天恩 えいしょう - Tenon, Eishou
|Shippuden Episode #73|
|The Last: Naruto the Movie|
|Anime and Movie|
|Part II: 14|
|Part II: 139.5 cm|
|Part II: 27.9 kg|
| Land of Rice Fields|
Masayoshi Tenon (Father, deceased)
Kotone Tenon (Mother, deceased)
"My final cadence has not yet come. Until it does, I will live my life each day as a flower- broken and opened before the rain."
Eishou Tenon (天恩 えいしょう, Tenon Eishou) was a non-fighting civilian and nomad originally from a small clan village once located in the Land of Rice Fields (later known as the Land of Sound). She was 14 years old at the start of the Naruto Shippuden series and aged 18 by the time of her death, about two years after the end of the 4th Great Shinobi War. A gifted singer with a fragile constitution, Eishou primarily played a supporting role throughout the series. Later, she assumes the pen name Kotori Yoin (余韻 ことり) when writing music near the end of her life.
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Eishou is the only child born to Masayoshi and Kotone Tenon, and hails from a nomadic clan who were once among the original inhabitants of the Land of Rice-Fields (Land of Sound) before Orochimaru's reign. The Tenon are a small group of people known for their reverence of nature and love of music. Harboring a traditional culture and conservative manner of living, they are unique for combining musical proficiency with ninjutsu for non-violent purposes. Predominantly they are a peaceful and pacifist people who dressed a bit like aristocrats but lived humbly. The Tenon were very spiritual (religiously oriented). Though their expressions appear to mimic common east-Asian religions (Shintoism, or Buddhism), their cosmology is comprised of a singular benevolent deity of the heavens. Since their beginning, the Tenon have desired to also remember human life and human history by preserving it in various art forms for the future generation to keep and learn from. Their primary source of commerce centers around music and literature (collecting, preserving, recording, and composing songs and poems upon commission for individual clients, clans, or nations). Orochimaru's founding of the Sound Country, however, preluded by years of experimentation, led to the division of the clan despite the Tenon being very communal, and close-knit for generations. The debate leading to this split involved Eishou's father, Masayoshi, and the clan leader over how to respond to Orochimaru's increasingly threatening presence, following the Sound Daimyō's shifting policies towards Orochimaru's favor. Almost half the Tenon followed Masayoshi's lead and voluntarily exiled themselves from their native land. By doing so, they escaped the tyranny of Orochimaru's rule, while those who remained to protect their homeland were used as experiments, assimilated into his army of minions, or killed. Natural resources (minerals, rare herbs, rich soil, etc) were also harvested from the land once they were conquered. In his quest for knowledge of all techniques, Orochimaru and Kabuto cataloged the findings from these experiments and observations. As a result, components of the Tenon's special abilities (developed specifically for peace-loving purposes) were taught to a few members of Otogakure's shinobi force, serving to improve or as the basis for their own techniques (and subsequently used for violent/combative purposes). These include Tayuya of the Sound Four and two filler characters from the Shiin Clan.
Eishou grew up happily in a very supportive and loving community until the day the clan fissioned apart. She was born prematurely and inherited her mother's poor health. But unlike the rest of her kin, Eishou was born with an unusual medical anomaly- her bones are hollow like a bird’s, making her acutely fragile, susceptible to injury, and prone to illness. Because of it, she often was not permitted to (or able to) play with others as a sickly child, and was sheltered by her parents. Her condition is hypothesized to be the result of a slow genetic mutation, beginning generations ago in her bloodline, that has manifested itself in the form of a pathology as she developed soon after birth. Eishou's sickness worsened for a time after the sudden departure. Without a home to call their own, the remnants have Eishou among the youngest in their group, who was introduced into the nomadic lifestyle around the age of six. As wanderers, her mother Kotone led the initiative of applying their knowledge and skill of nature towards learning how to survive off the environment, and protecting her daughter's life.
Sickness aside, Eishou was a happy, bright, and cheerful child in her youngest years. In contrast, life after the exile was marked with trauma and difficulty. Over the span of many years, Eishou suffered the loss of her home, the forests sacred to her people, and clan members (though she never actually witnessed anyone die in front of her). As a result, Eishou became painfully quiet and a timid, cautious, and private person. She became mute for periods of time, then became reserved about expressing herself or thoughts. Eishou struggled deeply over death and loss at an early age, but remains positively influenced by her clan's spiritual beliefs, traditions, and practices. She clings to them for guidance and hope. She also took special comfort in nature around her, calling the birds and flowers her "friends" in place of playmates, since nature was the only consistency in her clan's travels. Eventually, Eishou regained her ability to speak, but can only express herself through lyrical poetic form or metaphors related to music and nature. This is not only to distance herself from the trauma of her life experiences but is also a means for her to remember and stay connected with her roots. At times, Eishou has a better understanding of nature than she does of people, especially in her childhood. She waits patiently and hopefully for the day when she can finally return home- or find a place to belong.
Eishou is a compassionate, docile, and gentle-hearted person. While she did go through an arduous time, her adherence to her clan's spiritual beliefs give her a peaceful spirit and a hopeful innocence. She is reserved and can be awfully shy in front of other people. She is peace-loving, and a deep thinker who will not speak without careful consideration. Eishou used to be more cheerful, open and brighter as a child, engaged in normal conversation, but even as a more talkative child she would still became quiet and bashful especially around strangers. For as long as she can remember, she has always been sensitive to and perceptive of people and nature. After the drastic change in her life, she became guarded, easily frightened, and prone to worry- traits that still follow her to some degree as she ages. Since then, she has learned to be an optimist, but a cautious one. Spirituality has cultivated a philosophical and wise dimension to her thoughts, rendering her mature and sophisticated for her age. Eishou often thinks of others first, and has the memory of her clan as well as her hope for the future not too far from her mind.
Her unusual manner of speech makes her socially awkward at times and difficult to understand- sometimes labeled as off-putting. Despite this, she is expressive with non-verbal gestures and can be read by facial expressions or posture. She is rather soft-spoken to preserve her singing voice. Any negative emotions from her are usually kept hidden. While she will continue to be polite, she may display her negative feelings passively (i.e. by ignoring or avoiding). Eishou also proves to be rather frugal. Despite her upbringing, existing as a nomad for many years on subsistence-based living has not allowed her any luxuries or many possessions. She isn't used to, and feels no need for gifts or fancy clothes, etc. Her mannerisms are quite refined due to her clans conservative and traditionalist ways. She treats everyone she meets with polite etiquette and formality. Her rearing also contributes to her poise, obedience, and high regard for others. Due to strict clan rules on behavior and conduct (especially between males and females), and on part of Eishou's drastic lifestyle change where she was left at a young age without a consistent, long-term mother-figure Eishou, is very innocent and ignorant on given matters of love, (particularly physically intimacy).
Eishou is unusually small, petite, and very light-weight for her age- another side effect of her condition -and is far more fragile than she appears. She can be mistaken as a child due to her short stature but has a muted beauty. Throughout her years, she maintains the appearance of looking like she would easily float away on a breeze.
