|This is the article on the ninjutsu created by Tobirama Senju. For the kenjutsu based technique derived from the said technique, head to Flying Thunder God Slash. For other uses, see Hiraishin.|
|Flying Thunder God Technique|
|Rōmaji||Hiraishin no Jutsu|
|Viz print media||Flying Thunder God Jutsu|
|English anime||Flying Raijin Jutsu|
|Manga||Volume #27, Naruto Chapter #240|
|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, Movie|
|Classification||Ninjutsu, Space–Time Ninjutsu|
|Hand seals||Seal of Confrontation|
The Flying Thunder God Technique is a Space–Time Ninjutsu created by the Second Hokage, Tobirama Senju, which allows the user to instantaneously teleport themselves to a previously marked location.
To activate this technique, the user places a special seal or "technique formula" (術式, jutsu-shiki) to mark an intended destination. After this is done, the user can then, at will, enter a dimensional void that instantaneously teleports them to the location of the seal. The mark can be applied to almost any surface through brief physical contact, including on an opponent or other surrounding features. Because this technique is able to affect anything that is in contact with the user or somehow connected to their chakra, they can also use this technique to teleport other objects or people, though the size of the object and the distance of the location dictates the amount of chakra required. As Minato also noted, the marking formula never disappears from target that's been marked.
As its creator, Tobirama's skill with this technique, combined with his natural speed and reflexes, lead him to be hailed as the fastest shinobi of his time. As the general basis of the technique, Tobirama uses a unique seal to mark his targets, tools, or desired location to teleport himself to instantly. With it, he was able to not only deflect Obito Uchiha's Truth-Seeking Ball, but to also return it to him before it could expand. He is also skilled enough to teleport not only himself, but also other people along with him.
From this technique, Tobirama could also perform techniques such as the Flying Thunder God Slash — a technique that compliments his bukijutsu prowess by incorporating this technique's instantaneous teleportation, allowing him to be able to land a mortal wound on Izuna Uchiha. Another one of these derived techniques is the Flying Thunder God Mutually Instantaneous Revolving Technique, which allows him to switch places at any point in time with another Flying Thunder God Technique user that he has marked. Tobirama also displayed the ability to apply his seal to a regular kunai, giving them a function similar to Minato's Flying Thunder God Kunai.
He can also link his Flying Thunder God Technique with other users' marks, enabling him to jump or even send individuals to the location of their markings, or otherwise connected to their chakra without physically going with them himself.
Due to his exploits with this technique, Minato Namikaze gained the moniker of Konoha's Yellow Flash (木ノ葉の黄色い閃光, Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō). Minato most commonly applied the mark in advance to his special kunai, which he would scatter all over the battlefield before engaging enemies, so that he could teleport to them at any time. Using such tactics, Konohagakure even proved victorious in a battle against Iwagakure during the Third Shinobi World War, despite already being vastly outnumbered. Minato brought victory by appearing randomly into the enemy's lines, using his great speed to seemingly be in several places at once, and wiping out entire squadrons before they could even react. With his great reflexes, he could use the Flying Thunder God — Second Step to teleport at short-range, allowing him simultaneously dodge an attack and strike at the opponent's blind-spot.
This technique — combined with Minato's prodigious natural speed and reflexes, made him the fastest ninja to ever live according to A. The technique is fast enough to even allow Minato to escape being warped away, despite having already been partially sucked in, and dodge A's top-speed attack. Minato could also incorporate the formula into other seals, such as the seal on his wife, allowing him to come immediately to her aid at any time. Minato also has the ability to send people to different markings simultaneously through direct contact with either himself or his chakra. Minato's shadow clone can use the technique to summon the original to its position. His prowess with this technique has made it Minato's signature technique.
Minato — like Tobirama — derived original techniques from this one. One of them is Spiralling Flash Super Round Dance Howl Style Three, in which he uses the Flying Thunder God Technique in combination with the Shadow Clone Technique. He can also use the Flying Thunder God: Guiding Thunder, which can warp away anything it contacts, such as the Tailed Beast Ball. Minato also can use the Flying Thunder God Mutually Instantaneous Revolving Technique, which he performed with Tobirama on the battlefield to devastating effects on Obito Uchiha.
- Although it is often compared with the Body Flicker Technique, the speed and range of this technique are much greater. Fundamentally, this technique is more similar to the Summoning Technique than the Body Flicker Technique, as it revolves around the manipulation of the space–time continuum rather than simply accelerated movement. However, the technique has been referred to as a Body Flicker Technique (瞬身の術, Shunshin no Jutsu) on different occasions.
- 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.
- In the video games, the Flying Thunder God Technique is shown to create a yellow flash when Minato jumps with it because of his nickname.
- Despite Minato himself stating there is no way to remove the marks for this technique (including the death of the user), there have been two rare instances where the mark has been removed.
- In the anime, the technique formula (術式, jutsu-shiki) on Minato's special kunai appears to say 忍愛之剣, made up of the the kanji for endurance (忍, nin), love (愛, ai), of (之), and sword (剣, ken). Tobirama's is more reminiscent of the formulae for a Summoning Technique or a Fūinjutsu.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Second Databook, page 266
- ↑ Naruto chapter 641, page 5
- ↑ Naruto chapter 503, page 3
- ↑ Naruto chapter 543, page 2
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Naruto chapter 639, page 13
- ↑ Naruto chapter 503, page 10
- ↑ Naruto chapter 637, page 15
- ↑ Naruto chapter 661, page 10
- ↑ Naruto chapter 627, page 12
- ↑ Naruto chapter 624, page 11
- ↑ Naruto chapter 650, pages 5-6
- ↑ Naruto chapter 673, page 11
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Naruto chapter 542, pages 13-14
- ↑ Naruto chapter 242, pages 4-5
- ↑ Naruto chapter 541, page 8
- ↑ Naruto chapter 502, page 10
- ↑ Naruto chapter 501, page 7
- ↑ Naruto chapter 631, pages 8-9
- ↑ Naruto chapter 639, page 16
- ↑ Naruto chapter 641, page 15
- ↑ Naruto chapter 637, page 14
- ↑ Naruto chapter 501, pages 6, 15
- ↑ Naruto chapter 640, page 1
- ↑ Naruto chapter 663, page 3