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<section begin=summary/>{{Translation|'''Isobu'''|磯撫|Isobu}}, more commonly known as the {{translation|'''Three-Tails'''|三尾|Sanbi}}, is a tailed beast that was formerly sealed in [[Yagura]] of [[Kirigakure]], after being sealed in [[Rin Nohara]] as part of [[Kirigakure]]'s plan to attack [[Konohagakure]]. It has been captured by [[Deidara]] and [[Tobi]], then sealed by [[Akatsuki]]. It was later resealed into a [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Yagura during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 565, page 1</ref><section end=summary/>
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<section begin=summary/>{{Translation|'''Isobu'''|磯撫|Isobu}}, more commonly known as the {{translation|'''Three-Tails'''|三尾|Sanbi}}, is one of the nine <noinclude>[[</noinclude>tailed beasts<noinclude>]]</noinclude>.<section end=summary/> It was last sealed within [[Yagura]] of [[Kirigakure]], after being sealed in [[Rin Nohara]] as part of [[Kirigakure]]'s plan to attack [[Konohagakure]].<ref name="ch629">''Naruto'' chapter 629, pages 14-16</ref>
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Kid-bijuus.png|thumb|left|The young tailed beasts with the Sage of the Six Paths.]]
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[[File:Young Biju.png|thumb|left|The young tailed beasts with the Sage of the Six Paths.]]
Isobu first came into being in the waning days of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], who used his [[Creation of All Things]] ability to separate the [[Ten-Tails]]' chakra from its body and divide it into nine separate constructs that would come to be known as [[tailed beasts]] in order to ensure that it would never resurface after his death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 467, pages 15-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, pages 11-12</ref> Some time after being created, the Sage sat down with all the young tailed beasts and told them that they would always be together, even when separated, and that one day they would become one entity again with different names and forms than they did. Then, when the time came, they would know what true power is.<ref name="ch572">''Naruto'' chapter 572, pages 10-11</ref>
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Isobu first came into being in the waning days of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], who used his [[Creation of All Things]] ability to separate the [[Ten-Tails]]' chakra from its body and divide it into nine separate constructs that would come to be known as [[tailed beasts]] in order to ensure that it would never resurface after his death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 467, pages 15-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, pages 11-12</ref> Some time after being created, the Sage sat down with all the young tailed beasts and told them that they would always be together, even when separated, and that one day they would become one entity again with different names and forms than they did. Then, when the time came, they would know what true power is.<ref name="ch572">''Naruto'' chapter 572, pages 10-11</ref>
   
At some point in the past, Isobu, who was in the possession of Kirigakure, was sealed within a kidnapped [[Rin Nohara]] of [[Konohagakure]]. They plotted for Rin to be taken back to her village, [[Wikipedia:Trojan Horse|where they would release the tailed beast to wreak havoc in Konoha]]. This failed, however, as Rin was fully aware of their schemes and opted to kill herself before their objectives could come to fruition.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 629, pages 14-16</ref> Eventually, Isobu was revived and sealed within its next jinchūriki — [[Yagura]], the Fourth [[Mizukage]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 507, page 15</ref> However when Akatsuki went after it, the turtle was in the wild; the story behind how it came to be like this is still unknown.
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At some point in the past, Isobu, who was in the possession of Kirigakure, was sealed within a kidnapped [[Rin Nohara]] of [[Konohagakure]]. They plotted for Rin to be taken back to her village as a [[wikipedia:Trojan Horse|Trojan horse]], releasing the tailed beast to wreak havoc in Konoha. This failed, however, as Rin was fully aware of their schemes and opted to [[Lightning Cutter|kill]] herself at hands of [[Kakashi]] before their objectives could come to fruition.<ref name="ch629"/> Eventually, Isobu was revived and sealed within its next jinchūriki — [[Yagura]], the Fourth [[Mizukage]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 507, page 15</ref> However when Akatsuki went after it, the beast was in the wild; the story behind how it came to be like this is still unknown.
   
