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Future Characters in ANBU

Discussion in 'Konoha Library Archives' started by South Of Heaven, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. South Of Heaven Slayer

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    The ANBU is a perfect example of what one would call ?Plot device.? ANBU is supposed to be an elite unit where you have to be not only strong but very disciplined and intelligent to become a member. When Kishi wants to show how good a character is without going into a detailed background, all he has to do is show him in the ANBU. Indeed three of the most powerful and respected characters in the series are ANBU including Yamato, Kakashi and Itachi.

    Yet we are always seeing routine ANBU being easily killed off. Why? Another plot device. Because Kishi has introduced ANBU as this elite unit that some of the greatest ninja?s have been a part of, we think of the ANBU as the best you can be. Not all characters can be ANBU because it wouldn?t make sense with their background but instead all Kishi has to do is show ANBU getting killed off left and right by someone and then we know that he?s a bad-ass, just like Kabuto.

    So while ANBU does serve two plot devices, in Konoha society it is a pretty serious thing. Remember when Itachi became ANBU how important his father said he became to the clan? Despite their sometimes cannon-fodder like appearance they ARE pretty bad-ass and it takes special traits to be ANBU.

    Gai for instance was never in ANBU and this is no surpise. It just doesn?t fit him. He?s too flashy and too taijutsu oriented to be in their ranks. He?s powerful no doubt, but lacks the same sort of ?it factor? we clearly see common among former ANBU like Itachi, Kakashi and Yamato.

    I won?t go anymore into what I think the ?it factor? is for joining ANBU as I think we all have a good understanding of it. What I?d like to think about now is who do you think will be the first character we see JOIN the ANBU? I?m specifically thinking about the Konoha 11.
    Let?s start with Team 7: Clearly Sasuke won?t be coming back to Konoha to join ANBU. Naruto and Sakura are on the fast track to becoming the neo-sannin?s and joining ANBU doesn?t seem like a fit for them at all. No need to go into details here.

    Team Guy:
    Rock Lee: He?s basically a carbon-copy of Gai, who never joined ANBU. Worse then that is that we?ve seen ANBU use a series of jutsu that all ANBU are supposed to know like the Temporary Paralyze Jutsu that random ANBU did on that tiger during the chuunin exam?s which doesn?t fit well with a kid who can?t do ninjutsu at all.

    Neji: The genius of the hyuuga clan clearly is strong, being the first of the Konoha 11 to achieve jonin rank and achieving it pretty quickly at that. However Neji?s fighting style just doesn?t seem to fit ANBU. It?s not that he?s weak but rather too combat-focused to join ANBU. ANBU too often has to sit on the side-lines and perform missions that aren?t just ?Go and Kill so and so? which Neji seem?s much more suited for.

    Ten Ten: Of all the Team 10 ninja?s I think she has the most chance. She lacks a bloodline or a family fighting style which can distract her from her ANBU training but we?ve seen too little of her personality to really judge her.

    Team 8:
    First, of all the Konoha 11, I see team 8 being the number one contestant for ANBU, primarily because they are tracking, survival people and if not ANBU than maybe Hunter-nins.

    Shino: The Bugman just has the creepy, dark, cold but calm feeling which is very similar to the ANBU attitude. His bugs are great because they can serve multiple purposes many of which, like tracking, seem to fit in with the ANBU stereotype. Of all the Konoha 11 I think Shino has the biggest chance. The only problem I see is that he may not like the ANBU uniform. Shino has always worn loose but very concealing cloth?s and I?m pretty sure that has something to do with his bug jutsu but I?m not sure how required it is.

    Hinata: The lady of the Hyuuga was far too weak in part 1 to join an elite squad like ANBU and definitely lacks the emotional control. Her Byakugan could be very useful and she doesn?t have as much talent in fighting to waste as Neji does but I don?t see her being very desirable for ANBU unless she?s changed a whole lot.

