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{{translation|'''Anko Mitarashi'''|みたらしアンコ|Mitarashi Anko}} is a [[tokubetsu jōnin]]-level [[Wikipedia:Kunoichi|kunoichi]] of [[Konohagakure]].
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{{translation|'''Anko Mitarashi'''|みたらしアンコ|Mitarashi Anko}} is a [[tokubetsu jōnin]] of [[Konohagakure]].
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Team Hayate vs Team Anko.png|thumb|left|Anko and her team-mates during the Chūnin Exams.]]
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[[File:Orochimaru and Anko.png|thumb|left|Anko with Orochimaru.]]
Anko was once the student of [[Orochimaru]]. During the second test of the [[Chūnin Exams]], Anko and her [[Kabuto's Sensei|team-mates]] confronted [[Hayate Gekkō]] and [[Ibiki Morino|his]] [[Tokara|team-mates]].<ref name="chpt599">''Naruto'' chapter 599, pages 2-4</ref> Some time later she, along with nine others, were used by Orochimaru to test the finalised versions of the [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]] he developed from synthesising the enzymes of [[Jūgo]] with his own chakra. Of the ten subjects, Anko was the only survivor. This in turn established the one-in-ten survival rate of those who are inflicted with the cursed seal.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 50, page 15</ref>
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When she was a [[genin]], Anko was on a [[Team Orochimaru|team]] led by [[Orochimaru]]. Their team took part in the [[Chūnin Exams]]; during the second round, they confronted a team consisting of [[Hayate Gekkō]], [[Ibiki Morino]], and [[Tokara]].<ref name="chpt599">Chapter 599, pages 2-4</ref> Orochimaru took a strong interest in Anko, teaching her several of his signature [[jutsu]] and, in the anime, what he'd learned about immortality.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 114</ref> Orochimaru eventually used Anko as a test subject for his [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]]. Of the ten subjects, Anko was the only survivor.<ref>Chapter 50, page 15</ref>
   
[[File:Orochimaru and Anko.png|thumb|left|Anko depicted with Orochimaru.]]
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In the anime, Anko refused to continue following Orochimaru after she received her cursed seal. Unwilling to kill her because she was so valuable as a research subject, Orochimaru altered Anko's memory so she would believe she'd been abandoned for lacking the ideal drive to fuel the cursed seal.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 173</ref> She ever after held a grudge against Orochimaru for what he did and believed it was her responsibility, as his former student, to stop his criminal actions.
In the anime, after her ordeal ended while at the Land of the Sea, Anko refused to follow her mentor. Seeing that she is more valuable to him alive for the sake of his research, Orochimaru altered Anko's memory into believing that she was abandoned for not having the ideal drive to fuel the cursed seal.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 173</ref> She was found by Konoha ninja soon after and was brought to the village with a grudge on Orochimaru since.
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== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
[[File:Anko Mitarashi full.jpg|thumb|Anko makes her début.]]
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Anko is noted to be similar to [[Naruto Uzumaki]], both being loud, stubborn, and prone to acting without thinking.<ref>Chapter 44, page 15</ref> Naruto himself is somewhat unsettled by her because, when he mocked her during their first meeting, her immediate response was to throw a [[kunai]] at him and lick the blood from his resulting wound.<ref>Chapter 45, pages 3-4</ref> Despite her personality quirks, Anko has a strong commitment to her village and mission, often choosing to face threats alone in order to buy time for her allies to escape or for backup to arrive. This is particularly true in matters relating to [[Orochimaru]]: although she admired him when she was a child and aspired to be like him when she was older, she now believes it is her obligation to use the same jutsu he taught her to bring him to justice. The [[Third Hokage]] insists that Anko shouldn't blame herself for anything that Orochimaru does.
Anko is easygoing, tomboyish, playful, stubborn, short-tempered and sometimes hyperactive, which makes her somewhat similar to [[Naruto Uzumaki]] in many ways.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 44, page 15</ref> Despite portraying several "Naruto-like" habits, she has shown to be very knowledgeable and studious. However, she is also shown to have a bloodthirsty (in a literal sense) side, as shown when she scratched Naruto's face with a [[kunai]], and licked away his blood (in the anime, she merely used her finger to wipe it off).<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 45, pages 3-4</ref> Anko has also shown a slightly sadistic side and is seemingly not the most sympathetic of people, which comes as no surprise, being the former student of Orochimaru. Anko is also a very strict and blunt person, wasting no time in announcing bad news. She regularly makes sure to have at least basic knowledge of the landscape for which her next mission will take place.
 
 
[[File:Anko's personality.png|thumb|left|Anko is told that her entrance is premature.]]
 
As shown in flashbacks during the [[Land of the Sea Arc]], Anko greatly admired [[Orochimaru]] while under his tutelage, seeing him as a role model and was inspired to be more like him. After being branded by Orochimaru with the cursed seal, Anko became enraged and carried a deep loathing for her former teacher. From there on, Anko continues to search for Orochimaru in hopes of taking him down, feeling that it is her duty as his former subordinate to stop him, even at the cost of her life.
 
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== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
 
[[File:Anko Mitarashi full.png|thumb|Anko's full appearance.]]
 
