Thursday, April 22, 2010

Choji Akimichi

Rank: Genin (Original Series), Chuunin (Shippuden Series)
Teammates: Ino Yamanaka, Shikamaru Nara
(Twenty Platoons): Ino Yamanaka, Raido Namiashi, Aoba Yamashiro
Sensei: Asuma Sarutobi
Specialties: Multi-Size technique
First Appearance: Naruto manga ch.39, Naruto ep.1 Affiliations: Konoha
Age: 12 (Original Series), 15 (Shippuden Series)
Birthday: May 1,????
Height: 5.13 ft
Weight: 150.6 lb
Blood Type: B
Chakra Type: ?


Choji isn’t what you would normally imagine when you think of the word ‘ninja.’ He is rather round and has an insatiable appetite for food, and often eats during the middle of missions, making stealth tactics somewhat difficult. He is a member of Team 10 under Asuma and forms the Ino-Shika-Cho trio with teammates Ino Yamanaka and Shikamaru Nara. The name 'Choji' means "butterfly" and there are many instances in the series where Choji is seen with butterflies. Choji has been best friends with Shikamaru ever since their childhoods. Shikamaru befriended Choji when all the other kids would not let him play because he was chubby. Choji will unquestionably follow Shikamaru’s leadership and becomes angry when anyone insults his friend.

Choji is very sensitive about his size and becomes very aggressive whenever someone calls him “fatso.” People like Naruto and Shikamaru who grew up with Choji know this well, and do everything they can to stop others from making this same mistake before things get messy. However, in a combat situation, this method may be helpful to get Choji into fighting mode quickly. Choji prefers to call himself big-boned and one his favorite cheers is "Poccharikei Banzai" (Hurray for the Chubby). Another way to get Choji motivated is to use food. Choji is often seen chomping down on bags of potato chips, but his favorite food is yakiniku (Japanese/Korean BBQ). Asuma had the habit of rewarding his team with yakiniku whenever they successfully complete a tough mission; but with Choji on his team this often results in Asuma emptying out his wallet.

As a member of the Akimichi clan, Choji uses his large size to his advantage in combat. His most basic technique is Multi-Size jutsu and it allows him to increase the size and strength of certain parts or his entire body by increasing chakra output. This makes Choji primarily taijutsu type fighter, but his attacks depend more on raw physical power than precision strikes. Choji’s purely offensive jutsus make him an ideal teammate to Ino and Shikamaru who can set the enemy up for his attacks using their support jutsu.

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