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Shibiaburame

(油女シビ, Aburame Shibi)

  • Gen (ゲン, Gen)
Debut
Manga Chapter #137
Anime Naruto Episode #79
Movie Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Virgo September 7
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part I: 39
  • Part II: 42-43
Height
  • Part I: 181.3 cm1.813 m
    5.948 ft
    71.378 in
Weight
  • Part I: 68.9 kg151.898 lb
Blood type A
Affiliation
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 005480
Family

Jutsu

Shibi Aburame (油女シビ, Aburame Shibi; "Gen" in some pieces of Naruto media) is a jōnin-level shinobi from Konohagakure's Aburame clan.

Background

In the anime, when Shikuro Aburame died, Shibi became the guardian of his son Torune. During this time, Torune became close to Shibi's son Shino, forming a brother-like relationship between them. One day, Danzō Shimura appeared with the desire to recruit another young member of secret technique-using clan for Root, expressing interest in Shino. Shibi tried to diffuse the situation by asking to talk with the Third Hokage, not wanting to give up his son. However, Danzō already had full authority to take Shino. Before making Shino's recruiting official, Torune offered himself, not wanting Shino to live such a lonely life. Torune was able to appeal to Danzō by revealing who his father was.[2]

Personality

Shibi is just as stoic and silent as (if not even more so than) his son. He is described as a "self-possessed figure, and the pride of Aburame".[1] Like his son, he is cautious by nature and also believes in never underestimating an opponent, no matter how small or weak they may appear.

Appearance

Shibi, like all members of his clan, has his eyes obscured by dark glasses which feature a single tassel hanging down from one-side. He has very spiky short black hair and a moustache. He typically wears a high collared outfit, while carrying a gourd on his back that is used for holding more kikaichū. He also tends to keep his hands in his pockets a lot, another trait he and his son share.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War when Shibi is seen again, he is now sporting a goatee and wears a hooded variant of his regular high collared outfit; similar to the one worn by his son. He also wears the Allied Shinobi Forces' forehead protector.

Abilities

Shibi fighting
Shibi using his kikaichū in battle.

Considered the "pride of Aburame",[1] and being a jōnin, Shibi is undoubtedly a powerful shinobi. As an Aburame, he lives in coexistence with a special breed of insects, the kikaichū, which he can use to cover the enemy and drain their chakra.[3] He could also use the insects to suck out poison, as seen when he rescued his son Shino from the poison Kankurō used on him.[4]

Being put in charge of the team that should stop Naruto from escaping from the Island Turtle furthermore implies his power. However, the chakra of the Nine-Tails was too much for his insects to handle.

Part I

Invasion of Konoha Arc

During the invasion of Konoha, Shibi used his kikaichū to draw out the poison that afflicted his son's body.[4] Following the invasion, he attended the Third Hokage's funeral.[5]

Sasuke Retrieval Arc

Shibi went on a mission with his son around the time Sasuke defected from Konoha.[6]

Part II

Invasion of Pain Arc

Aburame clan
The Aburame confront Konan.

Over the course of the invasion of Pain, Shibi joins Muta, his son and another unnamed member of his clan in confronting Konan. They use their kikaichū to eat the paper that Konan had wrapped several shinobi in while Katsuyu healed them. He then advises his son to give it everything he's got.[7] The anime expands on this battle and the Aburame can be seen launching a surprise overhead assault on her, however this turns out to be just a clone.

Konan attacks Aburame
Shibi and his clansmen face off against Konan.

As they look up they realise that they are surrounded by clones of Konan who descend on them. Shibi and his clansmen send their bugs to destroy the clones who, to their surprise, detonate. Shibi tells his son to get away after realising that explosive tags had been placed in the clones. As they narrowly escape the explosion, Konan, who had drenched herself in water to counter the effects of fire and mixed herself in with the clones can be seen walking out of the flames. Later, after the invasion's conclusion, he returned to the devastated village in order to celebrate Naruto Uzumaki's defeat of Pain.[8]

Confining the Jinchūriki Arc

In the anime, Shibi is present at the war council meeting that Tsunade convenes.

Shinobi World War Arc

Naruto's guards
Shibi and the other bodyguards stop Naruto from leaving the temple.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Shibi was sent to the Island Turtle alongside several other Konohagakure shinobi, to ensure that Naruto remained within the confines of his training room. When Naruto attempted to leave the temple, Shibi tried to convince him to stop by proposing that they talk once he had returned, however, Iruka interjected that he would do it instead.[9]

In spite of his conviction and the assistance that he provided to Iruka's fictitious story, by asserting that Yamato's absence was due to his abilities being required elsewhere, Shibi's attempt to deceive Naruto ends in failure and results in the violent eviction of his entire team from the temple. Now outside, Shibi reluctantly allows Iruka to describe a truthful account of current events but this too fails, causing Shibi to disperse his kikaichū in order to stop Naruto. However, after the chakra of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox proves too much for his bugs, Shibi orders Temui to alert the Barrier Squads in the area, while everyone else continues with the pursuit.[10]

Movies

Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower

Shibi appearance
Shibi as depicted in the movie.

Shibi was assigned to a team with Minato Namikaze and Chōza Akimichi to intervene in the crisis that was occurring in Rōran, where a Konoha missing-nin from the future called Mukade was building a Puppet Army using the power of the Ryūmyaku — an ancient chakra flow deep underground the city, and plans to change the future to his favour, conquering the Five Great Shinobi Countries. Minato asks the Third Hokage's permission to bring his student, Kakashi Hatake, and the Hokage agrees. During the mission, Shibi used his kikaichū to attack the giant puppet Mukade had created, though the insects were unable to devour all the chakra supplied to the puppets with the Ryūmyaku.

Trivia

  • According to the databook(s):
    • His favourite phrase is "Even a tiny insect has half a soul" (一寸の虫にも五分の魂, Issun no mushi ni mo gobu no tamashii).
  • In an omake for Naruto: Shippūden episode 173, Shibi is suggested to be just as forgettable as his son is; the Ino–Shika–Chō invites him to lunch, but quickly forget that they did so, remembering only that they invited someone. When Shibi arrives at the restaurant, the waiter also forgets him, causing him to wait two hours for his order.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Second Databook, page 21
  2. Naruto: Shippūden episode 317
  3. Naruto: Shippūden episode 275
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 137, page 11
  5. Naruto chapter 139
  6. Naruto chapter 182, page 17
  7. Naruto chapter 427, page 14
  8. Naruto chapter 450, page 5
  9. Naruto chapter 534, pages 16-17
  10. Naruto chapter 535, pages 1-15
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