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Lightning Cutter[1]

Lightning Cutter
Name
Kanji 雷切
Rōmaji Raikiri
Literal English Lightning Cutter
English TV Lightning Blade
Debut
Manga Chapter #30
Anime Naruto Episode #17
Movie Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Data
Classification Ninjutsu
Type
Rank S-rank
Class Offensive
Range Short-range
Hand seals Ox → Rabbit → Monkey
Other jutsu
Parent jutsu
Derived jutsu

Users

The Lightning Cutter is an enhanced and concentrated form of the Chidori with the same effects and drawbacks. According to Might Guy, it gained its name after Kakashi split a bolt of lightning with it. Because the Chidori is already powerful on its own, the Lightning Cutter requires better chakra control, which is exemplified in its appearance. The Chidori appears as simply a mass of white electrical chakra in the user's hand, while the Lightning Cutter is more focused and blue. In Part I, Kakashi is limited to using it four times a day, but by Part II, he can use it at least six times.

Kakashi has shown different ways of forming and using the Lightning Cutter. During his confrontation with Orochimaru in Part I, he creates it without using hand seals. In Part II, he is able to form a Lightning Cutter in both of his hands to counteract Kakuzu's Lightning Release: False Darkness.

In Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire, when this technique was copied by Hiruko, he used the electrical energy to surge around the area, increasing the range of damage, allowing him to attack Naruto's clones at a mid-range distance.

Kakashi later demonstrated the ability to apply his Lightning Cutter to projectile weapons, such as a kunai to give the technique long-range capabilities. The kunai was capable of piercing multiple rocks with ease and still continue without loss of momentum or changing of trajectory.

Trivia

  • The name Raikiri comes from a story about famous samurai Tachibana Dōsetsu (立花道雪, Tachibana Dōsetsu) (22 April 1513–2 November 1585). Tachibana was in possession of a famous sword called Chidori (千鳥; Literally meaning "A Thousand Birds"). One day, while he was still a young man, he was taking shelter under a tree, as it was raining. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning struck him. However, Tachibana used his Chidori to cut the Thunder God inside the lightning bolt, allowing him to survive. After this incident, he renamed his Chidori to Raikiri (雷切; Literally meaning "Lightning Cutter").

See Also

References

  1. First Databook, page 225

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