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|ref=<ref name="Databook1">First Databook, page 171</ref>
 
|ref=<ref name="Databook1">First Databook, page 171</ref>
|image=Shadow Imitation Technique.JPG
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|image=Shadow Imitation Technique.png
 
|kanji=影真似の術
 
|kanji=影真似の術
 
|unnamed jutsu=No
 
|unnamed jutsu=No
 
|romaji=Kagemane no Jutsu
 
|romaji=Kagemane no Jutsu
 
|literal english=Shadow Imitation Technique
 
|literal english=Shadow Imitation Technique
|english tv=Shadow Possession Jutsu, Shadow Paralysis Jutsu
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|english tv=Ninja Art: Shadow Possession Jutsu, Shadow Paralysis Jutsu
|other names={{translation|Shadow Bind Technique|影縛りの術|Kageshibari no Jutsu|eng tv=Shadow Paralysis Jutsu}}, {{translation|Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique|木ノ葉秘伝・影縛りの術|Konoha Hiden: Kageshibari no Jutsu|lit meaning=Tree Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique}}, {{translation|''Shadow Imitation Shadow Bind''|影真似影縛り|Kagemane Kage Shibari}}
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|other names={{translation|Shadow Bind Technique|影縛りの術|Kageshibari no Jutsu|eng tv=Shadow Paralysis Jutsu}}, {{translation|Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique|木ノ葉秘伝・影縛りの術|Konoha Hiden: Kageshibari no Jutsu|lit meaning=Tree Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique}}
|jutsu classification=Hiden~Nara, Ninjutsu
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|jutsu classification=Hiden~Nara Clan, Ninjutsu
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|jutsu type=Yin Release
 
|jutsu class type=Supplementary
 
|jutsu class type=Supplementary
 
|jutsu range=Short, Mid
 
|jutsu range=Short, Mid
|users=Ensui Nara, Shikaku Nara, Shikamaru Nara, Kakashi Hatake~game,
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|users=Daen Nara, Ensui Nara, Kasuga Nara, Maen Nara, Shikaku Nara, Shikamaru Nara, Suzaku Nara, Shikadai Nara~movie canon, Kakashi Hatake~game,
 
|hand signs=Rat
 
|hand signs=Rat
 
|debut manga=55
 
|debut manga=55
 
|debut anime=33
 
|debut anime=33
 
|debut shippuden=No
 
|debut shippuden=No
|game debut=Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
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|novel debut=Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
|movie debut=Naruto the Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
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|game debut=Naruto: Ninja Council
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|movie debut=Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
 
|ova debut=Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
 
|ova debut=Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
|jutsu media=Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
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|jutsu media=Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
 
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The '''Shadow Imitation Technique''' allows the user to extend their shadow on any surface (even water)<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 535, page 6</ref> and as far as they want as long as there is a sufficient [[Wikipedia:Area|area]]. Once it comes into contact with a target's shadow, the two merge and the target is forced to imitate the user's movements. Therefore, the two can throw [[shuriken]] at each other at the same time if the user desires that (of course, to prevent hurting themselves, the user just has to have the shuriken holster in a place where you don't normally have it, like the back, so that the opponent draws nothing when the user draws a shuriken). If the target is out of range, the user can produce a [[Flash Bomb|better light source]] to increase their shadow's size or rely on pre-existing shadows for their shadow to freely travel through.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 207, pages 17-18</ref> It's also possible to split one's shadow, either to trap more opponents at once, or to create a distraction. The shadow can also be attached to people without binding them, letting the "victim" move freely. Doing that has the purpose that the person, the shadow was attached to, makes contact with a third person, to bind the latter one with the shadow.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 523, pages 7-8</ref>
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The '''Shadow Imitation Technique''' is a signature technique of the Nara Clan which allows the user to manipulate their shadow.
   
