Naruto’s first Hokage Hashirama is known as the God of Shinobi and probably the strongest ninja in history, but someone was still able to kill him. Although, it was not his great enemy, Marada Uchiha. However, despite his strength, he died at a young age, without any explanation being given in the series. It is likely that he was killed in the First Shinobi World War, which leaves a question: who could have killed the so-called “the Shinobi God”?
The statement that Hashirama died in battle could be an inconsistency because if Madara couldn’t kill him, it stands to reason that no one else could. In fact, when Hashirama’s corpse is reanimated by Orochimaru, appears uninjurednotable as the technique gives the reanimated body the same appearance the person had at the time of their death.
Another possible explanation is that Hashirama was actually previously injured during his final battle with Madara in the Valley of the End as we saw in Naruto, but hid the extent of the damage from everyone else. Some time later, his injuries overwhelmed his regenerative abilities, perhaps weakening him enough that an unrevealed enemy could finish him off.
The mystery surrounding Hashirama’s death only serves to add even more mystique to his role as the God Shinobi. It is very likely that Hashirama Senju’s death will follow being one of the biggest mysteries of Naruto forever, unless the Boruto sequel addresses it at some point.
Hashirama Senju’s story in Naruto
We know that Hashirama was the heir to the Senju, one of the most powerful clans during the Warring States Period, when constant conflict between countries forced even the sons of mercenary shinobi clans to go to war. At a young age, Hashirama met a more powerful rival clan member, Madara Uchiha, and the two began dreaming of a way to end the conflict.
They founded Konohagakure, the first of the Hidden Shinobi Villages, and unified the Senju, Uchiha, and their affiliated clans, ushering in a brief era of peaceful coexistence. Hashirama became the First Hokage, but Madara became disillusioned with his dream and began attacking Konoha. The two were considered to be the most powerful shinobi in history, and yet Senju always bested Madara with ease, even when the latter subdued Kurama the Nine-Tailed Fox.
Senju’s powerful abilities stem from his heritage as a descendant of Asura Otsutsuki, the youngest son of Haguromo, also known as the Sage of the Six Paths, the god and ancestor of all shinobi and son of the alien goddess Kaguya. The Senju inherited Asura’s powerful life force and chakra., which Hashirama finally manifested with his unique Wood Release Jutsu. The Wood Release Jutsu allowed Hashirama to subdue and control the dangerous Tailed Beasts, allowing him to capture and distribute them among the Hidden Villages in an attempt to keep the peace. Hashirama was proficient in the five basic nature transformations, along with Yin and Yang Release. Thanks to his large chakra reserves, he could use senjutsu and Sage Mode with ease. He also possessed unrivaled regenerative abilities that allowed him to heal any injury, to the point that his DNA was highly coveted and was later used to create clones.
With such an impressive array of powers, the mystery of Hashirama’s death becomes even more compelling. The only thing that is said in the series is that died in battle during or shortly before the First Shinobi World War. Fans have many theories about his departure, with the most compelling one linking Hashirama’s death to his overuse of abilities. Hashirama’s regeneration was based on cell division, as is the case with the rebirth jutsu inherited by his niece, Tsunade. However, it is a prohibited technique because it reduces a person’s lifespan by increasing cellular activity. Given that Hashirama had a similar ability, one that was potentially active all the time, it’s plausible that it lowered his life drastically, more so in tandem to create new life, consumes a large amount of chakra from the user, and in fact this could have been one of the causes of his death.
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