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<section begin=summary />{{Translation|'''Matatabi'''|又旅|Matatabi}}, more commonly known as the {{translation|'''Two-Tails'''|ニ尾|Nibi}}, is a tailed beast that was sealed within [[Yugito Nii]] of [[Kumogakure]]. It has been captured by [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]], then extracted and sealed by [[Akatsuki]]. It was later resealed into a [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Yugito during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 565, page 1</ref><section end=summary />
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{{Translation|'''Matatabi'''|又旅|Matatabi}}, more commonly known as the {{translation|'''Two-Tails'''|ニ尾|Nibi}}, is one of the nine [[tailed beasts]]. It was last sealed within [[Yugito Nii]] of [[Kumogakure]].
   
 
== 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 Bijuu and Hagoromo.png|thumb|left|The young tailed beasts with Hagoromo.]]
Matatabi 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 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 as well as forms than they did then when the time came for them to understand what true power is.<ref name="ch572">''Naruto'' chapter 572, pages 10-11</ref>
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Matatabi and the tailed beasts first came into being in the waning days of [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]], who used his [[Creation of All Things]] ability to divide the [[Ten-Tails]]' chakra into nine separate bodies and giving each a name. Some time after being created, the Sage explained to the young tailed beasts that a link existed between them despite their separation. He also foretold of a day when they would be brought together again - though not as they were - and that at that time someone would emerge to show them what true power is.<ref>Chapter 467, pages 15-16</ref><ref name="ch572">Chapter 572, pages 10-11</ref> After Hagoromo's death, the tailed beasts drifted apart, apparently due to [[Kurama]]'s belief that their number of tails was an indication of their strength.<ref name="ch567">Chapter 567, page 10</ref> Like [[Shukaku]], many people believed that Matatabi was once a human that turned into a {{translation|[[wikipedia:Ikiryō|living ghost]]|生霊|ikiryō}}.<ref name="d3" />
   
