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The {{translation|'''Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist'''|霧の忍刀七人衆|Kiri no Shinobigatana Shichinin Shū}} is an organization consisting of only the greatest [[Kenjutsu|blade wielding]] [[shinobi]] of their generation that [[Kirigakure]] can produce. There can only be seven members at a time, hence the name. According to Suigetsu, the swords of the Seven Swordsmen are passed down from generation to generation.
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The {{translation|'''Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist'''|霧の忍刀七人衆|Kiri no Shinobigatana Shichinin Shū}} was an organisation consisting of only the greatest [[Kenjutsu|blade-wielding]] [[shinobi]] of their generation that [[Kirigakure]] can produce. There can only be seven members at a time hence the name. The swords of the Seven Swordsmen are passed down from generation to generation.<ref>Chapter 523, page 5</ref>
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
The members of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen were the people who came from the [[Kirigakure|Bloody Mist's]] graduation exams with the greatest battle skills. However, the members also had a great lust for power, which led several of them to defect and become [[missing-nin]]. [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] became a member after killing [[Fuguki Suikazan]], who was revealed to be a traitor leaking information to the enemies, but Kisame later became the first of the seven to abandon Kiri after committing several unauthorized assassinations, and attempting to overthrow the government, then joining [[Akatsuki]] afterward. [[Zabuza Momochi]] would later defect as well after a failed coup d'etat and assassination attempt on the [[Mizukage]]. Before leaving however, he encountered a boy named [[Haku]] with a unique [[Ice Release|kekkei genkai]] and decided to take him along, as well as the [[Demon Brothers]], [[Gōzu]] and [[Meizu]]. Since then, the total number of the group gradually decreased, as the swords one by one fell out of Kirigakure's possession. Eventually, Kirigakure was left with only one sword, and [[Chōjūrō]] became the only member of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist.
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[[File:Previous Swordsmen of the Mist.png|thumb|left|A previous generation of the swordsmen.]]
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Some time after the [[Third Shinobi World War]], the Seven Swordsmen of the time ([[Fuguki Suikazan]], [[Jinin Akebino]], [[Kushimaru Kuriarare]], [[Raiga Kurosuki]], [[Jūzō Biwa]], and two others) cornered a [[Team Chōza|Konoha team]]. The team was rescued by [[Might Duy]], who fought all seven using the [[Eight Gates Released Formation]].<ref>Chapter 668, pages 12-13</ref> In the manga, it is only known that Fuguki survived, while in the anime, only Jūzō and Raiga survived along with him.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 456</ref>
   
According to a ninja from the Allied shinobi forces, the generation closest to the [[Fourth Great Shinobi World War]] was the strongest of the Seven Swordsman in the entire groups history, having been composed of the most powerful seven among the ninja that had ever been a part of this group.
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The group's make-up changed over the following years: [[Mangetsu Hōzuki]] joined and mastered all seven swords,<ref>Chapter 523, page 14</ref> and Fuguki was killed and replaced by his subordinate, [[Kisame Hoshigaki]].<ref>Chapter 507, pages 11-12</ref> The group's remaining members started dying — as in the case of Mangetsu or becoming [[missing-nin]] and taking their swords with them — as in the cases of Kisame and [[Zabuza Momochi]], as well as Jūzō and Raiga in the anime. By the time of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], only the [[Hiramekarei]] wielded by [[Chōjūrō]] remained in Kirigakure's possession.<ref>Chapter 523, page 5</ref>
   
