The Awakening of Sasuke's Sharingan
The Sharingan and the Tomoye(tomoe)
Those who have the ocular prowess of the sharingan are revered and feared by many shinobi in the Naruto Anime. The Sharingan grants its user the power to manipulate time and space, see what is invisible to the naked eye, and to predict movements that would otherwise seem too fast to be recognized. This ocular ability was rare, and only apparent in those who were belonging to the Uchiha clan. The sharingan power instilled so much fear that the leaders of Konoha decided to massacre the entire Uchiha clan as a preemptive measure to combat an inevitable Uchiha uprising. Sasuke Uchiha was the only member of the clan left alive in Konoha and is one of the few remaining Uchiha that are still alive in series. The sharingan eye develops in stages and the strongest levels of the sharingan eye can only be awakened after traumatic experiences involving the death of someone special. The different sharingan eye levels can be distinguished from one another by the amount of tomoye that the eye has. Tomoye are comma shaped elements that surround the pupil of a sharingan user’s eye. The more Tomoye that a Uchiha has, the stronger the power of their eye and the greater the abilities their eye possesses. At some point the tomoye link together and change their shape completely, unlocking the greatest power an Uchiha can have with their sharingan. Of all the surviving Uchiha, Sasuke’s growth through the Naruto Anime has been closely followed. Let’s take an indepth look into Sasuke’s sharingan “awakenings” and delve deep into the situations that forced his eyes open.
Sasuke Awakens First Tomoye
Sasuke’s first ever awakening came from the most traumatic experience in his entire life. After returning home from his first day at school, Sasuke arrived not to the open arms of his father and mother but instead the fallen bodies of his clansmen. His entire clan had been killed, with the bodies strewn across the streets like so many pieces of unwanted trash. Finally understanding the gravity of the situation at hand and realizing the immediate danger, Sasuke ran to his own home - hoping to find his family awaiting his return. What he found completely devastated him. Standing over his parent’s body was his older brother Itachi. In Itachi’s hand was a blood soaked sword and a look in his eyes that projected bloodlust. A devastated, confused, and terrified Sasuke pleaded with Itachi to explain what was happening, hoping deep in his heart that his brother would be able to reassure all the pain he was feeling. It didn’t take Itachi long to show Sasuke(using sharingan) that he had killed everyone in the village, including their parents, all for the sake of testing Itachi’s own abilities and power. Sasuke in a blind rage attacked Itachi, chasing him through the disheveled Uchiha compound. It was in this moment, filled with a swelling rage, bitter anger, and immediate fear that Sasuke awakened his Sharingan for the first time. It was the briefest of awakenings and one that Sasuke would not remember until Tobi revealed the truth about Itachi. Sasuke’s first awakening placed one single tomoye next to the pupils of each of his eyes, ushering in the sharingan’s birth.
Sasuke Awakens Second Tomoye(Partial Awakening)
Sasuke’s second awakening occurred during the heated battle between team seven and the missing-nin of the village of the hidden mist; Zabuza and Haku. It was during this fight that Sasuke’s tomoye adapted and evolved to the dire situation at hand. Haku had surrounded Sasuke and Naruto in a enclosure of frozen mirrors, ones that Haku could teleport from using his own reflection. The duo were facing a difficult battle. Haku was literally running circles around them, vanishing and reappearing in multiple mirrors; all the while attacking them with lethal needles. It was during this constant back and forth that Sasuke began to slowly read Haku’s movements, predicting where he would go before he got there. Haku hadn’t realized it until it was too late, but Sasuke was slowly awakening his sharingan. Having to closely follow Haku’s fast movements with his eyes forced Sasuke’s eyes to work in a way that shadowed the abilities of the sharingan. Sasuke’s sharingan answered to the call and awoke. With two tomoye in his right eye and one tomoye in his left eye, Sasuke made short work of Haku’s teleportation jutsu by predicting his every move. Realizing Sasuke’s lineage and newfound power, Haku quickly diverted all his attention and attacks on Sasuke. Using Naruto as bait, Haku was able to catch Sasuke in a flurry of lethal needles, putting him out of the fight immediately. Oh, and then Naruto’s seal broke but let’s focus on Sasuke though. This awakening wasn’t a complete awakening though since Sasuke only added an additional tomoye to one eye only. He wouldn’t fully awaken two tomoye in both eyes until the Chuunin exams.