The Tenon clan typically have fair skin, and a hair-eye combination of dark cool hues. Likewise, Eishou has fair skin, long black hair, purple eyes, and a small face. Her bangs are parted in the middle and curved, but do not hide her ears. Her hair falls loose down her back and is well brushed with no ornaments. Eishou typically wears simple, light-weight, flowing clothes that are loose but not baggy nor skin-tight. She often goes without shoes or footwear (accept in winter or rare occasions). Her clothes are always on the modest side, never showing too much skin (never anything above the elbows and knees). She does not wear any cosmetics but does what she can to take care of her skin. She trims her hair regularly to rid of split-ends and maintain the length and style of her bangs.
In Part II, Eishou wears a blue dress with a trail (longer in back than in front) over a lavender blouse and black knee-length leggings. A long navy ribbon is tied just below the bust. When traveling, she carries an ivory-white shoulder bag tied shut with a chord to store provisions. The only "fancy" item she owns is a damaged hair ornament of two glass lavender-tinted lilac flowers with dangling beads and tiny silver bells. It belonged to her mother and is the only keepsake she has.
Later, after the 4th shinobi war, Eishou wears a simple plain kimono (white or some shade of off-white color) while living in the Fire Temple in her last years. She is also seen wearing sandals more often as she cares for young orphans, and as her health declines. Her hair extends to mid-thigh length by this time.
The Tenon combine their skillful musical talents with ninjutsu to manipulate chakra in their environment or targets. Typically, their weapon of choice is their primary musical instrument of mastery. Basic principles of the physics of sound and music therapy apply to their clan specialty. There is a greater capacity to affect those in a larger geographical area if a Tenon performs outdoors in open space. On the other hand, performing inside a room with four walls constrains the jutsu- but increases its potency as the sound waves have nowhere to expand. The clan specialties require meticulous control over chakra, self-control, and expert musical proficiency. They are amplified by advanced levels of ninjutsu. Also, just as a song is enriched with multiple parts and moving lines as in an orchestra, the Tenon have their greatest potential when they fight in unity together. In general, they use their secret techniques to venerate nature, celebrate their traditions, cultivate the earth, and heal or protect their forests and people rather than fight. However they are independent and are capable of defending themselves if need be. It is their preference to never harm people, even enemies, if it can be helped.
As with any jutsu, there are disadvantages to their specialties. First, the more powerful jutsus take time to construct, making it impractical for the heat of a battlefield. To compensate, eligible Tenon focus on developing their combative skills (taijutsi) to the best of their ability. The clan specialty is also dependent on many other variables, such as the physical environment as already described. Weather/climate can be another factor (i.e. it isn't very practical or easy to put on music during a sandstorm.). Physical health is likewise important- no ninja can fight well when they're sick, and no musician can perform when they're ill either. The condition of the heart and mind is also crucial. If, for example a Tenon weaves a song with the intent of defending a comrade but has fear or doubt in his mind or heart, the jutsu will fail or be a weak one at best. The Tenon use precise chakra control to make up for these weaknesses as much as they can- such as surrounding their instrument with chakra to protect it from rain damage. Even in their fighting style, the Tenon are still a communal, united people and require the building of unshakable trust between fighting members, harmony between hearts, and a unity of will. Just like a choir or orchestra.
Eishou, however, is not a ninja. Due to her acute frailty, weak health, and gentle nature, Eishou was never formally trained. She was, however, taught the methods of her clan specialty for the sake of preserving the art which she has shown talent for, and for her ability to survive. She learned the most from her parents and clan members through observation and experimentation.
After learning the fundamentals of chakra-sensing and chakra-control, Eishou was cultivated in the art of her clan's secrets. She is unique for applying their ninjutsu to her singing voice instead of a musical instrument. With her singing, Eishou composes an improvised song woven around the natural resonance given off by a target’s chakra that she senses. She calls this their “heartsong”. When she sings, Eishou can influence her target's chakra or "heartsong" negatively or positively through techniques of musical expression: dynamic changes, phrasing, articulation, color and tone, intensity, energy, tempo, repetition, modulation, etc. Because of her pacifist nature, she tends to sing songs of healing and restoration, but has the capacity to gravely injure people with the same concept. To the target, her singing of their ‘heartsong’ feels oddly familiar and deeply personal (as it is a song reflective of themselves), like a song they once knew or heard somewhere before.
Her hollowed bones allow her to be very sensitive to the natural resonance and vibrations (which she calls songs) of chakra around her in nature and people. .So, she "hears" and "feels" music all around her, but this can become overwhelming if someone’s chakra is too powerful (i.e. Naruto in tailed-beast form), or if there are too many people (a densely crowded place). Also, for the same reason of her being a gentle pacifist, if a person has very negative vibes and hostile emotions, she'll become uneasy or frightened around them. She is a lover of music, but she does not enjoy all of the "songs" she hears. This sensitivity of hers allows her to be very perceptive of others.
As mentioned, Eishou experiences the sense of touch very differently from others. Her condition makes her extremely delicate, but also acutely sensitive to vibration and chakra of the organic world. She displayed this natural talent in her youngest years, though it was confusing to her at first. It prompted her to make comments or ask questions about why the flowers were 'crying' or over how her mother always 'felt' like "butterflies that are humming" who is different from her father who ‘sounds’ like “a night in the fall time when it is very quiet’. With fine-tuning, she developed discernment and learned quickly to trace a vibration or chakra signature to its source. Eishou has become extremely perceptive of others because of this, as already discussed. In people, she "feels" their chakra most potently through physical touch- hence why she does not enjoy being touched without warning. If a persons' chakra is wild enough, she'll be able to sense it through the air and ground. But, while Eishou may be able to glimpse into the condition and personality of an individual, she has no way of knowing how or why they came to be that way. It is possible for Eishou to develop inaccurate notions about an individual based on the 'song' she hears upon first meeting them as she did with Naruto Uzumaki.
Her sensing however is limited. She finds it very difficult in most cases to sense vibrations through very dense (non-organic) objects, like stone constructs, buildings, or even footwear unless the vibrations are extremely powerful (i.e. loud speakers, earthquake, explosion, a tailed-beast rampage, etc.). Because her life is greatly dependent on nature for her well-being, it is partially why she dislikes being trapped indoors, wearing shoes, or having to wear heavy, weighty clothing that would 'dampen' or 'mute' the vibrations she's so used to feeling. Conversely, it is possible for her to be physically injured if the vibrations she feels are too jarring. Like crystal glass rattling under blasting speakers, Eishou's hollowed bones do not have the durability and density to withstand a significant chakra release or explosion without pain, fractures, and even shattering.
All in all, if Eishou did not have a riddling ailment and was willing to be properly trained as a fighter, she would make an excellent sensor-type shinobi.
