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Kara
Kara Symbol.svg
(, Kara, literally meaning: Shell or Husk)
Debut
Manga Volume #4, Boruto Chapter #15
Anime Boruto Episode #157
Game Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Team Info
Leaders

Kara (, カラ, Viz: The Husk, literally meaning: "Shell" or "Husk") is a secret society[1] formerly led by Isshiki Ōtsutsuki, and later by Code.

The group is made up of "Inners" (内陣, インナー, Innā) and "Outers" (外陣, アウトー, Autō), with each of the Inners being in charge of a particular region. Each Inner appears to bear a facial tattoo of a Roman numeral and wears a black hooded cloak with coloured lining, fastened at the right shoulder with a metal pin; all Inners are regarded as completely monstrous in power.[2] The Inners are the backbone of the organisation, as if everyone of them are out of commission, the Outers would effectively cease to function, and Kara would come to an end.[3]

Outers are individuals who support Kara's ideology from the outside and complete missions requested by the Inners, acting as conspirators, sleeper agents, and spies. Members include politicians and merchants, some of whom actively work to undermine the rule of the Daimyō and Kage.[4] Outers are also partly responsible for the widespread development and proliferation of Scientific Ninja Tools; as the Outers include engineers and scientists from various villages, they are able to significantly develop and improve the tools before bringing them back to Kara, leading to them possessing the latest in technology and engineering.[1] Regardless of their loyalty, Outers are easily expendable for the organisation.[5]

The secret society has accumulated a great deal of wealth and political influence, makes use of Scientific Ninja Tools, and communicates over long range via genjutsu.

History

Isshiki's Kara

Isshiki's Kara.

When Isshiki Ōtsutsuki came to earth over one thousand years ago to cultivate a chakra fruit, he was betrayed by his subordinate partner, Kaguya, who injured him to the point of near death. Desperately clinging to life, Isshiki parasitically invaded Jigen, a monk who happened to be nearby.

Using Jigen as a host body, Isshiki went onto to found the secret society, Kara as its leader, which recruited a group of people — the Inners — to assist him in cultivating a new God Tree to collect its chakra fruit,[6] under the promise that their personal wishes would be fulfilled.[7][8] Amado, the chief scientist of the organisation, modified every member with advanced Shinobi-Ware that they had an unwitting Katasuke Tōno deliver to them.

Due to losing Kaguya, Isshiki intended to feed himself to the Ten-Tails to have it bloom into the God Tree, as there were no other Ōtsutsuki to sacrifice. However, with his body being so critically and irreparably damaged by Kaguya and his current vessel of Jigen being incompatible with the Kāma, this would produce an inferior Chakra Fruit.[9] To circumvent this, Isshiki began preparing a new vessel for his Kāma to properly continue his survival, having purchased fifteen orphaned children to carry out his experiments to ensure his next body would be suitable for a full lifetime, with Kawaki being the result. Delta noted that Isshiki's investment in preparing his vessel was enough to buy an entire country. Kawaki's development, along with the God Tree's cultivation, became factors that had Kara pressed for time in their goals.[10] Code, being one of the fourteen children to be deemed a failure and the only one of those to survive, was left with a White Kāma instead, which does not have the capacity of reviving Isshiki, and was then recruited into Kara as an Inner, and Isshiki's most loyal subordinate.

However, when Boruto Uzumaki became the vessel for Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki, the time limit was greatly alleviated.[10] Kara, therefore, shifted their plans to feeding Boruto to the beast instead, as his healthier and stronger body along with being compatible with the Kāma would result in a more potent Chakra Fruit.[9] Furthermore, Boruto's contact with Kawaki had led to both of their Kāma to decompress more rapidly than expected due to their resonance, a development that Isshiki found favourable.

In the anime, the Inners Victor and Deepa plotted to use Kara's resources for their own unauthorised project in recreating a God Tree via a splinter that Victor retrieved from the Fourth Shinobi World War, as opposed to helping Isshiki plant the one that was planned, in order to cultivate a Chakra fruit of their own. Victor desired this fruit early to ensure he would not die from his waning lifespan, while Deepa wanted to simply taste it. Deepa acknowledged that neither were trusted by the rest of Kara, and that Victor only became an Inner via a huge investment made by his company. Their plan ultimately failed, as the imitation of the God Tree could not produce a fruit, and Victor plotted to take Kawaki for himself to extend his own life afterwards. Isshiki did not trust Victor, and after learning from Deepa's temporarily revived head the truth, tasked Koji Kashin to execute the traitor. Isshiki also ordered Amado to dispose of Deepa's revived head, which was completely dissolved.

