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{{translation|'''Aoba Yamashiro'''|山城アオバ|Yamashiro Aoba}} is a [[tokubetsu jōnin]]-level shinobi of [[Konohagakure]].
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{{translation|'''Aoba Yamashiro'''|山城アオバ|Yamashiro Aoba}} is a [[tokubetsu jōnin]] of [[Konohagakure]].
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Obito's yeargroup.png|thumb|left|Aoba at his entrance ceremony.]]
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[[File:Obito's year group.png|thumb|left|Aoba at his entrance ceremony.]]
 
Aoba was present at the [[Academy]] entrance ceremony when [[Obito Uchiha]] arrived late. He presumably later partook in the [[Chūnin Exams]] and later [[Kakashi Hatake]]'s secret celebration for his [[jōnin]] promotion years later.<ref name="chpt599">''Naruto'' chapter 599, pages 2-3</ref>
 
Aoba was present at the [[Academy]] entrance ceremony when [[Obito Uchiha]] arrived late. He presumably later partook in the [[Chūnin Exams]] and later [[Kakashi Hatake]]'s secret celebration for his [[jōnin]] promotion years later.<ref name="chpt599">''Naruto'' chapter 599, pages 2-3</ref>
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== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Aoba has a somewhat laid-back and jovial personality most of the time, often joking with others around him. He is also prone to panicking at times, but when the situation calls for it he is decisive, calm, and collected. Aoba is also mentioned to be an honour student as well as an inside [[Wikipedia:Benkei|benkei]], which is a haughty and boastful person in private, while having a more reserved demeanour in public.<ref name="d3"/>
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Aoba has a somewhat laid-back and jovial personality most of the time, often joking with others around him. He is also prone to panicking at times, but when the situation calls for it he is decisive, calm, and collected. Aoba is also mentioned to be an honour student as well as an inside [[Wikipedia:Benkei|benkei]], which is a haughty and boastful person in private, while having a more reserved demeanour in public.<ref name="d3"/> He is always wearing his sun glasses which help him to maintain his cool demeanour. He is willing to put himself in danger to help his comrades.<ref>''Naruto'' Third Databook, page 173, Profile Section</ref>
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
 
Aoba has dark, spiky hair and is always seen wearing red-framed sunglasses which obscures his eyes. He wears the standard Konoha shinobi outfit complete with [[flak jacket]] and [[forehead protector]], the latter of which is worn slightly tilted to the left.
 
Aoba has dark, spiky hair and is always seen wearing red-framed sunglasses which obscures his eyes. He wears the standard Konoha shinobi outfit complete with [[flak jacket]] and [[forehead protector]], the latter of which is worn slightly tilted to the left.
   
As a child, Aoba wore his signature glasses along with a black shirt, with an orange, gear-like marking around the collar.<ref name="chpt599"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, pages 3-4</ref>
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As a child, Aoba wore his signature glasses along with a black shirt, with an orange, gear-like design around the collar.<ref name="chpt599"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, pages 3-4</ref>
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
Aoba has demonstrated knowledge and aptitude in a wide cross-area of techniques which he uses with great proficiency in whatever the given situation. These range from [[Mind Reading|gathering intelligence]] to summoning a [[Scattering Thousand Crows Technique|flock]] of crows to blind his foes and hide his team-mate's movements.
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As a Tokubetsu Jōnin, Aoba has demonstrated knowledge and aptitude in a wide cross-area of techniques which he uses with great proficiency in whatever the given situation may be.
   
