This is a mini-series I thought I would start with my blogs, I'm not as active as I would like to be so I figured this would give me a more consistent activity. This "series" will be on various teams throughout the Naruto series, highlighting there past, what they have done, members, and so on. These won't be the most popular teams, some you might know, but that may actuallly help you through learning something you weren't familar with. Anyways, for the first blog I thought I might use a team that is notable, and also a fan-favorite, The Sannin. The Sannin is a group of very powerful ninja, easily Kage-level, that used to work together for a common cause, despite there very different attitudes. These three ninja's are Jiraiya
, and Tsunade
All three ninja grew up in Konoha
, and were all apart of the same team when they were Genin
. The team's leader was Hiruzen Sarutobi
. Hiruzen was the Hokage when the series was introduced, and was a major supporter of Naruto and his dreams of becoming Hokage. So all three of the students weren't called the Sannin at the time, that would come later in there lives. However, all three showed impressive skills and talent of the ninja arts that no doubt gave Hiruzen a foreshadow of the power they would have one day.
Later in their lives, they would fight in the Second Shinobi World War, where they faught Hanzo
. Becuase he was so powerful at the time, it was difficult for any one person or army to stop him, and just three ninja's were able to challenge his power. Becuase of this, he called them Konoha's Sannin, though they are just known as the Sannin for short. That is when Jiraiya met Nagato
, and Yahiko
. The Sannin had mixed opinions about what to do with the children, but Jiraiya eventually came to stay with them and train them, not knowing of the destruction they would cause one day.
Sannin And Their Summons
Shortly after Hiruzen's death, which Orochimaru caused when he attempted to take control of Konoha, Jiraiya was offered the position of the Fifth Hokage. However, he quickly turned down the oppurtunity, and instead decided to go look for and offer the position to Tsunade. When they finally met, all three of the Sannin fought in a battle. Eventually, it came down to Orochimaru fleeing, Tsunade and Jiraiya were both injured, though Tsunade has her medical-nin, still being weak. Before they began to battle with their summons, Tsunade mentioned that after that day they were no longer the Sannin, even though they were still noted as that afterwords.
All three used their respected summons, Orochimaru with Manda, Jiraiya with Gamabunta, and Tsunade with Katsuyu. Showing all their affinities with their respected animal, also tying into the old Chinese folklore of the Slug fearing the Toad, the Toad fearing the Snake, and the Snake fearing the Slug. This is most often presumed to show that they are more or less equal in power, but in different areas may excel than each other. Its also interesting to note that each of Team 7
have trained with one of the Sannin. Naruto
trained with Jiraiya, Sakura
trained with Tsunade, and Sasuke
trained with Orochimaru at some point. Each bringing back abilities and traits that model their respective mentors.
So that is my basic run-up of the Sannin, their isn't a whole lot of time spent on them, but I covered the major appearences of them. Note that I didn't use this blog to specify each member, but the activity when all three were together.
Hope you enjoyed !