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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Byakugan'''|白眼|lit meaning=White Eye|viz meaning=All Seeing White Eye}} is the [[dōjutsu]] [[kekkei genkai]] of the [[Hyūga clan]]. It is one of the {{translation|Three Great Dōjutsu|三大瞳術|San Daidōjutsu|lit meaning=Three Great Eye Techniques}}, along with the [[Sharingan]] and the [[Rinnegan]].<ref>Third Databook, page 313</ref> <section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Byakugan'''|白眼|lit meaning=White Eye|viz meaning=All Seeing White Eye}} is the [[dōjutsu]] [[kekkei genkai]] of the [[Hyūga clan]]. Its power first appeared, alongside the [[Rinnegan]], in the oldest known ancestor of the Hyūga: [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 671, page 6</ref> It has become known as one of the {{translation|Three Great Dōjutsu|三大瞳術|San Daidōjutsu|lit meaning=Three Great Eye Techniques}}, along with the [[Sharingan]], and the [[Rinnegan]].<ref>Third Databook, page 313</ref> <section end=summary />
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
 
[[File:Hinata's byakugan.jpg|thumb|left|The Byakugan activated.]]
 
[[File:Hinata's byakugan.jpg|thumb|left|The Byakugan activated.]]
<section begin=summary />Those who inherit the blood of this clan have almost featureless, white eyes. When the Byakugan is activated, the user's pupils become more distinct, and the veins near their temples bulge. It also appears that unlike the other two great dōjutsu, all members of the clan possess, and can use the kekkei genkai from birth, as opposed to needing to awaken or else, not inheriting it at all.<section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />This dōjutsu is manifested as very distinctive eyes, characterised by their enlarged and featureless white irises with no visible pupils. When the Byakugan is activated, the user's pupils become more distinct, and the veins near their temples bulge. It also appears that unlike the other two great dōjutsu, all members of the clan possess, and can use this kekkei genkai from birth, as opposed to needing to awaken or else, not inheriting it at all.<section end=summary />
   
The Byakugan's abilities have left it highly coveted by the other villages, as evidenced by [[Kumogakure]]'s attempt to steal it; an event which led up to what is known as the "[[Hyūga Affair]]". [[Ao]] of [[Kirigakure]] was able to obtain a single Byakugan from a [[Hyūga]] he defeated,<ref name="c459p15">''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 15</ref> and goes to [[Protective Tag Barrier|great lengths to protect it]]. At the same time, [[Danzō Shimura]] went to equal lengths to retrieve or destroy it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 469, page 3</ref> The Hyūga clan's Main House, in order to reduce the probability of having their eyes fall into enemy hands, as well as to have the Branch House give absolute servitude to them, placed a [[Hyūga Main Family's Juinjutsu|cursed seal]] onto the foreheads of the branch house members, which would seal away their Byakugan forever upon death. Unlike a transplanted Sharingan, a transplanted Byakugan can be activated and deactivated at will.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 3</ref>
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The Byakugan's abilities have left it highly coveted by the other villages, as evidenced by other villages such as [[Kumogakure]]'s attempt to steal it; an event which became known as the "[[Hyūga Affair]]". [[Ao]] of [[Kirigakure]] was able to obtain a single Byakugan from a [[Hyūga]] he defeated,<ref name="c459p15">''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 15</ref> and went to [[Protective Tag Barrier|great lengths to protect it]] while at the same time, [[Danzō Shimura]] went to equal lengths to retrieve, or destroy it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 469, page 3</ref> In order to reduce the probability of having their eyes fall into enemy hands, as well as to have the Branch House give absolute servitude to them, the Main House of the clan placed [[Hyūga Main Family's Juinjutsu|cursed seals]] onto the foreheads of the Branch House members, which would seal away their Byakugan forever upon death. This seal also doubled as a way to inflict severe pain onto Branch House members as a method of punishing them for insubordination.
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Byakugan's Blind Spot.JPG|thumb|right|Byakugan's blind spot.]]
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[[File:Byakugan's Blind Spot.JPG|thumb|right|The Byakugan's blind spot.]]
<section begin=summary />The primary ability of the Byakugan gives the user a near 360º field of vision, except for one blind spot at the back of the neck above the first [[Wikipedia:thoracic vertebrae|thoracic vertebra]].<ref name="chpt196">''Naruto'' chapter 196, page 8</ref> Upon activation of the dōjutsu, the wielder is granted an automatic 50 metre field of vision around themselves which can then be extended at their discretion.<ref name="chapt172">''Naruto'' chapter 172, page 10</ref><ref name="chpt195">''Naruto'' chapter 195, page 9</ref>
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<section begin=summary />The primary ability of the Byakugan gives the user a near 360º field of vision, except for one blind spot at the back of the neck above the first [[Wikipedia:thoracic vertebrae|thoracic vertebra]].<ref name="chpt196">''Naruto'' chapter 196, page 8</ref> Upon activation of the dōjutsu, the wielder is granted an automatic 50 metre field of vision around themselves which can be extended through training<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 172, page 10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 195, page 9</ref> as [[Hinata Hyūga]]'s range in Part II stretches to at least as far as 10 kilometres.<ref name="chapt396">''Naruto'' chapter 396, page 5</ref>
   
