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The Ten Shadows Technique ( () (くさの) (かげ) (ぼう) (じゅつ) Tokusa no Kage Bōjutsu?) is an inherited technique passed down in the Zenin Family. Using shadows as an intermediary, this technique allows the user to summon ten different shikigami.[1]

Description

Divine Dog being summoned and given orders.

When someone inherits the Ten Shadows Technique, they receive two Divine Dogs. Other shikigami can be summoned with an exorcism ritual where the user must defeat the shikigami in order to make them submit.

Once dominated, the shikigami are under full control of their master and can be summoned using hand signs that create a shadow puppet of the respective familiar. The shadows act as the intermediary for the shikigami conjuration, reflecting the shape of the user's hand-weaved shadow puppet and manifesting the shikigami from tangible liquid shadows using cursed energy. After gaining more familiars, the user can repeat the ritual process to exorcise and amass up to ten different shikigami. [2][3]

Megumi deactivating his shikigami.

The summoning ritual for the shikigami can be performed around multiple people. However, exorcising the shikigami with help nullifies the technique once the exorcism is completed.[4]

The Ten Shadows Technique can be activated and deactivated at any time to manifest and dispel shikigami as long as the user has enough cursed energy.[5] As with any shikigami, the more powerful it is, the more cursed energy required to summon it.[6]

Shikigami of the ten shadows cannot be summoned again when completely destroyed. However, the power left behind by the shikigami is inherited by others. In the case of the Divine Dog shikigami, if one dies, the other will inherit its power and can be summoned in a far more ferocious form. The exception to this rule are any shikigami that are summoned by combining two different shadows, such as The Well's Unknown Abyss.[7]

Domain Expansion

Main Article: Chimera Shadow Garden

The complete version of the Ten Shadows Technique's Domain Expansion: Chimera Shadow Garden has yet to be fully explored. Megumi is able to achieve an incomplete version that floods the area with liquid shadows that he can freely manipulate and use to summon shikigami at will.[8]

Usage

Megumi's shikigami supporting him in battle.

The inherited technique of the Zenin Family has been recognized by several high-level jujutsu users as an immensely powerful technique with boundless potential. Sukuna suggested it easily outclasses the strength of a special grade finger bearer and has taken an interest Megumi ever since seeing it.[3][9][10][11] The Zenin Family was willing to pay a small fortune to reintroduce it back into the household by buying Megumi from his father.[12]

Megumi using Toad to rescue Nobara after the Divine Dog tracks her location.

In battle, Megumi is the rare case of a shikigami user who also fights at close combat. Megumi can store weapons and cursed tools in his shadows to aid him[13], mainly using his shikigami to support him. As each shikigami provides a different skillset, this gives Megumi access to a wide variety of different abilities he can mix up to use in various ways.[14][15][16] At the time of the Goodwill Event, Megumi was capable of summoning up to three shikigami at once.[17]

In addition to supportive roles, Megumi allows his more offensive shikigami to fight directly alongside him. He's familiar with their abilities and is able to combo them well. He used a torrent of water from Max Elephant against Noritoshi and then followed up by attacking with Nue's electroshock wings.[18] He understands their weaknesses as well and will deactivate them before they're completely destroyed if possible.

Megumi storing weapons in his shadow.

Megumi often employs dispelling his shikigami as a way to feint an attack. Using shikigami on their last legs is a good way for him to create a distraction.[19] In a similar fashion, Megumi will conjure a shikigami and dispel it just as fast to confuse an enemy.[5]

A shikigami dispelling after being used as a feint.

Satoru Gojo revealed to Megumi that a Limitless user like himself and Ten Shadows Technique user like the latter once clashed as heads of their respective families. He used this as a way to suggest that Megumi can become as powerful him, the strongest current sorcerer.[20] Megumi believes the head of the Zenin Family at the time likely used an exorcism ritual to summon a shikigami so strong it can't be controlled, such as the Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga. This causes Megumi to hold himself back, believing he can always fall back on sacrificing himself in a worst-case scenario.[21] He nearly attempted to do so against Sukuna and the second finger bearer he faced.[22][23]

However, in Megumi's battle with the finger bearer, he recalled advice from Satoru and Sukuna to look past his limits. This allowed Megumi to envision a more powerful version of himself, giving him the confidence to use Domain Expansion rather than continuing to rely on summoning Mahorage.

Megumi's last resort, forcing his opponent to take part in an exorcism ritual against an uncontrollable shikigami.