[[File:Anko Mitarashi full.png|thumb|Anko's full appearance.]]
Anko has light brown, pupil-less eyes, and black hair which has a blue tint to it,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, pages 3-4</ref> (depicted as violet in the anime) which is styled in a short, spiky, fanned-ponytail. She is commonly seen wearing a tan overcoat with a purple in-seam, which has a pocket on both sides, and complete with a fitted mesh body suit that stretches from her neck down to her thighs.<ref name="animeprofiles">''Naruto Anime Profiles Volume 1'', episodes 1-37, page 198</ref> She wears a dark orange mini-skirt, as well as a [[forehead protector]], a small pendant that looks like a snake fang on a thick cord rather than a chain to prevent it from being easily torn off in combat, a wrist watch, and shin guards. She also wears a dark blue belt around her waist that connects to her skirt that has an appendage-like sash. The [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]], which takes the appearance of three [[tomoe]], was at the back of her neck on the left side before Sasuke Uchiha removed it with the [[Evil Releasing Method]].
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Anko has light brown, pupil-less eyes. Her hair - black with a blue tint in the manga<ref>Chapter 604, pages 3-4</ref> and violet in the anime - is styled in a short, spiky, fanned-ponytail. She wears a usually wears a fitted mesh body suit that stretches from her neck down to her thighs. Over this she typically wears a tan overcoat with a purple in-seam and a pocket on each side, a dark orange mini-skirt, a dark blue belt, and pale grey shin guards. In addition to the typical [[forehead protector]], she also wears a small pendant that looks like a snake fang and a wrist watch.
   
As a child, Anko wore a short-sleeved burgundy T-shirt and khaki shorts, as well as knee-high mesh stockings, white wristbands, black shinobi sandals, and would occasionally wear a beige backpack. When she took the Chūnin Exams, she wore a sleeveless fishnet mesh shirt, dark shorts, along with fishnet armbands that reach to her elbows, and knee-length boots.<ref name="chpt599"/>
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As a child, Anko wore a sleeveless fishnet mesh shirt, fishnet armbands that reach to her elbows, dark shorts, and knee-length boots.<ref name="chpt599"/> Years after the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], she puts on weight and starts wearing red lipstick. Her mesh body suit is replaced with an orange blouse with a white coat cape over it.
 
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Anko using fire release.png|thumb|left|Anko using Fire Release: Dragon Fire Technique.]]
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[[File:Hidden Shadow Snake Hands.png|thumb|left|Anko's Hidden Shadow Snake Hands.]]
As a child, Anko's talent for ninja arts were presumably high, as shown from Orochimaru's initial interest in her, even comparing her abilities to Sasuke. Her training with Orochimaru made her a powerful fighter as she was shown to have very quick reflexes and precise aim. The fact that she was sent to lead the team searching for [[Kabuto]] is strongly suggestive of how much Konoha respects her skills. During her brief scuffle with Orochimaru, she was able to outmanoeuvre him several times. She was also able to counter [[Kabuto Yakushi]]'s ambush, despite losing to him. In the anime, it was also stated that she had also built up an immunity to poisons due to Orochimaru in a similar manner as what he had done with Sasuke.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 261</ref>
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Anko was talented as a child, similar in skill to [[Sasuke Uchiha]] according to Orochimaru. Her talent was great enough that Orochimaru took her on as a disciple, teaching her many of his own abilities, such as how to [[Summoning Technique|summon]] [[snakes]] and [[kinjutsu]] such as the [[Twin Snakes Mutual Death Technique]], a murder-suicide technique.<ref>Chapter 50, page 10</ref> In the anime, it was stated she built up an immunity to poisons with Orochimaru's help.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 261</ref> She was also the first surviving recipient of his [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]], which appears as three [[tomoe]] at the back of her neck. Though it flares up from time to time in its attempt to encourage her to use it, she refrains from doing so. It is eventually [[Evil Releasing Method|removed]] from her body.<ref>Chapter 593, page 9</ref>
   
She has good aim, as she made a perfect Konoha symbol out of dango sticks without looking.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 49, page 3</ref> In the anime, Anko can use [[Fire Release]] and can use the [[Fire Release: Dragon Fire Technique]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 169</ref>
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Among her miscellaneous skills, Anko is shown to have very good aim, able to make a perfect [[Konoha]] symbol out of dango sticks without looking.<ref>Chapter 49, page 3</ref> Her tracking skills are excellent and, in the anime, she can use the [[Fire Release: Dragon Fire Technique]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 169</ref>
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Despite never using the [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]], Kabuto said she retained some of Orochimaru's chakra because of the mere fact that she was branded with it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 521, page 17</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 522, page 9</ref> It was fully removed when [[Sasuke Uchiha]] used it as a medium to revive Orochimaru's consciousness and body via the [[Evil Releasing Method]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 593, page 9</ref>
 
 
=== Snake Techniques ===
 
[[File:Anko using snakes.png|thumb|Anko using snakes.]]
 