The second ability is being able to see through solid objects, as well as some degree of telescopic sight. It can also see through most barriers, and other things such as smokescreens,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 188, pages 7-8</ref> differentiate between non-corporeal clones and can see through techniques that would otherwise [[Hiding with Camouflage Technique|hide]] an opponent from normal sight.<ref name="ep149">''Naruto'' episode 149</ref> The distance and the degree of telescopic sight varies from person to person, and can be improved through training. In Part I, [[Neji Hyūga]] was able to see an area of 50 metres,<ref name="chapt172"/><ref name="chpt195"/> but he later increases his visual range to at least 800 metres,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 263, page 8</ref> while [[Hinata Hyūga]]'s range in Part II stretches at least as far as 10 km.<ref name="chapt396">''Naruto'' chapter 396, page 5</ref> However, the Byakugan cannot see through certain barriers, such as the [[Four Black Fog Battle Formation]] used by the [[Sound Four]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 186, page 5</ref><section end=summary />
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The Byakugan is also able to see through solid objects and smokescreens,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 188, pages 7-8</ref> even through most barriers as only a particularly strong barrier such as the [[Four Black Fogs Formation]] is able to somewhat distort the Byakugan's perception.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 186, page 5</ref> It can also differentiate between non-corporeal clones and see through techniques that would otherwise [[Hiding with Camouflage Technique|hide]] an opponent from normal sight.<ref name="ep149">''Naruto'' episode 149</ref> The dōjutsu also has the ability to follow high-speed movement.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 85, page 18</ref><section end=summary /> In the [[Search for the Bikōchū Arc|anime]], the Byakugan was also shown able to magnify objects to see the smallest of targets in the area and see in [[Wikipedia:Infrared|infrared]] to detect a target's body heat.<ref name="ep149"/>
   
 
[[File:Chakra Circulatory System.JPG|thumb|left|Chakra Pathway System.]]
 