[[File:Nibi mural.png|thumb|right|Matatabi's wall mural inside the Falls of Truth.]]
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{{imgRight|Nibi mural.png|Matatabi's wall mural inside the Falls of Truth.}}
Like [[Shukaku]], many people believed that Matatabi was once a human that turned into a {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Ikiryō|living ghost]]|生霊|ikiryō}}.<ref name="d3"/> Matatabi eventually fell into the possession of [[Kumogakure]] and was sealed within [[Yugito Nii]] when she was two years old. She was placed into a detestable training program in order to learn to control Matatabi's power.<ref>Third Databook, page 127</ref> In the anime, Yugito agreed to have [[Nekobaa]] collect Matatabi's paw print for the [[Paw Encyclopaedia]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 189</ref> In a cavern behind the [[Falls of Truth]], where [[jinchūriki]] learn to control their tailed beasts' power, there are wall murals of Matatabi and [[Gyūki]], which indicates how long they were associated with the [[Land of Lightning]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 495, pages 16-17</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 496, page 2</ref>
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Matatabi eventually fell into the possession of [[Kumogakure]] and was sealed within [[Yugito Nii]] when she was two years old. She was placed into a detestable training program in order to learn to control Matatabi's power.<ref>Third Databook, page 127</ref> In the anime, Yugito agreed to have [[Nekobaa]] collect Matatabi's paw print for the [[Paw Encyclopaedia]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 189</ref> In a cavern behind the [[Falls of Truth]], where [[jinchūriki]] learn to control their tailed beasts' power, there are wall murals of Matatabi and [[Gyūki]], which indicates how long they were associated with the [[Land of Lightning]].<ref>Chapter 495, pages 16-17</ref><ref>Chapter 496, page 2</ref>
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== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Compared to most of the tailed beasts, Matatabi has shown to be respectful and polite towards others, speaking in a formal manner using {{translation|'watashi'|私}} when referring to itself and using honourifics when addressing Naruto while introducing itself to the young man.
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Compared to most of the tailed beasts, Matatabi has shown to be respectful and polite towards others, speaking in a formal manner using {{translation|"watashi"|私}} when referring to itself and using [[wikipedia:Japanese honorifics|honourifics]] when addressing Naruto while introducing itself to the young shinobi.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
Matatabi is a [[Wikipedia:Bakeneko|bakeneko]] that is completely engulfed with wild blue flames. It also has a right yellow eye and a left green eye, similar to an [[Wikipedia:Odd-eyed cat|odd-eyed cat]] without pupils. When forced to transform by [[Tobi]], Matatabi increased in size compared to when [[Yugito]] unleashed it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 570, page 8</ref> During the last remaining days of the Sage of the Six Paths' life, Matatabi was a young flaming kitten much smaller than its present-day self, but was still much larger than the Sage.<ref name="ch572"/>
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[[File:Young Matatabi.png|thumb|left|A young Matatabi.]]
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Matatabi is a [[Wikipedia:Bakeneko|bakeneko]] that is completely engulfed in blue flames. It also has a right yellow eye and a left green eye, similar to an [[wikipedia:odd-eyed cat|odd-eyed cat]] without pupils. When forced to transform by [[Tobi]], Matatabi increased in size compared to when Yugito unleashed it.<ref>Chapter 570, page 8</ref> During the last remaining days of the Sage of the Six Paths' life, Matatabi was a young flaming kitten much smaller than its present-day self, but was still much larger than the Sage.<ref name="ch572" />
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Bijuu dama.png|thumb|left|Matatabi using the Tailed Beast Ball.]]
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{{see also|Jinchūriki Forms}}
{{See also|Yugito Nii's Jinchūriki Forms}}
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[[File:Matatabi using Tailed Beast Ball.png|thumb|Matatabi creating a Tailed Beast Ball.]]
As a [[tailed beast]], Matatabi possesses an enormous supply of [[chakra]] and is able to create the [[Tailed Beast Ball]]. The cat has flexible muscles, which grant it great speed despite its large size.<ref name="d3"/> Matatabi's brute strength is enough to initially pummel [[Kakuzu]], who had attempted to use brute force to stop its paw, forcing him to use his [[Earth Release: Earth Spear]] to survive the attacks.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 313, page 10</ref> It is able to breathe [[Two-Tails Fire Ball|fireballs]] which are powerful enough to destroy a sewer and the building above.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 313, page 12</ref>
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As a [[tailed beast]], Matatabi possesses an enormous supply of [[chakra]] that it can [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer]] to others and can create the [[Tailed Beast Ball]]. Like its appearance suggest, Matatabi can use [[Fire Release]], which it can lend to its jinchūriki.<ref>Chapter 688, page 8</ref> Matatabi also has flexible muscles, which grant it great speed despite its large size.<ref name="d3" /> With its paws, Matatabi could [[Great Cat Claw Attack|crush]] an [[Kakuzu|opponent]] with its raw strength as well as sending a [[Madara Uchiha|foe]] flying with one swipe of its claw.<ref>Chapter 658, pages 5-6</ref> When combined with the other tailed beasts' tails, it could shatter and completely obliterate a [[senjutsu]]-enhanced complete [[Susanoo]].<ref>Chapter 658, page 13</ref>
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== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
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=== Akatsuki Suppression Mission ===
[[File:Two-Tail Fire Blast.JPG|thumb|right|Matatabi vs. Hidan and Kakuzu.]]
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[[File:Akatsuki extracting Matatabi.png|thumb|left|The Akatsuki extracting the Two-Tails from Yugito.]]
Soon after her introduction, Yugito was captured by two [[Akatsuki]] members, [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]], although it is unknown who was specifically assigned to capture her. Despite luring her two pursuers into a closed space, sealing the exits, and transforming herself into Matatabi, Yugito was overpowered and rendered unconscious by the two Akatsuki members. [[Zetsu]] later arrived to take her off their hands, and she later died as a result of having the tailed beast extracted from her.
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Soon after her introduction, Yugito was captured by two [[Akatsuki]] members, [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]], although it is unknown who was specifically assigned to capture her. Despite luring her two pursuers into a closed space, sealing the exits, and transforming herself into the Two-Tails, Yugito was overpowered and rendered unconscious by the two Akatsuki members. [[Zetsu]] later arrived to take her off their hands. After three days of the Akatsuki extracting the Two-Tails into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|statue]] from Yugito and getting sealed, its jinchūriki died afterwards as a result of having her tailed beast extracted.
 
