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Amaterasu [1]
Amaterasu2
Name
Kanji 天照
Rōmaji Amaterasu
Literal English Heavenly Illumination
Debut
Manga Volume #17, Chapter #148
Anime Naruto Episode #85
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Data
Classification Mangekyō Sharingan Itachi Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu, Dōjutsu
Nature
Class Offensive
Range Short-range
Derived jutsu
Blaze Release: Kagutsuchi
Users

Amaterasu is a Mangekyō Sharingan dōjutsu, the highest level of Fire Release.[2] Said to represent the "Material World and Light" (物質界と光, Busshitsukai to Hikari), Amaterasu is the antipode to Tsukuyomi.[1]

Overview

Amaterasu produces black flames at the focal point of the user's vision.[3] 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.[4] Once created, it can continue burning for seven days and seven nights. The flames cannot be extinguished with water or any other normal methods;[5] only the user can put the flames out.[6] Said to be "the fires from hell" and to burn as hot as the sun itself,[1] Amaterasu burns basically any material — other flames included — until nothing but ash remains.[7] However, the flames cannot burn through chakra or materials infused with chakra, as they failed to burn into Naruto's Version 1 chakra cloak,[8] or through Gaara's chakra-infused sand.[9]

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.[10] This technique can also be sealed within the Sharingan of another person.[11] Beyond mere offence, Amaterasu's flames can be used as a deterrent, with users surrounding themselves in its flames to discourage physical attacks.[12] 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.[13] Other defensive options are pushing the flames away,[14] absorbing them,[15] certain space–time ninjutsu,[16] or being the jinchūriki of the Ten-Tails.[17] While impractical as a defence, Amaterasu can also be sealed.

Influence

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 washed his face after escaping the underworld.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Second Databook, page 200
  2. Third Databook, page 289
  3. Chapter 390, page 3
  4. Chapter 463, page 12
  5. Chapter 391, page 5
  6. Chapter 415, pages 7-8
  7. Chapter 390, page 1
  8. Chapter 697, pages 6-7
  9. Chapter 464, page 12
  10. Chapter 682, page 4
  11. Chapter 397, pages 1-4
  12. Chapter 463, page 15
  13. Chapter 635, page 13
  14. Chapter 550, page 14
  15. Chapter 657, pages 2-3
  16. Chapter 397, pages 2-8
  17. Chapter 642, page 1-3
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