[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuji-in Kuji-in]] "Nine Syllable Seals" originated as a specialized form of Buddhist meditation. It has spread to Taoism, Shinto, {{UsefulNotes/Onmyodo}}, [[{{Ninja}} Ninjutsu]] and folk magic through out East Asia.

In popular culture, ''kuji-in'' has become a way of performing magic. Details vary widely, from empowering a physical blow, to powering up an ''ofuda'', to weaponized ki.

Kuji-in consists of nine ''[[MagicalGesture mudras]]'' and their related ''[[MagicalIncantation mantras]]''. The order is specific: "Rin Pyo To Sha Kai Jin Retsu Zai Zen". There is also the long version of these mantra chants, in Sanskrit garbled by Japanese spelling and pronunciation (as in "On nōmaku sanmanda basaradan kan"). In visual media such as anime, manga or a video game, the associated ''kanji'' may be overlaid as each seal is performed. At minimum, only the ''mantras'' are spoken.

''Kuji-kiri'' ("Cutting the nine syllables") is a variant where instead of doing the gestures the user does a straight slash with a hand or finger for each syllable, alternating between horizontal and vertical cuts.

Compare HandSeals.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Sailor Mars from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is able to immobilize monsters using this, namely reciting the (short version of) chant then hitting the monster in the face with an Ofuda while shouting "Akuryō Taisan" (Literally Evil Spirits begone)
** The English dub tried to cut this out and replaced the chant and subsequent Evil sprits begone with with "I summon the power of Mars, Mars Fireball Charge" despite having nothing to do with her powers as Sailor Mars, (or fire for that matter) instead coming from her Miko training, leaving fans confused as to why she could perform it untransformed. They later tried to fix it by replacing it again with simply "Evil Spirit Begone!"
** She later combined the move, albeit with a different chant, with her Fire Soul creating Fire Soul Bird.
** In the manga, Akuryō Taisan is a fire attack but only when Sailor Mars was transformed.
** Also in the manga, Minako used it once, [[PowerCopying copied straight from Rei]]. Rei was not amused.
* In a filler arc of ''Manga/InuYasha'', Tsukiyomi, a magic- and sword-wielding female samurai, used this to seal Hoshiyomi.
* The Buddhist monk from ''Manga/GhostHunt'' usually uses the longer version of this chant.
** Ayako the Shinto priestess uses the short version of the chant a few times.
** Mai learns the longer version of the chant from the monk and later the shorter version from Ayako so she can defend herself from hostile ghosts.
* ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' sees many mages cast their spells this way, specially Subaru Sumeragi.
* In the manga/anime version of ''VideoGame/{{Harukanaru Toki no Naka de}}'', the local [[{{UsefulNotes/Onmyodo}} onmyoji]], Abe no Yasuaki, uses this on a regular basis, both the mantras and the mudras (though the ''Haruka'' franchise in fact doesn't [[SmallReferencePools limit]] the chant selection used by Yasuaki and [[{{Expy}} Yasutsugu]] to just this one).
* The Kuji Kanesada is a sword with the nine words of the Kuji on it; "to cut away the souls of man." Sword of Shiki Ryogi from ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai''.
* Himiko Se from ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' uses similar chants at least twice in the OAV.
* Kantarou from ''Manga/{{Tactics}}'' uses this when fighting {{youkai}}.
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin'': A pair of filler villains armed with RazorFloss are often heard chanting this to make their abilities seem supernatural.
* The Shinryuuji Nagas of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' do the long version of this chant while meditating under a waterfall.
* A variation is used in ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms'' to bind [[{{Youkai}} Youma]] into a Kirin's service.
* The [[GreatBigBookofEverything databooks]] and other fanbooks of ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' use the nine syllabes as titles :
** Hiden: Rin no sho (1st databook)
** Hiden: Hyō no sho (1st fanbook)
** Hiden: Tō no sho (2nd databook)
** Hiden: Sha no sho (3rd databook)
** Hiden: Kai no sho (2nd fanbook)
* Ryo-shihan, Zhou and Chiko from ''Anime/JungleKingTarChan'' focuses their ki into attacks or healing energy with chants. Zhou at one point explains that the chants themselves are meaningless and they only serve to help the user concentrate and focus their ki into applicable energy.
* Atsuko from ''Anime/{{Keijo}}'' uses a variation of this in her "Butt of Vajra" technique. The last syllable of the chant is replaced with "butt."


