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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

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 the right eye, is also able to make the user "intangible" by transporting portions of their body to the same pocket dimension.[4] While both awakened their Mangekyō Sharingan,[5] Obito was able to instinctively make regular use of Kamui while Kakashi seemingly didn't become aware of it until some time after Sasuke Uchiha defected from Konohagakure.

Kakashi 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]

Teleportation

SpaceTimeMigration

Obito using Kamui to teleport.

Each eye is able to transport targets by creating a swirling distortion that opens a void into another dimension. This technique's effect acts as an attractive force, both visibly drawing the target inwards and distorting their form until they disappear. A user of the right eye requires physical contact to absorb a target, while a user of the left can do so from a distance. Kamui also allows the user to teleport to virtually any location they desire by absorbing their own body into the swirling distortion. When using Kamui to teleport, whatever the user is touching will be warped along with them and their chakra becomes untraceable.[6]

Tobi using shuriken

Obito ejecting multiple shuriken from Kamui's dimension.

After storing a target within Kamui's dimension, the user can then eject it from their eye at any time. This can be done with varying degrees of force, as demonstrated by Obito, who ejects various weapons at a moment's notice, giving opponents little opportunity to react accordingly.[7] While in Kamui's dimension, the user can transport targets out of said dimension at any time, even without establishing physical contact.[8] Despite not always being present, Obito can keep targets under genjutsu while they are confined inside this technique's pocket dimension, thus keeping them incapacitated for extended durations.[9]

A user of Kamui can synchronise with other space-time techniques, allowing them access to other dimensions. After entering a new dimension through this method, the user is able to travel to and from said dimension, as well as any other connected dimensions, at will.[10]

Left Eye

Kamui1

Kakashi using Kamui from a distance.

The long-range version of Kamui, an ability belonging to Obito's left eye, is primarily based on line of sight and, as such, does not require physical contact to warp a target into the other dimension. 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. The barrier can be expanded, as Deidara was forced to fly further away in an effort to escape its effects.[11]

Right Eye

Tobi Chains

Minato passing through Obito.

The short-range version of Kamui, belonging to Obito's right eye, requires physical contact to warp a target. However, this eye has a unique variation of teleportation akin to intangibility. When activated, any part of the user'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. This ability can dodge most attacks, and by overlapping his entire body into large objects, the user can not only conceal himself from view, but temporarily erase all traces of his chakra. This ability can also be used to travel through the ground; a characteristic that Obito often exploited to ambush his opponents from below.[12] The user also seemingly possesses the capability to extend this intangibility to whatever he's touching at the moment of activation,[13] as long as he is able to maintain some form of contact with at least a part of the desired item or person.[14] It also allows the user to bypass even the strongest Barrier Ninjutsu, as Obito passed through the one meant to prevent anyone from entering the area where Kushina Uzumaki was giving birth.[15][16]

Both Eyes

  • Obito simultaneously uses Kamui in both eyes…
  • …using his left eye to create a long-ranged Kamui to synchronise with another portal…
  • …then using his right eye to create a short-ranged one to warp himself and his targets…
  • …and connecting both Kamui to transport himself and his targets to another dimension.
  • Both types of Kamui synchronised and forming a portal to a new dimension.

When both eyes are used together on the same target, the teleportation process works twice as fast.[17] Through both eyes, the user can create two distortions at the same time and connect them. This was demonstrated when Obito first used the long-range Kamui to synchronise with another dimension, and then used the short-range Kamui to teleport himself, and/or any one touching him through the portal.[18]

The user can not only create two distortions, but can create a simultaneously long and short ranged portal in their line of sight that can connect two dimensions. Doing this, however, requires a tremendous amount of chakra, and places significant strain on the user's eyes, causing both to bleed.[19]

Drawbacks

Since this technique was shared by two different users of the same pair of eyes, both parties could use their own technique to counter the effectiveness of the other, thus making it useless to use against one another directly.[20] Obito could extend this negation to targets outside of his own body by concentrating on the warped space, as he negated Kakashi's attempt to decapitate the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.[21] Similarly, Kakashi was able to escape Obito's attempts to trap him in the other dimension and influence attacks to hit the former should he attempt to phase through them.[22]

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 put Kakashi's body at risk as well. As his Sharingan was transplanted, usage of this technique posed an even greater risk to Kakashi. Similar to Amaterasu, repeated use of the technique puts a great deal of strain on the user, which can cause the eye to bleed when overused.[23]

Kakashi was originally only able to use this technique up to three times a day before being rendered immobile, and his aim and control over the size of the barrier were imperfect.[11] Over time his aim and control improved, as he was able to accurately warp away small and fast moving objects, such as a nail,[24] as well as consecutively warp away two fast-moving arrows.[25] Later, he became able to use this technique several more times in a single day and attempted to transport a target as large as the Demonic Statue's head, though doing so required time to prepare the necessary amount of chakra.[26] After receiving chakra from 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,[27] 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.[28]

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.[29] 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.[30]

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.[31] 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.[32] After becoming the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, Obito noticed that he could no longer use Kamui's ability to let objects slip through him.[33] Madara, who was able to teleport himself as the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki into the Kamui dimension, proved that this part of Kamui still works.[34]

As shown numerous times with both eyes, if Obito uses Kamui in another dimension that isn't his, it requires a huge amount of chakra and causes even Obito's, the original user's, eyes to bleed.[35]

Influence

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

  • Unlike other Mangekyō Sharingan users, Obito's continuous usage of Kamui does not seem to cause his eyesight to deteriorate.
  • In the sixth movie and several anime episodes, Obito is shown to be able to access Kamui without having his Mangekyō Sharingan activated.

See Also

References

  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 598, pages 4-6, 9-12
  8. Naruto chapter 675, pages 1-2
  9. Naruto chapter 520, page 8
  10. Naruto chapter 685
  11. 11.0 11.1 Naruto chapter 276, pages 4-11
  12. Naruto chapter 475, pages 2-3
  13. Naruto chapter 467, page 5
  14. Naruto chapter 595, page 15
  15. Naruto chapter 500, page 14
  16. Naruto chapter 502, page 11
  17. Naruto chapter 666, pages 13-15
  18. Naruto chapter 685, pages 3-4
  19. Naruto chapter 685, pages 14-16
  20. Naruto chapter 487, page 4
  21. Naruto chapter 595, pages 12-13
  22. Naruto chapter 608, page 3-8
  23. Naruto chapter 598, page 12
  24. Naruto chapter 424, page 17
  25. Naruto chapter 484, page 6
  26. Naruto chapter 595, page 11
  27. Naruto chapter 610, page 17
  28. Naruto chapter 617, pages 3-4
  29. Naruto chapter 598, page 9
  30. Naruto chapter 510, pages 2-3
  31. Naruto chapter 597, pages 4-12
  32. Naruto chapter 617, pages 13-14
  33. Naruto chapter 643, page 5
  34. Naruto, chapter 674, page 17
  35. Naruto chapter 685, pages 7-8, 11-17

Start a Discussion Discussions about Kamui

  • Kamui Anomaly

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    • Mrlmm0605 wrote: Obito's Sharingan has NEVER been in Mangekyo when using Kamui, save these past few chapters. Obito's Sharingan has never b...
    • JOA20 wrote: Obito's Sharingan has never been CLEARLY shown when he was using Kamui until some chapters ago. It's just like when Obito fou...

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