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Super Beast Imitating Drawing[1]

Super Beasts
Name
Kanji 超獣偽画
Rōmaji Chōjū Giga
Literal English Super Beast Imitating Drawing
Viz manga Art of Cartoon Beast Mimicry
English TV Ninja Art: Super Beasts Scroll
Games Ninja Art: Beast Scroll Replicas
Debut
Manga Chapter #283
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #33
Movie Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds
Game Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Data
Classification Ninjutsu, Fighting Style
Rank B-rank
Class Offensive, Supplementary
Range All ranges
Derived jutsu

Users

A technique characteristic to Sai that allows him to adapt to the circumstances of any confrontation. The ninja uses chakra-infused ink to quickly draws objects onto his scroll. The moment the brush is removed, 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 reverts 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.

Mice
Useful for tracking or searching, and often created in large number. By not taking roads to travel, the "mice" are inconspicuous, making them the most suitable, not just for searches, but also for delivering information obtained from enemy camps to Konoha. Furthermore, if one draws a countless number of mice, it even becomes possible to perform an unworkable number of searches.
Lions
For attacking from a distance, lions can be drawn. They are usually created in small groups to attack foes directly.
Birds
If it's necessary to do reconnaissance from the sky or travel in high-speed, large birds can be drawn and ridden. Smaller birds can also be used to carry explosive tags and for long-distance or urgent information delivery.
Owls
Used in Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds.
Leeches
Used as a low damage projectile-like attack. Larger and heavier leeches can also be drawn.
Bats
These drawing can morph into a makeshift umbrella, or attach themselves to the enemy's face and blind them.
Fish
Useful in delivering messages in water.
Snakes
After being drawn quickly, the "snakes" can be used as ropes to restrain someone. With the ability to soundlessly enter through even the smallest crevice, they can also be used for assassination purposes.
The Benevolent Kings (仁王, Niō) or Vajra Strongmen (金剛力士, Kongō Rikishi)
Two powerful, gigantic beings, Agyō (阿形) and Ungyō (吽形), are used to physically attack the enemy with their great strength.
Explosive Tags
These can be created with ink and attached to small birds, allowing the user to bombard the enemy from the air.[3]
Tiger
Used in his Sealing Technique: Tiger Vision Staring Bullet.
Cats
Used in Sai's Day Off.
Squirrels
Used in Sai's Day Off.
Rabbits
Used in Sai's Day Off.

Influences

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.

Trivia

  • According to Sai, this technique does not work as well in rain.[4]

See Also

References

  1. Third Databook, pages 286-287
  2. Naruto chapter 457, page 4
  3. Naruto chapter 520, page 19
  4. Naruto chapter 573, page 12

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