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[[File:Academy.png|thumb|The Academy.]]
 
[[File:Academy.png|thumb|The Academy.]]
The {{translation|'''Academy'''|忍者学校|Akademī|lit meaning=Ninja School}} is a huge building in [[Konohagakure]] located directly at the base of the [[Hokage Mountain]]. It consists of both a training centre for [[Academy student]]s before they become [[genin]] as well as an administrative side where the [[Mission Assignment Desk]] as well as the Hokage's office is located. It was founded by [[Tobirama Senju]], the Second [[Hokage]] out of military necessity.<ref>''First Fanbook - Hiden: Hyō no Sho'', page 152</ref> The [[Jōnin Standby Station]] is also located on the compound.
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The {{translation|'''Academy'''|忍者学校|Akademī|lit meaning=Ninja School}} is a huge building in [[Konohagakure]] located directly at the base of the [[Hokage Mountain]]. It is where prospective ninja are trained and where official ninja receive their assignments. It was founded by the [[Second Hokage]] out of military necessity.<ref>''First Fanbook Hiden: Hyō no Sho'', page 152</ref>
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
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[[File:Academy interior.jpg|thumb|Iruka's classroom.]]
 
The Academy is quite large and is comprised of several buildings which were erected over time. The building can be identified by the tree in front of it which has a swing on it and more so, by the giant sign with the kanji for {{Translation|'''Fire'''|火}} on it. Classrooms in the Academy are large and have high ceilings, based on a theory that larger classrooms lead to expansive education, expanding even to the blackboard itself. In front of the blackboard is a podium, situated far from the students' desks and put in a position where the teacher can view everyone at once.
 
The Academy is quite large and is comprised of several buildings which were erected over time. The building can be identified by the tree in front of it which has a swing on it and more so, by the giant sign with the kanji for {{Translation|'''Fire'''|火}} on it. Classrooms in the Academy are large and have high ceilings, based on a theory that larger classrooms lead to expansive education, expanding even to the blackboard itself. In front of the blackboard is a podium, situated far from the students' desks and put in a position where the teacher can view everyone at once.
   
 
== Administrative Division ==
 
== Administrative Division ==
 
[[File:Hokage's office.png|thumb|Tsunade and her pupils in the Hokage's office.]]
 
[[File:Hokage's office.png|thumb|Tsunade and her pupils in the Hokage's office.]]
Along with being a school, it is also the area where the Hokage's office is located, missions are dispatched and the day-to-day running of the village takes place. The Hokage's office is a large, somewhat oval room usually filled with stacks of unfinished paperwork. Behind the Hokage's desk is a large window through which the Hokage can survey the entire village. On the desk itself is a stylised kanji for {{translation|shadow|影|kage}} followed by the symbol of the village. There is also the [[Mission Assignment Desk]] where missions are usually dispensed to shinobi.
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Along with being a school, it is also the area where the Hokage's office is located, which is where missions are dispatched and the day-to-day running of the village takes place. The Hokage's office is a large, somewhat oval room usually filled with stacks of unfinished paperwork. Behind the Hokage's desk is a large window through which the Hokage can survey the entire village. On the desk itself is a stylised kanji for {{translation|shadow|影|kage}} followed by the symbol of the village. There is also the [[Mission Assignment Desk]] where missions are usually dispensed to shinobi. In the anime, the [[Jōnin Standby Station]] is located on the compound.
   
 
== Academic Division ==
 
== Academic Division ==
=== Admission Requirements for Konoha's Academy ===
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=== Admission Requirements ===
 
# Love the village and hope to help preserve peace and prosperity.
 
# Love the village and hope to help preserve peace and prosperity.
 
# Have a mind that will not yield, able to endure hard training and work.
 
# Have a mind that will not yield, able to endure hard training and work.
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=== Curriculum ===
 
