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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Wood Release'''|木遁|Mokuton|viz=Wood Style}} is a combined [[nature transformation]] <noinclude>[[</noinclude>kekkei genkai<noinclude>]]</noinclude> which originated from the [[Senju clan]] in the shinobi world. It is made up of techniques that mix [[earth]]-based chakra in one hand and [[water]]-based chakra in the other<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 316, page 6</ref> to create wood as well as various plants, from [[Wood Clone Technique|simple seeds]] to even [[Wood Release: Advent of a World of Flowering Trees|flowering trees]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 575, pages 4-5</ref> Wood and plants can be produced from any surface, including the user's own body, as the user's chakra is literally converted into a source of life. Wood Release techniques are commonly affiliated with the [[Hand Seals#Basic Hand Seals|Snake seal]].<section end=summary/>
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Wood Release'''|木遁|Mokuton|viz=Wood Style}} is a [[nature transformation]] [[kekkei genkai]], a combination of [[earth]] and [[water]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 316, page 6</ref> It was famously used by [[Hashirama Senju]], and in fact is not known to have naturally occurred in anyone else. Because of Wood Release's power and versatility, there have been various efforts to reproduce it after Hashirama's death.<section end=summary/> Wood Release techniques are commonly affiliated with the Snake [[hand seal]].
   
== Overview ==
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== Usage ==
Despite being known as a kekkei genkai, [[Hashirama Senju]] is the only known human to have naturally possessed Wood Release. All subsequent users have gained it by acquiring his genetic material and even to then, their power for it paled in comparison to his.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 297, page 9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, pages 2-4</ref> His ability to use Wood Release was one of the reasons he was named the First [[Hokage]], and with [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees]] he created the foundation of [[Konohagakure]].<ref>Second Databook, page 279</ref> This technique also allowed him to completely reshape battlefields to his advantage. Amongst the [[Ōtsutsuki clan]], [[Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki|some]] [[Asura Ōtsutsuki|individuals]] possess the kekkei genkai.
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At its simplest, Wood Release allows the user to create wood, essentially converting their [[chakra]] into a source of life before, at it greatest, becoming mighty trees of various size and shape. The vegetation can sprout from the user's body or grow from the surroundings;<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 120, pages 6-7</ref> Hashirama [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees|created a forest]] that served as a foundation for [[Konohagakure]], contributing to his selection as First [[Hokage]].<ref>''[[Tō no Sho]]'', page 279</ref> Wooden constructs can also be created, ranging in complexity from [[Wood Release: Four-Pillar Prison Technique|cage]]s to [[Wood Release: Four-Pillar House Technique|complete house]]s.<ref name="c286">''Naruto'' chapter 286, pages 12-13</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 287, page 14</ref> It is not necessary that the created wood take any identifiable form, allowing users to focus on its inherent pliability to [[Wood Release: Smothering Binding Technique|ensnare target]]s<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 494, page 15</ref> or its durability for [[Wood Release: Great Forest Technique|brute force attack]]s.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 302, page 7</ref>
   
As [[Obito Uchiha]] noted, Wood Release is very hard to control due to the vitality of Hashirama's cells, which can potentially overwhelm any who are infused with them; when [[Danzō Shimura]]'s chakra levels were depleted, he was forced to sever his right arm, which had been infused with Hashirama's DNA, in order to prevent being turned into a tree.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 480, page 10</ref>
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Wood Release can produce very detailed, ornate constructs. [[Wood Release: Transformation]] essentially creates a costume around the user, allowing them to convincingly pass as another person.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 287, page 16</ref> By using [[senjutsu]], Hashirama could create a [[Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands|gigantic, many-armed wooden statue]] that he fully controlled; its [[Top Transformed Buddha|barrage of punch]]es were chiefly responsible for the [[Valley of the End]]'s formation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 4-9</ref> Wood Release's most versatile application is the [[Wood Clone Technique]], which makes a fully-functional duplicate of the user that is indistinguishable from the original and is even capable of performing other [[jutsu]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 577, page 13</ref>
   