[[File:Sanzengarasu no Jutsu.png|thumb|left|Aoba using Scattering Thousand Crows Technique.]]
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=== Ninjutsu ===
His Scattering Thousand Crows Technique involves manifesting a murder of crows which he can command with hand gestures. The crows are primarily used to swarm the enemy, hindering their view and seem to be dispelled in a puff of smoke like shadow clones when struck but can also be used for scouting and offensive attacks. These can also be used tactically as seen when he used them to disguise [[Raidō Namiashi]]'s movements. While fighting Kakuzu, it was also shown that he is adept at taijutsu able to hold his own against the Akatsuki member while his team-mates retreated to safety. In the anime, during the invasion of Konoha, it is shown that he is also able to use [[Fire Release]] using the [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]] against the invading Oto and Suna shinobi.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 68</ref> During that same invasion, he was also one of the Konoha shinobi that were able to dispel the [[genjutsu]] that [[Kabuto Yakushi]] had cast on the arena. He has also shown the ability to send his chakra through a medium to be used as a [[Secret Technique Stone Needles|paralysing agent]] on his foe. Though by his own admission, not as yet skilled as veterans with its use, Aoba is also able to [[Mind Reading|delve into]] a person's mind.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 507, page 8</ref> In the anime, it was revealed that he can read a person's mind even while not physically touching the target, once that thought or feeling is strong enough.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 227</ref> Aoba has also shown a high level of intelligence able to carefully analyse situation even under great pressure.
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==== Crow Techniques ====
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[[File:Sanzengarasu no Jutsu.png|thumb|Aoba using Scattering Thousand Crows Technique.]]
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Aoba's favourite technique is the [[Scattering Thousand Crows Technique]] which involves manifesting a number of crows which he can command with hand gestures. The crows are primarily used to swarm the enemy, hindering their view and seem to be dispelled in a puff of smoke like shadow clones when struck but can also be used for scouting and offensive attacks. These can be used tactically as seen when he used them to disguise [[Raidō Namiashi]]'s movements.
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==== Mind-Reading Skills ====
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Though by his own admission, not as yet skilled as veterans with its use, Aoba possesses remarkable intel-obtaining skills. He is also able to [[Psycho Mind Transmission|delve into]] a person's mind.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 507, page 8</ref> In the anime, it was revealed that he can read a person's mind even while not physically touching the target, once that thought or feeling is strong enough.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 227</ref>
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=== Other Skills ===
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[[File:Ishibari.png|thumb|left|Kisame struck by Aoba's Secret Technique Stone Needles.]]
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In the anime, during the invasion of Konoha, it is shown that he is also able to use [[Fire Release]] using the [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]] against the invading Oto and Suna shinobi.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 68</ref> During that same invasion, he was also one of the Konoha shinobi that were able to dispel the [[genjutsu]] that [[Kabuto Yakushi]] had cast on the arena. He has also shown the ability to send his chakra through a medium to be used as a [[Secret Technique Stone Needles|paralysing agent]] on his foe. While fighting Kakuzu, it was shown that he is adept at [[taijutsu]], able to hold his own against the Akatsuki member while his team-mates retreated to safety. Aoba has also shown a high level of intelligence, able to carefully analyse the situation even under great pressure.
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
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=== Chūnin Exams ===
 
Aoba made his début in a meeting called by the [[Third Hokage]] and the [[Konoha Council]] alongside other [[jōnin]]-level shinobi where they discussed [[Hayate Gekkō]]'s death and [[Orochimaru]]'s possible involvement. Though some wanted the examinations to be cancelled as they were wary of what was to come, the Third told them that he had the utmost trust in all of them, and if the time ever came, he knew they would assemble their strength and fight alongside him.
 
Aoba made his début in a meeting called by the [[Third Hokage]] and the [[Konoha Council]] alongside other [[jōnin]]-level shinobi where they discussed [[Hayate Gekkō]]'s death and [[Orochimaru]]'s possible involvement. Though some wanted the examinations to be cancelled as they were wary of what was to come, the Third told them that he had the utmost trust in all of them, and if the time ever came, he knew they would assemble their strength and fight alongside him.
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=== Konoha Invasion Arc ===
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=== Konoha Crush ===
 
[[File:Aoba great fireball.png|thumb|Aoba attacking the invading shinobi.]]
 
[[File:Aoba great fireball.png|thumb|Aoba attacking the invading shinobi.]]
 
During the commencement of the [[invasion of Konoha]], Aoba was one of the shinobi able to cancel the [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|sleep-inducing]] genjutsu that had been cast on the people at the arena. He identified [[Kabuto Yakushi]] — who was disguised as a Konoha [[ANBU]] — as the person who had cast the genjutsu. He then engaged the enemy forces alongside his comrades. In the anime, he used the [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]] to attack several of the enemy shinobi at once. He later stood alongside [[Kurenai Yūhi]], [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Might Guy]] after they had defeated the invading shinobi and later attended Third's funeral, where he mourned his loss.
 
During the commencement of the [[invasion of Konoha]], Aoba was one of the shinobi able to cancel the [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|sleep-inducing]] genjutsu that had been cast on the people at the arena. He identified [[Kabuto Yakushi]] — who was disguised as a Konoha [[ANBU]] — as the person who had cast the genjutsu. He then engaged the enemy forces alongside his comrades. In the anime, he used the [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]] to attack several of the enemy shinobi at once. He later stood alongside [[Kurenai Yūhi]], [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Might Guy]] after they had defeated the invading shinobi and later attended Third's funeral, where he mourned his loss.
   
