General Purpose Jutsu – Shushin Jutsu November 27, 2014
Today we will be looking at some basic but extremely useful jutsu, the shusin no jutsu. Shusin no jutsu or otherwise known as Body Flicker Technique is a high-speed movement technique, allowing a ninja to move short to long distances at an almost untraceable speed.To an observer, it appears as if the user has teleported. A puff of smoke is occasionally used to disguise the user’s movements. It is accomplished by using chakra to temporarily vitalise the body and move at extreme speeds. The amount of chakra required depends on the overall distance and elevation between the user and the intended destination.
Different hidden villages usually have variations of the Body Flicker Technique, all of which involve some extra element aside from the movement itself. The extra element is usually some sort of substance used to distract the opponent, such as leaves or sand. Gaara, for instance, uses the Sand Body Flicker (砂瞬身, Suna-Shunshin), which uses sand to cover his movements. Other varieties include the Mist Body Flicker (霧瞬身, Kiri-Shunshin), Water Body Flicker (水瞬身, Mizu-Shunshin), and Leaf Body Flicker (木ノ葉瞬身, Konoha-Shunshin).
Shisui Uchiha, who was renown for his use of this technique, was feared as “Shisui of the Body Flicker” (瞬身のシスイ, Shunshin no Shisui). Whenever he employed this technique, Shisui would fade away from sight, leaving no trace of his presence.
The Fourth Raikage often combined the Body Flicker Technique with the Lightning Release Chakra Mode which allowed him to dodge Amaterasu in a split second. When his father utilised the technique, it looked like a bolt of lightning appeared and disappeared from the area, and he could avoid the Wind Release: Rasenshuriken twice despite the technique’s immense speed.