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Super Beast Imitation Drawing
Kanji 超獣偽画
Rōmaji Chōjū Giga
Viz print media Art of Cartoon Beast Mimicry
English anime Ninja Art: Super Beast Scroll
English games Ninja Art: Beast Scroll Replicas
Alternative names Ninja Art: Super Beast Imitating Drawing (忍法・超獣偽画, Ninpō: Chōjū Giga)
Manga Volume #32, Naruto Chapter #283
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #33
Novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds
Game Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
Classification Ninjutsu, Fighting Style
Rank B-rank
Class Offensive, Supplementary
Range All ranges
Hand seals Seal of Confrontation
Derived jutsu

The Super Beast Imitating Drawing is a technique that allows the user to animate ink drawings, which act upon the user's will.


Using chakra-infused ink, the user can quickly and expertly draw objects onto their scroll. The moment the brush is removed from the scroll, the images leap from the paper, grow to life-size, and act according to the user's will. Because they are made of ink, a single blow is usually enough to dispel them. For discreet communiques while undercover, Sai is able to turn the words he writes into small animals, allowing them to travel unnoticed to the intended target, after which the ink animal requires a scroll to revert back into written information.[2] Few techniques rival it in terms of versatility.

List of Drawings

The strongest feature of this ninja art is its ability to create various effects based solely on the user's ingenuity. In addition to the animals it is normally used to create, Sai can produce explosive tags.[3]


Sai and Inojin training

Two different aesthetic designs used for the technique.

This technique is in reference to the Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga (lit. Animal-person Charicatures), or Chōjū-giga for short, a set of four picture scrolls belonging to the Kōzan-ji Temple in Kyōto, Japan and sometimes credited as the first manga. The scrolls depict various anthropomorphic animals dancing and playing about in a lively ceremony, which seems to be the basis for Sai being able to animate his own drawings for various purposes.

Inojin Yamanaka's usage of the technique differs from his father's in terms of the aesthetic design. Unlike Sai's round drawings, Inojin's have sharp, straight lines. Inojin remarked that his father's sense of style appears to be "old-fashioned" compared to his own.[7] Appropriately, his design is named Super Beast Imitating Drawing: Modern Era (超獣偽画・現代, Chōjū Giga: Gendai).[8]


  • According to Sai, this technique does not work as well in rain.[9] In the anime, however, Sai can use this technique to create a fish and umbrella, possibly using a water-resistant ink.[10]
  • In Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth Full Power Ninja Chronicles, Rock Lee was able to paint mice with the head of Might Guy. Tenten painted a large, "cute", humanoid bunny and panda bear. Sai still had to perform the technique to animate their drawings.
  • In the anime, Inojin uses coloured ink for his Super Beast Imitating Drawing creatures in addition to the black ink Sai uses.

See Also


  1. Third Databook, pages 286-287
  2. Naruto chapter 457, page 4
  3. Naruto chapter 520, page 19
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5
  5. 5.0 5.1 Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
  6. 6.0 6.1 Naruto Collectible Card Game
  7. Naruto chapter 700+1, page 10
  8. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Volume 2's Inojin's Profile
  9. Naruto chapter 573, page 12
  10. Naruto: Shippūden episode 81

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