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When Your Favorite Anime Series gets a Movie

When Your Favorite Anime Series gets a Movie

Are Anime Movies Really a Good Thing?

The idea that anime movies might actually be a bad thing for anime-only viewers is one I’ve had for a very long time. I simply never got around to writing about it, until today. And with a fairly decent number of anime series receiving movies recently, this seems like as good a time as any to discuss it.

So, my basic argument is that either movies don’t matter, or they mean the series is coming to an end (as far as the anime is concerned). And the reason for this is that anime are, largely, viewed as advertisements for the source material. Who do you think finances anime series? The publishing companies.

They make a lot more money off manga, light novels, and merchandise than they do off anime. And this was the case even before a large percentage of oversees anime viewers used piracy sites. Even within Japan, this is generally how anime are viewed by publishers.

Now, there are, of course, exceptions to this rule. For starters, there are anime original series, but they tend not to receive movies as frequently. There are also series like Monogatari which have had movies incorporated into them just fine.

But then there are series like No Game No Life, which I’ll discuss in more depth later on, for which this is not the case. The movie effectively killed the series off (but not really).

Non-Canon Movies

Boruto: Naruto the Movie anime poster
Boruto: Naruto the Movie

So let’s first cover non-canon movies. This would be things like the One Piece movies, or even most of the Naruto movies. You know, movies that don’t actually affect the main plot of the series. Even the Fullmetal Alchemist movies fall into this category, though one of them is a bit iffy.

Non-canon movies are actually much less of a problem than canon movies, specifically because they’re non-canon. They’re seen as extra content; a bonus for fans of the respective series. But there is still a problem, and that’s the fact that they don’t really matter.

Why should I get invested in a movie that I know has no real effect on the story I’m already invested in?

There is one good way to solve this problem though: make the non-canon movies canon, but flashbacks. For example, I’ve only seen like two of the Naruto movies despite being a huge Naruto fan, but in one I remember Naruto fighting someone inside a volcano — that’s all I remember of it and I don’t know which movie it was.

Rather than having a story like that, involving Naruto in the current timeline, but doing something that doesn’t affect the story, why not have a flashback movie? I would have much rather watched a Naruto movie based on a period of time we didn’t get to see much of, such as when the Second Hokage was in power.

I get it, then a bunch of fans would be mad because the protagonist of the series isn’t in the movie. But I see it as a great way to build up portions of the series’ world which are currently a bit cloudy. That’s a better way to make a movie for a series if it can’t directly affect the story.

Canon Movies

No Game No Life: Zero anime movie cover art
No Game No Life: Zero

However, canon movies are the main topic of this article because they seemingly kill off the series they’re meant to promote. As mentioned before, No Game No Life: Zero is a prime example of this (though it does actually go the route of flashback movie I just said was good). The series was very popular, it got a movie, and then nothing.

And there are many other series you can see this same pattern with. No Game No Life is just one of the most well-known examples. So why is it that canon movies seemingly send their series to die?

Well, it all goes back to the idea that anime are merely advertisements for their source material. No Game No Life was a popular light novel which got turned into an anime. But, the anime only covered a portion of the full story. This is done purposefully so that viewers will then go buy and read the source material to find out what happens next.

However, there’s an even better way to ensure your viewers will purchase the source material, and that’s by creating a canon movie after the one season anime series.

Okay, so you got a lot of people to buy your light novel thanks to the anime series, but there are still a lot who didn’t make the jump. A movie, with its increased production, will serve to push even more of those fans off the edge into the world of your source material.

And once that’s done, you pull out of anime altogether. This is key, because if you continue on with making anime after that point, there’s no reason for the viewers to seek out the source material.

Conclusion

So what about some popular anime series which have recently received movies or are going to receive them? I think Demon Slayer is already confirmed to have a second season after its canon movie. But what about series like KonoSuba, Re:Zero, and Goblin Slayer? As far as I know, we haven’t heard about future seasons for those series.

Have any of your favorite series fallen victim to the movie and bail strategy publishing companies like to take? Let me know in the comments. For me, Madoka Magica was almost that way. I mean, it was an original series, so the one season and a movie was more expected. But luckily we’re getting a new anime based on the mobile game this winter.

