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Naruto Manga Chapter 378 Translation
Reported by: Tazmo on Friday, Nov. 16th, 2007 at 02:21PM
The latest chapter from the super awesome Japanese Naruto manga series, the 378th chapter entitled: One On One - has been released completely translated in to English, and edited in to a higher quality than the original RAW by the nice people over at MangaShare. Of course, as usual, absolutely anybody who wants to read this latest chapter straight out of Japan is completely free to do so. All you need to be able to do is click on over to our super cool Naruto Manga Downloads page to give this chapter a direct HTTP download from one of our many super fast, super reliable, manga serving servers. Like Bleach? Grab chapter 300 here!
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Naruto Manga Chapter 378 RAW
Reported by: Tazmo on Friday, Nov. 16th, 2007 at 11:32AM
The best time of the week has come, and that is cause for some serious celebration! Of course, none of that can happen until *AFTER* you give the latest chapter from the super awesome Japanese Naruto manga series a download. Yep, that would be correct, the 378th chapter of the series has been released... not completely RAW, as it has been translated in to Chinese by JoJoHot, but it is definitely the next best thing for those who just want to see what is up in the world of Naruto. If you are one of those kind of people who would like to see what's going on a bit early this week, you can simply head on over to our wonderous Naruto Manga Downloads page to give this chapter a quick and easy direct HTTP download. We will be replacing this chapter with the original Japanese RAW once it has been made available, and only then will an English scanlation follow. So be sure to check back, sooner than later!

Edit: The Chinese scanlation has been replaced with the original Japanese RAW.
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Naruto: Shippuuden Episode 034 by Dattebayo
Reported by: Tazmo on Thursday, Nov. 15th, 2007 at 07:09PM
Are you ready for some awesome news? No, you haven't won the lottery, but it's the next best thing! The latest episode from the Japanese Naruto: Shippuuden anime series, the 34th episode that we've had to wait a few whole horrible hours for, has been released in its final and most loved form; completely translated in to English via the usage of subtitles by the nice folks over at Dattebayo. As with every Naruto: Shippuuden anime release, absolutely anybody who wants to watch this weeks episode entitled: Formation! New Team Kakashi - can give this episode a view, all you need to do is click on over to Dattebayo's Webpage to give the torrent file a download, to then open up in to your favorite BitTorrent program. Or, if you are one of our super awesome animePLUS! Members you can give the latest episode from this series, and about 500 others, a simple and easy direct HTTP download from our convenient Naruto: Shippuuden Anime Downloads page. Enjoy the episode, and check back soon for the latest manga!
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Naruto: Shippuuden Episode 034 RAW
Reported by: Tazmo on Thursday, Nov. 15th, 2007 at 11:39AM
Brace yourselves! It is once again that time of the week for the latest super awesome episode from the Japanese Naruto: Shippuuden anime series to grace you with its presence. Yes, the 34th episode from the series entitled: Formation! New Team Kakashi - has been released in its original completely RAW form, directly off of TV Tokyo, where it aired just a few hours ago, by SaiyaMan. As you know, absolutely anybody who wants to watch this episode is 100% free to do so! All you need to do is click on over to SaiyaMan's Webpage to download the torrent file, to then open up in to your favorite BitTorrent program. If you are one of our super awesome animePLUS! Members though, you can give the latest episode from this series, and about 500 others, a simple and easy direct HTTP download from our convenient Naruto: Shippuuden Anime Downloads page.
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Naruto Manga Chapter 377 Translation
Reported by: Tazmo on Friday, Nov. 9th, 2007 at 02:04PM
I know you've been wanting this chapter for TWO whole weeks now, so there's no point in delaying it any longer. Let's get right to it! The latest chapter from the super cool Japanese Naruto manga series, the 377th chapter, entitled: Hermit Mode - has been released just a few moments ago completely translated in to English and edited to a higher quality by the folks over at MangaShare. As it has been the last four years, absolutely anybody who wants to read this chapter is completely free to do so. All you need to do is click on over to our Naruto Manga Downloads page to give this chapter a quick and easy direct HTTP download from one of our many high speed manga serving servers.
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Naruto Manga Chapter 377 RAW
Reported by: Tazmo on Friday, Nov. 9th, 2007 at 11:34AM
The chapter we have all been waiting for, for two weeks(!!), has been released! Yep, the 377th chapter from the Japanese Naruto manga series has been released in a might-as-well-be RAW form, a Chinese scanlated version that has unfortunately managed to surface before the original Japanese RAW this week. But, since I know everybody really just wants to get a look at what is going on, this chapter is still perfect for that! As you know, absolutely anybody who wants to give this chapter a direct HTTP download is completely free to do so. All you need to do is click on over to our Naruto Manga Downloads! Note that we will be replacing this version, with the original Japanese version once it has been released. An English scanlation will not come out until then.

Edit: The Chinese scanlation has been replaced with the original Japanese RAW.
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Naruto: Shippuuden Episode 033 by Dattebayo
Reported by: Tazmo on Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2007 at 08:38PM
Alright, some good news! The latest episode from the Japanese Naruto: Shippuuden anime series, the 33rd episode that we've had to wait two whole long horrible weeks for, has been released in its final and most loved form; completely translated in to English via the usage of subtitles by the nice folks over at Dattebayo. As with every Naruto: Shippuuden anime release, absolutely anybody who wants to watch this weeks episode entitled: The New Targets - can give this episode a view, all you need to do is click on over to Dattebayo's Webpage to give the torrent file a download, to then open up in to your favorite BitTorrent player. Or, if you are one of our super awesome animePLUS! Members you can give the latest episode from this series, and about 500 others, a simple and easy direct HTTP download from our convenient Naruto: Shippuuden Anime Downloads page. Enjoy the episode, and check back soon for the latest manga!
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Naruto: Shippuuden Episode 033 RAW
Reported by: Tazmo on Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2007 at 12:11PM
My my, it does seem like forever doesn't it? It's been two whole horrible weeks since the last episode from the Japanese Naruto: Shippuuden anime series was released. We've all surely in that time gotten a little older, a little wiser, and sore thumbs from playing videogames. I'm happy to say that now; the wait is over! Yes, the 33rd episode from the series entitled: The New Target - has been released, completely RAW fresh off the TV Tokyo airwaves by the one and only SaiyaMan, and can be given a download by absolutely anybody who wants it! All you have to do is click on over to SaiyaMan's Webpage to give the torrent file a download, to then open up in to your favorite BitTorrent program. If you are one of our super awesome animePLUS! Members though, you can give the latest episode from this series, and about 500 others, a simple and easy direct HTTP download from our convenient Naruto: Shippuuden Anime Downloads page.
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No Anime? No Manga? No Problem!
Reported by: Tazmo on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2007 at 12:00AM
If you're anything like me, and you probably are, you go crazy on weeks when there is not a Naruto anime release, you yell and scream on weeks when there is no manga, and you question the existence of higher powers when there is neither. But this week, that's just not a problem! Call it a conspiracy (and I'm quite willing to call it that), but with a new Naruto game for the Xbox 360 having just been released on October 30th, all of life's little problems seem to have disappeared for me, at least for this week. Yes, I'm talking about Naruto: Rise of a Ninja - a game I just picked up last night, because Ubisoft didn't deem it necessary to provide us a copy like other companies do (hint), but despite that, I'm willing to call it one of the best games I've played, and I'm a harsh critic... only approximately half of Naruto games can have that said about them. So, in this week without Naruto, don't go crazy, just waste countless hours (I've wasted 6 today, go me) on this game. Unfortunately you'll have to buy it, though, since Ubisoft didn't provide us any copies to give away like other companies do (hint, hint, I know you read this Mr. Ubisoft). Or, you can just go back to being depressed about no Naruto this week.
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Naruto Manga Chapter 376 Translation
Reported by: Tazmo on Friday, Oct. 26th, 2007 at 12:51PM
It was just over an hour in the making, but the latest chapter from the Japanese Naruto manga series has been released, completely translated in to English and edited to a higher quality than the original RAW by MangaShare. Yep, that's right! The 376th chapter entitled: The Destined Child - has been released, and can be given a download by absolutely any one of our members, for absolutely, 100% nothing. All you have to do to get your anxious hands on this chapter is click on over to our super awesome Naruto Manga Downloads page to give this chapter a quick, easy, direct HTTP download.
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Sasuke Uchiha (うちは サスケ Uchiha Sasuke?) is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto as a main figure for the media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles. In the story, Sasuke seeks to avenge the murder of his entire clan by killing his brother, and pursues this goal at all costs.

