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エー Ē

  • First Raikage (初代雷影, Shodai Raikage)
Manga Volume #68, Naruto Chapter #648
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #369
Appears in Anime, Manga
Voice Actors
Birthdate Astrological Sign Sagittarius.svg December 1 Icon_-_Search.png
Sex Gender Male.svg Male
Status Deceased
  • Part II: 210.1 cm2.101 m <br />6.893 ft <br />82.717 in <br />
  • Part II: 97.2 kg214.289 lb <br />
Blood type O
Ninja Rank

A (エー, Ē, Viz: Ei, English TV: Ay) was the First Raikage (初代雷影, Shodai Raikage, literally meaning: First or Founding Lightning Shadow) who founded Kumogakure in the Land of Lightning.


During his leadership in the early days of Kumogakure after the Warring States Period, A presumably sent the Gold and Silver Brothers to capture the Nine-Tails, a task at which they ultimately failed.[2] He also gave land in the Valley of Clouds and Lightning to the Yotsuki Clan in return for their loyalty.[3]

The first ever summit of the five Kage is convened.

At the first meeting of the five Kage during the First Shinobi World War, he was accompanied by the future Second Raikage; his long-time bodyguard.[1] He sat alongside the other Kage and told Hashirama that bowing to other Kage was not a sign of a lasting leader. After asking the First Kazekage to give voice to his alternative request, since Sunagakure already had a tailed beast, he expressed outrage when the Kazekage made a demand of receiving 30% of whatever they would pay for a tailed beast from Konoha. As infighting broke out and Hashirama Senju made his plea to them to preserve the future of their children and unite, he looked on intently.[4]

Before his death during the war, A would leave a strong moral mark related to his desire to protect Kumogakure in his bodyguard, whose long service and dedication earned him the nomination as his successor.[1]


While not much was seen of his personality, A did seemingly have a verbal tic, ending his sentences with "yo" ().[5] He also seemed to have a habit of folding his arms. He was a prideful man and held the idea that shinobi shouldn't lower their heads so easily. A had a strong will to protect Kumogakure, something he passed down to his successor.


A wearing the Raikage headpiece.

A was a dark-skinned man, with prominent creases under his eyes and a mop of shaggy black hair, which partially obscured his forehead protector. In terms of attire, he wore a high-collared dark kimono-shirt, dark pants bound by a sash and a light-coloured scarf around his neck. He also wore small stud-earrings. In the anime, his attire consists of a cream-coloured coat with a high collar, a white forehead protector, zōri and a purple scarf around his neck.


As the First Raikage and the founder of Kumo, A was undoubtedly a powerful shinobi.

Part II

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes

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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. He later commented on the state of things before his and the other Kage's souls were released to the Pure Land once more.


  • In terms of appearance, A bears a stark resemblance to music icon Jimi Hendrix.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fourth Databook, page 200
  2. Naruto chapter 529, page 3
  3. Fourth Databook, page 17
  4. Naruto chapter 648, pages 6-11
  5. Naruto chapter 648, page 6
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