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Shiranui-ryū (不知火流?) is a traditional school of Japanese martial arts. It was created by Kawakami Gensai in the 1860s, following his study of swordsmanship under the samurai Todoroki Buhei (轟武兵衛?). Shiranui-ryū was characterized by high speed. Kawakami Gensai was its only practitioner as he was executed in 1872.
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In the manga and anime Rurouni Kenshin, the sword style of Himura Kenshin (himself loosely based on Kawakami Gensai), the Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū (飛天御剣流, lit. "Flying Heaven's Honorable Sword Style") is loosely based on Shiranui-ryū; both styles are characterized by high-speed attacks.
In SNK's Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series, and in the animes Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle and Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, Mai Shiranui's fighting style is based on Shiranui-ryu.