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{{translation|'''[[Wikipedia:Samurai|Samurai]]'''|侍}} are the guardians and military power of the [[Land of Iron]]. Little is known about them, although [[Ōnoki]] indicates that any shinobi would be foolish to challenge the military of the Land of Iron. Their general is [[Mifune]]. The Land of Iron is the only power in the modern world which continues to use samurai, as [[Hanzō]] alluded to that in the past, even in his time they were being used less and less, being replaced by ninja, ninjutsu, and ninja villages.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 531, pages 6-7, 10-12</ref>
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{{translation|'''[[Wikipedia:Samurai|Samurai]]'''|侍}} are a military power similar to [[shinobi]], though not nearly as widespread. In ''[[Gaara Hiden]]'', samurai and shinobi are noted to have first diverged in how they received the teachings of [[ninshū]]: samurai were more spiritual and idealistic, while shinobi focused on using their [[chakra]] to keep people's bonds alive. Only the [[Land of Iron]] continues to use samurai, with all other countries having since opted to use shinobi.<ref>Chapter 531, pages 6-7, 10-12</ref> In the anime, the [[Land of This]] consisted of former samurai, what [[Tatewaki]] calls {{translation|[[wikipedia:rōnin|rogue samurai]]|浪人|rōnin}}.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
They are usually seen adorned in heavy, segmented plate-armour that covers the shouders, chest, upper back, lower sides sides, and thighs. They also wear gauntlets, shin guards, helmets and face masks that are designed to act like [[Wikipedia:Respirator|respirators]], to combat [[poison]] regularly used by shinobi, and to communicate using inbuilt radios. Senior officers having short horns atop of their helmets to identify themselves.<ref>''Second Fanbook'' page 201</ref> Like real samurai, they are armed with [[sword]]s but the [[Wikipedia:Scabbard|scabbards]] of these, are instead mounted directly onto their [[Wikipedia:Faulds (armour)|faulds]]. However, the number of blades worn by a single warrior is also unusual, going as high as four, in spite of the fact that they have never been observed using more than two at a time in combat, which could probably mean they are kept as spares in case they break in the heat of battle.
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Samurai usually wear heavy, segmented plate-armour that covers the shoulders, chest, upper back, lower sides, and thighs. They also wear gauntlets, shin guards, and helmets; senior officers adorn their helmets with horns.<ref>Second Fanbook, page 201</ref> The face masks they wear have built-in radios and double as [[Wikipedia:Respirator|respirators]] to combat [[poison]] regularly used by shinobi. Samurai wield as many as four [[sword]]s, the [[Wikipedia:Scabbard|scabbards]] of which are mounted directly onto their [[Wikipedia:Faulds (armour)|faulds]].
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Samurai Saber Technique Anime.jpg|thumb|left|The samurai channelling chakra through their swords.]]
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[[File:Samurai Sabre Technique.png|thumb|left|The samurai channelling chakra through their swords.]]
Little is known about the abilities of the samurai even by [[shinobi]], but they are primarily [[Kenjutsu|sword-users]]. It was shown that they are capable of [[Chakra Flow|utilising]] [[chakra]], apparently by [[Samurai Sabre Technique|channelling it through their swords]]. This allows them to extend the reach of their swords as well as attack at a distance by swinging them and releasing crescents of energy at their targets. The samurai have also shown form manipulation, as the chakra blades they form into many types, such as buzz-saws, broad swords, and axes.<ref name="chakrablade">''Naruto'' chapter 460, page 12</ref> One of the forms of kenjutsu they use is {{translation|[[Iaidō]]|居合道}} which, due to the extremely quick drawing and re-sheathing of the katana, makes [[ninjutsu]] near useless, as the process of performing [[hand seals]] is overwhelmed by the speed and execution of this form of swordsmanship.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 531, page 13</ref> As Ōnoki had stated that anyone daring to challenge the Land of Iron's military power would be considered foolish, this supports the formidable force of the samurai.
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The [[Third Tsuchikage]] claims that any shinobi would be foolish to challenge the samurai of the Land of Iron. All samurai are practised sword-users, into which they [[Samurai Sabre Technique|channel]] their chakra. This allows them to extend the reach of their swords, alter the [[shape]] to appear as other weapons, and launch the chakra across distances as crescents of energy.<ref name="chakrablade">Chapter 460, page 12</ref> Samurai are typically taught {{translation|[[Iaidō]]|居合道}} to increase the speed at which they draw and sheath their swords, allowing them to attack before opposing shinobi can perform the [[hand seals]] required to use [[ninjutsu]].<ref>Chapter 531, page 13</ref>
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Earlier in the series, [[Gatō]] had two samurai bodyguards, [[Zōri]] and [[Waraji]], in his employ.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 18, page 13</ref> Whether they were originally from the Land of Iron, or were taught by another organisation, is unknown.
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* Earlier in the series, [[Gatō]] had two samurai bodyguards, [[Zōri]] and [[Waraji]], in his employ.<ref>Chapter 18, page 13</ref> Whether they were originally from the Land of Iron, or were taught by another organisation, is unknown.
* In the [[Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow|first movie]], [[Sandayū Asama]] led a group of samurai to attack [[Dotō Kazahana]].
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* In ''[[Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow]]'', [[Sandayū Asama]] led a group of 50 samurai to attack [[Dotō Kazahana]].
* Samurai are traditionally known to use the [[Wikipedia: katana|katana]], but the standard-issue sword wielded by the samurai of the Land of Iron seem to be closer in size and appearance to [[Wikipedia: wakizashi|wakizashi]]. It is possible that samurai who can use chakra don't need full-sized katana, as their [[Samurai Sabre Technique]] more than compensates for the reach and cleaving power that a wakizashi lacks. Furthermore, carrying a larger blade means one has to carry more weight. Since the samurai are already wearing heavy armour, wielding heavier blades in such conditions might detrimentally affect speed and overall performance.
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* Samurai are traditionally use [[Wikipedia:katana|katana]], but the standard-issue sword wielded by the samurai of the Land of Iron seem to be closer in size and appearance to [[Wikipedia: wakizashi|wakizashi]].
* Curiously, in the weapons arsenal of the samurai of the [[Land of Iron]], [[kusarigama]] were seen hanging on a wall, despite the fact that the weapon traditionally of ninja origin.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 523, page 4</ref>
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* [[Kusarigama]] are seen in the samurai's armoury in the [[Land of Iron]], despite the fact that Kusarigama are traditionally of ninja origin.<ref>Chapter 523, page 4</ref>
   