Sasuke Awakens Second Tomoye(Full Awakening)
The Chunnin exams were made to separate the platinum from the bonze. Only the most intelligent, resourceful, and skilled shinobi would make it out alive. Hosting shinobi from all walks of life and from a myriad of hidden villages, the Chunnin exams were the perfect breeding environment for Sasuke’s potential sharingan growth. It was here that Sasuke came into contact with a disguised Orochimaru(who likes to dress up a lot, a story in and of itself). Orochimaru had already defeated Naruto at the time, pinning him by shirt to a large tree(primarily because he was protecting a terrified Sasuke). Sakura was crying and pleading with Sasuke, telling him to act. It had seemed that Orochimaru’s power scared Sasuke into immobility, like a deer caught in the headlights. Naruto on the other hand rose to the challenge, using his nine tails power to stop Orochimaru’s snake in its tracks. It was during this emotional outburst from Sakura that Sasuke finally began to question his life’s motives and why he was a shinobi. He began to think about Itachi and his last words to Sasuke. If Sasuke could not go toe to toe with this Chunnin shinobi how would be able to take on Itachi? With his eyes closed and his older brother’s words thumping away at his mind, Sasuke’s resolve began to grow. He denied the notion that he was weak and that he would flee from his brothers ultimatum. He had decided to fight. Sasuke opened his eyes and he saw differently, figuratively and literally. He had fully awakened his second tomoye in both eyes. With a stronger resolve and even stronger sharingan eyes, Sasuke took the battle to a disguised Orochimaru. The sharingan eyes read Orochimaru’s moves effortlessly, allowing Sasuke to use his sharingan windmill triple attack to pin Orochimaru to a tree and burn him alive. Ah, that was a badass fight fo’ real.
Sasuke Awakens Third Tomoye
Sasuke has always thirsted for more power in his quest to avenge his family and clan by killing his older brother Itachi. It was this mentality that motivated Sasuke to join Orochimaru after meeting him during the Chuunin exams. At that time Orochimaru had tested Sasuke’s vessel. In fact, Orochimaru challenged Sasuke so well during their Chunnin exam meetings that Sasuke awakened his second tomoye completely. Sasuke’s power love affair with Orochimaru pushed Sasuke to leave Konoha, become a missing-nin, and join Orochimaru at his hideout. It was during this trial by fire that Sasuke awakened his third tomoye. In an effort to save his closest friend, Naruto and his band of Konoha shinobi chased after Sasuke. They had hoped to bring him back to the village willingly(unless you asked Naruto who apparently had no qualms about breaking Sasuke’s legs and dragging him back). Battling back Orochimaru’s sound ninja and pursuing Sasuke almost cost Konoha some of their best young shinobi. The battle induced chase reached its climax with Naruto facing Sasuke at the valley of judgement. It was at this pivotal moment that Sasuke, who had been barely battling back Naruto’s nine tails, awakened his third tomoye completely. In a fight that will be remembered as one of the best in Anime history(yeah I said) that Sasuke and Naruto fought for friendship and revenge. Sasuke’s sharingan awoke seemingly at the same moment when Sasuke resolved to appreciate Naruto’s friendship but still walk down the road of revenge. In an emotional bout, the two fought violently with each using their absolute strongest techniques. By the end of the fight it seemed though that Sasuke and his newfound sharingan took the victory(yeah I said it). Sasuke peered over Naruto, thinking, deliberating. He knew if he killed Naruto at that moment he would be able to go beyond his current sharingan and achieve the greater mangekyo sharingan. His brothers words were clear in his mind. By killing your closest friend you will be able to awaken the strongest form of sharingan. Rather than dancing to his older brother’s fiddle, Sasuke decided he would achieve power his own way and with that he began his solitary journey as an avenger.
Sasuke Awakens Mangekyo Sharingan
The Mangekyo Sharingan grants its user unbelievable ocular prowess. From being able to cast a powerful ever burning fire to being able to perpetually keep a person suspended in genjutsu, the Mangekyo Sharingan is not to be ****ked with. The stipulation for awakening the Mangekyo sharingan is that the user must see the closest person to them in life die. When Sasuke was presented with the chance to kill an unconscious Naruto he chose not to and forfeited his opportunity to gain a mangekyo at the time. It wasn’t until Sasuke battled Itachi that he would be presented with another chance to acquire the mangekyo. Despite what many Naruto fans will argue, Itachi was in fact one of the closest people in Sasuke’s life. It wasn’t until after Tobi revealed the truth about Itachi’s life that Sasuke awakened his mangekyo. As the truth sunk in Sasuke began to realize and come to terms with the fact that Itachi was not the devil he had labeled him to be. Standing by the shores with his newly formed group “Taka,” Sasuke opened his eyes to reveal his newly awakened mangekyo sharingan. Itachi filled a hole in Sasuke’s heart that had been a gaping void for the majority of life. The truth filled his soul. He realized then that he had watched the person who protected him from the beginning die. The battle against Itachi physically forced Sasuke’s sharingan to develop while the mental acceptance of Itachi’s truth unlocked that newly developed capacity.
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