He wasn't surprised. Not entirely though the method by which that it happened did throw him for a loop in that moment. He'd expected as much from this man - his convenient technique met with an even more convenient counter-action. Had he...absorbed Hadou? That was a very interesting concept to him and one that had he the time to think on the matter, would have made the silhouette of Izanagi smile a bit at the implications of the possibilities. That is of course if he had the time to register that much of a reaction. The man's attention to detail was very specific - so the moment that the mass glow had started around him he would have worked to react in just that time. No stranger to split second decisions after many incursions with beings that favor the path of the quick and deadly, especially those of the Kingu variation - he had no certain clue what the glow was about...however he did know that glows in this place were not a good thing - a precursor to ruinous things to come and as such he did the quickest course of action that he could without invoking the power of the Takamagahara....which in this case - he wouldnt get as much aide from that junction in the first place anyway. One of the oldest seals that he had upon his body besides that of the one that binded him and Owari together - he'd formulated it during the waring ages in which he had to contest with the likes of Aukou and the Royal Uchiha; the Space/Time Mesh Aura: This seal was Utilized through two seals - one on the back of his right hand and one on the back of the left, marked time and space with several base seals and auxiliary surrounding seals that would respond and activate when chakra was focused to each. From this point the two function in conjunction with one another to distort and phase Izanagi's body out of this physical plain - quite similar to transparency ninjutsu or self-projected Kamui; however the difference with this one was as he was intangible he could still manipulate and project his body normally as he would to fly but when this aura was upon him his presence was not only projected but violently launched. In this case his direction of choice was upwards towards the ceiling - phasing straight through and out to the point that the explosion would not only be clear of him but he would be clear of the laboratory below. Once clear - he would be levitating there above, watching down below where the destruction had occurred while weaving a set of handseals and much unlike the man known as Izanagi...these seals actually were able to be visibly perceived. Certainly in the midst of the explosion with the combination of the Space/time aura (which made his body not only blurry due to the manipulation of the space around him but slightly transparent) he would have lost sight of the shadow - and Izanagi would set a handseal to his chest; unfamiliar to the world of men as it were native to Naraka. He couldnt help during this time wondering though, what must Shikki be...feeling in this moment? The Hadou was not merely some kind of chakra. He'd imagined if they got information from chakra, anything from chakra - then Hadou would be the opposite...for it was the manifestation of raw emotional energy in conjunction with spiritual energies, in this case tapping into his feelings of regret for Sappukei, the anger, the self-loathing for himself for being what got her in such a position. If data, was pure logic - and calculus then emotion in itself must be the opposite...humanity, the lack of logic in favor of feelings, denial of the brain in favor of the heart. Maybe if anything he got from it there would also be some semblance of...empathy for what he had done. But this was purely conjecture at the moment and not only had he no time for it, but it was a fleeting thought at best something that happened in the split second while forming the seals that perhaps -he'd toss out the window once all of this was said and done...perhaps not. By this point, it may not have been visible - but the Jigoku mites had ceased festering on his physical being and come to a conclusive action as to the situation at hand. Their negative yin/yang polarized liquid itself a ferromagnetic fluid - explaining why he was able to resist as much as he was, but now in reaction to the presence of just such precautions in place around him they would begin producing in mass...which meant that this shade - did not have very long. It would seem like nothing would happen at first - however keeping focus on the area that Shikki was in - there would be two things that were essentially off here. One - was that the ground beneath Shikki in about a fifteen foot circumference around him had what looked to be a seam in it...like a dividing nook where it was as if the ground was marked...or rather severed apart. And the next would be that - the Vajra that Izanagi kept with him all the time (one of the two) was there on the floor where Izanagi had been. Was Izanagi focusing on Shikki's position? Or on the Vajra itself? It was hard to tell from so high up being that the man was now about seventy-five yards above surface level however the answer would become clear in the moment as Shikki began to glow. The Vajra would act as if posessed - jumping forward in silence and all the subtlety that such a small ritual tool could - and when it reached a foot in front of Shikki (one of the two pointed ends facing him directly about sternum level) it would burst with life - a bright flash followed by the loud and violent crackling of golden lightning in the form of a blade, directed to pierce straight through Shikki's chest in an attempt to not only impale the man but riddle his body with what seemed to be a living lightning that would pour from the vajra and newly formed blade and envelop his body. This blade and lightning was manifest from the combination of the Hadou and Senjutsu heled within the Vajra, as it was composed of a material comprised of the bones of Willing Sanzou Monks that dedicated their body to the order in the unfortunate time of their death. The bones still held much of the Hadou of Life left within them as well as the Senjutsu and was a great catalyst for gathering such passively. The true purpose of Izanagi's vajra was to act as sword and shield in his time of need, though this was a purpose that had not been revealed to the world since his battle with Kuzuri ages ago. Had he been struck and impaled his body would be consumed by what would look like a small lightning storm restricted to a small rod - his body lit up and superheated at the same time by the powerful lightning that would threaten to char and burn his body to a crisp; unbeknownst to Izanagi at current that the markings on his body were actual living organisms - though it be thought that anything living would like not to be caught in the havoc that this rate of lightning would riddle the body with. Doubtless, motion beyond twitching and seizing had this struck would be an arduous feat on its own - and Izanagi was mainly counting on that to finish this in the case that it struck....otherwise avoiding the true focus of the attack would be a simple matter. The seams around Shikki that had formed were indeed some form of break in the ground...but not through destruction or other machination but through the jutsu that Izanagi had weaved the seals for. The vajra could be controlled and activated through Hadou Control - however his ocular focus upon the location that Shikki was at was to ensure that the target area was set. Directly after the vajra activated - from the ground around the man would rise what appeared to be a rather large maw of teeth...as if some disembodied creature of a sort had been summoned directly underneath him and sent in command to consume the man. This technique was a very old one - one of the first Oni Genbu that Izanagi had learned and had been known to have used upon an ancient Senju warlord known to have been a Cat Sage and summoned a giant scorpion. Last it was seen Izanagi - or rather in those days Kogaijii had used this very technique to consume the scorpion, and re-summon it under his control and thrall as his own as if creating a path through the teeth of the maw being left lodged within the creature. It was this that he had intended to do to Shikki. In short - the blade, as devestating a threat as it was - had been meant to cause massive damage. A rather violent and jarring sentence meant to be punctuated by the utilization of Jaws Of Mikaboshi to not only seal the man's fate...but potentially give Izanagi the ability to recall him afterwards in the case of a potential success; that way perhaps he could get the answers that he sought as well as provide those who were in need of aide from this new threat that seemed to be taking the world by siege with information to combat that crisis at hand. However Izanagi knew that nothing was ever concrete in a situation like this - especially himself. He was primed for whatever could have happened next, hands set open and facing one another ready to enter the Space/Time aura once more if need be - watching for the slightest change to react to. He'd adapt, and do what he could to learn what need be to combat the threat at hand.