I’m debunking a misconception about the properties of TSB, specifically the claim it erases souls. Now, firstly I’ll say that no one knows if it truly erases souls, my argument is that it’s incredibly irrational to claim as such due to limiting, unsubstantiated, honestly terrible evidence and anti-feats.
Secondly, let me state my premise. There is a perfectly canonical explanation with great evidence from statements AND feats that explains what TSB does perfectly; which is nullifying Ninjutsu. It explains it so well that it’s almost baffling how one would resort to a headcanon explanation that it erases souls, and I’ll demonstrate this below.
From my knowledge, there is a SINGLE panel in Naruto that people use to claim that TSB erases souls. It is the panel of Minato lacking his arms when returning to the Pure Lands:
Soul destroying properties are never mentioned in the entire series for TSB.
From this singular scan several claims are made; TSB either erased his arms and in turn his soul, or sent his arms back early to the afterlife. Obvious nonsense.
Let’s look at how Minato’s arms were erased. Key point: They weren’t. Obito never erased his arm, rather detached it with the TSB, and Madara did the same thing when he reacted to Minato’s Flying Thunder God:
Nothing was erased, they were simply detached. Now, the claim that TSB can attack souls on contact can still be claimed, but further evidence puts this to bed.
Here’s Sakura being stabbed by a TSB rod, and not having her soul destroyed, erased or damaged. It wasn’t a chakra rod, as I will also show in scans below:
Now, before you try and obfuscate, attempting to explain this away, ask yourself this. Why? There is literally a SINGLE scan that supports the evidence of TSB destroying souls, and there is also a SINGLE anti-feat showing that it doesn’t, clear cut. The theory that it destroys souls has such little evidence behind it, one could argue that it’s not worth defending in the first place.
Now I’m going to try and explain why Minato’s arms weren’t there when he rose to the pure lands, using statements from actual characters in the Naruto Manga. You try and find a single anti-feat that disputes this theory.
Tobirama states to Minato that because Obito is using TSB that nullifies all jutsu, they are effectively mortal:
Nothing about soul destruction.
Because Minato’s arms were cut off, the TSB nullified the Edo Tensei jutsu (their bodies are the jutsu) and in turn Minato couldn’t regenerate. This supports what Tobirama says directly.
We all know Sage Chakra nullifies the effects of TSB. Yet Minato, in SAGE MODE, had his arm struck off by Madara, and his arms still didn’t regenerate. Why? The Edo Tensei jutsu was nullified, therefore he still couldn’t regenerate:
His arms weren’t there when he returned to the pure lands because his soul was still in his detached arms. His soul rose up from his arms when his body did, similar to how Obito's energy rose from his remains after being killed by Kaguya.
Ask yourself this; what contradicts this theory? Is it reasonable? Is it supported by the canon? To justify it, does it take more headcanon interpretation?
Let me repeat my point: Why pedal a vastly unsubstantiated theory when there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation that doesn’t require head-canon obfuscation?