Wood Release has also been coveted by many due to its ability to suppress and control the chakra of a [[tailed beast]] and, by proxy, its [[jinchūriki]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 609, page 2</ref> Hashirama's [[First Hokage's Necklace|necklace]], when used in conjunction with his [[Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands]] technique, aided in this, but its exact purpose was unclear. After [[Naruto Uzumaki]] destroyed the necklace, [[Yamato]], who had been experimented on and, as a result, was genetically identical to Hashirama, implied that he could no longer suppress the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]]'s influence.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 455, page 12</ref> Nevertheless, when Naruto began [[Jinchūriki Forms|transforming]] during his training to control the Nine-Tails at the [[Falls of Truth]], Yamato stated that he would try to suppress the beast,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 497, page 14</ref> though it is unknown whether this would have been successful due to Naruto overcoming the Fox's influence on his own.
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The Wood Release was also equally famous for its power to [[Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands|manipulate, suppress, and/or absorb]] a targets chakra. Hashirama's mastery of this ability earning him recognition as one of the few people able to fully control a tailed beast.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 458, page 3</ref> This would be done by ensnaring a target with the Wood Release and upon such physical contact would then control the chakra until they were finally too weak to escape.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 609, page 2</ref> Hashirama's usage of this skill let him subdue many of the tailed beasts, keeping them under his control and allowed him to distribute several to the early [[hidden village]]s.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 648, page 11</ref>
   
== Background ==
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== Users ==
The first person to attempt to make Hashirama's power his own was his rival, [[Madara Uchiha]]. Having used their confrontation at the [[Valley of the End]] to acquire a portion of Hashirama's flesh, Madara later applied it to the wound he sustained in his chest.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 12</ref><ref name="ch681">''Naruto'' chapter 681, pages 11-14</ref> In addition, Madara used the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] as a catylyst to cultivate Hashirama's cells, resulting in the creation of a flowering tree made up of [[Hashirama's artificial body]]. The [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu]] stored within the Demonic Statue were later pulled out through the tree by [[Black Zetsu]], each gaining the ability to use a weaker version of Hashirama's Wood Release in the process.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 3</ref><ref name="ch681"/> Madara later used Hashirama's artificial body to repair the otherwise fatal wounds sustained by [[Obito Uchiha]] during his [[Kakashi Gaiden|mission]] at [[Kannabi Bridge]], giving him the ability to use Wood Release as well.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 13</ref> When Madara was later [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] in a state beyond his prime by [[Kabuto Yakushi]], he once again gained access to Wood Release.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, pages 11-12</ref>
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Hashirama possessed Wood Release naturally, which he used famously throughout his life. None of his descendants are known to have inherited his Wood Release,<ref name="c286"/> nor is he known to have inherited Wood Release from anyone; in the anime, his ancestor, [[Asura Ōtsutsuki]], could perform Wood Release.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 468</ref> Because of Wood Release's sheer usefulness, there have been various efforts to replicate it. In the anime, Konoha sanctioned several of these attempts, but all met with disastrous failure and further study was forbidden.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 351</ref> Part of the difficulty lies in the vitality of Hashirama's cells, which can overwhelm and potentially kill those who try to use them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 480, page 10</ref>
   
After Hashirama's passing, Konohagakure once attempted to replicate Wood Release through implanting Hashirama's cells into various shinobi, which consistently ended in failure and the subject's death. Ultimately, the research was ceased and deemed forbidden.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 351</ref> [[Orochimaru]], another who desired the First Hokage's abilities, injected Hashirama's DNA into sixty children, with the [[Yamato|sole survivor]] gaining the ability to use Wood Release as a result.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 291, pages 15-16</ref> Orochimaru also performed a similar procedure on [[Danzō Shimura]] by implanting the First's cells into the right arm of an [[Shin Uchiha|individual]] with a specialised body that would accept genetic implants without any chance of rejection.
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Decades after Hashirama died, [[Orochimaru]] exhumed his body and infused sixty child test subjects with cells harvested from the remains in the hopes that one would prove able to use Wood Release. Only [[Yamato]] survived the process.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 291, pages 15-16</ref> Yamato became Hashirama's genetic double and thus could use Wood Release, but his version pales in comparison to Hashirama's. Most notably, he relies on the aid of [[First Hokage's Necklace|Hashirama's necklace]] to suppress jinchūriki,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 297, pages 8-9</ref> something that is difficult for him otherwise.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 455, page 12</ref>
   
