|This is the article on Menma from the anime. If you are looking for the article on Menma from Naruto 6: Road to Ninja, head to Menma (movie).|
|Anime||Naruto Episode #213|
Menma lost his parents when he was little and was adopted by the Shiin clan.
Menma was able to use ninjutsu with his ocarina, enhancing an individual's strength and speed, and could move more quickly than Neji did at top speed. These abilities caused some people in Konoha, including Neji and Tenten, to suspect that he was a ninja from the Land of Sound.
Despite the hardships he's been through, "Menma" was a kind-hearted person. He hated to hurt others and to kill. He was not above hurting members of his clan to keep innocent people safe. Menma was very couragous, even though he was suffering from the return of his memories, he decided to save an infant in the burning Konoha hospital instead of just running. He is also caring of the elderly, even doing numerous tasks for them along with Naruto.
Menma wore a lavender long-sleeved shirt with a green scarf along with dark pants and shoes. His shirt was later destroyed so a wound on his back could be operated on. The mark of Shiin's clan appeared on his right shoulder when he perspired. He also had shoulder-length, blond hair and grey eyes.
His real name is unknown. He left the clan after a member killed a man in front of his daughter Fuki while raiding a town. After saving the girl from a similar death, the boy acquires a case of amnesia as a result of falling off a cliff (it was later revealed to be a "memory blocking technique"). Naruto soon rescues the boy while gathering bamboo for his ramen and takes him back to Konoha to recover. Naruto gave him the nickname Menma (which means fermented bamboo).
When the hospital that he is staying at catches fire, Menma's memory returned while he was saving an infant, much to his dismay. After being permitted to stay, Menma builds a good reputation with the village elders, along with Naruto, by performing various odd jobs. While they are cleaning the Stone faces, a bandit, who is later identified as Shiin, attacks one of Konoha's shinobi. Naruto chases after him and they begin to fight.
Eventually, Menma follows along and starts playing his ocarina, revealed to enhance one's chakra. Naruto, with increased speed, catches up to Shiin and throws a kunai at him. Unfortunately, he gets away after using the Body Replacement Technique. Tsunade assigns a mission to Naruto, Neji, Tenten, and Menma, in which they are to enter the Land of Rice Fields in search of Menma's "lost memories". By chance, they come across the village Menma attacked on the orders of his clan's leader, Shiin, with the rest of the bandits. However, Menma doesn't mention anything he remembers to the Konoha ninja.
It is revealed that there is a war currently taking place between the Land of the Rice Fields and other nations, mainly due to the actions of Orochimaru. As a result, the area that the raided village is in is a demilitarised zone, ruled by no one, but with a gold mine on the mountain nearby. Bandits sought the mine, and raided the village to get to the mine. Menma was one of those bandits.
The Konoha ninja are told that the bandits will attack again for the mine. Menma decides to help the village to make up for what he had done, but disguises his true intentions by saying he wants to help protect the village. He and Naruto make a wall around the village. Soon they are joined by Tenten, Neji and the rest of the villagers. They all prepare for their face-off with the enemy.
Eventually, Shiin attacks the village. Having difficulty with getting past the wall and defeating the Konoha ninja, he resorts to using music to paralyse the Konoha ninja, but Menma counters the technique with his own music ninjutsu. This allows Naruto to break Shiin's flute, and Tenten and Neji to defeat the raiders.
Shiin, realising the battle to be lost, retreats to the dam at the river. Menma quickly realises his plan, having been trained by Shiin and knowing all his plans for the raids. Shiin planned to flood the village to drown the villagers. The gold mine would be left unharmed. Menma informs Naruto and they quickly race to the gold mine to collect the exploding tags.
While at the mine, Menma confesses everything to Naruto. He tells Naruto that he had raided the village and felt terrible for it. As a result, when he fell off the cliff, he erased his own memory to forget. But it was only temporary. He tells Naruto that he plans to make the mine collapse, stopping the flood. Thanking Naruto, he pushes him off the mountain, away from harm.
He eventually sacrifices himself in order to set off an explosion to prevent the bandits from flooding the village, thus saving the village. This was his way of giving back to the village he helped plunder, while on the raid with the bandits. Menma's death noticeably affected Naruto, who kept Menma's ocarina as a memento. Naruto also ate ramen with pickled shinachiku root to remember Menma by.
- "Menma" is the name of a Japanese condiment.
- The music that Menma plays on his ocarina is a song from the Naruto Soundtrack called "Loneliness."
- Menma is one of three people named after a type of noodle dish or ingredients related to noodles, the others being Naruto and Udon.
- Menma's use of the Ocarina is similar to Tayuya's, also Tayuya and Menma share similar hair partings between their eyes, only with reversed positions.