Kakashi Hatake

This blog is about the story of Kakashi Hatake and Kakashi fanart created as NFT by me. I am Lalit M S Adhikari and we are at LTY. Let’s begin!



Kakashi’s Fan Art

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First, let’s have a look at my Hatake Kakashi’s digital painting and fan art.

Hatake Kakashi's Digital Painting by Lalit Adhikari at Learn That Yourself.
Hatake Kakashi’s Digital Painting by Lalit Adhikari at Learn That Yourself

Introduction

Kakashi Hatake is a major character of the Naruto franchise and the leader of Team 7 later known as Team Kakashi. He later returns as one of the main supporting characters in the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime/manga series.

Kakashi Hatake (はたけカカシ, Hatake Kakashi) is a shinobi of Konohagakure’s Hatake clan. Famed as Kakashi of the Sharingan (写輪眼のカカシ, Sharingan no Kakashi), he is one of Konoha’s most talented ninja, regularly looked to for advice and leadership despite his personal dislike of responsibility.

He is a Jonin who has lived a long while and has gained lots of experience with Jutsus and combat. He is one of the strongest shinobi in the Hidden Leaf Village and can use a wide variety of Jutsu. Jutsus that he has are Lightning Blade, Kamui, Fire Style Jutsu which he gains due to his Sharingan and many others.

To his students on Team 7, Kakashi emphasises the importance of teamwork; he himself received this lesson, along with the Sharingan from his childhood friend, Obito Uchiha.

He is the biggest fan of Jiraiya’s “Icha Icha” novel. After the Fourth Shinobi World War, the Fifth Hokage Tsunade retired and Kakashi becomes Konoha’s Sixth Hokage (六代目火影, Rokudaime Hokage, literally meaning: Sixth Fire Shadow).

He is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue in the Japanese version of the series as well as in Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals.

He is voiced by Dave Wittenberg in the English version of the series and by Kyle Hebert in the English version of Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals. Young Kakashi is voiced by Mutsumi Tamura in Japanese, and by Dave Wittenburg in English.


Life

Here are all of the major and small instances in Kakashi’s life.


Early Life

Kakashi’s mother died when he was very young, Kakashi was raised during his early years by his father, Sakumo. Sakumo was famed throughout the shinobi world, having saved Konoha on various occasion; although Kakashi, in particular, revered his father.

During one of Sakumo’s missions – after Kakashi was enrolled in Konoha’s Ninja Academy – Sakumo made the decision to save the lives of his teammates rather than complete the assignment.

The mission’s failure had disastrous consequences for the Land of Fire, causing many in Konoha, including the teammates he saved, to vilify him for abandoning his duties. Disgraced, Sakumo committed suicide.

Sakumo commits suicide
Sakumo commits suicide and Kakashi as child

Seeing what his father went through and determined not to make the same mistakes, Kakashi decided that following the Shinobi Rules must always take priority.


Academic Life

In the Academy, Kakashi earned top grades, earning him recognition as a prodigy and the best of his generation. Ultimately, he became very popular amongst his peers. With his talents soon being recognised, at age 5, Kakashi graduated from the Academy at the top of his class in a single year.

Upon becoming genin, he and his classmates, Rin Nohara and Obito, were teamed together under the leadership of Minato Namikaze.

the day kakashi became a genin
Kakashi becomes a Genin

In the anime, Minato gave the team a bell test at its formation, assigning the three to take the two bells he kept on him in person. Minato often held back less against the prodigious Kakashi than with Rin and Obito so they couldn’t obtain the bells without teamwork.

Unfortunately, Kakashi realised this, only using Obito and Rin as a means to an end to obtain the bells. Nonetheless, Minato passed them because they accomplished the goal of the test by working as a team.

Minato did encourage them to improve their teamwork afterwards, a message that Obito and Rin took to heart but fell upon deaf ears with Kakashi. Team Minato would go on many missions during their career but Kakashi’s devotion to the rules often made him difficult to work with teammate.

Obito, already jealous of Kakashi’s natural talent and popularity, was frequently at odds with him about this behaviour. At age 6, Konoha officials allowed Kakashi to compete in the Chūnin Exams with his team, which he passed by defeating Might Guy and became a chūnin.


