The Toudouryuu (刀藤流) is the official Toudou family style of fighting
The Toudouryuu is the type of martial arts that Toudou Kirin uses. It has been in place since the last Shogunate. It was considerably less popular compared to the Amagiri Shinmeiryuu due to the speed advantage of the Toudouryuu and the heavy armor maneuvering advantage of the Amagiri Shinmeiryuu, as samurai still wore heavy armor in those times. However, in the battles in Asterisk, armor isn't used, allowing the Toudouryuu to become much more popular than the Amagiri Shinmeiryuu.
The essence of the Toudouryuu is to fool the opponent through the use of gaze, breathing, and slight movements.
Renzuru (連鶴): The Toudouryuu has 49 techniques that can be chained together to create fluid attacks. It is called Renzuru due to accurate attacks driving the opponent into a corner being similar to folding a paper crane. According to Yoshino, Kirin is able to use this with perfect skill on par with the founding master, far surpassing both Seijirou and herself, causing Yoshino to nickname it as New Renzuru (連鶴・新). The 49 techniques in order are:
- Ehiroi (拾餌), Tsurifune (釣船), Myoumyou (妙妙), Imoseyama (妹背山), Yatsuhashi (八橋), Mukashiotoko (昔男), Sazanami (楽々波), Karyoubin (迦陵頻), Fuyou (芙蓉), Kumagae (熊谷), Kazaguruma (風車), Murakumo (村雲), Kuretake (呉竹), Yume no Kayohiji (夢の佳通ひ路), Kumanri (久万里), Nunosarashi (布晒), Yotsunosode (四ツの袖), Tsukubane (つく羽根), Seigaiha (青海波), Omodaka (澤瀉), Hiyoku (比翼), Hyoutanmachi (瓢箪町), Sekirei (鶺鴒), Mitsudomoe (三巴), Hinaasobi (雛遊び), Kanae (鼎), Yadorigi (寄木), Hanatachibana (花橘), Hourai (蓬莱), Hanamiguruma (花見車), Naruko (鳴子), Hanabishi (花菱), Hyakkaku (百鶴), Saotome (早乙女), Mitsugaichi (三が一), Asagao (蕣), Yokogumo (横雲), Souji (荘子), Sugomori (巣籠), Aioi (相生), Fuuran (風蘭), Yoshiwarasuzume (葭原雀), Haru no Akebono (春の曙), Rindouguruma (龍膽車), Ari no Tou (蟻の塔), Yakanbei (野干平), Kakitsubata (杜若), Uri no Tsuru (瓜の蔓), and Inazuma (稲妻).
- Oriha (折り羽): the user makes the opponent think that they've drawn their weapon but in actuality it is still sheathed. This gives the user an opening to attack the opponent.
- Hashibami (嘴食み): the user runs, then throws their weapon after taking a large step forward.