Anko knows several forbidden and snake-related techniques taught to her by Orochimaru, the most notable of which is [[Twin Snakes Mutual Death Technique]] — a murder-suicide technique she attempted to use to eliminate her former sensei in the Forest of Death for the sake of her village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 50, page 13</ref>
 
 
She also has the ability to [[Summoning Technique|summon]] [[snakes]] and use them for the [[Hidden Shadow Snake Hands]] technique<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 50, page 10</ref> and its [[Many Hidden Shadow Snake Hands|stronger variant]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 516, pages 8-9</ref>
 
   
 
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
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=== Chūnin Exams ===
[[File:Anko intimidates Naruto.png|thumb|left|Anko intimidates Naruto during the second examination.]]
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Anko was the proctor for the second exam, which she announced during [[Ibiki Morino]]'s speech, after she made a rather loud entrance into his class, annoying him since she was early. During the second exam, [[Izumo Kamizuki]], [[Kotetsu Hagane]], and [[Mozuku]] notified her of three dead [[Kusagakure]] ninja. Anko saw that all of their faces had been stolen, and, after she recognised the face-stealing technique, she demanded the Kusa-nin's IDs. After seeing the IDs, Anko realised that the Kusa ninja, who she met earlier, was [[Orochimaru]] in disguise. Later, she arrived at a confrontation with Orochimaru, and it was revealed that he used to be her sensei.
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[[File:Anko intimidates Naruto.png|thumb|right|Anko meets Shiore.]]
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Anko proctors the second stage of the [[Chūnin Exams]] held in [[Konoha]]. She breaks into the room where the first stage was held and showily introduces herself to the assembled [[genin]]. When she realises that she entered too soon, she tries deflecting blame by instead reprimanding the first stage's proctor, [[Ibiki Morino]], for how many genin were allowed to pass to the second stage. She leads the genin to the [[Forest of Death]] where she explains the rules for the second stage and the dangers they'll face in the forest. She attacks [[Naruto Uzumaki]] with a kunai when he suggests she's exaggerating, only for the kunai to be returned to her by [[Shiore]], a [[Kusa]]-nin.
   
[[File:Anko encounters Orochimaru.png|thumb|Anko encounters Orochimaru in the forest.]]
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[[File:Anko encounters Orochimaru.png|thumb|left|Anko finds Orochimaru.]]
Orochimaru was able to reawaken her cursed seal during their battle in the Forest of Death, thus incapacitating her with the pain and ending their fight. She then rushed to inform the [[Third Hokage]], and then found by the [[ANBU]]. During the preliminaries, she strongly requested to pull [[Sasuke Uchiha]] out of the exams in order to keep the cursed seal under control, but was denied. Feeling guilty that she was unable to kill Orochimaru, she later talked over her encounter with the Third Hokage, but he reassured her that it wasn't her fault that Orochimaru got away.
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Shortly after the second stage gets underway, Anko is alerted to the discovery of three dead Kusa-nin, among them Shiore. From examining the bodies it becomes clear to her that they've been dead for some time and, because they're all [[Vanishing Facial Copy Technique|missing their faces]], she concludes that Orochimaru has infiltrated the Chūnin Exams. She orders that the [[Third Hokage]] be informed of what's happened, that two teams of [[Anbu]] be deployed, and then goes in to the forest to find Orochimaru on her own. She locates him shortly after nightfall and tries to use the [[Twin Snakes Mutual Death Technique]] on him, only to discover at the last moment that she's been attacking a [[shadow clone]]. He reactivates her dormant [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]], immobilising her with the pain, and warns her not to cancel the Chūnin Exams before departing.
   
In the anime, she appears briefly in her favourite [[Dango Shop|dumpling restaurant]] where Naruto asks her about the legacy of the Fourth Hokage, but quickly becomes angry with him when he eats her dumplings without permission and chases him away with thrown dumpling sticks at him like [[senbon]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 170</ref>
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Despite the pain, Anko is eventually able to reach the centre of the Forest of Death. The Third Hokage treats her cursed seal and, after hearing what's happened, speculates that Orochimaru is after [[Sasuke Uchiha]], who Orochimaru has branded with another Cursed Seal of Heaven. Anko tries to argue that Sasuke be removed from the exams and placed under guard, but the Third insists the exams continue per Orochimaru's instructions. During the preliminary matches, Anko stays by the Third's side, informing him of the participants' particulars; she is amazed by Sasuke's control of his cursed seal during his match.
   
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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A month after the preliminaries, as the final round matches near and it becomes increasingly clear that Orochimaru means ill to Konoha, Anko tries to apologise to the Third for her failure to kill him. She also rues over the death of the [[Fourth Hokage]], believing he could have stopped Orochimaru, but the Third tells her to neither blame herself nor to dwell on the dead. In the anime, around the same time, Naruto approaches her while she's at her favourite [[Dango Shop]] to ask her about the "Fourth Hokage's legacy". When he eats one of her dango without permission, she attacks him and chases him away.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 170</ref>
When the Oto and Suna villages invaded Konohagakure, she did not take the front lines, and instead assisted civilian villagers in getting away from harm by evacuating to the [[Hokage Monument]]. Anko was later seen attending the Third Hokage's funeral, mourning his death.
 
   
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
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=== Konoha Crush ===
In the anime, Anko makes an appearance along with most of the village to watch Tsunade's inauguration as Hokage.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 100</ref>
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In the anime, Anko assists in the evacuation of Konoha's civilians to the [[Hokage Rock]] during the [[invasion of Konoha]]. She later attends the [[Third Hokage]]'s funeral.
   