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=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
[[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 Yugito to fully transform into Matatabi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 570, pages 8-9</ref> Preparing to attack the shinobi, Matatabi along with the other four beasts creates [[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, Matatabi attempts to attack while [[Kurama]] is incapacitated by [[Saiken]], but instead has Saiken slammed into it with such force that it is sent flying. With this, the opposing beasts prepare a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball which is met by one from Naruto and Kurama.
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After [[Son Gokū]] was resealed into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]], [[Tobi]], who was intent on going all-out from that point on, forced Yugito to fully transform into the Two-Tails. The opposing tailed beasts prepared to attack the shinobi, but they were [[Tailed Beast Shockwave|rebuffed]] by a fully-transformed [[Naruto]]. Wasting no time in their attacks, the Two-Tails attempted to pounce from behind while Naruto and [[Kurama]] were incapacitated by the [[Six-Tails]], but both the giant cat and slug got slammed with such force that they were sent flying. The opposing beasts regrouped and then prepared a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball, which was met by one from Naruto and Kurama.
   
[[File:Naruto meets bijuus.png|thumb|right|Matatabi, alongside the other jinchūriki and tailed beasts, encounters Naruto.]]
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[[File:Seishin Sekai.png|thumb|left|Matatabi, alongside the other jinchūriki and tailed beasts, encounters Naruto.]]
As Naruto enters a deeper level of Kurama's consciousness, he meets the remaining five tailed beasts and their jinchūriki. Summoning Naruto before it, it tells the young man that it intended to keep the promise it made to [[Son Gokū]]. As it tells Naruto to stretch out his hand, the giant cat introduces itself. 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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As Naruto entered a deeper plane of the tailed beasts' consciousness, he met the remaining five tailed beasts and their jinchūriki. Summoning Naruto before it, the giant cat told the young shinobi that it intended to keep the promise it made to [[Son Gokū]]. As it told Naruto to stretch out his hand, Matatabi introduced itself. Later, as Matatabi was freed from the [[chakra receiver]], it affirmed 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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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
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[[File:Biju released.png|thumb|The tailed beasts being freed from Obito.]]
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Matatabi 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. Later, Naruto, with the help of the remaining [[Allied Shinobi Forces]], managed to free Matatabi by pulling its chakra out of Obito's body, alongside that of the other tailed beasts.
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[[File:Tailed Beasts vs Madara.png|thumb|left|The tailed beasts working together to attack Madara.]]
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When Madara ran towards the tailed beasts, both Shukaku and [[Gaara]] conjured [[Wind Release: Sand Scattering Bullets|numerous sand bullets]] and were able to restrain the Uchiha's movements. Using the opportunity to attack, the tailed beasts each took a swing at their opponent, giving sand-manipulating duo an opening to use their [[Desert Layered Imperial Funeral Seal]], but Madara managed to escape the sand pyramid with his Susanoo. As Naruto in [[Tailed Beast Mode]] pinned Madara down with a tail, Matatabi 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 [[Demonic Statue Chains|chained]] them up and sealed them back into the Demonic Statue.
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[[File:Tailed Beast Reunion.png|thumb|The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.]]
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Later, the chakra Matatabi transferred to Naruto earlier, manifested within Naruto's subconscious along with the other tailed beasts to speak with the young jinchūriki and the spirit of [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]]. There, they all voiced their shared belief to the Sage that Naruto was the child of prophecy.
 
