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|ref=<ref name="Third">Third Databook, pages 240-241</ref>
 
|ref=<ref name="Third">Third Databook, pages 240-241</ref>
|image=Kamui1.PNG;Kakashi's use of the left eye's Kamui.
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|kanji=神威
 
|kanji=神威
 
|unnamed jutsu=No
 
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|romaji=Kamui
 
|romaji=Kamui
 
|literal english=Authority of the Gods
 
|literal english=Authority of the Gods
|game names=Divine Threat
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|game names=Divine Threat, Transportation Ninjutsu
 
|other names={{translation|Space–Time Migration<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, page 2</ref>|時空間移動|Jikūkan Idō}}
 
|other names={{translation|Space–Time Migration<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, page 2</ref>|時空間移動|Jikūkan Idō}}
 
|jutsu classification=Kekkei Genkai~Mangekyō Sharingan, Ninjutsu, Dōjutsu, Space–Time Ninjutsu, Barrier Ninjutsu
 
|jutsu classification=Kekkei Genkai~Mangekyō Sharingan, Ninjutsu, Dōjutsu, Space–Time Ninjutsu, Barrier Ninjutsu
 
|jutsu class type=Offensive, Defensive, Supplementary
 
|jutsu class type=Offensive, Defensive, Supplementary
 
|jutsu range=Short, Mid, Long
 
|jutsu range=Short, Mid, Long
|users=Kakashi Hatake, Obito Uchiha
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'''Kamui''' is a powerful dōjutsu which originates from the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] of [[Obito Uchiha]].
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'''Kamui''' is a powerful [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] [[dōjutsu]] that creates a unique and specialised form of [[space–time ninjutsu]]. It allows the user to achieve two very distinct, yet closely associated feats — ''teleportation'' and ''intangibility''.
   
 
== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
Kamui allows the user to transfer anything to [[Other Dimension|another dimension]]. The databook entry noted that if one spends a lot of time and trains one's chakra over and over again, this technique can be invoked.<ref name="Third"/> However, Obito was able to use this technique the moment he awakened his Mangekyō Sharingan.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 605, pages 6-7, 10</ref>
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[[File:Madara's world.png|thumb|left|The other dimension.]]
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Kamui allows the user to transfer anything to [[Kamui's Dimension|another dimension]]. Once a target is sent to this dimension, it is unable to escape.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, page 10</ref> This technique, when used through Obito's right eye, is also able to make the user "intangible" by transporting portions of their body to the same pocket dimension.<ref name="ch597">''Naruto'' chapter 597, pages 7-8</ref> Obito was able to activate Kamui the moment he awakened his Mangekyō Sharingan,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 605, pages 6-7, 10</ref> while Kakashi, who awakened his Mangekyō Sharingan at the same moment as Obito without realising, didn't have access to it until sometime after [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s defection and made first use of it in the series during his encounter with [[Deidara]].
   
This technique is a unique and specialised form of [[space–time ninjutsu]] that allows the user to achieve two very distinct, yet closely associated feats – ''teleportation'' and "''intangibility''". [[Kakashi Hatake]] likens the characteristics of the technique to those of [[Minato Namikaze]]'s [[Flying Thunder God Technique]], but notes that it seems to be much more versatile since it requires neither seal nor a summoning tattoo to be performed.<ref name="ch395">''Naruto'' chapter 395, page 10</ref> The side of the eye using the technique determines the specific property of it.
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[[Kakashi Hatake]] likens the characteristics of this technique to those of the [[Flying Thunder God Technique]], but notes that it seems to be much more versatile since it requires neither a seal nor a summoning tattoo to be performed.<ref name="ch395">''Naruto'' chapter 395, page 10</ref> The side of the eye using the technique determines the range and detailed properties.
   