=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
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=== Sasuke Recovery Mission ===
In the anime, Anko is seen alongside [[Ibiki]], [[Tsunade]] and [[Genma]] as [[Shikamaru]] is promoted to [[chūnin]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 107</ref>
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In the anime, Anko attends the [[Fifth Hokage]]'s inauguration.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 100</ref> Shortly after that, she and the other Chūnin Exam proctors are present for [[Shikamaru Nara]]'s promotion to [[chūnin]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 107</ref>
   
=== Curry of Life Arc ===
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=== Kurosuki Family Removal Mission ===
In the anime, Anko appears briefly after returning from an escort mission in the [[Land of Swamps]]. While Tsunade congratulates Anko on a job well done, she absent-mindedly takes her last dango stick, which irritates Tsunade and frightens Shizune.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 152</ref>
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In the anime, Anko meets with the Fifth Hokage after completing an escort mission in the [[Land of Swamps]]. She absent-mindedly eats the Hokage's last dango, frightening [[Shizune]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 152</ref>
   
=== Land of the Sea Arc ===
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=== Kaima Capture Mission ===
[[File:Remembrance The Lost Page.JPG|thumb|left|Anko and her team deploy.]]
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In the anime, Anko's past was explored somewhat from a nightmare of when she was still Orochimaru's apprentice. She led Naruto, [[Ino Yamanaka]], and [[Shino Aburame]] on a mission to protect a shipping convoy in the Land of the Sea, which was the country where she was found after Orochimaru had branded her with his Cursed Seal, and subsequently abandoned her. Because her memories were intentionally erased of the event, she was purposefully sent to the Land of the Sea by Tsunade in order for her to regain her memories of the event. After the mission, Anko found her way back to the place where she received the Cursed Seal and regained her full memory of how she and Orochimaru parted ways. She was glad to discover that she was not tossed away like trash as she first had thought, but chose to leave him herself.
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[[File:Remembrance The Lost Page.png|thumb|right|Anko and her team deploy.]]
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In the anime, Konoha is hired to protect a shipping convoy in the [[Land of the Sea]]. Because this is the same country where Anko received her cursed seal from Orochimaru, the Hokage puts Anko in charge of the mission, hoping it will help her regain her memories of what happened there. After the [[Kaima Capture Team]] completes their mission, Anko locates the lab where Orochimaru carried out his experiments and remembers that he didn't abandon her but that rather she left him. She is happy by the truth.
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
Anko made a number of cameos in the ''[[Naruto: Shippūden]]'' anime; when Kakashi recalls Jiraiya's warning about Naruto's transformation in the dumpling shop, Anko is seen walking in front of it.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 30</ref> Anko is also seen during one of Naruto's dreams, he interrupted a number of [[Wikipedia:kunoichi|kunoichi]] (amongst them was Anko) relaxing in a hot spring while he was peeking.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 37</ref> She later appeared at [[Asuma]]'s funeral, along with several other characters not present at the funeral in the manga.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 82</ref> She was also mentioned by Naruto in one of the anime's ending sketches; in the sketch, Naruto invited [[Chiyo]] to try Konoha's best dumpling restaurant, saying that even the "scary snake lady" liked to eat in this place.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 20 omake</ref>
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===Akatsuki Suppression Mission===
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In the anime, Anko attends [[Asuma Sarutobi]]'s funeral.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 82</ref>
   
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
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=== Itachi Pursuit Mission ===
In the anime, after Sasuke absorbed Orochimaru, Anko was shown to be on a mission with [[Mozuku]] and [[Iwashi]]. Sensing someone behind her, she threw a kunai into a bush and killed a white snake. Knowing that a white snake was Orochimaru's signature, she covered her seal with her hand and looked toward the sky ominously. Also, she was seen in Orochimaru's flashback when he talked of the white snake skin. He offered to teach her about immortality, which she eagerly accepted.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 114</ref>
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In the anime, Anko is on a mission with [[Mozuku]] and [[Iwashi]] when she senses something behind her. She attacks it with a kunai and finds it's a white snake, giving her an ominous feeling about Orochimaru.
   
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
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=== Pain's Assault ===
[[File:First Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party.png|thumb|Anko, Sai, and Yamato track Kabuto Yakushi.]]
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Before Pain attacked, Anko, [[Sai]] and [[Yamato]] were dispatched to track and locate [[Kabuto Yakushi]]. Anko cautioned the rest of them to not let Kabuto detect them. However, right after discovering his location, Yamato is forced to return to the village, detecting that [[Naruto]] had achieved his [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms#Version 2|six-tailed transformation]].
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Anko leads the [[Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party]], charged with finding [[Kabuto Yakushi]], a former subordinate of Orochimaru. Shortly after [[Sai]] is able to locate Kabuto, [[Yamato]] is forced to return to Konoha.
   
=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown ===
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[[File:Anko's unit.png|thumb|left|Anko and her team investigate the corpses.]]
 
[[File:Anko's unit.png|thumb|left|Anko and her team investigate the corpses.]]
Anko and a restaffed [[Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party]] pick up Kabuto's trail again, eventually coming across three dead [[Takigakure]] ninja. Examining the damage done to their bodies, Anko concludes that Kabuto has finally gained control over Orochimaru's remains. Although suspicious about why Kabuto is leaving bodies behind for them to follow - fearing a trap - they continue to follow the trail of bodies to the [[Mountains' Graveyard]]. There, Anko has [[Tokuma Hyūga‎]] use his [[Byakugan]] to examine the area. He informs her that Kabuto is in the company of "[[Tobi|Madara Uchiha]]". Believing they have found the [[Akatsuki]] base, Anko immediately sends word of their discovery to Konoha, only briefly wondering why Kabuto would lead them there.
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Although Yamato is gone and Sai also returns to Konoha, a restaffed Reconnaissance Party continues to track Kabuto. They eventually come across three dead [[Takigakure]] ninja. From the bite marks on their necks it becomes clear to Anko that Kabuto has gained control of Orochimaru's powers, but she wonders why he's leaving behind bodies for them to find. Wary of a trap, they follow the trail of bodies to the [[Mountains' Graveyard]]. [[Tokuma Hyūga‎]] scouts the area with his [[Byakugan]] and reports that Kabuto is in the company of [[Tobi]]. Believing they have found the [[Akatsuki]] base, Anko immediately sends word of their discovery to Konoha, only briefly wondering why Kabuto would lead them there.
   
