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'''Orochimaru's Juinjutsu''' are the cursed seals that were an often-used technique of [[Orochimaru]] in the series.
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'''[[Orochimaru]]'s [[juinjutsu]]''' is a transformation cursed seal that Orochimaru can apply to others in order to make them stronger.
   
 
== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
Orochimaru usually gave his [[cursed seal]] to his most powerful and unique followers and guinea pigs to either make them his strongest warriors or to prepare them to become a potential host bodies in the future or simply as test subjects. To apply a cursed seal, Orochimaru usually bites his intended target. As he had sharp fangs and an [[Soft Physique Modification|extendible neck]], this was a relatively simple task. The seal then appeared on the body of the victim near the puncture wound, which would cause them to subsequently lose consciousness. The design of the seals could either vary from person-to-person or was dependent on the type of seal Orochimaru chose to brand the victim with. If the victim had survived the application of the seal, they would awaken with the first level of the seal activated and enraged due to the seal's influence.
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Orochimaru's body wasn't strong enough to handle [[Sage Mode]], prompting him to start looking for an alternative. He was at some point approached by [[Jūgo]], who wanted to find a cure for his [[Sage Transformation|bodily transformations]]. By studying Jūgo's body, Orochimaru discovered that Jūgo's body [[Jūgo's Clan's Kekkei Genkai|produces an enzyme]] that causes him to take in [[natural energy]], creating [[senjutsu]] [[chakra]]. By isolating this enzyme and mixing it with his own chakra, Orochimaru created a cursed seal he could brand others with.<ref>Chapter 349, pages 9-11</ref><ref name="ch579">Chapter 579, page 16</ref> Orochimaru typically gives his cursed seals to either his more powerful followers or those he would like to use as his [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|host body]].
   
Orochimaru originally developed the cursed seals through experimentation on [[Jūgo]], whose body naturally produces an enzyme that triggers [[Sage Transformation|bodily transformations]], on which the cursed seal is based.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, page 16</ref> Like in Jūgo and his [[Jūgo's Clan|clan members]], the unrefined enzyme, extracted from him produces rage and madness in those exposed to it,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 349, page 9</ref> while the cursed seal does not have such deficiency. Similarly, Jūgo is not limited to a single transformation, and can change the advantages of his form to fit the situation. It should also be noted that anyone who survives the application of the cursed seal is "compatible" with Jūgo. This was shown when he was able to transplant some of his flesh to Sasuke.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 413, page 15</ref>
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[[File:Sasuke receives curse seal.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru applying a cursed seal.]]
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To apply a cursed seal, Orochimaru bites the recipient's neck, causing the seal to appear near the puncture wound.<ref>Chapter 49, pages 17-19</ref><ref>Chapter 50, pages 1-5</ref> Recipients are rendered unconscious while their body either accepts or rejects the cursed seal. From extensive practice, Orochimaru established a 10% compatibility rate for the cursed seal; those whose bodies aren't compatible with the cursed seal will die.<ref>Chapter 50, page 15</ref> If they do survive, the recipient will have access to the cursed seal's power boosts, access that grows through repeated use. If unused, cursed seals will grow dormant, though Orochimaru can forcefully activate them if he gains access to them.
   
The cursed seals that are partially made from Orochimaru's chakra, also contain parts of his consciousness, and thus allows him to be revived when combined with a piece of his DNA to utilise the [[Evil Releasing Method]] on a host like [[Anko Mitarashi]], Orochimaru can be resurrected completely even if his original body and self were destroyed.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 593, page 9</ref>
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Cursed seals seen in the anime tend to have fatal consequences even if the recipients survive the initial application. [[Mizuki]]'s seal, which was a failed prototype that required extra procedures to activate, nearly kills him due to its incompleteness and causes him to lose all his powers. The cursed seals administrated to [[Team Guren]] kill them if they do not take the required medication periodically, preventing them from escaping Orochimaru's clutches. On the other hand, the seals given to the [[Iburi clan]] partially stabilised their otherwise [[Iburi Clan's Kekkei Genkai|unstable ability]].
   
