Reaper Death Seal Jutsu is a dangerous sealing but highly effective Sealing Jutsu that sacrifices the life of the caster. This Jutsu is used in only two different instances in the anime, once by Minato Namikaze and then by Hiruzen Sarutobi. Both of them passed away after using the Jutsu.
Upon using the technique, the user’s soul leaves the body, which is caught by a Shinigami who is only visible to the user who appears behind them. The Shinigami then reaches through the body of the user, grabs the opponent and takes their souls with them.
|Name||Reaper Death Seal Jutsu|
|Users||Minato Namikaze, Hiruzen Sarutobi|
Reaper Death Seal Jutsu is said to have originated from the Uzumaki Clan. This clan is especially famous for its Sealing Jutsu which Kushina Uzumaki, Minato Namikaze’s wife, excels in. Minato also learned this Jutsu from her as well.
Minato uses this Jutsu in order to save the Hidden Leaf Village and to ensure the safety of his son, Naruto Uzumaki. He uses the technique to seal the Nine-Tailed Fox, Kurama, inside Naruto. He also managed to separate the Yin and Yang from Kurama, keeping the Yang inside Naruto and taking the Yin with him to the grave.
The other instance where this deadly Jutsu is used is when Hiruzen Sarutobi and Orochimaru clash. During their fight, despite being old, Hiruzen fights bravely and stands on his own to a large extent. He finally decides to end things, and reluctantly uses this Jutsu against Orochimaru. Although he failed to completely seal Orochimaru, he managed to take his arms away, permanently making him disabled and placing in constant excruciating pain.
Orochimaru, being as smart as he is, finds a way to regain his arms. He uses the Dead Demon Consuming Seal: Release, which releases all the souls inside the Shinigami. However, there is a downside to this. It requires the caster to slice their stomach, which would release the souls, but would leave the user dead. Orochimaru quickly switches bodies in order to save himself before he dies, regaining his arm.
Minato not only seals Kurama inside Naruto, but also separates the Yin and Yang Chakra from Kurama, sealing only the Yang Chakra inside the child. He also leaves his and his wife’s Chakra inside Naruto, so that when the time is right, he will appear before his son.
Hiruzen uses the Reaper Seal Jutsu to seal away Orochimaru’s hands. Although he failed to take his life, he manages to take away his hands, which made it so that Orochimaru could never do hand signs again.
After his redemption, Orochimaru gets his hands back by performing the Dead Demon Consuming Seal: Release Jutsu, which allows Orochimaru to regain his arms after offering himself as a sacrifice. He uses a White Zetsu as a vessel for himself, regaining his powers. He also revives the four previous Hokage
A. Although Naruto is an Uzumaki, nobody was around to teach him the Reaper Death Seal Jutsu. Naruto could probably learn the Jutsu if he puts his mind into it since he is an Uzumaki, but he hasn’t been known to possess this technique. However, Naruto is seen using Sealing Jutsu in the Boruto series, which questions how much we really know about his arsenal.
A. Reaper Death Seal is a forbidden Jutsu. This is because this technique sacrifices the user’s life alongside sealing. Something so dangerous is sealed away as a forbidden Jutsu.
A. The Reaper spawns behind the caster of the Jutsu after their soul leaves their body. The soul is then caught by the Reaper. It is visible to the caster only after it makes contact with their soul.