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Five Elements Seal[1]

Gogyo
Name
Kanji 五行封印
Rōmaji Gogyō Fūin
Literal English Five Elements Seal
Viz manga Five Pronged Spell
English TV Five Pronged Seal
Debut
Manga Chapter #49
Anime Naruto Episode #29
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2
Appears in Anime, Manga and Game
Data
Classification Fūinjutsu
Rank A-rank
Class Supplementary
Range Short-range
Hand seals Technique specific seal
Other jutsu
Related jutsu

Five Elements Unseal

Users

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. When Orochimaru later notices that the seal has been removed, he remarks that there are very few ninja capable of doing so, like Jiraiya.

Trivia

  • 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:),
  • Water (水, Chinese: shuǐ),
  • Fire (火, Chinese: huǒ),
  • and Earth (土, Chinese:),

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.

References

  1. First Databook, page 183

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