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== Video Games ==
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=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
Although Matatabi itself is not playable, Yugito takes on its form as her awakening in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]''. Matatabi also appears as a boss in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3]]'' and ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive]]'', though in the latter, only the [[Tailed Beast Replication|false]] [[Taisa Amagiri|copy]] of Matatabi appears.
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[[File:Ten-Tails sealing.png|thumb|left|The tailed beasts being freed from the Ten-Tails.]]
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After Madara's ambitions were cut short by [[Black Zetsu]], who revealed to be the silent manipulator of shinobi history since it was first created by [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]], the black entity used Madara's body as a medium to resurrect its creator. During the battle against the tyrannical princess, Matatabi and the other tailed beasts continued to support Naruto by giving him [[Sage Art: Super Tailed Beast Rasenshuriken|their combined power]] to overwhelm her. Ultimately, Kaguya was defeated by Naruto and [[Sasuke]], who used the [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei]] to eject all the tailed beasts from her and seal her away inside a newly-created [[moon]] within her own [[Kaguya's Dimensions|dimension]].
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After the spirits of Hagoromo and the past Kage summoned both the tailed beasts and [[Team 7]] back to the real world, the tailed beasts began to discuss their plans for the future since they were finally free. Sasuke, however, made his own intentions known: removing as many people as possible who could get in the way of his plans of leading the world through a revolution to do away with current shinobi systems, including killing all the current Kage and tailed beasts. Just as Sasuke swiftly [[Genjutsu: Rinnegan|subdued]] the tailed beasts with his Rinnegan and sealed them within his [[Chibaku Tensei]], Naruto reassured the tailed beasts that he would save them once again. After Naruto was able to defeat and reform Sasuke, the two dispelled the Infinite Tsukuyomi and Sasuke released Matatabi, along with the other tailed beasts, from their prisons.
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== In Other Media ==
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=== Video Games ===
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Although Matatabi itself is not playable, Yugito takes on its form as her awakening in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]'' and ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution]]''. Matatabi also appears as a boss in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3]]'' and ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive]]'', though in the latter, only the [[Tailed Beast Replication|false]] [[Taisa Amagiri|copy]] of Matatabi appears.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* {{Translation|'Matatabi'|又旅}} literally means 'travel again', which is probably an adaptation to not only the {{translation|nekomata|猫又}}, but also the Japanese name for [[Wikipedia:Actinidia polygama|silver vine]], a plant noted for having an effect on cats much like that of [[Wikipedia:Nepeta cataria|catnip]].
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* {{Translation|'Matatabi'|又旅}} literally means 'travel again', which is probably an adaptation to not only the {{translation|nekomata|猫又}}, but also the Japanese name for [[wikipedia:Actinidia polygama|silver vine]], a plant noted for having an effect on cats much like that of [[wikipedia:Nepeta cataria|catnip]].
* Cats are the common species throughout the world, and stories of {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Bakeneko|bakeneko]]|化け猫|monster cats}} are popular throughout Japan. In myth, when a cat reaches a certain age, it grows larger, and its tail becomes longer and forks in two, and is then called a {{translation|nekomata|猫又|forked-cat}}. These cats were said to have the ability to manipulate the dead as if they were puppets, and had been associated with strange fires and occurrences. This may be related to Matatabi's nickname and its fire-breathing abilities.
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* A {{translation|[[wikipedia:Bakeneko|bakeneko]]|化け猫|monster cat}} is a popular animal [[wikipedia:Yōkai|yōkai]] in Japanese folklore, and is known for its abilities to speak the human language and shape-shift. It was also believed that when a bakeneko reaches a certain age, it grows larger and its tail splits in two, becoming a {{translation|[[wikipedia:Nekomata|nekomata]]|猫又|forked-cat}}. These yōkai were said to have gained the powers of [[wikipedia:Necromancy|necromancy]], and had been associated with [[wikipedia:Atmospheric ghost lights|strange fires]] and other unexplainable occurrences. This may be related to Matatabi's nickname and its fire-breathing abilities.
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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Matatabi
(又旅, Matatabi)

  • Two-Tails (ニ尾, Nibi)
  • Monster Cat (化け猫, Bakeneko)[3]
Debut
Manga Chapter #313
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #72
Movie The Last: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
Personal
Species Bakeneko
Classification
Jinchūriki
Affiliation
Family
Nature Type
Unique Traits
  • Produce blue flames
Jutsu

Matatabi (又旅, Matatabi), more commonly known as the Two-Tails (ニ尾, Nibi), is one of the nine tailed beasts. It was last sealed within Yugito Nii of Kumogakure.