Eishou’s body draws on the chakra of nature, which cycles through her and merges with her own chakra. It strengthens and heals her in place of bone marrow otherwise absent due to her medical anomaly. She is able to store natural chakra in the hollows of her bones and thus, has an increased reservoir of chakra as long as she is regularly near nature. But, being away from nature and the outdoors for long periods of time depletes her reservoirs and makes her feel suffocated and weak. Her light-weight form, her intermixed flow of chakra in her bones, and her skill of manipulating chakra gives her the ability to briefly hover over the ground by a couple inches. This is accomplished by focusing it on the soles of her feet. Similar to the way matching poles of two magnets push the magnets away, Eishou’s focused chakra, and the chakra from the ground she's "hovering" over creates a similar repulsing affect. This ability keeps her feet from otherwise getting torn up or growing thick callouses when walking all the time. She can be very quick and agile when "floating", but she lacks the reflexes, endurance, and speed of a ninja, and cannot maintain this when she is weak, or if her chakra control is disrupted through injury or distraction. She can also only perform this over earth she can sense natural chakra from, and not in buildings or caves. She has a hard time hovering over Suna’s desert sands, ice, water, and snow.
Eishou is not trained in medical ninjutsu. But with her clan technique, she can heal, though it is done indirectly by replenishing a person’s chakra supply or repairing its network. Her songs can also calm the body (lower blood pressure and heart-rate, or relax the mind). She knows basic first-aid skills, and has inherited her mother’s skills of medicinal herbs.
Her clan heritage and her time as a nomad have given her many opportunities to learn a great deal. She is especially talented in music: singing, composing, improvising, and collaborating. Eishou learned about nature, music, poetry, writing, and gardening in her small village. She often practiced reading the signs of nature or weather patterns, recited books of poetry and proverbs, memorized and transcribed songs, practiced eloquent writing styles, and helped in simple tasks with gardening. Eishou remains knowledgeable in the history of people, villages, and nations from the poems, songs, and stories her clan has collected or composed that she's learned and memorize. She learned more sophisticated tasks of gardening as a nomad during periods of settling. Herbology and botany were taught from her parents and kin on her travels- something especially easy for her to grasp due to her sensing abilities. Being a nomad has made her well-versed in geography and has trained her to be a preparer and very resourceful. She is adept at surviving on her own in the wild (save for the challenges of her anomaly) and has a strong sense of direction. Eishou knows many geographical regions intimately, including the kind of plants and animals that grow there due to her strong connection with nature, and her keen memories of relying on nature for comfort and company when she was small. She does not know much about the Suna dessert because its harsh climate was difficult for the Tenon to remain in. She is also not familiar with snowy regions since the cold makes her deathly ill, or about the islands.
Life after Eishou, her parents, and volunteer exiles of their clan left their village was perilous- especially the first year. Quickly, they had to develop the skills and techniques for survival in order to stay alive: relying on their kinship with nature and instinct, selling their talents as musicians and composers, and using their bodies for hired labor to earn money. The winters were particularly harsh. Eishou nearly lost her life several times. While their village was taken over by Orochimaru and destroyed, clansmen left behind who weren’t killed or used as experiments were forced to fight with their nomadic kin in an attempt to bring them back for Orochimaru’s control. Masayoshi, Eishou’s father died in a brave attempt to confront Orochimaru directly and liberate his kin. The nomad-turned Tenon also learned that traveling in the large group they were in made them susceptible to attacks from bandits and criminals. Some villages were hospitable to their needs. But while it was better for them to stick together, not every village was so welcoming of such a large group. Other villages, fearful of Orochimaru and the Tenon for being pursued by him, have accused the Tenon of trespassing, espionage, thievery, conning, etc. or refused to offer any aid while towns already under Orochimaru's control proved to be hostile towards them. Eishou’s mother Kotone later died about a year after her husband, trying to stop angry villagers from harming her and their group. So, Eishou's clan fragmented into smaller groups to appear less suspicious and vulnerable while wandering. They met every few months at designated places to keep in contact. Each time they did, their numbers grew smaller as they battled Orochimaru and his henchmen, criminals, angry villagers, and the harsh elements while waiting for a chance to someday return back to their roots.
By the time part two begins in the series, the surviving Tenon have dwindled to under a dozen in number. By this time also, they have unintentionally caused enough scenes to draw the attention of the underground black-market as a nuisance. A bounty was placed on their heads for a hefty reward- one high enough to attract the attention of Akatsuki’s own bounty-hunters.
Akatsuki Suppression Arc:
The events of Eishou’s story line take place in the Akatsuki Suppression Mission story line. It falls just after Akatsuki captured Yukito Nii, host of the two-tailed beast, and before the Fire Temple is attacked by Hidan and Kakuzu. After Zetsu retrieves the apprehended jinchuriki, he informs the bounty hunters of an additional job to take on before completing their last objective in the Land of Fire. They do so since it is on the way and go after the Tenon remnant who are traveling on the border of Sound and Fire.
Eishou's Filler Arc:
While Uzumaki Naruto is with Kakashi and Yamato for special training, learning nature-transformation to develop the Rasenshuriken, Haruno Sakura and Sai are sent with Hyuuga Neji to investigate a disturbance near Konoha’s northern border.
There, Eishou, was found injured and unconscious after fleeing deliberately across the Fire Country’s borders to escape her assailants in the hopes of attracting attention of scouting shinobi for aid. She was taken back to the medical center for healing, treated by Sakura. Near where she was found, a significant area of charred forest was discovered where the remnants of the Tenon had fought and fallen against Akatsuki’s bounty hunters. Their bodies were taken but the charred remains of their instruments left behind. In the wreckage, Neji retrieved the only salvageable item- a badly damaged lilac-flower hair ornament belonging to Eishou’s late mother. Neji, however, was suspicious of Eishou due to her excessive silence. She behaved that way after waking up out of self-preservation, and out of a fear of causing trouble by bringing strangers into her problem. She meets a few of the young shinobi, including Sakura who tended to her, Sai, Ino, and Hinata, all of whom attempted to get her to talk. When their efforts fail, Neji threatens to turn her over to the interrogations unit. Under pressure, Eishou finally does speak, but her cryptic words puzzle him. While treating her, Sakura discovers Eishou's unusual anomaly of hollowed bones.
Early the next morning, Tsudnade is alerted to Akatsuki's presence close to the village. It is assumed that they’ve arrived in search of Naruto. Since he has the ability to slip past Konohagakure's detection barrier unnoticed, Itachi single-handedly infiltrates into the village first while Kisame, Hidan, and Kakuzu provide distractions. Itachi appears in the medical center to kidnap Eishou in order to reap the full reward for the bounty placed on the Tenon remnant. Sakura confronts him, astonished by his appearance but falls unconscious from one of his genjutsus. After extracting their target, Itachi and the rest of the Akatsuki with him leave. Shizune finds Sakura after the genjutsu has worn off and begins treating Sakura. After it’s discovered that Eishou’s been kidnapped, Neji finally understands the warning message in the meaning of her words she spoke earlier.