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
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=== Search for Tsunade ===
 
After he heard the news that [[Itachi Uchiha]] had returned to Konoha looking for [[Naruto Uzumaki]], he burst into Kakashi's room and inadvertently informed [[Sasuke Uchiha]] of the occurrence, which caused Sasuke to rush from the room in search of his brother. The jōnin, who seemingly had not wanted Sasuke to know about this were visibly exasperated. Later after [[Tsunade]] returned to the village and accepted the title of Hokage, Aoba along with Genma were given the task of announcing her inauguration as the Fifth to the village by [[Koharu Utatane]].
 
After he heard the news that [[Itachi Uchiha]] had returned to Konoha looking for [[Naruto Uzumaki]], he burst into Kakashi's room and inadvertently informed [[Sasuke Uchiha]] of the occurrence, which caused Sasuke to rush from the room in search of his brother. The jōnin, who seemingly had not wanted Sasuke to know about this were visibly exasperated. Later after [[Tsunade]] returned to the village and accepted the title of Hokage, Aoba along with Genma were given the task of announcing her inauguration as the Fifth to the village by [[Koharu Utatane]].
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
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=== Akatsuki Suppression Mission ===
 
[[File:Nijū Shōtai Raidō.png|thumb|left|Aoba and his team deploy.]]
 
[[File:Nijū Shōtai Raidō.png|thumb|left|Aoba and his team deploy.]]
 
Aoba is assigned to the [[Nijū Shōtai]] — a special platoon created to track and capture [[Akatsuki]] members. In the anime, they scoped out a known Akatsuki hideout where they encountered an associate of the organisation. They took the man into custody and then laid in wait at the hideout in the hopes that someone would show up there. With no luck on their stake-out, they later received a message from [[Asuma]]'s team and rushed to provide backup when they are informed that they had made contact with an Akatsuki team. Once there, Aoba used his [[Scattering Thousand Crows Technique]] to obscure Hidan and Kakuzu's field of vision which gave [[Raidō]] an opportunity to attack them with his [[Kokutō]] as well as the chance for them to get Asuma's team to safety. He then fought briefly with Kakuzu to prevent him from getting to Asuma until the Akatsuki pair retreated. He and Raidō stood by watching as Asuma imparted his final words to his students and later attended his funeral.
 
Aoba is assigned to the [[Nijū Shōtai]] — a special platoon created to track and capture [[Akatsuki]] members. In the anime, they scoped out a known Akatsuki hideout where they encountered an associate of the organisation. They took the man into custody and then laid in wait at the hideout in the hopes that someone would show up there. With no luck on their stake-out, they later received a message from [[Asuma]]'s team and rushed to provide backup when they are informed that they had made contact with an Akatsuki team. Once there, Aoba used his [[Scattering Thousand Crows Technique]] to obscure Hidan and Kakuzu's field of vision which gave [[Raidō]] an opportunity to attack them with his [[Kokutō]] as well as the chance for them to get Asuma's team to safety. He then fought briefly with Kakuzu to prevent him from getting to Asuma until the Akatsuki pair retreated. He and Raidō stood by watching as Asuma imparted his final words to his students and later attended his funeral.
   
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
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=== Paradise Life on a Boat ===
{{Main|Adventures at Sea Arc}}
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{{Main|Paradise Life on a Boat}}
   
=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown ===
 
In the anime, Aoba was present at the war council meeting that Tsunade convened and was later selected as one of the shinobi sent to an isolated [[Island Turtle|island]] in the [[Land of Lightning]] as [[Naruto]]'s bodyguard. On the boat ride there, he tended to a seasick [[Might Guy]]. Once on the island and Guy gets his bearings they went with [[Motoi]] to the [[Falls of Truth]], after he informed them that Naruto had gone there to learn how to control the [[Nine-Tails]]. Guy expressed the desire to undergo the same training as Naruto so he tried to channel his inner self at the falls. Aoba joked to Motoi that Guy's inner self probably wasn't human and both are shocked when this appeared to be true when a [[Wikipedia:Tetraodontidae|blowfish]]-like creature appeared from behind the falls to seemingly confront Guy. After they realised that this was actually [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] however, Aoba tried to stop him with his [[Secret Technique: Stone Needles]] but only created an easy opportunity for Kisame to [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|absorb]] his chakra which caused Aoba to collapse.
 