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[edit] Creation and conception

When creating Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto had not initially intended to make a character like Sasuke. After speaking with his editor about the future of the series, he was advised to create a rival character for the series' protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki, resulting in Sasuke's creation.[3] So as to learn more about creating an effective rivalry, Kishimoto read a variety of manga to gather all of the concept's ideal elements into one relationship. Because Sasuke is intended to be Naruto's opposite, Kishimoto is always careful to make sure Sasuke is never too emotional. With Sasuke's character being that of a "cool genius", Kishimoto feels he has created the ideal rivalry.[4]

Sasuke's design gave Kishimoto a number of problems, making him the most difficult character he had to create. Because he lacked a proper idea of what Sasuke's face should look like, initial drafts of Sasuke looked too old or mature for a character the same age as Naruto.[5] Once settling on a proper face, Kishimoto then had to settle on a costume. Original designs of Sasuke had number of necklaces and ties around his arms and legs, a result of Kishimoto habit of giving characters as much ornamentation as possible. Realizing he couldn't draw such a complex character on a weekly basis, Kishimoto simplified the design to a basic contrast of Naruto's costume.[6]

Even today, Sasuke remains the most difficult character for Kishimoto to draw. If he is not careful when drawing Sasuke's face, Sasuke's youthful properties are lost, a result of Kishimoto's inexperience in drawing characters mature beyond their years.[6] Sasuke's hair, originally kept short to save Kishimoto time, has slowly gotten longer as the series has progressed, thus he continues to spend more and more time drawing Sasuke.[5] Sasuke receives a new costume during the final portion of the Chunin Exam arc, which features a number of belts strapped around his arms and legs. Because of the time needed to draw a costume of this design, Kishimoto returned Sasuke to his original costume in the following arc.[7] As a result of the amount of time and energy he spends drawing Sasuke, Sasuke has become Kishimoto's favorite character to draw.[6]

[edit] Character outline

[edit] Background

Sasuke's childhood, as told over the course of Naruto manga volume 25, was spent living in the shadow of his older brother, Itachi Uchiha, whose natural abilities had made him the pride of the Uchiha clan. As a result, Sasuke's family largely ignored him, forcing Sasuke to constantly try and win their recognition. Sasuke, however, was never able to surpass the milestones set in place by his brother, leaving Itachi to be the only one to appreciate Sasuke's efforts.[8] It was not until Itachi had a falling out with his family that Sasuke began to receive his family's attention, his father in particular taking a keen interest in Sasuke's training. In tandem with finally being able to enjoy his family's company, Sasuke was encouraged to not follow in Itachi's footsteps.[9]

Upon returning home from ninja school one day, Sasuke found the street littered with the corpses of the Uchiha clan. After running home to alert his family to the tragedy, Sasuke found Itachi standing over their parents' bodies. Realizing Itachi was responsible for the murders, Sasuke ran for safety, only to be stopped by Itachi's proclamation that he would be spared. Sasuke, having always been trying to surpass Itachi, was as a result the only person who could someday prove a match for him.[10] Wanting to eventually test his abilities with Sasuke's own, Itachi encouraged Sasuke to get stronger by living a life of hate and anger, with the sole purpose in life being to avenge the clan. Itachi left, and Sasuke was left to consider his words in the absence of family. Longing for the love of his parents that he was now denied, Sasuke agreed to live his life as Itachi had instructed, wanting to kill his brother at all costs.[11]

[edit] Personality

Sasuke as he appears in Part II
Sasuke as he appears in Part II

After his assignment to Team 7 at the start of the series, Sasuke displays an immediate confidence in his abilities. He is as such unwilling to work with his teammates, Naruto Uzumaki or Sakura Haruno, believing their skills to pale in comparison to his own and therefore making them useless if he is to ever kill Itachi.[12] These perceptions are quickly proven wrong, for despite their failings, Sakura is an excellent source of information and competition with Naruto acts as an effective way to get stronger.[13] While his confidence in himself is ever-present throughout the series, Sasuke slowly begins to rely on those close to him over the course of Part I. This begins to result in his risking his own life to save those of his friends, even though his death would leave him unable to gain vengeance on Itachi.[14] He becomes complacent with his life in Konohagakure, satisfied with the speed of his growth as a ninja.

Much like Itachi used the slaughter of the Uchiha clan to measure his ability, Sasuke uses his battles with the various characters he meets in Part I to gauge his increase in strength. Through his battles with Haku, Rock Lee, and Gaara, Sasuke is able to test his abilities against those of progressively stronger ninja, discover his weakpoints, and carry away something new from the battle. Once Naruto begins to prove his worth, Sasuke starts to yearn for a battle with him as well.[15] Naruto, however, gains strength at a much more rapid rate than Sasuke, even learning the Rasengan, an attack stronger than Sasuke's Chidori. This, coupled with Sasuke's quick defeat by Itachi during the Return of Itachi arc, leads Sasuke to believe his growth is slowing. In an attempt to reassess his strength, he begins to treat his friends as opponents so as to test his abilities against their own.[16]

Dissatisfied with his progress in Konoha and believing Orochimaru holds the keys to getting strong enough to kill Itachi, Sasuke defects from Konoha at the end of Part I.[17] Naruto, the only character Sasuke comes to consider a friend, tries to stop him, but Sasuke only tries to kill Naruto, believing his friend's death will grant him the strength needed to kill Itachi.[11] He is ultimately unable to bring himself to kill Naruto, realizing that that is what Itachi would want, and instead continues on to Orochimaru.[18] In the two-and-a-half years he spends with Orochimaru, Sasuke's goal to kill Itachi takes precedent above all else, such that he is willing to give his body to Orochimaru if it means gaining the strength he needs.[19] Sasuke also comes to abandon his loyalties to others once they are of no further use to him, turning against Orochimaru after reaching the conclusion he can learn nothing else of value.[20] While he pays no allegiance to his allies, old or new, in Part II, Sasuke cannot bring himself to harm those he has never met before, and makes it a point to prevent their deaths when possible.[21]

[edit] Abilities

Sasuke in cursed seal level 2 form using the Chidori
Sasuke in cursed seal level 2 form using the Chidori

