Shinobu Kocho is the current Insect Hashira who uses her own unique breathing technique called Insect Breathing. Not only that, Shinobu's current Tsuguko and her adoptive sister, Kanao Tsuyuri, also use the same Flower Breathing technique. So why doesn't Shinobu use Flower Breathing techniques just like her sisters? The most effective way for a Demon Slayer swordsman to kill a demon is by severing their head. To do so requires swift movement and strong muscles, as it has to be done in one single motion. Unfortunately, Shinobu is fairly small with small arms, so it is physically impossible for her to behead a demon in a single strike. Not only that, the Flower Breathing technique itself is quite a physically demanding technique. After all, it is a derivation of the Water Breathing technique, so it puts a heavy emphasis on strength, endurance, agility, and free-flowing movements, just like flower petals blowing in the wind. All of which are the things that Shinobu can't do.
The Insect Breathing technique is a derivation of the Flower Breathing technique.
Other than the matters of her physical limitations, Shinobu also has a deep interest in chemistry and medicines, so it is only natural for her to want to incorporate her interest into her sword technique. And the way she decided to do that is by using poison. RELATED: How Are Demon Slayer's Tsuguko Different from the Hashira? As a Hashira, she provides the corps a facility to patch up every wounded Demon Slayer and help them recuperate. That is why Shinobu has such a deep and extensive knowledge of medicines and their effect on the body. She is highly familiar with human anatomy as well. All of those variables combined allow her to come up with a new demon-slaying method; the insect breathing technique. The Insect Breathing technique is a derivation of the Flower Breathing technique. It is an original technique that was developed by Shinobu as to circumvent her own physical limitations. Within the course of the main Demon Slayer series, Shinobu is the only user of this offshoot technique. It is a technique that was specifically made to make proper use of her knowledge and preferred fighting style.
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Shinobu can't behead a demon with one clean-cut, so she opted for a thrusting and piercing attack instead. But since such movements won't be able to kill a demon, she added her knowledge on chemistry and medicines to coat her Nichirin Sword with Wisteria-based poison. That means even a tiny cut from her sword is enough to take a demon's life. Shinobu doesn't have the physical strength to pull off a proper flowing attack of the Flower Breathing style, but since she is agile, she can move very fast. As a matter of fact, Doma, the second rank Kizuki demon, admits that Shinobu is the fastest Demon Slayer that he ever met. The combination of super speed and agility, pinpoint piercing attacks to vital areas, and deadly poison are the core elements of Shinobu's Insect Breathing technique. In order to enhance her unique sword technique, Shinobu requires a special Nichirin Sword that is vastly different from other Demon Slayers' weapons in terms of shape, functionality, and how it is used. The blade of her Nichirin Sword is thick at the base, thin out along the length of the blade, and thickens again at the tip of the sword with a slight curve that makes it look like the stinger of an insect. Shinobu's blade is coated with poison at all times. She puts the poison inside her specially-made scabbard that not only allows her to easily apply it, but also mix different poisons together in order to create various effects on her opponents. RELATED: Demon Slayer: Why Can't Demons Say Muzan's Name?
That being said, a sword with such a specific function also comes with its own downside. The biggest one is the fact that Shinobu can't use her blade to defend herself from her enemy's attack. Not only that, her Nichirin Sword can't be used for either swinging or slashing attacks. After all, such a thin blade will easily break if it collides head-on with a much thicker blade. That is why Shinobu is the only one that can use her sword. In Demon Slayer, there are several ancient breathing techniques that have been passed down from one generation to the next, such as the Flame Breathing and the Water Breathing techniques. But that doesn't mean those are the only effective techniques that can be used to slay demons. On the contrary, every Demon Slayer is encouraged to find their own unique fighting style. Those techniques serve as the foundation upon which each swordsman can develop a way to fight that can leverage their individuality. As a matter of fact, most of the Demon Slayers who have attained the title of Hashira, the strongest in the entire corps, use unique or offshoot breathing techniques. Other than the aforementioned Insect Breathing, there is also Love Breathing, Serpent Breathing, Mist Breathing, and Sound Breathing. This showcases the innate spirit of adaptability and originality among the Demon Slayers in their fight against Muzan and his minions.