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Chakra-less People in Naruto (and Boruto)

Chakra-less People in Naruto (and Boruto)

The Chakra Paradox

If you’ve watched any part of the Naruto franchise you likely know what chakra is. Chakra is the energy used by shinobi to perform ninjutsu and genjutsu. It has also been explained to be intrinsically tied to the life force of all things. Ones own chakra is derived from ones own life force.

So it may be strange to learn that not everyone has chakra. Or, at least, probably not everyone has chakra. And if you don’t think that’s strange yet, let me give you a few examples of how chakra is directly connected to life.

First, we have sage, or nature, chakra which is derived from all life in the surrounding area. When this is called upon, the user is borrowing chakra from outside their own body. This implies that it’s not only ninja who have chakra, but all living things.

Second, when someone’s chakra is almost depleted, they’re physically worn out. And to go along with this, if all of your chakra is extracted, you die. We’ve seen this happen before, such as to Jinchūriki like Gaara. So there’s no doubt that chakra and life force are entwined.

And yet, we know of a time when people existed before there was chakra on Earth — or whatever planet Naruto takes place on (I think it’s been called Earth).

Origin of Chakra

The exact origin of chakra is a bit hard to pin down, but we do know how it originated on Earth. Chakra was originally a weapon used by the Ōtsutsuki clan, who come from some distant planet. And basically, it’s explained that chakra is the life force of their people, but we don’t really know if it originated with them — it likely didn’t.

When Kaguya Ōtsutsuki betrayed her clan and fled to Earth, she brought a chakra seed with her. These seeds are planted all throughout the galaxy and grow into chakra trees which bear chakra fruit. Whoever eats the chakra fruit gains its power, and this is something the Ōtsutsuki clan does.

Also, this doesn’t really matter for this discussion, but chakra trees grow by absorbing the life force of everything around them — and eventually the entire planet. Yes, that’s a way chakra and life forces are related, but that has nothing to do with why they’re connected as one currently.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki eating the chakra fruit from the anime series Naruto: Shippūden
Kaguya Ōtsutsuki eating the chakra fruit

So, because Kaguya was an Ōtsutsuki (the clan which eats chakra fruits), she has chakra. The humans she encounters on Earth do not have chakra. So how do the humans gain chakra? Do they eat the fruit like the Ōtsutsuki clan? No. Kaguya has children with a human named Tenji.

Her children, Hagoromo and Hamura, retain chakra passed down from their mother. And Hagoromo’s children, Asura and Indra, retain chakra passed down from their father. And so on. Eventually, this line splits into multiple branches, and we end up with the Hyūga, Uchiha, and Kaguya clans in the present time.

But there’s also another way to get chakra, and that’s by receiving it as a gift. Hagoromo traveled the world giving everyone who would listen to him some of his chakra. That’s why chakra is so prevalent today.

People Without Chakra

So now that we know how chakra originated on Earth and spread far and wide, are there any people who still don’t have chakra? Contrary to what you might be thinking, we actually don’t know. I’ll discuss them in the next section, but no, Rock and Metal Lee are not chakra-less.

As far as I can think of, we’ve never met someone in the present who didn’t have chakra. But it’s theoretically possible for people like that to still exist after hundreds or thousands of years. After all, Hagoromo couldn’t spread his chakra to everyone on Earth (I mean, he could, but he probably didn’t).

So as long as there was even one group of chakra-less people who solely bred with other chakra-less people, there should still be chakra-less people alive in the world today.

Except, there probably aren’t for one very good reason.

What do you think would happen to chakra-less people who get attacked by those who have chakra? That’s right, they’d be easily killed. And if they weren’t killed, they’d probably be turned into slaves. And since we don’t see any slaves in Naruto, either that’s not what happened, or they’ve since integrated into chakra-having society.

As much as I’d like to say there are still small groups of people out there without chakra, I just don’t see it. Maybe if they’re on a remote island far away from anyone else. But other than a case like that, if they lived somewhere on the world map we know of, they’ve probably already been killed.

Rock and Metal Lee

Okay, but what about Rock and Metal Lee? I mentioned that they actually do have chakra, so why can’t they use ninjutsu or genjutsu? And no, Might Guy isn’t the same as Rock and Metal Lee. He can use chakra just fine — he just often doesn’t.