For the anime-exclusive seals, they tend to have fatal side effects if handled improperly, as seen when Mizuki's seal, which is unique in that it requires extra procedures to activate its powers, he nearly died due to using it earlier than he should, and lost all his powers regardless. The ones administrated onto [[Team Guren]] would kill them if they do not take the required medication periodically, which prevents them from escaping Orochimaru's clutches.
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Once applied, removal of the cursed seal is apparently difficult. [[Kakashi Hatake]] and the [[Third Hokage]] have on separate occasions opted to suppress the cursed seals rather than remove them outright. The only times the cursed seal have been fully removed have been as a side-effect of removing Orochimaru's consciousness from the recipient's body, fragments of which are embedded in each of the cursed seals: [[Itachi Uchiha]] does so with the [[Sword of Totsuka]]; [[Sasuke Uchiha]] does so with the [[Evil Releasing Method]]. So long as part of his consciousness remains in a cursed seal somewhere, Orochimaru can never truly die.<ref>Chapter 593, page 9</ref>
   
 
== Mechanics ==
 
== Mechanics ==
[[File:Sasuke receives curse seal.png|thumb|Sasuke when he receives his Cursed Seal of Heaven from Orochimaru.]]
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When they first receive the cursed seal, recipients cannot control their access to it, and as such they draw on its power unwillingly. Until they become accustomed to it, use of the cursed seal will cause them intense physical pain, though they may be able to briefly ignore this.<ref>Chapter 67, page 7</ref> While active, the cursed seal feeds off their chakra and replaces it with Orochimaru's own senjutsu chakra,<ref name="ch579"/> increasing their chakra levels and making their [[jutsu]] stronger.<ref>Chapter 128, page 16</ref> So long as they have at least some chakra of their own, this gives them a back up reserve that they can call on, though if not employed carefully this may have fatal consequences.<ref name="C66P15"/> Prolonged use of the cursed seal corrodes the mind, making them more susceptible to Orochimaru's influence.<ref>Chapter 179, pages 7-8</ref> In exchange, the cursed seal synchronises with their body, exponentially enhancing the abilities of their normal state.<ref>Chapter 219, page 11</ref>
The seal forcefully absorbs a user's chakra while giving Orochimaru's own senjutsu chakra into the user's body in return, granting enhancements comparable to those of [[Sage Mode]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, page 17</ref> The user must also possess an above-average chakra capacity in order to wield the cursed seal's power.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 412, page 11</ref> The key differences between the sage mode and a cursed seal are that the latter's users have no control over natural energy, thus senjutsu chakra in itself. The forced transformation seemingly eats away at the user's chakra to sustain its state, as [[Anko]] noted, with possibly fatal consequences.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 66, page 16</ref> As long as a user has sufficient chakra to sustain the state, he or she would then obtain additional chakra to perform skills that would have been otherwise incapable of due to exhaustion.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 128, page 16</ref> However, this additional chakra is separate and distinct from the user's own chakra, and techniques generated whilst in second level transformation assume a different colour.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 232, page 14</ref> While the enhancements granted by the cursed seals are noteworthy, they mostly are inferior in comparison to those of Sage Mode.
 
   
Because the seals forcibly draws chakra from it's user,<ref name="C66P16"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 67, page 7</ref> they will often kill the user when first applied. Orochimaru has averaged a ten-percent success rate when applying these seals based on his first experiment with his ten test subjects, with only one survivor, [[Anko Mitarashi|his student]]. Additionally, even if the users survive, their body will not be able to easily control the power of the seal given to them. To compensate for this, Orochimaru developed the [[Mind Awakening Pill]]. The drug forces a user's body to become accustomed to the unnatural increase in power, but also kills the one who takes it. The sealing technique [[Four Black Fog Battle Formation]] and [[Dark Sealing Method]] are used to keep the drug from killing the users by placing them in a temporary death state. Prolonged usage of the seals would also corrode both the body and mind of the users due to Orochimaru's chakra being present, making it easier for them to be susceptible to his influence.
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Recipients initially only have access to the cursed seal's {{translation|first level|状態1|Jōtai Ichi|lit meaning=State 1}}. When active, the seal's design spreads across their body from its point of application, glowing and replicating as its coverage grows.<ref>Chapter 55, pages 19-20</ref> The degree to which this occurs is up to the user, and the degree to which it spreads is proportionate to the overall effect it has.
   