While not on the same level as Itachi in terms of natural talent, Sasuke is able to easily grasp most ninja-related abilities. At the start of the series he displays great proficiency with the Uchiha clan's signature fire and weapon-based techniques, surprising his teacher, Kakashi Hatake, during their first training session.[22] Of the abilities gained through his Uchiha lineage, Sasuke most commonly uses the Sharingan, a unique eye condition that grants him a variety of advantages in battle. For the duration of Part I, Sasuke's Sharingan continues to develop, granting him new abilities in the process. When it first forms Sasuke is given the ability to pick up and react to fast-moving opponents,[23] and in a subsequent arc is able to mimic this speed for his own personal usage.[24] Once fully manifesting itself at the end of Part I, Sasuke is even able to use his Sharingan to predict the movements of others, allowing him to dodge an attack before it is made.[25] In Part II, Sasuke starts to use his Sharingan to cast genjutsu, illusionary techniques with which he can manipulate and confuse others.[26]

Like the Sharingan, Orochimaru's influence is a recurring element of Sasuke's abilities. During their first encounter during the Chunin Exam arc, Sasuke is branded with a cursed seal, which grants him a brief surge in strength and speed when active. Though he is left exhausted after its usage, Sasuke's various uses of the seal cause him to crave more of its power.[27] As such, Sasuke forces his seal to a second level, drastically changing his appearance when active and giving him a boost in chakra.[28] Once he begins training under Orochimaru, Sasuke learns to summon snakes, which he can call upon in battle to help attack or defend.[29] Orochimaru also uses their time together to enhance Sasuke's physical abilities, such that neither Naruto nor Sakura are a match for him during their first reencounter in Part II.[30]

Prior to Sasuke's defection, Kakashi Hatake teaches him how to use the Chidori in an attempt to steer him away from Orochimaru.[16] The Chidori, a collection of lightning-based chakra in the user's hand, serves as a rapid thrusting attack that severely damages any target. While Sasuke is able to put the Chidori to great use during Part I, his usage of the attack is somewhat limited in Part II. Instead, Sasuke employs variants of the technique, using the fundamentals behind the Chidori to create a number of new abilities. Sasuke's first display of such an ability involves emitting electricity from all over his body, both shielding himself from attacks and paralyzing any it comes into contact with.[31] He later proves able to mold the electricity into more solid forms, creating both swords[32] and throwing needles[33] on separate occasions. Because of the amount of energy required to create the Chidori, Sasuke can only use it twice a day under his own power for the duration of Part I.[34] A limit in Part II on his number of uses for the Chidori or its variants has yet to be seen.

[edit] Plot overview

For the first half of Part I, Sasuke accompanies Team 7 in its various endeavors and training sessions. After his encounter with Orochimaru during the Chunin Exams, who begins to manipulate Sasuke into his custody, Sasuke starts to act independently of Naruto and Sakura, pursuing his own opponents and being the only one to train with Kakashi. After Itachi's brief return to Konoha and Sasuke's simultaneous defeat by him, Sasuke becomes dissatisfied with what he has learned whilst a member of Team 7. Believing Orochimaru will be able to give him the strength needed to kill Itachi, Sasuke goes to him, severing his ties with Konoha in the process. Naruto follows him for the duration of the Sasuke Retrieval arc in an effort to stop him, and the two ultimately do battle. Neither is able to bring themselves to finish off the other, and the two go their separate ways, Sasuke eventually arriving at Orochimaru's hideout ready to gain strength no matter what the cost.

The remaining members of Team 7 spend the bulk of Part II trying to find and subsequently retrieve Sasuke. Their efforts are not successful until the Sasuke and Sai arc, where Sasuke finally makes his Part II debut. Team 7, however, is no match for Sasuke, and they are left unable to stop him from escaping with Orochimaru. Soon afterwards Sasuke, satisfied he has learned all he can from his new master, turns against a weakened Orochimaru before the latter can steal his body. Though Orochimaru attempts to force a body switch, Sasuke is able to fight the process and finish off Orochimaru, allowing him to put his plans to find Itachi into motion. Sasuke forms Snake, a team of individuals that will prove useful in his quest to find and kill Itachi. After their search of the Naruto world, they track Itachi down. Snake's purpose fulfilled, Sasuke abandons them and moves to kill Itachi; the two are currently engaged in battle.

[edit] Appearances in other media

As a main character Sasuke appears in all OVAs but only in the first movie as he leaves Konoha in Part I. In the first Naruto movie, throughout which he encounters Fubuki Kakuyoku and eventually defeats her with his taijutsu after seeing that his ninjutsu are not able to damage her. He also uses his Chidori to damage Doto Kazahana's armor, though is knocked out in the process. He also appears in the second Naruto Movie as a memory scene though he does not speak and only appears for a few seconds. He is seen in the trailer of the second movie of Naruto Shippuden that will be released during the Summer of 2008.

In the 1st OVA Sasuke and Sakura are sent to help Naruto and Konohamaru to find the four leaf clover. In the 2nd OVA Team 7 escort a ninja named Shibuki, the leader of his village, to his home at Takigakure. Naruto and Sasuke fight against the missing-nin that stole and drank "Hero's Water". In the 3rd OVA Sasuke enters the tournament Jonin vs. Genin. During the event he fights with Naruto against Kakashi but they are both defeated.

Sasuke is a common playable character in Naruto video games, almost as often as Naruto himself, and appears as a boss in games that feature the events of the Sasuke Retrieval Arc. In some games, it is possible to unlock and play as a version of him with the cursed seal active. Due to his lack of appearances in early Naruto Shippūden chapters and episodes, he has not appeared in any games based off the sub-series until Naruto Shippūden: Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX 2. Narutimate Accel 2 marks his second appearance in which as many character he can perform a "Narutimate Combination" with Orochimaru.

[edit] Character reception

In every official Shonen Jump popularity poll of the series, Sasuke has ranked within the top 5 characters. Though Sasuke's rank initially alternated between the third and fourth spot, he later ranks as the number one most popular character of the series in the most recent polls.[35] [36] There has not been another official Shonen Jump popularity poll for the series as of 2005.

In an interview, Yuri Lowenthal, who does the voice acting for Sasuke in the English dub, states that he is honored to be playing that role, as there were other remarkable actors trying out and as Sasuke is popular among the fangirls.[37]

Several popular websites for manga, anime, videogames, and other related media criticize the personality of Sasuke and at the same time admire his abilities. IGN calls Sasuke "the resident emo-kid" as he could arguably be the one ninja who has more problems than Naruto with strained familial relations, and mention that Sasuke serves as the foil for Naruto.[38] Gamespot comments that Sasuke is the ninja-school teen heartthrob and considers himself utterly alone.[39]

The animated appearance of Sasuke in Part II was so expected by fans, the anime staff decided to make Sasuke appear in the first episode of Naruto Shippuden in a short prologue of the chapters in which he first appears in Part II.[40]

The second fight between Sasuke and Naruto in the Sasuke Retrieval Arc ranked 1st in "The Ninjas' Best 5 Battles" that appeared in the episode 202, while the first fight between them during the same arc also made the list at fifth place.[41]

