Utakata was a Jinchūriki of the Six-Tails and a missing ninja from Kirigakure (Hidden Mist Village).
|Alias||Master (described by Hotaru)|
|First Appearance in Anime||Naruto Shippuden Episode 144|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Kenichi Suzumura|
|English Voice Actor||Michael Sinterniklaas|
Initially a devoted Shinobi of Kirigakure, Utakata left the community during the “Bloody Mist” era. He later became the Jinchūriki of the Six-Tails, Saiken.
Utakata studied under Harusame, who instructed him to track and locate a scroll. Utakata retrieved it and returned with a scroll saying a ninja should carry out and complete his mission. Infuriated for doing more than instructed, Harusame got frustrated and stated that Utakata’s life was valuable and that a ninja should neither avoid fighting nor become involved in pointless combat. Later, Harusame came to view Utakata’s beast within him as a burden and took it upon himself to research a technique to extract the Six-Tails (Saiken).
Later, Harusame made an attempt to free Saiken from Utakata since he thought the Beast would only cause problems in his student’s life and that he would be better without it. As a result of the process not going as planned, Harusame pushed Utakata to transform into Saiken and was slain in an effort to stop the tailed beast from being removed, which unknowingly to him would have resulted in Utakata dying. Utakata became disillusioned and doubtful of the master-student connection due to his hazy memory of the incident and sense of betrayal. He started roaming and continually fended off assailants, especially the hunter-nin dispatched from Kirigakure to get him.
One day, he was attacked again. Hotaru, a girl who was there by chance, believed that the attackers were after her. Utakata was hurt while defending himself from his assailants. Hotaru brought Utakata to her family’s fort for treatment, thinking he had saved her. Hotaru pleaded with him to teach her his ninjutsu when he had recovered, but Utakata was adamant on his decision of not wanting to be anyone’s teacher.
Utakata consented to ensure that Hotaru and her grandfather would successfully impart their secret technique to the village of her clan as a way of paying back the obligation of having his life spared. However, he left after he met Naruto and his team, who were also tasked with guarding Hotaru. He believed that since the Konoha ninja were powerful, he could rely on them to protect Hotaru. He left despite Hotaru begging him to stay and on leaving said he wasn’t a fool to crave the status of “master”.
Later, he was spotted relaxing under a tree. He ultimately nodded off and dreamed about his time spent with Hotaru at the fort, which later developed into a nightmare about his own master’s betrayal. Utakata quickly awoke and decided to investigate a flickering shadow, only to find out Akaboshi’s team, who were discussing kinjutsu. Utakata challenged them and wondered if he should steal the technique for himself as it was so alluringly powerful. He then engaged with them in combat and defeated them. However, they cornered him into a barrier, which exploded with Utakata still inside.
In the forest, Hotaru was surrounded by Akaboshi and his crew. Later, Utakata arrived and freed her. He and Hotaru escaped into a bubble to a neighboring safe location. Utakata was about to abandon Hotaru once more when Hotaru, in an effort to persuade him not to do so, slipped a portion of her shirt off to reveal something on her back that startled him.
Kirigakure Anbu suddenly discovered Utakata and subdued him. Hotaru, whom the captain was holding prisoner, was informed that Utakata was included in their bingo book and was sought for the murder of his master. Naruto and his squad arrived and released Utakata from one of the water whips that were trapping him. Fighting broke out between the two sides, but Yamato and the Kirigakure Anbu chief sorted things over. It was decided that they would stop tracking Utakata while she was safe because Hotaru insisted on being with him; once she was secure, they would start looking for him again. Tsurugi, the leader, asked Utakata to return to Kirigakure. Utakata declined and stated that he will continue to act however he pleases.
Utakata orders Naruto to gather plants for medicine as Hotaru starts to experience pain from an injury acquired during an earlier altercation. Naruto returns and finds out what was done to Hotaru, with the clan's kinjutsu applied on her back. Utakata expresses his utter contempt for people who exploit others' loyalty for their own gains and use them as instruments. Utakata is astonished to discover that Hotaru genuinely asked for the method to be sealed in her as they make their way back to Mount Katsuragi.