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation ===
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[[File:Anko and Kabuto clash.png|thumb|Anko clashes with Kabuto.]]
 
[[File:Anko and Kabuto clash.png|thumb|Anko clashes with Kabuto.]]
Anko and her team continue to monitor the Mountains' Graveyard. When Tokuma reports unusual activity, Anko has [[Muta Aburame]] scout the area. He reports thousands of [[White Zetsu Army|living beings]] moving beneath the ground. With it clear that Akatsuki is mobilising for war, Anko instructs her team to make contact with the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] while she goes after [[Kabuto]]. She tries to sneak up on Kabuto and attacks him, but is quickly defeated. Though Tobi ordered him to kill Anko, Kabuto kept her in a comatose state so he can [[Chakra Draining Seal|extract the trace amounts of Orochimaru's chakra]] within her to increase his power and control over the ninja he reincarnated with the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]].
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Anko and her team continue to monitor the Mountains' Graveyard. When [[Muta Aburame]] detects the mobilisation of the [[White Zetsu Army]], Anko instructs her team to inform the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] while she goes after Kabuto. She tries to sneak up on Kabuto and attack him, but is quickly defeated. Tobi orders that Kabuto kill her, but he instead keeps her comatose, siphoning the chakra from her cursed seal to strengthen his [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]].
   
[[File:Evil Releasing Method.PNG|thumb|left|Anko's cursed seal being used to revive Orochimaru.]]
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
Throughout the entirety of the fight between Kabuto and the [[Uchiha]] siblings, [[Sasuke]] and [[Itachi]], Anko remained undisturbed on the floor of the cave. Once Kabuto had been defeated and the Impure World Reincarnation was released, [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]] and [[Jūgo]] arrived with the latter noticing Anko's body, alerting the others. Jūgo picked up Anko's body, causing Sasuke to notice the cursed seal on her neck. Sasuke then declared that he was going to speak with Orochimaru, the cursed seal having contained a fragment of its creator's mind and saw events unfold through Anko. Once Sasuke used the [[Evil Releasing Method]] to revive Orochimaru, Anko's cursed seal was removed in the process.
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[[File:Kaija Hōin.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru revived from Anko's cursed seal.]]
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After Kabuto is defeated by [[Sasuke Uchiha]], Anko's unconscious body is found by [[Jūgo]]. Wishing to speak with Orochimaru, Sasuke uses the [[Evil Releasing Method]] to revive Orochimaru from her cursed seal, causing her cursed seal to disappear in the process. Anko remains unconscious throughout the ordeal and they leave her behind.
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== Video Games ==
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== Epilogue ==
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Several years after the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] ends, Anko is an instructor at Konoha's [[Academy]]. When classes end early because of the [[Five Kage Summit]], she invites [[Chōchō Akimichi]] to the dango shop to eat some anmitsu.
   
In the ''Ultimate Ninja'' games, Anko has the ability to go into Curse Seal Mode instead of Ultimate Mode when facing Orochimaru.
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== In Other Media ==
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=== Video Games ===
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In some games, she makes non-playable appearances as a background character, a guide when navigating the main menu and various game modes, a shopkeeper for purchasing unlockable items, or an assist character.
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In'' [[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm]]'', ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations]]'', and ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution]]'', Anko is a support-only character. In the ''Ultimate Ninja'' games, Anko has the ability to go into Curse Seal Mode instead of Ultimate Mode when facing Orochimaru. She also makes an appearance as non-playable cameo in the story ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4]]'', when her Cursed Seal is used by Sasuke to [[Evil Releasing Method|revive Orochimaru]].
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Anko is [[Kishimoto]]'s favourite female character, due to her "relationship with Orochimaru".<ref name="animeprofiles"/>
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* {{translation|"Anko"|餡子}} is derived from the [[wikipedia:Red bean paste|sweet red bean paste]] used in popular Japanese sweets such as [[wikipedia:dango|dango]], while her family name comes from mitarashi syrup that is usually goes with dango.
* Anko is quite popular for a side-character, and even came in 11th place, right behind [[Hinata]], in the first official character poll.
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* In an interview included with ''[[Naruto Anime Profiles, Vol. 1]]'', [[Kishimoto]] states that Anko is his favourite female character, due to her "relationship with Orochimaru".
* Anko Mitarashi's name is derived from the sweet red bean paste used in popular dango, while her family name is after the Mitarashi syrup.
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* Anko's highest ranking in the [[Naruto Character Popularity Polls]] was eleventh place in the first poll.
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Anko show that she was 141 cm at her Chūnin Exams when she was first part of Orochimaru's genin team, 143 cm a year or so later.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** She likes conducting [[Wikipedia:Japanese tea ceremony|tea ceremonies]] as a hobby.
 
** She likes conducting [[Wikipedia:Japanese tea ceremony|tea ceremonies]] as a hobby.
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** Her favourite phrase is {{translation|"Calling on"|参上|Sanjō}}.
 
