Hey guys, welcome back to another blog, and for today’s blog, we’re going to be talking about one of the most fascinating and question mark characters in the Naruto world, and the third of the four members that make up Team Heavy/Taka, and that is Jugo. We were first introduced to Jugo in Volume 38 and Chapter 348 of the manga, and his debut appearance in the anime in Episode 116.
Being one of the more interesting characters in Naruto with spiky orange hair, and side note, I know I’m not the only one who used to get Pain, Yahiko, and Jugo mixed up back in the day. Anyway, the outcasted ninja from an unknown and believed to be extinct clan, we were violently introduced to Jugo in his interaction with the other members of Team Heavy, and Orochimaru’s northern hideout, who in actuality went and sought out Orochimaru on his own accord.
With an affinity for earth, wind, water, and yang release, although I can only recall ever seeing he using yang and senjutsu on the show and manga maximum. And it appears that he and members of his clan have the ability to absorb natural sage energy on a subconscious level without any training. Unfortunately, a drawback being that it drives them to the brink of insanity at times.
Being the only and best friend of Kimimaro Kaguya, we find out that Jugo himself is, in fact, the ancestor or the originator of the curse mark, which is basically a sage jutsu. And anyone who was given the curse mark by Orochimaru was, in fact, a mock imitation of he, which to me is very interesting. And I’m actually upset because these questions were never answered.
Is his DNA used to create the curse seal? Is it his chakra? Who knows? And I honestly wish we got to see more interactions between he and Kimimaro, like a flashback or the two of them going on missions together and fighting enemies in the dead of the night or a curse mark tag team battle. So many missed opportunities with those two.
Anyway, after the death of Itachi and Sasuke joining the Akatsuki, this is where we get to see his strength and abilities for the first time going up against the Eight Tails’ Jinchuriki, Killer Bee. Although being no match for Bee, we got to see fragments of his power beside his offensive capability by healing a critically injured Sasuke. Jugo transmitting some of his own DNA, or rather his flesh, to Sasuke in order to heal Sasuke.
And it was stated by Jugo himself that the only reason he was even able to do so was because Sasuke was compatible with the curse seal, which made it possible for Jugo to actually heal Sasuke in that way. And it also seems that the ability caused Jugo to revert back to the state of a child, which unfortunately is never explained, but the ability itself being referred to as cellular regeneration ejection.
And Jugo can also use this jutsu ability in reverse and absorb the essence of a whole person, leaving nothing of that person he absorbed behind, not even their bones. It’s basically similar to Cell’s absorption ability in Dragon Ball Z.
And we also get to see Jugo in action again in his confrontation with the Fourth Waikage, transforming completely and giving into his sage abilities. The transformation itself was cool, but once again Jugo swiftly lost another battle. Granted, he was fighting, you know, a master Jin Chariki and the Rakage.
I’ll cut Jugo some slack, his matchups were never really in his favor. And also, who do you guys think would win in a fight, Jugo or Suigetsu? I personally think Suigetsu would win, even though I still like he. Let me know what you guys think about this in the comment section below.
After the Five Kage Summit, Jugo and the rest of Team Taka reunite to aid Sasuke in the Fourth Shinobi War, where we unfortunately don’t get to see Jugo do much aside from lend his curse mark to Sasuke’s Susano to defeat Obito, which is unfortunate as I really feel Jugo is another character that never got his just dues, and I honestly feel him and Kimimaro definitely deserved their own gaiden light novel.
But anyway, that marks it for this blog. Let me know what you guys think in the comment section below, and I’ll see you in the next blog. Bye.
That’s me, Andreea Blaga, author of the blog anime-everything.com. I work as a content creator in the US. I am also passionate about Japanese Anime.