Shinmei-ryū (神鳴流 shinmei-ryū "Gods'-Cry School") is the name of a legendary organization of swordswomen that reside in the mountains of Kyoto. The organization practises a style of Japanese kenjutsu that goes by the same name.
Practitioners are characterised as traditional Japanese swordswomen in red and white hakuma, wielding energy attacks and swords made out of white wood, the style is most notable for appearing in two of Ken Akamatsu’s more prominent works (Love Hina and Negima! Magister Negi Magi).


Originally created as a combat troop with unparalleled power to protect Kyoto and avenge misused magic, the Shinmei-ryū troop were also made guardians of the Japanese talisman users; assisting the onmyou wizards as bodyguards during magic wars.

In modern times the Shinmei-ryū are often acting as expert demon slayers and exorcists, the swordswomen of Shinmei-ryū are adept at using their ki energy in combat and also act as aides or hired mercenaries to the Kansai Magic Association with whom they have long-standing ties. In the past, the partnership of the Shinmei-ryū's swordsmanship and Kansai's traditional magic was a formidable combination.
While the school and Shinmei-ryu Dojo were originally owned and run by the Aoyama family, the school was eventually declared a national landmark and became the formal property of the government of Japan.


The Shinmei-ryū school weapons-of-choice are primarily based around the katana, kodachi and nodachi. However, practitioners are expected to be adept in unarmed combat and other general weapons aside from their sword. Along with formidable physical combat skills, Shinmei-ryū warriors also possess knowledge of eastern magic; possessing the ability to learn onmyōdō magic (traditional Japanese yin-yang magic) and use shikigami (special constructs of limited intelligence made of paper and controlled by magic).
As their primary skill’s are based on their ki, Shinmei-ryū practitioners may be skilled with whatever weaponry they have on hand, be they swords, knives, deck brushes or chopsticks. Highly skilled practitioners can channel their attacks without the use of a weapon, simply using their bare hands.
Another noteworthy trait is that, when a practitioner reaches a certain point in their abilities, Shinmei-ryū users take on the resemblance of demons, particularly seen in the eyes, during combat.

Known Users/PractitionersEdit

List of AttacksEdit

The Shinmei-ryū style uses ki to increase the strength of attacks and produce different effects. They are generally elemental attacks (lightning, wind, and earth are common elements) or normal empowered physical feats. Definitions:

  • Ougi 奥義 - Secret Technique
  • Hiken 秘剣 - Hidden Sword Technique
  • Kessen Ougi 決戦奥義 - Decisive Battle Secret Technique

Ken 剣 - Sword TechniquesEdit

Zanganken (斬岩剣, "Stone Cutting Sword") Ougi, infuses ki into the sword to cut a boulder in half. First used by Kuroumaru Tokisaka
Zanmaken Ni-no-Tachi (斬魔剣 弐之太刀, "Evil-Cutting Sword, Second Strike") Ougi, cuts a demonic spirit behind a person without injuring the person. First used by Kuroumaru Tokisaka
Shin Raikōken (真・雷光剣, "True Thunderlight Sword ") Kessen Ougi, infuses lightning energy into the sword and causes an explosion that destroys an area. Used by Kuroumaru Tokisaka

Sen 閃 - Flash TechniquesEdit

Zankūsen (斬空閃, "Air Cleaving Flash") Hiken, releases ki in a circular fashion to cut the enemy. First used by Kuroumaru Tokisaka

Shou 掌 - Palm TechniquesEdit

Zanmashō Ni-no-Tachi (斬魔掌・弐の太刀, "Evil-Cutting Palm, Second Strike") Breaks clothes without injuring the body. Used by Isana Konoe

Other TechniquesEdit

Kenfūka Bakuen Heki (剣風華爆焔壁, "Radiant Sword Wind, Inferno Wall") Ougi. Used by Kuroumaru Tokisaka
Nobori Ginryū Senringiku Kouro (昇銀竜千輪菊光露, "Rising Silver Dragon Thousand Chrysanthemums Glowing Dew") Banquet Art. Used by Kuroumaru Tokisaka
Chiretsu Shiki-barai (地裂四鬼祓い, "Earth-Splitting Four Oni Exorcism") Ougi. Used by Kuroumaru Tokisaka


Other AppearancesEdit

Love HinaEdit

Main Article: Shinmei-ryu (Love Hina)

Negima! Magister Negi MagiEdit

Main Article: Shinmei-ryu (Negima)