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Lightning Cutter

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Name

Kanji

雷切

Rōmaji

Raikiri

Literal English

Lightning Cutter

English TV

Lightning Blade

Debut

Appears in

Anime, Manga, Game and Movie

Data

Classification

Ninjutsu

Type

Nature Icon Lightning Lightning Release

Rank

S-rank

Class

Offensive

Range

Short-range

Hand seals

Ox → Rabbit → Monkey

Other jutsu

Users

  • Kage Uchiha
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  • Kamaitachi Tetsugaku
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  • Bocchiere
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  • Taiga Saejima
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  • Zero
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The Lightning Cutter is an enhanced and concentrated form of the Chidori with the same effects and drawbacks. Because the Chidori is already powerful on its own, the Lightning Cutter requires better chakra control, which is exemplified in its appearance. The Chidori appears as simply a mass of white electrical chakra in the user's hand, while the Lightning Cutter is more focused and blue.

Kakashi later demonstrated the ability to imbue a projectile weapon, such as a kunai, with his Lightning Cutter, granting the technique long-range capabilities. In this instance, the kunai was capable of piercing through multiple large rocks with ease, without any loss of momentum or change in trajectory.

Trivia

  • The name Raikiri comes from a story about famous samurai Tachibana Dōsetsu (立花道雪, Tachibana Dōsetsu) (22 April 1513–2 November 1585). Tachibana was in possession of a famous sword called Chidori (千鳥; Literally meaning "A Thousand Birds"). One day, while he was still a young man, he was taking shelter under a tree, as it was raining. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning struck him. However, Tachibana used his Chidori to cut the Thunder God inside the lightning bolt, allowing him to survive. After this incident, he renamed his Chidori to Raikiri (雷切; Literally meaning "Lightning Cutter").

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