In the anime, [[Tsunade]] states that Isobu's disappearance happened after a great war.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 102</ref>
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In the anime, [[Tsunade]] states that Isobu disappeared after the [[Third Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 100</ref>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Isobu speaks in a shy manner, referring to itself as {{translation|'boku'|ボク}} which is usually used by young boys.
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Isobu speaks in a timid manner, referring to itself as {{translation|"boku"|ボク}} which is usually used by young boys.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
Isobu primarily resembles a large turtle, but with a crab-like shell, and three shrimp-like tails. Under its shell, it has red, muscle-like tissue. It has a pair of human-like arms and hands, but no hind-legs. Its lower jaw is rather big and has teeth-like horns, together with its big forehead, which also has horns, it somewhat resembles a mouth with big teeth, making it look like the rest of the face is inside the mouth. Its eyes are dark and have red pupils. In the anime, the eyes are red with green pupils. Its right eye is constantly closed, indicating some sort of injury, and because of this, it is particularly vulnerable to attacks directed at its right eye. During the last remaining days of the Sage of the Six Paths, Isobu was much smaller than it currently is but was still many times larger than the Sage.<ref name="ch572"/>
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[[File:Young Isobu.png|thumb|left|A young Isobu.]]
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Isobu primarily resembles a large turtle, but with a crab-like shell, spikes about its being, and three shrimp-like tails. Under its shell, it has red, muscle-like tissue. It has a pair of human-like arms and hands, but no hind-legs. Its lower jaw is rather big and has teeth-like horns, together with its big forehead, which also has horns, it somewhat resembles a mouth with big teeth, making it look like the rest of the face is inside the mouth. Its eyes are dark and have red pupils. In the anime, the eyes are red with yellow pupils. Its right eye is constantly closed, indicating some sort of injury, and because of this, it is particularly vulnerable to attacks directed at its right eye. During the last remaining days of the Sage of the Six Paths, Isobu was much was essentially the same in appearance, albeit with smaller spikes around its body and smaller than it currently is but was still many times larger than the Sage.<ref name="ch572"/>
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Bijuu dama.png|thumb|left|Isobu using the Tailed Beast Ball.]]
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{{See also|Jinchūriki Forms}}
{{See also|Yagura's Jinchūriki Forms}}
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[[File:Shell Spear1.png|thumb|Isobu rolled into a ball.]]
As a [[tailed beast]], Isobu possesses an enormous amount of [[chakra]] and can perform the [[Tailed Beast Ball]]. It also has the ability to [[Coral Palm|create coral]], and swim at very high speeds. Tobi suggested that [[Kisame]] would have been a better choice for capturing the beast, given its affinity for water. Isobu has also been shown to be able to roll into a ball and attack its opponents, making full use of its shell and its many protrusions in a manner similar to the Akimichi clan's [[Spiked Human Bullet Tank]]. Its tough skin and shell also provides additional defence for the beast, allowing it to withstand nearly all forms of attack. In the anime, it was revealed that its only known physical weakness it possessed was its eye, as hard as its skin and armoured shell are, it cannot harden its eyes and so seems to keep one closed at all times.
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As a [[tailed beast]], Isobu possesses an enormous amount of [[chakra]] and can perform the [[Tailed Beast Ball]]. It also has the ability to [[Coral Palm|create coral]], and swim at very high speeds. Tobi suggested that [[Kisame]] would have been a better choice for capturing the turtle, given its affinity for water.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 317, pages 1-4</ref> Isobu has also been shown to be able to roll into a ball and attack its opponents, making full use of its shell and its many protrusions in a manner similar to the Akimichi clan's [[Spiked Human Bullet Tank]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 571, page 12</ref> Its tough skin and shell also provides additional defence for Isobu, allowing it to withstand nearly all forms of attack. In the anime, it was revealed that its only known physical weakness it possessed was its eye, as hard as its skin and armoured shell are, it cannot harden its eyes and so seems to keep one closed at all times.
 