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Creator/LarryHama's ''ComicBook/NthManTheUltimateNinja'' can use this to disorient everyone nearby, by making them feel the world has turned upside down.
** Also by Hama: his ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comics sometimes has the Arashikage ninja clan recite this as a purification/initiation rite.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Recited by Franco Nero's character near the beginning of ''EnterTheNinja''.


[[folder: Folklore ]]

* East Asian folk magic uses this as part of a ritual.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Shows up in Eric Van Lustbader's Ninja books.


[[folder: Live Action TV]]

* This is used in a Hong Kong live-action TV show called [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Date_with_a_Vampire My Date With a Vampire]] about an exorcist and her vampire boyfriend as the standard exorcising chant.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Zhuzen in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' uses this chant when using his magic.
* {{VideoGame/Tekken}}: One of Raven's winning poses had him chant this for the sake of [[RuleOfCool coolness]]. Also, in Yoshimitsu's story mode, Raven teaches him to do it the correct way.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden'': Hwang Yang Long's ultimate move with Granveil: Kafuu Seiun Ken had him chant this (missing the Sai) to enhance his FlamingSword with further power and after blowing black winds that turn into fire to the enemy, he proceeds to lay smackdown on the enemy.
* In ''VideoGame/PsychicForce'', Genma Rokudou's ultimate involves him throwing a talisman, chant this word, and the talisman generates massive explosion.
* In ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' the urban ninja Guy chants this as one of his personal actions, complete with the HandSeals.
* Neo Geo's ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' fighting game character Amon (a ninja), also chants this as part of his ultimate move.
* In ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', both Hanzo Hattori and his rival Kotaro use this chant.
* The kanji are used in ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} 3'': The Wrath of Heaven/ Return from Darkness (same game, different consoles). Each stealth kill you get lights up from one half to one and a half kanjis, depending on the kill method and the target (dogs are only worth half, frontal stealth kills get you one and a half). If all are lit up, you learn a new move but you need to beat the level in question to be able to keep it.
* They're also used in the XBOX version of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' -- Each 'Life of the Gods' jewel you get lights up a meter by one. Find or make a complete set of nine and your health bar increases. Also, when dialogue is set to Japanese, Ryu will shout the chant to cut a stone platform out of the ground so he can fight the penultimate boss.
** In Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, tracing the Sanskrit letter on the touchscreen will activate the ninjutsu associated with it.
** In Day 5 of ''Ninja Gaiden 3'', Momiji recites one prior to the Obaba boss fight to create a ForceField.
* [[http://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Ninjitsu#Kuji-In_Rin Kuji-In Rin]], [[http://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Ninjitsu#Kuji-In_Sha Sha]], and [[http://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Ninjitsu#Kuji-In_Retsu Retsu]] appear in ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' as player-character abilities for the Stalker (read: {{Backstab}}ber) class. Respectively, they provide protection from certain StandardStatusEffects, act as a [[HealingFactor self-healing ability]], and provide temporary [[NighInvulnerable near-invulnerability]] (of the "95% of attacks miss" sort). Ninja Masterminds have [[http://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Ninjas#Kuji_In_Zen Kuji-In Zen]], which is the final upgrade to the abilities of their henchmen.
* Used liberally in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', with several human characters using paper talismans, and Sanae using a spell card specifically named 'Nine Syllable Seals'.
* Bang Shishigami from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' attempts to chant one for a fire jutsu. Unfortunately, before the last syllable, he sneezes, causing the jutsu to run amok.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'''s Summoning feature, these can be heard chanted by Seimei and occasionally by Yaobikuni.
* Emon Five from ''VideoGame/{{Otomedius}}'' recites this chant while charging his D-Burst attack. He runs out of time during the charge period, so he ends it by shouting "Pierce them!" instead of the final phrase.

[[folder: Western Animation]]

* In [[JackieChanAdventures Jackie Chan Adventures]], one of [[OldMaster Uncle's]] most common lines is his go-to magical incantation, "Yu Mo Gui Gwai Fai Di Zao", which is Cantonese for "Evil demons and malevolent spirits, be gone!".