[[File:Chakra Circulatory System.JPG|thumb|left|Chakra Pathway System.]]
The third and one of the greatest uses of the Byakugan is the ability to see chakra, chakra flow, the chakra circulation system inside the body with great detail as well as the colour of chakra.<ref name="c459p14">''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 14</ref> It is from this particular ability that the Hyūga Clan are able to employ their ultimate attack style: [[Gentle Fist]]. Unlike the [[Strong Fist]], which is focused on external injuries, the Gentle Fist style focuses on internal injuries. Each strike, when placed correctly, strikes along the [[chakra pathway system]], which is the network of vessels that carry chakra. This network is closely intertwined with the functioning of the body's organs, and so, when the ''keirakukei'' take damage, the organs suffer as well. There is no defence against the Gentle Fist, since one cannot train one's internal organs to become stronger. The only possible defence is to stop the Gentle Fist's hits from connecting. Like the Sharingan and Rinnegan, the Byakugan's ability to see chakra and its flow allows the user to detect chakra sealed barriers as well as determine when [[genjutsu]] is being used.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 394, page 15</ref><ref name="c459p15"/> It was shown in the anime that the Byakugan can also discern a transformation, and a real person using the eye's ability to see chakra.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden'' episode 191</ref>
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Arguably its greatest ability is to see chakra in all its nature, including its flow and the circulation system inside the body with great detail as well as the colour of chakra.<ref name="c459p14">''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 14</ref> Like the Sharingan and Rinnegan, the Byakugan can detect chakra sealed barriers as well as determine when [[genjutsu]] is being used.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 394, page 15</ref><ref name="c459p15"/> In the anime, the Byakugan can also discern a transformation from the real person through their chakra.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 191</ref> It is from the Byakugan's especially acute perception of chakra that the Hyūga Clan are able to employ their signature fighting style: [[Gentle Fist]]. Able to strike without force, and yet do more damage to a ninja than some of the most powerful ninjutsu, the Gentle Fist has been labelled as the greatest taijutsu style known in all of Konohagakure.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 79, page 5</ref>
   
Particularly skilled users of the Byakugan can take the Gentle Fist style one step further. Along the keirakurei are 361 pinprick-sized nodes called [[tenketsu]], or chakra points, which only the more skilled users can see. When struck, the Byakugan user can choose to either seal, or forcibly open these tenketsu, thus giving the user complete control over their opponent's chakra system. So, with precision, all those points along the victim's body can be sealed, stopping the chakra flow to those areas. Able to strike without force, and yet do more damage to a ninja than some of the most powerful ninjutsu, the Gentle Fist has been labelled as the greatest taijutsu style known in all of Konohagakure.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 79, page 5</ref> In the [[Search for the Bikōchū Arc]], Hinata demonstrated two other abilities with her Byakugan: the ability to magnify and zoom, effectively seeing every small insect in the area and to see the [[Wikipedia:Infrared|infrared spectrum]] allowing her to detect things through their body heat.<ref name="ep149"/>
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Unlike most taijutsu styles, which is focused on external injuries, the Gentle Fist style focuses mainly on internal injuries. Each strike, when placed correctly, strikes along the [[chakra pathway system]], which is the network of vessels that carry chakra. This network is closely intertwined with the functioning of the body's organs, and so, when the ''keirakukei'' take damage, the organs suffer as well. This make the Gentle Fist highly dangerous to face as one cannot train one's internal organs to become stronger. The only possible defence is to stop the Gentle Fist's hits from connecting. Along the keirakurei are 361 pinprick-sized nodes called [[tenketsu]], or chakra points, which only the more skilled users can see. When struck, the Byakugan user can choose to either seal, or forcibly open these tenketsu, thus giving the user complete control over their opponent's chakra system, potentially letting the user seal the victim's body through its stopped chakra flow.
   
Constantly using the Byakugan over a very long period of time causes severe eye strain, as seen with [[Neji Hyūga]], who at that point, could not tell the difference between [[Kiba Inuzuka]], and [[Akamaru]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, page 4</ref> This condition however, is not permanent.
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Constantly using the Byakugan over a very long period of time causes severe eye strain, becoming unable to properly perceive targets at all.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, page 4</ref> This condition, however, is not permanent.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
 
* The kanji for {{Translation|Byakugan|白眼}} can also be pronounced as ''shirome'' or ''hakugan''. When the latter two pronunciations are used, 白眼 is used to refer to the sclerae.
 