The major downside of the Shadow Imitation is that it is tiring to use repeatedly; [[Hidan]] notes that the ability is subject to some form of diminishing return and decreases in potency after repeated use ([[Shikamaru]] can only maintain it for 5 minutes per use).<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 336, page 7</ref> If the user is low on chakra, the performance rate of the technique also deteriorates. Insufficient lighting will make the technique less effective. A particularly strong opponent can also resist the shadow's forced imitation.
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== Usage ==
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The user extends their shadow on any surface (even water)<ref>Chapter 535, page 6</ref> and as far as they want as long as there is a sufficient area. Once it comes into contact with a target's shadow, the two merge and the target is forced to imitate the user's movements. Therefore, the two can throw [[shuriken]] at each other at the same time if the user desires that (of course, to prevent hurting themselves, the user just has to have the shuriken holster in a place where you don't normally have it, like the back, so that the opponent draws nothing when the user draws a shuriken). If the target is out of range, the user can produce a [[Flash Bomb|better light source]] to increase their shadow's size or rely on pre-existing shadows for their shadow to freely travel through.<ref>Chapter 207, pages 17-18</ref> It's also possible to split one's shadow, either to trap more opponents at once, or to create a distraction.
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== Drawbacks ==
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The major downside of the Shadow Imitation is that it is tiring to use repeatedly; [[Hidan]] notes that the ability is subject to some form of diminishing return and decreases in potency after repeated use ([[Shikamaru]] can only maintain it for 5 minutes per use).<ref>Chapter 336, page 7</ref> If the user is low on chakra, the performance rate of the technique also deteriorates. Insufficient lighting will make the technique less effective. A particularly strong opponent can also resist the shadow's forced imitation. The technique also forces the user to move the same as the victim so if the victim was hit with enough blunt force to move them, the user has the movements forced on them.<ref>Chapter 96, page 16</ref>
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
 
* It was originally created somewhere in Konoha's region as a way to capture deer for their antlers. From there, it was treated as a secret technique, and transmitted to the following generations.<ref name="Databook1"/>
 
* It was originally created somewhere in Konoha's region as a way to capture deer for their antlers. From there, it was treated as a secret technique, and transmitted to the following generations.<ref name="Databook1"/>
* [[Shikaku Nara]] calls this technique by its old name: the {{translation|Shadow Bind Technique|影縛りの術|Kageshibari no Jutsu|engtv=Shadow Paralysis Jutsu}} (exactly {{translation|"Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique"|木ノ葉秘伝・影縛りの術|Konoha Hiden: Kageshibari no Jutsu|lit meaning=Tree Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique}}. Shikamaru also uses this name in ''[[Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds]]''. The old version simply paralysed the target. The imitation aspect was apparently added sometime between [[Orochimaru]]'s defection from [[Konoha]] and his later invasion of the village.
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* [[Shikaku Nara]] calls this technique by its old name: the {{translation|Shadow Bind Technique|影縛りの術|Kageshibari no Jutsu|engtv=Shadow Paralysis Jutsu}} (exactly {{translation|"Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique"|木ノ葉秘伝・影縛りの術|Konoha Hiden: Kageshibari no Jutsu|lit meaning=Tree Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique}}. Shikamaru also uses this name in ''[[Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds]]''. The old version simply paralysed the target. The imitation aspect was apparently added sometime between [[Orochimaru]]'s defection from [[Konoha]] and his later invasion of the village.
* [[Ensui]] initially referred to this technique as the {{translation|''Shadow Imitation Shadow Bind''|影真似影縛り|Kagemane Kage Shibari}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 523, page 7</ref> but later refers to it simply as "Kagemane".
 
 
* It does not appear to affect the opponent's face, allowing them freedom of speech, thus this technique can be used for interrogation purposes.
 
* It does not appear to affect the opponent's face, allowing them freedom of speech, thus this technique can be used for interrogation purposes.
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* In the English dub of [[Squad Mutiny: Everything Falls Apart!|episode 112]], after Shikimaru captures the [[Sound Four]] with this technique, [[Sakon]] states that he had mastered this technique as well.
 
* In the ''[[Naruto: Clash of Ninja (series)|Naruto: Clash of Ninja]]'' series, Kakashi can perform this technique by copying it with his Sharingan.
 
* In the ''[[Naruto: Clash of Ninja (series)|Naruto: Clash of Ninja]]'' series, Kakashi can perform this technique by copying it with his Sharingan.
 
* In ''[[Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2]]'', using this technique on multiple opponents at once gives it the name Eight Way Shadow Imitation Technique.
 