Hotaru outlined her desire for her grandfather’s wish to fulfill the restoration of their clan’s glory. Tonbee proposed they burn the kinjutsu to eliminate any threat it could pose after lamenting the fact that the clan had likely lost too much strength to ever regain such a status by this point. Utakata was taken aback that Hotaru’s grandfather had devised a method to remove it from Hotaru’s body without harm. Utakata questioned whether the same was true of his master when Tonbee stated that no true master would carry out such atrocious deeds without a method to undo them. When Hotaru first insisted, he slapped her, later he apologized. Utakata made the decision to seek out Tsurugi once more in order to get some information concerning his late instructor after Hotaru was persuaded to have the banned technique taken out and destroyed.
When he was unable to locate Tsurugi, a messenger pigeon carrying a note for him is discovered. Even though Hotaru is the one who found Shiranami, Utakata is still apprehensive and believes something is off. When he arrives at the place Hotaru mentioned, he discovers that Shiranami is the real gang’s leader. Additionally, he discovered Akaboshi and his crew had Naruto trapped in their net. The robbers are subsequently made to flee by Utakata using his demon chakra to frighten them. He and Naruto then pursue Shiranami to Hotaru’s village, where they learn that Shiranami used his method to seize control of it. Yamato and others show up to prevent people from advancing while Utakata and Naruto continue to save Hotaru.
When they arrived, Shiranami had already bound the two Jinchūriki with his Character Bind Technique while using Hotaru to acquire raw chakra required to use Fury. Both, however, released their ties using the chakra of their tailed creatures and launched attacks, only for Shiranami, who is in charge of the kinjutsu, to utilize Fury. He was hurt by Fury, but he managed to survive. As Naruto engaged Shiranami, Utakata moved to protect the kinjutsu which was performed a second time. Utakata subdued the explosion by transforming into Saiken after pleading with him to grant strength to save Hotaru. Utakata accepts his position as Hotaru’s teacher when Shiranami is vanquished and Hotaru is secure, but not before he departs to ask Anbu for authorization to travel and train with his new pupil.
Utakata came across a bloodied Anbu mask on the way and encountered the Six Paths of Pain. Utakata is attacked by Pain, causing him to assume the Version 2 form. Utakata managed to defeat two of the Six Paths of Pain as they started their assault, but finally, Utakata was overpowered by the other Paths of Pain. He gives Hotaru, who was oblivious of his imminent doom, a plethora of bubbles before being carried away, expanding his sight through them so that he can see Hotaru one last time. Utakata was killed as a result of the Six-Tails being extracted out of him.
Utakata’s DNA was discovered in advance of the Fourth Shinobi War, and he was resurrected by Kabuto Yakushi to battle the Allied Shinobi Forces before being called up to survive alongside the other deceased former Jinchūriki. It was discovered that Tobi had transformed the reincarnated Jinchūriki into his own customized Six Paths of Pain, each of which had a Rinnegan and Sharingan in place of their left and right eyes, respectively, as daylight broke on the second day. Additionally, the Jinchūriki had chakra receivers implanted in each of their bodies and their respective tailed monsters resealed into them.
Later, Utakata and Tobi traveled together in search of Naruto Uzumaki and Killer B. Tobi sends the reincarnated Jinchūriki into combat with the two Jinchūriki after colliding with Naruto. Utakata surrounds Naruto and B with his Water Release : Bubble Technique after Yagura had driven them away. Utakata mentally interacted with Naruto while he was still aware of his activities, telling him what had happened to him since their last meeting. Utakata thanked Naruto for listening as his last moments of awareness vanished, he told him how he truly felt about Hotaru and regretted how things turned out.
Utakata released a burst of bubbles that encompassed the vicinity at the snap of his fingers. When his initial assault failed, he, like others, materialized the first of the tailed beast’s tails to unleash the power of its tails. After being incapacitated by the Eight-Tails’ powerful blow, Utakat was detained by B using his sealing technique. He was able to flee by changing his Version 2 form before the technique was finished, but when he assaulted the Eight-Tails, the beast captured him. The Eight-Tails’ hand was burned in the process as Utakata used his Leech Gap method to escape the crushing hold. Utakata moved towards other Jinchūriki to regroup with them. When Kakashi Hatake and Might Guy intervened, Utakata charged towards them. He deflected Kakashi’s blow before rejecting both with his tails until Tobi forcibly changed him into his full Six-Tails form.
