The karma seal in Boruto:Naruto Next Generations has been a huge topic of discussion among the fans of the anime and the manga as its powers and abilities remained a mystery. It gained prominence after Boruto Uzumaki was marked with the karma seal by Momoshiki Ohtsutsuki after the former defeated him using a huge Rasengan.
The seal looks like a small tattoo in the shape of a pyramid. When activated, visible markings spread across the host’s body originating from the pyramid shaped bard, taking on various shapes.
The last few Boruto manga chapters have revealed a lot of details about the karma seal which managed to answer many questions that have been bugging the fans. It also confirmed some of the fan theories which were prominent in online forums. We’ll try to present all that data here and explain it in detail.
The following article contains spoilers for the latest chapters of Boruto Manga, regarding the karma seal and the Ohtsutsuki members. Read at your own discretion!!
What is the Karma Seal in Boruto?
In Boruto Manga chapter 46, we get vital information about what exactly the karma seal is, putting to rest all the speculation surrounding it. According to Amado, the Karma seal is the compressed biological data of a Ohtsutsuki clan member which can be embedded into a host’s body. Whenever an Ohtsutsuki member sustains life threatening injuries or is in a grave situation from which they can’t survive, they convert themselves into data, replicate themselves and plant it into a host body. In short, it is a compressed backup file of that Ohtsutsuki member.
However, a lot of energy is needed to impart a karma seal onto a vessel. So an Ohtsutsutki may not be able to give a karma seal while in fatal condition if he lacks the required energy. They need to account for it and plan accordingly.
Once it is embedded, the karma seal slowly extracts or spreads the data in the host’s body over time. This continues till the host’s data is completely overwritten by the Ohtsutsuki data. In simpler terms, the host body will be overtaken by Ohtsutsuki, effectively making them a vessel for resurrection.
Let’s take Boruto’s example, the karma seal embedded in him is slowly transferring Momoshiki Ohtsutsuki’s genetic and biological data into his body constantly and it will continue till Boruto’s genetic identity is completely overwritten. Once this transformation is complete, the Momoshiki can take over Boruto’s body and resurrect himself.
Thus the karma seal is just a means for Ohtsutsuki’s resurrection. Apparently the only way to stop the dissipation of the Ohtsutsuki data is by killing the host. Otherwise, it is almost certain that a vessel embedded with a karma seal will be taken over by the Ohtsutsuki member who gave the vessel the karma seal
Once the Ohtsutsuki member is resurrected/reborn into the host vessel the karma seal disappears, because all the data that it once held has now completely dissipated into the host’s body.
Currently the following people are known to use the Karma seal:
- Jigen (Isshiki Ohtsutsuki’s vessel)
- Kawaki (Isshiki Ohtsutsuki’s vessel)
- Boruto Uzumaki (Momoshiki Ohtsutsuki’s vessel)
What abilities does the karma seal grant the wielder:
By activating the Karma seal, the vessel can use some of the Ohtsutsuki powers and abilities. From what we have seen in the anime and manga so far, the seal grants its wielder the following powers:
- Extended physical lifespan as seen in Jigen, who is more than thousands of years old
- Enhancement of jutsus and physical abilities
- Ability to absorb chakra and chakra based ninjutsu (as displayed by Boruto & Kawaki)
- Ability to maneuver through different space-time dimensions
- Manifestation of Ohtsutsuki in the body (as seen in Jigen & Boruto)
Activation of the karma seal can cause a wielder to use up lot of energy. This is evident by the exhaustion displayed by both Boruto and Kawaki after they employed their karma seal in battles. Also, an inexperienced user might be in pain while using the karma seal (which is true in case of Boruto whenever he activates his karma seal)