Genjutsu is a bit more complicated, and we know less about it, so let’s ignore that one for the purpose of this discussion. Ninjutsu, on the other hand, has three main parts: flow, power, and nature. There’s also form, but that’s probably either connected to, or is the same as, flow.

Chakra flow, power, and nature from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Chakra flow, power, and nature

So the problem with Rock and Metal Lee is that they can’t form their chakra into ninjutsu. They have chakra, we know this because the Eight Inner Gates Technique releases chakra, but they can’t actually control it and turn it into jutsu.

Conclusion

And that’s all I have to say about chakra-less people in Naruto (and Boruto) — basically there could be some, but there probably aren’t. So what do you think? Are there still people around who don’t have chakra? Have we met them before and I just forgot? Let me know in the comments.

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Naruto: Missing Kekkei Genkai

Naruto: Missing Kekkei Genkai

Kekkei Genkai

It’s been a little bit since I last discussed Naruto aside from my weekly Boruto episode reviews, so today we’re looking at kekkei genkai. And for those of you who don’t know, or just don’t remember, kekkei genkai are what’s known as “bloodline traits.”

This means that in order to have a kekkei genkai, one must first be a member of a particular bloodline, or clan. Some notable examples are the Uchiha Clan’s Sharingan, the Kaguya clan’s Shikotsumyaku (Dead Bone Pulse), and the Senju clan’s Wood Release (though technically only Hashirama could ever use it).

There are a wide variety of kekkei genkai, and perhaps I’ll do a full post on them at some point in the future. But this article is on a specific type of kekkei genkai, the combined elemental chakra natures. These are the natures which you get by combining your basic Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, and Water.

The key here is that it doesn’t matter if you can use both Water and Wind style chakra. If you don’t have the correct kekkei genkai, you will never be able to combine them into the Ice nature. At the same time, you may technically have the kekkei genkai, but if you don’t have both natures needed to use it, you won’t be able to use the combined nature.

Although the typical chakra nature chart only depicts eight kekkei genkai natures, there are actually many more. Some share base natures, such as Wood and Mud both being combinations on Earth and Water. Others are created with yet unknown combinations of basic elemental natures.

However, there are also two kekkei genkai which are noticeably missing from the chart.

Missing Kekkei Genkai

Looking at the advanced chakra nature chart depicted below, you’ll notice that there are two kekkei genkai natures missing between Scorch and Magnet Release. The first is a combination of Fire and Lightning styles, and the second is a combination of Wind and Lightning styles.

Advanced Chakra Nature Chart from the Naruto anime series
Advanced Chakra Nature Chart

Even with all the additional kekkei genkai chakra natures which have been revealed over the years, none have filled these two slots. Why is that the case?

The boring answer is that these natures have been left blank because it’s difficult to come up with kekkei genkai that would be combinations of those basic natures. After all, what do you get when you combine Fire and Lightning, or Lightning and Wind?

Of course, there’s always the possibility that these chakra natures exist, but have simply never been mentioned. Just as authors come up with character sheets full of information, much of which is never officially released, the same could be true for chakra natures. Kishimoto might know what those natures are, but for whatever reason never released them.

Then, there comes a third explanation which is simply that it doesn’t matter what the missing kekkei genkai are. Part of good world building is that there are always a couple of unknowns. After all, it’s impossible to know everything about a world, and it’s the unknown which allows us to theorize and come up with our own conclusions.

So, since there’s literally no information on these missing kekkei genkai chakra natures other than the base natures they’re made of, let’s get to the good part of this article: the theorizing.

What Could They Be?

Let’s start off with the Fire and Lightning nature because I actually think that one’s the easier of the two. If I had to choose a chakra nature to be paired up with this particular kekkei genkai, I think a Plasma Release would be a good pick.

If you didn’t know, fire and electricity are both actually plasma. So I think simply calling the combination of the two Plasma Release makes the most sense. After all, as I already mentioned, what else would you possibly get by combining Fire and Lightning?

The only problem here is that I have no idea what the jutsu for this nature would be. I guess one of them could involve using the plasma like a blade to cut things. But aside from that, I’m not exactly sure.

Pakura using Scorch Release from the anime series Naruto: Shippūden
Pakura using Scorch Release

The Lightning and Wind kekkei genkai is a bit harder to come up with. They base natures don’t have anything in common, and nothing happens when they’re combined. Also, before you say Thunder Release is a good option, that’s technically already the name of Lightning Release.

