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Old 01-17-2006, 10:02 PM   #1
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naruto and japanese legends

i was reading about naruto the other day and it was very interesting how the series has characters based on real people or old japanes folk lore. it makes me want to see the origin of these characters . in any case this is pretty cool
wadduya think?
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Old 01-17-2006, 10:15 PM   #2
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Hellz yeah like what if Sasuke was based on a japanese woman?
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Old 01-17-2006, 10:18 PM   #3
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ummmmm.............yeah, Kishimoto said he always wanted to do a manga based off of old legends.......that manga is Naruto.
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ok,but i didnt know that, do u know any connections to the characters though?
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Old 01-17-2006, 10:32 PM   #5
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ok,but i didnt know that, do u know any connections to the characters though?
I dunno, go to wikipedia, you know they have alot of stuff about it. I know Sarutobi Sasuke was a legendary ninja and I think the Inuzuka clan is a real clan.....they worshiped dogs. (so I heard). Those legends are well known in Japan so Im sure you can find hella stuff about them.
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:29 AM   #6
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yup there are a lot of connections...the sannins and the demons themselves....do research and you will know
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Well
ONE TAILS SHUKAKU (守鶴 in kanji)
This guy lives in the desert of Nara, because affected by the Eight tail's magical powers and under the wind and sand..he transforms into a racoon (to what he is now). He is playful and lives on the souls of the people killed by the wind and sand. The tatoos on his body show that he is the god of wind. He was defeated by Oraga Nakashimu, a monk in nara.

TWO TAILS ???? (貓又 in kanji)
This monster lives in the forest of death (ooo..good names eh?) in hokaido. He looks like a black cat demon with black wings and his master is the death god. He feeds on the dead people's spirits and can summon these spirits to fight for them. The third eye at the top of its head is used to consume the spirit. He was nearly killed once by Kyubi. but Shinigami(the death god) manages to save him just in time. This is the god of darkness.

THREE TAILS ??? (磯憮 in kanji)
This monster has a sharp horn at his forehead and his body in in the shape of a shark. Every few months, he comes up to the surface of the sea from the deep waters to get some fresh air. However, each time he does this, there will be storms and all the ships become his food. He gets his power from his subordinate Samehada, 鮫機, (ooo..BIG RESEMBLANCE HERE). Samehada gets food from this monster's stomach and creates a large amount of power which is given to the three tails. This is done because Samehada can create 5 times more power than the three tails. The three tails is the god of water.

FOUR TAILS ??? (鼠鮫 in kanji)
He lives near Mount Fuji and because of the toxic gases and volcanic ash, he transforms into a half chicken and half snake monster. Everything around him will die because of his poison. According to the legend, whenever he hibernates at Fuji, his snoring will cause the volcano to erupt. Luckily, Yamazaki Ishiro, a master of demon arts, manages to seal him. The four tails is the god of poison

FIVE TAILS ??? (彭侯in kanji)
Each tail of this dog-like monster represents one element (Earth Wind Water Fire Metal) and he can cause catastrophic damage when using these elements. He will also destroy nature to obtain power of these five elements. The five tails was once badly injured by the Kyubi when he and the two tails challenged Kyubi. This monster is the god of illusions (gen that is, as in genjustsu)

SIX TAILS ??? (雷獸in kanji)
This was the god of thunder but was changed into a beast by the Eight tail’s power. The six tails can release a tremendous amount of electricity to help him in battle.
The person who killed the six tails is Sarutobi (sandaime? should be). However, the interesting thing is, Sarutobi used a move known as Kinjustsu Raikiri (>_>, yes I know, that’s kakashi’s unique move, maybe the creator changed a bit) to cut through the lightning released by the six tails. Hence the name “lightning edge”.
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IMO, Kakashi is way too weak to kill a tailed beast, so probably his one is an altered version of the person who really killed the six tails, since its not a kinjutsu

SEVEN TAILS ???? (貉in kanji)
The seven tails is the most cunning beast but the smallest out of them all. For most of the time, he is underground searching for prey. The way he kills is destroying the piece of the land under his target causing his target to fall and directly going into his mouth. Whenever he appears above he will transform into all types of creatures, but he is unable to transform in a place without clay. The seven tails is the god of earth.

