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Hohō (歩法, Agility; Viz "Fast Movement"; lit. step method) is the name given to one of the four combat skills of the Shinigami and relates to footwork, although variations of Hohō are used among other beings, such as Arrancar and Quincy. Hohō is an important skill for most Shinigami, and is one of their four basic fighting styles. The agility and speed of Hohō can be enhanced and improved through mastery of it, concentration, and training. The foremost Shinigami practitioners of this technique are those assigned to the Onmitsukidō.


Forms of Hohō[]

Shinigami Hohō[]


Byakuya Kuchiki and Yoruichi Shihōin using Shunpō

Shunpō (瞬歩, Flash steps) is a movement technique that allows the user to move faster than the eye can follow, and is the main footwork used by Shinigami. The focal point that determines the basis of this technique is speed. As speed is the main point of the technique the method is best characterized by how fast one can get from point A to point B in the least amount of steps. Training and skill are what determines how fast a user of Shunpō can move; those of little skill in the technique or those who haven't used it an extended amount of time would obviously be out of practice, causing those individuals to be considerably slower, which requires the use of more steps to move the same distance and become winded far easier in a shorter amount of time. Yoruichi Shihōin was given the title "Goddess of the Flash" (瞬神, Shunshin), as she is the foremost Flash Steps Master.

  • Shukuchi (縮地, Reduced Earth) is an advanced form of Shunpō, and an extremely rare variation, achieved through the mastery of Kidō. It is a form of teleportation.

Arrancar Hohō[]


Arrancar using Sonído.

Sonído (響転 (ソニード), Sonīdo; Spanish for "Sound", Japanese for "Sound Ceremony"): A variation of Shunpō that is used by Arrancar, and considered equivalent to a Shinigami's Shunpō. In terms of speed, they are roughly equal. While somewhat similar to Hohō, Sonído appears to be more instinctual than Hohō, requiring no previous knowledge to perform. It also makes a different sound; rather than the swishing or sometimes silent Shunpo of the Shinigami, Sonído makes a booming or static sound.

Quincy Hohō[]


Uryū Ishida using Hirenkyaku.

Hirenkyaku (飛廉脚, "Flying Screen Step/God Step"; Viz: "Flying Bamboo-Blind Leg"): Essentially, it is the Quincy equivalent to the Shinigami's Shunpo, or the Arrancar's Sonído. Uryū Ishida implied that its speed is superior to Shunpo or Sonído, though Mayuri Kurotsuchi's superior speed suggests that this is just a generalization. To perform the technique, the user gathers spiritual particles under their feet and rides them to the desired location. Like the air-walking skill displayed by most Arrancar and Shinigami, it can also be used to hover or fly for long distances. Mayuri compliments Uryū on being able to use this technique at such a young age, suggesting that it is difficult to master. Hirenkyaku enables Quincies to keep up with, and overpower faster opponents depending on the user's skill. The use of this technique aided Uryū as he defeated a seated Shinigami officer, a Números Arrancar, and even a Privaron Espada in combat. However, there is apparently more use for the technique than simply moving quickly.

  • Kasaneawase Hirenkyaku (重ね合わせ飛廉脚, "Superposition of the Flying Screen Step/God Step"): One of the highest level of techniques that a Quincy may be capable of utilizing, it uses the Quincy art of Zitterngöttlich to its highest capabilities. By oscillating the reishi particles of the Quincy's body, they use an enhanced version of Hirenkyaku to actually cause a "split" during a moment at which the body enters a state of superposition. By doing so, it allows the multiple states of the Quincy's body to split, forming breathing and functional clones. Unlike Gemelos Sonído, which creates only afterimages, Kasaneawase Hirenkyaku forms actual clones that act of their own accord. The only way to eliminate a clone is to kill it the same way one would regularly kill a person, as because the fragile superposition is being maintained and split among multiple existences, each clone is essentially their own existence and must be eliminated one by one. It is possible to also utilize Zitterngöttlich among the clones, and reform into a single entity. Because of its difficultly, very few Quincy have ever been able to learn it, and those who do are revered as legend in Quincy lore.

Fullbringer Hohō[]


Tsukishima using Bringer Light.