In the anime, Aoba was present at the war council meeting that Tsunade convened and was later selected as one of the shinobi sent to an isolated [[Island Turtle|island]] in the [[Land of Lightning]] as [[Naruto]]'s bodyguard. On the boat ride there, he tended to a seasick [[Might Guy]]. Once on the island and Guy gets his bearings they went with [[Motoi]] to the [[Falls of Truth]], after he informed them that Naruto had gone there to learn how to control the [[Nine-Tails]]. Guy expressed the desire to undergo the same training as Naruto so he tried to channel his inner self at the falls. Aoba joked to Motoi that Guy's inner self probably wasn't human and both are shocked when this appeared to be true when a [[Wikipedia:Tetraodontidae|blowfish]]-like creature appeared from behind the falls to seemingly confront Guy. After they realised that this was actually [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] however, Aoba tried to stop him with his [[Secret Technique: Stone Needles]] but only created an easy opportunity for Kisame to [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|absorb]] his chakra which caused Aoba to collapse.
   
 
[[File:Aoba interrogate.png|thumb|Aoba interrogating Kisame.]]
 
[[File:Aoba interrogate.png|thumb|Aoba interrogating Kisame.]]
When Aoba recovered he went after Kisame with the others, finding that he had already been captured and beaten unconscious by Guy. While [[Yamato]] restrained Kisame, Aoba [[Mind Reading|delved into his mind]] in an attempt to gather information on [[Akatsuki]]. Before he could garner any useful information, Kisame forced himself to regain consciousness by biting his tongue, which shocked Aoba. Before they could respond, Kisame committed suicide by summoning sharks to devour his body. Deciding to check just how much Kisame knew by opening the scroll he had left behind, they unintentionally activated a booby-trap and the shinobi are [[Water Prison Technique|imprisoned]] while a [[shark]] swam away with the scroll.
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When Aoba recovered he went after Kisame with the others, finding that he had already been captured and beaten unconscious by Guy. While [[Yamato]] restrained Kisame, Aoba [[Psycho Mind Transmission|delved into his mind]] in an attempt to gather information on [[Akatsuki]]. Before he could garner any useful information, Kisame forced himself to regain consciousness by biting his tongue, which shocked Aoba. Before they could respond, Kisame committed suicide by summoning sharks to devour his body. Deciding to check just how much Kisame knew by opening the scroll he had left behind, they unintentionally activated a booby-trap and the shinobi are [[Water Prison Technique|imprisoned]] while a [[Wikipedia:Shark|shark]] swam away with the scroll.
   
 
[[File:Wood Release Ring.png|thumb|left|Aoba attempts to read Kabuto's mind.]]
 
[[File:Wood Release Ring.png|thumb|left|Aoba attempts to read Kabuto's mind.]]
Growing concerned that Akatsuki would be coming after them now that they probably knew the island's location, Aoba wondered what plan of action they should take next. Motoi told them that that it was unlikely they would find the island because unlike other islands, the one they were on was constantly moving. Surprised by reassured, Aoba and Yamato then turn their attention to Naruto and tried to keep him busy by having him take a survey of the island's native animal population as an "''[[S-rank]] mission''". When Akatsuki eventually did find the island and attacked, Aoba convinces Naruto that the explosions that were happening outside were actually earthquakes while Aoba and the others investigated outside. There they found [[Kurotsuchi]] [[Lava Release: Quicklime Congealing Technique|restraining]] [[Kabuto Yakushi]]. Acting immediately, Aoba moved to read Kabuto's mind as he had done with Kisame, but upon approaching Kabuto on a [[Wood Release: Wood Spikes Ring|wooden bridge]] created by Yamato, Kabuto [[Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique|escaped]], pushing Aoba into Kurotsuchi's quicklime lava. After the [[Third Tsuchikage]] arrived on the scene and helped to free Aoba, Aoba tried to reassure the Tsuchikage that it wouldn't be easy to get information out of Yamato but the Tsuchikage stated that [[Tobi]] possessed a very powerful [[dōjutsu]] and as such it wasn't a matter or whether or not Yamato wanted to divulge the alliance's intelligence. Aoba later marvelled at the Tsuchikage as he [[Flight Technique|carried]] the entire island to [[Kumogakure]].
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Growing concerned that Akatsuki would be coming after them now that they probably knew the island's location, Aoba wondered what plan of action they should take next. Motoi told them that that it was unlikely they would find the island because unlike other islands, the one they were on was constantly moving. Surprised by reassured, Aoba and Yamato then turn their attention to Naruto and tried to keep him busy by having him take a survey of the island's native animal population as an "''[[S-rank]] mission''". When Akatsuki eventually did find the island and attacked, Aoba convinces Naruto that the explosions that were happening outside were actually earthquakes while Aoba and the others investigated outside. There they found [[Kurotsuchi]] [[Lava Release: Quicklime Congealing Technique|restraining]] [[Kabuto Yakushi]]. Acting immediately, Aoba moved to read Kabuto's mind as he had done with Kisame, but upon approaching Kabuto on a [[Wood Release: Wood Spikes Ring|wooden bridge]] created by Yamato, Kabuto [[Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique|escaped]], pushing Aoba into Kurotsuchi's quicklime lava.
   