* In ''[[Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2]]'', using this technique on multiple opponents at once gives it the name Eight Way Shadow Imitation Technique.
* The user of the technique has been shown to move the same way as the target if they are moved.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 96, page 19</ref>
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* The user of the technique has been shown to move the same way as the target if they are moved.<ref>Chapter 96, page 19</ref>
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* An error occurs when Shikamaru leads Hidan through a wooded area, but doesn't cause the technique to be cancelled due to a lack of a shadow here.
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* In ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]'', Shikamaru was able to use this technique to manipulate the movements of several of Toneri's puppets despite remaining stationary.
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* In ''[[Boruto: Naruto the Movie]]'', Konohamaru was able to use this technique with the help of [[Kote]].
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Latest revision as of 12:23, August 20, 2015

Shadow Imitation Technique [1]
Shadow Imitation Technique
Name
Kanji 影真似の術
Rōmaji Kagemane no Jutsu
Literal English Shadow Imitation Technique
English TV Ninja Art: Shadow Possession Jutsu, Shadow Paralysis Jutsu
Other Shadow Bind Technique (影縛りの術, Kageshibari no Jutsu), Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique (木ノ葉秘伝・影縛りの術, Konoha Hiden: Kageshibari no Jutsu, Literally meaning: Tree Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique)
Debut
Manga Volume #7, Chapter #55
Anime Naruto Episode #33
Novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
Movie Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
Game Naruto: Ninja Council
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
Data
Classification Nara Symbol Hiden, Ninjutsu
Nature
Class Supplementary
Range Short to Mid range
Hand seals Rat
Derived jutsu
Shadow Clutch Technique

Users

The Shadow Imitation Technique is a signature technique of the Nara Clan which allows the user to manipulate their shadow.

Usage Edit

The user extends their shadow on any surface (even water)[2] and as far as they want as long as there is a sufficient area. Once it comes into contact with a target's shadow, the two merge and the target is forced to imitate the user's movements. Therefore, the two can throw shuriken at each other at the same time if the user desires that (of course, to prevent hurting themselves, the user just has to have the shuriken holster in a place where you don't normally have it, like the back, so that the opponent draws nothing when the user draws a shuriken). If the target is out of range, the user can produce a better light source to increase their shadow's size or rely on pre-existing shadows for their shadow to freely travel through.[3] It's also possible to split one's shadow, either to trap more opponents at once, or to create a distraction.

Drawbacks Edit

The major downside of the Shadow Imitation is that it is tiring to use repeatedly; Hidan notes that the ability is subject to some form of diminishing return and decreases in potency after repeated use (Shikamaru can only maintain it for 5 minutes per use).[4] If the user is low on chakra, the performance rate of the technique also deteriorates. Insufficient lighting will make the technique less effective. A particularly strong opponent can also resist the shadow's forced imitation. The technique also forces the user to move the same as the victim so if the victim was hit with enough blunt force to move them, the user has the movements forced on them.[5]

Trivia Edit

  • It was originally created somewhere in Konoha's region as a way to capture deer for their antlers. From there, it was treated as a secret technique, and transmitted to the following generations.[1]
  • Shikaku Nara calls this technique by its old name: the Shadow Bind Technique (影縛りの術, Kageshibari no Jutsu, English TV: Shadow Paralysis Jutsu) (exactly "Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique" (木ノ葉秘伝・影縛りの術, Konoha Hiden: Kageshibari no Jutsu, Literally meaning: Tree Leaf Secret: Shadow Bind Technique). Shikamaru also uses this name in Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds. The old version simply paralysed the target. The imitation aspect was apparently added sometime between Orochimaru's defection from Konoha and his later invasion of the village.
  • It does not appear to affect the opponent's face, allowing them freedom of speech, thus this technique can be used for interrogation purposes.
  • In the English dub of episode 112, after Shikimaru captures the Sound Four with this technique, Sakon states that he had mastered this technique as well.
  • In the Naruto: Clash of Ninja series, Kakashi can perform this technique by copying it with his Sharingan.
  • In Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2, using this technique on multiple opponents at once gives it the name Eight Way Shadow Imitation Technique.
  • The user of the technique has been shown to move the same way as the target if they are moved.[6]
  • An error occurs when Shikamaru leads Hidan through a wooded area, but doesn't cause the technique to be cancelled due to a lack of a shadow here.
  • In The Last: Naruto the Movie, Shikamaru was able to use this technique to manipulate the movements of several of Toneri's puppets despite remaining stationary.
  • In Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Konohamaru was able to use this technique with the help of Kote.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 First Databook, page 171
  2. Chapter 535, page 6
  3. Chapter 207, pages 17-18
  4. Chapter 336, page 7
  5. Chapter 96, page 16
  6. Chapter 96, page 19

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