|遠野カタスケ Tōno Katasuke|
|Manga||Volume #1, Boruto Chapter #1|
|Novel||Boruto: Naruto the Movie|
|Movie||Boruto: Naruto the Movie|
|Game||Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4|
|Appears in||Manga, Novel, Game, Movie|
After the Fourth Great Shinobi War, Katsuke headed up an effort to help all surviving war causalities recover from their maiming injuries. He developed an advanced form of prosthetics that would allow people to return to normal life. One of his patients was Ao. Unbeknownst to him, Katasuke was placed under a genjutsu by Ao to extract information for Kara. This left Katasuke more amorally ambitious in his research. At some point, he learned of Chamaru's injury and contacted Akita Inuzuka to tell her that he'd make the ninken a prosthetic limb. Upon doing so, the dog made a full recovery, and Akita became his assistant.
While seemingly loyal to Konoha and working to advance its prosperity, Katasuke's main goal is his own success and status. A very arrogant, immoral and self-serving man, he takes great pride in his scientific advances. Believing strongly that his work is the new era of shinobi combat, he regularly makes video journals of his work. He is also quite stubborn and self-absorbed, to the point of defying rules and orders, as even though Naruto, the Seventh Hokage, told him that he could not use the Chūnin Exams as a chance to show off his Kote, he did so anyway. Even after Boruto's disqualification in the Chūnin Exams for using the Kote, Katasuke still tried to convince the spectators of his superior ninja tools as beneficial to the village.
He is also very reckless and over-confident, as he snuck into the battle against Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki, waited until Momoshiki was down, and then swooped in for the kill, planning and hoping to steal an easy victory against the power-hungry man for further publicity of himself and of his invention--only to instead give Momoshiki extra chakra to absorb and restore his power. This move shows that for all his methodical approach to science, he is very ignorant on the battlefield, as evident by his forgetting completely about Momoshiki's ability to absorb abilities, plus not even considering the potential danger of the enemy's new form, and not listening to Naruto in the first place when he told Katasuke to not attack Momoshiki.
However, after the battle with Momoshiki, it is revealed that Katasuke's behaviour was caused due to him being controlled by someone, as Shikamaru Nara stated that Katasuke was acting weird sometime prior to the Chūnin Exams. As a result, after he's freed from being controlled, Katasuke becomes extremely shocked about his actions to the point where he was momentarily paralysed after learning about it. Once recovering from the shock and returning to his former duties, Katasuke's nature seemed very much the same in that he was eager to continue advancing his work, but also showed true concern for others, offering to help Ao when he noticed that his prosthetics were working rigidly. He also admires the earnest of experienced shinobi.
Katasuke has a short crop of brown hair and brown eyes and wears a pair of glasses. In every day duties, he wears a complete white scientist suit without a forehead protector. In battle, he wears a complete standard Konoha shinobi uniform, however, rather than a standard red arm band depicting the Uzushiogakure crest, he wears white arm band depicting the Scientific Ninja Weapons Team crest.
While his abilities are largely unknown, being a tokubetsu jōnin, it is safe to assume that Katasuke is a rather capable ninja. Katasuke is also fairly stealthy, as he was able to sneak through Sasuke's temporal portal almost unnoticed. As a member of Konoha's Scientific Ninja Weapons Team and inventor of the innovative Kote, Katasuke is a highly intelligent man. He can also be manipulative as he used Boruto Uzumaki's desire to surpass his father as a way of getting the boy to use his Kote. His intelligence was even acknowledged by Shikamaru, saying how valuable Katasuke's brilliant mind is to Konohagakure.
Versus Momoshiki Arc
Main article: Boruto: Naruto the Movie Katasuke invents a forearm device that stores and releases ninjutsu at the user's will. He wanted to introduce it at the Chūnin Exams but the Seventh Hokage considered it to be a form of cheating and forbade it. However, unbeknownst to Naruto, Katasuke gives the device to Boruto to use in the Chūnin Exams, in the hopes of gaining publicity for his invention. Once Naruto discovers this and disqualifies Boruto for cheating, Katasuke tries to announce to the audience that there was no point in using traditional ninjutsu techniques due to how far advanced their technology is before Momoshiki and Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki attacked the arena. Katasuke and his assistant secretly follow the rescue mission sent to rescue Naruto from the two enemies. After Naruto and Sasuke Uchiha defeated Momoshiki, Katasuke rushed in an attempt to finish off the enemy with his device and claim the credit for the victory. However, he inadvertently restored Momoshiki's strength as the latter was able to absorb the attacks Katasuke fired at him. As a result, Katasuke was stripped of his position and was forced to do menial labour to help rebuild after Momoshiki's attack.
Mujina Bandits Arc
Main article: Mujina Bandits Arc After being interrogated by Ibiki Morino following the battle, it's concluded that Katasuke was being controlled by someone for the duration of the exams. Upon being freed from their control, Katasuke was in shock from his actions. Shikamaru stated that once Katasuke recovered, he would reinstate his position in the Scientific Ninja Weapons Team.
Main article: Ao Arc Sometime later, realising the presence of a looming danger not unlike the Ōtsutsuki, Naruto had Katasuke begin development of a new ninja tool based off of Momoshiki's Rinnegan power, allowing the user to absorb enemy ninjutsu. However, it was still only in the prototype state, and was not able to use Momoshiki's secondary power of replicating any technique absorbed. After the initial test on the absorption capabilities proved a success, Katasuke was to be sent back to Ryūtan City to continue development. He was assigned Team Konohamaru as an escort. While Boruto was openly against the whole thing, once on the mission, they met Ao. While Katasuke made some adjustments to the retired Kiri-ninja's prosthetics, Ao's own experience with war and advanced tech helped Boruto understand that tools are neither inherently good or evil, but all depends on how it is used.
Upon arriving at the lab, Katasuke had his escorts aid him in testing some new tools.
- A parallel is drawn between Katasuke and Mizuki in that they both tricked the sons of the Hokage into doing something risky for their own ambitions at the start of the series.
- (Quoted on his plaque) "Science is the pursuit of all knowledge. A scientist must, by that very same pursuit, exist for the sake of being a support for all of the people."