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|Literal English||Heavenly Illumination|
|Manga||Volume #17, Naruto Chapter #148|
|Anime||Naruto Episode #85|
|Game||Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2|
|OVA||Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga, Game|
|Classification||Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu, Dōjutsu|
Amaterasu is a Mangekyō Sharingan dōjutsu, the highest level of Fire Release. Said to represent the "Material World and Light" (物質界と光, Busshitsukai to Hikari), Amaterasu is the antipode to Tsukuyomi.
Amaterasu produces black flames at the focal point of the user's vision. In most situations, this makes Amaterasu impossible to avoid. However, if the target can move fast enough to prevent being focused on, Amaterasu will miss them when it's cast. Once created, it can continue burning for seven days and seven nights. The flames cannot be extinguished with water or any other normal methods; only the user can put the flames out. Said to be "the fires from hell" and to burn as hot as the sun itself, Amaterasu burns basically any material — other flames included — until nothing but ash remains. However, the flames cannot burn through chakra or materials infused with chakra, as they failed to burn into Naruto's Version 1 chakra cloak, or through Gaara's chakra-infused sand.
Amaterasu does not ordinarily require hand seals to be performed, though Sasuke Uchiha once used the Tiger hand seal, which is common for fire techniques. This technique can also be sealed within the Sharingan of another person. Beyond mere offence, Amaterasu's flames can be used as a deterrent, with users surrounding themselves in its flames to discourage physical attacks. For more practised users, they can shape Amaterasu into more specialised configurations.
Use of this technique puts a great deal of strain on the user, usually causing their eyes to bleed. For all its lethal potential, Amaterasu burns fairly slowly, allowing targets to remove burning clothes before their body is caught ablaze or, if it's too late for that, remove the burning body part(s) before it spreads. Other defensive options are pushing the flames away, absorbing them, certain space–time ninjutsu, or being the jinchūriki of the Ten-Tails. While impractical as a defence, Amaterasu can also be sealed.
Amaterasu, like Tsukuyomi and Susanoo, is a god in ancient Japanese myth and the Shintō religion. Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess, was born from the left eye of Izanagi when he performed the cleansing ritual after escaping the underworld.
- In the anime, Amaterasu was shown to be capable of burning through Yagura's Version 2 cloak, while in the manga, it couldn't burn Naruto's Version 1 cloak.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Second Databook, page 200
- ↑ Third Databook, page 289
- ↑ Chapter 390, page 3
- ↑ Chapter 463, page 12
- ↑ Chapter 391, page 5
- ↑ Chapter 415, pages 7-8
- ↑ Chapter 390, page 1
- ↑ Chapter 697, pages 6-7
- ↑ Chapter 464, page 12
- ↑ Chapter 682, page 4
- ↑ Chapter 397, pages 1-4
- ↑ Chapter 463, page 15
- ↑ Chapter 635, page 13
- ↑ Chapter 550, page 14
- ↑ Chapter 657, pages 2-3
- ↑ Chapter 397, pages 2-8
- ↑ Chapter 642, page 1-3
- ↑ Naruto: Shippūden episode 456
- ↑ Chapter 697, page 6