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Eight Trigrams Sealing Style[1]

Four Symbols Seal
Name
Kanji 八卦の封印式
Rōmaji Hakke no Fūin Shiki
Literal English Eight Trigrams Sealing Style
English TV Eight Sign Seal
Other Eight Trigram Divination Seal Spell Formula[2]
Debut
Manga Chapter #1
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
Appears in Anime, Manga and Game
Data
Classification Fūinjutsu
Class Supplementary
Range Short-range
Other jutsu
Parent jutsu
Derived jutsu
Users

The Eight Trigrams Sealing Style, consisting of two Four Symbols Seals, was used by Minato Namikaze to help Naruto Uzumaki access the chakra of Kurama, the tailed beast sealed within him.

8 Trigrams Seal Altar
The sealing altar.

To perform the technique, the user must first summon a ceremonial throne and place the target on it.[3] The seal was not automatically visible on Naruto's belly, but became perceptible whenever he drew Kurama's chakra.[4]

Kurama's initial cage
Kurama within Naruto's subconscious.

Whenever Naruto and Kurama conversed, it occurred within Naruto's subconscious, which was depicted as a basement of a boiler room or a sub-level of a power plant, with pipes running across the ceiling and the floor being flooded over with water. On the entrance gate of Kurama's cage, there was a parchment of paper that said "seal" (封), which covered the lock that kept the fox in.[5][6] Minato also sealed his and Kushina's remaining chakra into Naruto with this seal. Minato appeared in Naruto's subconscious when Naruto transformed into his eight-tailed form,[7] and restored the seal to its original strength, but he could only do it once.[8] Kushina also appeared and assisted Naruto when he later fought Kurama to control its chakra.[9]

Key

Because the seal itself would naturally weaken over time, Minato created the key, on the abdomen of the scroll toad Gerotora, that can either strengthen or completely remove the seal.

During Naruto's two-and-a-half year training with Jiraiya, Jiraiya once used the key to weaken the seal for just a short time, so he could have Naruto try to filter out Kurama's influence when he tapped into its chakra. Unfortunately, it instead unleashed the four-tailed form.[10]

Hakke Fuin key
Naruto preparing the key to the seal.

During Naruto's training to control Kurama at the Falls of Truth, the seal itself was destroyed when Kurama used its Tailed Beast Ball to try and blast Naruto after he used the key to open the seal's gate.[11] However, after Kurama's chakra merged with Naruto, he was able to imprison the fox itself with a new, stronger seal that consisted of massive torii, that Naruto could use optionally to restrain it. Kurama was generally free behind a gate resembling interlocking torii along with the same lock that was there with the previous gate.[12]

References

  1. First Databook, page 216
  2. Naruto Collectible Card Game
  3. Naruto chapter 504, page 7
  4. Naruto chapter 49, page 7
  5. Naruto chapter 95, pages 13-15
  6. Naruto chapter 496, page 11
  7. Naruto chapter 439, page 17
  8. Naruto chapter 440, page 15
  9. Naruto chapter 498, page 8
  10. Naruto chapter 490, page 12
  11. Naruto chapter 497, pages 2-3
  12. Naruto chapter 499, pages 13-15

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