Although incomplete, achieving the activation of Chimera Shadow Garden vastly improved Megumi's shadow manipulation abilities. He is capable of using shadow fakes to evade fatal hits and can even hide in his opponent's shadow with a shikigami while the Domain is active.[24]

Grievously injured and with no other choice after being surprised attacked by a curse user, Megumi chose to summon Mahoraga. Not a single Ten Shadows Technique user has ever been able to exorcise it. While they can't use a shikigami unless it's defeated in the exorcism ritual, they can still be summoned at any time in an attempt to exorcise them. Exorcising one of the shikigami with multiple people voids the ritual. Normally this would be a pointless exorcism, but in this situation Megumi used Mahoraga to drag his opponent into the ritual as well, leaving himself in a suspended state of death. This eventually allowed Sukuna to rescue him.[25]

List of Ten Shadows Technique Shikigami

Megumi's Shikigami

Shikigami Description
Divine Dog shadow (Anime).png Divine Dogs ( (ぎょく) (けん) Gyokuken?) are a pair twin hounds capable of tearing curses apart with their fangs and devouring them.[26][27] Each of the dogs can detect curses and notify their master when one gets close. Their tracking abilities allow them to find lost allies and locations as well.[28][29][30] The white hound was killed by a Finger Bearer.[31]
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Nue shadow (Anime).png Nue ( (ぬえ) Nue?) is a winged shikigami armed with great speed and electric-shock wings. It can support its master by carrying them while flying to increase their mobility[32], and can attack with its heavy wings charged with electricity, shocking anyone it hits and leaving them temporarily paralyzed.[33] It's especially effective for taking opponents posted in high places off guard[34][35] or in combination attacks with other shikigami.[36][37] In addition to basic offensive applications, Nue's speed and wings can also be used defensively to shield its master from harm.[38]
Nue attacks Momo (Anime).png
Toad shadow (Anime).png Toad ( () () Gama?) is a large for a frog and can support its master using its long tongue. Its tongue can be used to ensnare its master's target and is strong enough to throw and slam them into objects.[39] The speed of the Toad's tongue is useful for helping its master or an ally out of harm's way.[40] Its large size also allows it to carried injured humans in its mouth.[41]
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Great Serpent shadow (Anime).png Great Serpent (大蛇 (オロチ) Orochi?) is a giant snake shikigami that can quickly attack and ensnare its master's targets. It appears suddenly from the shadows to immobilize the target within its mouth, making for an effective surprise attack. The Great Serpent's size allows it to overpower large curses and can also be used to keep a target in place while another shikigami attacks.[42][43] Megumi's Great Serpent was ripped apart and completely destroyed by Sukuna.[44]
Great Serpent (Anime).png
Max Elephant shadow (Anime).png Max Elephant (満象 (ばんしょう) Banshō?) is an elephant shikigami that can spew large volumes of water from its trunk. It can also be used to crush its master's target with its weight.[45] However, it cost a lot of cursed energy to conjure when compared to other shikigami. Megumi only acquired it just prior to the Goodwill Event.[46]
Max Elephant (Anime).png
Rabbit Escape shadow.png Rabbit Escape ( (だっ) () Datto?) is a massive swarm of rabbit shikigami that serve as a distraction for the user. Upon activating the technique, dozens of rabbits fill the area to distract the opponent, allowing the summoner to escape danger by using the chaos to their advantage.[47]
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Not Yet Controlled

Shikigami Description
Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga.png Eight-Handled Sword Divergent Sila Divine General Mahoraga (八握剣 (やつかのつるぎ) 異戒神将 (いかいしんしよう) 魔虚羅 (まこら) Yatsuka-no-Tsurugi Ikaishinshō Makora?) is the most powerful shikigami available to be summoned that no one in the Zenin Family has ever been able to force to submit.[48] It's armed with the Sword of Extermination[49], as well as the ability to adapt to any and all phenomena.[50]

Trivia

  • The Ten Shadows Technique draws inspiration from the "Ten Sacred Treasures" (十種神宝, Tokusan no Kanda Kara) of Shinto. The markings on many of the shikigami (Nue and Rabbit Escape are the exceptions) reflect the sacred emblems of the regalia:
    • The white Divine Dog has a symbol on its forehead that resembles the "Jewel of Turning Back on the Road" (道返玉 (ちかへしのたま) Chikaeshi no Tama?).
    • The black Divine Dog has a symbol on its forehead that resembles the "Jewel of Plenty" (足玉 (たるたま) Tarutama?).
      • Divine Dog: Totality's symbol combines both.
    • Toad has a symbol on its stomach that resembles the "Mirror of the Deep" (沖津鏡 (おきつかがみ) Okitsukagami?).
    • Great Serpent has a symbol on its forehead that resembles the "Jewel of Life" (生玉 (いくたま) Ikutama?).
    • Max Elephant has a symbol on its forehead that resembles the "Mirror of the Shore" (辺津鏡 (へつかがみ) Hetsukagami?).
    • The wheel on Mahoraga's head represents the "Sword Eight-Hands Long" (八握剣 (やつかのつるぎ) Yatsukatsurugi?) and the complete cycle of harmony, as confirmed by Sukuna.[50]

References

  1. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 43 (p. 5).
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 117 (p. 1).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 9 (p. 12).
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 117 (p. 5).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 97 (p. 5-6).
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  12. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 113 (p. 16).
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