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
 
 
[[File:Aoba talking to Inoichi.png|thumb|Aoba speaks to Inoichi after returning from the island.]]
 
[[File:Aoba talking to Inoichi.png|thumb|Aoba speaks to Inoichi after returning from the island.]]
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After the [[Third Tsuchikage]] arrived on the scene and helped to free Aoba, Aoba tried to reassure the Tsuchikage that it wouldn't be easy to get information out of Yamato but the Tsuchikage stated that [[Tobi]] possessed a very powerful [[dōjutsu]] and as such it wasn't a matter or whether or not Yamato wanted to divulge the alliance's intelligence. Aoba later marvelled at the Tsuchikage as he [[Earth Release: Light-Weight Rock Technique|carried]] the entire island to [[Kumogakure]].
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Aoba later joined up with the [[Intelligence Division]] and reported to [[Inoichi Yamanaka]] the events that took place during the mission, to which Inoichi remarked that Aoba did not have an easy time while on his mission.
 
Aoba later joined up with the [[Intelligence Division]] and reported to [[Inoichi Yamanaka]] the events that took place during the mission, to which Inoichi remarked that Aoba did not have an easy time while on his mission.
 
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== Movies ==
 
== Movies ==
=== Naruto 5: Blood Prison ===
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=== Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison ===
 
During Naruto's flashback to the members of the village when he was gathering [[natural energy]] to enter [[Sage Mode]], Aoba can been seen amongst the villagers.
 
During Naruto's flashback to the members of the village when he was gathering [[natural energy]] to enter [[Sage Mode]], Aoba can been seen amongst the villagers.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
 
* "Aoba" means {{translation|"fresh leaves"|青葉}} while "Yamashiro" means "mountain castle".
 
* "Aoba" means {{translation|"fresh leaves"|青葉}} while "Yamashiro" means "mountain castle".
* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]'', Aoba is mistakenly said to be a chūnin by his introduction subtitle.
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* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]'', Aoba is mistakenly said to be a [[chūnin]] by his introduction subtitle.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** Aoba's favourite phrase is {{Translation|"Just as planned"|計画通り|Keikakudōri}}.
 
** Aoba's favourite phrase is {{Translation|"Just as planned"|計画通り|Keikakudōri}}.

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Aoba

(山城アオバ, Yamashiro Aoba)
Debut
Manga Chapter #93
Anime Naruto Episode #67
Movie Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Virgo September 3 searchgray_iconsmall.png
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part I: 29-30
  • Part II: 33-34
Height
  • Part I: 178 cm1.78 m
    5.84 ft
    70.079 in
Weight
  • Part I: 66 kg145.505 lb
Blood type O
Affiliation
Team
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 009744
Nature Type
Jutsu

Aoba Yamashiro (山城アオバ, Yamashiro Aoba) is a tokubetsu jōnin of Konohagakure.

Background Edit

Obito's year group

Aoba at his entrance ceremony.

