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I recently watched episode 269, and in a flashback, they had whisker marks BEFORE they got swallowed by Kurama (Nine-Tails) and started eating its flesh.

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    Most likely an animation error. Nice catch though! Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 21:03
  • Would you please edit to add a screenshot in?
    – nhahtdh
    Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 6:08
  • if you are trying to say that whisker marks should be after possession of Kyubi then you are wrong. Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 5:00

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My guess is the author is making a reference to the Maneki-Neko or the fortune cat with the whiskers. It is a tradition that these ornaments brings forth good luck or fortune. Back in the old days, copper, silvers and gold were used as part of the currency exchange, that is why the Maneki Neko is sometimes coated in gold like color.

Towards the end before the Gold and Silver brothers were completely sealed away, Darui did mention something about if a bunch of copper work together, it is worth more than a lump of gold or silver.

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    And how does this answer the question about a possible mistake in animation?
    – nhahtdh
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 5:49
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    This is not a mistake in animation error. As I said, the author symbolizes the Gold and Silver brothers with Maneki-Neko (which is a cat). So the whisker traits was inherited from the Maneki Neko, NOT THE 9 TAILS. Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 22:01
  • its more likely just sloppy animation/after thought. Naruto had whisker marks before he got infused with nine tails also.
    – Quikstryke
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 16:04
  • Naruto had whisker marks because he was in the womb of the Kyuubi's Jinchuuriki. It is known. I came here because I'm also wondering about those guys. The cat whiskers might make sense unless it is indeed an animation error. But, it can't be, because they shouldn't be taking traits from the kyuubi like naruto did.
    – NoobishPro
    Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 19:33

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