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Kaito Hiroki (大樹海斗 Hiroki Kaito) is a jōnin shinobi of Konohagakure. He is also the fourth and current jinchūriki of Kurama — the Nine-Tails. Well known for being a jinchūriki, as well as his kenjutsu abilities and strane dōjutsu, he is entered in several Bingo Books and known by the moniker Sanbu Meijin (三部名人, Three-Field Master), but he is also known as the Tamenseiko (多面性狐 Fox of Many Faces) for the sheer variety of his skills. Aside from his relations with his fellow cell-members, Kaito is a friend of Fū, a Takigakure shinobi and fellow jinchūriki.
Sometime after Kaito's birth, he was deemed to be the next host for Nine-Tailed Demon Fox, as the current Hokage had no living relatives. However, his parents made it clear that he was not the be the host, and due to the rest of the villagers being unwilling, the Fox was sealed inside a container and placed under strict guard.
When Kaito was in the Ninja Academy, his classmates often remarked on how quiet he was and how strange his hair looked, being the only child in the Academy with snow-white hair. During his time at the Academy, he was seen as a genius student, but he had a habit of keeping to himself. Even after school, he would be by himself, training constantly by himself. Graduating from the Academy with the second top grades, and was assigned to an unknown Genin team with an unknown commander. It was said however that he did not get along well with his teammates. He was promoted to Chūnin after taking the Exams only once, and was later promoted to Jōnin.
Becoming the Nine-Tails Jinchūriki Edit
Kaito, during a routine patrol of the village, had encounter Hantai and Shippū Uzumaki, members of the scattered Uzumaki Clan who were residing in Kirigakure. The world is currently in the middle of a World War, and the two Uzumaki Clan members had been sent to Konohagakure to abduct Kurama, the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox, with the intent of Hantai herself becoming the jinchūriki, much like Kaito had originally been intended as a child, to aid her country in the war. Kaito naturally objected to this, and, after a brief skirmish, had followed her down to where Kurama was sealed within the jar. Fatally wounded by the fox itself, Kaito used the last of his chakra to activate his dōjutsu, utilising his space-time ninjutsu to warp the sealed form of Kurama into his own body; becoming Kurama's new Jinchūriki as well as saving his own life.
Due to becoming a Jinchūriki at a later point in his life, Kaito did not grow up shunned by his village or loathing humanity, personality traits common in most Jinchūriki. Kaito is a calm and kind individual, willing to help those who need it. Despite this, he prefers to stay by himself, something he has since he was a child, either reading or training. As mentioned, Kaito is not fond of talking to others, only doing so when he needs to, such as when introducing himself. Despite this, he can manage to put up a jokey and calm façade; playing along with others in order to try and put up with them.
Interestingly, Kaito is in possession of a rather solitary and matter-of-fact attitude; being rather detached and blunt, though he is not arrogant in the slightest; in fact, he is rather modest about his abilities; despite his overwhelming power as the host of Kurama. Because of his natural stoic behaviour, it can be utilized to his advantage in battle, as it is rather simple for him to remain absolutely calm and composed in the heat of the fight, enabling him to stay focused on the current situation and notice everything. While normally very quiet, when he does indeed speak, he is polite, normally adding the proper honorifics onto the respective person's name. He also has a habit of ending his sentences with the polite "de gozaru".
Despite being in his 20's, Kaito bears the appearance of older teenage boy, but he possesses unusual snow-white hair, a trait others of his family and village don't have. He is a fairly tall, lean-built person with peach skin, purple eyes and he is slightly muscular. He wears a turban, normally black on his head that covers his right eye, a black scarf which doubles as a mask. His outfit is old fashioned, wearing a altered white haori over a black kosode and hakama. He wears boots instead of normal sandals, as well as gloves. On his right arm, he wears a gauntlet.