So if I were to simply base this new nature on, say, how Scorch Release works, then I guess Static Release is what I would choose. Scorch uses the destructive force of Fire and combines it with the far reaching effect of Wind. Static would kind of do the same thing.

Rather than having a single bolt of electricity, Static Release would spread the electricity around a vast area using the Wind portion of the combination. And as with the Plasma Release, I have no real idea of what jutsu for this kekkei genkai would look like.

Conclusion

Even though so much of the Naruto world has been revealed over the past 20 years, there are still two kekkei genkai chakra natures unaccounted for. And interestingly, they both include the base Lightning nature. I guess it’s just difficult to come up with ways to combine Lightning with other things.

But what do you think of these missing kekkei genkai? Do you think they’ll ever be revealed at some point in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations? And what do you think these natures would look like? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto Character Chakra Natures

Boruto Character Chakra Natures

Now that 123 episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations have passed, I think it’s fair to say we have a decent understanding of the abilities of the characters. Previously I’ve discussed which chakra nature is the strongest, but I didn’t really dive into which characters have which natures.

This was touched on a bit in my ranking the “Boruto 12” post, but that took a look at each of the characters as a whole, not just their chakra natures. And, to be fair, that post is a little bit outdated by this point — though I think I still largely agree with those rankings.

So in this post, I’ll be focusing on the chakra natures of each of the main characters from Boruto. This includes confirmed and unconfirmed natures, how team dynamics can be shaped by the chakra natures within each team, and why some characters have the natures they do.

Team 7 from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Team 7

Boruto Uzumaki

Boruto Uzumaki is an interesting one (not really) because he’s the only character whose chakra nature affinity has been confirmed. I think in Naruto: Shippūden we had Naruto’s, Sasuke’s, and Kakashi’s affinities confirmed, but for this generation we just have Boruto’s.

His affinity is for the Lightning nature, but he’s also able to use both Wind and Water as well. His Wind nature likely comes from his father, as that was the only nature Naruto was naturally able to use. Likewise, he probably gets his Lighting nature from his mother, Hinata.

What we don’t know is why he’s able to use the Water nature. Chakra natures aren’t necessarily passed down between generations, but from what we’ve seen throughout the entire franchise so far, this is usually the case. So, as for his Water nature, that’s just something he happened to manifest despite neither of his parents having it.

But let’s go back to Boruto’s affinity for the Lightning nature for a moment. It actually is quite interesting that this would be his affinity considering we have Sarada on the team as well — though it’s not like only one member per team can have any one affinity.

And, what you’ll notice about Team 7 in particular is that every single member of it is able to use the Lightning nature. Also the only basic elemental nature they don’t have on their team is Earth.

Sarada Uchiha

Sarada Uchiha is almost a carbon copy of Sasuke from the original Naruto series. The chakra natures she’s confirmed to use are Fire, Lightning, and Yin, just like Sasuke. However, while we knew Sasuke had an affinity for Lightning, we don’t know if that’s the case for Sarada.

In fact, I’d say that Sarada’s affinity likely isn’t for lightning since we don’t see her use it all that much. Her affinity is probably either for the Fire nature, or she may not have a particular affinity. However, it was just potentially revealed in Boruto episode 123 that you can have an affinity for Yin or Yang natures.

So, where do Sarada’s chakra natures come from? First, her Lightning nature is almost certainly a direct result of this being her father’s affinity. However, the Fire and Yin natures are a bit different. She has these two natures specifically due to her bloodline — the Uchiha clan.

All Uchiha clan members are able to use the Fire nature, and her Yin nature is directly related to her Sharingan. All Sharingan users have the Yin nature.

But, there is one more nature Sarada may have although it’s unconfirmed: the Yang nature. Her mother, Sakura, is able to naturally use four different natures, one of which is Yang. This is the nature used when Sakura strengthens her body to supernatural levels, which is something Sarada can do as well.

Mitsuki

Surprisingly, Mitsuki is the member of Team 7 with the least chakra natures. He’s only able to use Wind and Lightning — or at least those are all that are confirmed. If Mitsuki were to have an affinity it would definitely be Lightning as he uses that much more than Wind.