* The kanji for {{Translation|Byakugan|白眼}} can also be pronounced as ''shirome'' or ''hakugan''. When the latter two pronunciations are used, 白眼 is used to refer to the sclerae.
* Sometimes the users of the Byakugan use [[hand seal]]s when activating the ability, though it is also able to activate without any seals. The used seals are: Horse, Tiger with lifting just index fingers, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, Hare, Rat, Dog, Horse, Dog, Hare, Rat, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, and Snake with the right index finger lifted straight up. Sometimes just the last seal is used, and most commonly, no seals are used.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 40</ref>
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* Sometimes the users of the Byakugan use [[hand seal]]s when activating the ability, though it is also able to activate without any seals, presumably indicated a certain level of chakra control needed. The used seals are: Horse, Tiger with lifting just index fingers, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, Hare, Rat, Dog, Horse, Dog, Hare, Rat, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, and Snake with the right index finger lifted straight up. Sometimes just the last seal is used, and most commonly, no seals are used.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 40</ref>
* It has been said that the Sharingan was somehow derived from the Hyūga clan's Byakugan.<ref name="chpt78">''Naruto'' chapter 78, page 13</ref>
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* The Byakugan is noted to have greater vision and insight than the Sharingan.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 78, page 13</ref>
* The Byakugan is said to have the greatest vision and insights amongst all dōjutsu.<ref name="chpt78"/>
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* When depicted in the anime, the eyes of the Hyūga tend to have slight hints of lavender colour in them, despite the fact that they are supposed to be completely white.
* When depicted in the anime, the eyes of the Hyūga tend to have slight hints of colour in them, despite the fact that they are supposed to be completely white.
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* In the anime, the Byakugan's sight is normally illustrated in inverted black and white colour. However, there are instances in the manga which contradicts this notion.<ref name="chapt396"/><ref name="c459p14"/>
* In the anime, the Byakugan's sight is normally illustrated in black and white. However, there are instances in the manga which contradicts this notion.<ref name="chapt396"/><ref name="c459p14"/>
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* Unlike a transplanted Sharingan or Rinnegan, a transplanted Byakugan can be activated and deactivated at will.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 3</ref>
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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Byakugan

Byakugan

Name
Kanji 白眼
Rōmaji Byakugan
Literal English White Eye
Viz manga All Seeing White Eye
Debut
Manga Chapter #41
Anime Naruto Episode #24
OVA Finally a clash! Jōnin vs. Genin!! Indiscriminate Grand Melee Tournament Meeting!!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Data
Clan
Known Wielders

Jutsu

The Byakugan (白眼; Literally meaning "White Eye", Meaning (Viz) "All Seeing White Eye") is the dōjutsu kekkei genkai of the Hyūga clan. Its power first appeared, alongside the Rinnegan, in the oldest known ancestor of the Hyūga: Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.[1] It has become known as one of the Three Great Dōjutsu (三大瞳術, San Daidōjutsu; Literally meaning "Three Great Eye Techniques"), along with the Sharingan, and the Rinnegan.[2]

Background Edit

Hinata's byakugan

The Byakugan activated.

This dōjutsu is manifested as very distinctive eyes, characterised by their enlarged and featureless white irises with no visible pupils. When the Byakugan is activated, the user's pupils become more distinct, and the veins near their temples bulge. It also appears that unlike the other two great dōjutsu, all members of the clan possess, and can use this kekkei genkai from birth, as opposed to needing to awaken or else, not inheriting it at all.

The Byakugan's abilities have left it highly coveted by the other villages, as evidenced by other villages such as Kumogakure's attempt to steal it; an event which became known as the "Hyūga Affair". Ao of Kirigakure was able to obtain a single Byakugan from a Hyūga he defeated,[3] and went to great lengths to protect it while at the same time, Danzō Shimura went to equal lengths to retrieve, or destroy it.[4] In order to reduce the probability of having their eyes fall into enemy hands, as well as to have the Branch House give absolute servitude to them, the Main House of the clan placed cursed seals onto the foreheads of the Branch House members, which would seal away their Byakugan forever upon death. This seal also doubled as a way to inflict severe pain onto Branch House members as a method of punishing them for insubordination.

Abilities Edit

Byakugan's Blind Spot

The Byakugan's blind spot.

The primary ability of the Byakugan gives the user a near 360º field of vision, except for one blind spot at the back of the neck above the first thoracic vertebra.[5] Upon activation of the dōjutsu, the wielder is granted an automatic 50 metre field of vision around themselves which can be extended through training[6][7] as Hinata Hyūga's range in Part II stretches to at least as far as 10 kilometres.[8]

The Byakugan is also able to see through solid objects and smokescreens,[9] even through most barriers as only a particularly strong barrier such as the Four Black Fogs Formation is able to somewhat distort the Byakugan's perception.[10] It can also differentiate between non-corporeal clones and see through techniques that would otherwise hide an opponent from normal sight.[11] The dōjutsu also has the ability to follow high-speed movement.[12] In the anime, the Byakugan was also shown able to magnify objects to see the smallest of targets in the area and see in infrared to detect a target's body heat.[11]

Chakra Circulatory System

Chakra Pathway System.

