Hohō (歩法, Agility|lit. step method or Fast Movement) is the name given to one of the four combat skills of the Shinigami and relates to footwork. 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 practitioners of this technique are those assigned to the Onmitsukidō. Shunpo (瞬歩, Flash steps) is the greatest expression of the Hohō technique. However, there are variations even within Shunpo that only master Hohō practitioners can use.



Byakuya and Yoruichi demonstrate Shunpo

Shunpo (瞬歩, Flash steps), a movement technique that allows the user to move faster than the eye can follow. 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 Shunpo 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 in the Bleach Universe.

The Arrancar variation of Shunpo is Sonído and the Quincy variation of is Hirenkyaku.


Shunpō Techniques.

Technique Name Technique Information Technique Picture
Senka (閃花, Flash Blossom; ; ; ) A special Shunpo 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 attacks. 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
Way of Onmitsu, 3rd of the Shihō (隠密歩法 四楓の参, Onmitsu Shunpo Shihō no San; ; ; ) 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 Utsusemi
Unknown Name This technique is able to create at least 15 clones of oneself at once using Shunpo, similar in principle to Zommari Rureaux's Gemelos Sonído. While they are indistinguishable from the user's true self and mimic their movements, they do not seem to last long. Sui-Feng Shunpo Skill

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