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(白連, Byakuren)

  • First Mizukage (初代水影, Shodai Mizukage)
Debut
Manga Chapter #648
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #369
Appears in Anime and Manga
Voice Actors
Japanese
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Aquarius January 20
Gender Gender Male Male
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part II: 172.2 cm1.722 m
    5.65 ft
    67.795 in
Weight
  • Part II: 78.9 kg173.945 lb
Blood type B
Occupation
Affiliation
Rank
Ninja Rank
Jutsu

Byakuren (白連, Byakuren) was the First Mizukage (初代水影, Shodai Mizukage; Literally meaning "First or Founding Water Shadow") who founded Kirigakure in the Land of Water.

Background

First Gokage summit

The first ever five Kage summit is convened.

At the first meeting of the five Kage, Byakuren was accompanied by a shinobi from his village, who would later become the Third Mizukage. He sat alongside the others, and told Hashirama Senju that if he acted so humbly as to bow to them — his equals — he would suspect an ulterior motive for having them gather in such a manner. He later expressed outrage when the First Kazekage made a demand that instead of receiving a tailed beast — as the sand priests of Sunagakure had already sealed away one — they requested 30% of whatever the other nations would pay for a tailed beast from Konoha, claiming the amount to be too high a demand. As infighting broke out and Hashirama made his plea to them to preserve the future of their children and unite, he looked on thoughtfully at the proceedings.[2]

Personality

While much was not seen of his personality, he seemed to be cautious in nature while being a frank person, mincing no words with the First Kazekage when he showed no signs of lowering or abandoning his conditions for signing the treaty, and noting that if Sunagakure were to plan to attack them, the other nations could band together and destroy them.[3] His cautious nature was also displayed with Hashirama when the latter was acting too humble over the five Kage meeting for his liking, going as far as suggesting that Hashirama had a hidden agenda for the meeting.[4]

Appearance

First Mizukage

Byakuren wearing the Mizukage headpiece.

In his old age, Byakuren had copious amounts of long, grey hair along with a long moustache and beard that merged into one all of which almost covered the entirety of his face. He had a scar that ran across his left eye, which was apparently blind. His teeth were sharp and triangular; a trait carried by generations of shinobi from Kirigakure. Attire-wise, he wore a simple, light-coloured, loose-fitting kimono over a pair of dark pants. His right eye is black and his left eye is pure white.

Abilities

As the First Mizukage and the founder of Kirigakure, Byakuren was undoubtedly a powerful shinobi despite his old age.

Part II

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes

Combined Kage summoning

The deceased Kage summoning Team 7 and the tailed beasts.

Subsequent to Kaguya Ōtsutsuki being sealed by Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha, he and the other deceased Kage were summoned from the Pure Land by Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki to aid him and the Hokage in summoning Team 7, the tailed beasts and Madara Uchiha from Kaguya's dimension. He marvelled at the fact that all of the tailed beasts were gathered in one place before his and the other Kage's souls were released to the Pure Land once more.

Trivia

  • "Byakuren" (白連) literally means "white lotus".
  • In his anime debút during Hashirama Senju's speech about the creation of the Five Great Shinobi Countries, his eyes are depicted as being the same colour.[5] However, in the manga, during the First Summit, his left eye was noticeably grayer than the right one.[6]

References

  1. Fourth Databook, page 183
  2. Naruto chapter 648, pages 6-12
  3. Naruto chapter 648, page 11
  4. Naruto chapter 648, page 8
  5. Naruto: Shippūden episode 369
  6. Naruto chapter 648
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