[[File:Three-Tails Rolling.png|thumb|Isobu rolled into a ball.]]
 
In the anime, its abilities were greatly elaborated upon, many of which dealt with its size: it could roar to repel attacks; it could produce a large tidal wave that spread away from it in all directions; it could strike with any of its three spiked tails to break through most defences. Its skin was resistant to attack in a similar fashion. With these abilities, it overwhelmed [[Guren]]'s [[Crystal Release]] several times over the course of their battle.
 
   
 
[[File:Three-Tails Menacing Water Ball2.png|thumb|left|Isobu firing chakra-infused water balls.]]
 
[[File:Three-Tails Menacing Water Ball2.png|thumb|left|Isobu firing chakra-infused water balls.]]
Of the beast's more specialised abilities, it could produce a hallucinogenic mist that exploited the victim's insecurities and forced the victim to face them. It could also shoot powerful chakra infused [[Three-Tails Water Ball|water balls]]. When it ate something, thousands of miniature versions of itself would attack what it had eaten within its stomach, presumably to speed up the digestion process. In addition to its anime appearance, the beast was shown capable of materialising an entrance to a separate dimension in which it could hide its presence, until it was ready to return.
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In the anime, Isobu's abilities were greatly elaborated upon: it could create [[Tailed Beast Shockwave|shockwaves]] to repel attacks and produce a large tidal wave that spread away from it in all directions; it could strike with any of its three spiked tails to break through most defences. With these abilities, it overwhelmed [[Guren]]'s [[Crystal Release]] several times over the course of their battle. Of Isobu's more specialised abilities, it could produce a hallucinogenic mist that exploited the victim's insecurities and forced the victim to face them. It could also shoot powerful chakra-infused [[Water Release: Great Water Mass Bullet|water balls]]. When it ate something, thousands of [[Three-Tails Mini Clone|miniature versions of itself]] would attack what it had eaten within its stomach, presumably to speed up the digestion process. In addition to its anime appearance, the beast was shown capable of materialising an entrance to a separate dimension in which it could hide its presence, until it was ready to return wherever it chooses.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 108</ref>
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== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
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===Hidan and Kakuzu Arc===
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In the manga, Tobi and Deidara confronted the beast around the same time [[Naruto Uzumaki]] had begun his [[Wind Release]] training, to which it responded by beginning to chase Tobi. With the Three-Tails distracted, Deidara moulded an explosive clay fish in an attempt to capture it. It was unclear if this marked the end of the battle, as the remainder of the battle went unseen. As the two towed the Three-Tails to the Akatsuki's lair after the battle, Tobi gloated at bringing the Three-Tails down with his special technique, but Deidara thought otherwise. It was later [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|sealed]] in the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|sealing statue]].
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=== Three-Tails Arc ===
 
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
 
{{Main|Three-Tails Arc}}
 
{{Main|Three-Tails Arc}}
[[File:The dimension's entrance.PNG|thumb|The entrance to the dimension where Isobu came from.]]
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[[File:The dimension's entrance.PNG|thumb|The entrance to the dimension where the Three-Tails came from.]]
In the anime, [[Orochimaru]] instructed [[Kabuto Yakushi]] and [[Team Guren]] to take a young boy named [[Yūkimaru]] to a lake. After they arrived, Kabuto forced Yūkimaru to release all of his chakra, which caused Isobu to begin to surface from the lake. With [[Guren]]'s help, the beast was completely revealed, and they attempted to capture it. Their attempts proved insufficient, however, and the beast created a large tidal wave to wash its attackers away.
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In the anime, [[Orochimaru]] instructed [[Kabuto Yakushi]] and [[Team Guren]] to take a young boy named [[Yūkimaru]] to a lake. After they arrived, Kabuto forced Yūkimaru to release all of his chakra, which caused the Three-Tails to begin to surface from the lake. With [[Guren]]'s help, the beast was completely revealed, and they attempted to capture it. Their attempts proved insufficient, however, and the beast created a large tidal wave to wash its attackers away.
   
