Thursday, April 22, 2010

Shikamaru Nara

Rank: Genin (part I), Chuunin (part II)
Teammates: Ino Yamanaka, Choji Akimichi
(Twenty Platoons): Asuma Sarutobi, Kotetsu Hagane, Izumo Kamizuki
Sensei: Asuma Sarutobi
Specialties: Shadow Possession jutsu
First Appearance: Naruto manga ch.39, Naruto ep.1 Affiliations: Konohagakure
Age: 12 (Original Series), 15 (Shippuden Series)
Birthday: September 22,????
Height: 4.99 ft
Weight: 94.6 lb
Blood Type: AB
Chakra Type: ?


Shikamaru is definitely one of the most intelligent shinobi to have come from Konoha, yet he is probably also one of the laziest. Shikamaru is a member of the Nara clan, who are famous for raising deer and making medicine from their antlers. He chose to become a shinobi because he thought it would be interesting and allow him to live an easy life, but has since realized it’s a lot more work than he had originally anticipated. One of his favorite catchphrases is “what a pain.”

That said, when Shikamaru puts his mind to it, he becomes a strategy genius and is able to generate and analyze hundreds of possible moves in mere moments. According to Asuma, Shikamaru has an IQ of over 200. Even though he just taught Shikamaru how to play Shogi (Japanese chess), Asuma has never managed to win a game against his student. Shikamaru’s brilliance makes him a natural team leader, even though he often tries to back out of the role. Out of the eleven Konoha genin who entered the Chunin Exam, Shikamaru was the only one to advance to the Chunin rank.

Because of his mother’s bossy behaviour, Shikamaru has come to view all women as troublesome. Ironically, nearly all of his opponents so far in the Naruto series have been female. Shikamaru is also often seen with Temari, making some fans speculate that there may be a relationship between the two.

Like his father, Shikamaru is also skilled in the use of Kagemane or Shadow Imitation jutsu. Although it is not entirely clear how the jutsu works, it is known that it uses chakra to manipulate shadows at the will of the user. Once an opponent’s shadow is in contact with the user’s shadow, his body will be force to copy the exact movements of the user. In its most basic state, the Kagemane is a support type jutsu, but more advanced techniques such as the Kage Nui can use the shadows for offensive purposes as well.

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