** Her favourite phrase is {{translation|"Calling on"|参上|Sanjō}}.
 
** Anko has completed 647 official missions in total: 72 D-rank, 86 C-rank, 398 B-rank, 89 A-rank, 2 S-rank.
 
** Anko has completed 647 official missions in total: 72 D-rank, 86 C-rank, 398 B-rank, 89 A-rank, 2 S-rank.
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* In the [[Jiraiya Shinobi Handbook: The Tale of Naruto the Hero|anime]], a dream version of Anko was part of [[Root]] and was one of its best members, alongside [[Yūgao Uzuki]], [[Hayate Gekkō]], and [[Sai]]. She wore a mixture of her own clothing and the standard-issue [[Anbu]] uniform, including a black hooded cloak and an asymmetrical black and white mask.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 444</ref>
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To the [[genin]]) "''Heads up, boys and girls, this is no time to be celebrating! I'll be your next proctor. Anko Mitarashi. You ready for the second test? Good! Then let's go, follow me!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 44, pages 14-15</ref>
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* (To [[Naruto]]) "''Tough guys like you usually leave their blood all over this [[Forty-Fourth Training Ground|forest]].''"<ref>Chapter 45, pages 2-3</ref>
* (To [[Naruto]]) "''Tough guys like you usually leave their blood all over this [[Forty-fourth Training Ground|forest]].''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 45, pages 2-3</ref>
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* (To [[Orochimaru]], before engaging him) "''This is no time to reminisce, you’re an S-class criminal, top of the most wanted list. You've got to be taken down, and it's only fitting that I'm the one to do it. 'Cause after all, you're the one that taught me everything, right, Sensei?''"<ref>Chapter 50, page 7</ref>
* (To [[Orochimaru]], before engaging him) "''This is no time to reminisce, you’re an S-class criminal, top of the most wanted list. You’ve got to be taken down, and it's only fitting that I'm the one to do it. 'Cause after all, you're the one that taught me everything, right, Sensei?''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 50, page 7</ref>
 
* (To [[Kakashi]], about [[Sasuke]]) "''I don’t care what the heck he is! If he stays, he's a danger to everyone! Don't you see!? As he gets stronger, so does the Cursed Seal! That thing is feeding off his chakra! It's a forbidden technique that devours the one who bears it! It's incredible the kid's still standing. By now, he… should be dead.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 66, page 15</ref>
 
   
 
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Anko

Anko (Epilogue)

みたらしアンコ Mitarashi Anko
Debut
Manga Volume #5, Chapter #44
Anime Naruto Episode #21
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie
Game Naruto: Ninja Council
OVA Finally a clash! Jōnin vs. Genin!! Indiscriminate Grand Melee Tournament Meeting!!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Scorpio October 24 Icon_-_Search.png
Gender Gender Female Female
Age
  • Part I: 24
  • Part II: 28
Height
  • Part I: 167 cm1.67 m
    5.479 ft
    65.748 in
Weight
  • Part I: 45.8 kg100.972 lb
Blood type A
Occupation
Affiliation
Team
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 011226
Academy Grad. Age 10
Chūnin Prom. Age 12
Nature Type
Jutsu

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Anko Mitarashi (みたらしアンコ, Mitarashi Anko) is a tokubetsu jōnin of Konohagakure.

Background Edit

Orochimaru and Anko

Anko with Orochimaru.

When she was a genin, Anko was on a team led by Orochimaru. Their team took part in the Chūnin Exams; during the second round, they confronted a team consisting of Hayate Gekkō, Ibiki Morino, and Tokara.[3] Orochimaru took a strong interest in Anko, teaching her several of his signature jutsu and, in the anime, what he'd learned about immortality.[4] Orochimaru eventually used Anko as a test subject for his Cursed Seal of Heaven. Of the ten subjects, Anko was the only survivor.[5]

In the anime, Anko refused to continue following Orochimaru after she received her cursed seal. Unwilling to kill her because she was so valuable as a research subject, Orochimaru altered Anko's memory so she would believe she'd been abandoned for lacking the ideal drive to fuel the cursed seal.[6] She ever after held a grudge against Orochimaru for what he did and believed it was her responsibility, as his former student, to stop his criminal actions.

Personality Edit

Anko is noted to be similar to Naruto Uzumaki, both being loud, stubborn, and prone to acting without thinking.[7] Naruto himself is somewhat unsettled by her because, when he mocked her during their first meeting, her immediate response was to throw a kunai at him and lick the blood from his resulting wound.[8] Despite her personality quirks, Anko has a strong commitment to her village and mission, often choosing to face threats alone in order to buy time for her allies to escape or for backup to arrive. This is particularly true in matters relating to Orochimaru: although she admired him when she was a child and aspired to be like him when she was older, she now believes it is her obligation to use the same jutsu he taught her to bring him to justice. The Third Hokage insists that Anko shouldn't blame herself for anything that Orochimaru does.

Appearance Edit

Anko Mitarashi full

Anko's full appearance.

Anko has light brown, pupil-less eyes. Her hair - black with a blue tint in the manga[9] and violet in the anime - is styled in a short, spiky, fanned-ponytail. She wears a usually wears a fitted mesh body suit that stretches from her neck down to her thighs. Over this she typically wears a tan overcoat with a purple in-seam and a pocket on each side, a dark orange mini-skirt, a dark blue belt, and pale grey shin guards. In addition to the typical forehead protector, she also wears a small pendant that looks like a snake fang and a wrist watch.

