This technique is only shown in the anime. It is NOT shown in the manga (At least not by either Orochimaru or Hiruzen).
Not a Clone Edit
Shippuden 192 Edit
Continuing from what was said above, I think it is a clone when Orochimaru used in the Forest of Death. When Hiruzen uses it against Orochimaru, Orochimaru does say it's a substitute, but I'm not sure it's the same when Orochimaru says it. Anyway, in the latest episode, when the Kumo guy uses it, Neji calls it an Earth Release Shadow Clone. Was "Earth Clone Technique" ever actually said? If not, we need to rename this article. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 17:26, December 23, 2010 (UTC)
- The name of the technique was never said in the anime, so it should be moved.--Deva 27 (talk) 17:29, December 23, 2010 (UTC)
This just seems like an Earth Release version of a Substitution Technique, if it was a shadow clone then the caster would still be there, but he's just doing a substitution. --Speysider Talk Page | My Image Uploads | Tabber Code | My Wiki | Channel 13:50, June 14, 2012 (UTC)