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[[File:Hozukijo.png|thumb|right|Hōzukijō.]]
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[[File:Hozukijo.png|thumb|right|The Hōzuki Castle.]]
<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Hōzuki-jō'''|鬼灯城|lit meaning=Demon Lantern Castle}}, also known as the {{translation|'''Blood Prison'''|ブラッド・プリズン|Buraddo Purizun}}, is a large castle that serves as a criminal containment facility located in [[Kusagakure]], that appears in ''[[Naruto 5: Blood Prison]]''. Its {{translation|master|主|aruji}} was [[Mui]], who uses the [[Fire Release: Heavenly Prison|ultimate imprisonment technique]] to seal the abilities of his prisoners.<section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Hōzuki Castle'''|鬼灯城|Hōzuki-jō|lit meaning=Demon Lantern Castle}}, also known as the {{translation|'''Blood Prison'''|ブラッド・プリズン|Buraddo Purizun}}, is a large castle in [[Kusagakure]] that serves as a criminal containment facility.<section end=summary />
   
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== Overview ==
The castle is situated near a cliff, where beneath is a raging ocean with tremendous currents that will wash up any attempt escapees and drown them. This, along with the imprisonment technique threatening to reduce anyone who reaches a certain distance from Mui to ashes, makes escape virtually impossible. The prison has no regard of the prisoners' circumstances of being sent there, and outside of the convicts' death, allows them to leave only if the village of the prisoner in question sends an official request for release. Apparently, the prison only admits male prisoners, as [[Ryūzetsu]] had to disguise herself as a man in order to infiltrate it.
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Prisoners interned at Hōzuki Castle are intended to remain there until they die or the [[hidden village]] that sent them there officially requests their release. There are several death traps spread throughout the fortress to prevent escape and, in ''[[Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison]]'', the castle is situated on a cliff surrounded by whirlpools, drowning any who may try to swim away. Actual security within the prison is seemingly poor: despite all prisoners being subject to [[Wikipedia:Strip search|strip]] and [[Wikipedia:Body cavity search|body cavity searches]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]] is able to conceal [[shuriken]] on himself and [[Ryūzetsu]] is able to conceal the fact that she is a woman.
   
Deep under the castle is an underground laboratory, which is connected to Mui's office at the top of the castle via a stairway hidden behind a bookcase. Inside is where the [[Box of Ultimate Bliss]] resides, embedded as part of a wall, which led others to believe it to be a gateway to the box instead; when the box is to be opened, it will rise to the outside garden of the castle. The lab contains various electronics that fit the stereotypical representation of a mad scientist's laboratory, including a table where a sacrifice to open the Box is strapped down to.
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Because most of the prison's population are [[shinobi]] or other individuals who can use [[chakra]], neutralising them is very important and is the chief responsibility of Hōzuki Castle's {{translation|master|主|aruji}}. [[Mui]] uses [[Fire Release: Heavenly Prison]] to seal prisoners' abilities and reduce their bodies to ash if they move too far away from him. [[Kahyō]] uses [[Ice Release: Earthen Consecutive Chains of Ice]] to force prisoners to dedicate all their chakra to keep themselves warm or risk freezing to death. Because Mui and Kahyō can activate their techniques remotely to kill prisoners, life within the prison is typically quiet and inmates try to avoid causing trouble.
 
While the prison was built under the appearance of holding dangerous criminals, in truth it was for Kusagakure to hide the Box of Ultimate Bliss and use the prisoners, who are no longer being cared by the villages they originated from, as test subjects by having their chakra sucked out in the lab in an attempt to open the box.
 
 
=== Security ===
 
Aside from the imprisonment technique and the lethal whirlpools surrounding the fortress, the castle itself has certain death traps set up in case prisoners attempt to escape. Also, prisoners usually tried to prevent trouble, resulting in an usually quiet and calm environment. Most likely due to these factors, the security is lax, if not outright incompetent, as even though the guards performed [[Wikipedia:Strip search|strip]] and [[Wikipedia:Body cavity search|body cavity searches]], Naruto managed to sneak in a pair of shuriken with wires that saved him from a pitfall trap, and Ryūzetsu managed to hide her gender. Furthermore, in the cases where riots are induced, the guards were incapable of restraining the prisoners, and instead relied on Mui's technique to keep them in check.
 