He releases a large amount of poisonous gas from the beast’s mouth which is dissipated by Guy. Tobi then decides to go all out from this point forward ordering the Jinchūriki to change into their respective tailed creatures after Son Goku is released into the Demonic Statue of the Other Path. The Jinchūriki resorted to a direct assault, unleashing a Tailed Beast Bomb, only to be repelled by Naruto’s Tailed Beast Mode. The jinchūriki combine again to release another Tailed Beast Bomb which gets canceled out against Nine-Tails’ Beast bomb.
In the ensuing blast, Naruto enters the collective consciousness of the tailed beasts, where he encounters Utakata as well as the other Jinchūriki and their respective Tailed Beast. Like others, Utakata introduces himself and his beast, Saiken, before talking about how they promised Son to stay here so that he could tell Naruto something. Utakata and the other Jinchūriki were killed as their Tailed Beasts were released into the Demonic Statue. Later, after the discharge of Impure World Reincarnation, Utakata and others were wrapped in a light of sorts before their bodies began to disintegrate and his soul returned to the afterlife.
Utakata is a reserved and refined person. He was typically shown with a carefree, peaceful demeanor, enjoying isolation and not being particularly communicative. He became irritated and angry, nevertheless, when the delicate subject of student-teacher interactions came up. In this situation, Hotaru frequently found himself on the receiving end of Utakata’s wrath as she badgered him to take on the role of her “master”.
Due to his nomadic lifestyle and traumatic history, Utakata struggled to recognize and express his genuine protective feelings for Hotaru, despite the fact that he would act on them if Hotaru were ever in danger. When Hotaru revealed to Utakata that the kinjutsu had been implanted on her back, he was clearly furious and indignant that someone would do such a thing. He also possessed a strong sense of honor and was persistent in his resolve to pay back others’ debts (like assuming a guardian role to Hotaru since she and Tonbee saved him). Because he understood the potential damage his tailed beast could cause and as a sign of his maturity, he had made the decision, like Naruto, to not rely on it for power. Utakata, according to Tonbee, lacked greed.
Utakata seemed to have a closer relationship with his Tailed Beast than others since he could command it to unleash all of its power without having it compel him to do so. Saiken just carried out Utakata’s request, and then he retreated into him without meeting any resistance.
Utakata was a tall, lean young man with pale golden eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. His bangs partially hid the left side of his face thanks to his side part. He was dressed in a long, light blue kimono with an orange belt around the waist and a little three-bubble symbol on the back. His chest was visible since the kimono was slack. He brought a pipe and a bamboo jug containing a soap solution in it.
During his time in Kirigakure, he wore a full-body gray suit and a modified version of the village’s flak jacket, which had a zipper and a pocket on the upper right chest and very low shoulder guards. He additionally wore the village's forehead guard, fingerless gloves and armbands.
Utakata was a fighter who could outmaneuver and dodge all of Naruto’s melee attacks as well as the combined assaults of Nang, Akaboshi, Benten and Chushin. Being a proficient sensor-type, he was able to detect Akaboshi and his group’s altered chakra flow as well as Naruto’s peculiar chakra. Along with monitoring, he is informed about herbal medicines. Additionally, he was able to locate the natural energy that Shiranami’s Tsuchigumo Style: Forbidden Life Technique was generating.
Utakata has been shown carrying both the Sharingan and Rinnegan since his resurrection. Utakata was able to employ his attacks more precisely and in unison by fusing the perceptual and predictive powers of the former with the shared vision power of the latter, as well as to respond to enemy strikes more quickly, both on his own and with his fellow Jinchūriki.
Utakata used the Water Release ninjutsu technique known as soap bubble (shabondama). His main technique is the “Bubble-line”, which he executes by fusing his Water Release with a special bubble-blowing relic. He has shown expertise in the normal application of Water Release by doing feats like ejecting powerful streams from his mouth. He was also able to combine Saiken’s acid with his bubble ninjutsu.
