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Orochimaru released the four previous Hokages from the Shinigami's stomach. Were there only four souls sealed inside its stomach? Or could the user choose to release only specific souls?

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The Shiki Fuujin was invented by Minato, and taught to Hiruzen. That was said during Hiruzen's battle with Orochimaru.

It was only ever used two times, once when sealing the Kyuubi (which caused himself to be sealed in the Shinigami), and once against Orochimaru by Hiruzen (which caused Hashirama, Tobirama, Hiruzen and Orochimaru's hands to be sealed).

Because of that, no other souls were sealed in the Shinigami's stomach.


True enough, the author later contradicted what he said at the beginning of the series, and said the the Shiki Fuujin was invented by the Uzumaki clan, and taught to Minato (probably by Kushina).

In that case, it may be possible to only unseal the specific souls you want to.

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    i thought this sealing jutsu belonged to the uzumakis who were the masters of sealing jutsus..
    – debal
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 7:36
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    @debal is right. onemanga.me/naruto_manga/619/4
    – ytg
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 15:41
  • This part: The Shiki Fuujin was invented by Minato, and taught to Hiruzen. lacks substantial reference. Specially the 'invented' part.
    – Mark
    Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 8:32
  • I have corrected my answer. Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 8:34
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    During Uzumaki clan massacre, they would've got many chances to use it against powerful enemies inorder to save their clan. More speculations :) Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 3:39

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