   
 
Prisoners are let out from morning to sunset for daily exercise and meals, and at the end of the day they are instructed to return to their cells for sleep. Regulation 23 states that attempt escapes or troublemakers result in three days in solitary confinement in the disciplinary cell; clause 6 states second time offenders get five days, third time is a week, and a fourth is permanent.
 
Prisoners are let out from morning to sunset for daily exercise and meals, and at the end of the day they are instructed to return to their cells for sleep. Regulation 23 states that attempt escapes or troublemakers result in three days in solitary confinement in the disciplinary cell; clause 6 states second time offenders get five days, third time is a week, and a fourth is permanent.
   
== Plot Overview ==
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== History ==
[[Naruto Uzumaki]] was sent here after being falsely accused of attempting to assassinate the [[Fourth Raikage]], and killing [[jōnin]] from both [[Kirigakure]] and [[Iwagakure]]. This was all part of Mui's plot in order to use [[Kurama]]'s chakra to open the [[Box of Ultimate Bliss]] to release his son [[Muku]]. Several prisoners, such as Ryūzetsu and [[Maroi]], were in fact sent in as spies to prevent Mui from opening the box again. Ultimately, they failed to prevent that, and when Muku came out, he was corrupted by the box's powers and served as [[Satori]]'s host. After a brutal battle, Muku and Mui died together, and the prison castle was burned down. The prisoners, being freed from Mui's imprisonment technique, attempted to escape but were recaptured by the [[Konoha 11]]. Mui and Ryūzetsu's bodies were buried outside the castle, while the box was cast into the ocean of the island.
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In ''[[Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison]]'', Kusagakure originally built Hōzuki Castle in order to hide the [[Box of Ultimate Bliss]]; its function as a prison was the explanation given to the public. The Box is kept in a laboratory hidden deep underground, accessed through a stairway hidden behind a bookcase in the master's office. Prisoners are secretly used as test subjects by having their chakra sucked out in order to try and open the Box. [[Mui]] frames [[Naruto Uzumaki]] for several assassinations so that he is sent to Hōzuki Castle and the the [[Nine-Tails]]' chakra can be used to open the Box and release his son, [[Muku]]. Despite the attempts of several spies hidden within the prison population to stop Mui, he is successful. However, Muku is corrupted by the Box's powers and serves as [[Satori]]'s host. He is eventually defeated, but Mui dies and the castle burns down. The escaping prisoners are recaptured by the [[Konoha 11]].
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In ''[[Kakashi Hiden]]'', Mui died several years earlier during a joint operation by [[Konohagakure]] and [[Kumogakure]]. In the years since then the villages of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]] have alternated security duties until a new master for Hōzuki Castle can be found. The [[Ryūha Armament Alliance]] assaults the prison in an attempt to break out their leader, [[Garyō]]. Konoha thwarts their attempt, though cannot prevent several civilian casualties and severe damage to the prison's structure. [[Kahyō]], the highest-ranking conspirator to survive the failed jailbreak, is offered a deal by the [[Sixth Hokage]]: in exchange for not being given the death penalty, she must serve as the master for Hōzuki Castle for the rest of her life. She accepts, the other [[Kage]] approve her appointment, and as a result the villages no longer need to provide guard duty.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* The castle is surrounded by the [[Wikipedia:Physalis alkekengi|hōzuki]] plant, also known as Japanese lantern. In Japan, its seeds are used as part of the Bon Festival as offerings to guide the souls of the deceased.
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* The castle is surrounded by the [[Wikipedia:Physalis alkekengi|hōzuki]] plant, also known as Japanese lantern. In Japan, its seeds are used as part of the [[Wikipedia:Bon Festival|Bon Festival]] as offerings to guide the souls of the deceased.
 
* The sculpture behind the security desk is the [[Wikipedia:Ecstasy of Saint Theresa|Ecstasy of Saint Theresa]] by Bernini, which illustrates a moment where divinity intrudes on an earthly body.
 