The Hōzuki brothers, [[Mangetsu]] and [[Suigetsu]], both trained with the intention of joining the Seven Ninja Swordsmen together. Mangetsu did eventually join, and mastered use of all seven of the swords, rather than one. However, he later died, and Suigetsu was captured by [[Orochimaru]]. Suigetsu now shows an interest in collecting all seven swords, in order to restore the group to its original power and become its new leader.
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[[File:Swordsmen Summoned.png|thumb|left|The latest and strongest generation of swordsmen reincarnated.]]
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The "strongest" generation of the Seven Swordsmen was later [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] to fight for [[Akatsuki]] during the Fourth Shinobi World War.<ref>Chapter 522, page 15-17</ref> Five of the swordsmen were reunited with their former swords, which they used in battle against the [[Third Division]] of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]].<ref>Chapter 523, page 6</ref> Although the Third Division suffered numerous casualties, they were able to [[seal]] all of the Seven Swordsmen by the second day of the war.<ref>Chapter 559, pages 7-9</ref> With the release of the Impure World Reincarnation, the sealed swordsmen's souls were ultimately returned to the [[Pure Land]].<ref>Chapter 589</ref>
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In the anime, it hasn't been confirmed when or why [[Raiga Kurosuki]] left Kiri, but it was around the same time when he discovered a boy named [[Ranmaru]], who ended up having a similar relationship with Raiga to that of Zabuza and Haku. Ranmaru also had a special dōjutsu which Raiga used for his own purposes, furthering their similarity to Haku and Zabuza.
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== Swords ==
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[[File:Sword scroll.png|thumb|The scroll that all seven swords can be sealed in.]]
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*{{translation|'''[[Kubikiribōchō]]'''|首斬り包丁|lit meaning=Decapitating Carving Knife|viz=Executioner's Blade}}: A giant sword with a butcher-knife-like appearance, the wielder can use the semi-circle on the blade to decapitate an opponent's head, hence the name. The sword has an ability to regenerate using the iron absorbed from the blood of those it cuts down. It is also called a {{translation|"Seversword"|断刀|Dantō}}.
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*{{translation|'''[[Samehada]]'''|鮫肌|lit meaning=Shark Skin}}: The most terrifying of the seven blades, it has the appearance of a giant knife covered in shark scales. It is a sentient, living weapon and has the ability to [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|"eat" chakra]]. It is also called a {{translation|"Greatsword"|大刀|Daitō}}.
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*{{translation|'''[[Nuibari]]'''|縫い針|lit meaning=Sewing Needle}}: A sword in the shape of a needle with a long thin [[Wire Strings|wire]] that resembles thread attached to it, which can be used to pierce enemies and "sew" them together in human bundles. It is also called a {{translation|"Longsword"|長刀|Chōtō}}.
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*{{translation|'''[[Kabutowari]]'''|兜割|lit meaning=Helmet Splitter}}: A sword consisting of a single sided axe and a hammer joined by a length of chain. Said to be capable of crushing any and all defences. It is also called a {{translation|"Bluntsword"|鈍刀|Dontō}}.
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*{{translation|'''[[Shibuki (sword)|Shibuki]]'''|飛沫|lit meaning=Splash}}: A sword that has a scroll full of explosive tags incorporated into it, lined up behind the blade, combining swordsmanship and explosions. It is also called a {{translation|"Blastsword"|爆刀|Bakutō}}.
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*{{translation|'''[[Kiba (swords)|Kiba]]'''|牙|lit meaning=Fangs}}: Twin swords that are imbued with lightning [[Chakra Flow|which increases their cutting power]]. They are said to be the sharpest swords ever forged. They are also called {{translation|"Thunderswords"|雷刀|Raitō}}.
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*{{translation|'''[[Hiramekarei]]'''|ヒラメカレイ}}: A bandaged double-handled sword that is capable of storing and emitting the user's [[chakra]] which can then take on [[Hiramekarei Unleashing|various forms]]. It is also called a {{translation|"Twinsword"|双刀|Sōtō}}.
   
==Part II==
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== Known Members ==
===Shinobi World War Arc===
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An earlier generation of the organisation consisted of Fuguki, Jinin, Jūzō, Raiga, Kushimaru and two other unidentified shinobi:
During the [[Fourth Great Shinobi World War]], [[Kabuto Yakushi]] used the [[Summoning: Impure World Resurrection]] technique to resurrect the previous generation of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist to fight on behalf of [[Akatsuki]], the said generation being the most powerful in Kirigakure's history. Zabuza being part of the group that attacked the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]' [[Third Division]], [[Gari]] and [[Pakura]] [[Summoning Technique|summoned]] the remaining six to the battlefield.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 522, page 15-17</ref> Mangetsu then summoned most of the swords with a scroll, and most of the swordsmen got an advantage against the Third Division, being covered by Zabuza's [[Hidden Mist Technique]].
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* Hiramekarei's wielder: A shorter individual with moused-up hair who wore his forehead protector as a choker and a utility belt around his waist along with a flak jacket and a pinstriped shirt and pants. He carried the Twinsword strapped to his back horizontally.
   
