As we know, Sasori has

turned his body into a puppet, with a small "core of living flesh" being the only living part of it: enter image description here

This question also states that when summoned by Edo Tensei,

the reincarnated seem to retain any permanent body damage and physical limitations they received during their lifetime.

Obviously, Sasori would fall under someone who had suffered some physical...limitations. We know that

after being brought back by Edo Tensei, Sasori eventually was released, and vanished like any other summoned shinobi (of flesh and bones), so it clearly wasn't another puppet: enter image description here

So how was Kabuto able to summon Sasori? If the reincarnation retains body damage, wouldn't he only be able to reincarnate Sasori's "Living Core"? I doubt that the process of "enchanting", which Kabuto can perform, involves re-making the whole body.

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Although the Wiki does says that

the reincarnated seem to retain any permanent body damage and physical limitations they received during their lifetime1

it also says that

Kabuto can also modify his summoned fighters (...). While the technique usually reincarnates the deceased at the exact state they were in at the time of their deaths, Kabuto noted that he brought Madara back in a state that was "beyond his prime" and was reincarnated much younger than when he died an old man as well as instilling him with abilities he had acquired in his old age.

The best explanation (I can come up with) for this is that he was reincarnated into an earlier body, maintaining the abilities and memories acquired until the time of his death, much like Madara's reincarnation 2. Although I don't think he needs to re-make the bodies of the summoned, if it meant that, it was already proven that he could do it (it was made with Madara), so it would also be possible to make it with Sasori.

1 This piece of data is stated in the Wiki, but I do not recall if it was referenced in any manga chapter, so bear that in mind.
2 Naruto chapter 560, page 3. Kabuto explains Madara that he brought him beyond his prime.

  • So do you mean that (to some extent) Kabuto is able to chose at which age will someone be summoned? Because after reading the "enchantments" part for the first time, I thought it is rather like "summon an old shinobi -> perform some technique, or maybe surgery -> get a young shinobi". Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 10:02
  • @SingerOfTheFall: Also compare this: anime.stackexchange.com/questions/612/…
    – looper
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 10:05
  • The impression I get is that he is able to choose it, as a part of the Edo Tensei itself. Perhaps when he does the summoning contract for each soul he chooses it. I am not sure, but this is the impression I get. :D
    – JNat
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 10:06
  • @looper, I have seen that, I even linked it in my question ;) Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 10:15
  • @SingerOfTheFall: OMG, I didn't see that :D.
    – looper
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 10:17

Kabuto only needs small parts of a person's body to perform this jutsu, just enough DNA to transfer the soul to a new body. You can see that Sasori's core has some blood veins which will give kabuto the chance to obtain his DNA and perform the jutsu. More info from the wiki on the Impure World Reincarnation jutsu:

To perform this technique, the user must first acquire some of the DNA of the person they intend to reincarnate. Kabuto remarks that this basically amounts to grave-robbing, although blood stains or organs salvaged after the target's death also work.

I also think that that wiki reference is incorrect as I haven't seen proof of any of the resurrected ninjas displaying any of their injuries which they had while they were alive. However this can also be because when they are under this jutsu they are essentially immortal, regenerate quickly, have near-unlimited chakra and regrow limbs.


Edo tensei uses corpses and puts the soul of the dead person in. In the fight between Kankuro's team and Edo Tensei Sasori and Edo Tensei Deidara, Kankuro has Sasori's puppet body and Sasori's soul is hosted in another body. The corpse which Sasori's soul is in can be seen when he crumbles away.

  • I've seen this somewhere online before
    – Seriyuu
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 15:44

I can't find good answers but it is possible that Sasori infused his chakra into his puppet body, and continuous usage of the body as his own, coupled with his own memories of the human body, might have imprinted this body into his consciousness. Well this is "mystical speculation" but it's better than a certain funny answer I found: "Plot no Jutsu".

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    if u cant find good answers then don't answer. btw not ur downvoter
    – MozenRath
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 6:09
  • Ok, noted. I thought there would be no other answer possible though, because I mistakenly thought that the revived Sasori was in his puppet body but apparently he was in his human body. Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 8:31
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    Sorry about the lack of comment but I was on my tablet and didn't want to type anything of length with it. I was your downvoter and it was for the reason MozenRath gave. Also, speculation doesn't constitute a solid answer so unless it can be backed up with references then I'd keep it out of the Q&A portion of the site. If you'd like to speculate with other users, gather resources, and work towards an answer, chat is a great place for that. I know there are plenty of Naruto fans on the site that could go back and forth with you for awhile on this topic (myself included). Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 13:45

I'm pretty sure Sasori's soul was still inactive, hence making him practically dead, allowing edo-tensei to take place. A question however could arise such as 'How can Sasori be resurrected if Kabuto didn't have his DNA?' Maybe he got his hands on Lady Chiyo's DNA and ... Well, Sasori's Grandma so yeah!

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