=== Curriculum ===
[[File:Academy.jpg|thumb|left|The academic section of the Academy.]]
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[[File:Ninja Academy.png|thumb|left|The academic section of the Academy.]]
Aside from the obvious lessons one would learn from a Ninja Academy, all students receive essential knowledge, such as reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography, etc. [[Sakura Haruno]] and [[Ino Yamanaka]] are also shown to have taken special [[Wikipedia:Kunoichi|kunoichi]] classes, where they were taught things about other cultures and how knowledge of things like [[Wikipedia:Ikebana|flower arranging]] will help them to blend in during an infiltration mission. Students also have to study the [[Shinobi Rules]]. Special lectures read by highly experienced shinobi are sometimes held.
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As with any school, students are taught a core curriculum of reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography, etc. These lessons are typically framed in a ninja-context, and in fact are learned at all in order to facilitate later instruction in tactics and strategy. Students learn the [[Shinobi Rules]], how to [[Leaf Concentration Practice|strengthen their minds]] and [[Traditional Shinobi Sparring|bodies]], and receive special lectures from veteran shinobi. They are taken through the [[Bukijutsu|handling of ninja weapons and tools]], like [[shuriken]] and [[kunai]], learning how to throw and wield them through target practice, as well as instructed on the basics of trap-setting. Academy students are also taught about [[chakra]] and how to use it, [[hand seals]]. Shinobi classes can be broken into the [[E-rank|basic levels]] of:
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* [[Taijutsu]] classes serve as the Ninja Academy's equivalent of [[Wikipedia:Physical education|physical education]]. In taijutsu class, students are engaged in physical activities to help train their bodies and develop their stamina. [[Traditional Shinobi Sparring|Sparring]] is common.
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* [[Ninjutsu]] classes provide the bulk of what potential ninja learn at the Academy. Students are taught about chakra, how to manipulate it and use [[hand seals]], and ultimately how to use techniques such as the [[Transformation Technique]] and the [[Clone Technique]].
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* [[Genjutsu]] classes are focused less on how to create illusions and more on how they work. Students are taught how to determine if they are trapped in a genjutsu, and then how to release themselves from it.
   
[[File:Academy interior.jpg|thumb|Iruka's classroom.]]
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Girls must attend [[Wikipedia:Kunoichi|kunoichi]] classes, where they are taught about other cultures and how skills such as [[Wikipedia:Ikebana|flower arranging]] will help them to blend in during an infiltration mission.
Taught by [[chūnin]] instructors, all ninja potentials are lectured on tactics and strategies. They are instructed on the basics of trap-setting as well as how to [[Leaf Concentration Practice|strengthen their minds]] and [[Traditional Shinobi Sparring|bodies]]. They are taken through the [[Bukijutsu|handling of ninja weapons and tools]], like [[shuriken]] and [[kunai]], learning how to throw and wield them through target practice. Academy students are also taught about [[chakra]] and how to use it, [[hand seals]] and the [[E-rank|basic levels]] of:
 
* [[Taijutsu]] classes serve as the Ninja Academy's equivalent of [[Wikipedia:Physical education|Physical education]] class. In taijutsu class, students are engaged in physical activities to help train their bodies and develop their stamina.
 
* [[Ninjutsu]] classes provide the bulk of what potential ninja learn at the Academy. The subject of ninjutsu encompasses techniques that use chakra and allows the user to do something that they otherwise would be incapable of doing. Techniques such as the [[Transformation Technique]] and the [[Clone Technique]] are taught to students at the Academy that will build up to what they'll learn from their [[jōnin]]-sensei.
 
* [[Genjutsu]] classes are not touched much upon except for explaining what genjutsu is. When learning about genjutsu, students are advised to determine if they are trapped in a genjutsu, and then how to release themselves from it.
 
   
 
=== Graduation ===
 
=== Graduation ===
Graduating from the Academy usually consists of taking both a written exam and a practical exam, administered by a [[chūnin]] instructor, to earn enough marks to pass. Upon graduating, students receive a [[forehead protector]], proof of their achievement. Graduating students are then separated into squads of three [[genin]] and assigned to a [[jōnin]]-sensei to instruct them further. At this point, they will be tested once again by their jōnin teacher to assess whether they would be able to handle the demands that will be made of them as ninja (i.e. the dynamics of teamwork). The graduates of the [[Sannin]] and [[Team 7]] were given the [[bell test]] to see if they could make the cut; it is unknown if the rest of the would-be teams in Konoha use the same test. According to [[Kakashi]], there is a 66% chance of failure, since only nine of the twenty-seven graduates of his time of testing would be allowed to pass this secondary test.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 4, page 11</ref>
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Graduating from the Academy usually consists of taking both a written exam and a practical exam, administered by a [[chūnin]] instructor, to earn enough marks to pass. Upon graduating, students receive a [[forehead protector]], proof of their achievement. Graduating students are then separated into squads of three [[genin]] and assigned to a [[jōnin]]-sensei to instruct them further. At this point, they will be tested once again by their jōnin teacher to assess whether they would be able to handle the demands that will be made of them as ninja (i.e. the dynamics of teamwork). The [[Sannin]] and members of [[Team 7]] were given the [[bell test]] to see if they could make the cut; it is unknown if the rest of the would-be teams in Konoha use the same test. According to [[Kakashi]], there is a 66% chance of failure, since only nine of the twenty-seven graduates of his time of testing would be allowed to pass this secondary test.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 4, page 11</ref>
   
Students who don't pass the tests set by their [[chūnin]]-sensei may be held back for another year. However, students who do pass the tests set by their chūnin-sensei, but later fail the tests administered by their assigned jōnin-sensei, may either be sent back to the academy or else, depending on their performance, dropped from the program at their jōnin-sensei's discretion.
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Students who don't pass the initial graduation tests or who are failed by their jōnin-sensei may either be sent back to the Academy or, if their jōnin believes them to be unsatisfactory, they can be dropped from the program entirely.
   
