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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Suigetsu Hozuki

Suigetsu Hozuki (鬼灯水月, Hōzuki Suigetsu) was the first member to join Sasuke's Team Snake, and his first step in his ultimate revenge against Itachi.


Suigetsu appears to be indifferent, caring for only a few things around him. He spends a considerable amount of time mocking and or being beaten by Karin, another member of Team Hawk (formerly Team Snake). Suigetsu also shows a desire to collect all the swords of the Seven Mist Swordsmen, of which his senior Zabuza Momochi, was a member of and which he appears to be a candidate for as well. Kisame Hoshigaki, one of the Seven Swordsmen, claims Suigetsu is a prodigy at the art of murder, as he has a habit of chopping off his victim's limbs before beheading them. Suigetsu notes him as "shark fin soup". Suigetsu apparently likes animals, as he is seen playing with several talking cats at one point and also lectured Sasuke on treating animals better after Sasuke used Manda to escape Deidara's ultimate self-explosion jutsu, causing Manda's death. He is also trying to get Kisame's sword the Samehada which he is expecting to wield, even though Kisame's sword only allows him to hold it.

[edit] Part II

[edit] Forming Team Snake

Right after Sasuke defeated Orochimaru, he went into one of Orochimaru's many experimentation labs and freed Suigetsu, who was sealed inside a holding tube in the form of water. Once freed, Suigetsu made it clear that defeating Orochimaru did not make Sasuke his boss, since many of Orochimaru's test subjects, including Suigetsu, were also after his life and sooner or later someone would have killed him. He then threatened to kill Sasuke. When Sasuke replied with complete indifference, Suigetsu backed off saying that he was just testing him and agreed to join him. Once they left, Suigetsu had Sasuke take him to the Land of Waves, to retrieve Zabuza's sword from his grave and hoping to get all the other swords from the "Seven Swordsman's of the Mist".

After leaving the Land of Waves, the two continued north to another one of Orochimaru's bases. After finding Karin, Sasuke told Suigetsu to go release the prisoners. Before releasing them however, Suigetsu told them to spread the word that Sasuke killed Orochimaru and would bring peace to the world. As Sasuke hadn't ordered him to say these things, his motives appear to be unclear.

Once Karin was persuaded to join, they headed out to get the catalyst to Orochimaru's curse seals, Jugo. They had to fight their way through an army of people branded with the Cursed Seal to reach him, and under Sasuke's orders were told not to kill any of them. When they found Jugo, who attacked them, Suigetsu attempted to kill him. However Sasuke intervened and threatened to kill both of them if they didn't stop fighting. Once Jugo calmed down, and with some persuasion on Sasuke's part, Jugo was recruited. Afterwards Sasuke told them their mission and their new team's name; they would be known as "Snake" (Hebi), and their mission was to find Itachi Uchiha.

[edit] Search for Uchiha

Suigetsu goes off on his own after being ordered with the rest of "Snake" to find Itachi. After tracing Deidara's suicide explosion to Sasuke, Suigetsu tells Sasuke that he should be kinder to animals, after witnessing Sasuke using Manda as a shield to protect himself from the explosion. After they rest and continue on their adventure, Sasuke finds Itachi and goes to challenge him. First, his group encounters Kisame, who tells them Sasuke must go alone. Leaving "Snake" behind, Suigetsu challenges Kisame to a battle, who gladly accepts while Sasuke finally makes Itachi's death a reality. It is later revealed that Zetsu interfered in the fight, leaving both Suigetsu and Kisame alive. Suigetsu was next seen with the rest of Team Snake as it was renamed Team Hawk, and later attempted to challenge Kisame again. However, this attempt was stopped by Tobi. Suigetsu will have to try harder to get himself some "tasty shark fin". Afterwards, Sasuke stated that Suigetsu was no match for Kisame at that point.

[edit] Hunt For the Eight-Tailes

He is next seen grabbing a Kumogakure shinobi through a fence, using his liquid body, and try to make him tell him the wherabouts of the Eight-Tails Jinchūriki, only to be stopped when Sasuke uses his new Mangekyo Sharingan eyes to make the cloud ninja talk. Afterwards he is seen muttering over the fact that those eyes takes away his fun.

When later locating the Eight-Tailed Jinchūriki, he is the first to attack him, and is off panel defeated by him, and disarmed.

And in the following chapter, he is seen fighting the 8-tails with Jugo as a distraction, while Sasuke is healed by Karin.

[edit] Abilities

Suigetsu is able to reduce himself to liquid form and to return to bodily form at will. This ability also allows him to change his body shape, giving him the ability to increase the size of his limbs, proportionally increasing his strength, if necessary. It also makes striking him somewhat difficult; since he is made of liquid, any regular strike will go right through his watery form. It is unknown if this is some sort of bloodline trait, or if it is due to Orochimaru's experimentation. He is arguably quite powerful or at least very confident in his abilities, since he has threatened Sasuke on more than one occasion. Suigetsu is also the first ninja seen carrying water bottles on his outfit. Given his somewhat frequent desire to consume water, Suigetsu may require regular hydration to sustain his watery form. He is however weak against lightning based techniques.

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