The tidal wave gained the attention of a nearby group of [[Konohagakure]] ninja, who tried to use [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]] to permanently trap the beast in its own dimension. Just as the sealing began to work, the Konoha ninja were interrupted by Guren, which prompted the beast to attack them all. Yūkimaru was able to calm the beast down temporarily, but, after he became tired, Isobu turned its attention to him. Guren and [[Naruto Uzumaki]] came to his defence, but were swallowed in the process. With the help of their allies on the outside, they were able to escape, and the Konoha ninja tried once more to seal the beast.
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The tidal wave gained the attention of a nearby group of [[Konohagakure]] ninja, who tried to use [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]] to permanently trap the beast in its own dimension. Just as the sealing began to work, the Konoha ninja were interrupted by Guren, which prompted the beast to attack them all. Yūkimaru was able to calm the beast down temporarily, but, after he became tired, the Three-Tails turned its attention to him. Guren and [[Naruto Uzumaki]] came to his defence, but were swallowed in the process. With the help of their allies on the outside, they were able to escape, and the Konoha ninja tried once more to seal the beast.
   
Just when the sealing was almost complete, Yūkimaru, angered by the apparent death of Guren, empowered the beast to break free of its restraints. Isobu went on a rampage, attacking everyone nearby and crushing [[Nurari]], [[Kigiri]], and [[Kihō]]. Its attempts to attack Yūkimaru, however, had no effect. It was only through the use of the [[Wind Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet]] that the beast was driven away. The sealing attempt was left to [[ANBU]] members, and the remaining Konoha ninja returned home. [[Deidara]] and [[Tobi]] of [[Akatsuki]] soon found these ANBU members and disposed of them.
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Just when the sealing was almost complete, Yūkimaru, angered by the apparent death of Guren, empowered the beast to break free of its restraints. The Three-Tails went on a rampage, attacking everyone nearby and crushing [[Nurari]], [[Kigiri]], and [[Kihō]]. Its attempts to attack Yūkimaru, however, had no effect. It was only through the use of the [[Wind Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet]] that the beast was driven away. The sealing attempt was left to [[Anbu]] members, and the remaining Konoha ninja returned home. [[Deidara]] and [[Tobi]] of [[Akatsuki]] soon found these Anbu members and disposed of them.
   
The beast's capture took place much earlier in the manga (at the start of the [[Hidan and Kakuzu Arc]]), but played out in much the same way as in the anime. Tobi and Deidara confronted the beast, to which it responded by beginning to chase Tobi. With Isobu distracted, Deidara moulded an explosive clay fish in an attempt to capture it. It was unclear if this marked the end of the battle, as the remainder of the battle went unseen. As the two towed Isobu to the Akatsuki's lair after the battle, Tobi gloated at bringing Isobu down with his special technique, but Deidara thought otherwise. It was later [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|sealed]] in the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|sealing statue]].
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[[File:Isobu captured by Akatsuki.png|thumb|left|Akatsuki prepares to seal the Three-Tails.]]
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The beast's capture took place much later than in the manga, but played out in much the same way.
   