Utakata’s bubbles have demonstrated explosive quality using his bubble pipe, as seen with his Water Release: Bubbles Technique; his bubbles can either explode spontaneously on contact with objects or can be controlled by the user to detonate all at once. The bubble technique gives Utakata a vast range of offensive and defensive combat choices, going beyond just injuring opponents. He may release streams of explosive bubbles that can explode at any time using the Explosive Bubble offensive skill. Another offensive form of Utakata may create dozens of ink-filled bubbles that can instantly immobilize and kill opponents without leaving a trace. The bubbles are equally flexible on the defensive end. Utakata may both transfer and blend in while using the Water Release: Bubbles Technique; Drift. In order to defend himself or his teammates from attacks like an explosive tag, he may also conjure a huge bubble barrier.
Utakata has additionally demonstrated his ability to blow bubbles without the use of a bubble pipe. In one case, Utakata popped his floating bubble and conjured another beneath his feet while his bubble pipe was preoccupied with defending the bird from Shiranami’s method.
When enraged, Utakata summons Saiken’s strength, which allows him to release a burst of chakra and assume a shape like that of Naruto Uzumaki at first. He can also summon a controlled version of the Six-Tailed version 1 form, in which his eyes become paler yellow. Utakata, like Yugito Nii, is able to use the strength of every level of Saiken’s chakra up to the full Six-Tails form, despite not being one of the four individuals claimed to be fully able to control their tailed beast. Despite vowing never to employ Saiken’s strength, out of desperation, he was able to neutralize and absorb the powerful technique Fury without any damage.
Utakata was demonstrated to have a six-tailed Version 2 form that he could access fast, but, like Naruto, he did not seem to have much self-control in this stage. Nevertheless, his might in this form enabled him to vanquish two of Nagato’s Six Paths of Pain, one of his summons, and even exert pressure on the Deva Path. He can exude and ooze a corrosive material in this form that will burn foes upon contact, especially large opponents like Pain’s snake-tailed chameleon and Gyūki. Utakata has a special ability that allows him to make his body incredibly pliable and move quickly and efficiently around targets, making it challenging for opponents to grab him. While he used these talents, his chakra cloak took on a striking blue color. Additionally, he demonstrated the ability to spread his tails out for a distance assault.
Utakata was able to partially transform into Saiken after he was reincarnated and the Six-Tails were resealed inside him, manifesting one tail. While Killer B’s clone attacked and rendered Utakata immobile, he changed into his Version 2 form to avoid being imprisoned. His corrosive material was potent enough in Tailed Beast Mode to scorch the Eight-Tails’ skin. He may also release caught gas from his mouth while he is in this state.
(To Hotaru) “My only reason for fighting is to protect my own life.”
(To Hotaru) “I am not foolish enough to be someone’s master.”
(To Tsurugi) “I sacrificed myself, for the good of the village. I trusted my master’s words, and did everything he told me to, but he betrayed my trust.. and tried to kill me!”
(To Naruto) “To hell with the forbidden technique. To hell with the clan. To hell with “Master”. These are just selfish people who do these kinds of atrocious things to their followers, without even the slightest sense of remorse. They just think of us.. as tools.. who cannot speak.”
(To Hotaru) “If you really want what’s best for your clan, then there’s no need to rely on such a thing. If people have too much power, it will only lead to great sadness.”
“My hatred had shut my ears off.. But I did hear..”
(Last words) “Hota..ru.. you.. must.. live..”
(To Naruto) “I was like a bubble floating aimlessly in the wind, and Hotaru showed me the way.”
(To Naruto) “Naruto.. I don’t know if it’s because of these circumstances or not.. but.. I just ended up telling you my true feelings. Thanks for listening.”
Utakata is a playable character in the following Video Games :
A. Yes, Utakata is a Jinchūriki who possessed within him the Six-Tails, Saiken.
A. It is not clearly known how he came to be a vessel for the Six Tails, it is presumed that it was during his life in Kirigakure, since the Six Tails formerly belonged in the Hidden Mist and so did Utakata.
A. When Utakata was confronted by the Six Paths of Pain, he managed to kill two of the Six Pains, only to be neutralized by Tendo Pain and later getting killed after the Tailed Beast within him got extracted.