== Transformations ==
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In order to increase the the advantages of using the cursed seal, as well as to eliminate some of the risks and discomfort that come from using its first level, Orochimaru developed [[Mind Awakening Pill]]s to advance cursed seals to their next stage. Under normal circumstances, the pills kill those who take them, requiring that they be placed in a near-death state after taking the pill while their body acclimates for the heightened transformation.<ref>Chapter 184, pages 2-10</ref>
{{See also|Sage Transformation}}
 
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Curse Seal.png|Variations in the cursed seal demonstrated by prisoners of the Northern Hideout.
 
Cursed Seal prisoners.png|Variations in the cursed seal demonstrated by prisoners of the Northern Hideout.
 
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The seals have two different levels, and the types of transformations differ from seal to seal. When inactive, the seal is simply a black tattoo on the user's body. Orochimaru has a wide array of cursed seals, so the appearance and power of the seal will usually vary. Each seal always has three identical marks arranged in a circular pattern. When first activated, the marks on the seal glow and replicate, spreading over the user's body. This is known as the {{translation|first level|状態1|Jōtai Ichi|lit meaning=State 1}} of the seal. The degree to which this occurs is dependent on the user, and the degree to which it spreads is proportionate to the overall effect it has. Normally, the wearer of the seal will also experience slight pains during the activation of this level.
 
   
The {{translation|second level|状態2|Jōtai Ni|lit meaning=State 2}} of the seal causes the black marks to completely envelop a user. This is followed by many unnatural alterations of the user's body. Once transformed, common features shared include yellow eyes with a black sclerae, skin changing colour, and longer hair. When in this level, the seal also eats away at the mind and personality of its users, driving them to madness if used for too long. It also takes quite a toll on their body, since they are being mutated by the seal. Aside from the first and second levels of the seal, skilled users of the seal are able to perform partial transformations in which the aforementioned mutation caused to the user's body in the level two state can be used without altering the entire body. The power of the cursed seal can even synchronise with the user's regular body with extended use, exponentially enhancing the abilities of their normal state.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 219, page 11</ref>
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[[File:Curse Seal.png|thumb|Variations of the cursed seal transformations.]]
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The {{translation|second level|状態2|Jōtai Ni|lit meaning=State 2}} of the cursed seal causes the user's body to physically transform. Called a {{translation|"Cursed Seal Transformation"|呪印化|Juinka}},<ref>Chapter 593, page 5</ref> it is similar in appearance to Jūgo's transformations: they gain yellow irises and black sclerae, altered skin colour, and longer hair. When in this state, the seal eats away at the mind and personality of its user, driving them to madness if used for too long. It also takes quite a toll on their body since they are being mutated by the seal.<ref>Chapter 186, page 2</ref> Skilled users of the cursed seal are able to isolate transformations to specific parts of the body.<ref>Chapter 351, pages 6-7</ref>
   
== Types of Seals ==
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=== Seals ===
=== [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]] ===
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Orochimaru has various cursed seal designs, some being stronger than others. Second level transformations are always the same for a single user, but it's not known if the same cursed seal causes the same transformations in different users.
* '''Wearers:''' [[Sasuke Uchiha]], [[Anko Mitarashi]]
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* [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]]: Worn by [[Sasuke Uchiha]] and [[Anko Mitarashi]].
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* [[Cursed Seal of Earth]]: Worn by [[Kimimaro]].
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* ''[[Sound Four]]'s [[Sound Four's Cursed Seals|Cursed Seals]]'': Worn by [[Jirōbō]], [[Kidōmaru]], [[Tayuya]], [[Sakon and Ukon]].
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* ''Prisoners' Cursed Seals'': Worn by [[Ahiko]], [[Guren (prisoner)|Guren]], [[Takishi]] and [[Tsukushi]].
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* ''[[Animal Cursed Seal]]'' <sup>(anime only)</sup>: Worn by [[Mizuki]].
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* ''[[Team Guren]]'s Cursed Seals'' <sup>(anime only)</sup>: Worn by [[Nurari]], [[Kihō]] and [[Kigiri]].
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* ''[[Iburi Clan]]'s Cursed Seals'' <sup>(anime only)</sup>: Worn by [[Gotta]] and [[Yukimi]].
   