== Swords ==
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* Shibuki's wielder: A slender man who wore a pinstriped shirt and a cloth-mask that only showed his eyes.
*{{translation|'''[[Kubikiribōchō]]'''|首斬り包丁|lit meaning=Decapitating Carving Knife|viz=Executioner's Blade}}: A giant sword with a butcher-knife-like appearance, the wielder can use the semi-circle on the blade to decapitate an opponent's head, hence the name. The sword has an ability to regenerate using the iron absorbed from the blood of those it cuts down. It also has a detachable handle which makes it easier to carry around. Formerly owned by Zabuza, it was later retrieved by Suigetsu after Zabuza's death and damaged in a battle with [[Killer Bee]], and subsequently snapped in half by the [[Fourth Raikage]]. It was finally returned to a [[Summoning: Impure World Resurrection|revived]] Zabuza during the [[Fourth Great Shinobi World War]], where it has since then regenerated a large portion of the blade. It is also called a {{translation|"Seversword"|断刀|Dantō}}.
 
*{{translation|'''[[Samehada]]'''|鮫肌|lit meaning=Shark Skin}}: The most terrifying of the seven blades, it has the appearance of a giant knife covered in shark scales. It is a sentient, living, weapon and has the ability to [[Chakra Absorption Technique|"eat" chakra]]. Unlike other swords, it doesn't cut, but actually shaves ribbons of flesh off of foes just like shark's skin, another courtesy of the name. When fully revealed, the blade shows to have a chakra absorbing mouth at the end of it. Kisame can also merge with Samehada, turning him into a shark-like mutant creature. Spikes jut out of the handle when anyone other than the rightful owner tries to pick it up. It was owned by [[Kisame]] after he executed its previous master, [[Fuguki Suikazan]], but has recently bonded with [[Killer Bee]] because of his immense [[chakra]]. It is also called a {{translation|"Greatsword"|大刀|Daitō}}.
 
*{{translation|'''[[Hiramekarei]]'''|ヒラメカレイ}}: A bandaged double-handled sword that is capable of creating a [[chakra]] layer around itself in the form of [[Hiramekarei Unleashing|a hammer]]. It is currently owned by [[Chōjūrō]] and is the only sword still in the possession of a loyal [[Kirigakure|Kiri]] ninja. It is also called a {{translation|"Twin Swords"|双刀|Sōtō}}.
 
*{{translation|'''[[Kiba (swords)|Kiba]]'''|牙|lit meaning=Fangs}}: Twin pike-like "bolt" swords that are imbued with lightning [[Chakra Flow|which increases their cutting power]]. They are said to be the sharpest swords ever forged. Wielded by [[Ameyuri Ringo]]. However, in the anime, they were introduced earlier, in the possession of [[Raiga Kurosuki]]. It is also called a {{translation|"Thunderswords"|雷刀|Raitō}}.
 
*{{translation|'''[[Kabutowari]]'''|兜割|lit meaning=Helmet Splitter}}: A "blunt sword" consisting of a single sided axe and a hammer joined by a length of chain. Said to be capable of crushing any and all defenses. This is done by first striking with the axe and then hammering it through the obstruction with the hammer, using the axe as a wedge. Wielded by [[Jinin Akebino]]. It is also called a {{translation|"Bluntsword"|鈍刀|Dontō}}.
 
*{{translation|'''[[Nuibari]]'''|縫い針|lit meaning=Sewing Needle}}: A longsword in the shape of a needle with long thin wire that resembles thread. This sword can pierce multiple enemies in succession and stitch them together in large bundles. Wielded by [[Kushimaru Kuriarare]]. It is also called a {{translation|"Longsword"|長刀|Chōtō}}.
 
*{{translation|'''[[Shibuki (Sword)|Shibuki]]'''|飛沫|lit meaning=Splash}}: The "explosion" sword that has a scroll full of exploding tags incorporated into it, lined up behind the blade, combining swordsmanship and explosions. Once the tags detonate the scroll seems to roll up so only the enemy is caught in the blast while the wielder can launch another explosion with another set of tags. Wielded by [[Jinpachi Munashi]]. It is also called a {{translation|"Blastsword"|爆刀|Bakutō}}.
 
