In Chapter 591, we see Madara Uchiha free himself from the influence of Kabuto's Impure World Resurrection/Reincarnation technique (Edo Tensei), saying that he was able to do this because he knew about the technique's seals.

However, in Chapter 620, we see the inventor of the Impure World Resurrection technique, the second Hokage, Tobirama Senju, wanting to be free of the technique, but was stopped by Orochimaru.

How was it that Tobirama was not able to free himself from the Impure World Resurrection technique, despite being its inventor and knowing all about the technique and its seals, but Madara can?

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When Madara frees himself of the Edo Tensei, he performs the seal. But in the case of Tobirama, you can see that in the first attempt he only tries to crush the wall. Also in the next page you can read this:

Hashirama: You increased the restraining power using my cells.

Tobirama: Now that I sense better, his body is almost made of my brother's cells.

So Madara was able to free himself because no one restrained him before he performed the seal; in the case of Tobirama, he tried to destroy the wall first and Orochimaru was able to restrain him with the increased restraining power he has.


If you remember, Orochimaru perfected his jutsu, so when he uses it, it's at maximum strength (as demonstrated in both the fight with the Third Hokage and the restraint of the Second Hokage).
Now the reason for Madara getting released was that Kabuto didn't know how to use the jutsu well, as seen by the lack of control over the reanimated and the fact that it takes a huge amount of chakra to be able to have utter control (which Orochimaru had but Kabuto lacked). Another reason is the fact that Kabuto released the Edo Tensei, which basically gave all the reanimated the chance to perform the hand signs and stay, as Madara said to Tsunade.

  • i don't think kabuto had any less chakra then orochimaru. considering kabuto mastered sage jutsu, he must be atleast near orochimaru in chakra capacity. it must be because he didn't know how to use ED perfectly.
    – Sp0T
    Feb 1, 2014 at 6:19

Clue 1: Hashirama: You increased the restraining power using my cells.

Clue 2 Hashirama: Ahahaha! He used my cells to amplify the restraining properties of the Edo Tensei.

Like Hashirama, who can move freely while on Orochimaru's Edo Tensei, Madara has the cells of Hashirama and can cancel/negate the amplification to the restraining properties of Kabuto's Edo Tensei + the knowledge of Edo Tensei's seal.


Madara was released from Edo Tensei and he used it then again on himself. He couldn't free himself, Kabuto just let them go very loose. It is impossible to break the "chain" from the summoner and so, when the summoner restricts the movement, the summoned can't do anything against it.

For further information on how Madara is still there after he was released please refer to this question.


That's because you seemingly need to know and perform the technique itself, on yourself.

Orochimaru blocked Tobirama's movements, not allowing him to perform the hand-seals necessary to activate the technique.

  • Can everybody that is summoned by edo tensei use edo tensei on himself without being released? I thought Madara(you) could only use edo tensei on himself, because he was released and so counted as dead.
    – Tartori
    Mar 25, 2013 at 8:54
  • @Tartori: Well, you need to know how to use Edo Tensei in the first place. Currently there are only 4 known people who can: The Second, Madara, Orochimaru and Kabuto. If any of them are given enough free will during a resurrection, they can free themselves. Mar 25, 2013 at 10:07
  • @Madara don't forget that they need to know that using the seal they can release themselves. Sep 22, 2014 at 9:44

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