But something we have to keep in mind is that Mitsuki is an artificial human — a homunculus. This means that his chakra natures weren’t necessarily passed down to him from his parent, Orochimaru. But this then brings up the question of where his natures came from in the first place.

If you were to create an artificial ninja, wouldn’t you want to give them all five basic elemental natures at the very least?

What’s also interesting is that Mitsuki isn’t able to use the Yin nature. This may actually be a direct result of him being a homunculus, but all the other “snake ninja” in the franchise have been able to use Yin. Perhaps later on in the series we’ll see Mitsuki manifest this nature as well.

I also want to point out that his jutsu which turns his arms into snakes doesn’t appear to have a nature associated with it. I thought this might be attributed to the Yang nature, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Team 10 from the anime series Boruto Naruto Next Generations
Team 10

Shikadai Nara

Shikadai Nara’s chakra natures are fairly straightforward. He knows both Yin and Wind natures, which makes complete sense based on who his parents are. And, it was with Shikadai in episode 123 that Yin and Yang chakra nature affinities may have been confirmed.

This actually makes a lot of sense. We already knew that someone could have an affinity for any of the five basic elemental natures (Water, Fire, Wind, Lightning, & Earth), but what about those who specialized in Yin or Yang? Shikadai is someone who really specializes in Yin despite being able to use an elemental nature as well.

The Yin nature, of course, is used for the Nara clan’s Shadow Paralysis jutsu. This is the main jutsu Shikadai uses, but also really the only Yin jutsu he knows. He knows other Yin jutsu, but they’re mostly derivatives of the Shadow Paralysis jutsu.

So because he’s not pulling out his Wind nature jutsu all that often, we can assume that if he were to have any affinity at all, it would likely be for Yin.

Chōchō Akimichi

As with her teammate, Shikadai, Chōchō Akimichi’s chakra natures are pretty straightforward. She has the Yang nature from her father and the Lightning nature from her mother. Also like Shikadai, the elemental nature she can use doesn’t appear to be what she would have an affinity for.

We rarely see Chōchō use Lightning style techniques, and the Akimichi clan’s signature Expansion jutsu uses the Yang nature. I don’t really think I need to go more in-depth about Chōchō so let’s move on to the far more interesting, final member of Team 10.

Inojin Yamanaka

Inojin Yamanaka is pretty strange. Despite the fact that we’ve seen him use multiple jutsu, he actually doesn’t have any confirmed chakra natures. But, there are two natures we can be almost certain that he does have, and three more which he might.

First of all, we know he can use both the Mind Transfer and Super Beast Scroll jutsu. We can also infer that these jutsu use the Yin and Yang chakra natures respectively — this is based on how the jutsu work and what natures their other users have.

So from all that, it’s a pretty safe bet that Inojin is able to use both the Yin and Yang natures despite this not actually being confirmed. But, I don’t want to say that it’s a guarantee. There’s always the (extremely low) chance that the Mind Transfer and Super Beast Scroll jutsu are both natureless.

Then we have the other three chakra natures he might have: Earth, Water, and Fire. Normally I wouldn’t say that someone can use chakra natures just because they’re secondary natures their parents use, but Inojin is an exception. Both of his parents can use Earth, Water, and Fire.

If it was a combination of natures from his parents that would be one thing, but since they both know all three of those natures I find it pretty suspect for Inojin not to know them in some capacity as well.

Team 5 from the anime series Boruto Naruto Next Generations
Team 5

Denki Kaminarimon

Denki Kaminarimon either has no chakra natures or they simply haven’t been revealed yet. He’s only been shown to use two jutsu throughout the series thus far, and both of them are natureless. But I’m going to make a prediction right now and say that Denki will eventually manifest a chakra nature.

Denki’s last name, Kaminarimon, comes from the word “Kaminari (雷)” which means thunder. This is why you’ll notice a lot of things around the Hidden Leaf Village have the word “Thunder” in their names. So based on this, I assume Denki will eventually use the Lightning style.

And I get it, Thunder and Lightning aren’t the same thing, so why should Denki use the Lightning style just because his last name has thunder in it? Well, the reason is because what we call Lightning style is actually Thunder style. Whenever it’s shown in the series it’s written with the kanji for thunder, not lightning.

