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Itachi Uchiha’s Strongest Jutsus

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We all know about Itachi Uchiha. He’s the prodigy of the Uchiha Clan, and arguably one of the most complex characters in the Naruto series. After witnessing the horrors of the Third Shinobi War Itachi turned into pacifist. However reluctant to battle Itachi understands the need to be strong in order to protect the ones he loves, and constantly received the highest marks in the Ninja Academy. Ultimately his loyalties lied with his brother Sasuke Uchiha and the Hidden Leaf village, betraying his very clan to keep them safe.

Being a member of the Uchiha Clan, Itachi was already a superior ninja, but even among the Uchiha he was considered a genius. As such Itachi is known throughout the ninja world for his remarkable strength, and accomplishments. He is able to hold his own among the Legendary Sannin and even defeated Lord Orochimaru with ease. With Obito’s help he was able to wipe out the entire Uchiha clan in a single night. Finally he was able to take out Kakashi Hatake (a senior Jonin possessing the sharingan, and eventual 6th Hokage) in mere seconds and left him bedridden in the hospital for weeks.

Needless to say, Itachi Uchiha boasted some remarkably devastating Jutsus. I’ve compiled the list to his Top 10, although there are certainly more I just couldn’t add all of them on here.

5. Clone Great Explosion Technique

This Jutsu enhances the already B-rank Shadow Clone technique. As the name suggest the user creates a shadow clone which which can be detonated. The advantages to this jutsu is that the opponent expects to fight in close range taijutsu not knowing that he or she is fighting a clone. Once the clone gets in range Itachi then detonates it delivering a deadly explosion.

4. Amaterasu

Itachi's Amaterasu

The most advance fire release jutsu known to the shinobi world, it can only be used by a very select few who have unlocked the Mangekyo Sharingan. It’s a visual jutsu which unleashes inextinguishable black flames on its target. It is a representation of the “Material world and Light”, the antipode of Itachi’s Tsukuyomi. The flames can burn for up to seven days and seven nights until there is nothing left but ash. Itachi used this jutsu to even burn the fire from Sasuke’s Great Fireball Technique. Aside from its amazing offensive capabilities, the Amaterasu can also be used defensively by casting the Amaterasu flames around him to block any incoming attacks or opponents.

3. Itachi’s Susanoo
Itachi's Susanoo
Itachi’s Susanoo

Since Itachi has awakened and possesses both of his Mangekyo Sharingan he has the ability to bring forth his Susanoo. A giant guardian deity composed of chakra with various defensive and offensive capabilities. Itachi’s Susanoo has in its right hand the “Sword of Totsuka” which can seal anyone it touches into an eternal drunken genjutsu state for all eternity. In it’s left hand he wields the “Yata Mirror” which changes chakra nature to completely negate any nature based chakra attack. This combo had effectively made Itachi invincible.

2. Yasaka Magatama

Itachi's Yasaka Magatama

Itachi himself said that this jutsu was his strongest long range jutsu in his fight against the reincarnated Nagato. To activate this jutsu Itachi must first summon his Susanoo. The Susanoo the either produces one or multiple Magatama from its hand. Itachi can make the Magatama as big or as small as he needs to depending on the situations, but even the small one’s are devastating.

1. Tsukuyomi
Itachi's Tsukuyomi
Itachi’s Tsukuyomi

A visual genjutsu surpassed only by Shisui Uchiha’s Kotoamatsukami (Kotoamatsukami while being more powerful takes up to 10 years to recharge, making the Tsukuyomi more useful). It is said to represent the “Spirit world and Darkness”. Madara used a variation of this jutsu (Eternal Tsukuyomi) in his ‘Eye of the Moon’ plan to cast a genjutsu on the entire world. Itachi activates this jutsu with his left Mangekyo Sharingan and requires direct eye contact. Once activated Itachi puts his opponents in a world in which he has complete control. Itachi’s mastery of this genjutsu is so great that he can even alter the perception of time. The effects are devastating, and Itachi’s Tsukuyomi left even Kakashi Hatake hospitalized for several weeks.

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5 Things you didn’t know about Sasuke Uchiha

Young Sasuke Uchiha

Sasuke Uchiha is the main rival of Naruto, and as such gets a lion’s barrage share of screen time. So for the most part everyone knows everything they need to know about Sasuke. Except me. I decided to dig into every interview with the creator, extra content, and filler I could find. The result is 10 tidbits of info that you probably didn’t know, enjoy!

1. Sasuke was named after the Third Hokage’s father

Sasuke’s father Fugaku Uchiha asked for the Third’s blessing in naming his son after the Third’s father Sasuke Sarutobi. Sasuke Sarutobi was a very talented and praised ninja and Fugaku hoped that his son would grow up to be as talented as his namesake. The Sasuke Sarutobi of the Naruto series is himself named after another famous ninja from Japanese culture. In Japanese fictional works he was the leader of the Sanada Ten Braves who work for a warlord in the Meiji period.

2. Sasuke Uchiha’s character design was based off a Yu Yu Hakusho character

For all the old school anime fans, you’ll love this one. If you’ve never seen Yu Yu Hakusho I totally recommend it. One of the classic anime series everyone should watch. Masashi based Sasuke’s design after Hiei. Check him out, the resemblance is uncanny.

Sasuke Uchiha character design

Red eyes, spiky jet black hair, and even shares a lot of the same personality traits. Masashi also went on to state that Sasuke was the most difficult character to draw, but also became his favorite character to draw.