 
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
 
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
[[File:Six,two,five,three-tails full transformation.png|thumb|left|The remaining jinchūriki transform into their tailed beasts.]]
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[[File:Biju full transformation.png|thumb|The remaining jinchūriki transform into their tailed beasts.]]
After [[Son Gokū]] is resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Tobi, who is intent on going all-out from this point on, forces Yagura to fully transform into Isobu.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 570, pages 8-9</ref>
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After [[Son Gokū]] is resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Tobi, who is intent on going all-out from this point on, forces Yagura to fully transform into the Three-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 570, pages 8-9</ref>
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Preparing to attack the shinobi, the Three-Tails along with the other four beasts create [[Tailed Beast Ball]]s. These attacks however, are deflected by [[Naruto]] and they are [[Tailed Beast Shockwave|rebuffed]] by a now fully-transformed Naruto. Wasting no time in their attacks, the Three-Tails evades Kurama's attack and then, rolling into a ball, attempts to attack the beast while [[Saiken]] had incapacitated it. It is however stopped by [[Gyūki]]. Freeing itself from the beast's grasp, it and the other opposing beasts prepare a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball which is met by one from Naruto and Kurama.
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[[File:Seishin Sekai.png|thumb|left|Isobu, alongside the other jinchūriki and tailed beasts, encounters Naruto.]]
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As Naruto enters a deeper plane of the tailed beasts' consciousness, Isobu (who remembers [[Three-Tails Arc|meeting]] him in the anime) introduces itself to the young man. Later, as the beast is freed from the [[chakra receiver]] it affirms [[Kurama]]'s belief that Naruto was the person the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] had spoken about so long ago before being resealed into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]].
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=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
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[[File:Bijuu released.png|thumb|Isobu is released alongside the other tailed beasts.]]
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Isobu appeared alongside the other tailed beasts with the exception of Gyūki and [[Shukaku]] when the [[Ten-Tails]] looked down at Naruto. The image of the tailed beasts, along with a silhouette of the Sage of the Six Paths, drove the Ten-Tails to a fit as it evolved further. Due to the combined teamwork of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]], Isobu, alongside the other imprisoned tailed beasts, was later pulled out of Obito and thus freed.
   
Preparing to attack the shinobi, Isobu along with the other four beasts create [[Tailed Beast Ball]]s. These attacks however, are deflected by [[Naruto]] and they are [[Tailed Beast Shockwave|rebuffed]] by a now fully-transformed Naruto. Wasting no time in their attacks, Isobu evades Kurama's attack and then, rolling into a ball, attempts to attack the beast while [[Saiken]] had incapacitated it. It is however stopped by [[Gyūki]]. Freeing itself from the beast's grasp, it and the other opposing beasts prepare a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball which is met by one from Naruto and Kurama.
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=== Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc ===
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[[File:671 bijuu reunion.jpg|thumb|left|The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.]]
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As Naruto in [[Tailed Beast Mode]] pinned Madara down with a tail, Isobu and the other tailed beasts joined in and did the same to increase the damage, but the Uchiha survived their attacks and retreated to a safe distance. After he received his own right Rinnegan eye from a White Zetsu clone, Madara quickly summoned the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path from Obito's body, and used the Rinnegan to [[Limbo: Border Jail|repel]] the tailed beasts. With the tailed beasts stunned, Madara then proceeded to [[Demonic Statue Chains|chain]] them up and prepared to seal them back into the statue. Ultimately, Isobu, along with the other tailed beasts, are all resealed within the Demonic Statue.
   
[[File:Naruto meets bijuus.png|thumb|Isobu, alongside the other jinchūriki and tailed beasts, encounters Naruto.]]
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Later, the chakra Isobu transferred to Naruto earlier manifested within Naruto's subconscious along with the other tailed beasts to speak with the young ninja and the spirit of [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]]. There, they voiced their shared belief that Naruto is the child of prophecy.
As Naruto enters a deeper plain of the tailed beasts' consciousness, Isobu introduces itself to the young man. Later, as the beast is freed from the [[chakra receiver]] it affirms [[Kurama]]'s belief that Naruto was the person the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] had spoken about so long ago before being resealed into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]].
 
 
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== Video Games ==
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== Video Games ==
 
Although Isobu itself is not playable, Yagura takes on its form as his awakening in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]''. Isobu also appears as a boss in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3]]''.
 
