The Lightning Release: Purple Electricity technique was developed by Kakashi Hatake after the loss of his Sharingan following the Fourth Shinobi World War, which left him unable to safely use his signature Lightning Cutter technique.
The user unleashes a stream of purple electricity from their hand to attack targets from a short-to-mid range. This technique was powerful enough to summon rain clouds when shot into the sky. Kakashi can also creatively allow this technique to flow through spilled alcohol.
In the anime, Purple Lightning has shown to have a number of applications. It can be used like Chidori and Lightning Cutter, concentrating lightning in his hand and attacking quickly with it, apparently without the tunnel vision drawback of the latter two techniques. Not only that, he can even replicate Sasuke Uchiha's Chidori Current with it, sending bolts of purple lightning all around his body in a omni-directional attack.
- The term "shiden" is part of the idiom "shiden'issen" (紫電一閃, Literally meaning: violet electricity flash), which refers to a sword flash or a quick brandishing of a sword akin to lightning.
- In the manga, Boruto is listed as being able to use this jutsu himself. In the anime, Boruto originally used this technique through the Shinobi Gauntlet.