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2002). NARUTO―ナルト―[秘伝・臨の書]. Shueisha, 31. ISBN 4-08873-288-X. 
  2. ^ a b Kishimoto, Masashi (2005). NARUTO―ナルト―[秘伝・闘の書]. Shueisha, 45. ISBN 4-08873-734-2. 
  3. ^ (2007) US Shonen Jump April. Viz Media, 366. ISBN ?. 
  4. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). Uzumaki: the Art of Naruto. Viz Media, 140. ISBN 1-4215-1407-9. 
  5. ^ a b Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). Uzumaki: the Art of Naruto. Viz Media, 124. ISBN 1-4215-1407-9. 
  6. ^ a b c Kishimoto, Masashi (2004). Naruto, Volume 3. Viz Media, 26. ISBN 1-59116-187-8. 
  7. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). Uzumaki: the Art of Naruto. Viz Media, 130. ISBN 1-4215-1407-9. 
  8. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 221", Naruto, Volume 25. Viz Media. ISBN 1-4215-1861-9. 
  9. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 223", Naruto, Volume 25. Viz Media. ISBN 1-4215-1861-9. 
  10. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 224", Naruto, Volume 25. Viz Media. ISBN 1-4215-1861-9. 
  11. ^ a b Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 225", Naruto, Volume 25. Viz Media. ISBN 1-4215-1861-9. 
  12. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2003). "Chapter 8", Naruto, Volume 2. Viz Media, 13. ISBN 1-59116-178-9. 
  13. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2004). "Chapter 19", Naruto, Volume 3. Viz Media, 40. ISBN 1-59116-187-8. 
  14. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2004). "Chapter 27", Naruto, Volume 3. Viz Media, 200-202. ISBN 1-59116-187-8. 
  15. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2005). "Chapter 66", Naruto, Volume 8. Viz Media, 59-60. ISBN 1-4215-0124-4. 
  16. ^ a b Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 176", Naruto, Volume 20. Viz Media. ISBN 1-4215-1655-1. 
  17. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 179", Naruto, Volume 20. Viz Media, 155-157. ISBN 1-4215-1655-1. 
  18. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 234", Naruto, Volume 26. Viz Media, 161-163. ISBN 1-4215-1862-7. 
  19. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2006). "Chapter 309", Naruto, Volume 34. Shueisha, ?(ch. 309, page 8-9). ISBN 4-08-874138-3. 
  20. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 343", Naruto, Volume 38. Shueisha, ?(ch. 343, page 17). ISBN 4-08-874364-6. 
  21. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 350", Naruto, Volume 39. Shueisha, ?(ch. 350, page 8). ISBN 1-4215-1862-7. 
  22. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2003). "Chapter 7", Naruto, Volume 1. Viz Media. ISBN 1-56931-900-6. 
  23. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2004). "Chapter 27", Naruto, Volume 3. Viz Media. ISBN 1-59116-187-8. 
  24. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2006). "112", Naruto, Volume 13. Viz Media, 74-75. ISBN 1-4215-1087-1. 
  25. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 230", Naruto, Volume 26. Viz Media, 74-75. ISBN 1-4215-1862-7. 
  26. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 360", Naruto, Volume 40. Shueisha. ISBN 978-4-08-874432-2. 
  27. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2005). "Chapter 56", Naruto, Volume 7. Viz Media. ISBN 1-59116-875-9. 
  28. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 184", Naruto, Volume 21. Viz Media, 68-72. ISBN 1-4215-1855-4. 
  29. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 351", Naruto, Volume 39. Shueisha. ISBN 4-08-874364-4. 
  30. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 311", Naruto, Volume 35. Shueisha. ISBN 4-08-874138-3. 
  31. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 308", Naruto, Volume 34. Shueisha. ISBN 4-08-874138-3. 
  32. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 343", Naruto, Volume 38. Shueisha. ISBN 4-08-874364-6. 
  33. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 357", Naruto, Volume 39. Shueisha. ISBN 4-08-874364-4. 
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Sakura Haruno (春野 サクラ Haruno Sakura?) is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto as a main figure for the media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles. In the series, Sakura acts as the female lead, helping her friends and teammates whenever she can.

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Creation and conception

Despite being the most recurring female character in Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto did not to create Sakura with the intention of making her the heroine of the series. This, in part, is a due to Kishimoto's claim that he can't draw good heroine characters, and so Sakura is the best example he can come up with: a girl who can't understand men. Sakura's creation is a result of Kishimoto's desire to make a somewhat irritating character who was well-intentioned.[3] Despite this, Kishimoto is fond of Sakura, feeling that many of her personality traits are common amongst all people, thus giving her a sense of real humanity.[4]

When designing Sakura, Kishimoto focused on her silhouette and created as simple a costume as possible. This is a divergence from the other main characters of the series whose costumes are very detailed. The leggings are the most notable aspect of her design, as they are meant to show that she is very active.[3] At the start of the series these extend below her knees and resemble something similar to pants. As Part I progresses, however, the leggings become increasingly shorter and tighter.[5] Much like his inexperience with drawing heroines, Kishimoto lacked the experience needed to make Sakura cute when he first began drawing her. Though he implies that her appearance has become cuter since then, Kishimoto and much of the Naruto manga staff agree that Sakura was "far from cute" at the start of the series.[4]

Sakura's most well-known physical characteristic is her broad forehead. Because of this, Kishimoto at times focuses too much effort on drawing it in scenes or promotional artwork where Sakura is featured prominently. This results in her forehead appearing too big.[6]

Character outline

Personality

Sakura as she appears in Part II
Sakura as she appears in Part II

Sakura's personality is largely built off of her relationships with other characters. At the start of the series her infatuation with her teammate, Sasuke Uchiha, is her most prominent relationship. Because of this, many of Sakura's early appearances are dedicated to her continuing effort to spend time with him and win his affection. Her interactions with Sasuke soon shift to a recurring concern, both for his well-being and the possibility that he will someday abandon her and the rest of Konohagakure. When this latter fear eventually comes true at the end of Part I, Sakura does all that she can to stop Sasuke from leaving, professing her love for him and offering to join him.[7] Though her efforts are ineffective at stopping Sasuke and he becomes labeled as a traitor, Sakura is unwilling to think of him as such and readily harms anyone who speaks poorly of him.[8] While she still worries for his well-being in Part II, it is unknown if she still harbors any romantic feelings for Sasuke, as she willingly attacks him during their first reunion in order to protect the members of her team.[9]

Sakura's relationship with her second teammate, Naruto Uzumaki, is also featured prominently throughout the series. Initially, Sakura views Naruto as a talentless idiot who does all in his power to ruin her life.[10] As the series progresses and Naruto continually shows his worth as a ninja as well as his dedication to protecting his teammates, Sakura realizes her initial perceptions of him were wrong. After Sasuke defects from Konoha at the end of Part I, Sakura pleads for Naruto to bring Sasuke back after her own failed attempt to stop him. Despite having a crush on Sakura, Naruto does all in his power to return Sasuke to her. Although he fails and is left in the hospital afterwards, he vows to someday complete the task she has given him.[11] Realizing the lengths Naruto will go to for her, Sakura spends the two-and-a-half years dividing Part I and II to training, wanting to be able to help him during his next attempt to retrieve Sasuke.[12] As she joins Naruto in his searches throughout Part II, Sakura learns of the various hardships he faces: the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox and Akatsuki.[13] Saddened by the impact both forces have had on his life, Sakura become very protective of him and tries to do whatever she can to help him overcome these obstacles.

Within Sakura resides "Inner Sakura", a manifestation of her inner emotions that, aside from comic relief, represents Sakura's actual opinion on things when she outwardly displays something opposite. Inner Sakura's appearances are typically marked by an exclamation of "Shānnarō" (しゃーんなろー). The phrase has no literal meaning, but is usually translated as "hell yeah", "hell no", or "damn it" depending on the situation. Though Inner Sakura appears quite frequently at the start of the series, her appearances begin to slow dramatically after the Chunin Exam arc; her only two subsequent appearances take place during one of the anime's filler arcs and at the start of Part II.[14] Inner Sakura's decreasing number of appearances is likely a result of Sakura becoming more comfortable with herself, as she no longer says the opposite of how she actually feels. Sakura, likewise, now performs the emotional outbursts she once relied on Inner Sakura for, much to the dismay of those who are around her at the time.

