“He couldn’t possibly write it in a good way”: Masashi Kishimoto Had Vowed to Never Bring Back One Dead Naruto Character With Edo Tensei

Jiraiya's death was necessary for Naruto, and its reversal would have stopped his development.

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  • Masashi Kishimoto explains that Jiraiya's death was an important turning point in Naruto.
  • It made Naruto realize Sasuke's pain and decided not to follow the path of vengeance.
  • Reviving Jiraiya with Edo Tensei would have halted Naruto's development.
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If you are sad about Gojo’s death, please seek therapy from your friends who like Naruto. From Jiraiya to Itachi, Masashi Kishimoto never let fans feel a scarcity of emotional deaths. Naruto fans have been living with trust issues before trust issues were a thing.


So when Edo Tensei was later introduced in the series, the obvious question of fans was: Where was this technique when Jiraiya died? However, it is crucial for you to know that Jiraiya’s death had purpose, which would have been completely defeated, had he been revived.

In an interview regarding The Last: Naruto the Movie, Kishimoto explained why he never revived Jiraiya.


Why Masashi Kishimoto Never Brought Jiraiya Back With Edo-Tensei

Jiraiya's death in Naruto anime by Masashi Kishimoto
Jiraiya’s death in Naruto anime | Crunchyroll

Jiraiya is one of the most central characters in Naruto. He became a tutor to the future Hokage and guided him through life. With his light-hearted jokes and self-proclaimed perverted nature, he brought comic relief to the series as well.

Thus, his death was not well-received by fans, who marked it as one of the worst moments in Naruto. Killed by the Six Paths of Pain, he was tossed into the ocean to die. Jiraiya knew that he was walking into a battle from which he might not return.

However, his death matured Naruto and made him choose his own path. Jiraiya’s death was the moment when Naruto decided that he would not go down the path of vengeance like Sasuke did after the Uchiha’s clan massacre.

Jiraiya and Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Jiraiya and Naruto in Naruto | Crunchyroll

Masashi Kishimoto himself admitted that Jiraiya’s death played a huge role in Naruto’s overall development. Every death in Naruto has a deep meaning behind it. While Sasuke has experienced the death of his loved ones, Naruto has personally never been through it since he has always been an orphan.

For Naruto, not having anyone to care for him is the norm. Thus, as characters like Jiraiya were introduced, Naruto began to attach himself to them. Jiraiya’s death served as a way for Naruto to realize what Sasuke had been through.

Why Edo Tensei Was Never Used for Jiraiya in Naruto

The introduction of Edo Tensei was necessary to bring back Madara. Kishimoto needed a technique that could resurrect Madara but at the same time give him a huge advantage. He could not use the preexisting Rinne Tensei because it brought back a soul in its original body.

Jiraiya – Naruto | Crunchyroll

The problem with Madara’s original body was that it was mortal and could be easily killed again. However, with the help of Edo Tensei, he could not only receive a new vessel, but the host body would also be an extremely strong and immortal one.

This gave Madara an advantage in battle, without which he could have been killed quite easily. Edo Tensei not only gave Madara an indestructible vessel, but it also regenerated the body whenever it suffered any damage. If you have watched Naruto, you know how big of a pain in the buttocks it was to the shinobis.

Had Jiraiya been brought back with either Edo or Rinne Tensei, Naruto would have failed to process loss and loneliness.


You can watch Naruto on Crunchyroll and read the manga on Viz Media.


Written by Aaheli Pradhan

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Aaheli is an anime content writer at FandomeWire. With four years of experience under her belt, she is a living, breathing encyclopedia for anime and manga. She believes in living a slow life, surrounded by incomplete art projects and her beloved cat.