=== Left Eye ===
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== Teleportation ==
The left eye's version of this technique has long-range effects, warping objects to the other dimension; the latter of which is implied to be inescapable once there.<ref name="c502p10">''Naruto'' chapter 502, page 10</ref>
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[[File:SpaceTimeMigration.png|thumb|Obito using Kamui to teleport.]]
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Each eye is able to transport targets by creating a swirling distortion that opens a void into the other dimension. When both eyes are used together on the same target, the process works twice as fast.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 666, pages 13-15</ref> This technique's effect acts as an attractive force, both visibly drawing the target inwards and distorting their form until they disappear, although physical contact is required to absorb a target. After absorbing targets through this process, the user is able to eject them from the eye used at any time of their choosing, demonstrating the ability to eject objects with varying degrees of force. This is demonstrated by Obito, who uses it with weapons of various proportions and/or quantity with relative ease and at a moment's notice, giving opponents little to no opportunity to react accordingly.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 598, pages 4-6, 9-12</ref>
   
==== Teleporting Barrier ====
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[[File:Tobi using shuriken.png|thumb|left|Obito ejects multiple shuriken from a separate dimension.]]
In Kakashi's usage, the target is enveloped with a barrier space and the user concentrates their mind to what they gaze at. The target can struggle helplessly, but against this technique no defence is possible. When the technique is invoked, the space at the centre of the barrier is distorted and the target inside the barrier is drawn in completely. The location and size of the barrier can be specified at will. It is a dreadful technique that, with skilled use and enough [[chakra]], can even pull an entire human being into another dimension. Kakashi was also able to use Kamui on himself to move from the other dimension where Obito had warped him to, back to the real world.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 608, pages 3, 7</ref>
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Another unique trait of Kamui is that it allows the user to teleport to virtually any location they desire, including the other dimension. When using Kamui to teleport living beings, including the user, whatever the target is touching will be warped along with them and their chakra becomes untraceable.<ref name="ch395"/> Despite not always being present, Obito can keep his targets under [[Genjutsu: Sharingan|genjutsu]] while they are confined inside this pocket dimension and thus, keep them incapacitated for extended durations.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 520, page 8</ref>
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During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kakashi learned there is a connection between his technique and Tobi's own space-time ninjutsu as the latter turned out to be his thought-to-be-dead comrade, [[Obito Uchiha]] and thus share access to the same alternate dimension through their respective techniques. After learning of the connection, Kakashi can teleport objects into the other dimension to hit whatever part of Obito exists there to counter his intangibility.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 596, pages 13-17</ref> Kakashi is able to use Kamui on himself once inside the other dimension to warp himself out at will, but it is unknown if he has the ability to warp himself outside of the dimension as Obito is able to do with the right eye.
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=== Left Eye ===
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[[File:Kamui1.PNG|thumb|Kakashi using the Teleporting Barrier.]]
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The left eye's primary use of Kamui is based on line of sight and, as such, does not require physical contact to warp a target into the other dimension (also, Kakashi doesn't centre Kamui around his eye unlike Obito). By focusing to create a barrier space and concentrating on the target within, Kamui will distort space and the target will be drawn into the other dimension. When Kakashi first used this technique, it required great concentration and was difficult to aim, dragging in only Deidara's arm when he aimed for his head. During the [[Invasion of Pain]], Kakashi was able to use Kamui to stop a speeding nail from penetrating his head. Later, during the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kakashi also displayed the ability to teleport himself.
   
 
=== Right Eye ===
 
=== Right Eye ===
The right eye's version of this technique uses it to teleport the user, or anything he touches to the said dimension; the latter of which is implied to be inescapable once there.<ref name="c502p10"/> The right eye is also able to make the user "intangible" by transporting portions of his body to the same pocket dimension.<ref name="ch597">''Naruto'' chapter 597, pages 7-8</ref>
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[[File:Tobi Chains.png|thumb|left|Minato passing through Obito.]]
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The unique trait of this eye is the ability of intangibility. When activated, any part of Obito's body that overlaps with a solid object is seamlessly warped to the other dimension, making it appear as though he is phasing through them. Using this ability, Obito can dodge most attacks, and by overlapping his entire body into large objects, he can not only conceal himself from view, but erase all traces of his chakra. Obito is also able to travel through the ground using this ability; a characteristic he often exploits to ambush his opponents from below.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 475, pages 2-3</ref> Though he is unable to establish any physical contact while being intangible, Obito can still use [[Demonic Statue Chains|chakra chains]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 567, page 7</ref> He also seemingly possesses the capability to extend this intangibility to whatever he's touching at the moment of activation,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 467, page 5</ref> as long as he is able to maintain some form of contact with at least a part of the desired item or person.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 595, page 15</ref> Obito centres his Kamui around his right eye and also requires physical contact with the target to warp them.
==== Teleportation ====
 
