Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto series ✒️ comes with an array of interesting, exhilarating, and memorable characters, one of the most popular is Hatake Kakashi.
As the leader of Team 7, Kakashi is a source of wisdom and motivation for Naruto and his friends. However, he is far from the stereotypical sensei and has his personality, his story is touching, and he masters an impressive arsenal of Jutsu. 📜
As Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura grew older, Kakashi's role as a teacher became less and less important, as evidenced by the battles against Pain, Obito, and Kaguya, the Sharingan user battling with his elder disciples on a peer-to-peer basis.
In addition to the electrifying fight scenes, Kakashi is known for his many quirks, like his penchant for adult fiction and his unwavering ability to show up late for all dates. Despite his comedic tendencies, Kakashi is arguably one of the best characters in the entire series, starting as an arrogant and brutal young ninja and evolving into a generous and selfless leader.
While he's incredibly popular, there's a lot about Kakashi that Naruto fans might not know. Some of these facts have come to light in larger media, 📺 and some relate to Masashi Kishimoto's character design and development.
With our copy of "Cruising Heaven" firmly in hand, here are the 15 things you don't know about Hatake Kakashi.
15. HIS MASK COVERS A MYSTERY
One of Naruto's biggest mysteries - when it comes to the filler episodes - was what secrets 🤐 were hidden under Kakashi's mask. Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura spent countless hours trying to grab their Sensei without his mask, but for some reason, they always failed.
Ultimately, Kakashi decided to harness his students' curiosity and turned that goal into a team-building exercise. In the episode "A Special Mission" of Shippuden, Team 7 works with mysterious photographer Sukea to take a photo of their elusive Sensei. 📷 At the climax of the episode, Sukeaturned out to be none other than Kakashi himself in disguise, and after hundreds of episodes, the show will finally reveal the character's full profile. The big secret? A small mole on the chin.
14. HIS SWORD WAS A LEGACY OF THE HATAKE CLAN
Hatake Kakashi owns the White Chakra Saber, however, Kakashi is not known to be a sword wielder in the Naruto series. However, flashback scenes ⚡ show that, in his youth, the ninja often fought with a small Tantō blade. Although not much is said about the weapon, this Katana is much more important than a simple standard sword. ⚔️
Known as the White Light Chakra Saber, the Tantō is an heirloom of the Hatake clan, passed down to Kakashi from his father Sakumo. The blade gets its name from the streak of color that is created when the weapon is launched, and this is what gave Sakumo the nickname " Konoha White Fang".
Despite its relatively modest appearance, the White Light Chakra Saber is a powerful ninja weapon, and its destruction during Kakashi's fight against Kakkō was truly unfortunate. The Naruto Shippuden 📺 episodes, however, seemed to indicate that the blade had been forged anew, although Kakashi did not wear it in the main timeline.
13. THE KAKASHI MANGEKYO SHARINGAN
There is debate within the Naruto fandom as to how Kakashi developed his version of the Mangekyo Sharingan. Kakashi will first use the onscreen technique during his battle against Akatsuki member Deidara in Naruto Shippuden, but it will be confirmed later that Kakashi has had this power since he was a child, exactly at the same moment when Obito acquired it, shortly after Rin died. ☠️
There is no definitive answer to why Kakashi waited so long to use this ability. Some believe he never realized he possessed such power before seeing Itachiuse it during their fight. Others claim that young Kakashi did not have enough chakras to perform such exceptional techniques.
Obviously, the real reason for this mystery has more to do with Kishimoto's gradual additions regarding the Sharingan. However, a clearer explanation in the narrative could have been helpful. 📚 Discover our blog which deals with Kakashi's Sharingan.
12. CHŪNIN AT 6 YEARS OLD
Young ninjas often appear on the screen and look a lot older than they are, character ages are usually vague in anime as a rule. As such, some fans might be surprised at how young Hatake Kakashi was when he reached the first two big milestones of his ninja career.
The future Sixth Hokage was only 5 years old when he graduated from Konoha Academy and became a young Genin, and it only took him a year to ascend to the rank of Chūnin. 🎉 By comparison, Neji Hygūa- who was also considered a child prodigy - became a Genin at 12 and a Chūnin at 15. This impressive rise in rank can perhaps be attributed in part to the Third Great Shinobi War, but it also shows just how powerful Kakashi was, even at a very young age and long before he obtained his Sharingan.
