Gaara by First appearance • Naruto chapter 35: On Your Mark (manga) Japanese English Ninja rank in in Ninja team in in Gaara ( 我愛羅) is a fictional in the and series created. Initially introduced as an antagonist, Gaara is a affiliated with and is the son of Sunagakure's leader, the Fourth Kazekage. He was born as a demon's host as part of his father's intention to have a weapon to restore their village. However, a combination of being ostracized by the Sunagakure villagers, his early inability to control the Tailed Beast, and the notion that his deceased mother called him her curse on the village caused Gaara to become a ruthless killer who believes his own purpose is to kill his enemies.
Only after meeting does Gaara earn a change of perspective, as he eventually becomes Sunagakure's Fifth Kazekage ( 五代目風影, Godaime Kazekage) and gains acceptance by his people. Gaara has appeared in several pieces of Naruto media, including two of the featured films in the series, the third original video animation, and several video games Gaara was created a to the series' eponymous character,, as the two were born through similar circumstances, but develop vastly different personalities due to a troubled upbringing. His designs and name underwent major changes in the making of his final one which also was modified in later arcs to give Gaara a design that is easier to draw.
In the Japanese version of the series, Gaara is voiced by while replaces him in the English dub. Numerous anime and manga publications have commented on Gaara's character.
Multiple series called Naruto's fight against Gaara the high point of the entire series due to their similarities and Gaara's role in the aftermath as he attempts to redeem himself. Among the Naruto reader base, Gaara has been popular, placing high in several popularity polls and always making it to the top ten characters. Numerous pieces of merchandise have been released in Gaara's likeness, including plush dolls, key chains, and action figures.
Early designs for Gaara when he was known as Kumomaru. Naruto author Masashi Kishimoto created Gaara as a to the series' protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki. Naruto and he have a similar background: he was rejected by his peers and fellow villagers for being the host of a, Shukaku, a situation that Kishimoto describes as 'very much like Naruto's'.
Gaara's development from this state into a highly withdrawn, sadistic character was intended to induce sympathy for him from readers, as it was contrasted against Naruto's development into a cheerful troublemaker. Additionally, his design was designed to look like the Tanuki since Kishimoto thought that it would make him a good rival for Naruto's Nine-Tailed Demon Fox since several parts from the Shukaku were considered by Kishimoto to be opposite ones from the Demon Fox. Gaara's backstory became one of Kishimoto's favorite stories from; Kishimoto had to revise his illustrations in such chapters as he wanted readers to understand more of Gaara's mental state. The character was originally going to be called Kotarou Fuuma, but Kishimoto's editor highly refused to give him that name. As a result, he was given the name Gaara why he felt more suitable to the fact he always uses sand.
By 2013, Kishimoto stated he still did not understand why such name was discarded. Nevertheless, he refrained from giving him of giving him a complete name like Gaara Yuzawa. Another early name was a younger child named 'Kumomaru' but was avoided by Kishimoto. However, after multiple changes, he became Gaara.
Due to his importance in the manga as a result of being Naruto's foil, Kishimoto added the kanji for 'love' in his head to complement his name (part of Gaara's name can be read as 'love'). Gaara's initial attire, along with the costumes of his siblings, was difficult for Kishimoto to draw on a weekly basis. Because of this, Kishimoto gave the three of them simpler costumes towards the end of Part I; Gaara received an outfit with an upright collar. In addition to being easier to draw, it was used to demonstrate the change in relationship between Gaara and Naruto following their previous fight. Kishimoto cites, one of his favorite movies, as an inspiration for Gaara's new costume, and he considers it to be his favorite costume of the three siblings. For Part II, there was a scene where an antagonist Deidara was sitting on Gaara's body.
This shot was inspired by, a by that Kishimoto was a fan of. Appearances [ ] In Naruto [ ] Before he was born, Gaara's father, the Fourth Kazekage Rasa, had make Gaara into the Jinchuriki for the Shukaku the One Tail ( 一尾の守鶴, Ichibi no Shukaku, English TV: 'Shukaku the Sand Spirit') while he was still in his mother's womb before she died giving birth to him. Though believed at the time to be Shukaku's power in action, Gaara can manipulate sand, which subconsciously protects him. Rasa intended to use Gaara as the village's personal weapon, but Shukaku's bloodlust proved too much for Gaara as he suffered night terrors brought about by the tailed beast's influence. With Gaara's sand adding to his inability to control Shukaku, the boy became feared to the point his father decided to have him assassinated. Gaara has the belief that he could only rely upon himself and Shukaku, and that he had to kill others in order to confirm the value of his own existence. He thus became narcissistic, even permanently scarring his left temple with the kanji for 'love' ( 愛, ai) for his new drive.