[[File:Madara's world.png|thumb|The other dimension.]]
 
In Obito's usage, by creating a swirling, spatial distortion centred upon his right eye, he is able to enter a dimensional void and teleport himself to another location instantaneously, exiting this void in a similar manner to how he entered.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 453, page 1</ref> During this process, Obito's chakra becomes untraceable until the teleportation is completed.<ref name="ch395"/> By his own admission, Obito can locate anyone and teleport to their current destination regardless of their whereabouts, evidenced by how he immediately found [[Taka]] as they were travelling to [[Konohagakure]], as well as [[Minato Namikaze]], who himself had teleported away from Obito.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 453, page 3</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, page 11</ref>
 
 
[[File:Tobi using shuriken.PNG|thumb|left|Obito ejects multiple shuriken from a separate dimension.]]
 
Similar to Kakashi's usage of the technique, Obito is also capable of teleporting other people or objects to a [[Other Dimension|separate dimension]], through the same swirling pattern, centred upon his right eye. However, instead of teleporting the targeted component, this technique's effect acts as an attractive force, both visibly drawing the target inwards and distorting their form until they disappear. After absorbing targets through this process, Obito is able to eject them at any time of his choosing, with varying degrees of force. In doing so, he is able to attack using weapons of gigantic proportions and/or quantities with relative ease and at a moment's notice, giving opponents little opportunity to react accordingly.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 598, pages 4-6, 9-12</ref>
 
 
Unlike in Kakashi's usage, this form of the technique requires Obito to make direct physical contact with the intended target, leaving him vulnerable as he cannot be intangible when doing so.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, page 14</ref> Despite not always being present, Obito can keep his targets under [[Genjutsu: Sharingan|genjutsu]] while they are confined inside this pocket dimension and thus, keep them incapacitated for extended durations.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 520, page 8</ref>
 
 
==== Intangibility ====
 
[[File:Tobi's Space Time Ninjutsu.jpg|thumb|The working principle behind Obito's intangibility.]]
 
Using this technique, Obito is also able to render himself intangible to allow other objects to pass harmlessly through his own body, which he employs primarily to avoid incurring injury from incoming attacks.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 380, pages 14-15</ref> In actuality, this is but another extension of [[space–time ninjutsu]], where by Obito instead teleports any part of his body that occupies the same space as another object to a [[Other Dimension|separate dimension]].<ref name="ch597"/> As the transported portions of his body are always obscured by the other objects, Obito appears completely whole to those observing him. By overlapping his entire body with a sufficiently large object, such as the ground, he can not only conceal himself from view, but also erase all traces of his [[chakra]]. Obito often exploits this characteristic to ambush his opponents from below.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 475, pages 2-3</ref>
 
 
Though he is unable to establish any physical contact while being intangible, Obito can still use [[Chakra Chains (Outer Path)|chakra chains]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 567, page 7</ref> He also seemingly possesses the capability to extend this intangibility to whatever he's touching at the moment of activation,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 467, page 6</ref> as long as he is able to maintain some form of contact with at least a part of the desired item or person.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 595, page 15</ref>
 
   
 