Background Edit

Young Bijuu and Hagoromo

The young tailed beasts with Hagoromo.

Matatabi and the tailed beasts first came into being in the waning days of Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, who used his Creation of All Things ability to divide the Ten-Tails' chakra into nine separate bodies and giving each a name. Some time after being created, the Sage explained to the young tailed beasts that a link existed between them despite their separation. He also foretold of a day when they would be brought together again - though not as they were - and that at that time someone would emerge to show them what true power is.[4][5] After Hagoromo's death, the tailed beasts drifted apart, apparently due to Kurama's belief that their number of tails was an indication of their strength.[6] Like Shukaku, many people believed that Matatabi was once a human that turned into a living ghost (生霊, ikiryō).[1]

Nibi mural

Matatabi's wall mural inside the Falls of Truth.

Matatabi eventually fell into the possession of Kumogakure and was sealed within Yugito Nii when she was two years old. She was placed into a detestable training program in order to learn to control Matatabi's power.[7] In the anime, Yugito agreed to have Nekobaa collect Matatabi's paw print for the Paw Encyclopaedia.[8] In a cavern behind the Falls of Truth, where jinchūriki learn to control their tailed beasts' power, there are wall murals of Matatabi and Gyūki, which indicates how long they were associated with the Land of Lightning.[9][10]

Personality Edit

Compared to most of the tailed beasts, Matatabi has shown to be respectful and polite towards others, speaking in a formal manner using "watashi" () when referring to itself and using honourifics when addressing Naruto while introducing itself to the young shinobi.

Appearance Edit

Young Matatabi

A young Matatabi.

Matatabi is a bakeneko that is completely engulfed in blue flames. It also has a right yellow eye and a left green eye, similar to an odd-eyed cat without pupils. When forced to transform by Tobi, Matatabi increased in size compared to when Yugito unleashed it.[11] During the last remaining days of the Sage of the Six Paths' life, Matatabi was a young flaming kitten much smaller than its present-day self, but was still much larger than the Sage.[5]

Abilities Edit

See also: Jinchūriki Forms

Matatabi using Tailed Beast Ball

Matatabi creating a Tailed Beast Ball.

As a tailed beast, Matatabi possesses an enormous supply of chakra that it can transfer to others and can create the Tailed Beast Ball. Like its appearance suggest, Matatabi can use Fire Release, which it can lend to its jinchūriki.[12] Matatabi also has flexible muscles, which grant it great speed despite its large size.[1] With its paws, Matatabi could crush an opponent with its raw strength as well as sending a foe flying with one swipe of its claw.[13] When combined with the other tailed beasts' tails, it could shatter and completely obliterate a senjutsu-enhanced complete Susanoo.[14]

Part II Edit

Akatsuki Suppression Mission Edit

Akatsuki extracting Matatabi

The Akatsuki extracting the Two-Tails from Yugito.

Soon after her introduction, Yugito was captured by two Akatsuki members, Hidan and Kakuzu, although it is unknown who was specifically assigned to capture her. Despite luring her two pursuers into a closed space, sealing the exits, and transforming herself into the Two-Tails, Yugito was overpowered and rendered unconscious by the two Akatsuki members. Zetsu later arrived to take her off their hands. After three days of the Akatsuki extracting the Two-Tails into the statue from Yugito and getting sealed, its jinchūriki died afterwards as a result of having her tailed beast extracted.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Biju full transformation

The remaining jinchūriki transform into their tailed beasts.

After Son Gokū was resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Tobi, who was intent on going all-out from that point on, forced Yugito to fully transform into the Two-Tails. The opposing tailed beasts prepared to attack the shinobi, but they were rebuffed by a fully-transformed Naruto. Wasting no time in their attacks, the Two-Tails attempted to pounce from behind while Naruto and Kurama were incapacitated by the Six-Tails, but both the giant cat and slug got slammed with such force that they were sent flying. The opposing beasts regrouped and then prepared a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball, which was met by one from Naruto and Kurama.

