Dead Demon Consuming Seal
|Literal English||Dead Demon Consuming Seal|
|English TV||Sealing Jutsu: Reaper Death Seal|
|Other||Sealing Technique: Dead Demon Consuming Seal (封印術・屍鬼封尽, Fūinjutsu: Shiki Fūjin)|
|Anime||Naruto Episode #72|
|Game||Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga and Game|
|Hand seals||Snake → Boar → Ram → Rabbit → Dog → Rat → Bird → Horse → Snake → Clap Hands|
The Dead Demon Consuming Seal is a seal which invokes the power of a spectral entity known as the Shinigami (死神; English TV "Reaper"; Literally meaning "death god") that can only be seen when it grasps one's soul. When summoned, the Shinigami hovers behind the user to wraps prayer beads over the summoner's arm as a seal appears on the stomach. The soul of the summoner is then partially separated from the body and restrained by the Shinigami's hair as it thrusts its arm into the user's chest to grab the soul of its target. At the user's command, the Shinigami then performs the sealing by dragging the target's soul into the user whose stomach is branded with the seal's mark. However, the sealing is double-edged as the user's soul is devoured by the Shinigami along with the target's, both souls trapped for all eternity within the fiend's stomach.
It is also possible for the user to seal multiple targets through the use of shadow clones. The methods of sealing vary, Hiruzen needing to get close to his targets in order to perform the sealing, while Minato was able to extend the Shinigami's hand to grab Kurama.
In the two known cases where the Dead Demon Consuming Seal was used, Minato and his predecessor Hiruzen are unable to completely take their respective opponents' entire souls with them. In Minato's case, due to the immense chakra that Kurama possessed would be too much for the Shinigami to consume, he instead has the entity devour Kurama's Yin chakra so the weakened Tailed Beast's composition would be purely Yang. In the scenario Hiruzen having the Shinigami only take a part of Orochimaru's soul within his arms, it reveals that the body parts dealt in such a manner suffer from necrosis and paralysis, causing the target extreme pain that worsens over time. However, prior to entering a new host to undo the damage, Orochimaru sought Tsunade as her talent as a medical-nin could heal his arms.
- Due to the nature of the Dead Demon Consuming Seal, those whose souls are sealed away by it cannot be brought back to life by techniques like Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation.
- During his discussion with Kushina on how to deal with the Nine-Tails, Minato stated: "The fūinjutsu I — not being a jinchūriki — am able to use is… the Shiki Fūjin!" (「人柱力でないオレができる封印術は屍鬼封尽！」) What he meant by this is unclear as the Hokage did not elaborate.
- It is shown that, in a rare moment of ignorance, Orochimaru had apparently not heard of this technique before it was used on him. During his battle with Hiruzen his former teacher told him that he will show Orochimaru, whose stated ambition was to master every technique that ever existed, a technique that he has never seen before, which caused Orochimaru to excitedly goad his teacher into using it, much to his own regret.
- In the manga and anime, Hiruzen calls this technique by its full name, "Sealing Technique: Dead Demon Consuming Seal" (封印術・屍鬼封尽, Fūinjutsu: Shiki Fūjin). The databook entry for this technique drops the "Sealing Technique" part.