== Drawbacks ==
 
== Drawbacks ==
Since this technique is shared by two different users of the same pair of eyes, both parties can use their own technique to counter the effectiveness of the other, thus making it useless to use against one another directly.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 487, page 4</ref> Obito can extend this negation to targets outside of his own body, as he negated Kakashi's attempt to decapitate the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]'s head.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 595, pages 12-13</ref> Similarly, Kakashi was able to escape Obito's attempt to lock him in the other dimension.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 608, page 3-8</ref>
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Since this technique is shared by two different users of the same pair of eyes, both parties can use their own technique to counter the effectiveness of the other, thus making it useless to use against one another directly.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 487, page 4</ref> Obito can extend this negation to targets outside of his own body, as he negated Kakashi's attempt to decapitate the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]'s head.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 595, pages 12-13</ref> Similarly, Kakashi was able to escape Obito's attempt to trap him in the other dimension.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 608, page 3-8</ref>
   
 
=== Left Eye ===
 
=== Left Eye ===
The Mangekyō Sharingan is a dōjutsu that, with continuous usage, burdens the user with the loss of their eyesight. Since this is the source of Kamui, using it in rapid succession puts Kakashi's body at risk as well. As his Sharingan was transplanted, usage of this technique poses an even greater risk to Kakashi. Similar to [[Amaterasu]], repeated use of the technique puts a great deal of strain on the user, causing their eyes to bleed if overused.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 598, page 12</ref>
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The Mangekyō Sharingan is a dōjutsu that, with continuous usage, burdens the user with the loss of their eyesight. Since this is the source of Kamui, using it in rapid succession puts Kakashi's body at risk as well. As his Sharingan was transplanted, usage of this technique poses an even greater risk to Kakashi. Similar to [[Amaterasu]], repeated use of the technique puts a great deal of strain on the user, causing his left eye to bleed if overused.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 598, page 12</ref>
   
Kakashi is able to use this technique up to at least three times in a given day, even when starting at full strength. At first Kakashi's aim and control over the size of the barrier was imperfect. Over time his aim and control improved, as he was able to accurately warp away small and fast moving objects, such as a nail.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 424, page 17</ref> Kakashi is even able to consecutively warp away two [[Susanoo Bow|fast-moving arrows]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 484, page 6</ref> He also became able to use this technique several more times in a single day.
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Kakashi was originally only able to use this technique up to at least three times in a given day, even when starting at full strength. At first, Kakashi's aim and control over the size of the barrier was imperfect. Over time his aim and control improved, as he was able to accurately warp away small and fast moving objects, such as a nail.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 424, page 17</ref> Kakashi is even able to consecutively warp away two [[Susanoo Bow|fast-moving arrows]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 484, page 6</ref> Later, he became able to use this technique several more times in a single day and attempted to use it to decapitate the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, although he required a considerable amount of time to prepare the necessary amount of chakra and the technique was ultimately negated by Obito.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 595, page 11</ref> After being [[Chakra Transfer Technique|given chakra]] by [[Kurama]], Kakashi was able to use his long range variant of Kamui to quickly transport a target as large as [[Gyūki]] to the other dimension and later eject the tailed beast from his eye,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 610, page 17</ref> as well as utilise the technique more times than he would usually be capable of. He estimated that the influence of Kurama's chakra, when given directly by Kurama, made his usage of Kamui at least three times more powerful than usual.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 617, pages 3-4</ref>
   
