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In the vibrant realm of Naruto, Chiyo stands out as a character who enriches the narrative with her unique perspective and skill set. This article delves into the life and contributions of Chiyo, shedding light on her impact on the series.

All About Chiyo Akimichi

  • Japanese: Ikuko Tani
  • English: Barbara Goodson
  • Birthdate: October 15
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Part II: 73
  • Status: Deceased
  • Height: Part II: 149.1 cm
  • Weight: Part II: 39.1 kg
  • Blood type: B
  • Classification: Medical-nin
  • Occupation: Counsellor (Retired)
  • Affiliation: Sunagakure

Chiyo’s Background

Chiyo, often called Honoured Grandmother Chiyo (チヨバア様, Chiyo baasama) by the Sunagakure villagers, was the village’s poison, and puppet expert. She and her brother Ebizō were highly revered in Sunagakure and were known as the Honoured Siblings (御姉弟, Gokyōdai).

Chiyo was very knowledgeable when it came to handling poisons and used her skills often during the Second Shinobi World War, only to be countered numerous times by Tsunade’s medical expertise.

This caused Chiyo to hold a grudge against Tsunade, who she came to call “that slug-girl” (あのナメクジ娘, Ano Namekuji-musume), or the “Slug Queen” in the English dub.

During the war, she also fought Hanzō and his salamander numerous times, learning how frequently it can use its venom and eventually developing an antidote against it.

Chiyo was responsible for sealing the One-Tailed Shukaku inside of Gaara under the orders of the Fourth Kazekage, noting that of the Kazekage’s three children, Gaara was the only compatible one.

Some time after this, Chiyo and her brother removed themselves from the affairs of Sunagakure and spent their time fishing together, where Chiyo would play jokes on her brother by pretending she had died just to scare him.

Chiyo also expressed a desire to kill Sakumo Hatake to avenge the killing of her son and daughter in law, which left her grandson Sasori orphaned. After that, Chiyo tried to help Sasori ease the pain by caring for him and teaching him the Puppet Technique.

Chiyo would later watch Sasori create his first puppets that would resemble his own parents. This was meant to fill the void of his parents dying. In the anime, while still a child, Sasori became very instrumental in the development of puppets and poisons for the village, regularly filling orders from Chiyo herself.

As Chiyo watched Sasori continue to immerse himself in puppets, Chiyo became increasingly concerned for her grandson. However, she instead chose to remain indifferent, focusing most of her attention on helping the village.

One day, Komushi, a young shinobi and one of Sasori’s only friends, was badly injured during a mission, costing him his right arm. Demonstrating a new style of puppet ninjutsu, Sasori replaced Komushi’s arm with a fully movable puppet arm as a prosthetic limb, coated with Sasori’s newest poison.

Later, Komushi died from accidentally ingesting that poison. As Chiyo’s concerns continued to grow, she began noticing a pattern with Sasori and decided to investigate. To her horror, she discovered that Sasori had taken Komushi’s corpse and turned it into a human puppet.

Later, to Chiyo’s dismay, Sasori left Sunagakure and abandoned his parent puppets, showing that he gave up on them.

Eventually, Chiyo and her brother retired, disconnecting themselves from the outside world as they sat in their residence fishing all day, while remaining apathetic to all the happenings beyond their quiet lives. Chiyo’s only wish was to see her grandson one more time.

Chiyo’s Personality 

As a veteran, Chiyo and her brother Ebizō possess great wisdom, such that Baki requested their assistance in the village’s greatest danger. However, they had little motivation to serve Sunagakure any longer, as they retired and felt that the next generation should look out for themselves.

The siblings were rather disappointed when the village was showing to be so reliant on others. She was also pessimistic because she believed Konoha would send a lower class medical shinobi to heal Kankurō’s poison, only to be proven wrong when Sakura, one of the top notch medical shinobi in Konoha was sent.

After spending time with Team 7, her views quickly changed and with her last breath, she prayed Naruto and Gaara could lead their villages to a better relationship with a true alliance, not one for show.

Chiyo could be very mischievous, as she enjoyed playing dead or acting senile to fool others. Chiyo would often also jump to conclusions as seen when she attacked Kakashi Hatake because she mistook him for his father Sakumo.

Chiyo loved her grandson, Sasori, a great deal despite how much he had fallen, and was fully willing to grant life to the puppets that he created, at the cost of her own; this was said to be her dream.

In fact, it was only because of Sasori’s involvement in Akatsuki that she was willing to grant Baki’s request for assistance. This love also led her to bear a grudge against Sakumo Hatake for killing Sasori’s parents, and as such, she initially tried to kill his son Kakashi, mistaking him for his father.

However, in the anime, it was shown that Chiyo’s love for her family was also split between it as well as her devotion to the village and her views as a ninja being detached. This was seen from her hesitance to take a simple family picture.