Abilities

For the duration of Part I, Sakura's abilities go largely unseen and undeveloped. While she is shown to be very proficient with basic ninja abilities during the few battles she participates in, Sakura lacks any unique traits that set her apart from the rest of Team 7. Her teacher, Kakashi Hatake, notes that Sakura has an excellent control over her chakra early in Part I,[15] but it is not until Part II that she is taught to use this ability to her advantage.

After training under Tsunade for two-and-a-half years, Sakura acquires two abilities that rely directly on her precise chakra control. The first and most common of these two is her ability to heal wounds, giving her the position as her team's medical ninja. Due to the speed and proficiency with which she can heal others, many characters have noted Sakura to be more talented than medical ninja with far more experience. Because a ninja team relies on its medical ninja to survive, Sakura must both avoid opponents and keep them at bay during battle.[16] This is accomplished through Sakura's second ability: her master's characteristic inhuman strength. By building up chakra in her fists and releasing it on contact with a target, Sakura can reduce most obstacles to rubble. Since a single punch can be lethal, opponents keep their distance from Sakura, giving her a chance to heal others without interruption.

Plot overview

Sakura accompanies the rest of Team 7 during all of its early missions, though does little to contribute to the battles that take place. Instead, Sakura sits on the sidelines, content in allowing her teammates to protect her and defeat their opponents. During the Chunin Exam arc, when the rest of Team 7 is left in need of her protection, Sakura realizes that relying on others to fight her battles has been unwise. Sakura resolves to better her ninja abilities from that point further, and throughout the rest of the series takes a more active role in Team 7's battles. After Sasuke's defection from Konoha at the end of Part I, Naruto's failure to bring him back, and Sakura's inability to help either, she becomes Tsunade's apprentice so that she can do more to help her teammate in the future.

Sakura takes a more active role in the overarching story in Part II, first seen with her defeat of Akatsuki member Sasori. As a result of her victory, Sakura is given the chance to learn of Sasuke's whereabouts. Naruto, Sakura, and the new members of Team 7 use this intelligence to track Sasuke down, but they are once again unable to prevent him from escaping. Though disappointed in their failure, Team 7 tries once again to find Sasuke, and they are currently in the process of following his trail.

Appearances in other media

Sakura has appeared in all four Naruto movies. In the first movie she frequently encounters Mizore Fuyukuma. After numerous encounters, Sakura manages to defeat him with Cherry Blossom Blizzard Technique (桜吹雪の術 Sakura Fubuki no Jutsu?, English: "Sakura Blizzard Jutsu") by throwing numerous kunai attached with bags of exploding tags at him that, once covering Mizore, Sakura detonates with an additional exploding tag to catch him in a large explosion. In the second she battles the wolf-like Fugai, whom she kills by using metal pillars to reflect Fugai's ear-splitting howl, which causes the pillars to collapse in on her. In the third she fights Karenbana, and by breaking a chandelier to cover the floor in glass, Sakura is able to pick up on Karenbana's high-speed movements and deliver a finishing blow to her face, instantly defeating her. Sakura also appears in the fourth movie, which takes place during Part II. In Jump! Ultimate Stars, Sakura is able to use Tsunade's "Super Heel Drop".

She has also been in many of the games based on the series. While she is a versatile character in these games, her health is low. In games based off of Part I, she has several non-canon techniques due to having relatively few known techniques, such as moves involving Inner Sakura attacking her opponent or Kurenai Yuhi's Demonic Illusion: Tree Bind. In Narutimate Accel 2 she can perform "Narutimate Combinations" with Naruto Uzumaki and Chiyo.

In the Naruto Card Game Sakura's Ninja cards mostly play on her relationships with Sasuke and Naruto, her rivalry with Ino, or her desire to grow stronger as a ninja. Sakura also has been given the Sakura Blizzard Jutsu from the first feature film, making it the only card in the game that requires Sakura to be played. Recently a card was released pairing her with her friend and rival Ino.

Character reception

Sakura has made the Top 5 Polls at least twice, and is always in the top 10 area. However in the last poll she was in the spot 12.[17]

IGN, a popular multimedia and reviews website, comments that every good anime or manga benefits from having a strong female presence.[18]

References

  1. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2002). NARUTO―ナルト―[秘伝・臨の書]. Shueisha, 101. ISBN 4-08873-288-X. 
  2. ^ a b Kishimoto, Masashi (2005). NARUTO―ナルト―[秘伝・闘の書]. Shueisha, 130-131. ISBN 4-08873-734-2. 
  3. ^ a b Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). Uzumaki: the Art of Naruto. Viz Media, 140. ISBN 1-4215-1407-9. 
  4. ^ a b Kishimoto, Masashi (2004). Naruto, Volume 3. Viz Media, 146. ISBN 1-59116-187-8. 
  5. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). Uzumaki: the Art of Naruto. Viz Media, 121. ISBN 1-4215-1407-9. 
  6. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). Uzumaki: the Art of Naruto. Viz Media, 122. ISBN 1-4215-1407-9. 
  7. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 181 (page 12)", Naruto, Volume 21. Viz Media. ISBN 1-4215-1855-4. 
  8. ^ Naruto manga chapter 286, page 10
  9. ^ Naruto manga chapter 308, page 6
  10. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2003). "Chapter 3(page 17)", Naruto, Volume 1. Viz Media. ISBN 1-56931-900-6. 
  11. ^ Naruto manga chapter 183, page 14
  12. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). "Chapter 236(page 17)", Naruto, Volume 27. Viz Media. ISBN 1-4215-1863-5. 
  13. ^ Naruto manga chapter 252, page 5
  14. ^ Naruto manga chapter 250, page 17
  15. ^ Naruto manga chapter 42, page 9
  16. ^ Naruto manga chapter 270, page 9
  17. ^ Naruto manga chapter 293, page 1-2
  18. ^ http://anime.ign.com/articles/834/834323p3.html

Dosu Kinuta

Dosu Kinuta (ドス・キヌタ?) is equipped with a special speaker implanted into his forearm that serves to dramatically strengthen his sound-based attacks. With his speaker, Dosu can damage an opponent's inner ear, throwing them off balance and making them nauseous. He can also control the sound waves in midair, ensuring that they hit their mark. He appears to be good friends with Zaku Abumi, as Zaku once comes to Dosu's rescue and Dosu later seeks vengeance for Zaku's various defeats. Neither, however, seems to have any special bond with Kin Tsuchi, and as such neither is concerned with her well-being. Dosu is the more level headed of his team, and can adequately gauge an opponent's strengths and weaknesses in little time. After learning that he is being used by Orochimaru, Dosu decides to kill Sasuke Uchiha not under Orochimaru's orders, but rather to prove his worth. When Dosu attempts to kill Gaara to more easily reach this goal, he is killed as a result of Gaara's rage.

[edit] Kin Tsuchi

Kin Tsuchi (キン・ツチ?) uses bells in battle; by throwing bells attached to needles at her opponent, she can ring them by an attached string. The bells ring at a frequency that directly affects the brain, causing the opponent to see multiple copies of her and making it nearly impossible for them to find the real Kin. With increased exposure to the ringing, an opponent can start losing their motor functions. Neither of Kin's teammates seems to be concerned about her, as both readily attack her when her body is taken over by Ino Yamanaka. After Kin loses in the preliminary matches of the Chunin Exam to Shikamaru Nara, Orochimaru sacrifices her so that he can resurrect the Second Hokage.