Gaara first appears in the series when he is sent to, an allied ninja village, to take part in the Chunin Exams alongside his older siblings and. In truth, he is sent in order to infiltrate Konohagakure in preparation for an invasion by Sunagakure and its ally,. There, he and Kankuro and Temari easily pass both the first and second phases.
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In the third phase, Gaara is set to fight against. Lee is able to pass Gaara's defenses, provoking an enraged Gaara into breaking Lee's arm and leg, claiming victory.
Manages to give Gaara the first injury he has ever received, causing Gaara to suffer a mental breakdown and nearly manifest his Tailed-Beast powers. This begins the invasion, with his older siblings carrying him off as he could not participate in his current state of mind. Both Sasuke and confront him with the latter defeating him.
Later, Sunagakure sends Gaara to help in preventing Sasuke from defecting to Otogakure, which became enemy of Sunagakure once learning that Orochimaru murdered Rasa prior to the attack. While he is able to help Lee fight Orochimaru's servant Kimimaro, Gaara is unable to prevent Sasuke from escaping from Konoha.
He makes amends with the many characters he had alienated, apologizing to those he hurt and improving his relationship with his family. At the same time, Gaara's fundamental characteristic becomes the desire to protect as many people as he can, as in doing so he believes, like Naruto, he will be able to find true strength. This culminates in his replacing his father as the Fifth Kazekage during Part II of the series. Gaara's role in earned praise due to his growth in comparison to his antagonist self from Part I.
In Part II of the series, three years after his mission,, a member of the criminal organization, is sent to Sunagakure to capture Gaara. Gaara fights Deidara to protect the village, but is defeated. The members of the Akatsuki then kidnap him and extract Shukaku from his body. Gaara dies in the process, his body being recovered by Naruto and.
Chiyo sacrifices her own life to revive Gaara after coming to acknowledge Naruto and 's resolve. Sometime later, he goes to the Five Kage Summit, where the Akatsuki's leader, breaks into the meeting and announces the Fourth Great Ninja War to capture the last two Tailed-Beasts. Gaara later joins the new Shinobi Alliance as its field commander to protect Naruto and Killer Bee, using Naruto's philosophy of love and the Akatsuki's philosophy of hatred to unite the army when it nearly imploded from internal conflict. On the second day of the war, Gaara encounters his reanimated father.
Rasa reveals the truth to Gaara that his uncle's final action was his doing and that the truth that Gaara's mother always loved him, moving Gaara to tears after learning his mother's will is the force behind his sand. Rasa recognizes his son has surpassed him and entrusts Sunagakure to him after being defeated. Gaara later defeats and seals the revived Second Mizukage and joins the rest of the five Kage to fight the who was reanimated by Kabuto, nearly getting killed as a result. Later healed by Tsunade, Gaara departs with the other Kage to site of their side's battle with Tobi. Before watching him be absorbed by the Gedo Statue again, Gaara manages to make his peace with Shukaku while thanking the tailed beast for ensuring that he would meet Naruto. They take him to Minato Namikaze and Gaara holds off Madara before Might Guy takes over prior Naruto being successfully revived.
Once the Infinite Tsukiyomi is activated, Gaara is caught in the illusion of being with his entire family and Naruto as his friend before being freed by Naruto and Sasuke. By the series epilogue, having the Hidden Leaf Village's Nara Clan as in-laws through Temari, Gaara remains active as the Kazekage. In other media [ ] Gaara has made several appearances outside of the Naruto anime and manga.
He is present in the second and sixth Naruto feature films, and. In the former, he protects the Land of Wind from an assault by Haido, the antagonist of the film, and later battles the lightning user Ranke, one of Haido's subordinates, and defeats her, while in the latter, he temporarily becomes enemies of Konohagakure as they are the prime suspect of a pitfall attack on him while he is about to attend a meeting with Tsunade, in reality being done by a missing nin, Hiruko, and briefly battles Naruto, although after the confusion is cleared, he allies himself with them again. Gaara is also present in the third released in the series, in which he participates in a tournament of various characters from across the series. In, his children participating in the event, Gaara and the other Kage attend the Chunin exam in Konoha before they engage in combat against Momoshiki and Kinshiki in a rescue mission after Naruto was kidnapped. This role is retitled in the Naruto manga sequel,.
