naruto jutsu

Jutsu in naruto

The term “Jutsu” (Technique, Magic, Ability, etc.), in Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto anime and manga series, refers to the supernatural abilities that ninjas can use, beginning the story following a group of young ninjas from the village of .

Series creator Masashi Kishimoto developed the jutsu concept to explain the supernatural feats the ninjas perform in the series, and also to provide an original image of the ninja in the manga. The integration of jutsu into the series has received both praise and criticism from several anime and manga publications. T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews claimed that jutsu were Naruto’s main focus and the source of its “highest honors”, but criticized the over-repetitive use of certain jutsu in fight scenes. Anime News Network shares this sentiment, calling the fights “repetitive to a fault”, but praises the visual presentation of jutsu in the anime and manga.

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By forming seals by hand, the ninja is able to mold his chakra and manifest the desired Jutsu. Because of the large number of seals and different combinations, there are thousands of potential Jutsu to discover and use. The hand seals themselves come from the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac. The appearance of the seals comes from Hindu and Buddhist iconography, and are called “Mudra”, which means “seal” or “sign” in Sanskrit. These hand gestures were used to identify the nature and function of the deity who used them. Over time, the positions and traditions changed as they were adopted and moved from country to country.

In addition to these hand seals, some Jutsu have their own unique hand and finger positions, such as the gestures used in Kage Bunshin no Jutsu, Shintenshin no Jutsu, etc. All but one of the ninja in the series used both hands to form seals. used one-handed seals in his Suiton Ninjutsu techniques. It’s thanks to his Hyoton Limit Bloodline that he can use Suiton or Futon with just one hand.

Basic one-hand seals

Ne – Rat

Ne is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Rat. It is associated with the North and the month of November.

Ushi – Ox/Cow

Ushi is the second sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Ox. It is associated with the Northeast and the month of December.

Tora – Tiger

Tora is the third sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Tiger. It is associated with East-North-East and the month of January. The Tiger is used to perform fire-based Jutsus.

U – Rabbit/Hare

U is the fourth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the rabbit. It is associated with the Orient and the month of February.

Tatsu – Dragon

Tatsu is the fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Dragon. It is associated with East-Southeast and the month of March.

Mi – Snake

Mi is the sixth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the serpent. It is associated with the South-Southeast and the month of April. The snake is used to perform earthly Jutsus.

Uma – Horse

Uma is the seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac, the horse. It is associated with the South and the month of May.

Hitsuji – Aries/Sheep

Hitsuji is the eighth sign of the Chinese zodiac, Ram. It is associated with the south-southwest and the month of June. Hitsuji is used to gather the chakras.

Note: Ram has been officially depicted in manga as having the right thumb or index finger extended upwards.

Saru – Monkey

Saru is the ninth sign of the Chinese zodiac, Monkey. It is associated with the West-Southwest and the month of July. Monkey is used to perform lightning-based Jutsus.

Tori – Bird

Tori is the tenth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the rooster. It is associated with the West and the month of August. The bird is used to perform water-based Jutsus.

Inu – Dog

Inu is the eleventh sign of the Chinese zodiac, Dog. It is associated with the West-Northwest and the month of September. The Dog is used to perform Ice Jutsus.

I – Boar/Pig

I am the twelfth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the pig. It is associated with the North-Northwest and the month of October.

naruto chakra

Chakra is the basic energy source needed by Naruto’s ninja to perform most jutsu. Ninjas produce chakra by combining their two energies: physical energy (stamina), drawn from the trillions of cells that make up the human body, and mental energy (chakra), acquired through experience and body training. Once created, the chakra moves throughout the body in a manner similar to the circulatory system and is delivered to one of 361 chakra release points. By performing a sequence consisting of twelve different seals, the chakra can then be manipulated to create supernatural effects, such as walking on water.

Elements and the manipulation of nature

The five elements of the chakras

In the second part of the series, the concept of manipulating nature, altering the quality of the chakra, is introduced. Nature manipulation enables ninjas, after a certain amount of training, to convert their chakra into one of the five elements: Dolton (earth), Suiton (water), Katon (fire), Fulton (wind) and Raiton (lightning). Each element is stronger and weaker than the other; for example, fire is weak against water, but can easily be opposed and even becomes stronger when used against a wind-based jutsu. All ninja have a natural affinity for one of the five elements, which makes it easier for them to use jutsu of that type. Ninja with an affinity for fire, for example, will be able to breathe fire much sooner than they can manipulate water.