    Kiba: There are two problems with Kiba joining ANBU. First, I think having a dog follow you around is very distinctive and ANBU is supposed to be mysterious and anonymous. I definitely see the dog getting in the way for other reasons too. On a more personal level, Kiba doesn?t show that calm, cool, mature attitude possessed by his teammate Shino. He?s kind of a hot-head all-taijutsu sort of guy and despite his excellent tracking skills I?m not so sure he?s equipted in the other areas.

    Team 10:
    Ino Yamancha: This is a hard one for me. Her personality in part 1 would seriously disqualify her from the cold, calm, mysterious attitude that ANBU posses. However, personality is the easiest to change and while we haven?t seen much of Ino, we?ve at least never seen her be the loud-mouth she was. On the other hand, her ninjutsu seem absolutely perfect for ANBU. Controlling the mind along with minor supporting medical ninjutsu definitely have a place in the ANBU ranks, I?m just not sure Ino is the proper one to bring it.

    Shikamaru: We?ve seen so much of Shikamaru lately I don?t really feel like talking about him. I don?t see him wanting that sort of job and I think he might even turn it down. Not a bad choice just not a first pick.

    Chouji: I love chouji. I really, really do but out of all the Konoha 11 he fit?s the ANBU description the least. He is an all-power taijutsu specialist who greatest attribute is making himself bigger. Not a good fit at all.

    I wont analyze the rest of the characters but feel free to discuss them too,
    -South of Heaven
     
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  2. Butō Rengoob Honorary Pantaloni Rossi

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    i definitely see tenten in anbu...shino too but none of the others fit the bill.
     
  3. The Sentry Banned

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    Naruto will b in ANBU
     
  4. Thorn Fully Awesome

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    Sai.... Obviously.
     
  5. Luckyday motormouth in progress

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    Didn't I posted something like this a few months ago.:huh
     
  6. slugdude l

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    For some reason I think that all the original members of the Rescue Sasuke team will become ANBU members. And they'll be the only 5 (well, 6 if you include Lee. Which I think I shall) ANBU members who actually live! But that's just my opinion.
     
  7. Sterling Archer Formerly @MasterHiko

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    refresh my memory of ANBU that were killed...
     
  8. Cantankerous Member

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    Shino wouldn't be in Anbu in my eyes for the reason his techniques are too specific to his clan, exposing a bit of his identity.

    I see Kiba was anbu type without akamaru with his good nose and tracking abilities. Also Neji, what we've seen from his is very clan specific, It wouldn't be too far off to say he can perform as a ninja without them, also his byukagan would serve a great purpose in recon missions.

    While a lot of what you're saying is baed on their personality, I'm sure Anbu training would involve with some personality training, those who take it seriously(while who I listed I think can) can go onto Anbu.
     
  9. Zhang_Fei Pocky

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    3 anbu who were protecting Sasuke in the hospital were killed by Kabuto. Another ANBU was killed by Kabuto before chuunin finals (allowing Kabuto to wear his disguise). Another ANBU was burnt by the barrier the sound 4 established. If Hayate was ANBU (possible, he had a sword like ANBU and his gf was in ANBU) that'd be another one. In the anime a lot more ANBU are beaten - for example in the filler with Idate that rain jounin killed an anbu member.

    By that same argument wouldn't Yamato be unable to be in ANBU due to his mokuton? (unless he's been only using doton and suiton while on missions) If you think that your jutsus give you away then the only person capable of being in ANBU is Ino; everyone else they use their jutsu once and it gives them away. For Shino, more problematic than that is the whole uniform thing - the large cloak shino and his father wear is probably big so that they can house more bugs there. The ANBU uniform is too tight - where would they hide the bugs ?

    And yeah Kiba without Akamaru could do it but seeing as he's not likely to part with Akamaru I think he's also out.

    Really the only ones who could be ANBU are Tenten, Ino, Shikamaru, and possibly Neji. Of these Ino would be the best I think, at least for spying. Tenten would be a good "generic" ANBU, one of the cannon-fodder ones :p Shikamaru would be great as ANBU, seeing as a large part of ANBU is tactics. I don't see why Neji can't be ANBU, his byakugan would be a great asset, he's got the composed demeanor.
     