Although Isobu itself is not playable, Yagura takes on its form as his awakening in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]''. Isobu also appears as a boss in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3]]''.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* {{Translation|'Isobu'|磯撫|}} literally means 'beach stroker', and is also an adaptation of the name of the {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Isonade|Isonade]]|磯撫で}}.
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* {{Translation|'Isobu'|磯撫|}} literally means 'beach stroker', and is also an adaptation of the name of the sea [[wikipedia:Yōkai|yōkai]] {{translation|[[wikipedia:Isonade|Isonade]]|磯撫で}}.
* Turtles are often used as the base design for sea monsters in Japanese folklore. Isobu's design in particular was conceived as a result of the series creator, [[Masashi Kishimoto]]'s, interest in monsters, [[Wikipedia:Yōkai|yōkai]], and [[Wikipedia:Kaiju|kaijū]], mixing together various elements of those types of creatures to create a monster with a turtle's body and a shrimp's tail with a crab-looking figure.
 
 
* Since Rin died without having Isobu extracted, Isobu is the first known tailed beast to have "died" and revived.
 
* Since Rin died without having Isobu extracted, Isobu is the first known tailed beast to have "died" and revived.
* Isobu is the only known tailed beast to have a jinchūriki from two separate villages, both Kirigakure and Konohagakure.
 
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

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Three-tailsandjinchuriki

Isobu

(磯撫, Isobu)

  • Three-Tails (三尾, Sanbi)
  • Giant Turtle (巨大亀, Kyodaigame)
Debut
Manga Chapter #317
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #92
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3
Appears in Anime, Manga and Game
Voice Actors
Japanese
Personal
Species Turtle
Classification
Jinchūriki
Affiliation
Family

Nature Type
Unique Traits

  • High-speed swimming
  • Produces coral
Jutsu

Isobu (磯撫, Isobu), more commonly known as the Three-Tails (三尾, Sanbi), is one of the nine tailed beasts. It was last sealed within Yagura of Kirigakure, after being sealed in Rin Nohara as part of Kirigakure's plan to attack Konohagakure.[2]

Background Edit

Young Biju

The young tailed beasts with the Sage of the Six Paths.

Isobu first came into being in the waning days of the Sage of the Six Paths, who used his Creation of All Things ability to separate the Ten-Tails' chakra from its body and divide it into nine separate constructs that would come to be known as tailed beasts in order to ensure that it would never resurface after his death.[3][4] Some time after being created, the Sage sat down with all the young tailed beasts and told them that they would always be together, even when separated, and that one day they would become one entity again with different names and forms than they did. Then, when the time came, they would know what true power is.[5]

At some point in the past, Isobu, who was in the possession of Kirigakure, was sealed within a kidnapped Rin Nohara of Konohagakure. They plotted for Rin to be taken back to her village as a Trojan horse, releasing the tailed beast to wreak havoc in Konoha. This failed, however, as Rin was fully aware of their schemes and opted to kill herself at hands of Kakashi before their objectives could come to fruition.[2] Eventually, Isobu was revived and sealed within its next jinchūriki — Yagura, the Fourth Mizukage.[6] However when Akatsuki went after it, the beast was in the wild; the story behind how it came to be like this is still unknown.

In the anime, Tsunade states that Isobu disappeared after the Third Shinobi World War.[7]

Personality Edit

Isobu speaks in a timid manner, referring to itself as "boku" (ボク) which is usually used by young boys.

Appearance Edit

Young Isobu

A young Isobu.

Isobu primarily resembles a large turtle, but with a crab-like shell, spikes about its being, and three shrimp-like tails. Under its shell, it has red, muscle-like tissue. It has a pair of human-like arms and hands, but no hind-legs. Its lower jaw is rather big and has teeth-like horns, together with its big forehead, which also has horns, it somewhat resembles a mouth with big teeth, making it look like the rest of the face is inside the mouth. Its eyes are dark and have red pupils. In the anime, the eyes are red with yellow pupils. Its right eye is constantly closed, indicating some sort of injury, and because of this, it is particularly vulnerable to attacks directed at its right eye. During the last remaining days of the Sage of the Six Paths, Isobu was much was essentially the same in appearance, albeit with smaller spikes around its body and smaller than it currently is but was still many times larger than the Sage.[5]

Abilities Edit

See also: Jinchūriki Forms

Shell Spear1

Isobu rolled into a ball.

