| (トルネ, Torune)
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #198|
|Game||Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga and Game|
In the anime, Torune's father died while he was still young. With no other family left, he was taken in by Shino Aburame's family. Due to the unique nature of Torune's insects and his lack of control, Torune could not attend the Ninja Academy without risking the wellbeing of his peers. Despite their different views about friendship, the two grew close, forming a brother-like bond. One day, Danzō Shimura approached the two young Aburames with the desire to recruit another young member of secret technique-using clan for Root. While Danzō had the authority to do so and expressed interest in Shino, not wanting Shino to live a life of loneliness, Torune offered himself, appealing to Danzō by revealing who his father was. Soon after joining Root, Torune was partnered up with Fū, who despite his chastising, quickly formed a strong friendship with the Aburame as he taught Torune the workings of Root.
Like all other members of the ANBU faction, Root, Torune lacks a personality due to the grueling training regimen Danzō had them undergo at a young age. As such, he acts merely as a tool that carries out Danzō's orders. The only discernible trait that he and the other members have shown is fierce loyalty towards Danzō and some degree of level-headedness. As such, he was willing to face Tobi with Fū and Danzō without reservation.
Despite his dutiful nature, in the anime, Torune still cared very much for others. While ironically found it hard to get close to people do to his venomous insects, he believed strongly in reaching out to others, truly grateful to have made friends with his life-long partner in Root Fū. Even after years apart from Shino, Torune still felt very fond of his surrogate brother, glad that Shino found his own happiness.
Torune is a fairly tall and lean-built man. He has fair-skin and short spike dull black hair. When first introduced, Torune's appearance was that of a regular Konoha ANBU, complete with a white cloak and mask. After removing the mask, it is noted that with the exception of a small area around his nose and mouth, his features were covered by a mask. His glasses were built into the mask, obscuring his eyes as is customary for members of the Aburame clan. He was also heavily clothed — seemingly another trait of the Aburame. He wore a short black jacket with red straps over the shoulders, as customary of all Root members. This most likely showed their allegiance to the organisation. He also wore a high collared, all black outfit with a red sash around his waist and what appeared to be an apron over his pants, similar to that of Neji's and carried several pouches with him and wore a pair of black gloves.
Danzō stated that he and Fū are two of the most skilled ninjas in Root. In the anime, although Kabuto initially viewed Torune's abilities as irrelevant, after summoning Torune to battle in the Fourth Shinobi World War as a reserves member, he quickly changed his opinion, greatly impressed by Torune.
Like many other ANBU and Root members, Torune carried a tantō on his back, though he was not seen using it.
Aburame Clan Techniques
Torune is part of the Aburame clan, and like the other members, he is skilled at using insects in combat. However, his bug techniques are rare even among the Aburame. He controls the many nano-sized, venomous insects that covers his body, allowing him to infect anyone with a mere touch. In the anime, he also possesses the normal breed of insects, able to use them for feats such as clones.
Due to this he wears gloves and keeps his skin almost completely covered when not in battle. The insects spread onto the opponent's skin causing severe pain which can potentially lead to death. Torune can call off the insects with a touch of a finger and remove the venom using an antidote. Shikuro Aburame is said to be the only one with an antidote for the insects' venom and the antibodies in his blood to render him immune to the insect's poison, so it is thus assumed that Torune is his son. Due to the nature of his nano-insects not being able to last long outside his body, Torune is very proficient in close-range taijutsu. In the anime, he can produce a small cloud to launch his nano-insects from a distance. The pinnacle of his skill is seen from the Jar of Poison Technique, one of the Aburame's ultimate and most forbidden techniques. With it, he can infect a large radius with his nano-insects, effectively wiping out a large number of enemies.
Five Kage Summit Arc
Danzō selects Torune and Fū to escort him to the Kage Summit. Before leaving, Danzō instructs Torune to have some of his men watch Naruto Uzumaki. Once they arrive in the Land of Iron and the meeting begins, Torune comes to Danzō's defence during the Fourth Raikage's outburst and Zetsu's appearance. Zetsu informs them of Sasuke Uchiha's presence and Fū and Torune try to go and eliminate them. The Raikage goes instead, so they stay with Danzō. When Sasuke arrives at their location they flee. They are pursued by Ao, and Torune carries Fū's body while he deals with Ao.
Nearing Konoha, Torune, Fū, and Danzō are ambushed by Tobi. While Danzō prepares for battle he has them distract Tobi. When Fū is caught by Tobi, Torune throws a kunai at him, forcing him to release Fū. Fū and Torune try attacking from different angles, hoping that one of them will be able to attack Tobi while Tobi is attacking the other. Tobi sees through their plan but plays along, causing Torune to accidentally infect Fū with his nano-sized, venomous insects. Torune cures him, but Tobi quickly sends them both away with his space–time technique. At the last moment, Torune is able to infect Tobi's right arm, forcing him to remove it.
Shinobi World War Arc
To alleviate some of his unease surrounding Kabuto Yakushi's motives, Tobi demands that he demonstrate the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique. With Kabuto lacking the necessary sacrifices however, Tobi releases the captive Torune and Fū. Both mentally and physically restrained, Torune's neck is unceremoniously snapped by Tobi to be provide the corpse and the sacrifice. Using a kunai he stabbed into Torune's corpse, Kabuto wipes the blood-stained weapon on a scroll and begins the ritual whilst tossing his body aside. With Fū killed as the ash forms around the sacrifice, a disoriented Torune is bought back from the dead and questions his whereabouts before Kabuto plants a talisman into the ninja's head. As Kabuto departs, a coffin envelops Torune and then vanishes with him inside.
In the anime, Torune is deployed by Kabuto alongside the "lesser" reincarnated shinobi to the Land of Lightning desert in order to retrieve the sealed Toroi and the Third Raikage. Though the other reincarnated ninja were defeated and sealed by Temari's group, Torune escaped with Kabuto expressing how impressed with what he thought was a weakling and intends to use his pawn effectively. Torune then gathers dozens of shinobi, infecting them with his insects before initiating his Jar of Poison Technique. Before he can complete the technique, to his surprise, Shino appears. As the two catch up and Torune is saddened to hear that Danzō was killed, Torune is forced to fight his childhood friend. One of Naruto Uzumaki's clones then appears to aid Shino. Torune is about to hit Naruto with one of his toxic punches, Shino steps in to take the hit, shockingly remaining unharmed. Shino then reveals that for years he has been breeding his insects with some of Torune's nano-insects, producing new insects that can repel Torune's toxins. As Shino uses his insects to pin Torune long enough to seal him, Torune expresses his joy in seeing how well Shino turned out. Finally sealed, the Jar of Poison Technique is cancelled.
Later with the release of the Impure World Reincarnation, it is assumed that Torune's soul, like the others, was returned to the afterlife.
Creation and Conception
In designing Torune, Masashi Kishimoto noted that he wanted to create an American superhero lookalike, thus using a mask to cover everything but his mouth — something Kishimoto noted to be a novelty in the series. Kishimoto also noted that this way, he could express Torune's feelings using his mouth even with his eyes concealed.
In Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations and Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, Torune is a support-only character.
- When chapter 455 was first published in Weekly Shonen Jump, Torune's eyes are visible. This is corrected in later chapters and the tankōbon version of the chapter.