As a child, Anko wore a sleeveless fishnet mesh shirt, fishnet armbands that reach to her elbows, dark shorts, and knee-length boots.[3] Years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, she puts on weight and starts wearing red lipstick. Her mesh body suit is replaced with an orange blouse with a white coat cape over it.

Abilities Edit

Hidden Shadow Snake Hands

Anko's Hidden Shadow Snake Hands.

Anko was talented as a child, similar in skill to Sasuke Uchiha according to Orochimaru. Her talent was great enough that Orochimaru took her on as a disciple, teaching her many of his own abilities, such as how to summon snakes and kinjutsu such as the Twin Snakes Mutual Death Technique, a murder-suicide technique.[10] In the anime, it was stated she built up an immunity to poisons with Orochimaru's help.[11] She was also the first surviving recipient of his Cursed Seal of Heaven, which appears as three tomoe at the back of her neck. Though it flares up from time to time in its attempt to encourage her to use it, she refrains from doing so. It is eventually removed from her body.[12]

Among her miscellaneous skills, Anko is shown to have very good aim, able to make a perfect Konoha symbol out of dango sticks without looking.[13] Her tracking skills are excellent and, in the anime, she can use the Fire Release: Dragon Fire Technique.[14]

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
First 3.5 2.5 4 2 3 3 4 3 25

Part I Edit

Chūnin Exams Edit

Main article: Chūnin Exams

Anko intimidates Naruto

Anko meets Shiore.

Anko proctors the second stage of the Chūnin Exams held in Konoha. She breaks into the room where the first stage was held and showily introduces herself to the assembled genin. When she realises that she entered too soon, she tries deflecting blame by instead reprimanding the first stage's proctor, Ibiki Morino, for how many genin were allowed to pass to the second stage. She leads the genin to the Forest of Death where she explains the rules for the second stage and the dangers they'll face in the forest. She attacks Naruto Uzumaki with a kunai when he suggests she's exaggerating, only for the kunai to be returned to her by Shiore, a Kusa-nin.

Anko encounters Orochimaru

Anko finds Orochimaru.

Shortly after the second stage gets underway, Anko is alerted to the discovery of three dead Kusa-nin, among them Shiore. From examining the bodies it becomes clear to her that they've been dead for some time and, because they're all missing their faces, she concludes that Orochimaru has infiltrated the Chūnin Exams. She orders that the Third Hokage be informed of what's happened, that two teams of Anbu be deployed, and then goes in to the forest to find Orochimaru on her own. She locates him shortly after nightfall and tries to use the Twin Snakes Mutual Death Technique on him, only to discover at the last moment that she's been attacking a shadow clone. He reactivates her dormant Cursed Seal of Heaven, immobilising her with the pain, and warns her not to cancel the Chūnin Exams before departing.

Despite the pain, Anko is eventually able to reach the centre of the Forest of Death. The Third Hokage treats her cursed seal and, after hearing what's happened, speculates that Orochimaru is after Sasuke Uchiha, who Orochimaru has branded with another Cursed Seal of Heaven. Anko tries to argue that Sasuke be removed from the exams and placed under guard, but the Third insists the exams continue per Orochimaru's instructions. During the preliminary matches, Anko stays by the Third's side, informing him of the participants' particulars; she is amazed by Sasuke's control of his cursed seal during his match.

A month after the preliminaries, as the final round matches near and it becomes increasingly clear that Orochimaru means ill to Konoha, Anko tries to apologise to the Third for her failure to kill him. She also rues over the death of the Fourth Hokage, believing he could have stopped Orochimaru, but the Third tells her to neither blame herself nor to dwell on the dead. In the anime, around the same time, Naruto approaches her while she's at her favourite Dango Shop to ask her about the "Fourth Hokage's legacy". When he eats one of her dango without permission, she attacks him and chases him away.[15]

Konoha Crush Edit

Main article: Konoha Crush In the anime, Anko assists in the evacuation of Konoha's civilians to the Hokage Rock during the invasion of Konoha. She later attends the Third Hokage's funeral.

Sasuke Recovery Mission Edit

Main article: Sasuke Recovery Mission In the anime, Anko attends the Fifth Hokage's inauguration.[16] Shortly after that, she and the other Chūnin Exam proctors are present for Shikamaru Nara's promotion to chūnin.[17]

Kurosuki Family Removal Mission Edit

Main article: Kurosuki Family Removal Mission In the anime, Anko meets with the Fifth Hokage after completing an escort mission in the Land of Swamps. She absent-mindedly eats the Hokage's last dango, frightening Shizune.[18]

Kaima Capture Mission Edit

Main article: Kaima Capture Mission

Remembrance The Lost Page

Anko and her team deploy.

In the anime, Konoha is hired to protect a shipping convoy in the Land of the Sea. Because this is the same country where Anko received her cursed seal from Orochimaru, the Hokage puts Anko in charge of the mission, hoping it will help her regain her memories of what happened there. After the Kaima Capture Team completes their mission, Anko locates the lab where Orochimaru carried out his experiments and remembers that he didn't abandon her but that rather she left him. She is happy by the truth.