This is revealed to be a "casual" outfit Kaito wears while traveling, however. On official duty as a shinobi of Konohagakure, Kaito dons the traditional flak jacket, albeit a lighter colour than most shinobi. His outfit is heavily customized, as only the flak jacket bears the symbol of Uzushiogakure, while his sleeves, as well as his headband,(despite being a Konohagakure shinobi) bear the symbol of a triquetra, modeled after the seal used to bind Kurama to his soul. He still wears the familiar turban around his head to hide his eye, as well as the golden gauntlet which to date serves no known function. His pants, unlike most, are white.
Kaito is a unique example of a jinchūriki. Despite being Kurama's current jinchūriki, Kaito, unlike many other jinchūriki, became one during his early adulthood, instead of as a young child (though this was originally intended when he was born, Kaito's parents refused to have such a fate for their son). Due to this, Kaito is well versed in multiple other skills that he's honed from his time as a Genin to his promotion to Jōnin, and has become a powerful asset to Konohogakure, recorded in the Bingo Books under multiple monikers, and is one of the few shinobi ever to, in times of war, have flee-on-sight orders given to enemy shinobi should Kaito enter the battlefield.
Kaito possesses high skill levels in various forms of combat, possessing aptitude for weapons of all kinds, while not specialising solely in them, he activing employs them in combat. Kaito has a well trained body, and can perform physical attacks with ease, and is skilled in the use of two nature transformations that he has the use of multiple techniques with. Even before becoming Kurama's jinchūriki, Kaito appeared to possess a large reserve of chakra, which was only mulitplied when Kurama's chakra became his to access. However, Kaito's most notable trait is his highly adaptable body; becoming a jinchūriki well into his early adulthood, Kaito has proved to be able to adapt to this, while other jinchūriki usually were made to adapt from children until they die, Kaito has proven that, in the span of a few short years, he was able to adapt to Kurama's presence and his chakra.
Genmagan (幻曲眼, Illusion Warp Eye, alternative Demonic Illusion Eye) is a special dōjutsu of Kaito's; it is unknown where he has obtained it, however, it is hinted to be the dōjutsu of the Hiroki Clan. When activated, the Genmagan shows its true form as it resembles that of a Mangekyō Sharingan. The eye itself is black, with a red design resembling a Triquetra. When activating the Space-Time Ninjutsu, it glows red. This is the eye that his Space-Time Ninjutsu stems from, the portal is focused here when he uses it; when it opens, Kaito is capable of sucking things into an alternate dimension from which the object is nearly unable to escape, or even expel them. The effect of the Genmagan acts as an attractive force, both visibly drawing the target inwards and distorting their form until they disappear, although physical contact is required to absorb a target. After absorbing targets through this process, Kaito is capable of ejecting them from the eye used at any time of his choosing, demonstrating the ability to eject objects with varying degrees of force—with the max velocity being capable of piercing through a tree, greatly surprising any and all opponents. Another unique trait of the Genmagan is that it enables Kaito to teleport to any location that he so indeed wishes, including the other dimension. When using the Genmagan to teleport living beings, including Kaito himself, whatever the foe is touching will be warped along with them and their chakra becomes untraceable; Kaito claims to have had the eye for as long as he could remember, but no one else in his family has ever shown this eye, and to even see through the eye consumes Kaito's chakra greatly, requiring him to keep it hidden under his turban.
Jinchūriki Transformations Edit
As the Nine-Tails' jinchūriki, Kaito is gifted with its enormous supply of chakra and stamina, accelerated healing (recovering from minor injuries within a few seconds to major injuries within a day) and depending on the amount of the Nine-Tails' chakra he's using, Kaito is also given an increase in strength and speed, along with an increase in his healing factor to immense levels and, at times, he is granted a nearly impenetrable chakra shroud.
Kaito's normal chakra level is considered extremely high, partially because of the Nine-Tails. The Trqieutra Seal had allowed a small amount of the Nine-Tails' chakra to always mix with Kaito's own. Due to this, he is capable of using techniques that require vast amounts of chakra without much strain on himself.