Danzō's use of this kekkei genkai appeared cruder and caused a significant drain of chakra with each usage, causing Danzō to avoid using it as much as possible.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 10</ref> Orochimaru himself would later acquire this coveted ability after [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|taking over]] the body of one of [[White Zetsu]]'s [[Spore Technique|parasite clones]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 618, page 14</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 10</ref>
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Orochimaru also developed a method of infusing Hashirama's cells into part of a subject's body in order to grant them Wood Release. One such infusion was given to [[Danzō Shimura]], applied to his [[Shin Uchiha|specialised right arm]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 700+7, page 14</ref> Danzō's Wood Release is quite taxing to perform and crude in function, for which reason he avoids using it directly;<ref name="c478">''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 11-12</ref> he more often uses Hashirama's cells to prolong the use of his implanted [[Sharingan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 479, page 5</ref> [[Kabuto Yakushi]] later furthers Orochimaru's research, enabling him to apply a graft of Hashirama's cells to [[Madara Uchiha]]'s [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated body]].<ref name="c579">''Naruto'' chapter 575, page 14</ref> Madara's Wood Release is much more extensive than Danzō's, being similar in scale and power to Hashirama's.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, pages 12-14</ref> In both Danzō's and Madara's cases, a replica of Hashirama's face grows on their body.<ref name="c478"/><ref name="c579"/>
   
After reviving the [[Ten-Tails]] in an incomplete state, Madara and Obito were able to improve their control of the beast through the use of Hashirama's cells.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 613, pages 5-6</ref> Obito also demonstrated the ability to channel his Wood Release techniques through the Ten-Tails' body while attached to it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 614, page 7</ref>
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While he was alive, Madara acquired a sample of Hashirama's flesh. He initially applied it to himself in order to heal the injuries he received from Hashirama. Decades later, after acquiring the [[Rinnegan]], Madara combined the flesh sample with the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] to produce a [[Hashirama's artificial body|mindless clone of Hashirama]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, pages 13-14</ref> From this clone he could harvest a substance capable of replacing lost limbs,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 13</ref> giving recipients, such as [[Obito Uchiha]], limited Wood Release abilities.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 614, page 7</ref> Madara used this same substance to make the [[White Zetsu Army]], rendering each Zetsu an application of Wood Release.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 3</ref> Orochimaru, by [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|taking over]] one of these White Zetsu,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 618, page 15</ref> finally gains Wood Release for himself.<ref>''[[Jin no Sho]]'', page 72</ref>
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[[Moegi Kazamatsuri]] is able to use Wood Release in adulthood,<ref>''Boruto'' volume 4, Moegi's profile</ref> but it's not known how.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Wood Release parallels the real-life ninja art {{translation|"''[[Wikipedia:Ninja#Tactics|mokuton-no-jutsu]]''"|lit=techniques of wood/trees}}. One example of real-life mokuton-no-jutsu is '''Tanuki-gakure''': the practice of climbing a tree and camouflaging oneself within the foliage.
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* {{translation|"''[[Wikipedia:Ninja#Tactics|Mokuton-no-jutsu]]''"|lit=techniques of wood/trees}} is a real-life ninja art where the user climbs a tree and camouflages themselves within the foliage.
* With the artificial limbs created from Hashirama's DNA, which gave them access to the Wood Release, Madara and Obito also gained Hashirama's [[Regeneration Ability]] and no longer required any food or water to survive.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 603, page 1</ref> However, it is unknown if this latter trait was also endowed to Hashirama himself.
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* Hashirama possessed a [[Regeneration Ability]], which passively healed all of his injuries.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 576, page 15</ref> The ability itself was not Wood Release and it has never been stated to be part of his kekkei genkai, but efforts to reproduce his Wood Release also reproduce this Regeneration Ability.<ref>''[[Jin no Sho]]'', page 165</ref> In addition, people with Hashirama's genetic tissue transplanted also no longer required any food or water to survive. However, it is also unknown if this trait is related or if Hashirama himself was also endowed with the latter.
* In the anime, the [[Moulding Mushroom]] appears to drain chakra from Wood Release users.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 229</ref>
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**Also, it is unknown if Naruto gained this self-sustenance capacity or the Wood Release from his own artificial arm of Hashirama' genes.
 
