Shinki is one of the most prominent characters in the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations series. He is a chūnin of Sunagakure and the adopted son of Gaara, the Fifth Kazekage. He is also the leader of his team, which consists of Araya and Yodo. Shinki is known for his mastery of Magnet Release, a rare kekkei genkai that allows him to manipulate iron sand. He inherited this ability from his adoptive father, who learned it from studying the jinchūriki of Shukaku, the One-Tailed Beast.
However, many fans have wondered if Shinki has any biological relation to the Third Kazekage, who was also a Magnet Release user and the creator of the iron sand technique. The Third Kazekage was regarded as the strongest leader of Sunagakure in history, and his death was a great loss for the village. He was killed and turned into a human puppet by Sasori, a rogue ninja and a member of the Akatsuki. His fate was not revealed until many years later, when Sasori fought against Sakura Haruno and Chiyo using his puppet collection.
In this article, we will explore the possible connection between Shinki and the Third Kazekage, and whether they share any blood ties or not.
The Kazekage Clan
One of the clues that could suggest a link between Shinki and the Third Kazekage is the existence of the Kazekage Clan. According to Gaara Hiden, a novel written by Ukyo Kodachi and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, the Kazekage position is hereditary, or at least that relatives of the Fourth Kazekage are most suitable for the role. This lineage is referred to as the “Kazekage Clan”
The Fourth Kazekage was Rasa, who was also a Magnet Release user and could manipulate gold dust. He was the father of Gaara, Kankurō, and Temari, who are all prominent shinobi of Sunagakure. Rasa was killed by Orochimaru during the Konoha Crush, and Gaara later succeeded him as the Fifth Kazekage.
If we assume that the Kazekage Clan is a bloodline that passes down the Magnet Release kekkei genkai, then it is possible that the Third Kazekage was also a member of this clan, and that he was related to Rasa in some way. This would mean that Shinki, as Gaara’s adopted son, could be considered a distant relative of the Third Kazekage by adoption.
However, there are some problems with this theory. First of all, there is no definitive evidence that the Third Kazekage was part of the Kazekage Clan, or that he had any children or descendants. Secondly, there is no confirmation that Magnet Release is a genetic trait that can only be inherited by blood relatives. In fact, there are other examples of Magnet Release users who are not related to each other, such as Toroi from Kumogakure and Shukaku itself
Therefore, it is more likely that Magnet Release is a rare but not exclusive ability that can be acquired by different individuals through different means.
The Iron Sand Technique
Another factor that could indicate a connection between Shinki and the Third Kazekage is their use of the iron sand technique. The iron sand technique is a unique form of Magnet Release that involves manipulating iron powder into various shapes and weapons. The iron sand is said to be the most feared weapon in Sunagakure’s history, as it can crush anything in its path
The Third Kazekage was the original creator of this technique, after he observed and studied Shukaku’s sand manipulation abilities. He combined his own magnetic chakra with iron powder to replicate Shukaku’s power. He also developed various applications for his iron sand, such as creating giant waves, spikes, fists, wings, and even clones. He used his iron sand to protect Sunagakure from its enemies and to maintain its status as one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries.
Shinki inherited this technique from Gaara, who learned it from studying the Third Kazekage’s puppet body after Sasori’s defeat. Gaara taught Shinki how to control his iron sand and how to use it effectively in battle. Shinki also developed his own variations of the iron sand technique, such as marking his opponents with iron sand particles to track their movements and creating black iron wings to fly. He used his iron sand to participate in the Chūnin Exams and to fight against various threats such as Deepa and Kawaki.
The fact that Shinki uses the same technique as the Third Kazekage could imply that he has some affinity or compatibility with his chakra or style. However, this does not necessarily mean that he is biologically related to him. As mentioned before, the iron sand technique is not a natural ability, but a product of research and experimentation. Therefore, anyone who has access to the necessary materials and knowledge could potentially learn and master this technique.
In fact, there are other characters who have used or copied the iron sand technique without being related to the Third Kazekage. For example, Sasori used the Third Kazekage’s puppet body to manipulate his iron sand as his own weapon. He also implanted some of his own chakra into the puppet to enhance its performance Another example is Kū, the leader of the Fabrications from Iwagakure. He used a modified version of the iron sand technique that involved manipulating iron ore instead of iron powder. He also combined his iron ore with other elements to create different effects
Therefore, it is possible that Shinki is simply a talented and diligent student who learned and improved the iron sand technique from Gaara, who in turn learned it from the Third Kazekage’s puppet.
Based on the available information, we can conclude that Shinki is not related to the Third Kazekage by blood. There is no evidence that the Third Kazekage had any offspring or that he was part of the Kazekage Clan. Moreover, there is no proof that Magnet Release or the iron sand technique are exclusive abilities that can only be inherited by blood relatives.
However, this does not mean that Shinki has no connection to the Third Kazekage at all. He is still related to him by adoption, as he is the son of Gaara, who is the grandson of Rasa, who may have been a relative of the Third Kazekage. He is also related to him by technique, as he uses the same iron sand technique that the Third Kazekage created and perfected.
Therefore, Shinki can be considered a spiritual successor or a legacy of the Third Kazekage, as he carries on his will and power through his iron sand. He also honors his memory and reputation by being a loyal and strong shinobi of Sunagakure. He may not share his blood, but he shares his spirit.