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Konan's Paper Transformation
Kanji 式紙の舞
Rōmaji Shikigami no Mai
Literal English Dance of the Formula Paper
English games Shikigami Dance
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
Classification Ninjutsu, Fighting Style
Rank B-rank
Class Offensive, Supplementary
Range All ranges
Hand seals Ram
Derived jutsu

The Dance of the Shikigami is a technique used by Konan, which combines her talent for origami with ninjutsu.


By converting her chakra into paper, she can create a numerous amount of paper. She can control and reshape her paper into weapons such as shuriken and arrows, butterflies for spying, and airplanes for quick transport. She can create paper wings on her back to fire paper at quick succession, which was capable of overpowering Jiraiya's Fire Release: Flame Bullet technique,[2] or simply cover her enemy in paper, restricting their movements and asphyxiating them.[3] She can also hide explosive tags amongst her papers to add a deadly surprise to her attacks.[4] This paper is seemingly expendable, including paper converted from parts of her body.


In this form, she is weak to oil-based techniques, which causes her paper to stick. However, she does not hold the same weakness to water, as seen when Pain washed the oil off her with the Water Release: Wild Bubble Wave technique and when she fought Tobi in the rain. In this form, she is also somewhat resistant to fire, as seen when Jiraiya's Fire Release: Flame Bullet technique hardly damaged her, and can hover in the air.


  • 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.

See Also


  1. Third Databook, page 264
  2. Naruto: Shippūden episode 130
  3. Naruto chapter 509, pages 2-7
  4. Naruto chapter 509, page 6