Amado, though being Isshiki's right-hand man, was also a double-agent, having joined Kara solely to assassinate him and do away with the Ōtsutsuki clan. For that, he created the clone of Jiraiya, Koji Kashin, to assist him. Both Koji and Amado defected from Kara, secretly assisting Kawaki to escape and forced Isshiki to improperly revive via Jigen's body, so that his short lifespan will expire before he could rebrand Kawaki with Kāma. Throughout his tenure in Kara, Amado created many cyborgs that exceed Jigen in terms of power, in hopes they would be able to kill him, but Jigen ordered them all to be disposed of to prevent usurpation of leadership. Code was the only one to be spared of this fate due to his unwavering devotion to Isshiki, while Ada's artificially endowed power of captivation affected Boro, the Inner ordered to dispose of her, and he hid her and her brother Daemon in one of their bases.

Although Isshiki ultimately died before he could reapply the mark onto Kawaki, the data that was already extracted remained within his body. Momoshiki intended to reverse the roles of Kara's revised plans, to offer Kawaki as a sacrifice to Isshiki's Ten-Tails in order to collect a chakra fruit for himself.

Inners

Members
Inners Status
Amado Defected to Konohagakure
Boro Killed by Momoshiki-possessed Boruto
Code Survived to next iteration
Deepa (Anime only) Crushed by falling debris, later revived and killed again by Amado
Delta Deactivated by Amado
Isshiki Ōtsutsuki (leader) Stomped on by Kawaki while crumbling following revival in an incompatible vessel
Jigen (leader's vessel) Killed by Koji Kashin
Koji Kashin Defected
Victor Killed by Koji Kashin

Outers

Members
Outers Status
Ao Killed by Koji Kashin
Bug Survived to next iteration
Garashi Tōno (Anime only) Committed suicide
Garō Killed by Kawaki
Iwa Doctor (Anime only) Absorbed by Victor's God Tree
Victor's Secretary (Anime only) Killed by Orochimaru

Other Members

Members
Other Members Status
Ada Survived to next iteration
Daemon Survived to next iteration

Associates

Members
Associates Roles Status
Kawaki The vessel for the organisation. Escaped to Konohagakure
Katasuke Tōno Manipulated by the Outer Ao to deliver Scientific Ninja Tools to Kara. Released from control
Ōtsutsuki Cult Led by Boro, members used unwittingly as potential vessel candidates. Survived to next iteration

Code's Kara

After his demise, Isshiki's spirit temporarily manifested in Code's White Kāma. Isshiki gives Code his final order to take over the Ōtsutsuki Will, by cultivating a God Tree and consuming the chakra fruit, so as to become an Ōtsutsuki himself. In order to achieve that goal, Code locates the hidden establishment of Boro's cult to activate one of the cyborgs that were ordered by Jigen to be deactivated, Ada, that instead was put into stasis. After her awakening, Ada forms a partnership with Code in an effort to exact revenge against Amado and getting a true love with Kawaki or Boruto. As they review their plans, Code notes that he can't fight Naruto and Sasuke at the same time and Ada tells him she only knows simple taijutsu, Code also informs her that as Kawaki is an Ōtsutsuki he could try to kill her, this takes Ada to send Bug to release his younger brother Daemon. After ten days in hiding, Ada used her Senrigan to inform Code that Kawaki had escaped from Konoha. Using his Claw Mark, Code teleported to speak with Kawaki.

Inners

Members
Inners Status
Code (leader) Active

Outers

Members
Outers Status
Bug Active

Other Members

Members
Other Members Status
Ada Active
Daemon Active

Trivia

  • The kanji used for the two divisions of the organisation are naijin (内陣) and gejin (外陣), respectively referring to the sanctum and the nave of a Heian-style Buddhist temple. When broken into individual kanji, they can be read literally as "inner team" and "outer team".
  • While not a member, Kawaki has a Roman numeral "Ⅸ" tattoo, which is located under his left eye.
    • Additionally, while viewed by Kara as just the vessel, Kawaki apparently held some access to Kara's information, as he noted that he had read Kara's files to learn about Tailed Beasts.
  • While Katasuke Tōno was never a direct member and was placed under genjutsu by Ao, this made him act on the group's objectives which revolved around the development of scientific ninja tools and industrial espionage.
  • The Roman numeral "Ⅷ" is still unaccounted for amongst the Inners.
  • Amado is the only Inner who doesn't have a Roman Numeral tattoo on his face or a black and secondary coloured cloak. He only wears such a cloak in the 7th opening of the Boruto anime.
  • All members that have been introduced after Isshiki's death to date are named after information technology related terms.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Boruto volume 11, page 130
  2. Boruto chapter 31, page 3
  3. Boruto chapter 56, page 17
  4. Boruto volume 10
  5. Boruto episode 157
  6. Boruto chapter 39, page 18
  7. Boruto chapter 39, page 19
  8. Boruto chapter 45, page 35
  9. 9.0 9.1 Boruto chapter 51
  10. 10.0 10.1 Boruto chapter 40, page 30
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