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Shinigami in Naruto

Shinigami in Naruto
Shinigami in Naruto


The Shinigami, known as "Death God" in Japanese, is a Jutsu in the Naruto series. It is one of the jutsu in the Naruto anime series and manga written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It is summoned when the user uses the Dead Demon Consuming Seal Technique.


Disclaimer: This article will contain details about Shinigami and might contain spoilers for some viewers. Readers are advised to proceed at their own discretion.


All About Shinigami


Name

Shinigami

First used in Anime

Naruto Episode: 72

Class

Offensive, Defensive, Supplementary

User

Minato Namikaze

Hiruzen Sarutobi (Third Hokage)

Orochimaru

Rank

S-Rank

Nature

NA

Origin

Fuinjutsu


Creation and History of Shinigami


In the Naruto series, Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage, used Shinigami to help him deal with a big problem. The problem was that he needed to seal the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox inside his newborn son, but the fox was too huge to seal all at once.


Thus Minato used the Shinigami to split the fox's chakra into two parts: the "yin" half and the "yang" half. He sealed the "yin" half inside himself and the "yang" half inside his son. This way, he could protect his son from the fox's influence and also keep a part of the fox's power to himself.



During a battle named the Konoha Crush in the Naruto series, Hiruzen used a unique technique called the Dead Demon Consuming Seal. He used this technique to try to seal the souls of the First and Second Hokage, who were his old teachers.


To use this technique, Hiruzen had to offer his own soul as a sacrifice, along with the souls of his teachers, to a powerful spirit called the Shinigami. He also wanted to seal the villain Orochimaru's soul using this technique.



After struggling for about an hour, Hiruzen realized he was too old and weak to seal Orochimaru's soul completely. So, instead of taking Orochimaru's soul, he decided to have the Shinigami take Orochimaru's arms.


This was a way to punish Orochimaru and stop him from using powerful ninja techniques because he was obsessed with gaining more power. It was a way to deal with the situation, even though he couldn't do it exactly as planned.



During the Fourth Shinobi World War in Naruto, there was a moment when the souls that were trapped inside the Shinigami needed to be set free. To do this, Orochimaru took some of his friends to a Uchiha secret tomb, where they found a mask. He put on the mask, and the Shinigami possessed him.


Then, Orochimaru summons Shinigami to put all four Late Hokage souls into White Zetsu clone bodies to reincarnate them in the world.


Known users of the Shinigami Jutsu


Hiruzen Sarutobi:

The Third Hokage attempted to use the technique to seal the souls of the First and Second Hokage and later Orochimaru during the Konoha Crush.


Minato Namikaze:

The Fourth Hokage used the Shinigami Jutsu to seal a portion of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox's chakra and the Nine-Tails itself during his battle with the beast.


Orochimaru:

He used a modified version of the Shinigami Jutsu to release the souls sealed by the technique. While not a traditional user, he played a significant role in its later use.


Shinigami’s Jutsu Abilities


Soul Sealing:

It can seal souls, which means it can take a person's spirit and trap it, making them unable to move on or come back to life.


Spirit Possession:

It can possess a person's body, like when Orochimaru wore a special mask that allowed the Shinigami to control him.


Soul Release:

It can release trapped souls when needed, like when Orochimaru cut open the Shinigami's stomach to set the souls free.


FAQs

Q. Which characters used the Shinigami in the Naruto series?

Hiruzen Sarutobi, Minato Namikaze, and Orochimaru used Shinigami in the Naruto series.

Q. What is the species of Shinigami?

The Shinigami species is Spirit.

Q. In which Naruto episode was the Shinigami used?

Shinigami was first used in Naruto Episode: 72.
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