On the way to their hideout, Itachi lags behind, affected by his sharingan use and a flare-up of symptoms from his illness. The others turn to Eishou, demanding to know if she has any skill in healing. Though intimidated, Eishou sings a song to replenish Itachi’s chakra supply, and peaks their curiosity. At the hideout, Deidara discovers one of Shino’s tracking bugs on her sleeve, and he leaves with a few of the others to stop a tracking team secretly sent by Hokage Tsunade despite protests from the other village elders against the idea of getting involved with a stranger wanted by Akatsuki. While Itachi rests and keeps watch over Eishou, he pities her for being targeted just to be killed the way her clansmen were for the reward of a bounty. Eishou on the other hand attempts to process her feelings of anxiety and fright and that she will soon be killed. Outside, Neji, Hinata, Shino, Kiba, Sai, and Kakashi are forced to retreat when ambushed by Akatsuki during their rescue operation. In the process, Hinata was taken captive by Hidan on an impromptu-basis after Kakuzu recognizes Neji for his Byakugan, and points out Hinata as the first-born and heir to the Hyuuga clan.
Naruto, by this time, has returned to Konoha with Yamato, taking a break from his training when he heard of the attack. They arrived after Kakashi received word first and arrived in time to oversee the team Neji and Hinata were on. Naruto learned of Sakura’s condition, and later joins Neji with Kiba after finding out that Hinata had been captured too.
At Akatsuki’s hideout , Hidan is chastised for his impromptu capturing of Hyuuga Hinata, having done so to use her as a sacrifice for his rituals. Kakuzu suggest ransoming Hinata for money from Konoha to fill the need for funds for their organization, in addition to collecting the bounty on Eishou's clan. Pein considers the idea, but chooses to delay killing Eishou after hearing an earlier report about her unique abilities. He decides to keep both hostages in order to use Hinata as bait to lure the nine-tails out of hiding, and Eishou as a tool to help capture him.
Hidan and Deidara grow carried away with Hinata, upsetting her about Naruto’s doomed fate. Eishou turns to Itachi and begs him to stop them. Itachi observes the depth of feelings Hinata has for Naruto, feeling pity for her also, but acts indifferent, while watching to make sure the two don’t get out of hand with their behavior. Sensing a vague pang of guilt from him, the same way as when he placed Sakura under a genjutsu, Eishou suspects that there is more to Itachi than just a cruel criminal’s guise. Risking her life, Eishou volunteers herself as a decoy, and trusts in the shred of goodness she sees in Itachi.
Eishou suddenly bursts into song, finding the will to sing offensively. With her voice, and taking advantages of the confining walls of their prison cell, she jams up the chakra of everyone in the room, effectively paralyzing them. Itachi's sharingan suddenly activates when she sings, amplifying her effect and giving Eishou more time to stage an escape. As soon as they are able, Kisame, Hidan, and Deidara chase after her under Itachi’s orders while he remains behind and tends to a Hinata. He then leaves and sends out one of his crows to scout out the location of Naruto’s rescue team.
Eishou is stopped near the tailed-beast sealing chambers and is struck down for trying to escape. Itachi arrives to prevent any further injury and takes her back to her cell next to Hinata. Just before doing so, however, he uses his sharingan to stir the chakra of the two-tailed beast inside Yukito Nii, causing it to awaken without the other's notice. While the Akatsuki are distracted by the rampaging tailed-beast and Naruto’s arriving team, Itachi uses one of his clones as an explosion to open up the wall on one side of Hinata and Eishou's holding cell to give Naruto an entry point. To do so, he places Eishou in a temporary genjutsu to protect her from the effects of the resulting blast, then brings her out of it. Then, he leaves to join Pein and Konan who arrive to prevent the awakened niibi from going out of control. Meanwhile, Naruto and his team have arrived, drawn by the chakra source from Eishou's singing and the niibi at the hideout, and the explosion. They are confronted once again by Hidan, Kakuzu, Kisame, Deidara, and Tobi.
While the opponents fight, Neji and Naruto sneak in and find Hinata and Eishou. The floor level they're on becomes unstable as the battles both outside and inside the base begin to damage the building structure. Eishou wakes and looks on as Hinata is successfully retrieved, relieved for her safety. But, she is too frightened by the kyuubi's resonance within Naruto’s chakra signature for him to convince her forward. The ceiling collapses, separating her from the rest. Knowing that their time is running out, Neji instructs Naruto to take Hinata, saying that he'll catch up to them. Eishou urges Neji to leave also, and appears to be more worried about Hinata than anything else. Still a tad suspicious of her, Neji asks why she's so concerned about Hinata. Eishou gives another riddling response, in effect, explaining that it is because Hinata is his kin. And, that since Eishou- as one with no future -knows all too well the pain of losing one's own family member, she did not want Neji- who seems so full of a promising future -to endure that sort of pain. She tells Neji it is her happiness to at least try and prevent the sort of suffering she endured for much of her life, Neji is suddenly reminded of his father but is forced to leave and retreat with his comrades from their losing battle. Before leaving, Neji asks Eishou again for her name. This time, she gives it to him and is left with his promise to come back and rescue her. He, Naruto, and the others make a narrow escape and head back to Konoha.
Eishou later wakes in another cell after the niibi has been subdued, and Hinata’s absence has been discovered. She finds her wound bandaged, and that she's being guarded by a sleeping Itachi plagued with ill-gotten dreams. Despite her injuries Eishou makes her way over to him and touches his hand, sensing the depth of his pain. He wakes up as she begins to cry and asks for the reason why after everything he and Akatsuki has done to her. Eishou explains that she hears music all around her, and that of all the songs she hears, his is one of the saddest song she’s ever heard. Silently impressed by her perceptiveness to see past his facade, Itachi accepts her presence and simple understanding without any need on her part to ask any questions. He decides to plan a way for her escape her imprisonment, not wanting her innocence to be lost and her life to turn out like Sasuke’s where she would be manipulated, used, and eventually killed. He also assures her that Hinata made it out safely with Uzumaki Naruto and his team.
While the rest of Akatsuki is sealing the niibi, Itachi stays behind to rest on part of his illness, and to keep an eye on Eishou. He notices Eishou looking rather weak and ill and takes her outside for fresh air. Itachi observes her mood lift and comes to understand that Eishou thrives on nature and is dependent on nature's chakra for survival. While out, Itachi grows weary after defeating a group of rogue bandits, not having healed entirely from his earlier uses of his sharingan. But, he also draws the attention of Uchiha Sasuke, also in the area. Eishou, terrified of the cold darkness she senses in Sasuke, hides Itachi from view in shrubbery and masks his chakra with a song. Sasuke overlooks Itachi despite feeling suspicious and soon leaves without taking any interest in Eishou. Eishou then utilizes her skills and treats Itachi with herbs and her songs until he wakes in the morning. When he wakes, Itachi self-assesses how quickly his health is declining. Astonished to learn from her that Sasuke had walked right past him, Eishou learns of Sasuke’s name and identity as Itachi’s younger brother- someone whom he cares for deeply but has done terrible things to. She curiously hears Itachi ambiguously mention about someone he believes can "bring Sasuke back". Later, on their way back to the base, Sasuke returns in search of Itachi, still convinced that he sensed his presence. Eishou is told to run ahead and hide while Itachi confronts his brother. Sasuke suffers a defeat and is told that soon they would fight to the death when Sasuke would be able to show him his strength, but that for now that time had not yet come.