If Denki ever does manifest the Lightning nature, that’s going to be his affinity if he has one at all..

Iwabee Yuino

Iwabee Yuino is the only member of the “Boruto 12” who is able to use the Earth nature. Coincidentally, that’s the only nature he’s able to use. But, despite only knowing one nature, I have high hopes for Iwabee later on in the series — Earth style is pretty cool after all.

In the Hidden Leaf Village most Earth nature users are pretty limited in what jutsu they know how to use. It’s almost always some variant of the Earth Wall jutsu. And that’s why I think Iwabee has the potential to be interesting. Since he specializes in Earth style jutsu we should get to see a lot more variety from him.

I don’t particularly see Iwabee learning other chakra natures, but if he did I think Yang could pair well with his Earth nature and fighting style. Either way, if he has an affinity for any nature it has to be Earth style since that’s all he knows how to use at this point.

Metal Lee

Metal Lee is, in some ways, the most obvious of all these characters when it comes to chakra natures. He simply has none just like his father. And you shouldn’t expect him to ever manifest any throughout the course of the series. The fact that he can’t use ninjutsu is his entire gimmick.

Yes, he can use things like the Eight Inner Gates which involves chakra, but that chakra has no nature. And even when someone who can use chakra natures like Might Guy uses the Eight Inner Gates, it’s still used with natureless chakra.

Because Metal Lee is the final member of Team 5, that also means that Iwabee’s Earth nature is the only chakra nature the team has (confirmed). But, they aren’t the only team to only have one chakra nature across all three of its members.

Team 15 from the anime series Boruto Naruto Next Generations
Team 15

Wasabi Izuno

Wasabi Izuno is another character who has no confirmed chakra nature, but I don’t think that means she can’t use any. For now her signature Cat Cloak jutsu is listed as natureless, but I think it could actually be Yang nature due to the way in which it works.

Yang is the nature of physical energy and is used for techniques which enhance the user’s physical capabilities. This is exactly what the Cat Cloak jutsu does. It envelopes Wasabi in a cloak of chakra which enhances her physical capabilities such as speed and strength,

But, it’s also always possible that this jutsu is similar to the Eight Inner Gates. That too uses chakra to enhance the users physical capabilities and is natureless.

There’s also always the possibility that Wasabi will learn a chakra nature later on. She’s a fairly minor side character so it’s not like she’s really had much screen time to develop in. Other than the Yang nature, I think Wind could be one she may use later on.

Sumire Kakei

Sumire Kakei knows the Water nature and this is likely what her affinity is for. I’m not just saying that because it’s the only chakra nature she knows, but also because she seems to be quite proficient at it. Remember an affinity just means you can learn jutsu of that nature more quickly, and Sumire seems to exhibit this.

While someone like Boruto is basically a prodigy because he can already use three chakra natures, Sumire is someone who I think has a lot of room to grow. Aside from the fact that she seems to have an affinity for the Water nature, she appears to be the kind of person who would excel at anything she tries.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sumire being able to use three or more chakra natures later on in the series. Earth and Yang styles don’t really seem to fit her, but I could definitely see her learning Yin, Wind, Lightning, or Fire in addition to her Water style.

Namida Suzumeno

Finally we have Namida Suzumeno who is actually one of the more interesting characters in the series due to her signature jutsu. I get it, her Crying jutsu is annoying, but we don’t actually see sound-based jutsu all that often. Unfortunately, sound-based jutsu other than genjutsu are all natureless.

And Namida doesn’t know any genjutsu. If she learns some sound-based genjutsu later on in the series then we’ll know that she’s able to use the Yin nature, but for now we don’t.

However, what we do know for now is that she’s able to use the Water nature — though I wouldn’t exactly say she has an affinity for it. To be perfectly honest, Namida doesn’t seem like someone who would have an affinity for any chakra nature. But, maybe she’ll be hooked by Urashiki Ōtsutsuki and we’ll find out.

Either way, for now Team 15 is only confirmed to know Water nature across all three of its members, much like Team 5 with Earth nature.

Bonus Character: Konohamaru Sarutobi

As a bonus, let’s take a look at the chakra natures of Konohamaru Sarutobi. The first thing that makes him impressive is that he’s able to use four of the seven basic chakra natures. These are Fire, Wind, Lightning, and Yang. However, it’s less impressive when you remember that his grandfather could use all seven.