After Kaito successfully separated the chakra from the Nine-Tails, and imprisoned the Nine-Tails itself with an upgraded seal seal, he can access its chakra directly whenever he needs it without interacting with the beast at all. In doing so, he gains a chakra shroud that resembles a silhouette of the Sage of the Six Paths. The new shroud gives him an even greater amount of protection than the former cloaks, and Kaito also gains the Nine-Tails' ability to sense negative emotions as well as chakra signatures from very long distances. Finally, Kaito can retain complete control even in this fully released state. When fully transformed, he can easily fire a Tailed Beast Ball many times the size of its already giant body.
Within his Nine-Tails' Chakra mode, Kaito displays a fighting style that is far more instinctual than practised; this comes from the fact that, while they may not like each other, Kaito and Kurama acknowledge that working together is the most effective way to get things done, and Kaito draws on Kurama's knowledge of his own powers to use them in the most effective manner. While Kaito's methods of using ninjutsu do not change, his physical combat becomes direct and brutal, utilising crushing blows with the intent to break bones. However, what is truly notable is Kaito's use of Kurma's chakra in this form. Showing an expertise in the manipulation of the shroud, Kaito can, in adddition to chakra arms, branch off chakra from these arms to create multiple arms, or, branch the chakra off of his body to create a duplicate of his torso that can attack the opponent, along with a slew of other various applications that aid Kaito in combat; relying on a combination of power, strength, and speed, always on the offensive, attacking with wide, fast, and power blows, performing amazing feats of acrobatics, such as somersaults and backflips, not only for attack, but also to evade the attacks and strikes of his opponents. Running, jumping, and spinning are all emphasized in his style, allowing Kaito to move at high speeds and rain strong blows, jumping and attacking through the air. Powerful and quick spinning attacks are utilized from all angles, either from ground or air, appearing like a blur to his opponents, attacking from all directions—the front, the sides, overhead, or behind. As evidenced, his style is truly aggressive, discarding defenses in favour of intense speed and overwhelming strength. Overall, his fighting style in this form is very similar to that of a berserker from Norse legends; attacking relentlessly, even if he has been grievously wounded before.After Kaito and Kurama gained a mututal respect for each other, they grudgingly agree to work together. As such, Kaito effectively has full control over the Nine-Tails' immense chakras, and can fully transform into the titantic fox demon. While in this state, Kaito gains a massive increase in speed, strength, durability, and chakra, being able to fully tap into Kurama's near-limitless chakra. In addition, he gains full access to the Tailed Beast's ultimate attack, the Tailed Beast Ball, instead of the several crude imitations he has managed to produce for use in human state. Due to having been the Jinchūriki of Kurama for close to a few years, Kaito and Kurama has a fairly strong link, and can mantain the Tailed Beast state for prolonged periods of time before showing strain.
While not as skilled in Taijutsu as he is with his sword, Kaito has indeed been shown to be quite competent and deadly when unarmed. He has repeatedly shown great agility and coordination in his attacks. In addition to having powerful punches, Kaito is proficient in counterattacks, takedowns, and body locks. He has, on one occasion, caught an opponent's weapon strike with a single hand; though the opponent was able to overpower him afterwards. When in battle unarmed, Kaito is ruthlessly pragmatic; possessing absolutely no concept of a code of honour; and as such, he will strike females, attack children, hit below the belt, and even pull dirty tactics. Additionally, he is quite inventive—coming up with creative attacks on the spot to launch against his enemies, catching them by surprise.
Kaito's favoured manner of offense is that of the way of punching; making use of his powerful arms and fists to take on his foes, with his specialty lying in punching moves where he uses his fists to their fullest. In terms of fighting style, Kaito focuses specially on power, using strong and powerful punches, such as powerpacked jabs or piercing uppercuts, to deal damaging blows to his opponents. Once he catches an opponent in his combos, he keep them trapped by keeping up his strikes, not allowing his opponents a chance to counterattack. For stronger strikes, Kaito tends to build up momentum with his fists by swinging them around, before hitting his opponent with full force. However, it has been shown that he will use kicks as well to close the distance between him and his opponent. The force and speed that he strikes with often catches many an opponent off-guard, and he is able to apply even more force into his blows, giving his limbs even more power and devastating reach.
