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Yondaime Mizukage
(やぐら, Yagura)

  • Fourth Mizukage (四代目水影, Yondaime Mizukage)
Debut
Manga Chapter #458
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #200
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Aries April 3 searchgray_iconsmall.png
Gender Gender Male Male
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part II: 143 cm1.43 m
    4.692 ft
    56.299 in
Weight
  • Part II: 38.8 kg85.539 lb
Blood type AB
Classification
Tailed Beast Isobu (Forms)
Occupation
Affiliation
Rank
Ninja Rank
Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

Yagura (やぐら, Yagura) was the jinchūriki of the Three-Tails and the Fourth Mizukage (四代目水影, Yondaime Mizukage, Literally meaning: Fourth Water Shadow) of Kirigakure. When the Three-Tails was captured by Akatsuki, it had no host and roamed out in the wild.

Background

Yagura, being the strongest shinobi in his village at that time, was elected as the Fourth Mizukage at a very young age. During his reign, he was known to have no tolerance for any form of treachery against the village and he reinforced its nickname as "Village of the Bloody Mist" (血霧の里, Chigiri no Sato) by the barbaric ritual where Academy student's would be forced to kill each other in order to graduate. The practice was discontinued when an entire graduating class of students was massacred by a young Zabuza Momochi.[2]

Yagura & shadow

Yagura being manipulated by Obito.

Following the Three-Tails' revival after being "killed" in Rin Nohara, the tailed beast was sealed within Yagura. As a jinchūriki, he became known as the third person to achieve full control over a tailed beast.[3] Around this time, Obito Uchiha took control of Yagura, effectively gaining control over the village. After Kisame Hoshigaki killed Fuguki Suikazan for leaking intel to other villages, Yagura commended Kisame for killing the traitor, before Obito revealed he was manipulating the Mizukage.[4]

Zabuza Momochi tried to assassinate Yagura during his coup d'etat, but ended up failing and fled the village. Despite his tyrannical reign, many in Kirigakure feared that Yagura was being manipulated,[5] a fear which was confirmed by Ao via the Byakugan he later acquired.[6] Though it was never specified when he died, he appeared to have died shortly before the joint KonohaSuna Chūnin Exams, as the village was in the process of recovering following his recent passing.[7]

Personality

Yagura seems to be very formal, outspoken and composed in an almost diplomatic manner as seen when he welcomed Naruto on behalf of all the jinchūriki and tailed beasts. He does, however, have an exuberant and defensive side as seen by his exasperated outburst at Naruto Uzumaki for thinking he was a weak child who had died before experiencing the world as well as ignoring what he was saying. Yagura is also proud of his accomplishment as a Mizukage, claiming to be distinguished in his life.[8] Also, Yagura was very talkative and curious, breaking out of his formality, asking Naruto how it was to kiss Sasuke. Despite his reputation as a ruthless Mizukage, Yagura smiles amicably at Naruto when they first meet, hinting that he might not be as cruel as he was reputed to be though as the duration of his manipulation at Obito's hands is unknown, it is plausible that he never wished to rule Kirigakure that way.

Appearance

EdoYagura

A reanimated Yagura.

Despite his height, and child-like appearance, Yagura was an adult male,[9] with a head of messy-grey hair, pink pupiless eyes and what seems to be a stitch-like scar running from under his left eye, all the way down his cheek. He wore a grey, sleeveless shirt with the Kirigakure forehead protector attached to the front, short-sleeved mesh armour over which he also wears a green poncho along with a turquoise sash around his waist, paired with a green apron over his pants. He wears a pair of brown boots, and on his back he carried a staff-like pole weapon with uneven sized hooks with a green flower on the larger end.

Abilities

Mizukagami no Jutsu1

Yagura using the Water Release: Water Mirror Technique.

Yagura was one of the most powerful shinobi in his village, which eventually led to his election as the Fourth Mizukage. He also mastered Isobu's power at a very young age, becoming a perfect jinchūriki.[10] After his reincarnation and serving as one of Tobi's Six Paths of Pain, Yagura was seen with both the Sharingan and Rinnegan. Combining the perceptual and predictive abilities of the former with the shared field of vision ability of the latter, allowed Yagura to use his attacks in a more precise and coordinated fashion as well as react to enemy attacks more efficiently, both individually and in conjunction with the other jinchūriki.

Ninjutsu

Nature Transformation

Yagura wielded a large, hook-ended club with one end being larger than the other, with a green flower located on the larger end. By incorporating this tool into his Water Release ninjutsu, he was able to create mirrors that can reflect enemy attacks.

Jinchūriki Transformations

Main article: Jinchūriki Forms

Yagura Version 2

Yagura in his Version 2 form.

As the Three-Tails' jinchūriki, Yagura was granted a significant amount of chakra and stamina from the beast. He was also one of the few people mentioned by Danzō Shimura to have achieved full control over their respective beast.[3] Upon being reincarnated he displayed a partial transformation into the Three-Tails, being able to manifest one of its tails.[11] Furthermore, when attacked and immobilised by B's clone, Yagura transformed into his Version 2 form to escape being sealed. In this form Yagura was able to perform Coral Palm, a technique which causes corals to grow on any surface he chooses, when used on opponents, it restricts their movement and eventually immobilises them.[12] When forced to transform into his full Three-Tails form, Yagura was able to move with both tremendous speed and force by simply curling himself up into a ball. Yagura was also able to use the Tailed Beast Ball in this form.