Sasuke retreats and Itachi finds a worried Eishou waiting for him. Again, she tends to his wounds, but confirms her suspicions that there is nothing she personally can do for the strange sickness that plagues him. She also senses his spirit preparing itself for death and presumes it is because of his sickness or obligation to Sasuke. Itachi thanks her for what little she can do. Eishou also begins to view Sasuke in a different light, seeing how tormented and regretful Itachi is over his brother in his ‘song’. Later while resting, Eishou wakes in a panic from nightmares of witnessing Hidan and Kakuzu's assault on the kin she was traveling with. Itachi finds her by a lake after running off to lament in private. No longer able to contain herself, she breaks down and cries. It is her first time doing so over her own circumstance and recent tragedy. Itachi consoles her and promises that he will return freedom to her where she'll be able to live peacefully and sing as much as she pleases. But, that for now they both would have to return to the Akatsuki base before Pein and the others finish their sealing process and find them missing. He encourages her to be brave for a while longer.
Later, Itachi tells Pein that Eishou has agreed to cooperate. Wanting to see Eishou's abilities for himself, she is asked to demonstrate her skill. Despite some hesitation, she trusts in his word and begins to sing. The power of her song affects Konan by significantly increasing her chakra flow, amplifying her abilities, and heightening her skill-sets and senses (strength, speed, endurance, agility, etc). Konan,, stunned and feeling invigorated by her song, comments on Eishou's abilities to powerfully affect a person’s chakra, whether it be negatively as reported when she paralyzed Hidan and the others, or positively as she was doing now. She describes it as being as potent as a high-level genjutsu, starting with the first note, but that it has a definite physical effect on chakra that isn't based on illusion. Suspecting that Konoha shinobi will be trying to seek them out again anyway, Pein agrees to send Eishou out with Itachi, Kisame, Kakuzu, and a restless Hidan upset over losing his would-be sacrifice out to test her on the field. He reserves Tobi and Diedara to begin their search for the three-tailed beast.
Meanwhile Naruto and his team return to Konoha and spend a day healing from their wounds. Hinata makes a full recovery, but Naruto is sad to find Sakura still recovering. The following day he, Neji, and their team give a report to Tsunade. Jaraiya joins them and offers insight into the Tenon clan after hearing the name from Neji. He identifies the Tenon as a well-to-do clan of prolific poets and musicians, and reveals that they used to have their own small village at one point. He also reveals that he's met Eishou and her mother as nomads during his travels some years ago. While he doesn't know everything about their history, Jaraiya knows enough to suspect that Orochimaru was somehow responsible for dismantling their village and scattering their clan. Despite knowing them to be a kind and refined people, he had also seen wanted posters about the Tenon in various places. He deduces that the Tenon have been wrongly accused or seen as a nuisance to be rid of. Fully convinced now that Eishou is not an enemy, and remembering her last words to him, Neji renews his determination to rescue Eishou, no longer seeing her as just a burden or obligation but someone deserving of protection. And, someone he owes for Hinata's safe return.
At this point, Pein's order is issued. Itachi sends out his crows to draw the attention of Konoha forces as a means of warning them against Akatsuki's nearing presence. A short time later, while Naruto and his team are still having their conversation with Tsunade and Jaraiya, reports come in from watch-tower scouts outside of the city of an Akatsuki sighting. They also report a girl singing. Jaraiya suspect it's Eishou being used to serve Akatsuki's agendas. Naruto and Neji along with others immediately leave. They travel outside of Konoha, drawn by the crows until they come across Eishou and the Akatsuki on a cliff side overlooking a forest near the Fire Temple. Neji is quick to observe that the Akatsuki show a drastic increase in chakra production and use which Shikamaru surmises to be the effect of her song. Naruto, however, comments on how sorrowful and sad Eishou's song sounds. Eishou trusts Itachi and complies reluctantly with Pein's orders, but is utterly torn on the inside for playing any part, however small, in harming anyone with her voice. This is the first time she has ever dreaded singing. Naruto strongly feels in the rawness of her songs- that she's heartbroken over being forced to use her singing for something so twisted and is begging to be stopped. Neji affirms Eishou is acting against her will, noting with his Byakugan that Eishou is being restrained while guarded by Kisame and Itachi.
Danzo's own forces have arrived to defend Konoha from Akatsuki. Ignoring Naruto's remarks, they treat Eishou as one of the enemy and aim to kill her along with any Akaatsuki they can. Among them, Sai listens and trusts Naruto's instinct. The battle proves difficult though with Akatsui's heightened abilities. Painful for her to watch, Eishou is unable to sing as she starts to cry. At its height, Eishou recollects herself to pray, briefly, then sings a new song and pushes herself to her limit by focusing her songs on the forest environment around her. She manipulates chakra in the nature around her to shield the fighters from each other's attacks. At this time Kisame battles against Kakashi and Sai providing areal support, leaving Itachi alone to guard Eishou. In rash fashion, Naruto charges Itachi, and attempts a rasenshuriken he has been training to perfect. While failing, he successfully, leaves an opening for Neji to reach Eishou. Itachi dissolves into crows and cryptically compliments Naruto on the strength of his willpower. Discretely, he tells Eishou to be free as his crows fly off.
Neji reaches Eishou in time to deflect a series of long-ranged attacks aimed for her with his revolving heavens technique. However, he is unable to find enough time to free her from her bind, just as a wayward explosion demolishes the cliff side they and Naruto are on. Again, she urges him to leave, wishing that he wouldn't have to endanger himself for her sake. Neji responds by saying it is his honor and duty as a shinobi to risk his life for her, and that he believes she too can have a full and promising future if she chooses to take her fate into her own hands. He shields her with his body as they fall.
Akatsuki decide to retreat as more reinforcements from Konoha arrive, and since Eishou is presumed to have already outlived her usefulness. On their way back, Kisame remarks to Itachi that if he didn't know better, he would have thought that Itachi allowed the nine-tails to slip past him a little too easily. Kakuzu and Hidan abandon their endeavors to reap the full bounty from the last Tenon for a far more efficient means of raising funds for their organization- by targeting Chiriku of the Fire Temple. At the base, Zetsu reports the events to Pein and also says that he's gathered some valuable intelligence information on Konoha's forces and Konoha's defense barrier by watching the battle. Rather than seeing the mission as a failure, Pein is satisfied with his gains and focuses on other objectives.
Naruto and Neji are discovered under rubble, bruised but safe while Eishou was rendered unconscious. They all return to Konoha. Sakura by now has recovered, upset that she missed the whole ordeal but glad her patient is safe. Eishou remains in hospital, requiring several weeks to cure her injuries.
Returning to the Akatsuki Suppression Arc:
For the remainder of this arc, Eishou is recovering from her wounds. She reconciles with Neji. Both now see each other in a new light. Eishou pleads for forgiveness for harming any shinobi with her songs. Also during this time, Neji returns to Eishou the damaged lilac-flower hair ornament he found after first encountering her. This is also when Eishou comes to understand why she was so initially confused and frightened by Naruto's heartsong as she learns of him being the Jinchuuriki of the nine-tailed beast. Eishou learns to listen to Naruto's song, and not to confuse it with the chakra resonance of the beast inside of him. Seeing how much Naruto means to Sakura, Hinata, Neji, and many others, and after remembering his role in rescuing her from Akatsuki, she grows to have nothing but faith and respect for Naruto. Because of the mention of Sasuke Uchiha a few times by his old team mates, she wonders if this Naruto is the person Itachi was talking about whom he trusted would bring his brother back to Konoha.