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    I always had the impression that what Yamato was and what he could do was a (closely-guarded?) secret, given that "Yamato" isn't even his real name. I thought that he was pretty much a career ANBU and that he didn't really have much of a life beyond ANBU.

    However, I agree with the argument that distinctive jutsus could well preclude inclusion in ANBU given the need for anonymity.
     
  11. Cantankerous Member

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    Not exactly. The difference between Yamato and Shino is that Shino techniques are clan specific, for they are the only known clan who actually lets bugs live in their body. Obviously it'd be easy to name the clan the user is from, vs Yamato who is unknown Mokuton user.

    Just clan specific jutsu. Is it really wise for a Sharingan user in Anbu to go head to head combat predicting each move on a recon mission and let the guy escape? Or a Hyuuga using Jyuuken on someone? Someone like Kakashi using a technique as Chidori would be acceptable for the fact it's used primarily to kill. But the point of Anbu is to keep the identity hidden.

    Chidori can be used, Kage Mane can be used, but not practical because it'd involve light, and I'd assume a lot of Anbu missions take place at night to keep annonomyous.

    I believe they let the bugs hide in their body mainly, but I'm sure bugs are in the coat too.
     
  12. lazer85 Member

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    shino and neji definetly have the personality for it but are their skills good for it? proooobably not but I could see it.

    kiba and hinata have the skills for it but it doesn't seem fitting for either of them.

    Ten Ten would make sense, but I really think she will have no real purpose in the story short of "helping" some other character kick ass.

    Ino I see as the most likely, if she ends up being important for some reason.

    I guess Ino is probably the best bet and then 2nd is Kiba, and 3rd Neji, though with some further character development, another character could become more likely. I've always seen Lee, Shikamaru, and maybe Neji as the most important of the 12 besides the obvious 3. If your right about the purpose of ANBU as a plot device (which I think you are) it will probably serve to elevate the character to this level of importance to the story.

    oh and I'm confused, was Sai in ANBU? If not, he DEFINETLY fits the roll.
     
  13. Surreal Fucking...BOOOOO!

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    He was/is, in the special "root" ANBU division.

    And besides Ino who has her mind controling techniques there is no one else that would fit the profile. They either stand out to much, have too specific jutsus or are just not strong enough (Tenten).
     
  14. sayam lurker

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    the only guy who would do as an ANBU would probably be Sasuke, but then he isn't around anymore. The reason for it is that, the rest of the gang are to unique in their fighting styles.
     
  15. Khamzul Read over there ->

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    "Yet we are always seeing routine ANBU being easily killed off. Why? Another plot device. Because Kishi has introduced ANBU as this elite unit that some of the greatest ninja’s have been a part of, we think of the ANBU as the best you can be. Not all characters can be ANBU because it wouldn’t make sense with their background but instead all Kishi has to do is show ANBU getting killed off left and right by someone and then we know that he’s a bad-ass, just like Kabuto."

    The only one who ever killed a Anbu in the manga was Kabuto, and only on two occations. Furthermore we never saw any of them. So I wouldn't really say "we are always seeing routine ANBU being easily killed off" since Kabuto is not really weak. (Correct me if I'm wrong here)

    So about the manga, I disagree with some parts of your post. However, we have not seen them being overused here and therefore they are not just a plot device to me, not more than the rest of the manga.

    - But, in the Anime we are presented with examples of ANBU failing at basic investigation, can't disipher naruto in henge, and or get's taken down without any problem whatsoever from people whom again later is taken down by a Rasengan from a twelve year old.

    Moving on to what I believe is the main purpose of your post, I still say Shino (wasen't there already a thread for this?) eventhough it would be cool to Lee using a sword (but unlikely aswell).

    Still a well phrased post by the way, and I agree on many of your summaries about the individual characters.
     