Part II Edit

Akatsuki Suppression MissionEdit

Main article: Akatsuki Suppression Mission In the anime, Anko attends Asuma Sarutobi's funeral.[19]

Itachi Pursuit Mission Edit

Main article: Itachi Pursuit Mission In the anime, Anko is on a mission with Mozuku and Iwashi when she senses something behind her. She attacks it with a kunai and finds it's a white snake, giving her an ominous feeling about Orochimaru.

Pain's Assault Edit

Main article: Pain's Assault Anko leads the Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party, charged with finding Kabuto Yakushi, a former subordinate of Orochimaru. Shortly after Sai is able to locate Kabuto, Yamato is forced to return to Konoha.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown

Anko&#039;s unit

Anko and her team investigate the corpses.

Although Yamato is gone and Sai also returns to Konoha, a restaffed Reconnaissance Party continues to track Kabuto. They eventually come across three dead Takigakure ninja. From the bite marks on their necks it becomes clear to Anko that Kabuto has gained control of Orochimaru's powers, but she wonders why he's leaving behind bodies for them to find. Wary of a trap, they follow the trail of bodies to the Mountains' Graveyard. Tokuma Hyūga‎ scouts the area with his Byakugan and reports that Kabuto is in the company of Tobi. Believing they have found the Akatsuki base, Anko immediately sends word of their discovery to Konoha, only briefly wondering why Kabuto would lead them there.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation

Anko and Kabuto clash

Anko clashes with Kabuto.

Anko and her team continue to monitor the Mountains' Graveyard. When Muta Aburame detects the mobilisation of the White Zetsu Army, Anko instructs her team to inform the Allied Shinobi Forces while she goes after Kabuto. She tries to sneak up on Kabuto and attack him, but is quickly defeated. Tobi orders that Kabuto kill her, but he instead keeps her comatose, siphoning the chakra from her cursed seal to strengthen his Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Kaija Hōin

Orochimaru revived from Anko's cursed seal.

After Kabuto is defeated by Sasuke Uchiha, Anko's unconscious body is found by Jūgo. Wishing to speak with Orochimaru, Sasuke uses the Evil Releasing Method to revive Orochimaru from her cursed seal, causing her cursed seal to disappear in the process. Anko remains unconscious throughout the ordeal and they leave her behind.

Epilogue Edit

Several years after the Fourth Shinobi World War ends, Anko is an instructor at Konoha's Academy. When classes end early because of the Five Kage Summit, she invites Chōchō Akimichi to the dango shop to eat some anmitsu.

In Other Media Edit

Video Games Edit

Anko Mitarashi is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 17 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special 2 December 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 21 October 2008
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 3 20 November 2004
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4 21 November 2005
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008

In Naruto: Ultimate Ninja StormNaruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, and Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, Anko is a support-only character. In the Ultimate Ninja games, Anko has the ability to go into Curse Seal Mode instead of Ultimate Mode when facing Orochimaru. She also makes an appearance as non-playable cameo in the story Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, when her Cursed Seal is used by Sasuke to revive Orochimaru.

Trivia Edit

  • "Anko" (餡子) is derived from the sweet red bean paste used in popular Japanese sweets such as dango, while her family name comes from mitarashi syrup that is usually goes with dango.
  • In an interview included with Naruto Anime Profiles, Vol. 1, Kishimoto states that Anko is his favourite female character, due to her "relationship with Orochimaru".
  • Anko's highest ranking in the Naruto Character Popularity Polls was eleventh place in the first poll.
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Anko show that she was 141 cm at her Chūnin Exams when she was first part of Orochimaru's genin team, 143 cm a year or so later.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • She likes conducting tea ceremonies as a hobby.
    • Anko wishes to fight Orochimaru.
    • Anko's favourite foods are sweet bean soup and dango. Her least favourite type of food is spicy-tasting food.
    • Her favourite phrase is "Calling on" (参上, Sanjō).
    • Anko has completed 647 official missions in total: 72 D-rank, 86 C-rank, 398 B-rank, 89 A-rank, 2 S-rank.
  • In the anime, a dream version of Anko was part of Root and was one of its best members, alongside Yūgao Uzuki, Hayate Gekkō, and Sai. She wore a mixture of her own clothing and the standard-issue Anbu uniform, including a black hooded cloak and an asymmetrical black and white mask.[20]

Quotes Edit

  • (To Naruto) "Tough guys like you usually leave their blood all over this forest."[21]
  • (To Orochimaru, before engaging him) "This is no time to reminisce, you’re an S-class criminal, top of the most wanted list. You've got to be taken down, and it's only fitting that I'm the one to do it. 'Cause after all, you're the one that taught me everything, right, Sensei?"[22]

References Edit

  1. First Databook, pages 122-123
  2. Fourth Databook, page 188
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chapter 599, pages 2-4
  4. Naruto: Shippūden episode 114
  5. Chapter 50, page 15
  6. Naruto episode 173
  7. Chapter 44, page 15
  8. Chapter 45, pages 3-4
  9. Chapter 604, pages 3-4
  10. Chapter 50, page 10
  11. Naruto: Shippūden episode 261
  12. Chapter 593, page 9
  13. Chapter 49, page 3
  14. Naruto episode 169
  15. Naruto: Shippūden episode 170
  16. Naruto episode 100
  17. Naruto episode 107
  18. Naruto episode 152
  19. Naruto: Shippūden episode 82
  20. Naruto: Shippūden episode 444
  21. Chapter 45, pages 2-3
  22. Chapter 50, page 7
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