Bringer Light (完現光 (ブリンガーライト), Kangen Hikari (Buringā Raito); "Full Manifestation Light"): By using Fullbring, one can accelerate their movements. It stands as a representation that one is beginning to master Fullbring. Fullbring can allow a user to perform an amplified jump by fullbringing the concrete. It also allows a user to Fullbring the "Air", allowing them to mid-jump and use it to accelerate. To be capable of such uses of Fullbring is to be in the beginning of mastery of Fullbring. Bringer Light produces a light-green form of spiritual energy at the feet, which appear as flames, and sometimes as electrical sparks.

Hohō Techniques[]

Shunpō Techniques[]

Technique Name Technique Information Technique Picture
Senka (閃花, Flash Blossom) It is a special Shunpō technique where one moves behind the opponent to directly attack and seal one's "Saketsu" (鎖結, Chain Binding) and "Hakusui" (鎖結, Soul Sleep) in two rapid stabs. The movement is so fast that an opponent may not be able to tell whether he was attacked from the front or the back and even an outside observer may find it impossible to tell what the movements are. Senka
Utsusemi (空蝉, Cicada, referencing their molting) It allows for a movement at great speed leaving an afterimage behind. The afterimage may even appear to have taken damage. By Onmitsukidō teachings, it is known as Way of Onmitsu, 3rd of the Shihō (隠密歩法 四楓の参, Onmitsu Shunpo Shihō no San). Utsusemi
Rapid-Movement Clone Technique Once Shunpō has been initated, by accelerating one's movement further, it can appear as though clones are being created. While this is merely an optical illusion at best, it can allow one to hide their movements during a one-on-one fight, as well as take out multiple opponents in an instance. To that end, it is more of a feint-like technique. Ichigo's speed
Stationary Clone Technique This technique is able to create at least 15 clones of oneself at once using Shunpō, similar in principle to Zommari Rureaux's Gemelos Sonído. While they are indistinguishable from one's true self and mimic the user's movements, they do not seem to last long. Unlike the rapid-movement version, the technique can be used while stationary, and appears to produce far more life-like clones, despite their "see-through" appearance. Saori Sumeragi uses a Hohō technique that preforms a similar action, although her clones are far more realistic, to the point of shedding blood. Sui-Feng Shunpo Skill
Ishikame (石亀, Ishigame; literally "Turtle", referencing their camouflage) It is a technique that allows one to move so swiftly that they leave behind a distinct afterimage of their person behind so as to trick an opponent into thinking they have not moved from their original position. The image itself cannot move as it fades through everything that moves toward it. In most cases, it is used to dodge an incoming attack and get behind the opponent to perform a counterattack, but it isn't limited to just that as it can also be used to confuse enemies. It can be used to distract the enemy, giving the user a chance to perform the actual attack. By Onmitsukidō teachings, it is known as Way of Onmitsu, 4th of the Shihō (隠密歩法 四楓の参, Onmitsu Shunpo Shihō no Yon). Ishikame

Sonído Techniques[]

Technique Name Technique Information Technique Picture
Gemelos Sonído (双児響転 (ヘメロス・ソニード), Hemerosu Sonīdo; Spanish for "Sound Twins", Japanese for "Twins Sound Ceremony") Zommari Rureaux is the only Arrancar shown to have been able to use this technique and it allows him to create clone-like afterimages of himself. Up to five clones can be created using this technique. Because of this, Zommari claims that he is the fastest Espada. Gemelos Sonído

Hirenkyaku Techniques[]

Technique Name Technique Information Technique Picture
Platform Manifestation Upon entering Hueco Mundo through the Garganta, Ichigo Kurosaki and Chad noticed that Uryū apparently had a platform of reishi under his feet. Ichigo and Sado had trouble controlling their reiatsu on the path they were given, while he used an instance of Hirenkyaku in order to make his own individual platform. Later on Uryū used the technique to elevate himself and Orihime Inoue through the hole Ulquiorra Cifer created in the artificial sky, and above the dome of Las Noches. He reveals that he only recently realized he could use the technique outside Garganta, and in Hueco Mundo itself, halfway to Las Noches. He also laments the fact that if he had known sooner, he might have been of some use on the battlefield. It is currently unknown if Ishida, or any other Quincy, can use this variation of Hirenkyaku outside of Hueco Mundo, within Soul Society, or the Human World. Bleach 270 Platform Manifistation

Bringer Light Techniques[]

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