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Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Kisame was a powerful member of Akatsuki
who successfully captured the Four-Tails' jinchūriki, Rōshi, by himself, despite noting his target's exceptional powers. Though a difficult
task, by his own admission, Kisame merely complained that he was "a bit tired".[8] He also claimed that he was the best in the Akatsuki at
capturing targets alive as seen when he was able
to capture Rōshi alive leaving him only "on the brink of death". As a member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, Kisame is one of the most powerful shinobi ever produced within Kirigakure; in fact, he was able to kill his former master, who was said to be a Seven Swordsmen member of the generation that was the strongest
within the village's history, as well as despite
Samehada being in the superior's hands at the
time. Nagato also noted he had the highest amount of chakra of anyone in Akatsuki.
However, despite these abilities, he noted that
the Sannin were on an entire other level than he was. Kisame has also shown a keen intellect in
battle, an example of which is deducing the
nature and tactics of Killer B's attack on their first

Kisame was a powerful swordsman, and savoured the use of brute strength and melee
fighting over any technique. Before killing his
master, Kisame was wielding a normal katana,
which he was proficient enough to kill all of his
comrades with. Kisame's signature weapon is
called Samehada, a sentient, scale-covered sword, that shaves flesh instead of cutting it. Samehada
is also capable of detecting and absorbing chakra,
but requires Kisame's own chakra to perform the
latter. When Samehada absorbs chakra, its scales
grow and it slowly begins to unwrap itself,
revealing a mouth with several rows of shark- like teeth. Kisame could heal and replenish his chakra by
momentarily fusing with Samehada. He could also
fuse all the way to further increase his power
along with adding to his shark-like appearance.
When fused with Samehada, he gains the ability
to breathe underwater using gills. While using his Water Prison Shark Dance Technique, he could take full advantage of that ability by drowning
his opponents. In this form he can sense other
peoples' chakra, and absorb it just by touching
the foe with any part of his body. He can also
hide within Samehada, which he states is
flawless as he and Samehada have almost identical chakra, that not even sensors can tell where he is. Only Kisame was able to wield Samehada; if
anyone besides him tries to pick it up, spikes
protrude from its handle, and it returns to
Kisame's side. Samehada's loyalty seems to be
only because it likes Kisame's chakra. If it finds a
ninja with better chakra, it may turn to that ninja's side, demonstrated when Samehada
protected Killer B from Kisame's attempt to slash off his legs.[9] Despite its wavering loyalty, Kisame was capable of wielding Samehada against its will.[10] It was stated by Suigetsu that, if he killed Kisame, he would be able to wield the Samehada, which
is how Kisame earned Samehada, by killing the
former master. Chōjūrō describes the Samehada as the most terrifying sword of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist.

Unlike his partner Itachi, Kisame preferred direct
physical combat, with which he has repeatedly
been shown to be very proficient and
dangerous. Generally while fighting, he combines
strong taijutsu strikes with powerful slashes
from Samehada. He has been seen displaying astonishing raw speed and immense physical
strength, making it highly difficult for his
opponents to directly overpower him, as shown
from overpowering Might Guy, a powerful
taijutsu master, during their battle. A single punch
from Kisame was able to smash Might Guy to the bottom of the lake he had created and displaced the water around the area. He also managed to
overpower another skilled melee-weapon user, Asuma Sarutobi, by using only the tip of Samehada (wielded with one hand), against
Asuma's two blades, which he held overhead using his body as extra support.[12] Kisame managed to survive a usually one-hit instant kill technique from Guy, and retained enough strength to break free of Yamato's chakra- enforced wood restrains, showing not just powerful raw strength, but also great endurance. Kisame had an unusually large amount of chakra, even by Akatsuki standards. [13] Karin, upon sensing Kisame, stated she had never seen so much chakra in one place.[14] Even when he fought at 30% power in one instance,[15] Neji compared his chakra supply to that of Naruto. [16] Chōjūrō claims that Kisame is a "Tailed Beast without a Tail" (尾を持たない尾獣, O o Motanai Bijū; English TV "Tailless Tailed Beast"), due to his
inhuman chakra level and combination with Samehada.[17] Even without Samehada, Kisame has been shown
to absorb chakra while he is in a water source. Aoba Yamashiro discovered it when he used his Secret Technique Stone Needles in an attempt to paralyse Kisame, who instead just sucked the
chakra through the threads and exhausted him. [18] He can even steal chakra from Samehada by simply grabbing onto it.

Kisame's shark-like attributes carry over into his
battles, for he even shapes his Water Release
attacks into sharks. He is also able to alter the entire battlefield by using his Water Release: Exploding Water Colliding Wave , to create a lake's worth of water to give him the field advantage, and to use for attacks.[20] Against stronger opponents, he increases his field advantage even
further by creating a giant dome of water around himself, forcing his opponents to battle him
underwater. He was able to make many sharks
that overwhelmed Might Guy's Morning Peacock, producing more than all the blows Guy could unleash.[21] Using Earth element, Kisame can use Earth Release: Underground Submarine Voyage to travel under the earth, with the tip of his
sword, Samehada, jutting out making him look like a shark swimming towards his prey.

In keeping with his shark theme, Kisame had
shown the ability to summon sharks for both battle and message sending purposes,[22] and can combine the one summoned shark with the Water Release: A Thousand Feeding Sharks as a way to conceal the messenger to let it get away.

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