Part II

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation

The Jinchuuriki Revived

Yagura reincarnated, alongside the other jinchūriki.

In preparation for the Fourth Shinobi World War, Yagura was reincarnated by Kabuto Yakushi to fight against the Allied Shinobi Forces, where he was mobilised alongside the other deceased jinchūriki. As dawn broke on the second day of the war, it was revealed that Tobi had turned the reincarnated jinchūriki into his own customised Six Paths of Pain, with each having a Rinnegan and Sharingan in place of their left and right eyes respectively. Each jinchūriki also had their particular tailed beast resealed within them and a chakra receiver embedded into their body.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Tobi's Pein Rikudō

Yagura mobilises with Tobi as one of his Six Paths of Pain.

Yagura later travelled together with Tobi, in pursuit of Naruto and Killer B. Encountering their targets, the reincarnated jinchūriki were sent into battle. After the enemy evaded Rōshi's attack, Yagura used his Water Release: Water Mirror Technique to counter their attacks; repelling them momentarily. However, when this initial assault failed, he, like the others, unleashes the power of their respective tailed beast by materialising the first of its tails. Incapacitated in the wake of the Eight-Tails' devastating attack, after B's recent transformation, Yagura was then restrained by the latter's sealing technique. However, before the technique's completion, he managed to escape by adopting his Version 2 form, where he then proceeds to strike Naruto from behind and covering him in coral.

Biju full transformation

Yagura alongside the other transformed jinchūriki.

Regrouping with the other reincarnated jinchūriki, after Kakashi Hatake and Might Guy's intervention, Yagura charged past the pair towards Naruto. Rallying once again, he along with the other jinchūriki prepare to confront the two Konohagakure jōnin, after Han's previous attack was thwarted by Kakashi. After Son Gokū was resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Yagura was forced to enter his full Three-Tails form, as Tobi prepared to go all-out. Unleashing a Tailed Beast Ball along with the others, the jinchūriki instead resorted to a direct assault when these attacks are deflected by Naruto, only to then be repelled as the latter adopted his Tailed Beast Mode. In the resulting chaos, Yagura evaded the plummeting Seven-Tails by rolling into a ball, before attempting to run over the Nine-Tails. However, he was stopped by the Eight-Tails' grasp, but once freed, the rival beasts regrouped and prepare a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball, launching it towards their opponents only to have it diverted by an opposing one.

Seishin Sekai

Yagura, alongside the other jinchūriki and tailed beasts, greets Naruto.

As Naruto attempted to remove the opposition's chakra receivers in the ensuing blast, Naruto entered the joint consciousness of the tailed beasts, where Yagura greeted and thanked him for his efforts on behalf of the others. Shocked by Naruto's tearful reaction to his belief that Yagura was a child younger than he was and as such had not experienced the world before dying, he desperately tried to correct Naruto and regain his attention. Once achieved, he introduced himself alongside his tailed beast, Isobu. After Isobu was resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Yagura and the other jinchūriki's corpses were collected by B and held in the Gyūki's tentacles. With the release of the Impure World Reincarnation, Yagura and the others were enveloped in a light of sorts before their bodies start to deconstruct and his soul returned to the afterlife.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes

Combined Kage summoning

The deceased Kage summoning Team 7 and the tailed beasts.

Subsequent to Kaguya Ōtsutsuki being sealed by Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha, he and the other deceased Kage were summoned from the Pure Land by Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki to aid him and the Hokage in summoning Team 7, the tailed beasts and Madara Uchiha from Kaguya's dimension. Later, his and the other Kage's souls were returned to the Pure Land.

In Other Media

Video Games

Yagura is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014

Trivia

  • The word "Yagura" (櫓 or 楼) means "tower" or "turret". It could also refer to the tombs in the middle ages.
  • In order to prevent the jinchūriki from turning traitor, it is tradition for the host to be selected from the family of the village's own Kage. Due to this, Yagura may have been connected to one of the previous Mizukage.

Quotes

  • (To Kisame) "I can trust you because of who you are, Kisame. For the sake of our nation and village, you've done our dirty work. And additionally, you've followed through on traitorous assignments. You're well aware this world is full of lies, and deceit."
  • (To Naruto) "Welcome! I thank you on behalf of all of us jinchūriki and tailed beasts! I've wanted to meet you, Naruto Uzumaki!"
  • (To Naruto) "I am the former Fourth Mizukage! I was quite distinguished, and an adult!"
  • (To Naruto) "Honestly, just as the Four-Tails said, you don't listen!"

References

  1. Fourth Databook, page 185
  2. Chapter 14, pages 5-7
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chapter 458, page 3
  4. Chapter 507, pages 12-15
  5. Chapter 458, page 10
  6. Chapter 459, page 15
  7. Naruto: Shippūden episode 394
  8. Chapter 571, pages 7-8
  9. Chapter 572, page 8
  10. Fourth Databook
  11. Chapter 564, pages 16-17
  12. Chapter 566, page 10
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