[edit] Zaku Abumi

Zaku Abumi (ザク・アブミ?) lived his early life as an orphan until being found by Orochimaru; in exchange for Zaku's loyalty, Orochimaru gave Zaku power. As such, Zaku is fitted with hollow air tubes that extend through his arms and open through his palms. With these tubes, Zaku can attack others with a combination of air pressure and sound that is strong enough to crack stone and wipe out anything in its path. Throughout the Chunin Exams, Zaku shows little concern for his own safety and does whatever is necessary to complete the task at hand. He is also quick to act without thinking, and doesn't properly weigh the consequences of his actions. After Zaku's preliminary with Shino Aburame leaves him without the use of his arms, Orochimaru sacrifices him so that he can resurrect the First Hokage.

[edit] Team Kabuto

Team Kabuto is entered into the Chunin Exams as Konoha ninja to spy on their fellow participants for Orochimaru. The Jonin in charge of their team is never named, nor is his allegiance ever explored. Kabuto seems to operate without Yoroi and Misumi during the exams, as he is rarely seen with them.

The members's names are names of ninja gear. Kabuto is Helmet, Yoroi is Armor, Tsurugi is Sword.[4]

[edit] Kabuto Yakushi

Kabuto Yakushi (薬師 カブト Yakushi Kabuto?) is Orochimaru's personal medic, assistant, and general right-hand man. Kabuto was found as a young boy by a chief medical officer of the Konoha Medical Unit Squad. The officer brought Kabuto with him back to Konoha and raised him as a son. Kabuto eventually began acting as a spy for numerous countries and organizations (such as Akatsuki) before coming under the servitude of Orochimaru. Kabuto has since used his various former affiliations as a means to gather intelligence on Orochimaru's behalf, such as entering the Chunin Exams as a Konoha ninja to gather information on his fellow participants for Orochimaru's use. Despite his apparent loyalty to Orochimaru, Kabuto's true personality is difficult to discern; he frequently switches from a lighthearted and polite teenager to a twisted and sadistic maniac that enjoys playing mind games with his opponents. While he generally obeys Orochimaru's orders, he is not above healing Orochimaru's enemies or trying to strike up polite conversations with Naruto Uzumaki when they meet. Orochimaru himself seems to have a hard time determining Kabuto's thoughts, and has suggested that Kabuto secretly works against him.

Kabuto is a talented ninja, being compared to Kakashi Hatake in ability on more than one occasion, as well as being shown capable of killing ANBU members with relative ease. The bulk of Kabuto's fighting ability lies in the medical jutsu taught to him by his adoptive father. These abilities have been further enhanced through his allegiance to Orochimaru, as he has been able to experiment on others to increase his medical knowledge. As a result, Kabuto is able to reactivate dead cells in a concentrated area and grow new ones. While he uses this ability in battle to immediately recover from attacks, it can also be used during his experiments to keep test subjects alive for much longer than is feasible. Kabuto can even temporarily reanimate a corpse for use as an ally or a decoy. During his battle with Tsunade, she remarks that his fighting and healing abilities surpass her own when she was his age. Despite his talents, Kabuto has always served others, a fate he is dissatisfied with. As such, after Orochimaru's defeat, Kabuto integrates his master's remains into his body as a means to become more powerful and to no longer be the mere tool of others. The remains have since begun trying to take over his body.

[edit] Misumi Tsurugi

Misumi Tsurugi (剣 ミスミ Tsurugi Misumi?) has had his body surgically altered with the Soft Physique Modification (軟の改造 Nan no Kaizō?). This allows him to be more efficient in gathering information and allows him to dislocate his joints to fit into any space. He then controls his softened body with chakra, allowing him to stretch and twist any part of his body at any angle, elongating and even coiling around his opponent. Misumi attempts to use this ability on Kankuro during the Chunin Exams by catching him in an inescapable hold and breaking his neck. While he seems to have succeeded, he in actuality breaks the neck of Kankuro's puppet, which quickly turns the tables and proceeds to break all of Misumi's bones, save the neck. Misumi makes a second appearance with Yoroi Akado during one of the anime's filler arcs, where he is defeated by Ino Yamanaka and crushed under a cave in.

[edit] Yoroi Akado

Yoroi Akado (赤胴 ヨロイ Akadō Yoroi?) is able to absorb the physical and spiritual energy of an opponent on contact. He uses this ability against Sasuke Uchiha during the preliminary matches of the Chunin Exams, though Sasuke is able to defeat him with a physical attack not dependent on chakra. Yoroi makes a second appearance with Misumi Tsurugi during one of the anime's filler arcs. He is eventually forced to battle Shino Aburame, at which point he uses Water Release: Huge Explosion Technique (水遁・大爆発の術 Suiton: Daibakuha no Jutsu?) to try and capture Shino in an inescapable torrent of water. He is ultimately defeated and sinks beneath the water.

[edit] Sound Four

The Sound Four (音隠れの忍四人衆 Otogakure no Shinobi Yonin Shū?, literally "Hidden Sound Shinobi Four People", English "Sound Ninja Four") are Orochimaru's elite bodyguards. Each has been given a cursed seal by Orochimaru. The Sound Four were forced to accept Kimimaro into their ranks for a short time (making them the Sound Five), as he was stronger than all of their combined strength. All of them repeatedly refer to their opponents as "trash". As a group, the Sound Four are able to create a number of different barriers; Four Violet Flames Battle Encampment (四紫炎陣 Shishienjin?, English "Four Flames Formation"), for instance, allows them to create a box-like barrier around a given area that causes anything that touches it to burst into flames. To prevent themselves from being attacked and thus bringing down the barrier, the Sound Four create the same barrier around themselves.

[edit] Jirobo

Jirobo (次郎坊 Jirōbō?) is the physically strongest member of the Sound Four, albeit the least powerful, according to the other members. His strength is such that, through simple physical attacks, Jirobo can defeat an opponent in one or two blows. He is even capable of lifting boulder-sized rocks with ease and hurling them across long distances. Jirobo is noticeably fat, though takes offense to this when Tayuya calls him as such and always scolds her for it. Because he is able to absorb the chakra of others, Jirobo often captures opponents so that he can absorb their chakra as a form of sustenance.

Jirobo is drawn into battle with Choji Akimichi during the Sasuke Retrieval arc, who he calls fat near-constantly during their battle. He also compares Choji to a pawn that is sacrificed so that the stronger members of the team, the knights, can survive. These statements, as well as Jirobo's insults of Shikamaru Nara, causes Choji to utilize his trump card, drastically increasing his strength. Despite Jirobo's best attempts, Choji's strength outmatches his own and he is killed with a blow to the chest.

Jirobo was the third member of the Sound Four to be created by Masashi Kishimoto, a result of Kishimoto's desire to have a large character in the group who was very different from the other members.[2]

[edit] Kidomaru

Kidomaru (鬼童丸 Kidōmaru?) is the spider-like member of the Sound Four; he possesses four extra arms, has the ability to make webs, and even possesses a third eye. This eye (normally covered by his forehead protector) improves the accuracy of his attacks to the point of being unavoidable. Kidomaru's webbing is made of a special type of liquid that is created by infusing body liquid with chakra, making it as strong as steel. The more basic form of this webbing is excreted from his mouth, and he spits it directly from there during combat to capture opponents. Kidomaru can create a stronger, golden webbing called Spider Sticky Gold (蜘蛛粘金 Kumo Nenkin?, English TV: "Sticky Spider Thread") that hardens upon contact with oxygen to metal-like quality. Because of the solid nature of this webbing, Kidomaru can shape it into armor or weapons to aid him in battle.

