Naruto’s Most Mysterious Power Inspired Another Legendary Manga

Naruto‘s most iconic attack is the Rasengan but another one of the series’ rarest and most devastating abilities also appears in what many fans regard as Hunter X Hunter‘s best fight. With Naruto recently celebrating the 20th anniversary of its debut and Hunter X Hunter recently returning with new chapters, readers have had plenty of inspiration to re-read both series. Two characters who shared the title of being the strongest in their respective universes also shared a similar technique that was rarely used due to it being so overpowered, but one series used it first.


The Naruto series’ first Hokage, Senju Hashirama, famously went to war with his former best friend, Uchiha Madara. Even with Madara controlling the world’s most powerful tailed beast, The Nine-Tailed Fox, he failed to overcome Hashirama’s mountain-sized “Sage Art: Wood Style: Shinsu Senju, Veritable 1000-Armed Kannon”. With the form of a colossal wooden Buddha, the Sage Art Jutsu can reshape landscapes and even restrain Tailed Beasts. Isaac Netero, the legendary President of the Hunter Association from Hunter X Hunter, also uses a devastating ability themed after the great Bodhisattva of compassion. Netero’s Nen ability, 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva (Hyakushiki Kannon), first appeared in the Hunter X Hunter manga in 2010, while Hashirama’s own Kannon made its debut in Naruto in 2013. However, things are not as they seem.

A Mysterious Naruto Power Inspired Hunter X Hunter‘s Netero Ultimate Attack

Chiriku using Welcoming Approach in Naruto

The full might of Hashirama’s monstrous wooden Buddha jutsu wasn’t fully displayed until later in the Naruto series. Still, it wasn’t the first time such an ability was shown. Episode #73 of Naruto Shippuden sees Akatsuki members Hidan and Kakuzu hunting a formidable shinobi monk named Chiriku, who trained in the legendary Fire Temple to use a mysterious power. In the manga (in chapter #314) this fight is never shown, and the power of these monks, called Gift of the Holy Folk, remains a complete mystery. The anime, however, showed the fight in what is technically one of its many filler episodes, with Chiriku using a jutsu called “Welcoming Approach: Thousand-Armed Murder“, which creates a giant Buddha-like figure capable of attacking foes with up to 1000 spiritual fists, an attack whose size is determined by its user’s ability.

The god-like technique fascinated anime watchers and possibly even Hunter X Hunter‘s mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi. When the Hunter X Hunter series takes place, Isaac Netero is many years past his prime. Still, during the beloved series Chimera Ant arc Netero pulled out all the stops in his battle against one of anime’s strongest villains of all time, the Chimera Ant King Meruem. During the fight, Netero uses his Nen ability, which materializes a giant Kannon statute with one thousand arms, that even has a similar color to the one used by Chiriku in Naruto. Netero’s attacks successfully left an impression on both his unbeatable enemy and readers of the Hunter X Hunter manga.

Netero’s Ultimate Attack May Have Been Inspired By Naruto Anime Filler

Netero’s technique made its debut in chapter #291, which came out in January 2010. Episode #73 of Naruto Shippuden came out in August 2008. If Togashi found his inspiration for Netero’s ultimate ability from the Naruto episode, one of Hunter x Hunter​​​​​​’s best fights would have been inspired by what is technically filler content from Naruto Shippuden. Both techniques are direct references to respected Buddhist figures known for their compassion. Naruto and Hunter X Hunter‘s authors used many parts from ancient mythology to help build the jaw-dropping worlds their series inhabit, but it’s also possible that the iconic stories inspired each other, as well as other moments from the popular manga.

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