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Origin

Team Nako vs. Team Hayate in the Chūnin Exams

As a child Anko Mitarashi grew up in a time of war as a young ninja of the Hidden Leaf Village. Though most jonin ninja were given a team of three, Anko alone was selected by Orochimaru, one of the legendary Sannin, to be his sole pupil. He said that he was drawn to her becasue of her thirst for knowledge. He taught her many of his techniques and she did her best to assist him.

However, Orochimaru would reveal himself to be a traitor to the village. He used Anko is one of his experiments for his Cursed Seal justu that implanted his own chakra into the body. Anko rejected the power of the curse, and Orochimaru abandoned her, seeing her as too weak. She was later found and rescued by members of the Anbu Black-Ops Squad. Back at the Leaf Village, the curse mark was sealed to protect her. After main years, she would eventually reach the rank of Jonin, and she was put in charge of the second portion of the Chūnin Exam.

Creation

Naruto Vol. 5 JPN (Dec 2000)

Anko Mitarashi (みたらしアンコ, Mitarashi Anko) is a supporting character of the Naruto series that was created by Masashi Kishimoto, It first began serialization Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in November 1999. She was first introduced during the Chunin Exam Arc, which began in Volume 4.

She first appeared in Naruto Volume 5, CH. 44 "The Talents We Test For",

Her given name of Anko comes from a red-bean paste 餡こ (anko), also called Anzuki bean paste; and is used in making Dango. The family name Mitarashi comes from the Mitarashi syrup (みたらし) that is also used in a special type of dango called Mitarashi Dango (みたらし の 団子, mitarashi no dango). In the first official Naruto character popularity poll, Anko ranked 11th place, just behind Hinata Hyuga.

Character Evolution

" Oh, really? You're pretty cocky, huh? Heh, your kind are always the first to go. Spilling all that rich, red, lovely, luscious blood... "

Anko Mitarashi - "Naruto" Volume 5 Ch. 45

Anko Mitarashi character page

Kishimoto has said that Anko is his favorite female character in the series due to her past with Orochimaru, but he has used her very little outside of her initial appearance.

Anko has played a limited part in the main Naruto manga series. She's an easy-going and hyperactive person. In her introduction to the class for the written exams, Sakura Haruno describe her as being similar to Naruto. This tomboyish and hyperactive personality masks a shrewdness in her skills with ninjutsu and an almost literal blood thirst. When Naruto starts mouthing off outside the Forest of Death testing grounds, she threw a kunai, grazing his cheek; and put more fear into him by licking the blood off his face. When she discovered Orochimaru was in the forest, she rushed in to find him and she attempted to use a forbidden jutsu to try and kill him, even at the risk of her dying as well.

Major Story Arcs

Chūnin Exam Arc

Anko runs the second part of the Chūnin Exam

Anko was the head of the second half of the Chūnin Exam that followed Morino Ibiki's test. Though her entrance was a bit too early. With twenty-six teams passing, Anko promised to cut that number in half. She led the Genin to the Forest of Death and instructed them on the rules of the test. She also put a little fear into Naruto Uzumaki after his outburst by throwing a kunai across his cheek. Anko observed the evens of the test from the outside, but she was altered to the discovery of some nearby bodies. As she examined them, she realized they were the remains of the Grass Ninja she had met earlier, and she recognized the way they were killed

Rushing into the Forest of Death, Anko was in search of Orochimaru. He had possessed the body of the Grass Ninja to infiltrate the village and test for some reason. Anko fought with Orochimaru once she found him. She was ready to sacrifice her life to kill him, but he escaped her jutsu and left her behind.

While giving her report, she received word that a team of Genin had arrived at the center of the forest in record time. She watched the tape of Sand Ninja, led by Gaara, arrive.

Invasion of Konoha Arc

As the Leaf Village was being invaded by the forces of the Sound and Sand Villages, Anko helps to evacuate civilians from the battlefield and into the Hokage monument mountain. With the conflict ended, Anko attended the funeral of the Third Hokage.