Kidomaru is an excellent tactical analyst, making sure each of his attacks is put to use in determining an enemy's weak point. During his battle with Neji Hyuga, for example, he is able to slowly pick up on a blindspot in Neji's defenses, and proceeds to focus his attacks on that point. He generally sees a battle as a game, and often plays around with the opponent too much because he prefers to have fun seeing the opponent struggle. His speech also reflects this-he refers to Neji as a "trash character," and claims that, like all trash characters, Neji will die first. Despite this claim, Neji is able to send a burst of chakra through one of Kidomaru's webs during their battle, immobilizing him. Unable to defend himself, Kidomaru is attacked by Neji and soon dies from his wounds.

Kidomaru was the first member of the Sound Four to be created by Masashi Kishimoto.[2]

[edit] Kimimaro

Kimimaro (君麻呂?) is the sole survivor of the Kaguya clan. As the strongest member of the clan, Kimimaro was kept locked up at all times, only being released when needed for a battle. After his clan was killed, Kimimaro was found by Orochimaru. Kimimaro proceeded to develop a strong devotion towards Orochimaru, viewing him as the only person who cared for him. In his devotion to Orochimaru, Kimimaro stops at nothing to ensure the continuation of his master's dreams and ambitions. To this effect, he willingly kills any who oppose or hinder Orochimaru's progress, and even offers himself as a future host for Orochimaru's soul.

The Kaguya clan's kekkei genkai, Shikotsumyaku (屍骨脈 literally?, "Dead Bone Pulse"), gives Kimimaro the ability to manipulate his skeletal structure. An example of this ability is seen when Kimimaro fires his finger bones from his hands like bullets. Any injuries the skin receives during the process are instantly healed and replacement bones are created to restore the use of his hands. This ability can be used to sprout bones from any point on his body, giving him a quick defense against physical attacks by covering himself in spikes. Kimimaro can increase the strength of these bones to steel-like quality, a trait he often takes advantage of when using his bones as a sword. Each different purpose he has found for his bones he refers to as a specific dance, all of which are named after a plant.[6]

Kimimaro's only weakness is a terminal illness that he constantly suffers from, which, in addition to making him unable to battle, makes it impossible for him to act as a host for Orochimaru. When Orochimaru is left in need of a new body, Kimimaro, ignoring his illness, sets out to retrieve a replacement: Sasuke Uchiha. Before he can complete his task, however, he is forced into battle with Rock Lee and Gaara. Just as he is about to kill them both for insulting Orochimaru, he succumbs to his illness, yet seemingly unfazed, and dies, unable to fulfill his master's wish.

[edit] Sakon and Ukon

Sakon (左近?) and the older Ukon (右近?) are twin brothers who share positions in the Sound Four. To help distinguish between the two, Sakon wears beads around his neck and Ukon has a somewhat deeper voice. With their kekkei genkai, Sakon and Ukon are able to merge with the bodies of others. Ukon generally uses this ability to remain within Sakon's body where he can bring out some of his body parts to aid Sakon in blocking or attacking. Ukon can separate from Sakon's body so that the two can attack independently, though he is not used to moving on his own and thus tires easily. In addition to combining with each other, Sakon or Ukon can merge with an opponent's body, destroying their cells from the inside to slowly kill them. While within another's body, however, they are vulnerable to whatever injuries befall upon the host, in theory allowing the host to commit suicide to kill either of the brothers. This ability also gives the two regenerative capabilities, and given enough time they can recover from any wound.

Sakon and Ukon both enjoy bad-mouthing the opposition. Orochimaru notes Sakon to be the fastest and strongest member of the Sound Four, traits Sakon is very proud of. When in battle Sakon likes to prolong the fight by toying with the opponent and all the while use unnecessarily powerful techniques. This tendency of Sakon's causes him to slow down the rest of the group whenever he gets interested in an opponent. Ukon is able to counteract this flaw by being more impatient and hasty than his brother, forcing Sakon to quickly end his battles. During the Sasuke Retrieval arc, Sakon and Ukon fight and almost kill Kiba Inuzuka and Akamaru. Before they can finish the two off, however, Kankuro arrives and kills them both with his puppets, saving Kiba and Akamaru.

Sakon was the final member of the Sound Four to be created by Masashi Kishimoto. After struggling to decide who Sakon should fight, Kishimoto decided to have Sakon take part in a two-on-two battle. Thus he created Ukon and placed him within Sakon's body so that they could act as one person.[2]

[edit] Tayuya

Tayuya (多由也?) is the only kunoichi in the Sound Four. She is ill-tempered, foul-mouthed (which Jirobo berates her for) and a tomboy. Because she has only one weapon, a flute, she avoids close combat at all costs. To help her with this, she can summon three powerful demons known as the Doki (怒鬼 literally?, "Angry Demons") that she controls by playing different tunes on her flute. With precise timing, she can break up the Doki to attack while not leaving any openings for her opponent to counter. In addition to being very fast for their size, the Doki can also open their mouths to release snake-like creatures composed of pure energy. Because of this, the snakes are impossible to hit and can directly attack an opponent's chakra, weakening them over time. If the demons aren't enough to keep opponents at bay, Tayuya can use her flute to cast genjutsu, preoccupying an opponent while she finishes them off with physical attacks.

During the Sasuke Retrieval arc, Tayuya is forced into battle with Shikamaru Nara, whose tactical abilities and intelligence exceed her own. Despite this, Tayuya is able to gain the upperhand through brute force and is almost able to kill Shikamaru. Before she can do so, however, Temari arrives to save him. Temari proceeds to destroy Tayuya's flute and levels the surrounding forest, crushing Tayuya under a pile of debris.

Tayuya was the second member of the Sound Four to be created by Masashi Kishimoto, intended to be the only girl in a group of boys.[2]

[edit] Other

[edit] Akatsuki

Main article: Akatsuki

[edit] Gato

Gato (ガトー Gatō?) is a powerful shipping magnate whose shipping company is actually a front for smuggling illegal goods and dealing drugs. He takes control of the Land of Waves' shipping routes and creates a monopoly by isolating the country from the outside world, preventing free import and export and turning it into a poor, hunger-stricken country in the process. Gato hires Zabuza Momochi and his subordinates to assassinate Tazuna and stop him from finishing to build a bridge that would allow the Land of Waves' economy to recover. However, after Zabuza is defeated by Kakashi Hatake, Gato assumes that Zabuza is no longer able to accomplish his mission and decides to use his own thugs to kill Tazuna instead. Rather than allow Gato to have his way, Zabuza kills him, freeing the country from Gato's rule and allowing the bridge to be completed.

[edit] Haku

Haku (?) was born during a time when people with a kekkei genkai were feared. Because Haku's mother possessed such an ability, so too did Haku. Once Haku's father learned of this he rallied a small mob and had his wife murdered. He would have done the same to Haku, but Haku inadvertently killed both the mob and his father via his kekkei genkai. Orphaned, Haku wandered the country as a beggar child until he was found by Zabuza Momochi. Zabuza took Haku in as a tool of battle and nothing more. For his part, Haku readily accepted this role due to the purpose it gave him, devoting his life to becoming the ultimate weapon for Zabuza. In time, Haku became fiercely protective of his master, so much so that he would not allow anyone to touch Zabuza. He looks so much like a girl that Naruto confuses him with a girl when they meet prior to their battle. In his devotion to Zabuza, Haku finds purpose in life only by being of use to Zabuza, and does whatever is asked of him to continue to give his own life meaning. When he is defeated by Naruto Uzumaki, Haku feels as though his reason for living is gone as he is no longer of use to his master. His moment of abandonment is short-lived, as he is soon able to give up his life to protect Zabuza from Kakashi Hatake's Lightning Blade.