11. KAKASHI BLESSES THE MASSACRE OF THE UCHIHA CLAN
The massacre of the Uchiha Clan 🌖 by Itachi is one of the most significant events in Naruto history, and the blame for the tragedy can be shared between multiple characters.
As far as Kakashi is concerned, part of the blame could also be attributed to him. While working under the Third Hokage, Itachi joined Kakashi as a member of his team, and the white-haired ninja served as a mentor to his partner Uchiha. Although Kakashi recognized Itachi's abilities, he was concerned about the brutal nature of the Uchiha and therefore attempted to instill in him the importance of teamwork. 🤜🤛
One day, Itachi sought various advice from Kakashi in an attempt to honor the memory of his deceased friends, and soon after, the massacre was committed. 🩸 Since the incident, Kakashi has regretted his inability to guide Itachi down a path other than that of violence, and while it was an extremely meaningful moment, the scenes were quite low-key during the anime, they certainly didn't receive the exposure they deserved.
10. KAKASHI DOES NOT WANT TO RETIRE
For a while, Hatake Kakashi 🐶 took over from Hokage before relinquishing the title to Naruto and retiring. Although he has moved away from the front lines, Naruto media has subsequently shown that Kakashi does not appear to have adopted a laid-back lifestyle and instead continues to perform missions in an unofficial capacity.
In the Boruto series, Kakashi reveals that he has conducted his investigations into Danzo's experiences as well as other antagonists, and he even takes action to save the village from the dangerous " Nue" beast. 🐲 Interestingly, Kakashi was also seen giving instructions to Naruto, during the fight against " Nue", continuing their teacher/student relationship, despite Naruto's adult status and village Hokage.
9. HIS ANBU MASK REFLECTS HIS INVOCATIONS
Masashi Kishimotois renowned for his attention to detail, especially when it comes to character and costume design. However, fans are unlikely to have noticed each of the connections between the different characters. One of Kakashi's best “easter eggs” 🐣 can be seen in the ninja's early years when he was a member of the Anbu.
The Anbu masks Konoha are designed to look like animals, and Kakashi is much like that of a dog. 🐶 This is a reference to Kakashi's calling ability, which allows him to summon a pack of ninja dogs, interestingly enough, one could argue that the mask even incorporates the traits of several of Kakashi's canine friends.
Ninkens by Kakashi becomes less common later in the series, this little reference was a nice way to recall one of Kakashi's most famous techniques. 📜
8. THE TECHNIQUE: PURPLE FLASH
After the Fourth Great Ninja War, Kakashi was left with two eyes, but neither of them possessed the Sharingan and many onlookers might be wondering if the ninja widely known as “Kakashi the Copier Ninja” could still be level d. 'Hokage without his Dôjutsu. 👁️
The answer to this question didn't take long, as Kakashi made up for his Sharingan by reminding everyone of why he was revered at the start of his ninja career. He achieved this in particular by inventing a whole new technique called Flash Violet. ⚡ Used in the Boruto and Kakashi Hiden series, Flash Violet is a very powerful technique and an impressive variation of Chidori.
7. FANS UNDERSTANDING ABOUT HIS SUSANOO
During Naruto Shippuden's final fight, Kakashi momentarily receives both Uchiha's eyes from Obito, which will greatly increase his power. Shortly after gaining the extra eye, Kakashi unleashes a perfectly trained and controlled Susanoo 🕹️
Despite the ingenuity of the scene itself, many Naruto fans took issue with how quickly Kakashi managed to manipulate the Susanoo technique, especially considering the hard training the other characters had to undergo to perfect this technique.
That said, it may just be a testament to Kakashi's natural genius. Also, it's good to remember that even though he wasn't an Uchiha and possessed only one Eye endowed with the Sharingan, Kakashi had used the power of Obito 👁️ for most of his life, and therefore knew his abilities.
6. HIS DOUBLER IS ALSO CALLED CHARLIE IN "MY UNCLE CHARLIE"
At first glance, you might not think that Hatake Kakashi and Charlie Sheen have much in common. You might be surprised to find that one of the main actors in Kakashi's voice, Kazuhiko Inoue, is also the Japanese voice of Charlie Harper in "My Uncle Charlie".
