- "We will not accept any cases related to political strife."
— The creed of the Mikazuchi Clan
The Mikazuchi Clan (
Little is known about the Mikazuchi Clan or its inner workings, though they are a clan renowned for their speed. There are two reasons for the Mikazuchi's speed: the first is the Raishin Style's rite of succession which enables them to achieve a "state of oneness", in which the Mikazuchi apply a form of autosuggestion that unlocks the brain's muscular limiters, enabling them to unleash their full physical potential (much like the Kure's Removal). The second is that from the moment they learn how to walk they engage in drastic training in order to produce legs that specialised for running. The combination of autosuggestion and powerful legs enables the Mikazuchi to attain speeds that far exceed even the Kure Clan. Because of the great amount of strain these speeds place on the body, the Mikazuchi can only maintain these speeds for a split second.
The Raishin Style (
The style does not only focus on using weapons for assassinations but also extensively in hand-to-hand combat, making it an all-purpose style. Whether armed or unarmed, the Raishin Style focuses mainly on the utilisation of the clan's inherent superhuman speed. The Raishin Style also has many traits that are similar to Chinese martial arts; for example, in Mikazuchi Rei's fight against Saw Paing, Rei uses a technique similar in function to "fa jin: armor-piercing permeating force", a technique that delivers an impact that penetrates the exterior to reach the inside of the human body. The Raishin Style has a kata known as "Chi Molding", that helps to ease and clear the mind.
Dream Walking (
Lightning Flash (
- The faster the user is, the more strain they put on their body; constantly using this technique causes moisture to evaporate from the user's body, making them unable to sweat properly and inducing involuntary shaking and blurred vision. In addition, the incredible forces produced by moving so fast can make the user's feet bleed.
- Because the technique focuses on being as fast as possible, it is extremely linear. As a result, while difficult in practice, the technique can be easily countered if the opponent can read and predict it. But despite being a simple weakness, only Kuroki Gensai has been known to actually counter Lightning Strike in this manner.
With Sunfire (
Thunder Clap (
Mikazuchi Byo (御雷 渺, Mikazuchi Byō; "Byo Mikazuchi"), also known as The Lightning (雷, Kaminari), is an assassin who hails from the Mikazuchi Clan, as well as Mikazuchi Rei's master.
|Kanji:||御雷 渺 (みかずち びょう)|
|Epithet(s):||The Lightning (雷, Kaminari)|
|Ashura Debut:||Chapter 89|
|Anime Debut:||Episode 24|
Mikazuchi Sei (御雷 精, Mikazuchi Sei; "Sei Mikazuchi") was the 65th master of the Raishin Style.
Sei was the man who devised the Dream Walking technique.
|Kanji:||御雷 精 (みかずち せい)|
|Ashura Debut:||Chapter 148 (mentioned)|
Notes & Trivia
- It is said that those who master the Raishin Style gain the powers of the Lightning God.
- The Raishin Style has an abhorrent nature of finding itself siding with authority, yet has only taken the stage of history twice: the first was in the battle against the Mongols at Hakata Bay (in Bun'ei Year 11) and the second was in the fourth battle of Kawanakajima (in Eiroku Year 4) with the successor at the time having joined Uesugi's side.
- As competitors in the assassination business, they have a rivalry with the Kure Clan. Their rivalry goes way back, with the Mikazuchi's Raishin Style being used to stand against the Kure Clan for generations.
- The name of their clan comes from the Japanese mythological figure, Takemikazuchi-no-Kami.
- Though implied to be Rei's grandfather, it has yet to be stated outright as to who Mikazuchi Byo is to the current head of the Mikazuchi Clan.
|Martial Arts||Formless · Gaoh Style · Inaba Style · Kaiwan Style · Koei Style · Kure Clan Style · Niko Style (Possessing Spirit) · Raishin Style|
|Kengan||Bodyguards (Extermination Force · Fang of Metsudo) · Guardians · Kengan Annihilation Tournament · Berserker Bowl · Members (Ashura/Omega) · Kengan matches · Referees|
|The Public Sphere||Rokushin Kaikan · Rokushin Kaikan Tournament|
|The Underground||Heavenly Wolves · Inaba Clan · Kengan Association VS Purgatory Tournament · Kure Clan · Mikazuchi Clan · Underground Martial Arts Industry (Bishamon · Death Fight · Heroic Tales · Kengan matches · Purgatory (Three Demon Fists)) · Worm · Wu Clan|
|The Inside||The Black Messengers · Tokita Niko|