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Flying Thunder God Kunai
Flying Thunder God Technique
Name
Kanji 飛雷神クナイ
Rōmaji Hiraishin Kunai
Literal English Flying Thunder God Kunai
Debut
Manga Chapter #239
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #119
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
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The Flying Thunder God Kunai (飛雷神クナイ, Hiraishin Kunai) are custom-made kunai (特注クナイ, tokuchū kunai) and signature tool of Minato Namikaze, who uses it in conjunction with his Space–Time Ninjutsu: the Flying Thunder God Technique. They differ from a standard kunai in that they have three blades instead of one and on the handle (which is thicker than normal) is the "marker" for Minato's teleportation ability; Minato also said that these blades are bit heavier than a normal kunai.[1] The prongs on them also makes it more deadly in melee fighting.

Minato gave one of these kunai to his pupil Kakashi Hatake, as a celebratory gift for his promotion to jōnin as well as to be able to teleport to his team at any time as long as they had the kunai in their possession.[1][2] During the Third Shinobi World War, in the battle between Konohagakure and Iwagakure, the ninja from the former threw these kunai behind enemy lines which allowed Minato to instantly teleport to the various locations and slay the opposing shinobi, while at the same time making it difficult for the enemy to predict where he would teleport to next.[3] He also kept several of these blades at his safe houses, so he could teleport there quickly when necessary.[4]

Utilised Techniques

Appearances in Other Media

In Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower, Minato placed one of these kunai over the source of the Ryūmyaku to seal it. Mukade managed to remove the kunai by absorbing the seal, which also triggered a huge lash of energy that propelled him backwards in time by 20 years, and Naruto Uzumaki and Yamato by 14 years.

Trivia

  • Although unnamed in the manga, they were named by Minato in Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower.
  • Tobirama uses regular kunais in a similar fashion by marking them with his formula for the Flying Thunder God Technique.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chapter 239, page 8
  2. Chapter 244, page 15
  3. Chapter 242, pages 4-5
  4. Chapter 501, pages 6, 15-17

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