Later, she is shocked and appalled to hear of Asuma's death by the hands of the same Akatsuki responsible for killing her clan members, and grieves with Konoha despite not knowing him or his students very well.
After her healing, she finds lodging at an inn just outside of the village where she can be around nature and away from crowds. She is allowed to stay there in exchange for doing chores and helping out with guests. In general, she is now on friendly terms with some of the main characters in Konoha (though there are still those who are suspicious of her, such as those in Danzou's faction). She becomes friends with Hinata, drawn by a mutual respect for each other and similar personality traits.
Itachi Pursuit Arc:
However Eishou remains uncomfortable with the idea of living in Konoha and is kind but hesitant about opening up without settling the matter of her kin, first (especially after hearing rumors that Orochimaru has been defeated). Feeling deeply loyal to her clan and poisoned with heartache, she expresses her wishes to go and find any chance-survivors. Understanding her sense of loyalty to her family, Neji offers to accompany her as a favor to thank her for helping Hinata escape Akatsuki.
The first stop in her travels with Neji, was to visit the site where they first met, and where her kin had fallen by Akatsuki's hands. She prays for forgiveness, then sings a sending-song- a song or dirge to help guide their spirits into the afterlife -as is tradition for her clan when a person dies. Using her chakra and connection to nature, she sings a song to help the forest in this area regrow slowly over time as well. Along the way of her journey, Neji and Eishou begin to develop a subtle but mutual regard toward each other.
With her keen knowledge of geography and resourcefulness from her years as a nomad, Eishou skillfully leads with Neji as her protector to various places where her kin might be. Since word has gotten out that Orochimaru has been defeated by Sasuke, Eishou heads back towards her homeland at last within the Land of Sound/Rice Fields. While there, she is reunited with an uncle and cousin from her clan: Minoru Tenon- a man who remained in the village and managed to survive Orochimaru's reign and exploitation until his downfall, and Kouta Tenon, a boy in his late teens from the nomadic group. Both of them recognize Eishou. The former, as Masayoshi and Kotone's daughter when she lived in the village with her parents, and the latter as one of the Tenon he traveled with for a time during their frequent separations.
Neji introduces himself, and the Tenon take some time to catch each other up on the events they've experienced. Neji hears the details of her clan's history and is intrigued to find that the other two males do not speak in lyrical metaphors nearly as much as Eishou does. Eishou shares her deep desire to return home with them in the hope that others are waiting for there so their clan can and village can be re-established. However, Minoru and Kouta gently explain that the Land of Sound has become too unstable and dangerous to remain in. Without Orochimaru, his experiments and prisoners more or less are able to run free without organization and control. They explain also that the two are working together to search for any of their clan survivors and to help anyone who was once imprisoned. Later, when Eishou is resting, Minoru and Kouta privately tell Neji that their native homeland is now uninhabitable due to the damaging practices of Orochimaru. The men confide in Neji the guilt and taintedness they feel over their own personal mistakes, wrong choices, and over being used to do harm rather than good- especially since it is their clan's heritage to be peace-loving and gentle. Their desire is to redeem themselves by staying there to help restore a sense of balance and peace in the region any way they can. Neji accepts, able to understand and relate to Kouta's experience in particular. Not wanting Eishou to be equally tainted and overburdened by anymore hardships, they entrust her to Neji, asking him for the peace of mind that at least one of their own is in a safe place, living happily and freely. The next morning, Minoru and Kouta encourage her to return to Konoha and live peacefully by not allowing herself to be caught up in guilt and regret of the past, or of what they’ve told her. Both assure her they'll both visit when they can, and commend her for honoring their clan culture and traditions for as much as she has. The three perform a song together, filled with their wishes and hopes before departing on their separate ways.
On their way back as it rains, Eishou senses two powerful chakra signatures and recognizes them as Sasuke and Itachi Uchiha. Neji observes a forest still smoldering from Itachi's Amaterasu with his Byakugan. Not allowing Eishou to go anywhere near the Uchiha hideout, she becomes aware of Itachi's death when his chakra resonance suddenly fades, and is no longer able to sense it. Quietly she begins to cry, and after recovering herself, Eishou sings a sending-song from where she is. Eishou thanks him in her farewell-song for the mercy he has shown her and the life of sacrifice he has lived for his brother.
Afterward, hey return to Konoha without incident. Neji reflects on Eishou's hardships and is content that she's chosen to live in Konoha for the time being. Once more, Eishou is saddened on Konoha's behalf for the loss of Jaraiya.
Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc: Since their travel together, Neji and Eishou have developed a subtle closeness after learning about each other. After resolving the issue of her kin, Eishou is able to begin seeing herself with a new possible future in Konoha. Her respect towards Neji grows even after learning about the way he used to be in his younger years. Both open up to each other and find friendship in the other. Eishou learns to be less private and closed-off, and more expressive and brave. She becomes more joyful- similar to the way she was in her youngest years -instead of fearful and timid. Eishou admires him for his respectable nature and loyalty, and is sensitive to honoring his pride. Neji is more relaxed and calmer around her, taking simple pleasures in her gentle and quiet personality. He finds her company relaxing compared to the loudness in his day when around his team and becomes fond and protective of her like he is to Hinata. They spend time together when it is natural and convenient or happens by chance. Also, because of her friendship with Neji, Eishou is able to open up a little more to the other characters of Konoha. Eishou feels, however that Neji is the only one who has an authentic understanding of her, because he knows the most about her and because he is able to grasp her unusual manner of speech. During this time, Eishou considers her level of peace and happiness. She wonders if maybe she's finally found what she's always been looking for- a place to belong.
Invasion of Pein Arc:
Neji and Team Gai are away on mission when Konoha is attacked by Pein. Initially, Eishou is terrified to see Akatsuki again, and in shock to witness Konoha devastatingly torn apart in a similar fashion as her home village. But Eishou experiences for herself what it is like to want to protect someone with her own life. She reflects on the way her parents and her kin risked their lives for her survival on many occasions just so she (a sickly, frail non-fighter) could live on- something she has always felt a measure of guilt over. Not wanting Konoha to suffer the same fate her clan endured, and feeling indebted to Konoha, Eishou discovers the will within herself to do whatever she can to protect it.
The heavy vibrations from the assault is devastating on Eishou's constitution. It is everything she can do to stay conscious and move around. Still, she manages to use her singing to help Moegi rescue a trapped boy from one of Pein's summons, but quickly collapses. She is taken to the medical center. In spite of her pain, she tries to recompose herself to help a few nearby patient but the sheer volume and damage done to the people in addition to her own injuries cause her to faint again. Since she is with Sakura when Pein's Deva Path detonates his catastrophic Shinra Tensei technique, Eishou is shielded by Katsuyu with Sakura. Sakura leaves her with Katsuyu to be healed, and remains unconscious for the duration of the invasion and of Naruto's battle with Pein.
