Anima is my preferred nickname for the statue summon that absorbs the bijuus from their hosts. Anima's Purpose Well its most obvious purpose is removing bijuu spirits from the jinchuuriki that formerly held them. But the real question is why does it do this? 1. The statue can later be used to summon the bijuus to work for the owner's will. If this were true, all nine would not be necessary for its use and the Akatsuki members wouldn't be contending over jinchuuriki. 2. Once all nine bijuus are contained, a great power is endowed to the owner (btw the owner is the leader). 3. The statue can be used to grant the bijuus' powers to other people. I personally think its a combination of 2 and 3. The statue first absorbs the bijuu along with some kind of essence that wakens it partially. The bijuu can then be passed along to another owner after the essence has been extracted. after all nine essences are given to the statue, some kind of contract is completed, the handcuffs of the statue are broken, and then immortality/invincibility/insne power is imbued to the owner. Evidence bijuus are given to Akatsuki members 1. Deidara, Sasori, and Itachi all wanted naruto's bijuu while awaiting him in the cave. Its not like Deidara was gonna get cookies or something for getting a second bijuu, yet she still tried even with only one arm and limited clay. Sasori also told Itachi not to hate him if he caught Naruto, because I assume Itachi wants the strongest bijuu for himself. The silent rule of the Akatsuki must be that whoever brings in the bijuu gets the powers afterwards. 2.This rule shows that Deidara is a greedy bastard, but, for all your fans, means she will probably lose the arm handicap and get some shukaku abilities to use in a later fight. Exploding sand or a shield of clay sound interesting. 3. The statue had 2 eyes open already and Kisame already seems to have bijuu powers, Isonade the 3-tailed shark specifically, thus giving him the huge chakra boost and probably some skills we have yet to see. He also fits the jinchuuriki profile by having physical features of his bijuu( gills, blue face). He must have obtained his bijuu before Orochimaru left, since it seems akatsuki has not obtained one since then(evidence being that they thought, but weren't sure that the process would be longer without Orochimaru). Chances are he picked up the bijuu in one of the Mist's 7 swordsmen raids, or more likely another member of the group, maybe leader, had it and Kisame captured him and disbanded the group. 4. Zetsu also seems to have gotten a Bijuu spirit, most probably Houkou. this would explain his ability to make clones out of dirt( houkou is the demon of illusion). Plus, Houkou lived in a tree and seems to be tied to plants. The venus trap thing and schizophrenia must be the symptoms of his bijuu. With Zetsu's crazy spying ability I figure he should've found his jinchuuriki by now. This would explain why zetsu seems to just spy and doesn't take advantages of situations, like the sasuke-naruto fight, where it would be simple to gte a jinchuuriki. He already got one bijuu and that made him crazy enough not to try for two. for reasons why I think he's not Nekomata, you'll have to wait for my zetsu thoery, coming soon. Anima's Identity 1. We knows it not the death god. 2. With no religion and Kyuubi being the king of the demons, this ain't some Naruto version of satan. 3. The only summon that has come out of the ground rather than just poofing into existence has been Rashoumon, the demon gate taught to Sakon/Ukon by Orochimaru. I don't know much about the legend but behind the gate is supposed to be Raiko the demon hunter. Since Orochimaru was once part of Akatsuki he probably learned the summon from the leader. 4. So I believe Anima is Raiko hence its abilitiy to absorb demon powers. If someone could find a good story of the legend it would help alot to finalize this and possibility figure out what power Raiko will give to the akatsuki leader upon finishing of the task. Anyways thats it for now, hope you guys like these ideas. If you don't, feel free to disagree. I enjoy debating over stuff like this.