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[Story] Akatsuki part 1

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Greetings Shinobies

I’m sure everybody knows about Akatsuki. For those who don’t know Akatsuki (暁, “Dawn” or “Daybreak”) was a group of shinobi that existed outside the usual system of hidden villages. Over the course of several decades, Akatsuki took different forms and was led by different individuals.

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Though each iteration is viewed as either subversives or criminals, all seek to make the world a better place according to each ideals. Each Akatsuki members tends to have multiple lairs across the world, inaccessible either due to their remoteness or the various security measures that protect them.

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Akatsuki was originally founded by Yahiko during the 3rd Shinobi World War, alongside his childhood friends Nagato and Konan. Orphans of the 2nd Shinobi World War, the three created Akatsuki as a way to bring peace to their home country of Amegakure, which too often got caught in the crossfire of the Five Great Shinobi Countries’ many conflicts. Their desire for an end to war attracted many fellow Amegakure ninja to join their cause and, in time, word of their exploits began to travel beyond Amegakure’s borders.

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Akatsuki’s early fame was owed largely to Yahiko’s leadership and his natural charisma, which kept the group united and motivated them to persevere despite the difficulties of their goal. Yahiko, however, viewed himself as merely a facilitator for Nagato, who would ultimately be the actual source of world peace because of his Rinnegan.

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In time, Akatsuki’s fame began attracting unwanted attention. Which end up with Yahiko’s and almost every single original Akatsuki members’ death. And with it, close the chapter of original Akatsuki and give birth to Akatsuki we know so well. This Akatsuki can be called as Nagato’s/Pain’s Akatsuki. Unlike their predecessor, this Akatsuki works with very different way although their true purpose remains the same, to create a peaceful world.

There are several differences between Yahiko’s and Nagato’s Akatsuki such as:

Unlike Yahiko’s Akatsuki,Pain’s Akatsuki began recruiting S-rank missing-nin after the 3rd Shinobi World War instead of letting any Ninja to join as they pleased. Its members’ competing personalities and aspirations unified behind Nagato’s claimed objective of world domination; this may involve a certain level of force, as Deidara experienced. 

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Also, Pain’s Akatsuki member is strictly limited to 10 and each member wear a special ring designated to them. The ring division is as follow

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Unlike Yahiko’s, members of Nagato’s Akatsuki wear long, black cloaks with red clouds, a red interior, instead of simple black cloaks; The red clouds represent the rain of blood that fell in Amegakure during its wars, and were viewed as a symbol of justice by its original members (Konan and Nagato).

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Another trend started with Nagato is for members to cross out the symbol on their forehead protectors to symbolise the severed ties with their former villages, though some opt not to wear a forehead protector at all. All members also wear nail polish on their fingers and toenails.

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When travelling, members sometimes wear conical straw hats with small ornamental torques and tassels hanging down over their faces, possibly to go unnoticed by the general population as most are S-class criminals.

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While under Yahiko’s Leadership, Akatsuki is simply looking to  bring peace to their home country of Amegakure, which too often got caught in the crossfire of the Five Great Shinobi Countries’ many conflicts.

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But this change after Yahiko’s death. Nagato, grieved by his best friend death, came to believe that the world would never willingly consent to peace and that Akatsuki’s previously pacifist approaches were therefore futile. He concluded that the only way the world would turn away from its constant warfare would be to experience such catastrophic death and destruction that it could never again stomach the idea of conflict. Intending to be the one to show these horrors to the world, Nagato began using the alias “Pain” and formed the Six Paths of Pain, into which he integrated Yahiko’s corpse so that he could symbolically continue leading Akatsuki.

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Once Akatsuki recruited its target of ten members to replace their lost of original members, Akatsuki began following a three-step process to achieve this stated objective:

  1. Obtain enough money to support their organisation.
  2. Provide mercenary services at well under the competitive rate, using the money gathered in the first step to offset costs. This will make countries increasingly dependent on Akatsuki’s services, corner the entire market for shinobi missions, and eventually put all of the shinobi villages out of business because they can’t compete with Akatsuki’s prices. By capturing and strategically deploying the tailed beasts, Akatsuki could quickly start and then quell wars, thereby speeding up the process.
  3. Once all other major shinobi forces have dissolved, Akatsuki will be able to quickly conquer all the countries of the world.


well that is the introduction of Akatsuki for now. Part 2 will tell you the histories of Original Akatsuki.