As one of the most powerful doujutsu in the Naruto world, Sharingan is the eyes that give true fans of this comic series a lot of inspiration to learn about and even the desire to own. Appearing from the first chapters and throughout the series, we have witnessed the terrible powers of these eyes.
However, have you ever slowed down a bit and thought about how the Sharingan eye almost destabilized the entire story created by Masashi Kishimoto? Let’s learn more about this issue below!
First, it must be acknowledged that the Sharingan is essentially a double-edged sword for anyone lucky (or unlucky, depending on your point of view) to possess it.
One of the most intriguing abilities of this kekkei genkai is The ability to copy ninjutsu . That’s right, copy ninja techniques as if you were doing Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.
In this case, Kakashi – who is not even a member of the Uchiha clan, is nicknamed “copy ninja” thanks to his ability to copy thousands of jutsu and then use it.
Despite being a “reluctant” user (Kakashi’s Sharingan eye was given to him by Uchiha Obito), Kakashi became a master in using the Sharingan eye. He uses Sharingan to capture other people’s movements, combining with his own skills to attack opponents. For example, the time Kakashi defeated Zabuza by using the same technique copied from him against him.
At the beginning of Naruto’s story, we know that thanks to the Sharingan eye, Kakashi became a legendary shinobi, famous throughout the ninja world for his talent in copying all types of ninjutsu seen from his opponents.
However, if this ability is so amazing, why did it suddenly disappear later in the series, especially in “Naruto Shippuden”? Of course it wasn’t a mistake or something author Kishimoto forgot. This “intentionally forgetting” move is a very calculated and necessary decision as Naruto’s story moves further and further.
Imagine, what if Kakashi, or any other Uchiha, could go around copying every jutsu he saw? He would become a nearly invincible ninja and that wouldn’t be good for the story as a whole. It will make the story unbalanced.
Audiences are watching a world where strategy and skill are as important as physical strength. So, making someone invincible would go against the entire logic of the “Naruto” universe. That’s why Kishimoto and his editing team made the choice to ignore the copying ability of the Sharingan eyes. It’s no coincidence that this ability becomes increasingly rare as the series progresses. It’s all part of the plan to maintain the balance and complexity of the story.