Invasion of Pain Arc

Anko is on a tracking mission to find information on Kabuto Yakushi after the death of Orochimaru, along with Yamato and Sai. Part way through the mission, Yamato returns to the village as he realizes that the seal containing the Nine-Tails inside Naruto is nearly about to completely break.

Confining the Jinchūriki Arc

With reinforcements, Anko continues the search for Kabuto till they find a strong of bodies. Examining the remains tells Anko that Kabuto has gained more control of Orochimaru's abilities. They move forward cautiously to avoid a trap. Tokuma Hyūga uses his Byakuga on Anko's orders to search the area, and they find Kabuto with Madara Uchiha. Anko sends word back to the village on the Akatsuki base, but she's suspicious of Kabuto's intentions of leaving such an apparent trail.

Shinobi World War Arc

Anko vs. Kabuto

As soon as Anko's team discovers the movements of thousands of live forms moving underground, she orders them to return and report the Akatsukis movement to war to the Shinobi Alliance. Anko continued her hunt alone, but she is eventually defeated and captured by Kabuto. He keeps her alive but unconscious so he can feed off the chakra of Orochimaru trapped inside of her body through the curse seal. He used this boost to maintain control of the revived shinobi with the Impure World Reincarnation.

Ten-Tails Revival Arc

Orochimaru revived from Anko

Anko went unnoticed as Kabuto battled with Sasuke Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha. With Kabuto's defeat, Sasuke drew out the chakra of Orochimaru from Anko's body to revive him. This removed the curse seal from Anko, and she was left behind.

Powers & Abilities

Anko is a train ninja of the Hidden Leaf village and is trained in many of their special techniques, and her time with Orochimaru taught her other skills as well. Among her skills are the jutsu of Ninjutsu, Taijutsu, Genjutsu, and weapons training. She graduated from the Ninja Academy at the age of 10 and obtains the rank of Chunin only two years later. It's unknown at what age she became a Jonin and was put in charge of the second half of the Chunin Exams.

Anko Mitarashi's Jutsu

  • Striking Shadow Snakes: The Striking Shadow Snakes jutsu (潜影蛇手, sen'eijashu) is a variation of the Summoning jutsu. When performed, several snakes are ejected from under the sleeves at the arms and surround the target to hold them. They can either bind, inflict venom, or reveal blades from their mouths. This is a favored technique of Anko.
  • Multiple Striking Shadow Snakes: The Multiple Striking Shadow Snake jutsu (潜影多蛇手, sen'ei Tajashu) is a variant of the Striking Shadow Snakes. The only real difference is in the number of snakes that are summoned and appear at incredible speed that makes eluding the attack nearly impossible.
  • Summoning Jutsu (Snakes): The Summoning Jutsu (口寄せの術, kuchiyose no jutsu) is a type of time-space jutsu that can summon a variety of mystical animals. The ninja writes their name in a special contract scroll, sealed with their blood-stained thumb print. To call the animal, the hand seals are performed after drawing blood. Anko favors snakes in her summoning jutsu.
  • Twin Snakes Sacrifice Jutsu: The Twin Snakes Sacrifice Jutsu (双蛇相殺の術, sōjasōsai no jutsu) is a forbidden technique that is intended to kill both the target and user. Anko attempted to use this technique to kill off Orochimaru with herself but it failed.She took his hand into hers to force the hand seal, and snakes are summoned that lock around both their wrists and bite down to inject a deadly venom.
  • Cursed Seal of Heaven: Orochimaru's Juinjutsu is a special cursed sealing technique that was developed by him to instill his own chakra into his followers and bring them under his control. He bites into the neck of the target. A mark of of a three tomoe is left on the back of the neck. Though the seal can give the ninja incredible boost in power, it can also eat away at the very soul and body, and it will not be removed even after the death of Orochimaru. Anko's juinjutsu was never completed and sealed using the Cursed Sealing technique (封邪法印, fūja hōin). The strength of the seal is dependent on the will power of the wearer. The only time Anko's curse mark has appeared and spread is when she attempted the Twin Snake Sacrifice Jutsu.