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* It seems to be a tradition for the members and aspiring members of the Seven Swordsmen to have sharpened teeth. All the known named members also have fruit-derived names. None of these hold true for the anime only character [[Raiga]], however.
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* It seems to be a tradition for the members and aspiring members of the Seven Swordsmen to have sharpened teeth, the only exception being Raiga in the anime.
* All of the previous generation swordsmen have bandages around their necks.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 523, page 2</ref>
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* When the group debuted in the anime, at least two of the sword designs differed to later appearances in the anime and in the manga.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 154</ref>
* At least three of the members became [[missing-nin]], while one was discovered to be a [[Fuguki Suikazan|traitor]], leaking confidential information to other villages.
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* All named members of the Seven Swordsmen have surnames, or a given name in the case of Chōjūrō, derived from a type of [[Wikipedia:Produce|produce]]. This does not hold true for Raiga.
* Although Mangetsu was said to have mastered use of all the swords, other members of his generation wielded 6 of them, leaving Hiramekarei as the blade he likely primarily used.
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* All of the reincarnated swordsmen have bandages around their necks.<ref>Chapter 523, page 2</ref>
* Two members of the Seven Swordsmen (three in the anime) were former [[ANBU]] members.
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* At [[Zabuza|least]] [[Kisame|two]] ([[Jūzō Biwa|four]] [[Raiga|in the anime]]) of the members became [[missing-nin]], while [[Fuguki Suikazan|one]] was discovered to be a traitor, leaking confidential information to other villages.
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* Although Mangetsu was said to have mastered use of all the swords, other members of his generation wielded six of them, leaving Hiramekarei as the blade he likely primarily used.
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* At [[Zabuza|least]] [[Raiga|two]] (one in the manga) members of the Seven Swordsmen were former [[Anbu]] members.
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* At [[Zabuza|least]] [[Kisame|two]] ([[Raiga|three]] in the anime) members of the Seven Swordsmen managed to fake their own deaths or regain life later on by means of an accomplice.
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* In the anime, Kushimaru and Jinpachi were known collectively as the {{translation|"Heartless Pair"|非情コンビ|Hijō Konbi}} due to their many acts of cruelty in their lifetimes.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 288</ref>
   
== See also ==
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== See Also ==
* [[Twelve Guardian Ninja]]: A similar group of shinobi from the [[Land of Fire]].
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* [[Kinkaku Force]] — a similar group of shinobi from the [[Land of Lightning]].
* [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]]: A shinobi from Kirigakure who once aspired to be part of the group, and the younger brother of one of the members.
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* [[Twelve Guardian Ninja]] a similar group of shinobi from the [[Land of Fire]].
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* [[Puppet Brigade]] — a similar group of shinobi from [[Sunagakure]].
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* [[Explosion Corps]] — a similar group of shinobi from [[Iwagakure]].
   
 
== References ==
 
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Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist
Swords Summoned
Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist (霧の忍刀七人衆, Kiri no Shinobigatana Shichinin Shū)
Debut
Manga Volume #16, Naruto Chapter #142
Anime Naruto Episode #154
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Team Info
Members
Affiliations
Team Jutsu

The Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist (霧の忍刀七人衆, Kiri no Shinobigatana Shichinin Shū) was an organisation consisting of only the greatest blade-wielding shinobi of their generation that Kirigakure can produce. There can only be seven members at a time — hence the name. The swords of the Seven Swordsmen are passed down from generation to generation.[1]

History Edit

Previous Swordsmen of the Mist

A previous generation of the swordsmen.

Some time after the Third Shinobi World War, the Seven Swordsmen of the time (Fuguki Suikazan, Jinin Akebino, Kushimaru Kuriarare, Raiga Kurosuki, Jūzō Biwa, and two others) cornered a Konoha team. The team was rescued by Might Duy, who fought all seven using the Eight Gates Released Formation.[2] In the manga, it is only known that Fuguki survived, while in the anime, only Jūzō and Raiga survived along with him.[3]

The group's make-up changed over the following years: Mangetsu Hōzuki joined and mastered all seven swords,[4] and Fuguki was killed and replaced by his subordinate, Kisame Hoshigaki.[5] The group's remaining members started dying — as in the case of Mangetsu — or becoming missing-nin and taking their swords with them — as in the cases of Kisame and Zabuza Momochi, as well as Jūzō and Raiga in the anime. By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, only the Hiramekarei wielded by Chōjūrō remained in Kirigakure's possession.[6]

Swordsmen Summoned

The latest and strongest generation of swordsmen reincarnated.