Granted, both characters would enjoy a good read of Jiraiya's book " Frolic Heaven ", but other than that it's certainly fun to think of Kakashi's voice attached to Charlie Harper's bachelor lifestyle.
Kazuhiko also performed in several other soundtracks Japanese 🎙️ from well-known Western productions like Jack Shepherd in Lost, Kaecilius in Doctor Strange, and the character of Jason Statham in the Transporter series. A CV that is both versatile and varied!
5. KAKASHI HIDEN
Fans eager to continue the Kakashi story after Naruto Shippuden might be surprised and delighted to learn that a small novel exists, which covers the period between the last episode of the series and Kakashi's election as the Hokage...
Kakashi Hiden - Frozen Sky Struck by Lightning 📖 was written by Akira Higashiyama but illustrated by series creator Masashi Kishimoto, and is therefore considered outstanding by many fans. The story is also very significant, as it explains why Kakashi ultimately decides to agree to become a Hokage when he was reluctant to become one.
Most of the novel takes place on an airship, with Kakashi and Gai Senseiforced to fight a group of dangerous criminals. Seeing Konoha 11 in action, Kakashi decides he will take the reins of the village until his students are ready to do it for him.
4. KAKASHI WAS KISHIMOTO'S FIRST CHOICE FOR A SPIN-OFF
Kakashi's popularity has been enormous throughout the Naruto series, 📺 and he has consistently appeared in the top positions of various Ninja popularity polls. Therefore, the character would likely have been a prime candidate for a spin-off in the mind of the Naruto fandom.
Kakashi was also the creator of Masashi Kishimoto's first choice for a potential series. Indeed, the mangaka confirmed in an interview with the Shonen Jump editors that, if he were to create a Naruto story with a different main character, Hatake Kakashi would be his first choice. 1️⃣
Since much of Kakashi's history has already been covered, he would likely focus on Kakashi's days as Jōnin and chronicle the various missions he undertook that helped cement his formidable reputation as a ninja.
3. HE ORIGINALLY ENDED HIS SENTENCES WITH "DE GOZARU"
In anime and manga, it may be common for characters to end their sentences with a phrase or a certain sound to indicate a personality clue or to add a unique feature to their character. Masashi Kishimoto ✒️ originally wanted Kakashi to have a characteristic of this type, and the first drafts of the character concluded the sentences by saying "de gozaru".
This phrase is often used to indicate a formal, somewhat old-fashioned, and rigid language pattern, and is particularly associated with different types of samurai and the traditional mind.
Perhaps it's a blessing that this quirk was dropped from the final character ❌, not only because it would have been a bit boring for international viewers, but also because it could have changed Kakashi's more laid-back nature. adulthood. Otherthan that, very little has been changed from Kishimoto's original concept on the character of Kakashi.
2. THE NAME KAKASHI SHALL BE TRANSLATED BY "HARVESTER OF AGRICULTURAL LAND"
Name translations can often reveal some salient details of an anime and manga character, and while some are obvious (like the Narutomaki connection 🍥 ) others are less well known. For example, the name " Kakashi " translates in English to "scarecrow," with the full title "Hatake Kakashi" which roughly means "Scarecrow of farmland."
While the term ninja has no particular connection to the ins and outs of farming techniques, it does explain Kakashi's appearance and hairstyle 🦳, which echoes the visual appearance of a scarecrow, in a way.
1. KAKASHI HAS A VERSION OF THE "EMOTIONAL SPIRIT" OF SAKURA
One of the funniest elements of the Naruto series is Sakura's emotional wit 👻, the lively and easily irritable side of Sakura that only the viewer or reader can see. Unfortunately, this comedic technique wasn't applied to other characters in the series, but as anyone who's played the Clash of Ninja video game knows, Kakashi's emotional spirit exists as well.
In-game, players can use Kakashi's Sharingan's copy ability to mimic Sakura's "Cha Barrage" movement, giving fans a taste of what an inner Kakashi might look like. Kakashi and Sasuke can also mimic Sakura's deep spirit in Ultimate Ninja 🎮, revealing inner versions of themselves.
While the appearances are only brief, they hint at what might have happened if Kishimoto had shown a little more awkwardness and openness to these usually reserved ninjas.
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