  16. superflyninjaguy pimpjuice pwnage no jutsu!

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    ys everyone saying kiba would only be good in anbu w/out akamaru. who the hell says u cant have a dog in ANBU. i mean granted he's big but i guarantee u he's just as swift and silent as ne ninja and could rip sum1s throat out.
     
  17. Surreal Fucking...BOOOOO!

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    The identity of ANBU members is supposed to be a secret. It stops beeing a secret if you have Akamaru running along side a "masked" ANBU member.
     
  18. South Of Heaven Slayer

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    I understand what your saying. I recognize that the ANBU haven't been overused at all in the manga but all I'm saying is that so far the ANBU has really only served as a plot device, even if they've only be shown/referenced a couple times.

    If Kishi wanted, every ANBU character could be replaced with a no-name "elite ninja" but decided to actually make these "red shirt" ninja's an actual organization in the story so that he could have ready-to-go elite ninja's without explaining to the audience why those ninja's are so strong.

    Take the ANBU's interaction with Kabuto. Kakashi/Kishimoto could have ordered any set of Shinobi to watch over Sasuke but choose to have ANBU watch over him just so that we could better understand Kabuto's level of power after he killed them all (supposedly) without a scratch.

    -South of Heaven
     
  19. MS81 Supreme Jounin

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    I think Sasuke if he comes back he will be Anbu Capt.
    Neji,Lee,ten-ten, all should be Anbu also.
    I don't know about Ino,Chouji,Shikamaru.
    Kiba,Hinata,and Shino should be as well.
     
  20. Ireul .

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    What if the dog wears a mask?


    HAHA!
     
  21. Akatsuki Leader Uzimaki Akatsuki leader

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    Yah okay, so we' re going under the assumption that all the clans are really famous even outside of Konoha. About kagemane - I think it CAN be used at night, if I reacall correctly in the manga it explained how you can have a shadow within a shadow. But that doesn't matter cause he'd be unable to use it due to previous argument - it's a jutsu specific to the Nara clan. So yah unless we're getting too hung up on the anomymity factor, basically Ino and Tenten are the only ones who meet the requirements. So the only one who might actually become ANBU in the manga is Ino cause Tenten is a very minor character.
     
  23. DreamingGod Member

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    Well, ANBU is specific to Kanoha anyways so having Kanaho CLans using there bloodlines and Clan Jutsus is no surprise...:oh

    Just thought i'd bring that up...
     
  24. The Pink Ninja Infamous Cocksucker

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    The only reason any respectable character would be in ANBU is to

    a) Look cool because they really do look amazing.

    b) Die because that's ANBU can do.
     
  25. kyuubi demon5 Member

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    I cant see him in the ANBU look at his afro! when hes on a mission he encounters a mysterious ninja
    mysterios ninja:oh shit!
    shino:what?
    mysterious ninja:soyour mask cant cover up that fuckin afro its shino!
     
  26. kyuubi demon5 Member

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    just kidding i can see shino being an ANBU too.
     
  27. Zhang_Fei Pocky

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    I thought Zabusa was part of the Mist's ANBU and that all the other villages had adopted the idea of ANBU? Plus that's not the point, the point is they'll be able to single you out to a single clan after you use your jutsu. If an ANBU meber conducted an assassination mission against the Rock village and then they saw him use bugs, they could then carry out an assassination mission of their own to kill all Aburame members to obtain revenge.

    btw kyubidemon, when did they show kakashi's face!?
     
  28. Hagen You're gonna hear me roar

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    ANBU = Canon fodder.
    If you're an Anbu , your days are numbered

    (I hope Tenten joins the Anbu one of these days)
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  29. Sariachan shadowy_blue no neechan

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    Imho Ino will be ANBU in the future, since she is the only one that doesn't wear the Konoha headband post time-skip... there should be a reason for that.
     
  30. kyuubi demon5 Member

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    actualy i have no idea when they showed kakashis face i just found this in fan art.
     
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