Haku's kekkei genkai, Hyoton (氷遁 Hyōton?, literally "Ice Release"), allows him to mix wind and water to create ice. Haku's ice is reinforced by chakra, making normally effective methods of melting ice, namely fire, practically useless. Haku's signature attack with this ability is his Demonic Ice Mirrors (魔鏡氷晶 Makyō Hyō Shō?, English TV "Secret Jutsu: Crystal Ice Mirrors"), which creates any number of mirrors made of ice to trap opponents. Haku can freely merge with and move between these mirrors, allow him to attack opponents from multiple angles simultaneously. Haku is also skilled with senbon, and can incapacitate or kill a person with a single senbon. Despite these abilities, Haku dislikes needing to kill in his role as a tool, and avoids doing so whenever possible. When forced to face an opponent Haku does all that he can to avoid bringing them great harm, even putting them into a death-like state to prevent them from fighting further.

[edit] Hanzo

  • Age: ? (deceased)

Hanzo (半蔵 Hanzō?) is the former leader of Amegakure whose abilities are renowned and recognized by ninja everywhere. At some point in time he fought with Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Tsunade. When they proved able to survive his attacks he rewarded their skills by sparing their lives and giving them the title of the "Legendary Three Ninja" (伝説の三忍 Densetsu no Sannin?) to indicate that they were the strongest ninja in Konoha. Despite his immense power, Hanzo was very cautious when it came to his own security, and as such getting a chance to see him was a great feat. Sometime later, Hanzo, as well as his family, friends, and affiliates, were killed by Pain, allowing the latter to take control of Amegakure.[7]

[edit] Madara Uchiha

Main article: Tobi

Madara Uchiha (うちは マダラ Uchiha Madara?) founded the Uchiha clan during the early days of Konoha. He did battle with and was defeated by the First Hokage at the Valley of the End. Jiraiya suspects that Madara summoned the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox to attack Konoha years before the start of the series, though the age Madara would have been at the time causes him to question this assumption. Nevertheless, the demon fox seems to be familiar with Madara, comparing Sasuke Uchiha's eyes and chakra to that of Madara's. Akatsuki member Tobi refers to himself as Madara Uchiha.

[edit] Mizuki

Mizuki (ミズキ?) is a childhood friend and fellow Ninja Academy instructor of Iruka Umino. At the series' start he tricks Naruto Uzumaki into stealing a scroll of forbidden jutsu, hoping to later steal the scroll from Naruto and use Naruto as a scapegoat in the meantime. Iruka eventually figures out what he's up to and the two are drawn into battle. Using the Shadow Clone Technique he learned from the scroll, Naruto quickly defeats Mizuki as punishment for harming Iruka. The anime fillers reveals that Mizuki, as a former student of Orochimaru, stole the scroll so that he could give it to his master. Mizuki later escapes from his confinements in Konoha to seek out Orochimaru, a task he hopes to make easier by consuming a potion Orochimaru taught to him. While the potion briefly transforms him into a tiger-like beast with doubled speed and power, it ultimately turns him into an angry, shriveled, and powerless old man. Tsunade heals him back to his normal state and interrogates him about the whereabouts of Orochimaru, but learns nothing of any use.

[edit] Orochimaru

Main article: Orochimaru

[edit] Raiga Kurosuki

Raiga Kurosuki (黒鋤 雷牙 Kurosuki Raiga?) is a former member of Kirigakure's Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, though he apparently disliked all of the other members. As one of the Seven Swordsmen, Raiga wields two spiked swords that he uses in a manner similar to lightning rods to attract and channel lightning and electricity. He can connect them at their hilts to form a larger double-bladed sword, effectively increasing the weapon's size and allowing him to perform different and more powerful attacks. Lightning acts as a power source for him, and so long as he has access to it he can battle continuously. While he was still loyal to Kirigakure, Raiga met Ranmaru, a disabled boy who came to act as additional eyes and ears for Raiga in exchange for being carried upon his back. Ranmaru would become the only person Raiga cared about, despite Ranmaru's pacifist nature and Raiga's love for battle. When Ranmaru acts on his beliefs and tries to convince Raiga to stop fighting, Raiga feels betrayed and, upon being knocked off a cliff by Naruto Uzumaki, kills himself in midair with one of his own bolts of lightning.

[edit] Zabuza Momochi

Zabuza Momochi (桃地 再不斬 Momochi Zabuza?) first gained renown during one of Kirigakure's Academy graduation events, where he singlehandedly killed all of his peers. Zabuza would later become one of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist where he acquired his giant Kubikiri Hōchō (首斬り包丁 Decapitating Knife?). At some point in time, Zabuza found a young boy named Haku wandering the countryside, and offered to take Haku in as his tool. Haku accepted and became loyal to Zabuza, learning from Zabuza and protecting him whenever necessary. Zabuza eventually attempted a coup d'état on Kirigakure by trying to assassinate the Mizukage. The coup failed, forcing Zabuza and his subordinates to leave the country. In the hopes of gaining funds for a second coup, Zabuza becomes a mercenary assassin, killing anyone if the price is right.

Being from Kirigakure, Zabuza excels in water-oriented jutsu, frequently launching large bodies of water at opponents for attack. In addition to the offensive capabilities of his water jutsu, Zabuza is a highly skilled assassin. By blanketing the area in mist, Zabuza can blind an opponent and then locate them by the sounds they make and kill them without their noticing his presence. This talent with assassination is very well-known, as even the ninja of Konohagakure are familiar with Zabuza's history. Despite his abilities, Zabuza repeatedly fails to kill Tazuna, a target given to him by Gato, because of the protection of Kakashi Hatake. After Kakashi leaves Zabuza unable to battle further, Gato revokes their contract and instructs his men to kill Tazuna and Zabuza. He also kicks Haku's corpse, prompting Naruto to berate Zabuza for failing to show Haku respect even after his sacrifice, to which Zabuza starts crying. Unwilling to let Gato have his way, Zabuza kills him, though he is heavily injured in the process and dies of his wounds. Upon Zabuza's dying request, Kakashi places him next to Haku so he can look at him one last time. With his dying breath, Zabuza wishes to join Haku in heaven.

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). Uzumaki: the Art of Naruto. Viz Media, 142. ISBN 1-4215-1407-9. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kishimoto, Masashi (2007). Uzumaki: the Art of Naruto. Viz Media, 128. ISBN 1-4215-1407-9. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kishimoto, Masashi (2002). NARUTO―ナルト―[秘伝・臨の書]. Shueisha. ISBN 4-08873-288-X. 
  4. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=1825&page=22
  5. ^ a b c d e f Kishimoto, Masashi (2005). NARUTO―ナルト―[秘伝・闘の書]. Shueisha. ISBN 4-08873-734-2. 
  6. ^ Kishimoto, Masashi (2005). NARUTO―ナルト―[秘伝・闘の書]. Shueisha, 230-231. ISBN 4-08873-734-2. 
  7. ^ Naruto manga chapter 340, pages 10-14

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