=== [[Cursed Seal of Earth]] ===
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==Trivia==
* '''Wearer:''' [[Kimimaro]]
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*Compatibility with one of Orochimaru's cursed seals in turn means one is compatible with Jūgo, allowing him to [[Cellular Regeneration Ejection|transplant]] his own flesh and chakra into their bodies.<ref>Chapter 413, page 15</ref>
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*Orochimaru can apply other cursed seals by biting an opponent's neck. These other cursed seals temporarily bind the target upon application, spreading across their body to restrict their movements.<ref>Chapter 663, pages 11-12</ref> This is method of application and the possibility of rejection by the host are similar in nature to how the [[White Snake Sage]] teaches senjutsu.
=== [[Sound Four]]'s [[Sound Four's Cursed Seals|Cursed Seals]] ===
 
* '''Wearers:''' [[Jirōbō]], [[Kidōmaru]], [[Tayuya]], [[Sakon and Ukon]]
 
 
=== Orochimaru's Prisoners ===
 
* '''Wearers:''' [[Ahiko]], [[Guren (prisoner)|Guren]], [[Takishi]], [[Tsukushi]]
 
 
=== [[Animal Cursed Seal]] (Anime only) ===
 
* '''Wearer:''' [[Mizuki]]
 
 
=== [[Team Guren]] (Anime only) ===
 
* '''Wearers:''' [[Nurari]], [[Kihō]], [[Kigiri]]
 
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Latest revision as of 10:29, October 5, 2015

Orochimaru's Juinjutsu [1][2]
Orochimaru&#039;s Juinjutsu
Name
Kanji 大蛇丸の呪印術
Rōmaji Orochimaru no Juinjutsu
Literal English Orochimaru's Cursed Seal Technique
English anime Curse Mark
Alternative names Cursed Seal Transformation (呪印化, Juinka)
Debut
Manga Volume #6, Chapter #49
Anime Naruto Episode #30
Appears in Anime, Manga
Data
Classification Juinjutsu, Kinjutsu, Senjutsu
Rank A-rank
Class Supplementary
Range Short-range
Derived jutsu
Animal Cursed Seal

Users

Orochimaru's juinjutsu is a transformation cursed seal that Orochimaru can apply to others in order to make them stronger.

Overview Edit

Orochimaru's body wasn't strong enough to handle Sage Mode, prompting him to start looking for an alternative. He was at some point approached by Jūgo, who wanted to find a cure for his bodily transformations. By studying Jūgo's body, Orochimaru discovered that Jūgo's body produces an enzyme that causes him to take in natural energy, creating senjutsu chakra. By isolating this enzyme and mixing it with his own chakra, Orochimaru created a cursed seal he could brand others with.[3][4] Orochimaru typically gives his cursed seals to either his more powerful followers or those he would like to use as his host body.

Sasuke receives curse seal

Orochimaru applying a cursed seal.

To apply a cursed seal, Orochimaru bites the recipient's neck, causing the seal to appear near the puncture wound.[5][6] Recipients are rendered unconscious while their body either accepts or rejects the cursed seal. From extensive practice, Orochimaru established a 10% compatibility rate for the cursed seal; those whose bodies aren't compatible with the cursed seal will die.[7] If they do survive, the recipient will have access to the cursed seal's power boosts, access that grows through repeated use. If unused, cursed seals will grow dormant, though Orochimaru can forcefully activate them if he gains access to them.

Cursed seals seen in the anime tend to have fatal consequences even if the recipients survive the initial application. Mizuki's seal, which was a failed prototype that required extra procedures to activate, nearly kills him due to its incompleteness and causes him to lose all his powers. The cursed seals administrated to Team Guren kill them if they do not take the required medication periodically, preventing them from escaping Orochimaru's clutches. On the other hand, the seals given to the Iburi clan partially stabilised their otherwise unstable ability.