Kaito is highly skilled in the Lightning Release (雷遁, Raiton); which allows him to produce, control and manipulate lightning and electricity at his will with hand-seals. Through its use, Kaito can not only generate lightning from his body, but also make it appear from almost anywhere to strike his opponents, taking them by surprise. By generating electricity on different parts of his body, he is capable of making his attacks in melee deadlier, and of propelling himself around to gain extra momentum. The bright light from his lightning can be also used to momentarily blind enemies. As a passive ability of Lightning Release; it has also been shown that Kaito is near immune to Genjutsu through the use of an electric barrier. This is done by activating Chakra Flow the moment that Kaito senses an genjutsu, erecting a pulsing electrical "fence" which swirls around him, disrupting any illusions around him.
Fire Release (火遁, Katon) is the nature that Kaito specializes in; it is one of the basic elemental nature transformations. It is performed by moulding superheated chakra inside the stomach before releasing it via the lungs and mouth. There are also variants to this in the form of some mediums such as the use of gun powder, explosive tags and chakra flow into a weapon. Kaito is able to conjure Fire Release from various parts of his body or from the nearby surroundings, though it is possible for weapons to use fire as well. Commonly affiliated with the Tiger hand seal, Fire Release consists of mid to long-ranged offensive techniques that cause combustive and explosive damage. Kaito can generate shapes composed of fire from any point on his body; he usually employs his hands to "sculpt" the flames, occasionally as a lasso to ensnare enemies. He can form fire into long streams, spheres, or even more complex shapes like letters in skywriting. These flames-objects will only remain their shapes as long as he concentrates upon them. The objects will only burn about 3 minutes before expiring unless Kaito continues to infuse them with energy. The temperature of these fiery projections is generally around 2,800 F, near the melting point of iron; his flames have the potential to explode, which sets them apart from any others.
Kaito's skill in Fire Release is to the point that he can actively control his own techniques, such as his use of the Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique, where he can modify its shape, range, etc. If he wants to focus it into a stream, he can with frightening ease by spreading out the energy before it is kneaded and converted into flame; and he can transform it into a chaotic set of spiraling flames by distorting and randomly converging and separating the energy that is required to create the technique. His use of an attack like this releases highly condensed blasts of flame that can burn the surrounding area it comes into contact with, and even leave those who stare at it temporarily blind.
Shape Transformation and Chakra ControlEditKaito is well versed in shape transformation, an advanced form of chakra control and a technique that is pivotal for the manipulation of chakra and the creation of new techniques. It involves changing the form and movement of chakra, determining the size, range, and purpose of a technique. The ultimate example of shape manipulation is the Rasengan, which is described as shape manipulation that has been taken "to the highest possible level". The Rasengan relies heavily on chakra control and does not require the use of hand seals. By building up on precepts learned from the Tree Climbing Practice and Water Surface Walking Practice chakra control exercises, the Rasengan is chakra that has been rotated and then compressed into the shape of a sphere.
When transforming through his progressive forms as a Jinchūriki into his tailed beast, Kaito has his chakra moulded around him to resemble the shape of Kurama. Through further transformations, the tailed beast chakra can materialise into the flesh and bone of the tailed beast. Overall, Kaito himself is shown to be highly adept in the ways of Shape Transformation—moulding his chakra into various objects, his natures, and even enhancing his blows by coiling the chakra around his sword or even his arms and legs. In fact, Kaito sees Shape Transformation as a natural extension of his chakra and can do it seamlessly and effortlessly; as his chakra is actually a natural extension of his body due to his power as a Jinchūriki.
