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Kitsunebi-ryu is a style of sword fighting used by the samurai Kin'emon.

Later on, Roronoa Zoro learned how to perform the style and implement it in his swordsmanship.

Overview

Kitsunebi-ryu allows the user to generate, attack with, and cut through fire.

This ability allows Kin'emon to cut through flames and explosions while completely protecting himself from harm, giving it a strong defensive use. For offense, the generated fire enhances Kin'emon's regular attacks and is useful against creatures susceptible to heat.[1]

This style can further be used for first aid, with the fire being capable of cauterizing potentially deadly wounds.[2]

Roronoa Zoro, having seen Kin'emon use this fighting style, later uses it to cut Prometheus in half,[3] then started combining it with his own techniques.[4][5]

Techniques

Kin'emon

  • Homura Saki (焔裂き Homura Saki?, literally meaning "Flame Split"): Kin'emon slashes his sword to slice an incoming fire attack. This was first used to cut through an explosion caused by pieces of Smiley[1] and was first named when slicing through the flame breath of one of Vegapunk's dragons.[6] This attack was used again against Kaidou, slicing through his Bolo Breath and wounding him at the same time.[7] In the VIZ manga, this is called Blaze Slice, and later Flame-Rend. In the Funimation adaptations, this is called Flame Split.
  • Karyu Issen (火柳一閃 Karyū Issen?, literally meaning "Firework Flash"): Kin'emon leaps into the air to attack with a powerful flaming slash. This was first used to defeat one of Vegapunk's dragons.[6] This technique is similar to Zoro's Hiryu: Kaen technique. In the VIZ manga, this is called Fire-Willow Flash. In the Funimation adaptations, this is called Flaming Flash.

Roronoa Zoro

  • Homura Saki (焔裂き Homura Saki?, literally meaning "Flame Split"): One of Kin'emon's techniques performed by Zoro, which was able to split the sun homie Prometheus in half.[3]
    • Homura Saki: Rokudo no Tsuji (焔裂き 六道の辻 Homura Saki: Rokudō no Tsuji?, literally meaning "Flame Split: Crossing of the Six Paths"): Using Santoryu's Rokudo no Tsuji and Homura Saki together, Zoro continuously cuts flames into several small pieces within seconds. It was first used against Prometheus, rendering him weakened for a considerable time by increasing the effort it needed to reform.[8]

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 672 (p. 16-19) and Episode 598, Kin'emon is seen using Kitsunebi-ryu for the first time and cuts through an explosion.
  2. One Piece Manga — Vol. 98 Chapter 994, Kin'emon cauterizes Kikunojo's amputation.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 99 Chapter 1001 (p. 5-6).
  4. One Piece Manga — Vol. 99 Chapter 1002, Zoro uses an enhanced version of "Hiryu: Kaen".
  5. One Piece Manga — Vol. 100 Chapter 1009 (p. 16), Zoro uses an enhanced version of "Rokudo no Tsuji".
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 682 (p. 16-17) and Episode 608, Kin'emon slices through the dragon's flame breath and then finishes it off with Brook.
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 98 Chapter 991 (p. 15-16), Kin'emon splits Kaidou's Bolo Breath
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 100 Chapter 1009 (p. 16).

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