Once applied, removal of the cursed seal is apparently difficult. Kakashi Hatake and the Third Hokage have on separate occasions opted to suppress the cursed seals rather than remove them outright. The only times the cursed seal have been fully removed have been as a side-effect of removing Orochimaru's consciousness from the recipient's body, fragments of which are embedded in each of the cursed seals: Itachi Uchiha does so with the Sword of Totsuka; Sasuke Uchiha does so with the Evil Releasing Method. So long as part of his consciousness remains in a cursed seal somewhere, Orochimaru can never truly die.[8]

Mechanics Edit

When they first receive the cursed seal, recipients cannot control their access to it, and as such they draw on its power unwillingly. Until they become accustomed to it, use of the cursed seal will cause them intense physical pain, though they may be able to briefly ignore this.[9] While active, the cursed seal feeds off their chakra and replaces it with Orochimaru's own senjutsu chakra,[4] increasing their chakra levels and making their jutsu stronger.[10] So long as they have at least some chakra of their own, this gives them a back up reserve that they can call on, though if not employed carefully this may have fatal consequences.[1] Prolonged use of the cursed seal corrodes the mind, making them more susceptible to Orochimaru's influence.[11] In exchange, the cursed seal synchronises with their body, exponentially enhancing the abilities of their normal state.[12]

Recipients initially only have access to the cursed seal's first level (状態1, Jōtai Ichi, Literally meaning: State 1). When active, the seal's design spreads across their body from its point of application, glowing and replicating as its coverage grows.[13] The degree to which this occurs is up to the user, and the degree to which it spreads is proportionate to the overall effect it has.

In order to increase the the advantages of using the cursed seal, as well as to eliminate some of the risks and discomfort that come from using its first level, Orochimaru developed Mind Awakening Pills to advance cursed seals to their next stage. Under normal circumstances, the pills kill those who take them, requiring that they be placed in a near-death state after taking the pill while their body acclimates for the heightened transformation.[14]

Curse Seal

Variations of the cursed seal transformations.

The second level (状態2, Jōtai Ni, Literally meaning: State 2) of the cursed seal causes the user's body to physically transform. Called a "Cursed Seal Transformation" (呪印化, Juinka),[15] it is similar in appearance to Jūgo's transformations: they gain yellow irises and black sclerae, altered skin colour, and longer hair. When in this state, the seal eats away at the mind and personality of its user, driving them to madness if used for too long. It also takes quite a toll on their body since they are being mutated by the seal.[16] Skilled users of the cursed seal are able to isolate transformations to specific parts of the body.[17]

Seals Edit

Orochimaru has various cursed seal designs, some being stronger than others. Second level transformations are always the same for a single user, but it's not known if the same cursed seal causes the same transformations in different users.

TriviaEdit

  • Compatibility with one of Orochimaru's cursed seals in turn means one is compatible with Jūgo, allowing him to transplant his own flesh and chakra into their bodies.[18]
  • Orochimaru can apply other cursed seals by biting an opponent's neck. These other cursed seals temporarily bind the target upon application, spreading across their body to restrict their movements.[19] This is method of application and the possibility of rejection by the host are similar in nature to how the White Snake Sage teaches senjutsu.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chapter 66, page 15
  2. First Databook, page 194
  3. Chapter 349, pages 9-11
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chapter 579, page 16
  5. Chapter 49, pages 17-19
  6. Chapter 50, pages 1-5
  7. Chapter 50, page 15
  8. Chapter 593, page 9
  9. Chapter 67, page 7
  10. Chapter 128, page 16
  11. Chapter 179, pages 7-8
  12. Chapter 219, page 11
  13. Chapter 55, pages 19-20
  14. Chapter 184, pages 2-10
  15. Chapter 593, page 5
  16. Chapter 186, page 2
  17. Chapter 351, pages 6-7
  18. Chapter 413, page 15
  19. Chapter 663, pages 11-12

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