* In the anime, Hashirama left behind a scroll detailing his various Wood Release techniques. Danzō later obtained this scroll and gave it to Yamato in the hopes that he would one day refine his Wood Release to Hashirama's level.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 355</ref>
 
* In the anime, Hashirama left behind a scroll detailing his various Wood Release techniques. Danzō later obtained this scroll and gave it to Yamato in the hopes that he would one day refine his Wood Release to Hashirama's level.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 355</ref>
* A replica of Hashirama's face formed on Danzō's right shoulder after Hashirama's cells were integrated into his body.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 11</ref> Madara gained a similar replica of Hashirama's face on his chest after being reincarnated and modified by Kabuto.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 575, page 14</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 657, page 4</ref><!-- Do not add Yamato or any Zetsu, they didn't have his cells integrated into their body. Yamato had his DNA overwritten and Zetsu was created from his cells and plant life. It's not the same thing. -->
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* In ''[[Akatsuki Hiden]]'', earth and water natures are also components in [[Mud Release]]. Because Wood Release is so much more famous, few people have ever heard of Mud Release.
* In the novelisation of ''[[Boruto: Naruto the Movie]]'', [[Katasuke]] could use Wood Release through his [[Kote]].
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* In the novelisation of ''[[Boruto: Naruto the Movie]]'', [[Katasuke]] uses Wood Release through his [[Shinobi Gauntlet]]. His Wood Release is in turn [[Takamimusubinokami|absorbed]] by [[Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki]].
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

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Wood Release
Mokuton no Tenzo
Name
Kanji 木遁
Rōmaji Mokuton
Literal English Wood Release
English TV Wood Style
Debut
Manga Volume #14, Naruto Chapter #120
Anime Naruto Episode #71
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Data
Clan
Classification Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu
Basic Natures
Known Wielders

Jutsu

Wood Release (木遁, Mokuton, Viz: Wood Style) is a nature transformation kekkei genkai, a combination of earth and water.[1] It was famously used by Hashirama Senju, and in fact is not known to have naturally occurred in anyone else. Because of Wood Release's power and versatility, there have been various efforts to reproduce it after Hashirama's death. Wood Release techniques are commonly affiliated with the Snake hand seal.

Usage Edit

At its simplest, Wood Release allows the user to create wood, essentially converting their chakra into a source of life before, at it greatest, becoming mighty trees of various size and shape. The vegetation can sprout from the user's body or grow from the surroundings;[2] Hashirama created a forest that served as a foundation for Konohagakure, contributing to his selection as First Hokage.[3] Wooden constructs can also be created, ranging in complexity from cages to complete houses.[4][5] It is not necessary that the created wood take any identifiable form, allowing users to focus on its inherent pliability to ensnare targets[6] or its durability for brute force attacks.[7]

Wood Release can produce very detailed, ornate constructs. Wood Release: Transformation essentially creates a costume around the user, allowing them to convincingly pass as another person.[8] By using senjutsu, Hashirama could create a gigantic, many-armed wooden statue that he fully controlled; its barrage of punches were chiefly responsible for the Valley of the End's formation.[9] Wood Release's most versatile application is the Wood Clone Technique, which makes a fully-functional duplicate of the user that is indistinguishable from the original and is even capable of performing other jutsu.[10]

The Wood Release was also equally famous for its power to manipulate, suppress, and/or absorb a targets chakra. Hashirama's mastery of this ability earning him recognition as one of the few people able to fully control a tailed beast.[11] This would be done by ensnaring a target with the Wood Release and upon such physical contact would then control the chakra until they were finally too weak to escape.[12] Hashirama's usage of this skill let him subdue many of the tailed beasts, keeping them under his control and allowed him to distribute several to the early hidden villages.[13]

Users Edit

Hashirama possessed Wood Release naturally, which he used famously throughout his life. None of his descendants are known to have inherited his Wood Release,[4] nor is he known to have inherited Wood Release from anyone; in the anime, his ancestor, Asura Ōtsutsuki, could perform Wood Release.[14] Because of Wood Release's sheer usefulness, there have been various efforts to replicate it. In the anime, Konoha sanctioned several of these attempts, but all met with disastrous failure and further study was forbidden.[15] Part of the difficulty lies in the vitality of Hashirama's cells, which can overwhelm and potentially kill those who try to use them.[16]

Decades after Hashirama died, Orochimaru exhumed his body and infused sixty child test subjects with cells harvested from the remains in the hopes that one would prove able to use Wood Release. Only Yamato survived the process.[17] Yamato became Hashirama's genetic double and thus could use Wood Release, but his version pales in comparison to Hashirama's. Most notably, he relies on the aid of Hashirama's necklace to suppress jinchūriki,[18] something that is difficult for him otherwise.[19]

