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15 Things You Didn't Know About The Seven Swordsmen of the Mist

December 18, 2020 1.3k votes 253 voters 35.8k views15 items

One of the most highly regarded groups in Kirigakure is the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. Each member is recognized as being one of the strongest ninja from their village, and each wields a legendary sword that is passed throughout multiple generations. Prominent members include Kisame Hoshigaki, Zabuza Momochi, and Chojuro. No matter how big of a Naruto fan you might be, there's likely some trivia about this group that you missed, so let's get into it!

What are some of the things you didn't know about Seven Mist Swordsmen? Well, unless you're fluent in Japanese, you might not have noticed that all of their names include references to different kinds of produce. Momochi Zabuza, for example, has the word momo (peach) in his name. Also, did you know that Raiga Kurosuki was a formerly anime-only character who Kishimoto incorporated into the manga?

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    Mangetsu Mastered Every Sword

    Most members of the Seven Swordsmen only use one of the legendary swords. Mangetsu is an exception. He actually mastered all seven. However, he didn't use all seven frequently, as they were mostly is use by other members, so he was probably the most proficient with his own sword, the Hiramekarei. 

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    Zabuza's Passing May Have Been Inspired By Real Events

    Zabuza Momochi's demise was one of the most powerful moments in the series. It also bears a striking resemblance to the last moments of a real-world figure: Saitō Musashibō Benkei. Like Zabuza, Benkei's life came to an end when he was standing near a famous bridge after being pelted with arrows and swords from foes who couldn't take him on in hand-to-hand combat. 

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    Nearly Every Member Was Named For A Type Of Produce

    It may not be obvious to English speakers, but every member of the Seven Swordsmen has the word for a type of produce somewhere in their name. Here's a breakdown, with the produce part bolded. Raiga Kurosuki is an exception to this rule.

    Juzo Biwa - Loquat

    Zabuza Momochi - Peach 

    Mangetsu Hozuki - Peruvian groundcherry

    Fuguki Suikazan - watermelon 

    Kisame Hoshigaki - dried persimmon 

    Kushimaru Kuriarare - chestnut 

    Jinin Akebino - pith 

    Jinpachi Munashi - pear

    Ameryuri Ringo - apple

    Chojuro - Asian pear

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    Kisame Has Some Insecurities

    Fishlike appearances might be common in Kirigakure, but that doesn't stop Kisame from feeling a little insecure about his blue skin. In an omake called A Conversation Among Akatsuki, Deidara gushes about how attractive Itachi is. Kisame ends up feeling a little upset, and mutters about how unlike Itachi, he isn't attractive because he's "strangely colored." 

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