Kaguya’s Role in the Naruto Series
I’ve heard a lot of hate for Kaguya’s character.
“Who is she?!”
“Where did she even come from?!”
“What’s the point of having her here?!”
“WHO IS THIS GOD-LIKE CREATURE WHO’S UNBEATABLE!!!”
I don’t quite remember, but I might have thought those things, too. So I can understand where people are coming from, but I thought more deeply about Kaguya’s role and what Kishimoto was trying to do when he put her in the series. (I don’t know if anyone has come up with something like this, so just my little disclaimer.)
For those who don’t know or don’t remember, Kaguya is the mother of Hagoromo and Hamura (who’s the daddy?! Seriously…) and she was known as the Rabbit Goddess/Demon. She ate the fruit of the God Tree, which is the source of all chakra. She wanted power and wanted to save the world on her own, much like what Madara desired.
Kaguya: The Revived Past
Kaguya was monstrous (naturally, since she ate the fruit of the God Tree). Insanely powerful and full of hatred and despair, she wanted to create a perfect world. Before she was completely sealed by her sons, she manifested Zetsu (her will). Zetsu, being the creep that it is, crept around the shinobi world until he found Madara and planted the seed into his head (the ultimate genjutsu that will put everyone to sleep and dream of their perfect world). Since Zetsu has been around for ages and Madara was resurrected for Kaguya’s purpose, this meant that the past of shinobi has continued to live on even in Naruto’s time (until the Fourth Great Shinobi War ended).
Kaguya was the start all the mess that the shinobi world was in. And that leads me to the next point.
Bringing Everything Back to Zero
In the Fishman Island Arc in One Piece, Luffy helps the Fishmen folk to bring their history back to zero, which meant that their past of hating humans wasn’t going to take over their present or their future anymore. Everything was going back to zero; basically, it meant that Fishman Island would start anew and begin the journey of true peace between fishmen and humans.
The reason I’m mentioning this is because I believe this was the true purpose of Kaguya’s appearance in the Naruto series. She was the representation of the past. She was in an era of war and struggle, and so were the former shinobi before Naruto’s generation. Shodaime Hokage, Hashirama Senju, was the first shinobi shown to speak of a future of peace between all shinobi nations, where there were no wars, etc. Unfortunately, in Hashirama’s time, it was not meant to be. Wars continued. But he never gave up on that dream. The Will of Fire he established continues and lives on. His dream lives on, too, and Naruto becomes the Child of Prophecy who brought change in the shinobi world. So much change that the dream Hashirama once voiced became reality.
Kaguya was the start of it all. Naruto’s generation moved forward to an era of peace, and Kaguya, who was a remnant of the past, didn’t need to be hanging around anymore. Naruto and Sasuke’s fight with Kaguya brought everything back to zero. For good. And Naruto fighting Sasuke to bring him back home was also the peace that was needed to really establish the change in the shinobi world. Hashirama and Madara didn’t achieve what Naruto and Sasuke did. Naruto never gave up, and that’s the true lesson of the entire Naruto series. Never give up, no matter how hard things get. Because of that, Naruto became the hero of the shinobi world and peace finally settled.
A Little More Appreciation for the Naruto Series
After thinking about the role Kaguya had in the series and thinking that it made sense (at least, to me), the series became more appealing to me. Not gonna lie… Naruto made me cry a few times, and when I think about how Kaguya was a necessity to the series (at least, in Kishimoto’s eyes), I feel a lot more understanding for the series. If this was indeed Kishimoto’s goal with Kaguya, I can understand where he’s coming from and appreciate his story-telling even more.
What do you think about Kaguya? Do you think what I’ve said here is the true role Kaguya had in the series? Let me know your thoughts below! 😀