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
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Samurai

Samurai on guard in the Land of Iron.

Samurai () are a military power similar to shinobi, though not nearly as widespread. In Gaara Hiden, samurai and shinobi are noted to have first diverged in how they received the teachings of ninshū: samurai were more spiritual and idealistic, while shinobi focused on using their chakra to keep people's bonds alive. Only the Land of Iron continues to use samurai, with all other countries having since opted to use shinobi.[1] In the anime, the Land of This consisted of former samurai, what Tatewaki calls rogue samurai (浪人, rōnin).

Appearance Edit

Samurai usually wear heavy, segmented plate-armour that covers the shoulders, chest, upper back, lower sides, and thighs. They also wear gauntlets, shin guards, and helmets; senior officers adorn their helmets with horns.[2] The face masks they wear have built-in radios and double as respirators to combat poison regularly used by shinobi. Samurai wield as many as four swords, the scabbards of which are mounted directly onto their faulds.

Abilities Edit

Samurai Sabre Technique

The samurai channelling chakra through their swords.

The Third Tsuchikage claims that any shinobi would be foolish to challenge the samurai of the Land of Iron. All samurai are practised sword-users, into which they channel their chakra. This allows them to extend the reach of their swords, alter the shape to appear as other weapons, and launch the chakra across distances as crescents of energy.[3] Samurai are typically taught Iaidō (居合道) to increase the speed at which they draw and sheath their swords, allowing them to attack before opposing shinobi can perform the hand seals required to use ninjutsu.[4]

Trivia Edit

  • Earlier in the series, Gatō had two samurai bodyguards, Zōri and Waraji, in his employ.[5] Whether they were originally from the Land of Iron, or were taught by another organisation, is unknown.
  • In Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, Sandayū Asama led a group of 50 samurai to attack Dotō Kazahana.
  • Samurai are traditionally use katana, but the standard-issue sword wielded by the samurai of the Land of Iron seem to be closer in size and appearance to wakizashi.
  • Kusarigama are seen in the samurai's armoury in the Land of Iron, despite the fact that Kusarigama are traditionally of ninja origin.[6]

See Also Edit

References Edit

  1. Chapter 531, pages 6-7, 10-12
  2. Second Fanbook, page 201
  3. Chapter 460, page 12
  4. Chapter 531, page 13
  5. Chapter 18, page 13
  6. Chapter 523, page 4
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