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In some media, a katana-wielding swordsman will dash toward his opponent, taking dainty little steps akin to a Japanese schoolgirl. Typically, this does not diminish his speed in any way. Mickey Mousing sound effects optional.
Based on actual kendo footwork, but exaggerated to the point of absurdity.
- The blind swordsman in Ninja Scroll.
- The Shinmeiryuu in Ken Akamatsu's verse.
- Kenshin and Soujiro in Rurouni Kenshin. Often, they move too fast to see, but their tiny little footsteps advancing at a slow pace are the only indication something is approaching.
- Lucy Liu as O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill during the meeting of the bosses, immediately before beheading Boss Tanaka. Justified as she was wearing traditional Japanese clothing at the time: If she didn't take those dainty little steps, she'd probably end up with a face full of table.
- Miyamoto Musashi denounces this type of footwork in his Book of Five Rings.