Although students are only instructed in the use of [[E-rank|basic level]] [[genjutsu]], [[ninjutsu]] and [[taijutsu]], knowledge of these techniques are ultimately not pivotal to their success as ninja; [[Naruto Uzumaki]], who failed to perform the [[Clone Technique]], an [[E-rank]] technique, but could effortlessly perform the [[Shadow Clone Technique]], a [[B-rank]] [[jōnin]]-level technique, is an example of this.
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It is not necessary for students to master all the lesson they are taught in the Academy to pass. [[Naruto Uzumaki]] could not perform the [[E-rank]] [[Clone Technique]], but could effortlessly perform the [[B-rank]] [[Shadow Clone Technique]], allowing him to graduate. [[Rock Lee]] lacked the aptitude for ninjutsu and genjutsu, but managed to get by with his taijutsu skills.
   
 
== Other Academies ==
 
== Other Academies ==
Graduation requirements vary from academy to academy. In Konoha, the graduation exam is comprised a kind of written test, as well as the testing of a student's knowledge of the basic techniques. Some limited details about the other Hidden Village Ninja Academies have also been disclosed:
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Some limited details about the other Hidden Village Ninja Academies have also been disclosed:
* The [[Suna]] Ninja Academy: Not much has been mentioned about the previous curriculum, but during the final [[Gaara#Ultimate Weapon Arc|Pre-Shippūden filler arc]] in the original anime it was revealed that the Ninja Academy at Suna has adopted a new training program that emulated that same training program as the Konoha Ninja Academy, and in Part II the success of the new training program was commented upon.
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* The [[Kiri]] Ninja Academy: During the [[Fourth Mizukage]]'s reign, the Kiri Ninja Academy's final graduation exam consisted of pitting the entire graduating class against each other in a battle to the death, with the winners/survivors graduating; this was a method to eradicate emotions in exchange for combat efficiency, and was the very reason that Kirigakure was nicknamed "Village of the Bloody Mist". After [[Zabuza Momochi]], not yet himself a student, imposed himself into the fight and slaughtered all one hundred of that year's students, the practice was discontinued in favour of more humane and less depopulating methods.
* The [[Kiri]] Ninja Academy: During [[Yagura]]'s reign as the Fourth [[Mizukage]], the Kiri Ninja Academy final graduation exam consisted of pitting all of the Ninja Academy's graduates against each other in a battle to the death, with the winners/survivors graduating; this was a method to eradicate emotions in exchange for combat efficiency, and was the very reason that Kirigakure was nicknamed "Village of the Bloody Mist". After [[Zabuza Momochi]], not yet himself a student, imposed himself into the fight and slaughtered all one hundred of that year's students, the practice was discontinued in favour of more humane and less depopulating methods.
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* The [[Suna]] Ninja Academy: Not much has been mentioned about the previous curriculum, but during the final [[Gaara#Ultimate Weapon Arc|pre-''Shippūden'' filler arc]], it was revealed that the Ninja Academy at Suna has adopted a new training program that emulated that same training program as the Konoha Ninja Academy, and in Part II the success of the new training program was commented upon.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==

Latest revision as of 14:38, July 5, 2014

Academy

The Academy.

The Academy (忍者学校, Akademī; Literally meaning "Ninja School") is a huge building in Konohagakure located directly at the base of the Hokage Mountain. It is where prospective ninja are trained and where official ninja receive their assignments. It was founded by the Second Hokage out of military necessity.[1]

Appearance Edit

Academy interior

Iruka's classroom.

The Academy is quite large and is comprised of several buildings which were erected over time. The building can be identified by the tree in front of it which has a swing on it and more so, by the giant sign with the kanji for Fire (火) on it. Classrooms in the Academy are large and have high ceilings, based on a theory that larger classrooms lead to expansive education, expanding even to the blackboard itself. In front of the blackboard is a podium, situated far from the students' desks and put in a position where the teacher can view everyone at once.

Administrative Division Edit

Hokage's office

Tsunade and her pupils in the Hokage's office.

Along with being a school, it is also the area where the Hokage's office is located, which is where missions are dispatched and the day-to-day running of the village takes place. The Hokage's office is a large, somewhat oval room usually filled with stacks of unfinished paperwork. Behind the Hokage's desk is a large window through which the Hokage can survey the entire village. On the desk itself is a stylised kanji for shadow (影, kage) followed by the symbol of the village. There is also the Mission Assignment Desk where missions are usually dispensed to shinobi. In the anime, the Jōnin Standby Station is located on the compound.

