamado
- Branch Styles: Every Breathing Style
The Breath of the Sun is the most powerful Breathing Style in Demon Slayer and can be considered as the original or parent style for all Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer.
It is an ancient swordsmanship style that was used by the first Demon Slayer. It later diverged into Breath of Flames, Breath of Water, Breath of Wind, Breath of Stone, and Breath of Thunder and served as a foundation for many more Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer.
The Breath of the Sun users were claimed to be extinct, but the existence of Hinokami Kagura (Dance of the Fire God) ensured its survival.
The breathing style and earrings were then secretly passed on from father to son in the Kamado family. Thus, the only known users of Breath of the Sun are Tanjuro Kamado and Tanjiro Kamado.
About Demon Slayer (Kimetsu No Yaiba)
Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) is a Japanese Shounen manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotoge. Its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump started in February 2016 with 19 collected volumes released.
In a world crowded with demons and demon slayers, Kimetsu no Yaiba follows two siblings, Tanjiro and Nezuko, after the murder of their family at the hands of a demon. Their misfortune does not end there, as Nezuko’s life is spared only for her to live as a demon.