Aoba was present at the Academy entrance ceremony when Obito Uchiha arrived late. He presumably later partook in the Chūnin Exams and later Kakashi Hatake's secret celebration for his jōnin promotion years later.[4]

Personality Edit

Aoba has a somewhat laid-back and jovial personality most of the time, often joking with others around him. He is also prone to panicking at times, but when the situation calls for it he is decisive, calm, and collected. Aoba is also mentioned to be an honour student as well as an inside benkei, which is a haughty and boastful person in private, while having a more reserved demeanour in public.[2] He is always wearing his sun glasses which help him to maintain his cool demeanour. He is willing to put himself in danger to help his comrades.[5]

Appearance Edit

Aoba has dark, spiky hair and is always seen wearing red-framed sunglasses which obscures his eyes. He wears the standard Konoha shinobi outfit complete with flak jacket and forehead protector, the latter of which is worn slightly tilted to the left.

As a child, Aoba wore his signature glasses along with a black shirt, with an orange, gear-like design around the collar.[4][6]

Abilities Edit

As a Tokubetsu Jōnin, Aoba has demonstrated knowledge and aptitude in a wide cross-area of techniques which he uses with great proficiency in whatever the given situation may be.

Ninjutsu Edit

Crow Techniques Edit

Sanzengarasu no Jutsu

Aoba using Scattering Thousand Crows Technique.

Aoba's favourite technique is the Scattering Thousand Crows Technique which involves manifesting a number of crows which he can command with hand gestures. The crows are primarily used to swarm the enemy, hindering their view and seem to be dispelled in a puff of smoke like shadow clones when struck but can also be used for scouting and offensive attacks. These can be used tactically as seen when he used them to disguise Raidō Namiashi's movements.

Mind-Reading Skills Edit

Though by his own admission, not as yet skilled as veterans with its use, Aoba possesses remarkable intel-obtaining skills. He is also able to delve into a person's mind.[7] In the anime, it was revealed that he can read a person's mind even while not physically touching the target, once that thought or feeling is strong enough.[8]

Other Skills Edit

Ishibari

Kisame struck by Aoba's Secret Technique Stone Needles.

In the anime, during the invasion of Konoha, it is shown that he is also able to use Fire Release using the Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique against the invading Oto and Suna shinobi.[9] During that same invasion, he was also one of the Konoha shinobi that were able to dispel the genjutsu that Kabuto Yakushi had cast on the arena. He has also shown the ability to send his chakra through a medium to be used as a paralysing agent on his foe. While fighting Kakuzu, it was shown that he is adept at taijutsu, able to hold his own against the Akatsuki member while his team-mates retreated to safety. Aoba has also shown a high level of intelligence, able to carefully analyse the situation even under great pressure.

Part I Edit

Chūnin Exams Edit

Aoba made his début in a meeting called by the Third Hokage and the Konoha Council alongside other jōnin-level shinobi where they discussed Hayate Gekkō's death and Orochimaru's possible involvement. Though some wanted the examinations to be cancelled as they were wary of what was to come, the Third told them that he had the utmost trust in all of them, and if the time ever came, he knew they would assemble their strength and fight alongside him.

Konoha Crush Edit

Aoba great fireball

Aoba attacking the invading shinobi.

During the commencement of the invasion of Konoha, Aoba was one of the shinobi able to cancel the sleep-inducing genjutsu that had been cast on the people at the arena. He identified Kabuto Yakushi — who was disguised as a Konoha ANBU — as the person who had cast the genjutsu. He then engaged the enemy forces alongside his comrades. In the anime, he used the Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique to attack several of the enemy shinobi at once. He later stood alongside Kurenai Yūhi, Kakashi Hatake and Might Guy after they had defeated the invading shinobi and later attended Third's funeral, where he mourned his loss.

Search for Tsunade Edit

After he heard the news that Itachi Uchiha had returned to Konoha looking for Naruto Uzumaki, he burst into Kakashi's room and inadvertently informed Sasuke Uchiha of the occurrence, which caused Sasuke to rush from the room in search of his brother. The jōnin, who seemingly had not wanted Sasuke to know about this were visibly exasperated. Later after Tsunade returned to the village and accepted the title of Hokage, Aoba along with Genma were given the task of announcing her inauguration as the Fifth to the village by Koharu Utatane.

Part II Edit

Akatsuki Suppression Mission Edit

Nijū Shōtai Raidō

Aoba and his team deploy.