Academic Division Edit

Admission Requirements Edit

  1. Love the village and hope to help preserve peace and prosperity.
  2. Have a mind that will not yield, able to endure hard training and work.
  3. Be healthy in mind and body.

If the above conditions are met, admission to the Academy will be granted.[2]

Curriculum Edit

Ninja Academy

The academic section of the Academy.

As with any school, students are taught a core curriculum of reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography, etc. These lessons are typically framed in a ninja-context, and in fact are learned at all in order to facilitate later instruction in tactics and strategy. Students learn the Shinobi Rules, how to strengthen their minds and bodies, and receive special lectures from veteran shinobi. They are taken through the handling of ninja weapons and tools, like shuriken and kunai, learning how to throw and wield them through target practice, as well as instructed on the basics of trap-setting. Academy students are also taught about chakra and how to use it, hand seals. Shinobi classes can be broken into the basic levels of:

  • Taijutsu classes serve as the Ninja Academy's equivalent of physical education. In taijutsu class, students are engaged in physical activities to help train their bodies and develop their stamina. Sparring is common.
  • Ninjutsu classes provide the bulk of what potential ninja learn at the Academy. Students are taught about chakra, how to manipulate it and use hand seals, and ultimately how to use techniques such as the Transformation Technique and the Clone Technique.
  • Genjutsu classes are focused less on how to create illusions and more on how they work. Students are taught how to determine if they are trapped in a genjutsu, and then how to release themselves from it.

Girls must attend kunoichi classes, where they are taught about other cultures and how skills such as flower arranging will help them to blend in during an infiltration mission.

Graduation Edit

Graduating from the Academy usually consists of taking both a written exam and a practical exam, administered by a chūnin instructor, to earn enough marks to pass. Upon graduating, students receive a forehead protector, proof of their achievement. Graduating students are then separated into squads of three genin and assigned to a jōnin-sensei to instruct them further. At this point, they will be tested once again by their jōnin teacher to assess whether they would be able to handle the demands that will be made of them as ninja (i.e. the dynamics of teamwork). The Sannin and members of Team 7 were given the bell test to see if they could make the cut; it is unknown if the rest of the would-be teams in Konoha use the same test. According to Kakashi, there is a 66% chance of failure, since only nine of the twenty-seven graduates of his time of testing would be allowed to pass this secondary test.[3]

Students who don't pass the initial graduation tests or who are failed by their jōnin-sensei may either be sent back to the Academy or, if their jōnin believes them to be unsatisfactory, they can be dropped from the program entirely.

It is not necessary for students to master all the lesson they are taught in the Academy to pass. Naruto Uzumaki could not perform the E-rank Clone Technique, but could effortlessly perform the B-rank Shadow Clone Technique, allowing him to graduate. Rock Lee lacked the aptitude for ninjutsu and genjutsu, but managed to get by with his taijutsu skills.

Other Academies Edit

Some limited details about the other Hidden Village Ninja Academies have also been disclosed:

  • The Kiri Ninja Academy: During the Fourth Mizukage's reign, the Kiri Ninja Academy's final graduation exam consisted of pitting the entire graduating class against each other in a battle to the death, with the winners/survivors graduating; this was a method to eradicate emotions in exchange for combat efficiency, and was the very reason that Kirigakure was nicknamed "Village of the Bloody Mist". After Zabuza Momochi, not yet himself a student, imposed himself into the fight and slaughtered all one hundred of that year's students, the practice was discontinued in favour of more humane and less depopulating methods.
  • The Suna Ninja Academy: Not much has been mentioned about the previous curriculum, but during the final pre-Shippūden filler arc, it was revealed that the Ninja Academy at Suna has adopted a new training program that emulated that same training program as the Konoha Ninja Academy, and in Part II the success of the new training program was commented upon.

Trivia Edit

The Building for The Academy Teaching Exam

The Building for the Academy Teaching Exam.

  • Although the Japanese name for the Ninja Academy is simply Academy (Akademī; usually written as アカデミー), it's written with the kanji for ninja school (忍者学校; usually pronounced as "ninja gakkō").
  • In the anime, there is also an academy that teachers must pass in order to teach the next generations of ninja. It was destroyed from a battle between Iruka and Mizuki.[4]
  • Part of this building has often been confused with the Hokage Residence due to the fact that the Hokage's office is located here. However, according to official releases, they are in fact two separate places.[5]

See Also Edit

  • A list of general skills that are used by shinobi that are either learned while an Academy student, built on the principles learned there or simply used by most if not all shinobi.

References Edit

  1. First Fanbook — Hiden: Hyō no Sho, page 152
  2. First Naruto Official Fanbook
  3. Naruto chapter 4, page 11
  4. Naruto episode 145
  5. First Naruto Official Fanbook, pages 21-22
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