Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Rank: Genin (Original Series), Chuunin (Shippuden Series)
Teammates: Kiba Inuzuka, Hinata Hyuga
Team Leader: Kurenai Yuhi
Specialties: Kikaichu Bug host, Insect attacks, Stealth, Tracking
First Appearance: Naruto manga ch., Naruto ep. 1 Affiliations: Konoha
Age: 12 (Original Series), 15 (Shippuden Series)
Birthday: January 23,????
Height: 5.12 ft
Weight: 101.0 lb
Blood Type: AB
Chakra Type: Unknown
Shino is one of the more mysterious members of the original “Konoha 11” genins. From the outside, Shino appears very quiet and emotionless. He speaks bluntly and logically, and his actions also reflect these characteristics. Although these traits may sometimes cause people to see him as “cold” or “creepy”, Shino’s teammates, Hinata and Kiba, know him as a strong individual who cares for the wellbeing of his friends and prefers to solve conflicts non-violently. Shino is highly intelligent and remains calm even in the midst of battle. Like Shikamaru, he is a gifted strategist and stays several steps ahead of his enemy in order to control the battle.
As a member of Konoha’s Aburame clan, Shino’s body has been specially infused with Kikaichu
Bugs (Destruction Bugs) that literally use his body as their nest. The Aburame clan are famously known for their symbiosis with insects and their ability to use them in combat. The Kikaichu Bugs are especially interesting in that they consume the chakra of the enemy and effectively incapacitate the enemy. They are directly under the control of their host, and in return they survive on the host’s chakra when not in combat.