The Summoning Technique is a space–time ninjutsu that allows Kaito to transport animals or people across long distances instantly via blood. Before an animal summoning can be performed, a prospective summoner must first sign a contract with a given species. The contract comes in the form of a scroll, on which the contractor uses their own blood to sign their name and place their fingerprints and once signed it is valid even after the contractors death as long as the contract itself remains intact. After this they need only offer an additional donation of blood on the hand they signed the contract with, mould their chakra with hand seals and then plant the hand they signed the contract with at the location they wish to summon the creature. The amount of chakra used during the summoning determines how powerful the summoned creature can be. It should be noted that anyone can summon a contracted animal as long as they have the blood from someone who has made a contract, the seal of the summoned creature, along with a source of sufficient chakra that the summon will accept. A creature is capable of determining who is attempting to summon it from the chakra used. Once summoned, the animal can perform a task or help the user in battle. The summon is not required to help the user, and may be more of a hindrance than an ally. In addition, summons are able to summon their summoner; Kaito's summon animals are noted to be one of the deadliest summons to exist.
Cassowaries (火食鳥 Hikuidori) are the personal summoning of Kaito Hiroki, and hailed as the deadliest bird on the planet. Cassowaries are very large flightless birds that naturally appear in tropical regions of the Shinobi world. The Cassowary is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu. Many summoned Cassowary can speak, and some can use jutsu. Cassowary possess incredible speed, capable of reaching up to 30mph, and leg strength, allowing it to jump 5 feet into the air, it's an accomplished swimmer, excelling at both the breast and butterfly stroke. And their kick may be the last thing their opponent sees because the end of the foot possesses a razor sharp, 6 in. long claw that can easily rip the insides out of a human. If this fails, it can still cause massive internal bleeding and organ damage, which if not treated, can cause a slow and painful death. It also possesses an armored head. Interestingly, Kaito's cassowaries, in addition to their overwhelming speed and strength, show the ability to shoot exploding feathers from their body with almost pin-point accuracy—locking on to the opponent as the feathers track them down, almost always striking their target and rarely missing. As the cassowaries run at high speeds, their own chakra is gathered at their feet, enabling them to have short bursts of speed that allows them to disappear from sight in movement.
Bukijutsu can be used in combination with taijutsu, ninjutsu, genjutsu, chakra flow, and even other weapons in order to achieve more devastating effects—and because of this versatility, bukijutsu is employed in a vast array of ninja techniques. Bukijutsu, in some form, is used by almost all shinobi; and Kaito himself is a highly skilled user of the art. Interestingly, his sword can also be combined with mechanisms to aid in missions and combat.
Kaito is known to utilize wires that he stashes away as razor-sharp and near-impossible to see weapons, slicing into the opponent as they cannot see the movements of the wires; twirling them around in an arcing formation as to generate a massive ring of destruction that cleaves through his foes. Kaito is also capable of using kunai which are launched from a spring-loaded mechanism within his sleeve which also have explosive tags attached to them to increase damage, additionally using them to compensate for the loss of his sword. Lastly, Kaito is known to be an avid trap-maker; quickly and strategically laying traps and defense mechanisms all throughout the area so fast that opponents do not notice them until it is too late.
Shurikenjutsu pertains to techniques that entail the throwing of shuriken, kunai, senbon or any other of a number of bladed, hand-held weapons. Shurikenjutsu can be used in combination with other arts in order to create more devastating techniques. As a consequence of the versatility of the weapons involved, it is practiced by nearly all ninjas to some extent. However, because of its value as a supplemental art, numerous more innovative techniques have been developed, including ones that can even alter the trajectory of the projectiles once they've be thrown. Like most ninja, Kaito has intricate knowledge of how to wield traditional ninja tools; however, he has his own unique spin on them; utilizing them sparingly. His throws are scarily accurate; this allows him to battle a number of opponents all by himself just with the weapons. His skill is more than enough to cause opponents to easily fall into his trap; leaving them wide open and receiving innumerable omnidirectional onslaughts as a price; though, Kaito is noted to be never wasteful of his tools.
