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Matatabi
又旅 Matatabi

  • Two-Tails (ニ尾, Nibi)
  • Monster Cat (化け猫, Bakeneko, English TV: The Wraith)[3]
  • Blazing Monster Cat (炎の怪猫, Honō no Kaibyō)[4]
Debut
Manga Volume #35, Naruto Chapter #313
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #72
Novel The Last: Naruto the Movie
Movie The Last: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Species Bakeneko
Classification
Jinchūriki
Affiliation
Family
Nature Type
Unique Traits
  • Produce blue flames
Jutsu

The Two-Tails (ニ尾, Nibi) is a tailed beast sealed within Yugito Nii of Kumogakure. It has been captured by Hidan and Kakuzu, then extracted and sealed by Akatsuki.

Background

According to Madara Uchiha, the Two-Tails Monster Cat first came into being in the waning days of the Sage of the Six Paths' life; to prevent the Ten-Tails' resurgence, the Sage split up its chakra and used his Creation of All Things (万物創造, Banbutsu Sōzō) ability to create nine separate, monstrous constructs of living chakra, which would become known as the tailed beasts.[5][6]

File:Nibi's Image.png

Like the One-Tailed Shukaku, many people believed that the Two-Tails was once a human that turned into a living ghost (生霊, ikiryō).[1] The Two-Tails eventually fell into the possession of Kumogakure and was sealed within Yugito Nii when she was two years old. She was placed into a detestable training program in order to learn to control the Two-Tails' power.[7] In the anime, Yugito agreed to have Nekobaa collect a paw print of the Two-Tails for the Paw Encyclopaedia. In a cavern behind the Falls of Truth, where jinchūriki learn to control their tailed beasts, there are wall murals of the Two-Tails as well as the Eight-Tails, which indicates how long the beasts were associated with the Land of Lightning.[8][9]

Appearance

The Two-Tails is a bakeneko that is completely engulfed with wild blue flames. It also has a right yellow eye and a left green eye, similar to an odd-eyed cat (only without pupils).

Abilities

See also: Yugito Nii's Jinchūriki Forms

File:Two-Tail Fire Blast.JPG

Not much is known about the Two-Tails' power. It has flexible muscles, granting it great speed despite its large size.[1] Its brute strength is enough to force Kakuzu to use his Earth Release: Earth Spear to survive its attacks. It is also able to create a fire ball which was strong enough to destroy the sewer they were fighting in and the the building above where they were fighting which was huge.

Part II

Hidan and Kakuzu Arc

Soon after her introduction, Yugito was captured by two Akatsuki members, Hidan and Kakuzu, although it is unknown who was specifically assigned to capture her. Despite luring her two pursuers into a closed space, sealing the exits, and transforming herself into the Two-Tails, Yugito was overpowered and rendered unconscious by the two Akatsuki members. Zetsu later arrived to take her off their hands, and she later died as a result of having the tailed beast extracted from her.

Influence

Cats are the common species throughout the world, and stories of bakeneko (化け猫, monster cats) are popular throughout Japan. In myth, when a cat reaches a certain age, it grows larger, and its tail becomes longer and forks in two, and is then called a nekomata (猫俣, forked-cat). These cats were said to have the ability to manipulate the dead like as if they were puppets, and had been associated with strange fires and occurrences. This may be related to the Two-Tails' nickname and its fire-breathing abilities.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Third Databook, pages 198-199
  2. Fourth Databook, pages 148-151
  3. Naruto chapter 313, page 13
  4. Naruto Shippūden episode 205
  5. Naruto chapter 467, pages 15-16
  6. Naruto chapter 510, pages 11-12
  7. Third Databook, page 127
  8. Naruto chapter 495, pages 16-17
  9. Naruto chapter 496, page 2

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