 
=== Right Eye ===
 
=== Right Eye ===
[[File:Tobi gets hit again.png|thumb|left|The effects of Obito taking damage in the other dimension, seen from the outside world.]]
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[[File:Tobi being hit.png|thumb|right|The effects of Obito taking damage in the other dimension, seen from the outside world.]]
In Obito's case, the primary weakness of this technique is that both aspects cannot be used concurrently, as he must become and remain tangible in order to transport himself or others, providing a small opportunity in which he is unable to pass through objects and thus, is vulnerable to injury. This deficiency means that he must also materialise when ejecting stored items as well, presenting the same vulnerability.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 598, page 9</ref> According to [[Konan]], Obito can only maintain his intangibility for approximately five consecutive minutes at a time, after which he is presumably rendered completely solid for a duration. She also reveals that the time it takes him to absorb something is proportional to its mass, and that it takes longer to absorb himself than another person or object.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, pages 2-3</ref>
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In Obito's case, the primary weakness of this technique is that both aspects cannot be used concurrently, as he must become and remain tangible in order to transport himself or others, providing a small opportunity in which he is unable to pass through objects and thus, is vulnerable to injury. This deficiency means that he must also materialise when ejecting stored items as well, presenting the same vulnerability.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 598, page 9</ref> According to [[Konan]], Obito can only maintain his intangibility for approximately five consecutive minutes at a time, after which he is presumably rendered completely solid for a duration. In order to bypass this weakness and remain in Kamui's dimension for a longer duration, Obito has to "solidify" and absorb his entire body. She also revealed that the time it takes him to absorb something is proportional to its mass, and that it takes longer to absorb himself than another person or object.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, pages 2-3</ref>
   
Additionally, due to the nature of Obito's intangibility, the sections of his body residing in the [[other dimension]] can still interact normally with other objects that are also contained within this dimension, meaning they can be damaged by such items. As this technique originates from [[Obito Uchiha]]'s Sharingan, of which both Kakashi and Obito possess one of, the two share the same dimension when teleporting objects, a characteristic that Kakashi exploited to injure Obito on multiple occasions during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 597, pages 4-12</ref>
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Additionally, due to the nature of Obito's intangibility, the sections of his body residing in the other dimension can still interact normally with other objects that are also contained within said dimension, meaning they can be damaged by such items, a characteristic that Kakashi exploited to injure Obito on multiple occasions during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 597, pages 4-12</ref> While controlling the [[Ten-Tails]], Obito was unable to extend his intangibility to the beast or his means of connecting to its head, and was separated from it as a result.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 617, pages 13-14</ref>
   
Unlike Kakashi or any Mangekyō Sharingan users, Obito's extensively continuous usage of the Kamui technique does not seem to tire him at the very least, nor even cause his eyesight to deteriorate.
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Unlike most other Mangekyō Sharingan users, Obito's extensively continuous usage of the Kamui technique does not seem to tire him at the very least, nor even cause his eyesight to deteriorate.
   
 
== Influence ==
 
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* The Third Databook seems to hint that other Mangekyō Sharingan users can access the technique through sheer training of the eye, though this is unconfirmed.<ref name="Third"/>
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* In the [[Naruto 6: Road to Ninja|sixth movie]] and several anime episodes, Obito is shown to be able to access Kamui without having his Mangekyō Sharingan activated.
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* Obito later noticed that after becoming the Ten-Tails' [[jinchūriki]] he could no longer "travel through dimensions".<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 643, page 5</ref> However, [[Madara]] was able to teleport as the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki.<ref>''Naruto'', chapter 674, page 17</ref>
   
 
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Kamui[1]

Space time migration
Name
Kanji 神威
Rōmaji Kamui
Literal English Authority of the Gods
Games Divine Threat, Transportation Ninjutsu
Other Space–Time Migration[2] (時空間移動, Jikūkan Idō)
Debut
Manga Chapter #276
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #29
Movie Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Data
Classification Mangekyō Sharingan Itachi Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu, Dōjutsu, Space–Time Ninjutsu, Barrier Ninjutsu
Class Offensive, Defensive, Supplementary
Range All ranges
Derived jutsu
Users

Kamui is a powerful Mangekyō Sharingan dōjutsu that creates a unique and specialised form of space–time ninjutsu. It allows the user to achieve two very distinct, yet closely associated feats — teleportation and intangibility.

Overview Edit

Madara's world
The other dimension.

Kamui allows the user to transfer anything to another dimension. Once a target is sent to this dimension, it is unable to escape.[3] This technique, when used through Obito's right eye, is also able to make the user "intangible" by transporting portions of their body to the same pocket dimension.[4] Obito was able to activate Kamui the moment he awakened his Mangekyō Sharingan,[5] while Kakashi, who awakened his Mangekyō Sharingan at the same moment as Obito without realising, didn't have access to it until sometime after Sasuke Uchiha's defection and made first use of it in the series during his encounter with Deidara.