Jutsu Stats

Ninja's are ranked by their proficiency with the various types of jutsu and other statistics. The score is rates as a best out of five and are added up in a total score. (source, First Naruto Databook)

NinjutsuTaijutsuGenjutsuIntelligenceStrengthSpeedStaminaHand SealsTotal
3.52.542334325

Weapons & Equipment

Anko's fighting style has been shown to be more dependent on using her jutsu, but she has been shown to use a kunai knife. She keeps them hidden under the sleeves of her long coat. As a jonin level ninja, she would also have been trained to use a variety of weapons and to be proficient with them in combat.

Statistics

Affiliation: Hidden Leaf Village

Rank: Tokubetsu Jonin

Registered Ninja #: 011226

Date Of Birth: October 24th

Age: 24

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Height: 167cm

Weight: 485.8kg

Blood Type: A

Completed Assignments:

  • D-Rank 72 / C-Rank 86 / B-Rank 398 / A-Rank 89 / S-Rank 2

Other Media

Anime

Naruto (2002)

The Naruto anime series is the first direct adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto's original manga. It's produced by Studio Pierrot and first began airing in October 3, 2002. The series lasted for 220 episodes. The last of which aired on February 8, 2007, and it was then followed by the direct equal, Naruto Shippuden. Anko's first anime appearance was in Naruto - Episode 21 "Identify Yourself: Powerful New Rivals", which aired on February 27, 2003. Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Takako Honda, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is initially done by Julianne Buescher then Laura Bailey from Naruto - Episode 169 and on.

In the Land of Sea filler arc that ran from Episodes 169-173, there was a story that had Anko leading a Genin team of Naruto Uzumaki, Ino Yamanaka, and Shino Aburame to the Land of Sea. This is supposedly the location Orochimaru took Anko and placed the jutsu on her. It's unclear how canon any of these events are since none of the other events from this portion of the anime series has had any effect on the main story.

In the OVA productions for Naruto, she has also appeared in the fourth OVA, Naruto: Finally a Clash! Jōnin VS Genin!! Indiscriminate Grand Melee Tournament Meeting!!(2005). It was released in Japan, but not in the U.S. The Hokage creates a competition for select Genin to battle with select Jonin or Chunin The Genin are tasks with defeating their challenger and obtaining crystals they hold for points.

Naruto Shippuden (2007)

The Naruto Shippuden anime series is the second direct adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto's original manga. This series is produced by Studio Pierrot and first began airing in February 15, 2007. Anko has several non-canon appearances in the Naruto Shippuden series before her actual story appearance.

She appears along the scene of Jiraiya warning Kakashi about Naruto's chakra cloak, among the other women in a dream of Naruto peaking into a hot spring, and she's shown attending the funeral of Asuma Sarutobi. None of these were shown in the manga.

NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals (2012)

The NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals (NARUTO-ナルト- SD ロック・リーの青春フルパワー忍伝 , NARUTO Sugoi Doryoku: Rokku Rī no Seishun Furupowā Ninden) is a short-comedy adaptation of the of the Naruto spin-off manga series, Rock Lee's Seishun Full Power Ninden. It's produced by Studio Pierrot and first began airing in April 3. 2012. While not a direct adaptation of the spin-off manga, it follows the same theme of chibi-style characters that focuses on Team 9 in wacky adventures and situations that frequently breaks the fourth wall.

Anko has had a limited appearance in this anime series.

Films

Anko has had a very limited role in the Naruto movie based upon the original story. Her first appearance was in the first film of the second anime series Naruto: Shippuden the Movie (2007).

Games

Anko has had varying levels of support in several of the Naruto line of video games. In some she's little more than a background or support character that guides the user through menus or upgrade shops. In some she's also been a playable character. Her first appearance in a game was in the PS2 game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3(2005), and this this game the English dub voice is done by Kari Wahlgren. In the Ultimate Mode of the game, she uses her curse mark while fighting against Orochimaru.

(For a full list of games that feature Anko Mitarashi, see her profile on Giant Bomb. HERE)

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