In the world of Naruto (but also in general), the kunai is part of the standard equipment of a shinobi. It’s a small throwing knife that has a small ring at the end of its handle to which you can attach string or blast notes, for example, increasing the effectiveness of this weapon. A lot of shinobi had different types of kunai, some of which were more special than the others. In this article, we are going to tell you about the special kunai that Minato Namikaze used and the inscriptions that could be read on them.
Minato Namikaze used three-bladed kunai that had a special seal applied to them in order to perform his Flying Thunder God Technique. The seal reads, in kanji, 忍愛之剣, which can be translated as “Sword of Shinobi’s Love”. Now, the source material never properly rendered the four characters so this is an estimate, but it seems to be the correct one.
In the continuation of this article, we are going to talk about Minato Namikaze’s kunai and the inscription that can be read on them. You’re going to find out what it means exactly and what its function was, i.e., how it related to Minato’s specific fighting techniques. We’re also going to tell you a bit about the kunai in Naruto in general so you know your info.
What do Minato’s kunai say in Naruto?
The Flying Thunder God Kunai is a special variant of the regular kunai used by Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage. The peculiarity of these kunai is that the seal of the Flying Thunder God technique is installed on their handle, so Minato can instantly move to any of his kunai using this technique. He also uses such kunai as a normal shinobi weapon to attack the enemy. Minato mentioned that these blades are slightly heavier than a normal kunai.
The Fourth Hokage presented one of the Kunai of the Thunder God to his student Kakashi in honor of his receiving the title of jōnin, and also to teleport to his team at any time. During the Third Shinobi World War, in the battle between Konohagakure and Iwagakure, the Stone ninja threw these kunai behind enemy lines, which allowed Minato to instantly teleport to various locations and kill opponents who could not predict where the attack would come from. He also kept a few kunai in his spare house so he could quickly teleport there when needed.
Now, as you could’ve read, Minato’s kunai had a special seal on them that allowed Minato to teleport. The anime itself never completely rendered these kanji characters, but we were able to decipher their meaning. The phrase in question is 忍愛之剣, which, written in kana, is read like this: にんあいのけん 又は しのびあいのけん. So, what does this mean, you wonder?
This phrase means “Sword of Shinobi’s Love”, but the exact etymology of it remains unknown. We are now going to see what it is used for.
What is the Flying Thunder God Technique?
The Flying Thunder God Jutsu is a technique created by the Second Hokage, Tobirama Senju, and used by the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze. This technique allows them to instantly transport to a previously marked location. Although at first glance, it looks like a high-speed movement of long distances, in reality, it is an instantaneous space-time movement of teleportation.
Therefore, it is not comparable to the high-speed movement of the Body Flicker Jutsu, but rather, the principle of the technique is similar to the Summoning Jutsu. Thanks to this, its users can fly through space-time with a speed that surpasses Shunshin. To activate the technique, the user must place a special seal or the «Technical Formula» and thus mark the desired destination.
Once this is done, the user enters a dimensional void that instantly transports them to the seal. The seal can be applied to almost any area through simple physical contact, this includes the opponent himself or some environment that surrounds him.
Because the technique affects anything that is in contact with the user or in any way connected to their chakra, it can be used to teleport people or objects, however, the size of the object and the desired distance dictate the amount of chakra that should be used. be used. Minato also stated that the special seal never wears off a marked target. This was seen when Minato flies to Obito Uchiha’s location, even after 17 years of being marked.
Although Tobirama used the technique in his own, special way, we are going to talk about Minato’s version of the jutsu. Due to the continuous use of the technique, Minato gained the nickname “Konoha’s Yellow Flash”. Minato normally applies the seals of the technique on special Kunai, which he scatters on a battlefield at the beginning of a fight so that he could transport himself to them at any time.
Minato became so unbelievably deadly with this technique that Iwagakure’s superiors warned even his Jonin to flee upon sight. Using this strategy allowed Konoha to emerge victorious in a battle against Iwagakure during the Third Shinobi World War, even though they were outnumbered. With his incredible reflexes, Minato could teleport a short distance, allowing him to dodge an enemy attack while counterattacking.
Combined with Minato’s natural speed and reflexes, they made him the fastest shinobi to have ever lived according to A. The speed granted by the technique allows him to even teleport to dodge A’s faster attack and free himself from Obito’s Kamui, despite being partially absorbed. Minato was also able to apply his unique formula to other seals, such as the one that kept the Nine-Tails locked up in his wife Kushina Uzumaki so he could transport himself and come to her aid wherever he wanted her to be.
In the same way, he has the ability to transport people to different marks simultaneously, either by physical contact or by being connected to his Chakra. Crack created by the Hiraishin absorbing a Tailed Beast Ball. Minato’s Shadow Clones are also capable of using the technique to summon the original in his position.
One of the derived abilities that Minato can perform is a combination with a Shadow Clone to finish off all of his enemies at once. He can also create a rift via seals that absorbs anything that comes into contact with it and sends it elsewhere, this was shown by absorbing a Tailed Beast Ball from the Nine-Tails. Likewise, he can swap himself at any time with another Flying Thunder God Jutsu user he has marked.
What are kunai in Naruto?
The kunai is a versatile utility tool, shaped like a fish. The kunai is made of iron and has no sharpened edges or blades. Its size can vary from 10 cm to 50 cm, depending on what they distinguish between a short kunai and a large kunai. However, the ideal size for a person is the size corresponding to the length of his forearm plus two fingers. In its application, the kunai is closer to a hammer or a spatula.
In the past, it was used as a tool for digging, hammering or breaking things, for example in gardening. A kunai in combination with a rope can be used for ascending or descending (on a wall or a tree) like a rock hook. It was an auxiliary weapon of the ninja. It was used mainly for inflicting stabbing blows to the enemy; strikes with the metal ring of the handle at pain points were also used, it is often thrown.