The Uchiha in the Naruto world possess jutsu unmatched in the anime, but those who possess the Sharingan encounter grief and misfortune.
Known as the “Curse of Vengeance,” the origins and secrets behind their powerful jutsu caused the Uchihas destined to suffer in their quest for revenge and power. blind way. This is what makes the Sharingan perhaps the most powerful yet saddest power in all of anime.
History of Sharingan
Hagoromo and Otsutsuki Hamura are the only two sons of Princess Kaguya – a member of the powerful Otsutsuki clan who left the Moon to come to Earth and ate the Forbidden Fruit from the Divine Tree. When Hagoromo discovered his mother had sacrificed everyone to the Tree of God, he became the first to awaken the Sharingan in his grief.
As the eldest, Hagoromo became the jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails as he and Hamura worked together to prevent their mother from taking back her chakra and freeing the world from her Eternal Tsukuyomi.
However, Kaguya soon brainwashes Hamura and forces him to attack Hagoromo, leaving him with no choice but to kill his brother to free him from their mother’s control. In doing so, Hagoromo became the first to awaken both the Mangekyo Sharingan and the Rinnegan.
Wanting to restore peace to the Naruto world and make up for his tragic past, Hagoromo later became the Sage of the Six Paths and decided to impart chakra to people around the globe and become the father of the Tailed Beasts.
He had two sons, Indra and Asura, before leaving a plaque detailing their history and the secrets behind their eyes for their descendants to read. However, the descendants of the Uchiha got it wrong – one must possess the Rinnegan to read the full information, while the Sharingan reveals only limited information.
This misunderstanding leads to a dark and cruel belief among the Uchiha clan that a person must kill someone they love in order to awaken the Mangekyo Sharingan.
Sad eyes reflect the heart
In Naruto, the Uchiha clan awakened the Sharingan when extreme emotional grief and suffering would trigger the release of chakra straight to their optic nerve.
Due to a misunderstanding of Hagoromo’s information, the Uchiha clan believed that they had to kill a loved one in order to awaken the much more powerful Mangekyo Sharingan, making them victims of the “Curse of Hatred”.
The more pain the Uchiha endure, the more abilities they can awaken, linking sadness directly to their powers.
With their power, many Uchiha clans fell into a spiral of violence until their clan was nearly wiped out by Itachi and Obito.
The latter awakened the Sharingan when Rin was kidnapped, and soon awakened the Mangekyo Sharingan upon witnessing Rin’s death by Kakashi’s Chidori. Meanwhile, Itachi awakens his own Mangekyo Sharingan when Shisui commits suicide right in front of him.
While Sasuke did not awaken his Mangekyo Sharingan until he killed Itachi, he was destroyed by the Curse of Hatred early on after witnessing the entire clan being wiped out by his brother. In the beginning of Naruto, Sasuke – now carrying the full fury and hatred of the Uchiha clan – declares his only goal to take revenge and kill his brother for what he did. did.
Naruto’s Sharingan compared to other powers in Anime
The immense power triggered by extreme emotional reactions is not a new or rare concept in anime. Most shonen characters derive great strength from pain and despair, often while protecting those they love.
Dragneel Natsu from Fairy Tail unleashes his greatest Dragon Slayer magic when his guild is in danger, also becoming a dark force when Lucy’s life is threatened. Similarly, Meliodas in the Seven Deadly Sins is transformed by uncontrollable demonic energy when his loved ones are in danger.
This common problem was also demonstrated recently with Deku in My Hero Academia as he struggled to control his Quirks.
In Dragon Ball Z, a Saiyan can accumulate S-Cell and energy that will transform them into a Super Saiyan when experiencing intense sadness or rage.
The power stemming from these negative emotions works similarly to the Sharingan, where Goku eventually achieved Super Saiyan form after witnessing his best friend die. Enduring his jealousy and frustration, Vegeta later activated this same power with sheer anger that he couldn’t reach the form before Goku.
While this negative energy-driven Super Saiyan form is comparable to Naruto’s Sharingan, it doesn’t require the same level of emotion to activate – nor does it have multiple stages of power being applied. approach through greater pain and sorrow. As a result, the Uchiha clan’s Sharingan in Naruto remains the anime’s greatest but saddest power.
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