Of these four natures, we don’t actually know which is his affinity, but I’m going to guess anyway. It’s probably not Lightning or Yang. However, Fire and Wind are definitely options. Wind mainly because he’s Naruto’s pupil and Fire because that’s the nature of the Hidden Leaf Village.

Of these two I’d really rather it be Fire considering his namesake. He’s named after the Hidden Leaf Village which resides within the Land of Fire. Supposedly the ninja of the Hidden Leaf are good at using the Fire nature, though we tend to only see this with the Uchiha clan.

An argument for his affinity being Wind nature is that the only natured Rasengan he uses is the Wind style Rasengan. On the other hand, that’s the only Wind style jutsu we’ve seen him use, and he’s used quite a few Fire style jutsu.

Conclusion

Well, that’s it for all the chakra natures the characters from Boruto: Naruto Next Generations have right now. I’ll probably update this post if more natures or affinities are eventually revealed.

Also you may have noticed that all of these characters that know any natures at all only know basic natures. While Sarada’s Sharingan are a Kekei Genkai, none of these Boruto characters have Kekkei Genkai chakra natures. However, there are other characters who do, such as Shinki.

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JoJo: On the Origin of Stands

JoJo: On the Origin of Stands

What Exactly are Stands in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure?

Stands — if you’re a fan of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, or even if you aren’t, I’m betting that you know what they are. They’re the physical embodiment of a person’s life force. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone gets to have one — or does it?

I’ll get to that question later on in this article, but for now let’s just go with the original explanation for the existence of stands. While everyone has some amount of life force, there are also those with an overwhelming abundance of it. These are the people who have the capacity to manifest a stand under the right conditions.

And since each stand is linked to the life force of its user, they tend to personify something about that person in one of two ways. On one hand, Sticky Fingers’ appearance and ability reflect Buccellati’s sense of style. On the other, Hermit Purple’s ability is exactly what Joseph needed to track down DIO’s whereabouts.

Stands also come in a variety of shapes, styles, and functions. Some are humanoid like Josuke’s Crazy Diamond, while others are objects like Narancia’s Aerosmith. Sometimes users need to directly control their stands like Avdol’s Magician’s Red, and other times they function automatically like Yuya’s Highway Star.

The Evolution of Stand Abilities

While there’s a lot of variation among stands even within the same part, stands have also evolved as the series has progressed. The stands introduced back in Part 3: Stardust Crusaders are very different from the stands of Part 5: Golden Wind.

The original stands from Stardust Crusaders were fairly simple by today’s standards. To showcase the progression of stands across the parts, let’s take a look at the stands of the main JoJos for Stardust Crusaders, Diamond is Unbreakable, and Golden Wind.

Jotaro’s stand is extremely simplistic, though still extremely powerful. It’s a close-range, humanoid stand with extreme strength, speed, and precision. It’s from this stand, Star Platinum, that we get the term “punching ghost.” However, later on in the part it does develop a time-stopping ability.

Jotaro Kujo and Star Platinum from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders
Jotaro Kujo and Star Platinum

Josuke’s stand is another humanoid stand that punches things, but this time there’s a twist. Crazy Diamond traded in the power, speed, and precision of Star Platinum for the ability to repair anything it touches (except Josuke himself). This ability can be used to heal his allies, repair broken objects, or incorrectly do either of those actions to the detriment of his foes.

Giorno’s Gold Experience is even more complex than Crazy Diamond. Again, it’s a humanoid stand that punches things, but it comes with a whole host of extra abilities. It can heal friends, track enemies, reflect damage, cause disorientation, and more.

Ways to Acquire a Stand

So now that we’ve established what stands are and how they’ve changed over the parts of the series, how does someone actually acquire one? Originally it was implied that stands manifested in people with strong wills (or life forces) on their own, but this was retroactively removed from canon.

Currently — in the anime at least — there are two confirmed ways to acquire a stand. The first and hopefully most obvious is to be pierced by a stand arrow. This is how the vast majority of the stand users we see in the series acquired their stands.

The second way to get a stand is by being the descendant of someone who received a stand from the stand arrow. The only member of the Joestar bloodline to have awakened their stand via a stand arrow was Jonathan, and he was already dead by that point.

