The Manji Formation (卍の陣, Manji no Jin) is a very basic formation that is used to protect a central point, to defend against multiple attacks coming from multiple locations, or to defend a group against an attack that could come from any unknown angle. Its name derives from the shape of a manji, 卍, as the formation requires a person facing outwards at all four points, where the four ninja's backs face each other. Each person is responsible to guard against the area straight ahead of them and to the left, as the manji suggests. This formation has one blind spot: the centre.
- ↑ Naruto chapter 12