|This is the article on the ninjutsu used by Minato Namikaze. If you are looking for the article on the anime-only ninjutsu used by Fūka, head to Lightning Release: Lightning Rod.|
|Flying Thunder God Technique |
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|Rōmaji||Hiraishin no Jutsu|
|Viz print media||Flying Thunder God Jutsu|
|English anime||Flying Raijin Jutsu|
|Manga||Volume #27, Chapter #240|
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #119|
|Movie||Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower|
|Game||Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3|
|OVA||Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga, Game, Movie|
|Classification||Ninjutsu, Space–Time Ninjutsu, Bukijutsu|
The Flying Thunder God Technique is a technique created by Minato Namikaze which allows the user to transport themselves to a marked location in the blink of an eye. This technique was the reason behind his nickname, "Konoha's Yellow Flash" (木ノ葉の黄色い閃光, Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō).
To activate this technique, the user needs a special seal or "technique formula" (術式, jutsu-shiki) to mark the destination. After this is done, the user enters a dimensional void which instantaneously transports them to the location of the seal.
Minato applied the formula in advance to weapons such as special kunai. By giving one such kunai to a person, he can immediately teleport to that person at any time. He can also apply the mark to a touched area, such as his opponent or some other surrounding feature.
The technique is fast enough to even allow Minato to escape being warped away, despite the latter already being sucked in. Minato can also use this technique to teleport other objects, such as when he used it to teleport the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox out of Konohagakure, though the size of the object determines the amount of chakra required.
It is because of this technique that Konohagakure came out victorious in a battle against Iwagakure during the Third Shinobi World War, despite already running short on manpower in the front lines. After having his subordinates toss marked kunai randomly into the enemy ranks, Minato used the technique to appear within their ranks, using the great speed of this technique to seemingly appear to be in several places at once and wipe out entire squadrons one by one in moments before they could even react. This, combined with Minato's immense natural speed and reflexes makes this technique extremely deadly and according to A made Minato the fastest ninja to ever live.
Minato also passed the technique on to his special guards, Genma Shiranui, Raidō Namiashi and another unknown shinobi. However, all three of them are needed to perform the technique. To do so, they form a circle with one another by performing the seal of confrontation with each other with their thumbs, middle and index fingers touching. This allows them to transport anything within the confines of the ring. As they are now the guards of the Fifth Hokage, Tsunade has been marked with the technique formula.
- Minato also incorporated the formula into his wife's seal, allowing him to come to her aid at any time.
- Although it is often compared with the Body Flicker Technique, the speed and range of this technique are much greater. In principle, this technique is instead similar to the Summoning Technique, as it revolves around the manipulation of the space–time continuum rather than accelerated movement, but instead of bringing something to the user, it sends them somewhere.
- The name Hiraishin is also the phonic of the Japanese word 避雷針, which means "lightning rod". This may suggest the reasoning as to why the technique is restricted towards a seal, because lightning is attracted to lightning rods.
- The technique can create smoke similar to a Summoning Technique, but that is not always the case.