3. The last name Uchiha is a reference to a fan

Sasuke Uchiha's crest

Uchiha is one of the pronunciation for the word Uchiwa. In Japanese means Uchiwa means “paper fan” which is used to fan the flames of a fire. This reference is used throughout the series. The Uchiha crest is a Uchiwa fan itself, and the Uchiha clan is known around the ninja world for their affinity for fire style jutsus.

4. Sasuke Uchiha originally wasn’t in the Naruto series

Sasuke Uchiha drawing

That’s right in Masashi Kishimoto’s original concept of the Naruto series there was no Sasuke. It was only after he talked to one of his editors about the future of the series that the idea of a rival for Naruto was brought up. This is where Sasuke Uchiha was created. It’s a good thing too because the Naruto series would have been very short-lived without him.

5. Sasuke doesn’t use honorifics with anyone outside of his clan

Sasuke Uchiha

If you’re a long time watcher of anime you’ve heard honorifics used. It’s usually the sama or san at the end of someone’s last name. Such as Orochimaru-sama. It is used to refer to someone whom you have a lot of respect for or is of high status. It is also very disrespectful to not refer to someone like a respected elder with these honorifics. So Sasuke comes off very arrogant and disrespectful in the series. Only using it to refer to his clan members also suggest that he thinks anyone outside of the Uchiha clan is worthless.

Your turn

Do you know any cool facts from Naruto? Doesn’t have to be about Sasuke Uchiha or any character in particular. Just something interesting you wouldn’t think too many people would know. Comment your facts in the comment section below!

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The Evolution of the Sharingan

The sharingan is quite possibly one of the most badass Bloodline traits in the Naruto series. What started off as a cool gimmick to copy jutsus and play head games with your opponent quickly turned into the center stage for the rest of the Naruto Shippuden franchise.  In part this is due to its evolution in the series. Without going into to much of the detailed history of the Uchiha Clan (another post for another day) we’ll take a look into what made the sharingan and it’s subsequent transformations quite possibly one of the most overpowered transformation in the anime world. (Looking at you Super Saiyan)

The Basic Sharingan

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Before we start I want to clarify that being born an Uchiha doesn’t automatically grant you the sharingan later in life. It only manifest in certain individuals, and even then that individual must undergo an intense emotional experience. The experience can be negative such as when Madara lost his younger brother, or positive like when Obito felt the strong desire to protect Kakashi. The premature and fully matured sharingan definitely have their perks, but they come with plenty of weakness and drawbacks that can be exploited. The premature sharingan has all the same abilities a fully matured sharingan has just not the same proficiency. It’s two main abilities include the Eye of Insight and the Eye of Hypnotism.

The Eye of Insight grants the user incredible clarity, making them able to see people chakra, predict an opponent’s movements, and even copy their jutsu. This technique isn’t perfect however. The Eye of sight can’t see chakra to the degree the Byakugan can, and it doesn’t matter if you can predict where your enemy is going to hit you if you can’t react fast enough to block or dodge. And while you are able to copy most jutsus if you can’t perform another clan’s Kekkei Genkai, or use a change in chakra nature you don’t posses.

The Eye of Hypnotism allows the user to cast powerful genjutsu on its opponents, and even in some cases allows them to fully control them. Its with this eye that Madara and Sasuke among other were able to control the Tailed beast. In most cases however the user has to make eye contact with their opponent, with only a handful of users able to perform this genjutsu without making eye contact.

 

First Evolution: Mangekyo Sharingan

itachi-sharingan

This is where the badassery begins. To awaken the Mangekyo Sharingan the ninja must go through an extremely traumatic event, almost always involving the loss of someone very precious to them. In fact this is where the Uchiha Curse of Hatred comes from. Many Uchiha killed the ones they loved most in order to obtain the power of the Mangekyo Sharingan. Each ninja’s Mangekyo Sharingan is unique in its appearance and varies in ability, and if a user is able to unlock the Mangekyo Sharingan in both eyes he is able to wield the Susanoo, a massive humanoid deity made from the user’s chakra.

The abilities themselves vary greatly from Itachi’s Tsukuyomi, a genjutsu so powerful it is capable of disrupting the victim’s perception of time, to Obito’s Kamui which alters space-time itself allowing him to teleport things into a different dimension.  These great powers have an even great drawback however, using them more than a couple of times a day completely drains the user’s energy to the point that Kakashi would pass out if he used his Mangekyo Sharingan more than 3 times. Continued use also leads the user to blindness, no longer able to use the sharingan at all.

 

Second Evolution: Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan

sasuke-eternal

 

Like its former variations it comes with a price. The ninja must receive a transplanted Mangekyo Sharingan from someone with close familial ties, ideally a sibling. This has lead to many among the Uchiha killing their own family members in order to obtain its powers. Achieving the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan not only cures any blindness caused by overuse it also negates most negative sides effects and makes the originals abilities stronger. Transplanting a Mangekyo merges the design of the transplanter and transplantee’s eye into the Eternal Mangekyo.

 

Final Evolution: Rinnegan

rinnegan

The Rinnegan is the final evolution of the sharingan, and can only be awakened by gaining the Sage of the Six Paths chakra. This is done by either the Sage giving it directly or reproducing it by combining the chakra of his two sons Indra and Asura. Given how much is required to achieve this final transformation only two Uchiha, Sasuke and Madara, have been able to unlock the Rinnegan. With it the user can use all the Sage of the Six Paths abilities and all five changes in chakra nature. Each individual user also gets access to his own individual Rinnegan abilites such as Sasuke’s ability to switch places with any object within his range or Madara’s ability to create invisible shadows.