Five Elements Seal
|Literal English||Five Elements Seal|
|Viz manga||Five Pronged Spell|
|English TV||Five Pronged Seal|
|Anime||Naruto Episode #29|
|Game||Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga and Game|
|Hand seals||Technique specific seal|
This technique produces a powerful seal that is used to block or disturb the flow of chakra in a target. Once the seal is completed, the target will become unconscious and unable to fight for a short time. Orochimaru performed this technique to tamper with Naruto Uzumaki's seal. The original seal allowed a small amount of the Nine-Tails' chakra to always mix into Naruto's, but the additional seal disturbs this, preventing Naruto from using the Nine-Tails' chakra or even controlling his own chakra properly. This is because an odd-numbered seal creates an imbalance when placed on top of an even-numbered seal. Later, Jiraya uses this technique to remove the odd-numbered seal, thus allowing even more of the Nine-Tails chakra to mix with Naruto's. When Orochimaru later notices that the seal has been removed, he remarks that there are very few ninja capable of doing so, like Jiraiya.
- The "Five Elements" referred to in the name of this technique are the Chinese Five Elements, the Five Movements (五行, Japanese: Gogyō, Chinese: Wǔxíng):
- Metal (金, Chinese: jīn),
- Wood (木, Chinese: mù),
- Water (水, Chinese: shuǐ),
- Fire (火, Chinese: huǒ),
- and Earth (土, Chinese: tǔ),
instead of the five chakra elements used in most other techniques, the Five Greats" (五大, Godai):
- Earth (土, tsuchi),
- Water (水, mizu),
- Fire (火, hi),
- Wind (風, kaze),
- and Lightning (雷, kaminari).
This suggests the elements are merely symbolic.
- ↑ First Databook, page 183