Seishin Sekai

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

As Naruto entered a deeper plane of the tailed beasts' consciousness, he met the remaining five tailed beasts and their jinchūriki. Summoning Naruto before it, the giant cat told the young shinobi that it intended to keep the promise it made to Son Gokū. As it told Naruto to stretch out his hand, Matatabi introduced itself. Later, as Matatabi was freed from the chakra receiver, it affirmed 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.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

Biju released

The tailed beasts being freed from Obito.

Matatabi 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. Later, Naruto, with the help of the remaining Allied Shinobi Forces, managed to free Matatabi by pulling its chakra out of Obito's body, alongside that of the other tailed beasts.

Tailed Beasts vs Madara

The tailed beasts working together to attack Madara.

When Madara ran towards the tailed beasts, both Shukaku and Gaara conjured numerous sand bullets and were able to restrain the Uchiha's movements. Using the opportunity to attack, the tailed beasts each took a swing at their opponent, giving sand-manipulating duo an opening to use their Desert Layered Imperial Funeral Seal, but Madara managed to escape the sand pyramid with his Susanoo. As Naruto in Tailed Beast Mode pinned Madara down with a tail, Matatabi 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 chained them up and sealed them back into the Demonic Statue.

Tailed Beast Reunion

The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.

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

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Edit

Ten-Tails sealing

The tailed beasts being freed from the Ten-Tails.

After Madara's ambitions were cut short by Black Zetsu, who revealed to be the silent manipulator of shinobi history since it was first created by Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, the black entity used Madara's body as a medium to resurrect its creator. During the battle against the tyrannical princess, Matatabi and the other tailed beasts continued to support Naruto by giving him their combined power to overwhelm her. Ultimately, Kaguya was defeated by Naruto and Sasuke, who used the Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei to eject all the tailed beasts from her and seal her away inside a newly-created moon within her own dimension.

After the spirits of Hagoromo and the past Kage summoned both the tailed beasts and Team 7 back to the real world, the tailed beasts began to discuss their plans for the future since they were finally free. Sasuke, however, made his own intentions known: removing as many people as possible who could get in the way of his plans of leading the world through a revolution to do away with current shinobi systems, including killing all the current Kage and tailed beasts. Just as Sasuke swiftly subdued the tailed beasts with his Rinnegan and sealed them within his Chibaku Tensei, Naruto reassured the tailed beasts that he would save them once again. After Naruto was able to defeat and reform Sasuke, the two dispelled the Infinite Tsukuyomi and Sasuke released Matatabi, along with the other tailed beasts, from their prisons.

In Other Media Edit

Video Games Edit

Although Matatabi itself is not playable, Yugito takes on its form as her awakening in Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 and Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. Matatabi also appears as a boss in Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 and Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive, though in the latter, only the false copy of Matatabi appears.

Trivia Edit

  • 'Matatabi' (又旅) literally means 'travel again', which is probably an adaptation to not only the nekomata (猫又), but also the Japanese name for silver vine, a plant noted for having an effect on cats much like that of catnip.
  • A bakeneko (化け猫, monster cat) is a popular animal yōkai in Japanese folklore, and is known for its abilities to speak the human language and shape-shift. It was also believed that when a bakeneko reaches a certain age, it grows larger and its tail splits in two, becoming a nekomata (猫又, forked-cat). These yōkai were said to have gained the powers of necromancy, and had been associated with strange fires and other unexplainable occurrences. This may be related to Matatabi's nickname and its fire-breathing abilities.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Third Databook, pages 198-199
  2. Fourth Databook, pages 148-151
  3. Chapter 313, page 13
  4. Chapter 467, pages 15-16
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chapter 572, pages 10-11
  6. Chapter 567, page 10
  7. Third Databook, page 127
  8. Naruto: Shippūden episode 189
  9. Chapter 495, pages 16-17
  10. Chapter 496, page 2
  11. Chapter 570, page 8
  12. Chapter 688, page 8
  13. Chapter 658, pages 5-6
  14. Chapter 658, page 13
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