The "strongest" generation of the Seven Swordsmen was later reincarnated to fight for Akatsuki during the Fourth Shinobi World War.[7] Five of the swordsmen were reunited with their former swords, which they used in battle against the Third Division of the Allied Shinobi Forces.[8] Although the Third Division suffered numerous casualties, they were able to seal all of the Seven Swordsmen by the second day of the war.[9] With the release of the Impure World Reincarnation, the sealed swordsmen's souls were ultimately returned to the Pure Land.[10]

Swords Edit

Sword scroll

The scroll that all seven swords can be sealed in.

  • Kubikiribōchō (首斬り包丁, Viz: Executioner's Blade, Literally meaning: Decapitating Carving Knife): A giant sword with a butcher-knife-like appearance, the wielder can use the semi-circle on the blade to decapitate an opponent's head, hence the name. The sword has an ability to regenerate using the iron absorbed from the blood of those it cuts down. It is also called a "Seversword" (断刀, Dantō).
  • Samehada (鮫肌, Literally meaning: Shark Skin): The most terrifying of the seven blades, it has the appearance of a giant knife covered in shark scales. It is a sentient, living weapon and has the ability to "eat" chakra. It is also called a "Greatsword" (大刀, Daitō).
  • Nuibari (縫い針, Literally meaning: Sewing Needle): A sword in the shape of a needle with a long thin wire that resembles thread attached to it, which can be used to pierce enemies and "sew" them together in human bundles. It is also called a "Longsword" (長刀, Chōtō).
  • Kabutowari (兜割, Literally meaning: Helmet Splitter): A sword consisting of a single sided axe and a hammer joined by a length of chain. Said to be capable of crushing any and all defences. It is also called a "Bluntsword" (鈍刀, Dontō).
  • Shibuki (飛沫, Literally meaning: Splash): A sword that has a scroll full of explosive tags incorporated into it, lined up behind the blade, combining swordsmanship and explosions. It is also called a "Blastsword" (爆刀, Bakutō).
  • Kiba (, Literally meaning: Fangs): Twin swords that are imbued with lightning which increases their cutting power. They are said to be the sharpest swords ever forged. They are also called "Thunderswords" (雷刀, Raitō).
  • Hiramekarei (ヒラメカレイ): A bandaged double-handled sword that is capable of storing and emitting the user's chakra which can then take on various forms. It is also called a "Twinsword" (双刀, Sōtō).

Known Members Edit

An earlier generation of the organisation consisted of Fuguki, Jinin, Jūzō, Raiga, Kushimaru and two other unidentified shinobi:

  • Hiramekarei's wielder: A shorter individual with moused-up hair who wore his forehead protector as a choker and a utility belt around his waist along with a flak jacket and a pinstriped shirt and pants. He carried the Twinsword strapped to his back horizontally.
  • Shibuki's wielder: A slender man who wore a pinstriped shirt and a cloth-mask that only showed his eyes.

Trivia Edit

  • It seems to be a tradition for the members and aspiring members of the Seven Swordsmen to have sharpened teeth, the only exception being Raiga in the anime.
  • When the group debuted in the anime, at least two of the sword designs differed to later appearances in the anime and in the manga.[11]
  • All named members of the Seven Swordsmen have surnames, or a given name in the case of Chōjūrō, derived from a type of produce. This does not hold true for Raiga.
  • All of the reincarnated swordsmen have bandages around their necks.[12]
  • At least two (four in the anime) of the members became missing-nin, while one was discovered to be a traitor, leaking confidential information to other villages.
  • Although Mangetsu was said to have mastered use of all the swords, other members of his generation wielded six of them, leaving Hiramekarei as the blade he likely primarily used.
  • At least two (one in the manga) members of the Seven Swordsmen were former Anbu members.
  • At least two (three in the anime) members of the Seven Swordsmen managed to fake their own deaths or regain life later on by means of an accomplice.
  • In the anime, Kushimaru and Jinpachi were known collectively as the "Heartless Pair" (非情コンビ, Hijō Konbi) due to their many acts of cruelty in their lifetimes.[13]

See Also Edit

References Edit

  1. Chapter 523, page 5
  2. Chapter 668, pages 12-13
  3. Naruto: Shippūden episode 456
  4. Chapter 523, page 14
  5. Chapter 507, pages 11-12
  6. Chapter 523, page 5
  7. Chapter 522, page 15-17
  8. Chapter 523, page 6
  9. Chapter 559, pages 7-9
  10. Chapter 589
  11. Naruto episode 154
  12. Chapter 523, page 2
  13. Naruto: Shippūden episode 288

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