Commonly feature Gaara, including the and. In some games, he uses his Shukaku form for combat, as well as other moves not seen in the anime or manga. Marks the first appearance of Gaara in his appearance in a video game.
Gaara also appears in from the series. He makes a cameo in Kakashi's Story alongside the other Kage. In Shikamaru Hiden he joins his sister Temari and Naruto in the search for the missing whom Gaara values due to his close relationship with Temari.
In Sakura's Hiden, Gaara assists the Konohagakure ninja upon their news that a man resemmbling Sasuke Uchiha is planning to attack the village. In Konoha Hiden, Gaara visits Konohagakure to see the wedding of Naruto and. He also appears as the protagonist of Gaara Hiden which follows his works as the Fifth Kazekage while dealing with his sister's wedding with Shikamaru. By the manga sequel,, Gaara has adopted a child named Shinki. Reception [ ]. Liam O'Brien has received praise for voicing Gaara in English.
Gaara has ranked highly in the popularity polls for the series, continuously placing in the top ten. The last such poll was in 2011, in which Gaara was in 4th place. Several pieces of Gaara merchandise has been released; including key chains, plush dolls and action figures of his Part I and Part II appearance.
Listed him as eighth best villain in anime with comments focused on how flashbacks made him a tragic character and at the same time similar to Naruto Uzumaki. Additionally, his fight against was listed as the second best one in anime for exchanges in moves and its conclusion.
In 2014, IGN listed him as the third best Naruto character when the series ended. Anime and manga publications have mostly praised Gaara's character. Noted that Gaara was an 'anti-Naruto', possessing a 'dark, solemn character' as opposed to Naruto's continuous cheer and excitement.
In another review, IGN also called Gaara's background 'emotional' and 'a tad creepy' due to the disparity between the development of Naruto's and Gaara's personalities. Celebrated the 'depth and emotion' that Naruto's and Gaara's similarities added to the plot, and commented that 'nowhere in the entire series run does Naruto shine brighter than in the peak period of his battle against Gaara'.
They also complimented Kishimoto's visual presentation of Gaara in the manga, referring to 'chilling [glimpses] of Gaara's crazed, exposed face'. Mania Entertainment noted that Gaara and Sasuke's first fight shows how the former has a 'fragile' psyche despite his violent attitude. His backstory was also praised by Mania Entertainment since it includes 'a ton of legitimate emotion' allowing viewers from the series to understand more Gaara's personality. Writer Todd Douglass Jr. Enjoyed the similarities between Gaara and Naruto as well as the former's state after being defeated by the latter. His return to aid the Konohagakure ninjas to fight has been praised by Holly Ellingwood from Active Anime who was mostly focused on Gaara's change of hearts., Gaara's voice actor in the English dubbed version of the anime, has been praised. IGN noted that he did an 'excellent job' of making Gaara sound terrifying to the viewer, and Anime News Network noted him as one of the best voice actors in the series.
Gaara's promotion to leader from Sunagakure in Part II of the series was deemed as the most surprising development in the series by Briana Lawrence from Mania Entertainment. UK Anime Network's Kevin Leathers stated that while in the first part of the series, Gaara was a fearsome villain, in the following one he became 'much more three-dimensional.' Similarly, Douglass Jr.
Praised Gaara's development in later episodes from Naruto: Shippuden owing to his relationship's expansion with Naruto. His fight against Deidara has also received positive response, with critics poiting the revisit of Gaara's popular moves and the strategy both fighters employed. On the other hand, from Anime News Network noted that, while Gaara had developed ever since his introduction in Part I, it felt wrong that Gaara was accepted as the new Kazekage due to his previous wishes to kill people.
During the last episodes of Part II's adaptation, Amy McNulty, also from Anime News Network, enjoyed how Gaara was handled as a comic relief alongside other recurring character. Nevertheless, she found important how Gaara now thought of Naruto as a friend rather than as a hero in contrast to the early story arcs of Part II.
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