And while he may not be one of the most famous and most beloved characters from Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto franchise, Danzō Shimura certainly is an intriguing character who played a relatively important role in the franchise itself. One of the questions that arise when speaking of Danzō Shimura is how does he have the Sharingan without being an Uchiha?
At some point after the death of Shisui Uchiha, Danzō Shimura had the Sharingan implanted him. He had also worked together with Orochimaru to implant Hashirama Senju’s DNA into his right arm to increase his physical strength. The fact that Danzō got ten Sharingan at once implanted in his right arm with the added effect of allowing Danzō to use the Wood Release and ultimately the dōjutsu kinjutsu: Izanagi.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the circumstances under which Danzō Shimura obtained the Sharingan, as we have told them in the paragraph above. You’re going to find out the exact circumstances related to how Danzō Shimura obtained his Sharingan, how he can use them, why he has so many, and some other facts.
How many Sharingan does Danzō have?
Danzō Shimura is a unique character in the sense that he has an unusually large number of Sharingan on his body. He has a Sharingan in his eye, but also several other Sharingan in his right arm. In total, Danzō Shimura possesses 11 Sharingan. In the following sections, we are going to give you more details about Danzō Shimura’s Sharingan.
How did Danzō get all those Sharingan?
The story of how Danzō got his Sharingan is actually a story about Shisui Uchiha. In the anime, Team Shisui was assigned a long mission to fend off Kiri ninja led by Ao who retreated after noticing Shisui’s presence. When Itachi started acting suspicious, the Konoha Police Department assigned him to spy on his friend.
Unexpectedly, Shisui did not carry out these orders as he was against the Coup. Also, as the Uchiha grew increasingly suspicious of the village leaders, Shisui confessed everything to the Third Hokage. Giving his trust to the young man, Hiruzen granted him the role of double spy, leaving him to manage the internal conflict with his clan, knowing that as a last resort Shisui planned to use the Kotoamatsukami on Fugaku Uchiha in order to prevent the killing blow.
Believing that the clan would not back down even if their leader was manipulated, Danzō Shimura decided to appropriate Shisui’s eyes in order to save the village in his own way. Even after losing one of his eyes, Shisui had no trouble dominating the fight thanks to the Sharingan’s abilities. Unfortunately, Danzō took him by surprise by using the Izanagi, revealing that he too possessed the Uchiha clan’s dōjutsu.
Shisui escaped before Danzō’s men could take his remaining eye. Danzō’s manipulative words discouraged Shisui, who thought he was too weak to settle the coming conflict. He, therefore, entrusted this mission to Itachi, the only person he knew capable of protecting both the village and their clan.
Before ending his life and jumping off a cliff into the Naka River, he wrote a suicide note in which he mentioned his refusal to participate in future actions, emphasizing narrow-mindedness of the clan which made them unfit to desire lasting peace.
The contents of this letter also suggested that Shisui himself had destroyed his eyes so as not to create a conflict of interest within the clan. Luckily, his body was never found. In the anime, Shisui’s death also served as leverage for Itachi to awaken to the Mangekyō Sharingan.
At some point after Shisui Uchiha’s death, Danzō had the Sharingan implanted in him. He also worked with Orochimaru to implant Hashirama Senju’s DNA into his right arm to increase his physical strength. Tobi speculates on this. The fact that Danzō got ten Sharingan at once implanted in his right arm with the added effect of allowing Danzō to use the Wood Release and ultimately the dōjutsu kinjutsu: Izanagi.
How does Danzō have the Sharingan in his eye?
Danzo appeared as a frail, elderly man who walked with a cane. He had dark-colored hair and his right eye was bandaged, carrying a hidden Sharingan, and white skin. Danzō has had an ‘X’-shaped scar on his chin since his youth. He was wearing a white shirt, with a brown robe over the top of it that spanned from his feet, to just above his right shoulder.
The robe hides his right arm which originally belonged to Shin Uchiha, it was bandaged and covered with three large gold keys. The bandages hid ten Sharingan embedded in the arm and one in the face and aside from the First Hokage’s face, protruding from his right shoulder, where Danzō possessed Hashirama cells in his own body which he used shortly after to fight Sasuke Uchiha.
How does Danzō use the Sharingan?
Danzō’s right eye was Shisui Uchiha’s Sharingan. In the anime, Shisui’s Sharingan was not Danzō’s first Sharingan. He used it very skillfully, being able to detect multiple killers nearby. He could also use the Kotoamatsukami: the ultimate genjutsu of the Mangekyō Sharingan, with which he could manipulate other people’s thoughts without them noticing.
Danzō’s most feared trait was his right arm: Originally Shin Uchiha’s, Danzō’s arm was implanted with ten Sharingan and enhanced with Hashirama Senju’s DNA. Ao also noted that the color of the chakra in his right hand was also the color of Shisui’s chakra. He usually hid his hand under bandages and a glove-like seal, presumably to conserve chakra and keep his eyes and DNA under control.
Although he could not see with his eyes or use their passive abilities, he was able to perform Izanagi, a technique forbidden even among the Uchiha clan. Once activated, Danzō temporarily gained the ability to transform his own body into a physical illusion that could negate any injury he received from an opponent.
This allowed him to survive lethal attacks while retaining the ability to inflict physical harm on his opponent. Izanagi gave him another advantage: after he was “killed”, Danzō would appear elsewhere, away from danger. Using this technique, Danzō was able to catch Shisui by surprise and steal his Sharingan.
A side effect of this technique was that every 60 seconds Izanagi remained active, Danzō would lose the ability to use one of his Sharingan. Furthermore, even with Danzō’s physical energy enhanced by Hashirama’s cells, it still required a significant amount of chakra to sustain the technique. Danzō was supposed to be able to use Shisui’s eye on Izanagi, but did not do so to avoid being sacrificed to Kotoamatsukami.
Izanagi Danzō is considered incomplete due to his lack of possession of Hashirama’s cells. Despite this, Danzō abused the use of Izanagi to remain invincible for a maximum of ten minutes when he felt it was necessary, as opposed to the technique’s original meaning of being the last resort for the wielder to turn the tide in their favor.
Through the integration of Hashirama’s cells, Danzō also gained the ability of a shinobi to heal almost any wound without the use of hand seals. According to Tobi, Danzō’s possession of Uchiha and Senju DNA most likely meant that he was after Naruto, as he had the potential ability to control Kurama.