* The sculpture behind the security desk is the [[Wikipedia:Ecstasy of Saint Theresa|Ecstasy of Saint Theresa]] by Bernini, which illustrates a moment where divinity intrudes on an earthly body.
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* Despite being in Kusagakaure — which is in a landlocked country — ''Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison'' depicts Hōzuki Castle as lying on a cliff, by the ocean.
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* The concept of the Hōzuki Castle's terrain is similar to [[Wikipedia:Alcatraz|Alcatraz]], which is also situated near a cliff with a raging ocean beneath.
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== See Also ==
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* [[Konoha Strict Correctional Facility]]
   
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Latest revision as of 12:15, July 17, 2015

This is the article on the prison. If you are looking for the article on the movie, head to Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison.
Hozukijo

The Hōzuki Castle.

The Hōzuki Castle (鬼灯城, Hōzuki-jō, Literally meaning: Demon Lantern Castle), also known as the Blood Prison (ブラッド・プリズン, Buraddo Purizun), is a large castle in Kusagakure that serves as a criminal containment facility.

Overview Edit

Prisoners interned at Hōzuki Castle are intended to remain there until they die or the hidden village that sent them there officially requests their release. There are several death traps spread throughout the fortress to prevent escape and, in Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison, the castle is situated on a cliff surrounded by whirlpools, drowning any who may try to swim away. Actual security within the prison is seemingly poor: despite all prisoners being subject to strip and body cavity searches, Naruto Uzumaki is able to conceal shuriken on himself and Ryūzetsu is able to conceal the fact that she is a woman.

Because most of the prison's population are shinobi or other individuals who can use chakra, neutralising them is very important and is the chief responsibility of Hōzuki Castle's master (, aruji). Mui uses Fire Release: Heavenly Prison to seal prisoners' abilities and reduce their bodies to ash if they move too far away from him. Kahyō uses Ice Release: Earthen Consecutive Chains of Ice to force prisoners to dedicate all their chakra to keep themselves warm or risk freezing to death. Because Mui and Kahyō can activate their techniques remotely to kill prisoners, life within the prison is typically quiet and inmates try to avoid causing trouble.

Prisoners are let out from morning to sunset for daily exercise and meals, and at the end of the day they are instructed to return to their cells for sleep. Regulation 23 states that attempt escapes or troublemakers result in three days in solitary confinement in the disciplinary cell; clause 6 states second time offenders get five days, third time is a week, and a fourth is permanent.

History Edit

In Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison, Kusagakure originally built Hōzuki Castle in order to hide the Box of Ultimate Bliss; its function as a prison was the explanation given to the public. The Box is kept in a laboratory hidden deep underground, accessed through a stairway hidden behind a bookcase in the master's office. Prisoners are secretly used as test subjects by having their chakra sucked out in order to try and open the Box. Mui frames Naruto Uzumaki for several assassinations so that he is sent to Hōzuki Castle and the the Nine-Tails' chakra can be used to open the Box and release his son, Muku. Despite the attempts of several spies hidden within the prison population to stop Mui, he is successful. However, Muku is corrupted by the Box's powers and serves as Satori's host. He is eventually defeated, but Mui dies and the castle burns down. The escaping prisoners are recaptured by the Konoha 11.

In Kakashi Hiden, Mui died several years earlier during a joint operation by Konohagakure and Kumogakure. In the years since then the villages of the Five Great Shinobi Countries have alternated security duties until a new master for Hōzuki Castle can be found. The Ryūha Armament Alliance assaults the prison in an attempt to break out their leader, Garyō. Konoha thwarts their attempt, though cannot prevent several civilian casualties and severe damage to the prison's structure. Kahyō, the highest-ranking conspirator to survive the failed jailbreak, is offered a deal by the Sixth Hokage: in exchange for not being given the death penalty, she must serve as the master for Hōzuki Castle for the rest of her life. She accepts, the other Kage approve her appointment, and as a result the villages no longer need to provide guard duty.

Trivia Edit

  • The castle is surrounded by the hōzuki plant, also known as Japanese lantern. In Japan, its seeds are used as part of the Bon Festival as offerings to guide the souls of the deceased.
  • The sculpture behind the security desk is the Ecstasy of Saint Theresa by Bernini, which illustrates a moment where divinity intrudes on an earthly body.
  • Despite being in Kusagakaure — which is in a landlocked country — Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison depicts Hōzuki Castle as lying on a cliff, by the ocean.
  • The concept of the Hōzuki Castle's terrain is similar to Alcatraz, which is also situated near a cliff with a raging ocean beneath.

See Also Edit

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