Prajñā Group (般若衆, Hannyashū)
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #199|
|Appears in||Anime and Manga|
In the anime, about six years after the Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha, the village moved for a potential alliance with the Land of Woods, agreeing to trade special scrolls as a sign of trust. The Prajñā Group was assigned to go to the meeting point. Ultimately, the Prajñā Group betrayed the Konona-nin, attempted to kill them after receiving the enemy's scroll. Their attempt was thwarted by a Konoha Anbu team appointed by Danzō Shimura of Root and all but annihilating the Prajñā Group. Nine years later, on his way to the Kage Summit, the remnants of this group came out for revenge on Danzō. The seventeen who tried to assassinate the elder were swiftly killed by him.
- Prajñā is a Buddhist concept, often translated as wisdom. There are many interpretations of Prajñā, but it usually refers to the wisdom that is able to extinguish afflictions and bring about enlightenment.
- In the anime, the sword-length kunai used by these Anbu were replaced with regular kunai and swords.
- Prajñā is also a translation of the word "hannya", which is a mask used in noh theatre to represent a jealous female demon. This is in reference to the design of the mask being worn by all the members.
- This is further emphasized in the anime when the group's leader is shown to be a woman who calls the rest of the team with a demonic laugh.