After waking, she is brought to tears over the condition of the village. At the same time, her respect for Hinata grows after hearing about her daring endeavors to save Naruto. Likewise, her respect grows for Naruto, observing how warmly the villagers cheer him on as their hero. Eishou is relieved to see Neji and to learn that the villagers are safe and alive.
Konoha History Arc:
Eishou later meets up with Moegi and receives her thanks for her help earlier. She meets her teammates and is impressed by Konohamaru's spirit, taking after Naruto. During this time, Neji is busy helping Konoha rebuild. But Eishou puts into practice the encouragement he's given her to be more open and confident. Feeling inspired by the optimism of those around her, Eishou plays a part in helping Konoha recover even before she's completely healed of her wounds. She offers her skills; performing basic first aid, foraging and using resources from nature to provide medicine, food, and tools, teaching simple tasks for cooking and maintaining hygiene until houses with running water can be rebuilt, planting gardens, and singing often to calm and encourage the hearts of people. She stays in makeshift tents since the inn she was residing in was also destroyed.
On his time off, Neji visits Eishou and keeps her accountable for taking care of her own health while complimenting her for her help. Eishou becomes awfully curious, hearing about the memories and history people have in Konoha- so much so that she tags along with Konohamaru, Udon, and Moegi in their task of interviewing available shinobi for their newspaper, including Neji . Eishou maintains her other tasks while doing so. And, to commemorate the spirit of the villagers and the Fifth Hokage for surviving Pein's invasion, Eishou composes a new song for Konoha, featuring Naruto as their village hero. Upon being asked to do so, Eishou sings it and teaches the song to Konohamaruo and his team.
Five Kage Summit Arc:
Eishou becomes troubled and worried over the Konoha-eleven and Sai, after hearing the upsetting news about Sasuke Uchiha. She quietly watches them but does not approach anyone or ask anyone about the situation for feeling it is not her role to do so (or, that she'd be rude to do so). She tries to be very sensitive to them, especially Naruto and Sakura who seem to be most affected. Eishou maintains faith in Naruto and the Konoha 11, and holds out hope for Sasuke, remembering Itachi's mention of him.
At the end of the arc, she is dismayed and nervous to hear about the pending fourth great shinobi war.
Chikaru, Confining the Jinchuriki, & Adventures at Sea Arcs:
Eishou plays no direct role in any of these arcs. She continues with her own tasks of service to the best of her ability. Her expert knowledge of plants and geography is put to use on missions to collect ingredients for medicine-making. And her link with nature, as well as her chakra-manipulating abilities, allow her to help Konoha grow gardens at a faster rate through her songs. Her times with Neji are far and few in between as he goes on mission during the Chikaru arc and helps prepare for the war, but cherished when she can see him. Eishou dreads the day the war will begin.
Shinobi World War Arc
Since the time she heard the declaration of war, Eishou has been vigorously praying for the safety and well-being of those she's come to know and all parties involved in the conflict. She also ponders in her private times on the effects of warfare and violence Eishou and the Tenon clan have experienced and wishes for true peace.
On the morning of his departure, Neji leaves Eishou with a gift- a pouch of various flower seeds to ease her worries. He offers to help her grow a garden from the seeds when he returns from war. Touched, Eishou replies that she would happily wait a thousand years and more just to see him again. She watches him leave not long afterwards with the rest of the shinobi, alongside the genin and civilians. She sings a song of hope and protection over the shinobi as they march out..
Shinobi World War: Confrontation
Eishou continues her prayers when the war begins, and often stands at the Konoha gates where she last saw Neji and the rest leave. She continues her previous tasks. Recognizing Hanabi, Eishou takes it upon herself to watch over her from a distance. She meets Kurenai (though not for the first time) and offers her help as well. Eishou remains with the children and other civilians while the Allied Mothers Force defend against rogue shinobi attacks.
On the second day on the battlefield, Neji and his division are encountered by the resurrected bodies of Masayoshi Tenon (Eishou's father) and Tamotsu Tenon (the clan leader). Recognizing them for their unique abilities, Neji's proves his suspicions correct when he asks if they are from the Tenon clan. Masayoshi and Tamotsu regrettably find themselves as reanimated corpses. Surprised, they recognize Neji and Hinata for their Byakugan trait but ask how they know about their small clan. At that point, Neji is joined by Minoru and Kouta Tenon who identify the reanimated as the two most powerful men in their clan.
When Masayoshi and Tamotsu parted ways when they were alive, they left each other with hurt and regret from the debate that divided their village. While being controlled by Kabuto, the two recognize their own wrongdoings from that time, and display a more humble understanding of the other's perspective. They reconcile and compliment Minoru for enduring so much hardship as a prisoner of Orochimaru. Likewise, they praise Kouta for finally maturing out of the angry and rebellious spirit he held as a boy, and take responsibility for the anger Kouta felt by allowing the clan to fall apart. In turn, Minoru apologizes for his arrogance and disrespect against them that rendered him a prisoner in the first place. And Kouta apologizes for his acts of disobedience that caused Masayoshi so much trouble. Kouta then reveals that Eishou, Masayoshi's daughter is alive and well which Neji confirms.
Neji, Minoru, and Kouta remain the only ones unaffected by Masayoshi and Tamotsu's catastrophic song-based attacks by plugging their ears with objects on hand instead of with chakra. Neji gathers information from Minoru and Kouta, communicating by lip-reading and visual gestures. He devises a strategy but has doubts due to the risky nature of it. Minoru and Kouta, however, go forward with it and willingly sacrifice themselves in order to put the spirits of their clan headsmen to rest and to prove them their worth. The two thank Neji for his help and tell him not to be upset with their passing, as they are able to die in peace. Tamotsu yells angrily at them for their sacrifice but is proud that they have managed to surpass their leaders in their own way. Before fading away, Masayoshi also thanks Neji for showing kindness to his daughter before fading away.
Once the reincarnated Tenon have dissolved, their sound jutsu breaks, and Neji's division is freed from its grip. Hinata wakes and comments that the jutsu she felt just now reminded her of Eishou's singing ability but seemed far more powerful and deadlier. She is surprised to hear Neji explain who the reanimated attackers were. Neji remembers Eishou and his promise to her with a smile. He reflects on how she's grown from being frightened and silent to being more open and brave in her own unique way. He comments how Eishou has already found a place where she can belong, just as she and Masayoshi have wished for. Hinata agrees, calling Eishou a good friend.
:Shinobi World War: Climax
As Neji dies after intercepting a fatal blow from the Ten-Tailed beast in order to protect Naruto and Hinata, he muses that he finally understands his father's choice of sacrifice to protect his friends. Eishou is included in his thoughts of those he desired to protect as he passes away.
At the same time in Konoha, Eishou intuitively senses something terribly amiss in her spirit about Neji. She runs out to the village gates, the last place she saw Neji, and suddenly begins to cry uncontrollably without fully understanding why. Anxious and worried, she stays there, holding Neji's gift in her hands and prays fervently for his safety.