Kakashi Hatake likens the characteristics of this technique to those of the Flying Thunder God Technique, but notes that it seems to be much more versatile since it requires neither a seal nor a summoning tattoo to be performed.[6] The side of the eye using the technique determines the range and detailed properties.

Teleportation Edit

SpaceTimeMigration
Obito using Kamui to teleport.

Each eye is able to transport targets by creating a swirling distortion that opens a void into the other dimension. When both eyes are used together on the same target, the process works twice as fast.[7] This technique's effect acts as an attractive force, both visibly drawing the target inwards and distorting their form until they disappear, although physical contact is required to absorb a target. After absorbing targets through this process, the user is able to eject them from the eye used at any time of their choosing, demonstrating the ability to eject objects with varying degrees of force. This is demonstrated by Obito, who uses it with weapons of various proportions and/or quantity with relative ease and at a moment's notice, giving opponents little to no opportunity to react accordingly.[8]

Tobi using shuriken
Obito ejects multiple shuriken from a separate dimension.

Another unique trait of Kamui is that it allows the user to teleport to virtually any location they desire, including the other dimension. When using Kamui to teleport living beings, including the user, whatever the target is touching will be warped along with them and their chakra becomes untraceable.[6] Despite not always being present, Obito can keep his targets under genjutsu while they are confined inside this pocket dimension and thus, keep them incapacitated for extended durations.[9]

Left Eye Edit

Kamui1
Kakashi using the Teleporting Barrier.

The left eye's primary use of Kamui is based on line of sight and, as such, does not require physical contact to warp a target into the other dimension (also, Kakashi doesn't centre Kamui around his eye unlike Obito). By focusing to create a barrier space and concentrating on the target within, Kamui will distort space and the target will be drawn into the other dimension. When Kakashi first used this technique, it required great concentration and was difficult to aim, dragging in only Deidara's arm when he aimed for his head. During the Invasion of Pain, Kakashi was able to use Kamui to stop a speeding nail from penetrating his head. Later, during the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kakashi also displayed the ability to teleport himself.

Right Eye Edit

Tobi Chains
Minato passing through Obito.

The unique trait of this eye is the ability of intangibility. When activated, any part of Obito's body that overlaps with a solid object is seamlessly warped to the other dimension, making it appear as though he is phasing through them. Using this ability, Obito can dodge most attacks, and by overlapping his entire body into large objects, he can not only conceal himself from view, but erase all traces of his chakra. Obito is also able to travel through the ground using this ability; a characteristic he often exploits to ambush his opponents from below.[10] Though he is unable to establish any physical contact while being intangible, Obito can still use chakra chains.[11] He also seemingly possesses the capability to extend this intangibility to whatever he's touching at the moment of activation,[12] as long as he is able to maintain some form of contact with at least a part of the desired item or person.[13] Obito centres his Kamui around his right eye and also requires physical contact with the target to warp them.

Drawbacks Edit

Since this technique is shared by two different users of the same pair of eyes, both parties can use their own technique to counter the effectiveness of the other, thus making it useless to use against one another directly.[14] Obito can extend this negation to targets outside of his own body, as he negated Kakashi's attempt to decapitate the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path's head.[15] Similarly, Kakashi was able to escape Obito's attempt to trap him in the other dimension.[16]

Left Eye Edit

The Mangekyō Sharingan is a dōjutsu that, with continuous usage, burdens the user with the loss of their eyesight. Since this is the source of Kamui, using it in rapid succession puts Kakashi's body at risk as well. As his Sharingan was transplanted, usage of this technique poses an even greater risk to Kakashi. Similar to Amaterasu, repeated use of the technique puts a great deal of strain on the user, causing his left eye to bleed if overused.[17]

