Demon Slayer (Kimetsu No Yaiba) is set in a world where an organization known as the Demon Slayer Corps protect Japan from the demons that come out once the sun goes down. Each member of the Demon Slayer Corps is armed with his/her own special sword called a Nichirin Blade, which is forged from a unique ore that constantly absorbs sunlight, foretold to be a demon’s biggest weakness.
The main forge metal “Nichirin” take on a distinct color when first drawn by its owner, making each blade is unique. There are a variety of different colors that a blade can take, and it’s said that each color imparts certain properties to the blade. There are certain key specific ways of wielding the Nichirin blade but, some styles, stances and forms are unique to each character as the color of the blade correlates to type of style the user may portray during combat.
Tanjiro Kamado is the anime’s main protagonist who specializes in stances and sword style of Water (“Kage no Mizu”) or the “Shadow of Water” sword style that perfectly pairs with his “Black” Nichirin blade. In the Demon Slayer fandom, the Nichirin blade of black color is a seen as a sign of rarity and a rumored saying, “Demon slayers who wield them don’t have a tendency to live long, let alone becoming a Pillar of the Demon Slayer Corps.” His combat form with his Infamous Black Nichirin blade is: Breath of Water.
Given below are explanations of all Sword forms used by Kamado Tanjiro, wielder of the Black Nichirin Blade.
- 1st Form: Water Surface Slash:
- 2nd Form: Water Wheel:
- 3rd Form: Lateral Water Wheel:
- 4th Form: Dance of the Rapid Current:
- 5th Form: Striking Tide:
- 6th Form: Blessed Rain After the Drought:
- 7th Form: Twisted Whirlpool:
- 8th Form: Drop Ripple Thrust-Curve:
- 9th Form: Waterfall Basin:
- 10th Form: Splashing Water Flow, Turbulent:
- 11th Form: Constant Flux:
- 12th Form (Giyu’s made up form): Dead Calm:
1st Form: Water Surface Slash:
A simple basic concentrated slash that is hit on head first with the power of one shoulder swing.
2nd Form: Water Wheel:
A big 360 degrees slash vertically utilizing the entire arm’s movement radius.
3rd Form: Lateral Water Wheel:
A Water Wheel form that serves both as a defensive and offensive combat move for Tanjiro.
4th Form: Dance of the Rapid Current:
A form by which Tanjiro moves fast and moves while turning with next path of footsteps into small puddles of water to enchance his movement speed.
5th Form: Striking Tide:
A very heavy yet, strong sword stance where Tanjiro hold his sword behind his back facing down. With this he is able to remove himself from a previous stance from the 3rd form.
6th Form: Blessed Rain After the Drought:
A slash that kills the opponent with no pain, this sword form utilizes all the Sun’s power stored in Tanjiro’s blade to achieve a quick and painless death for the Monster he slays.
7th Form: Twisted Whirlpool:
A sword form characterized by spinning sword that produces a cylindrical stream of water. This way he is able to manifest a whirlpool of water and his strike is enhanced 10x (ten times) his usual strike.
8th Form: Drop Ripple Thrust-Curve:
This is the fastest and the most accurate form in Water Breathing Sword form followed by a piercing attack ability. Tanjiro upon using this attack is able to render his targets open from defensive screen patterns and leaves them open and vulnerable to attacks.
9th Form: Waterfall Basin:
It is as the name suggests, the strike of the sword from a high point to a lower point at the opponent’s center mass allows Tanjiro to cut and discect any part of the body if used with Total Concentrated and Mirrored Breathing techniques.
10th Form: Splashing Water Flow, Turbulent:
A sword form based on a nature of fast and turbulent movement to either daze and confuse the opponent or to occupy the opponent’s sense and finish the confrontation with one decisive strike.
11th Form: Constant Flux:
Constant Flux is a sword form characterized by simultaneous piercing repetitive sword attacks on one a single point of focus but every time the arm rotation to attack again; Tanjiro increases the speed of the rotation he makes makes. Hence, the increased rotation speed and repetitive sword attacks make the slash stronger and stronger.
12th Form (Giyu’s made up form): Dead Calm:
A defensive form solely made in the moment of fight to counterattack against Giyu.
Stay Tuned for more Information on Sword forms used by other Demon Slayer Characters.
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