It's almost Halloween, and what better way to spend October than watching psychological thrillers? If you're looking for an anime filled with suspense, amazing storytelling, and dynamic characters, Naoki Urasawa's 2004 anime series Monster gives us all of these things and more. It focuses on the life of Dr. Tenma, a brilliant Japanese brain surgeon working at Eisler Memorial Hospital in West Germany, 1986. He's the hospital's rising star and engaged to the daughter of the hospital's director when he's suddenly faced with a moral dilemma that shakes his core, forcing him to make life-changing decisions. An innocent man dies because Dr. Tenma followed orders to treat a patient of higher social and political status. He is devastated and horrified as the widow confronts him, realizing what following these orders had entailed. This is a huge turning point in his life and the beginning of our story. This moment leads him to make a decision that alters his life in ways he couldn't even begin to imagine. The dilemma Dr. Tenma had to face is one that is brought up throughout the entire series: is every life equal? Obviously, the answer is "yes," and Dr. Tenma tries to convey this time and time again.
The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story.
Starting because of the innocent man dying because he wasn't deemed as a priority by the hospital, Tenma performs surgery on a boy with a gun shot wound despite receiving orders to treat the major first. When Dr. Tenma decides to help this boy, he's completely unaware that he's reviving a "monster" and the antagonist of this story. Almost immediately, Dr. Tenma is faced with tragedies and mystery at the hands of this ten-year-old boy. Most of Monster takes place 10-12 years after this point, following a string of murders occurring around Germany. It doesn't take long before Dr. Tenma is standing face to face with the murderer, who then reveals that he was the young boy Tenma brought back to life ten years prior: Johan Liebert. He shoots Dr. Tenma's patient right before his eyes and walks away like a true psychopath: cool, calm, and menacingly slow. Thus begins Dr. Tenma's journey to take Johan down, pulling him out of the shadows and into broad daylight to prevent any more murders from happening. This proves to be no easy task, though, and Dr. Tenma soon discovers there is far more than meets the eye in his journey of rectitude. The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story. The mysteries, plot, and characters are all woven together so seamlessly, and everything made perfect sense as the story progressed, while also managing to surprise at every turn. The plot is beyond compelling and riddled with depth and intrigue.
Urasawa did a great job making the characters three-dimensional and real. These characters weren't good or bad, or cookie-cutter images of other characters. They were each their own person and brought something unique to the story. They made us reflect, they made us cry, and they made us feel. Every episode brings something new and enthralling. The characters are carefully developed along the way-heroes, villains, and everyone in between. There are a lot of different types of villains in Monster (with the big bad boss being Johan Liebert), which is a big part of what makes this series so great. There's not just one bad guy and a bunch of lackeys, but multiple villains of all calibers, with various levels of evil versus humanity, none of which are the same. Even Johan's followers have their own individuality as villains. Each one brings something different to the table, and we tend to hate each of these villains (or love to hate them) for different reasons.
First and foremost, there's Johan. If you like incredibly eerie, disturbing villains-the calm and collected ones that are secretly serial killers-you've come to the right place. Johan's the main antagonist of this story and Dr. Tenma's worst nightmare come to life. He constantly taunts the doctor and murders anyone in his way-sometimes for no reason at all other than he simply can. As the show progresses, secrets are revealed and more tragedies occur. We realize just how bad Johan really is and how much he seems to hustle as a villain (seriously, where does he find the time)? He is easily one of the creepiest villains in all of anime. Everything he does is meticulous, and he can't interact with anyone without ruining their lives or convincing them they're useless and unworthy of love, or even life itself. He's calculated, intelligent, and has no remorse; he knows exactly what he wants to do and will accomplish it at all costs. He isn't predictable either, which gives the story all the twists and turns it needs to be made even more interesting. While Johan is the calm, creepy evil mastermind, there are others walking adjacent paths, such as the recurring villain Roberto. This man is so easy to hate, which makes him a good villain in its own way. In contrast to Johan's insidiousness, Roberto's more of a brute force/macho man villain that you know can beat the life out of you without breaking a sweat. While Johan uses mind games to win his wars, Roberto uses his inhuman strength and size to barrel through obstacles and demolish his enemies.