As a tailed beast, Isobu possesses an enormous amount of chakra and can perform the Tailed Beast Ball. It also has the ability to create coral, and swim at very high speeds. Tobi suggested that Kisame would have been a better choice for capturing the turtle, given its affinity for water.[8] Isobu has also been shown to be able to roll into a ball and attack its opponents, making full use of its shell and its many protrusions in a manner similar to the Akimichi clan's Spiked Human Bullet Tank.[9] Its tough skin and shell also provides additional defence for Isobu, allowing it to withstand nearly all forms of attack. In the anime, it was revealed that its only known physical weakness it possessed was its eye, as hard as its skin and armoured shell are, it cannot harden its eyes and so seems to keep one closed at all times.

Three-Tails Menacing Water Ball2

Isobu firing chakra-infused water balls.

In the anime, Isobu's abilities were greatly elaborated upon: it could create shockwaves to repel attacks and produce a large tidal wave that spread away from it in all directions; it could strike with any of its three spiked tails to break through most defences. With these abilities, it overwhelmed Guren's Crystal Release several times over the course of their battle. Of Isobu's more specialised abilities, it could produce a hallucinogenic mist that exploited the victim's insecurities and forced the victim to face them. It could also shoot powerful chakra-infused water balls. When it ate something, thousands of miniature versions of itself would attack what it had eaten within its stomach, presumably to speed up the digestion process. In addition to its anime appearance, the beast was shown capable of materialising an entrance to a separate dimension in which it could hide its presence, until it was ready to return wherever it chooses.[10]

Part II Edit

Hidan and Kakuzu ArcEdit

In the manga, Tobi and Deidara confronted the beast around the same time Naruto Uzumaki had begun his Wind Release training, to which it responded by beginning to chase Tobi. With the Three-Tails distracted, Deidara moulded an explosive clay fish in an attempt to capture it. It was unclear if this marked the end of the battle, as the remainder of the battle went unseen. As the two towed the Three-Tails to the Akatsuki's lair after the battle, Tobi gloated at bringing the Three-Tails down with his special technique, but Deidara thought otherwise. It was later sealed in the sealing statue.

Three-Tails Arc Edit

Main article: Three-Tails Arc

The dimension's entrance

The entrance to the dimension where the Three-Tails came from.

In the anime, Orochimaru instructed Kabuto Yakushi and Team Guren to take a young boy named Yūkimaru to a lake. After they arrived, Kabuto forced Yūkimaru to release all of his chakra, which caused the Three-Tails to begin to surface from the lake. With Guren's help, the beast was completely revealed, and they attempted to capture it. Their attempts proved insufficient, however, and the beast created a large tidal wave to wash its attackers away.

The tidal wave gained the attention of a nearby group of Konohagakure ninja, who tried to use Four-Corner Sealing Barrier to permanently trap the beast in its own dimension. Just as the sealing began to work, the Konoha ninja were interrupted by Guren, which prompted the beast to attack them all. Yūkimaru was able to calm the beast down temporarily, but, after he became tired, the Three-Tails turned its attention to him. Guren and Naruto Uzumaki came to his defence, but were swallowed in the process. With the help of their allies on the outside, they were able to escape, and the Konoha ninja tried once more to seal the beast.

