Spoiler Alert: For those who haven't seen episode 366 of Naruto Shippuuden.

As shown in episode 366 of Naruto Shippuuden, Orochimaru was able to restrict the movements of nidaime hokage Tobirama. But he mentions that Hashirama could have undone his binding at any time.

My question is why didn't Hashirama undo the binding during his reanimation at Chunnin exams?

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    I'm pretty sure that it was because he wasn't quite fully or expertly revived during the chunnin exams, and was therefore less capable. I think it says this in the manga itself somewhere, but I don't remember where. Yes, It's a retcon Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 20:58

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You will note that Tobirama, in the same scene tells Orochimaru that achieving better fidelity/accuracy/efficacy with edo tensei will be the cause of his downfall, since this time they have been revived with nearly their full power.

This strongly suggests that Orochimaru did not perfect edo tensei at the time of the Chunnin exams and that Hashirama was not at full strength and capacity.

Which explains why he did undo the binding at the time of the Chunnin exams - he couldn't.

You will also note that Hashirama doesn't seem to recall Orochimaru, further suggesting that he was not fully revived at the time, though that could simply be his personality...

  • It means stronger the jutsu, more the risks? xD
    – berserk
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 9:56
  • Would Hashirama ever have known Orochimaru? Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 19:09
  • @user2813274 - the timelines don't match. He died before Orochimaru was born.
    – Oded
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 19:18
  • I guess I don't understand the "You will also note that Hashirama doesn't seem to recall Orochimaru, further suggesting that he was not fully revived at the time" part then, why would he recall Orochimaru? from what previous encounter could he possibly recall him from? Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 19:19
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    @user2813274 - recall him from the first time Orochimaru revived him. The encounter was when Orochimaru was trying to kill the third Hokage.
    – Oded
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 19:20

The reason has been explained both in the anime and the manga. The earlier versions of reanimation were far weaker then the perfected ones used now. Simply put, the old reanimations were simply weaker in everything compared to the originals or the newer versions of Edo Tensei.


Suppressing their personalities weakens their abilities. Un-suppressing their personalities makes them more accurate and more powerful due to their near-infinite chakra.

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