Third Shinobi ninja War

Konoha eventually became embroiled in the Third Shinobi Ninja War. As part of the war effort, Team Minato was assigned to destroy the Kannabi Bridge in Kusagakure in order to cut off Iwagakure’s supply line.

Minato was needed on the front lines at the time, leaving Kakashi, recently promoted to jōnin at age 12, in charge. Before embarking on the mission, Minato and Rin gave him presents to celebrate his promotion; Obito forgot to get him anything.

Shortly after entering Kusa, they encountered an Iwa-scout, Mahiru. Kakashi tried to eliminate him with his new jutsu, Chidori but the attack speed left him vulnerable to counter-attack, forcing Minato to step in, save Kakashi and kill Mahiru himself.

Before leaving them, Minato advised Kakashi to not use the Chidori again.

Kakashi, Rin and Obito continued further in to Kusa. They were eventually found by Mahiru’s teammates, Kakkō and Taiseki, who kidnapped Rin in order to find out what their mission.

Obito immediately suggested that they rescue her but Kakashi elected to abandon Rin, believing it was more important to finish the mission before concerning themselves with her safety. Obito refused to go along with this and went off to save Rin by himself.

Before he left, he told Kakashi that Sakumo had been a hero and that, although it was bad to abandon one’s mission, it was worse to abandon one’s teammates.

Kakashi began carrying out the mission alone but ultimately decided that Obito was right and went to join him. He arrived in time to save Obito from Taiseki with his White Light Chakra Sabre, which he inherited from his father.

kakashi saves obito as child during the third great ninja war
Kakashi saves Obito using White Light Chakra Sabre of his father

Taiseki turned invisible and tried launching a sneak attack on Obito. Kakashi protected him, but his left eye was badly damaged in the process. In that moment, Obito awakened his Sharingan and used it to kill Taiseki.

They then entered the cave where Rin was being held, drove off Kakkō, and released Rin from the genjutsu he placed her under. Kakkō retaliated by forcing a cave-in and Kakashi, due to his damaged eye, was struck in his blind spot and had difficulty avoiding the falling rocks.

Before he could be crushed by a large boulder, Obito pushed him out of the way, becoming trapped instead.

Unable to get free and knowing his injuries were too serious to survive, Obito decided to make his last act giving Kakashi the present he forgot to give him earlier. He presented his Sharingan to replace the eye Kakashi lost.

After Rin transplanted Obito’s Sharingan into him, Kakashi confronted Kakkō. His White Light Chakra Sabre was destroyed during the ensuing fight but he succeeded in killing Kakkō with Chidori; due to the Sharingan’s heightened vision, Kakashi was finally able to handle its speed.

He went back to where Obito and Rin were but Iwa reinforcements soon arrived and started constricting the rubble. Obito asked Kakashi to take Rin away and keep her safe which Kakashi did, leaving Obito behind.

As the Iwa-nin started surrounding them, Kakashi attacked them for as long as he could, holding them off until Minato eventually tracked them down and finished off the rest. Minato assisted them with destroying the Kannabi Bridge and then returned with them to Konoha to mourn Obito’s death.

Despite many from the Uchiha clan being against Kakashi wielding a Sharingan as he had no blood-ties to them, Fugaku Uchiha, the Uchiha head, chose to honour Obito’s dying actions and let Kakashi keep his gift.

During a later mission, Rin was kidnapped by Kirigakure. Kakashi was eventually able to rescue her and started taking her back to Konoha.

Along the way, Rin revealed that Kiri had sealed the Three-Tails into her body with the intention to, once she inevitably lost control of it, have it unleashed on Konoha and destroy the village from within.

In order to prevent this from happening, Rin begged Kakashi to kill her but he refused, unwilling to break his promise to Obito to protect her and hoping to find some other solution.

When Kiri-nin caught up with them and made false efforts to retrieve her, Kakashi fought them off with his renamed Chidori, the Lightning Cutter. During one of these attacks, Rin jumped in front of Kakashi’s attack, dying by his hand so that Konoha would be safe.

