Masashi Kishimoto, through the words of Madara Uchiha and of Zetsu, has tried to present a complex mythology about the origin of the Chakra through the figure of Kaguya Ootsutsuki and his Clan, progenitor of the world of Naruto, leaving, however, several unknowns about their history. But thanks to the premiere of the two feature films The Last: Naruto the Movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie and from the official manga sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generation we have had greater clarity about its origins, separating the truth from the myth.
Now, after the publication of the most recent chapters of the Boruto manga, we finally get it. a complete description on the history, goals and motivations of these villains: starting with Kaguya, the final opponent of the Fourth World War of the Ninja, through Momoshiki and Kinshiki to the fearsome Isshiki, the demon who is about to put Naruto’s life in danger .
Between folklore and mythology
Before getting to the bottom of the matter, it is convenient to make a premise about the sources of inspiration that allowed the author to bring these characters to life. All members of the Ootsutsuki Clan are based on purely Japanese myth and folklore, both in terms of their name and their abilities and characterizations. Kaguya, the first alien to debut in the masterpiece, is inspired both by Taketori Monogatari, Japanese popular history translated as History of the bamboo cutter (from which the surname is also inspired), and the overturning of the figure of the rabbit described in Sasajâtaka : if in the original story she is a benevolent creature dedicated to sacrifice, however, here she is evil and selfish. Momoshiki me Kinshiki, appeared in both the feature film and the manga and the Boruto television series, are respectively inspired by Momotaro me Kintaro. In fact, the former has techniques similar to those of the animals present in the fairy tale, while the latter has disproportionate strength like the classic character.
Urashiki, companion to Momoshiki and Kinshiki – and exclusive to the Boruto anime, is a remake of the story titled Urashima Taro, which tells the story of a fisherman who rescues a turtle beaten by children and is rewarded with a visit to the Ryugu-jo, the Dragon Palace. This is manifested in Urashiki’s distinctive ability to create a flexible fishing rod that he can use to manifest an extendable line and hook capable of stealing his enemies’ Chakra and using his abilities.
Also, he has a magic box called Ryugu-jo that has time-based attributes. Finally Isshiki, the main antagonist of the new series, is inspired by the character of Issun-boshi, protagonist of a Japanese fairy tale. In the story he was just over an inch tall, but eventually, after a heroic gesture, he will be able to reach his normal size. This characteristic is reflected in his ocular capacity capable of reducing and expanding objects like himself.
Gods and demigods
In the first instance, Kishimoto wanted to give a clear divine connotation to the Clan, giving it an aura of unattainable to create an internal hierarchy that winks at mythology. Romanian Greek.
In fact, in Western folklore, in addition to divine figures, there are so-called demigods. beings half man and half god.
These are represented by that branch of the Clan that appears in the movie The Last: Naruto the Movie that, unlike Hagoromo me Dough, have good physiognomic characteristics distant of the aforementioned characters: they have no horns, whitish skin, or special visual abilities, despite living in a context guess like the Moon, which has always had ancestral connotations in various mythologies. In addition, they have a duty to to protect the Earth and guard the shell of the Decacoda.
Madara and Beloved: the modern Icarus and Prometheus
The figure of the narrator is essential for a story, since it has the task of telling the facts of a certain event. Also for the Ostustuki Clan the narrator has extreme importance, especially if he gives an interpretation to a certain event.
In the present case, two characters have occupied this role and each of them has contributed elements that change the course of history.
The first is Madara Uchiha, main antagonist of Naruto, which is closely related to the mythological veil that surrounds the history of the Kaguya group. Strongly believe in divine nature of these characters and, at times, is comparable to the figure of Icarus. Madara wishes to become a deity in order to change the fate of the world but, like Daedalus’s son, getting too close to his goal has made him vulnerable enough to be overwhelmed by events (Icarus died burning his wings getting too close to the sun, Madara was used as a shell for Kaguya’s resurrection).
The second is loved, head of the research department of the group Kara. Unlike Madara, he is not tied to the veil of myth, but to that of Sciences me knowledge. It will be he who, from chapter 44, will provide the information that will upset everything that the characters and readers of the manga have always known about Otsutsuki. In fact, they are not gods but gods. alien creatures that have the sole purpose of eat of the energy of the invading planets thanks to the help of the divine Tree and its fruits, allowing them to increase not only their powers, but also of them longevity. Furthermore, he adds, they are nothing more than creatures. parasite that, through the accursed sign called Karma, release a backup copy of their genetic makeup that will replace that of the victim, allowing them to be reborn and defeat death.
The only way to remove them is to destroy or not allowing your sign to be implanted. This principle fits with the concept of Hindu reincarnation: In fact, Karma is a fundamental element for Ootsutsuki to be able to return to a new life, as well as for the Hindu religion the form of the living being that they will take: the more good deeds that have been performed, the more their condition improves.
Beloved, equally, can be compared to the figure of Prometheus from Greek mythology. Thanks to his sacrifice, he decides to give the protagonists the fire of knowledge, destroying the veil of ignorance floating above them. Finally, Madara and Amado represent the philosophical passage The Passage of Myth, a fantastic and poetic representation of reality, Logos, rational discourse on things, marks the beginning of Greek philosophical speculation, from which all Western thought will start.