Chiyo showed care and respect for Sakura Haruno, despite the latter being a disciple of Chiyo’s rival. She also showed regret and remorse for sealing the One Tailed Shukaku into Gaara, and gave her life to revive the latter as a way of repentance.

While retirement led Chiyo to become detached from the outside world, she admitted to Sasori she had too many regrets in life to die in peace.

Chiyo’s Appearance 

Chiyo, a character from the popular manga and anime series “Naruto,” is depicted as an elderly woman with a distinctive appearance that reflects her advanced age and powerful abilities. She has a petite and hunched frame, a common characteristic of elderly characters in the series.

Chiyo’s attire typically consists of traditional clothing, including a dark kimono adorned with floral patterns. Her attire reflects her status as a seasoned ninja and her affiliation with the Hidden Sand Village.

Her most striking feature is her unique hairstyle. Chiyo has a mane of vibrant pink hair that stands out prominently against her age. Her hair is styled into two large, high-standing buns on either side of her head, giving her a distinctive and memorable look.

Despite her aged appearance, Chiyo’s eyes exude wisdom and sharpness. Her eyes are dark and perceptive, showcasing her deep knowledge and experience as a master puppeteer and medical ninja.

Overall, Chiyo’s appearance combines traditional elements with an eccentric touch, underscoring her role as a skilled and enigmatic character within the Naruto universe.

Chiyo’s Abilities

Despite her old age, Chiyo was still a very powerful kunoichi, being well respected throughout Suna. Even her rival, Tsunade, held great respect for her. With Sakura’s assistance, she could defeat Sasori, a powerful member of Akatsuki.

Her skills were great enough to be chosen for reincarnation by Kabuto Yakushi for the Fourth Shinobi World War. Chiyo was also one of the few reincarnations that was never sealed by the enemy, only being stopped after Itachi Uchiha had Kabuto release the Impure World Reincarnation.


Puppet Mastery

Chiyo was a renowned master of the Puppet Technique, famous for her abilities in both creating and controlling puppets, to the point of being an invaluable icon for Sunagakure. She passed these skills onto her grandson, Sasori, claiming that the technique was traditional in their family.

She modified two normal unarmed puppets to have intense battle capabilities, to the point where they were capable of standing up against the Third Kazekage (known as the strongest Kage in the history of Sunagakure) who was converted into a Human Puppet by Sasori.

These puppets were equipped with wire strings that extend from both of the puppets hands. When connected they have the ability to cut through most things, including Sasori’s Thousand Hands Manipulation Force.

She also could use the Puppet Performance: Skilful Achievement with a Human Body technique, which allowed her to effectively control a human if she had no puppets left in her arsenal, she was highly skilled with this tactic, as she was able to fight effectively during the Fourth Shinobi War using only samurai as a substitute for puppets.

In the anime, she also showed the ability to control up to ten living people at once with this skill, each of them with only one finger per puppet – a skill which signified her as a master puppeteer.

She had great skill with chakra threads, as she could place them onto other puppets without her opponent noticing and suppressing them to the point that they became invisible, as well as using them to control and fire weapons.

Like Sasori, Chiyo modified a part of her body and turned her right arm into a mechanical one. She normally kept it outfitted with a chakra shield, and could replace it with any puppet arm if something were to happen to it. She also installed this shield on the Mother and Father puppets.

Her strongest puppets, however, were the full set of 10 puppets known as the Chikamatsu Collection, created by the first puppet user, Monzaemon Chikamatsu, and that she could control at the same time.

These puppets were extremely powerful, using teamwork to perform powerful attacks, and were equipped with powerful techniques such as the Three Jewels Suction Crushing and the Sealing Technique: Lion Closing Roar.

With the assistance of Sakura, Chiyo’s ten puppets were able to overpower Sasori’s one hundred puppets, though in the anime, most of the Chikamatsu Collection was destroyed in the process.

Medical Ninjutsu

Chiyo was a highly capable medical-nin, and while having some healing skills, she mainly used her medical knowledge as a poison expert, which allowed her to create powerful poisons that in her entire life have only been countered by Tsunade, who is herself renowned as the world’s greatest medical-nin.

Likewise, she has stated that she used to fight with Hanzō all the time; allowing her to know the time it takes for his salamander to produce its poison, and the antidote to counter the poisonous gas.

She also created a life giving technique, one that would result in her own death if it were used, that she wanted to use for Sasori in order to give life to his puppet parents.

Other Skills

While preferring to use her puppets in battle, Chiyo has shown to be skilled in taijutsu, as seen during her brief scuffle with Naruto and his clone, and during her battle against Kankurō and his puppet in the anime.

She possessed advanced knowledge of fūinjutsu, being the one responsible for sealing Shukaku into Gaara. She also has some skill in countering genjutsu, having faced members of the Uchiha clan in the past. In the anime, she kept a toy like, wind up mechanical bird sealed in a scroll, and used it to deviver messages.


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