Rin jumped infront of kakashi's lightning cutter
Rin jumped infront of Kakashi’s Lightning cutter

The trauma of this, caused his Sharingan to evolve into a Mangekyō Sharingan shortly before Kakashi passed out. He was later found by Konoha reinforcements but none could explain the slaughter of all the Kiri forces, not knowing of Tobi’s actions.


Kakashi as anbu

Kakashi lost two teammates in such a short timespan, his role in Rin’s death and his failure to honour Obito’s last request by protecting her, Kakashi dropped into a depression.

In the anime, many believed he purposely killed Rin to prevent her from leaking information, earning him the nickname “Friend-Killer Kakashi”. Many, especially those in Anbu believed he would kill a comrade without hesitation if it was for the sake of completing the mission.

He would also spend his days avoiding friends and former classmates and at night he would be haunted by dreams of himself killing Rin again. Minato, now the new Hokage, tried to help Kakashi emerge from the darkness he’d fallen into after Obito and Rin’s deaths by assigning him to the Anbu.

Kakashi did well in the Anbu, eventually becoming a captain and the leader of Team Ro. However, his successes were owed to his cold behaviour and his ruthlessness in combat, signs that he was still upset by Rin’s death.

Minato therefore tried a different tactic: assigning Kakashi to protect Minato’s wife, Kushina Uzumaki, during her pregnancy. Kakashi carried out his duties faithfully, monitoring Kushina from the shadows whenever she left her home.

During his time off, he would visit Rin’s grave and Obito’s engraving to tell them his regrets and how life was going without them.

During the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox’s Attack, Kakashi and many of Konoha’s other young ninja were prevented from helping defend the village, instead being confined within a barrier to keep them safe.

Kakashi, Might Guy and others prevented from helping Konoha during Nine tailed Fox attack
Kakashi, Might Guy & others blocked from helping Konoha

Minato eventually saved the village from the Nine-Tails but at the cost of his and Kushina’s lives.

After which Danzō Shimura approached a grieving young Kakashi Hatake, noting that it was Hiruzen Sarutobi’s orders for the children, even high-ranking ninja like Kakashi, to not help battle the Nine-Tails, ultimately preventing Kakashi from possibly saving his sensei and the man’s wife.

Convincing an emotional Kakashi that the Third was not best for the future of the village, Kakashi agreed to join Danzō’s Root division and spy on the Hokage for him. During a mission, Kakashi encountered another Root member codenamed “Kinoe” who was able to use Wood Release.

Knowing that Wood Release was unique to the First Hokage, Kakashi broke in to the Hokage Residence to see what he could learn about this anomaly.

The Third caught him but freely gave him the information he wanted: Konoha had tried to recreate the Wood Release powers in the past but abandoned the project for killing too many test subjects.

The Third then mused that the Nine-Tails might have been defeated and Minato could have been saved had the research been successful.

From this meeting with the Third, it became clear to Kakashi that the Third was not the ineffectual, passionless leader Danzō had made him out to be. Moreover, Danzō had not used Kinoe to try and stop the Nine-Tails’ attack.

Realising he had picked the wrong side, Kakashi told the Third about Danzō’s plans to assassinate him and the following day, personally lured out the assassins, whom Kinoe was one.

Kakashi spares with Kinoe later renamed as captain yamato
Kakashi spares with Kinoe

Kakashi easily defeated him but chose to spare his life in the belief that he would become a valuable ally in the future. Kakashi attempted to resign from the Anbu afterwards for working against the Hokage but the Third insisted his service was invaluable and made Kakashi his right-hand man.

From investigating a series of disappearances, Kakashi provided a lead and it was discovered that Orochimaru was behind the Wood Release research that produced Kinoe.

In the anime, Kakashi attacked Orochimaru when the Third Hokage failed to apprehend him but he was paralysed by Orochimaru’s killing intent and Orochimaru escaped.

Kakashi unable to stop Orochimaru
Kakashi unable to stop Orochimaru

Kakashi followed him once he regained his composure, but was captured by the Iburi clan, who were loyal to Orochimaru. Kinoe, their ally, convinced them to let him interrogate Kakashi.