Just when the sealing was almost complete, Yūkimaru, angered by the apparent death of Guren, empowered the beast to break free of its restraints. The Three-Tails went on a rampage, attacking everyone nearby and crushing Nurari, Kigiri, and Kihō. Its attempts to attack Yūkimaru, however, had no effect. It was only through the use of the Wind Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet that the beast was driven away. The sealing attempt was left to Anbu members, and the remaining Konoha ninja returned home. Deidara and Tobi of Akatsuki soon found these Anbu members and disposed of them.

Isobu captured by Akatsuki

Akatsuki prepares to seal the Three-Tails.

The beast's capture took place much later than in the manga, but played out in much the same way.

Shinobi World War Arc Edit

Biju full transformation

The remaining jinchūriki transform into their tailed beasts.

After Son Gokū is resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Tobi, who is intent on going all-out from this point on, forces Yagura to fully transform into the Three-Tails.[11]

Preparing to attack the shinobi, the Three-Tails along with the other four beasts create Tailed Beast Balls. These attacks however, are deflected by Naruto and they are rebuffed by a now fully-transformed Naruto. Wasting no time in their attacks, the Three-Tails evades Kurama's attack and then, rolling into a ball, attempts to attack the beast while Saiken had incapacitated it. It is however stopped by Gyūki. Freeing itself from the beast's grasp, it and the other opposing beasts prepare a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball which is met by one from Naruto and Kurama.

Seishin Sekai

Isobu, alongside the other jinchūriki and tailed beasts, encounters Naruto.

As Naruto enters a deeper plane of the tailed beasts' consciousness, Isobu (who remembers meeting him in the anime) introduces itself to the young man. Later, as the beast is freed from the chakra receiver it affirms Kurama's belief that Naruto was the person the Sage of the Six Paths had spoken about so long ago before being resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.

Ten-Tails Revival Arc Edit

Bijuu released

Isobu is released alongside the other tailed beasts.

Isobu appeared alongside the other tailed beasts with the exception of Gyūki and Shukaku when the Ten-Tails looked down at Naruto. The image of the tailed beasts, along with a silhouette of the Sage of the Six Paths, drove the Ten-Tails to a fit as it evolved further. Due to the combined teamwork of the Allied Shinobi Forces, Isobu, alongside the other imprisoned tailed beasts, was later pulled out of Obito and thus freed.

Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc Edit

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The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.

As Naruto in Tailed Beast Mode pinned Madara down with a tail, Isobu and the other tailed beasts joined in and did the same to increase the damage, but the Uchiha survived their attacks and retreated to a safe distance. After he received his own right Rinnegan eye from a White Zetsu clone, Madara quickly summoned the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path from Obito's body, and used the Rinnegan to repel the tailed beasts. With the tailed beasts stunned, Madara then proceeded to chain them up and prepared to seal them back into the statue. Ultimately, Isobu, along with the other tailed beasts, are all resealed within the Demonic Statue.

Later, the chakra Isobu transferred to Naruto earlier manifested within Naruto's subconscious along with the other tailed beasts to speak with the young ninja and the spirit of Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki. There, they voiced their shared belief that Naruto is the child of prophecy.

Video Games Edit

Although Isobu itself is not playable, Yagura takes on its form as his awakening in Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. Isobu also appears as a boss in Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3.

Trivia Edit

  • 'Isobu' (磯撫) literally means 'beach stroker', and is also an adaptation of the name of the sea yōkai Isonade (磯撫で).
  • Since Rin died without having Isobu extracted, Isobu is the first known tailed beast to have "died" and revived.

References Edit

  1. Third Databook, pages 198-199
  2. 2.0 2.1 Naruto chapter 629, pages 14-16
  3. Naruto chapter 467, pages 15-16
  4. Naruto chapter 510, pages 11-12
  5. 5.0 5.1 Naruto chapter 572, pages 10-11
  6. Naruto chapter 507, page 15
  7. Naruto: Shippūden episode 100
  8. Naruto chapter 317, pages 1-4
  9. Naruto chapter 571, page 12
  10. Naruto: Shippūden episode 108
  11. Naruto chapter 570, pages 8-9

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