Kakashi was originally only able to use this technique up to at least three times in a given day, even when starting at full strength. At first, Kakashi's aim and control over the size of the barrier was imperfect. Over time his aim and control improved, as he was able to accurately warp away small and fast moving objects, such as a nail.[18] Kakashi is even able to consecutively warp away two fast-moving arrows.[19] Later, he became able to use this technique several more times in a single day and attempted to use it to decapitate the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, although he required a considerable amount of time to prepare the necessary amount of chakra and the technique was ultimately negated by Obito.[20] After being given chakra by Kurama, Kakashi was able to use his long range variant of Kamui to quickly transport a target as large as Gyūki to the other dimension and later eject the tailed beast from his eye,[21] as well as utilise the technique more times than he would usually be capable of. He estimated that the influence of Kurama's chakra, when given directly by Kurama, made his usage of Kamui at least three times more powerful than usual.[22]

Right Eye Edit

Tobi being hit
The effects of Obito taking damage in the other dimension, seen from the outside world.

In Obito's case, the primary weakness of this technique is that both aspects cannot be used concurrently, as he must become and remain tangible in order to transport himself or others, providing a small opportunity in which he is unable to pass through objects and thus, is vulnerable to injury. This deficiency means that he must also materialise when ejecting stored items as well, presenting the same vulnerability.[23] According to Konan, Obito can only maintain his intangibility for approximately five consecutive minutes at a time, after which he is presumably rendered completely solid for a duration. In order to bypass this weakness and remain in Kamui's dimension for a longer duration, Obito has to "solidify" and absorb his entire body. She also revealed that the time it takes him to absorb something is proportional to its mass, and that it takes longer to absorb himself than another person or object.[24]

Additionally, due to the nature of Obito's intangibility, the sections of his body residing in the other dimension can still interact normally with other objects that are also contained within said dimension, meaning they can be damaged by such items, a characteristic that Kakashi exploited to injure Obito on multiple occasions during the Fourth Shinobi World War.[25] While controlling the Ten-Tails, Obito was unable to extend his intangibility to the beast or his means of connecting to its head, and was separated from it as a result.[26]

Unlike most other Mangekyō Sharingan users, Obito's extensively continuous usage of the Kamui technique does not seem to tire him at the very least, nor even cause his eyesight to deteriorate.

Influence Edit

Kamui is the word for a divine being in Ainu mythology, although it is almost never written with kanji in modern times. In a more general Japanese context, Kamui refers to the might and majesty of the gods, particularly the Shintō Kami.

Trivia Edit

  • In the sixth movie and several anime episodes, Obito is shown to be able to access Kamui without having his Mangekyō Sharingan activated.
  • Obito later noticed that after becoming the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki he could no longer "travel through dimensions".[27] However, Madara was able to teleport as the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki.[28]

References Edit

  1. Third Databook, pages 240-241
  2. Naruto chapter 510, page 2
  3. Naruto chapter 502, page 10
  4. Naruto chapter 597, pages 7-8
  5. Naruto chapter 605, pages 6-7, 10
  6. 6.0 6.1 Naruto chapter 395, page 10
  7. Naruto chapter 666, pages 13-15
  8. Naruto chapter 598, pages 4-6, 9-12
  9. Naruto chapter 520, page 8
  10. Naruto chapter 475, pages 2-3
  11. Naruto chapter 567, page 7
  12. Naruto chapter 467, page 5
  13. Naruto chapter 595, page 15
  14. Naruto chapter 487, page 4
  15. Naruto chapter 595, pages 12-13
  16. Naruto chapter 608, page 3-8
  17. Naruto chapter 598, page 12
  18. Naruto chapter 424, page 17
  19. Naruto chapter 484, page 6
  20. Naruto chapter 595, page 11
  21. Naruto chapter 610, page 17
  22. Naruto chapter 617, pages 3-4
  23. Naruto chapter 598, page 9
  24. Naruto chapter 510, pages 2-3
  25. Naruto chapter 597, pages 4-12
  26. Naruto chapter 617, pages 13-14
  27. Naruto chapter 643, page 5
  28. Naruto, chapter 674, page 17

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