Once alone, Kinoe confided that Danzō was making his own plans against Orochimaru and with help from Yukimi, helped Kakashi get free. Kakashi later planned to use Yukimi to capture Orochimaru, since she was of great importance to him.

Later, Kakashi explained that Yukimi’s blood could temporarily bestow Orochimaru with the Iburi clan’s smoke transformation, allowing him to slip across the border. Overhearing that, Yukimi slipped away and returned to the cave.

Orochimaru ultimately killed most of the Iburi clan before escaping yet again but Kakashi, recognising that Kinoe’s relationship with Yukimi is much like his relationship with Rin, helped keep her safe. Kakashi decided to leave and not report anything about the Iburi or Root’s involvement.

Kakashi continued to investigate Orochimaru over the following years, eventually locating one of his secret labs three years after the latter’s defection. While there, he was attacked by Kinoe, who Danzō had sent to take his Sharingan.

Kakashi tried to reason with him by stating that friendship should take higher priority than the mission. When Kinoe accused Kakashi of violating that creed by killing Rin, enraged by that comment, Kakashi overpowered him and decided to bring him before the Third Hokage.

Before they could leave, one of Orochimaru’s snake experiments escaped its test tube and attacked the duo. As Kinoe was taken captive, Kakashi managed to slay the creature. While saving Kinoe, the creature’s corpse began emitting a poisonous vapour which quickly infected Kakashi.

Kinoe got Kakashi out safely and, having accepted Kakashi’s words, gave Kakashi an antidote and chose to abandon his mission whilst leaving Kakashi a message about it. When Kakashi woke up, he knew Danzō would punish Kinoe for insubordination and asked the Third for help.

With the Third’s permission, Kakashi forced his way into Root headquarters and stopped Danzō from applying a cursed seal to Kinoe. As Root forces started to surround them, the Third showed up to personally authorise Kakashi’s actions and further negotiated Kinoe’s release from Root.

Kakashi added Kinoe, now with the new codename “Tenzō”, to Team Ro.

Two years later, Itachi Uchiha was added to Team Ro. Kakashi and Itachi were at one point assigned to observe a meeting between Konoha and the Land of Woods. When the Land of Woods’ Prajñā Group tried to betray the Konoha forces, Kakashi and Itachi moved in and defeated them.

Although Kakashi was impressed by Itachi’s abilities, he warned him against his merciless approach and encouraged him on the importance of friends. Sometime later, Itachi asked Kakashi if dead friends’ requests should be honoured which Kakashi said they should.

Itachi was eventually promoted out of Team Ro and replaced by Yūgao Uzuki. Shortly afterwards, Team Ro was sent to the Uchiha clan’s compound with orders to pacify a brewing rebellion, only to find the entire clan dead.

When news emerged that Itachi was responsible and that he had killed his best friend, Shisui Uchiha, in pursuit of power, Kakashi lamented his failure to have had a better influence on Itachi.

Because of what happened with Itachi, the Third Hokage felt that individuals with kind hearts did not belong in the Anbu. He therefore thanked Kakashi for his years of service and relieved him of his duty, returning him to the standard forces.

Kakashi leaves the Anbu
Kakashi leaves the Anbu

Over the years, he was placed in charge of several teams of Academy graduates, but none ever demonstrated the teamwork he considered to be so important.

In the anime, he started worrying that his own methods were too harsh but from seeing how his former underlings that he previously failed prospered due to his teachings, his faith was reaffirmed.


The inspiration

The story behind Kakashi’s Digital Painting was not a big one or filled with any twist. It’s simple, short one and goes on like this:

Kakashi Hatake is a character from Naruto anime series. As I chose to create it, so obviously, it’s my favorite character in Naruto as well as my other inspiration to become a Teacher (first one was Rahul Kaushal Sir).

After years of learning and training, I had starting my Teaching career. So, I decided to initiate it with a tribute to Kakashi Hatake. As he’s the only character, I feel so close too. As if our life stories are same.

So, this is going to be on top of all my favourite characters.


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