Probably from Middle Chinese as compound 變身 (pjenH syin, “change” + “body; self”). Compare modern Mandarin traditional 變身 and simplified 变身 (biàn shēn).
変身 (hiragana へんしん, romaji henshin)
- a change of one's body into something else:
- a complete change of one's appearance
- a metamorphosis or transformation into something else
- a body so transformed
- 変化 (へんげ, henge): lit. a "transformation," a "metamorphosis," a "makeover"
- 変形 (へんけい, 'henkei): a "transformation," "deformation," a "metamorphosis," &/or "change(ing) shape"
- 変移 (へんい, hen'i): lit. "transmutation"
- 変貌 "transfiguring one's own appearance," a glamour
- 変容 "shapeshifting"
- 魔法少女 (mahō shōjo): lit. a "Magical Girl," (a manga genre.)
- 装着, sōchaku): lit. "equip"
- a secret identity
- 分身 (ぶんしん, bunshin): lit. "body double"
- 変わり身 (かわりみ, kawarimi): lit. "(inter-)changeable bod(y/ies)"