Skilled ninja can learn to use other elements; ninja of Jonin rank are usually able to manipulate at least two elements. was shown using three different elements in the Naruto manga and a fourth in the anime adaptation. Although these ninjas can use their different elements separately with little effort, combining the two elements is impossible for ninjas who have no genetic predisposition for it. Ninjas with one of these genetic abilities can mix two specific elements to create a whole new one. For example, an antagonist introduced at the start of the series can mix water and wind to create ice. Mokuton, a combination of earth and water unique to the former and Yamato, allows the user to produce wood.

Eight Gates

The eight gates are eight specific points along the chakra circulatory system that restrict the overall flow of chakras in a ninja’s body. Although the gates make the ninja weaker in battle, they limit the body’s functions to prevent it from exhaling too soon. Ninjas who have learned to open these doors can exceed their own physical limits at the cost of varying levels of damage to their own bodies. By opening all eight gates, the user becomes invincible in battle, but his body is so damaged that he subsequently dies. Rock Lee is shown opening the first five gates during the first part of the series, and his teacher, Might Guy, is seen activating the sixth during the second part. In the movie Naruto Shippuuden 2: Bonds, the villain Shinnou mentions opening all 8 gates when he gains the “perfect body” thanks to the transformation of his black chakra.


At the very end of Naruto Shippuden, Gai reveals all his power by opening the 8 gates against . A moment that has become cult for all fans, and thanks to which Gai will forever take on the status of super-powered ninja among fans. Photo:

Jutsu types

Ninjutsu is a vague term that refers to almost any technique that uses the chakras and enables the user to do something they would otherwise be unable to do. Unlike genjutsu, which makes the opponent see illusions, the effects of ninjutsu are real. They vary considerably depending on the objective, with the simplest ninjutsu serving to transform the user or enable him/her to evade attacks. These techniques are often second nature to experienced ninjas, who can use them at will. More complex ninjutsu manipulate the environment or use the elements, serving respectively to heal others or manipulate wind or water.


Genjutsu are techniques that use the chakra of the victim’s nervous system to create illusions. The most common genjutsu in the series is the simple creation of fantasies, causing the targeted person(s) to hear, see, smell, taste or feel sensations that aren’t actually there in order to manipulate them. Most genjutsu affect the five senses, although other applications of genjutsu exist. People under the influence of genjutsu freeze or lose consciousness, depending on their ability to recognize and defend against it. Genjutsu can be broken in three ways. The first is Genjutsu – Kai, a disruption of the victim’s chakra flow, either by himself or by his allies. Pain not caused by genjutsu, such as stabbing oneself, is a second method of countering genjutsu. Finally, if the genjutsu caster loses concentration for any reason, the genjutsu stops and the victim is released.


Taijutsu refers to any technique involving martial arts or the optimization of man’s natural abilities. Taijutsu is performed by directly accessing the user’s physical and mental energies, relying on the endurance and strength acquired through training. As chakras do not need to be produced, taijutsu can generally be performed much faster than ninjutsu or genjutsu techniques. Chakras can be used for taijutsu for a secondary purpose, such as adding strength to physical attacks, but most taijutsu rarely use chakras.

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Hijutsu/Kekkei Genkai

Hijutsu or the are secret abilities genetically transmitted within specific clans. Most of these clans have developed special techniques based on their genetic abilities, as this gives them an advantage in combat that cannot be taught or copied by opponents. Kekkei Genkai such as Mokuton revolve around simultaneously combining two separate chakras to create an entirely new one.


Kekkei Genkai such as Sharingan that work via the user’s eyes are called Dojutsu.


Fuinjutsu are techniques for sealing something inside objects or living beings. The most common application is to seal weapons or other objects in scrolls to efficiently transport large numbers of objects. Fuinjutsu are also used to restrict access to objects, such as chakras or building entrances. The sealing jutsu most often seen and mentioned in the series is that which seals the nine-tailed fox demon within the series’ protagonist, Naruto.


Senjutsu is a form of jutsu introduced during the second part of the series. It is achieved by combining the user’s chakra with “natural energy”, a task that can only be performed by ninjas with particularly large chakra reserves who learn to harmonize with nature; anyone else who tries is quickly overwhelmed by this natural energy, turning into a frog and petrifying. Once senjutsu has been mastered, the user can perform jutsu with much greater power and efficiency. The user also has the ability to shape the natural energy around his opponents, enabling him to increase the range of physical attacks to the point where he doesn’t have to touch the opponent directly to inflict damage. As a beneficial side-effect, senjutsu makes the user stronger as time goes by, rather than tiring them out. Senjutsu appears to be unique to the toads summoned in the series, as only they and their human pupils have been seen using it.


Kinjutsu are techniques whose teaching has been banned. This ban may have been put in place for a number of reasons, but kinjutsu can generally be classified into one of two categories: Techniques that do extreme harm to oneself and techniques that violate the laws of nature.

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