Arguably its greatest ability is to see chakra in all its nature, including its flow and the circulation system inside the body with great detail as well as the colour of chakra.[13] Like the Sharingan and Rinnegan, the Byakugan can detect chakra sealed barriers as well as determine when genjutsu is being used.[14][3] In the anime, the Byakugan can also discern a transformation from the real person through their chakra.[15] It is from the Byakugan's especially acute perception of chakra that the Hyūga Clan are able to employ their signature fighting style: Gentle Fist. Able to strike without force, and yet do more damage to a ninja than some of the most powerful ninjutsu, the Gentle Fist has been labelled as the greatest taijutsu style known in all of Konohagakure.[16]

Unlike most taijutsu styles, which is focused on external injuries, the Gentle Fist style focuses mainly on internal injuries. Each strike, when placed correctly, strikes along the chakra pathway system, which is the network of vessels that carry chakra. This network is closely intertwined with the functioning of the body's organs, and so, when the keirakukei take damage, the organs suffer as well. This make the Gentle Fist highly dangerous to face as one cannot train one's internal organs to become stronger. The only possible defence is to stop the Gentle Fist's hits from connecting. Along the keirakurei are 361 pinprick-sized nodes called tenketsu, or chakra points, which only the more skilled users can see. When struck, the Byakugan user can choose to either seal, or forcibly open these tenketsu, thus giving the user complete control over their opponent's chakra system, potentially letting the user seal the victim's body through its stopped chakra flow.

Constantly using the Byakugan over a very long period of time causes severe eye strain, becoming unable to properly perceive targets at all.[17] This condition, however, is not permanent.

Trivia Edit

  • The kanji for Byakugan (白眼) can also be pronounced as shirome or hakugan. When the latter two pronunciations are used, 白眼 is used to refer to the sclerae.
  • Sometimes the users of the Byakugan use hand seals when activating the ability, though it is also able to activate without any seals, presumably indicated a certain level of chakra control needed. The used seals are: Horse, Tiger with lifting just index fingers, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, Hare, Rat, Dog, Horse, Dog, Hare, Rat, Boar with nearly straightened fingers, and Snake with the right index finger lifted straight up. Sometimes just the last seal is used, and most commonly, no seals are used.[18]
  • The Byakugan is noted to have greater vision and insight than the Sharingan.[19]
  • When depicted in the anime, the eyes of the Hyūga tend to have slight hints of lavender colour in them, despite the fact that they are supposed to be completely white.
  • In the anime, the Byakugan's sight is normally illustrated in inverted black and white colour. However, there are instances in the manga which contradicts this notion.[8][13]
  • Unlike a transplanted Sharingan or Rinnegan, a transplanted Byakugan can be activated and deactivated at will.[20]

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 671, page 6
  2. Third Databook, page 313
  3. 3.0 3.1 Naruto chapter 459, page 15
  4. Naruto chapter 469, page 3
  5. Naruto chapter 196, page 8
  6. Naruto chapter 172, page 10
  7. Naruto chapter 195, page 9
  8. 8.0 8.1 Naruto chapter 396, page 5
  9. Naruto chapter 188, pages 7-8
  10. Naruto chapter 186, page 5
  11. 11.0 11.1 Naruto episode 149
  12. Naruto chapter 85, page 18
  13. 13.0 13.1 Naruto chapter 459, page 14
  14. Naruto chapter 394, page 15
  15. Naruto: Shippūden episode 191
  16. Naruto chapter 79, page 5
  17. Naruto chapter 540, page 4
  18. Naruto episode 40
  19. Naruto chapter 78, page 13
  20. Naruto chapter 459, page 3

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