EIGHT TAILS ??? (八娛大蛇in kanji)
This monster has eight heads and eight tails and has the power of the demon world, a symbol of evil. Each head represents one thing and they are “Soul, Ghost, Evil, Devil, Monstrous, Kill, The Afterworld and Death”. Initially, his powers are weak, but, because members of the Kusanagi family act without precaution, they used the legendary Kusanagi No Tsurugi, 草稚劍,(that’s right, the sword Orochimaru uses). As a result, the eight tails takes the sword from them and absorbs its power to become a very powerful creature, as well as storing it in his body. With this new power, he releases a large amount of dark power and awakens the other tailed beasts and becomes arrogant. He defeats lots of tailed beasts, but when he encounters the Kyubi, he is defeated. This is because the Kyubi has an unlimited amount of power and even makes a hole in the Kusanagi sword. This shows just how powerful the nine tails is as he is the king of the tailed beasts and not even Sarutobi and Enma could scratch that sword.
The eight tails awaits a genius of the Yagami family, who is the arch enemy of the Kusangi family, to awaken him and fight the Kyubi again.
This monster obviously resembles Orochimaru and this genius he waits could be Sasuke (even though the names are different). This is because, Sasuke is in fact a genius and Orochimaru is weakened now. Only Sasuke’s eyes can help him regain strength.

NINE TAILS KYUBI (九尾狐in kanji)
This is the king of all tailed beasts and the reason he is so powerful is because he has an unlimited amount of power. This power is generated by his fire seal and as a result, after 100 years of battle with the eight tails, eight tails is exhausted but the Kyubi is still able to fight. Kyubi is also very smart and searches for the person who awakened him as well as the shinobi who sealed him. However, the eight tails did not tell Kyubi that it was him who awakened the nine tails.
Now, since Kyubi is the only thing which can kill the Eight tails, this suggests why only Naruto can rescue Sasuke.

This is all i know about the beast so maybe this can clear things up a bit
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Old 01-18-2006, 02:03 PM   #8
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i was reading about naruto the other day and it was very interesting how the series has characters based on real people or old japanes folk lore. it makes me want to see the origin of these characters . in any case this is pretty cool
wadduya think?
Just go to NarutoFever.com they tell you all about all of the many folklord tales that cramed in to Naruto
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Old 01-18-2006, 04:25 PM   #9
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it's not that surprising that japanese comics usually have japanese folklore in it......it's pretty common.. It's great how you can mix it into a ninja comic though.
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Old 02-06-2007, 11:31 AM   #10
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Re: naruto and japanese legends

It is amazing though how many different legends they are able to put in a series without actually copying a legend itself.
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:07 PM   #11
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Re: naruto and japanese legends

The connections that Naruto has to Japanese and Chinese mythology and folklore is incredible. I recently did a project on Japanese mythology and the effects it had on modern day culture, and it's true that ALOT of anime/manga has mythological links and connections.

In Naruto, some examples are the Sannin, the names Amateratsu, Tsukuyomi, and there is one myth where Susanoo defeats the snake-magician Orochimaru, with the Kusanagi sword. Which plays a great role in alot of Sasuke theories, in which perhaps Sasuke will get the Mangekyou Sharingan and use the third Mangekyou attack which is supposedly Susanoo, since Susanno, Amateratsu, and Tsukuyomi are all siblings in myths, as well as Doujutsu in the Naruto series.

Another example that I remember is the Rashomon, which is a defense jutsu used by Sakon/Ukon and also Orochimaru, it is a castle gate in Nara, and there's another like it called Suzakumon; and Suzaku is a theorized belief to be the 7-tailed, but others think the 7-tails is a different type of monster based on research and definition.
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Re: naruto and japanese legends

the only thing i know for sure about naruto being related to jap folklore is about the 9 mythical beasts. (the kyuubi nibi etc)
but the info that was provided below was awesome!

UchihaToshi_where did u get all that info from i would love to read up on it! is it in english?
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Old 02-06-2007, 10:36 PM   #13
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Re: naruto and japanese legends

leafninja.com. lots to know about there.
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Re: naruto and japanese legends

It's not just Naruto but almost all good animes have several mythological references sewed into them. The same goes for classical music and looney toons. Since myths, fabels, and legends were the first forms of story telling we use those as foundations for our ideas.
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Old 02-09-2007, 11:26 PM   #15
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Re: naruto and japanese legends

All those connection to ''reality'' I think make Naruto even beter
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