As the breath used by the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado, water breathing is one of the best-known techniques in Demon Slayer. It is also said to be the most common form among demon slayers in the series due to the ease with which it can be learned.
Originally, all the forms of water breathing could be listed as ten items, but the Hashira of water, Giyu Tomioka, created an exclusive form that is used only by him, making a total of eleven instead of just ten. Do you want to know each one? Follow the thread and we'll explain them to you!
First way: Surface water logging
Originally called Ichi no kata: Minamo giri, this is the first of all forms of water breathing and consists of performing a very simple forward thrust with the sword, causing a powerful sideways cut as a result of a jet of water that arises during the movement.
Second form: Water wheel
When using Ni no kata: Mizu guruma, the second of all forms of water breathing, the hunter will jump and spin vertically, generating a circular attack wrapped in water with his sword still in the air.
Third form: Dance of Standardized Rapid Movements
In San no kata: Ryuuryuu mai, the user will begin to run and move their sword very quickly, imitating the movements of the waves of the sea. This is the third of all the water breathing powers.
Fourth form: Impact Tide
In the fourth of all forms of water breathing, known as Shi no kata: Uchishio, it is necessary to deliver several strokes similar to those of the first water breathing, but in sequence, while the body is moved as fluidly as possible, like a tide.
Fifth form: Miracle Rain on a Dry Day
It's a very subtle technique used to finish off demons without causing them any pain. The Go no kata: Kanten no jiu, is known as a coup de grace and is capable of decapitating the opponent in a single movement.
Sixth form: Swirling Whirlpool
In Roku no kata: Nejire uzu, the hunter will rotate his own body while using his sword to produce a whirlwind that cuts everything it touches. This whirlwind can remain around the user or be directed towards a target.
There is a variation of the sixth of all forms of water breathing called Nejire Uzu-ryuu ryuu which is nothing more than a mixture of the sixth and third forms, but only the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado executed this attack in the series.
Seventh form: Wave-Piercing Curved Attack
Of all the forms of water breathing, Shichi no kata: Shizuku wa Mondzuki is the fastest. All it takes is for the user to make a forward thrusting movement with the sword. This technique is even capable of slowing down moving targets.
Eighth form: Waterfall Jug
In the Hachi no kata: Takitsubo technique, the user performs a similar movement to the first, but vertically and with a single blow. Its power resembles that of a waterfall and can be used to cushion falls.
Ninth form: Splash of water from chaos
The ninth of all forms of water breathing is also known as Ku no kata: Suiryuu shibuki. In it, the user simulates walking on water briefly and is able to fight without the need to step on the ground, using rapid movements.
Tenth form: Dragon of Change
In the tenth and penultimate of all forms of water breathing, the user strikes several blows, one after the other. Each blow proves to be stronger than the last and, finally, a water dragon appears, unloading all the accumulated force at once. This form of water breathing is originally known as Juu no kata: Seisei ruten.
Eleventh form: Calm
The Juu ichi no kata: Nagi interrupts all movements of the user's body and puts him in a defense mode that deflects and blocks any attack that might be directed at him. This form was only used by Giyu Tomioka, the current Hashira of water.
How important is water respiration?
Water breathing can be very useful in combat for a number of reasons. Users of this technique seek to achieve the flow, flexibility and adaptability of water in their strikes, often imitating movements that resemble those of the liquid to deliver attacks. As mentioned earlier, its ease of learning makes it popular with novice hunters, making it extremely popular with them.
However, it's not because it's the easiest that it could be considered weak. A user who masters all forms of water breathing can be quite powerful and almost invincible, as seen in fights starring Tomioka or Tanjiro himself. A demon hunter who makes use of water breathing can reach extremely powerful heights if he masters it well in the universe of Demon Slayer.
But now that you know all about all the forms of water breathing, why not also take a look at all forms of wind breath? Tell us in the comments what your favorite breath is in the anime and why! We want to know what you think!