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Konan's Paper Transformation
Name
Kanji 式紙の舞
Rōmaji Shikigami no Mai
Literal English Dance of the Formula Paper
English games Shikigami Dance
Debut
Manga Volume #40, Naruto Chapter #368
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #129
Movie Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Data
Classification Ninjutsu, Fighting Style
Rank B-rank
Class Offensive, Supplementary
Range All ranges
Hand seals Ram
Derived jutsu
Users

By converting her chakra into paper, Konan transforms her body (and clothing) into numerous sheets of paper; the initial creation and dispersal of the paper can mesmerise opponents.[1] Konan then controls and shapes the paper into various things, such as spears for attack,[2] origami butterflies for spying,[3] and clones for supplementary purposes.[4] She can create paper wings on her back to fly (though she can hover without them) and use them to fire paper in rapid succession.[5] She can also wrap her target in paper, restricting their movements and asphyxiating them.[6]

Konan's paper is vulnerable in the same ways as normal paper: fire will burn it away[2] and oil will cause it to stick together, preventing her from manipulating it.[5] Pain is at one point shown ending the rains of Amegakure so that she can use her paper,[7] but she is later seen using her paper despite the rains.[8]

Trivia

  • Shikigami, when written as 式神, refers to a kind of spirit summoned to serve an onmyōji, a kind of sorcerer. These spirits are often depicted as changing into small pieces of paper once harmed or finished with their task. In the name of this technique, the kanji for "god" (, kami) has been replaced with the kanji for "paper" (, kami), which is pronounced the same. This is likely done to emphasise the paper nature of Konan's shikigami and to point out the subtle difference between them and traditional shikigami.
  • Her ability to make wings out of paper mirrors her title as "God's Angel" in Amegakure.[2]

See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sha no Sho, page 264
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Naruto chapter 371, pages 14-15
  3. Naruto chapter 371, pages 8-9
  4. Naruto chapter 430, page 14
  5. 5.0 5.1 Naruto chapter 372, pages 4-7
  6. Naruto chapter 422, page 2
  7. Naruto chapter 368, pages 12-13
  8. Naruto chapter 509