Kabuto had Orochimaru's DNA and a sacrifice, so why did he not use the Edo Tensei? Or couldn't he have used Anko, like Sasuke did?

2 Answers 2


Because Orochimaru was never dead. He was just sealed. Well, maybe "sealed" is not the right term. Every curse mark holds some a part of Orochimaru's chakra. And Sasuke reversed the cursed seal on Anko with the flesh from Kabuto to bring him back -

enter image description here

enter image description here

This is from chapter 593.

PS: Almost same thing happened when Sasuke fought Itachi.

  • We don't know if the Edo Tensei would work on the living. And is there a reason for Kabuto using this process to bring back his master? Aug 25, 2013 at 16:02
  • The whole point of Edo Tensei is to bring back the dead. It's a reincarnation jutsu. And I didn't get the second question.
    – Bibhas
    Aug 25, 2013 at 16:11
  • Actually we do know that Edo Tensei does not work on the living. Edo Tensei requires the souls of the one you are reincarnating, which is why people's souls sealed within the death god cannot be revived. Thus we take the extra step to assume you can't Edo Tensei living beings or other Edo Tensei'd people otherwise, this would have already been done to Madara and Tobi.
    – krikara
    Aug 25, 2013 at 17:10
  • 2
    @Bibhas Sorry. I meant why didn't Kabuto bring back Orochimaru the same way Sasuke did? Aug 25, 2013 at 17:22
  • 1
    @TAAPSogeking Nothing has been mentioned in the manga. You can guess. Maybe Kabuto didn't figure it out like Sasuke did, that Orochimaru could be revived. Or maybe kabuto didn't want to. Or maybe kabuto didn't know exactly how to do it.
    – Bibhas
    Aug 25, 2013 at 17:24

Kabuto had Anko for a reason. He knew Orochimaru was inside her and he wanted to absorb his remaining chakra into himself. This is why he led Anko to the graveyard to ambush.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .