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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 23

Favorite Attack Someone Used in an Anime (Rasengan)

On the surface, the Rasengan is just a sphere of energy. The technique is more complicated, both in its creation and impact. In Naruto, the Rasengan is a signature move of Naruto Uzumaki. Shonen anime often have signature techniques that the main protagonists consistently use throughout the series. Dragon Ball’s KameHameHa, Yu Yu Hakusho’s Spirit Gun, and Hunter X Hunter’s Jajanken (Rock, Paper, Scissors) are some of the most well-known signature moves in anime. The fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, created the Rasengan. He based it on the Tailed Beast Ball. It took him three years to complete.

I fell in love with the Rasengan after watching Naruto learn the technique. It was the level of difficulty that impressed me. The Rasengan is a high form of shape transformation. It requires no hand seals and once formed doesn’t need additional chakra. The Rasengan can vary in size. When the technique comes in contact with a surface, it “grinds into its target,” then it bursts, resulting in massive damage. To learn the Rasengan, the user needs to refine their chakra. Jiraiya breaks the Rasengan into three steps: 1) Rotation, 2) Power, and 3) Containment. Rasengan has many forms. Big Ball Rasengan. Spiralling Serial Spheres. Wind Release: Rasengan. Wind Release: Rasenshuriken. And Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan. The Rasengan is signature technique in Shonen, but it’s the most complex and difficult to master.


  1. The Rasengan is pretty iconic. I still remember how upset Yuji was when he thought he couldn’t use it in that 1 episode of “Jujutsu Kaisen.” And I like how creative the attack got the more time went on- becoming more and more like the Kamehameha in “Boruto” with all of its variations.

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