Kaito wields a sword, and seems to be skilled with it. While a very powerful blade on it's own, capable of cutting a tree in half with one swing, it's power can be enhanced with Chakra Flow. Using this, Kaito can channel the Kyūbi's chakra into the blade to strengthen it. With his sword, Kaito can cleave through both armoured samurai and their horses with ease; his sword is so heavy that it can slice through regular weapons and armour in a single slash; however, he wields it effortlessly. In terms of close combat however, Kaito uses a rather balanced style; being balanced out between the various specializations of the other forms of swordsmanship, covering many of the basic moves, but focusing on overall moderation. This results in a fighting style that lacks a significant advantage, but also lacking any serious drawbacks, and thereby not leaving adherents as exposed as some of the more aggressive or specialized forms. It has a relaxed focus on bladework, designed as a simple, easy to use form, though it is also absolutely deadly. Even so, despite being a jack of all trades, and a master of none, Kaito's swordsmanship is enough to inflict a lethal blow through sheer speed and precision without staining his beautiful blade with crimson—the incredible force exerted via a mere swing of the sword is enough to tear the air and release a blade of wind which can slice through buildings. His precision is even able to cut off a lit candle's wick and keep it lit on the edge of his sword; as well as produce shockwaves from his strikes to intercept enemy attacks
While not initially trained in Senjutsu on his own, Kaito adopted the abilities of a Sage after absorbing the chakra of the remaining Tailed Beasts, whose chakra resonated within his body to create the Six Paths Sage Technique. As the chakra of the original Ten-Tails gave off the same sensations as the natural energy circulating throughout the world, the chakra of all the Tailed Beasts, when used in concert, is the same. Kaito, in turn, has gained the ability to manupulate this very same natural energy.
Six Paths Sage Technique Edit
Kaito Hiroki later obtained his own variation of the Six Paths Sage Technique, similar to the one utilized by Naruto Uzumaki. During the Third Shinobi World War, Kaito fought many battles as a shinobi of Konohagakure, and was met in combat by jinchūriki from the Five Great Shinobi Countries. As opposed to properly killing them, when besting them in combat, Kaito absorbed chakra from their Tailed Beast, acquiring the strength and abilities of these Tailed Beasts in the process. Fū lent Kaito Chōmei's chakra after the fact. Merely a fragment of a Tailed Beast's Chakra is equivalent to the necessary full amount; the same held true for Kaito, when portions of the Tailed Beast's chakra were sealed into him, they manifested as fully fledged Tailed Beasts. Acquiring the chakra of all nine Tailed Beasts essentially Kaito a psuedo-Ten Tails Jinchūriki (疑似 十尾 人柱力, Giji Jūbi Jinchūriki). The manifestation of this form allows Kaito to generate Truth Seeking Balls, which only appear after donning the Tailed Beast Cloak.
Other Skills Edit
Kaito also possesses fair knowledge in a few other skills, such as Fūinjutsu. While he has no knowledge of to perform them, he is able to recognise several seals, and determine their strength by what type they are. He also shows the ability to produce Shadow Clone Technique, and, as the jinchūriki of Kurama, the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique as well.
- (To the Kyūbi) "To be honest, I'm not looking forward to this at all. But, I'm going to have to master your power eventually, and now is as good a time as any. And I might as well pay you back for what you did to me when we first met." (正直に言うと、私はすべて、このことを楽しみにしていない。しかし、私は、最終的にあなたの力を習得しているつもりだ今が一番良い時です。そして、私はあなたと同様に我々が最初に会ったときに私に何のために君に返済可能性があります,でござるデ。, Shōjiki ni iuto, watashi wa subete, kono koto o tanoshimi ni shite inai. Shikashi, watashi wa, saishū-teki ni anata no chikara o shūtoku shite iru tsumorida ima ga ichiban yoi tokidesu. Soshite, watashi wa anata to dōyō ni wareware ga saisho ni atta toki ni watashi ni nani no tame ni kimi ni hensai kanō-sei ga arimasu, de gozaru.")
- According to the author:
- Kaito's hobby is traveling the world.
- Kaito wishes to fight against anyone strong, or anyone who threatens his teammates.
- Kaito's favourite foods are fish cooked over an open fire, and bread. His least favorite foods are anything dry.
- Kaito's favourite phrase is self-reliant person (一匹狼 ippikiookami).
- Kaito Hiroki's images were made by User:Zanpakuto-Leader. All credit for the images goes to him.
- Kaito's theme, according to his creator, is Last Moment by Spyair.