Every other member of the Joestar bloodline awakened their stands due to being Jonathan’s descendants. However, just being a descendant of someone who was pierced by a stand arrow doesn’t automatically mean your stand will awaken — it just means you have the potential.

Shizuka Joestar (Achtung Baby) from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable
Shizuka Joestar (Achtung Baby)

For the stand to awaken, there needs to be some sort of external pressure. For example, the Joestars in Stardust Crusaders who awakened stands did so in response to DIO awakening his stand with an arrow. In Diamond is Unbreakable, we can assume Shizuka’s Achtung Baby stand was awakened due to the pressure of being abandoned.

But, there’s actually a third possible way to get a stand — spontaneous stand acquisition. This hasn’t been confirmed, but I just want to put the possibility out there. We don’t know who Shizuka’s parents are, so it’s possible the extreme pressure of being abandoned was enough to awaken a stand for her on its own.

Where do Stands Originally come From?

Let’s talk about the stand arrows for a bit. I’ve been talking about them for a while now, but I haven’t actually explained what they are (though most of you already know). These are arrowheads which grant those who are pierced by them stands.

However, not everyone who gets pierced by a stand arrow survives and obtains a stand. If their life force, or will, is too weak, then they will be killed by the power of their own stand. And stands can also be pierced by stand arrows, causing them to evolve into Requiem stands.

I don’t really want to get into Requiem stands in this post, but essentially they’re just overpowered stands which have the perfect abilities to solve whatever predicament the user finds themself in. There are only two confirmed Requiem stands and they both appear in Golden Wind.

Anyway, the stand arrows are kind of a big deal, but where did they come from? It’s said that the arrowheads were crafted out of a meteorite which crash landed in Greenland 50,000 years ago. These arrows contain some sort of supernatural power, or virus, which comes from the meteorite and creates stands.

The stand arrows and their creator from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
The stand arrows and their creator

And this brings up another question, are stands the byproduct of an alien virus? There’s one (possibly) known alien in JoJo’s, Mikitaka Hazekura. He’s a self-proclaimed alien, who does look slightly different from everyone else, who appears to have a stand ability.

However, he doesn’t see his ability as something all that unique. Is it possible that he comes from the same planet as the stand virus? Is there an alien civilization out there completely infected by this stand virus and who view stands as a natural phenomenon?

I think so. Considering the extra terrestrial origins of both the stand arrows and Mikitaka, I think it’s safe to say that stands originate from some sort of alien virus.

The Next Step in Human Evolution

So if there’s a civilization of stand-wielding aliens, what happens when a sizable population of humans develop stands? What if a lot of people survive being pierced by stand arrows, and then go on to have multiple generations of children. All of those children will have the potential to awaken stands, and with each generation there will be more potential stand users.

If this continues, then eventually everyone on Earth would be a stand user. Since having the potential to awaken a stand seems to be a dominant trait, even if only one parent could have a stand, all of their children will be potential stand users.

But like I mentioned, just because you have the potential to awaken a stand doesn’t mean you will. There needs to be an external pressure. So let’s say a world war broke out. Would all of those potential stand users awaken their stands?

Imagine a war of that scale involving stand users. It would be complete chaos. A war like that could very well end humanity.

The good news, however, is that I don’t believe that stands are actually the next step in human evolution. I don’t think the JoJo’s universe would ever have a realistic chance of getting to that point for one, simple reason: stand users attract other stand users.

Because stand users are drawn to one another, and because they’re constantly fighting, their numbers will always be relatively low. Any time a large number of stand users awaken at the same time, they’ll end up killing each other, thus pruning the branches so to speak.

There’s also the fact that not everyone with the potential to develop a stand actually has the willpower to survive it. Holly from Stardust Crusaders is a prime example. She’s strong enough to manifest a stand, but not strong enough to stop it from draining her life force.

Even if stand users stopped fighting each other, it’s not guaranteed that they would be able to sustain a large population due to this effect.

Conclusion

What do you think of the origin of stands? Are there any other ways to acquire stands in parts 3 – 5 that I left out? I know there are other ways in parts 7 and 8, but those are in an alternate universe. Do you think stands originate from an alien virus? And do you think stand wielders are the next step in human evolution? Let me know in the comments.

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