The Sharingan is a bloodline limit or Dōjutsu Kekkei Genkai, which means “Copy Wheel Eye” or “Mirror Wheel Eye.” Sharingan eyes are the distinctive hereditary Dojutsu of the Uchiha clan. However, they are not exclusive to the clan, as Uchiha can transplant them to others.
The original abilities of a Sharingan are believed to have been acquired from Kaguya Ōtsutsuki’s Rinne Sharingan. Originally, Kaguya absorbed the god tree and was able to perform Infinite Tsukuyomi, and the entire process awakened her Sharingan.
Origin Of The Sharingan
According to the anime, Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki was one of the first Shinobi to use it in a standalone form. It was given to Hagoromo by his mother Kaguya (also known as the Mother of Chakra). However, he was only able to awaken his Sharingan when he saw his beloved Haori sacrificing herself for the divine Tree.
Hagoromo’s Sharingan evolves, becoming the Mangekyou Sharingan and Rinnegan as its power increases. He later teaches everyone about chakra and gains recognition as the Sage of Six Paths. Later, Indra Otsutsuki, the son of Hagoromo, activated the Sharingan after his pet dog Shiro died protecting his younger brother Ashura due to a plot devised by Black Zetsu (the will manifestation child of Kaguya).
Indra later declared war on his brother Asura Otsuki when his revenge and hatred took him. He even killed two of his followers to obtain the Mangekyo Sharingan. The war continued for hundreds of years, and the descendants of Indra and Asura eventually became the Uchiha and Senju clans, respectively.
After years of hatred and fighting, the heads of the two clans Uchiha Madara and Senju Hashima founded the village of Konoha as part of a peace treaty. During the war, Madara Uchiha was the first Uchiha to use the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan, as he was the first to obtain it.
The Sharingan grants the wielder a wide range of abilities, although the abilities are not restricted to certain eyes, Madara Uchiha noted that the Sharingan could only be used to its full potential when both eyes are together. Here are some of the most renowned abilities of the Sharingan:
- The user can see the chakra, giving it color to distinguish it by its composition and source.
- The user can see the chakra through some (but not all) obstructions and detect irregularities in a person’s chakra flow, such as those caused by genjutsu influence.
- The user is granted incredible clarity of perception, this allows them to see fast-moving objects and, once fully developed, offers some amount of predictive capabilities: they can anticipate an opponent’s next move based on the slightest muscle tension in their body and act accordingly to dodge or intercept.
- The user can also read the enemy’s hand seals giving them insight into the nature of the technique being performed.
- The user can virtually replicate any ninjutsu they see and memorize ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu with near-perfect accuracy. They can then perform this jutsu or modify it according to their needs.
- The user can perform what is generically called Genjutsu with a near-perfect rate of success.
- There are 2 special abilities, use of either ability causes the Sharingan with which it is performed to be blinded afterward, and for that reason, the Uchiha classified them as kinjutsu.
- Izanagi allows the user to warp reality for a short time, changing reality into illusion and illusion into reality, thus escaping death and rewriting destiny.
- Izanami traps the victim in an infinite loop disregarding the target’s five senses.
There are some abilities specifically performed by Mangekyo Sharingan, interestingly the names of these abilities are derived from the names of gods in Japanese mythology.
Amaterasu (sun goddess) produces black flames at the focal point of the user’s vision. In most situations, this makes Amaterasu impossible to avoid. Said to be “the fires from hell” and to burn as hot as the sun itself, Amaterasu burns any material, other flames included until nothing but ash remains.
Susanoo(wind god) is a gigantic, humanoid avatar made of the user’s chakra which surrounds them and fights on their behalf. It is the strongest ability available to those who have awakened the Mangekyō Sharingan in both eyes.
Tsukuyomi(moon god) is one of the most powerful genjutsu in existence as it completely alters the victim’s perception of time. Because of the power of the Mangekyō Sharingan and the speed with which Tsukuyomi works, normal methods of countering genjutsu are ineffective against it.
Impact Of Sharingan On The Real World
The Sharingan was one of the first ocular prowess to enter the anime world and it paved the way for many more such visual powers as its’ popularity grew to unfathomable extents, in today’s time Naruto is one of the most popular anime worldwide, and Sharingan has become a popular word worldwide.
Its impact created a new wave in the anime industry and before anyone could anticipate creators right and left started adapting ocular powers into their works. Even tho countless efforts have been made to top it, Sharingan is still the most popular visual prowess in all of fiction that too by far.
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