Since Demon Slayer’s Solar Breathing is the most powerful of the many breathing methods, let’s take a look at how it came to be. Demon Slayer – The swordsmen of Kimetsu no Yaiba use a variety of breathing methods to combat the evil that lurks in the shadows. The Solar Breathing method is often considered the original, even though each variation is powerful and distinct in its own right. See what your manga/anime series history has been.
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In Tanjiro’s battle with Rui, we first see his Hinokami Kagura Dance, which is not only visually stunning; it also marks an important turning point in history. At first glance, it appears to be a family ritual performed as a sacrifice to Hinokami, the god of fire, by the Tanjiro charcoal merchant family for centuries. He learned it from his father. The Flame Hashira, the dying Kyojuro Rengoku, informs Tanjiro, however, that a library in his family’s home may include documents relating to the whereabouts and history of Hinokami Kagura.
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Tanjiro meets Senjuro and Shinjuro, Flame Hashira’s younger brother and father, at the Rengoku residence. Tanjiro had never heard of Sun Breathing, therefore when Shinjuro sees his hanafuda earrings, Shinjuro guesses that Tanjiro performs the Sun Breathing ability. The former Flame Hashira, angry and distraught, informs Tanjiro that all other breathing techniques are just imitations of the original form of Sun Breathing. Shinjuro does not wish to interact with the young Demon Slayer, believing that Tanjiro has a superiority complex due to his use of the Sun’s Breath.
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Tanjiro and Senjuro look to the book Rengoku suggested for answers, but he is too damaged to read it. After discovering that the Hinokami Kagura has 13 forms, Senjuro writes a letter to Tanjiro, even though Tanjiro doesn’t learn anything new. Tanjiro learns more about Sun Breathing and that of his ancestor Sumiyoshi through a series of unusual dreams he has termed Inherited Memories.
Events from the life of Tanjiro’s ancestor Sumiyoshi are brought to life in these flashbacks, which he shares with Yoriichi Tsugikuni. Yoriichi was a great Sengoku warrior, as well as the inventor of solar breathing. In the organization’s history, he is the most powerful Demon Slayer, using a combination of his breathing method, Demon Slayer Mark, and the ability to see the Transparent Universe. Yoriichi nearly defeated Muzan by himself during their battle due to his combination of abilities and natural brilliance.
As a result of Yoriichi’s inability to exterminate Muzan, the demon continues to inflict harm on innocent people. While remembering Yoriichi’s sun-breathing forms, Tanjiro learns from seeing him do them in the past. Partly due to Sumiyoshi’s efforts, the Hinokami Kagura was passed down from generation to generation. The only thing Yoriichi left to Sumiyoshi is his hanafuda earrings, which eventually passed to Tanjiro as Yoriichi had no heirs.
Anyone who had heard of Sun Breathing had been killed after Yoriichi’s murder by Muzan and his top rank 1 demon twin brother, Kokushibo. While there are still descendants of Breath of Sun wearers, such as Muichiro Tokito, Mist Hashira, Tanjiro’s family has managed to preserve the original style of Breath of Sun clothing. With time running out, Tanjiro begins to see the link between Sun Breathing and his family’s dance.
Tanjiro remembered his father’s words: “If you learn to breathe properly, Tanjiro, you will be able to dance forever,” as he watched Yoriichi do the 12 forms. He discovers that the “Dance” and “Flame Dance” forms can link all 12 formations together, forming a ring that allows him to launch attacks one after another. Form 13 is crucial in the final fight as it is the result of the successful combination of all 12 forms.
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