Aoba is assigned to the Nijū Shōtai — a special platoon created to track and capture Akatsuki members. In the anime, they scoped out a known Akatsuki hideout where they encountered an associate of the organisation. They took the man into custody and then laid in wait at the hideout in the hopes that someone would show up there. With no luck on their stake-out, they later received a message from Asuma's team and rushed to provide backup when they are informed that they had made contact with an Akatsuki team. Once there, Aoba used his Scattering Thousand Crows Technique to obscure Hidan and Kakuzu's field of vision which gave Raidō an opportunity to attack them with his Kokutō as well as the chance for them to get Asuma's team to safety. He then fought briefly with Kakuzu to prevent him from getting to Asuma until the Akatsuki pair retreated. He and Raidō stood by watching as Asuma imparted his final words to his students and later attended his funeral.

Paradise Life on a Boat Edit

Main article: Paradise Life on a Boat

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Edit

In the anime, Aoba was present at the war council meeting that Tsunade convened and was later selected as one of the shinobi sent to an isolated island in the Land of Lightning as Naruto's bodyguard. On the boat ride there, he tended to a seasick Might Guy. Once on the island and Guy gets his bearings they went with Motoi to the Falls of Truth, after he informed them that Naruto had gone there to learn how to control the Nine-Tails. Guy expressed the desire to undergo the same training as Naruto so he tried to channel his inner self at the falls. Aoba joked to Motoi that Guy's inner self probably wasn't human and both are shocked when this appeared to be true when a blowfish-like creature appeared from behind the falls to seemingly confront Guy. After they realised that this was actually Kisame Hoshigaki however, Aoba tried to stop him with his Secret Technique: Stone Needles but only created an easy opportunity for Kisame to absorb his chakra which caused Aoba to collapse.

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Aoba interrogating Kisame.

When Aoba recovered he went after Kisame with the others, finding that he had already been captured and beaten unconscious by Guy. While Yamato restrained Kisame, Aoba delved into his mind in an attempt to gather information on Akatsuki. Before he could garner any useful information, Kisame forced himself to regain consciousness by biting his tongue, which shocked Aoba. Before they could respond, Kisame committed suicide by summoning sharks to devour his body. Deciding to check just how much Kisame knew by opening the scroll he had left behind, they unintentionally activated a booby-trap and the shinobi are imprisoned while a shark swam away with the scroll.

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Aoba attempts to read Kabuto's mind.

Growing concerned that Akatsuki would be coming after them now that they probably knew the island's location, Aoba wondered what plan of action they should take next. Motoi told them that that it was unlikely they would find the island because unlike other islands, the one they were on was constantly moving. Surprised by reassured, Aoba and Yamato then turn their attention to Naruto and tried to keep him busy by having him take a survey of the island's native animal population as an "S-rank mission". When Akatsuki eventually did find the island and attacked, Aoba convinces Naruto that the explosions that were happening outside were actually earthquakes while Aoba and the others investigated outside. There they found Kurotsuchi restraining Kabuto Yakushi. Acting immediately, Aoba moved to read Kabuto's mind as he had done with Kisame, but upon approaching Kabuto on a wooden bridge created by Yamato, Kabuto escaped, pushing Aoba into Kurotsuchi's quicklime lava.

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Aoba speaks to Inoichi after returning from the island.

After the Third Tsuchikage arrived on the scene and helped to free Aoba, Aoba tried to reassure the Tsuchikage that it wouldn't be easy to get information out of Yamato but the Tsuchikage stated that Tobi possessed a very powerful dōjutsu and as such it wasn't a matter or whether or not Yamato wanted to divulge the alliance's intelligence. Aoba later marvelled at the Tsuchikage as he carried the entire island to Kumogakure.

Aoba later joined up with the Intelligence Division and reported to Inoichi Yamanaka the events that took place during the mission, to which Inoichi remarked that Aoba did not have an easy time while on his mission.

Movies Edit

Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison Edit

During Naruto's flashback to the members of the village when he was gathering natural energy to enter Sage Mode, Aoba can been seen amongst the villagers.

Trivia Edit

  • "Aoba" means "fresh leaves" (青葉) while "Yamashiro" means "mountain castle".
  • In Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, Aoba is mistakenly said to be a chūnin by his introduction subtitle.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Aoba's favourite phrase is "Just as planned" (計画通り, Keikakudōri).
    • His favourite foods are grated yam and yamaimo.

References Edit

  1. First Databook, page 82
  2. 2.0 2.1 Third Databook, page 173
  3. Fourth Databook, page 211
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 599, pages 2-3
  5. Naruto Third Databook, page 173, Profile Section
  6. Naruto chapter 604, pages 3-4
  7. Naruto chapter 507, page 8
  8. Naruto: Shippūden episode 227
  9. Naruto episode 68

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