Orochimaru also developed a method of infusing Hashirama's cells into part of a subject's body in order to grant them Wood Release. One such infusion was given to Danzō Shimura, applied to his specialised right arm.[20] Danzō's Wood Release is quite taxing to perform and crude in function, for which reason he avoids using it directly;[21] he more often uses Hashirama's cells to prolong the use of his implanted Sharingan.[22] Kabuto Yakushi later furthers Orochimaru's research, enabling him to apply a graft of Hashirama's cells to Madara Uchiha's reincarnated body.[23] Madara's Wood Release is much more extensive than Danzō's, being similar in scale and power to Hashirama's.[24] In both Danzō's and Madara's cases, a replica of Hashirama's face grows on their body.[21][23]

While he was alive, Madara acquired a sample of Hashirama's flesh. He initially applied it to himself in order to heal the injuries he received from Hashirama. Decades later, after acquiring the Rinnegan, Madara combined the flesh sample with the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path to produce a mindless clone of Hashirama.[25] From this clone he could harvest a substance capable of replacing lost limbs,[26] giving recipients, such as Obito Uchiha, limited Wood Release abilities.[27] Madara used this same substance to make the White Zetsu Army, rendering each Zetsu an application of Wood Release.[28] Orochimaru, by taking over one of these White Zetsu,[29] finally gains Wood Release for himself.[30]

Moegi Kazamatsuri is able to use Wood Release in adulthood,[31] but it's not known how.

Trivia Edit

  • "Mokuton-no-jutsu" is a real-life ninja art where the user climbs a tree and camouflages themselves within the foliage.
  • Hashirama possessed a Regeneration Ability, which passively healed all of his injuries.[32] The ability itself was not Wood Release and it has never been stated to be part of his kekkei genkai, but efforts to reproduce his Wood Release also reproduce this Regeneration Ability.[33] In addition, people with Hashirama's genetic tissue transplanted also no longer required any food or water to survive. However, it is also unknown if this trait is related or if Hashirama himself was also endowed with the latter.
    • Also, it is unknown if Naruto gained this self-sustenance capacity or the Wood Release from his own artificial arm of Hashirama' genes.
  • In the anime, Hashirama left behind a scroll detailing his various Wood Release techniques. Danzō later obtained this scroll and gave it to Yamato in the hopes that he would one day refine his Wood Release to Hashirama's level.[34]
  • In Akatsuki Hiden, earth and water natures are also components in Mud Release. Because Wood Release is so much more famous, few people have ever heard of Mud Release.
  • In the novelisation of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Katasuke uses Wood Release through his Shinobi Gauntlet. His Wood Release is in turn absorbed by Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki.

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 316, page 6
  2. Naruto chapter 120, pages 6-7
  3. Tō no Sho, page 279
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 286, pages 12-13
  5. Naruto chapter 287, page 14
  6. Naruto chapter 494, page 15
  7. Naruto chapter 302, page 7
  8. Naruto chapter 287, page 16
  9. Naruto chapter 626, pages 4-9
  10. Naruto chapter 577, page 13
  11. Naruto chapter 458, page 3
  12. Naruto chapter 609, page 2
  13. Naruto chapter 648, page 11
  14. Naruto: Shippūden episode 468
  15. Naruto: Shippūden episode 351
  16. Naruto chapter 480, page 10
  17. Naruto chapter 291, pages 15-16
  18. Naruto chapter 297, pages 8-9
  19. Naruto chapter 455, page 12
  20. Naruto chapter 700+7, page 14
  21. 21.0 21.1 Naruto chapter 478, page 11-12
  22. Naruto chapter 479, page 5
  23. 23.0 23.1 Naruto chapter 575, page 14
  24. Naruto chapter 561, pages 12-14
  25. Naruto chapter 606, pages 13-14
  26. Naruto chapter 602, page 13
  27. Naruto chapter 614, page 7
  28. Naruto chapter 545, page 3
  29. Naruto chapter 618, page 15
  30. Jin no Sho, page 72
  31. Boruto volume 4, Moegi's profile
  32. Naruto chapter 576, page 15
  33. Jin no Sho, page 165
  34. Naruto: Shippūden episode 355
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