Birth of the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki:
Eishou's anxiety heightens as she perceives the appearance of the red-eye moon to be an evil omen. Though she does not know what events are taking place, the Tenon is very aware of the anomalous activity of nature's chakra, and the planet-wide influence of Madara's ultimate jutsu altering chakra levels around her (as well as her own). Terrified, she fearfully resists but succumbs to the genjutsu where she dreams of a world of peace and her fulfilled desire for belongiingness. In it, she is living in her home-village with her clan (alive and well) and wearing the dress of her clan's tradition. While singing for a garden of beautiful flowers grown from the sack of seeds Neji gave, her parents come to inform her that Neji has arrived. He offers to help her water the flowers which she accepts with a smile.
Kaguya Otsutsuki Strikes:
When the Infinite Tsukiyomi is dismantled, Eishou is released. Bewildered and unsettled, she stands and waits for the shinobi of Konoha to return.
As everyone returns home after the war, Eishou is still as she was- standing at the gates, praying, and searching for Neji. Her health deteriorates quickly from illness for standing outside in the elements without rest. Eishou continues to wait for Neji after everyone has returned, unwilling to believe that Neji has died. She behaves like a person in shock, unable to respond to the real-world and having lost any perception of time. When her body gives out, she is brought to the medical center for treatment which she later leaves against medical advice to return to her waiting place. Her refusal to move or be moved, and her consequent delay in receiving medical attention lead to the development of a reoccurring lung infection that caused her to slowly lose lung capacity over time. Subsequently, she also missed Neji's funeral.
Eventually, Eishou is gently coaxed out of her trance and lured to Neji's grave in the Konoha Cemetery. Confronted with the reality of his death, she breaks down and weeps. It is only at this point when she is finally able to realize her depth of feelings for Neji. Later, when she is composed enough, Naruto and Hinata tell her the details of Neji's death and try to encourage her.
Season of Grief:
From that point on, Eishou suffers a grueling and lengthy grieving process. She despairs over the many lives lost in the war, over the damage to nature, and Neji's death. She is reminded of every reason why she dislikes violence and warfare. Taking pity on her, and recognizing how much his nephew meant to her, Hiashi Hyuuga takes her in to the Hyuuga estate for lodging. During the time of her grieving, Eishou is chronically ill, spiritually depressed, and prone to sudden collapse. While acknowledging that grief is no stranger to her, considering the frequent losses she's suffered in her past, Eishou considers the grief over Neji's death to be the most arduous and painful. She begins to regress from the positive changes she's made since meeting him, and becomes silent, and closed-off again. While never being overtly rude to anyone, Eishou often reacts despondently to others. Soon, it dawns on her that the pain and fear plaguing her is far more than just about losing the one she didn't know she loved. It becomes about facing her biggest fear of caring for someone, only to see them die for the -enth time. Of having to build and rebuild hope time and time again as the people of her kin fell apart and died one after another. But this time, because she gave her heart away to Neji without realizing it, the subsequent heartbreak was especially devastating and soul-crushing in ways she's never experienced before. Eishou finds herself lacking any strength or ability to pick up the pieces and rebuild hope again. For a time, she laments the point of even searching for hope anymore if it has been her life's pattern to have it crushed. Some self-reflection reveals to her that her ability to move on when she was struggling with this same thing as a girl was because of the support she always had in some way from her clan, from nature, or from Neji, the closest companion in Konoha she had. Now that all those were gone Eishou is daunted by the fact that the strength of cheer she needs to overcome her grief this time would have to come from herself. Without any family, support, or comfort, she feels utterly alone and powerless to do so.
Eishou begins to drift away, as Naruto and the others heal and readjust to a new life, focusing on Sasuke's successful return, Kakashi's installment as Hokage, new missions, and as Hinata invests more of her time with Naruto, It becomes oddly painful for Eishou to see any couples expressing affection or walking together while realizing that she never got a chance to recognize her feelings for Neji and express them. She becomes heart-sore, seeing everyone surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones. While everyone treats her with good intentions, they assume that her grief is solely over Neji's loss and know nothing about the inner turmoil she's wading through. As such, their comments and well-wishes for her to cheer up for Neji's sake only serve to deepen her hurt. She also feels alienated, as Konoha is rebuilt and returned to normal, feeling out of place and no longer needed.
In her darkest moments, Eishou decides to sever her bonds with everyone she knows and leave Konoha so she will not have to feel the pain and suffering of losing a loved one again. Weary of the good intentions of others, she leaves quietly but does not make it very far without being horrified over the condition of the lands from the battles of the war. Devastated and unable to seek solace from nature, she adds the wounded environment to her griefs and consequently isn't able to travel far. She is found and urged to return to Konoha. Eishou reluctantly returns but comes to understand that she is disgracing Neji and his sacrifice by remaining in sadness. However, Eishou also closes her heart off to others. Retaining what's left of her dignity, Eishou clings to the one thing she can do- honoring the dead in whatever way she can -and is determined to do it out of her own volition with the help of heaven.
After her bitterness has worn off, Eishou becomes private with her grieving and no longer allows it to show in public or in front of others. Hinata and the others interpret this as her finally beginning to improve and return back to normal. Eishou contemplates over how to honor Neji's will and legacy. While she remains virtually silent, in time Eishou slowly allows herself to open up a little. To pass the time, she tends to injured birds until they can be set free, something she did with Neji in the past. Eishou also finds work for pay by tending to local gardens and farms despite her frequent illnesses. Months later, when she's saved enough money, Eishou still finds herself without a clear answer to her question of what she can do to honor Neji. So, she hires a shinobi from the Hokage's office as an escort and goes on a pilgrimage to find that answer, and to attempt to reconcile to her spirit to her renewed fear of death and loss.
More emotionally stable and clear-minded than the first time around, Eishou leaves with hired protection to guard against any rogue ninja or danger along the way. Eishou still finds the conditions of the forests and plains she grew up with heartbreakingly deplorable, and suffers in her spirit for the damage the war has done to the earth. She begins to retrace her steps and visits each and every one of the grave sites of her fallen kin that she knows of. At each one, she takes her time to pray and wants to sing but is too emotionally and physically weak to do so properly. At the deforested area where her traveling kin were hunted down by Hidan and Kakuzu, Eishou finds new leaves sprouting from the ground- the beginnings of a new forest created from the effects of her song when she paid homage to the fallen with Neji. She also goes to revisit the place where she sensed Itachi's death following his battle with Sasuke and pays her respects as well. Later, Eishou is distraught to find her father's burial cairnand grave upturned and his instrument missing. After rebuilding the grave site and markers, Eishou remembers Hinata telling her about Neji's encounter with people from her clan who were reincarnated and realizes that the state of her father's grave was Kabuto's doing. Since there is no longer a body or musical instrument to be buried in the ground, Eishou buries the damaged hair ornament that once belonged to her mother, in the hopes that despite the reanimation curse, her father and mother will be rejoined together in the afterlife once more. However, the ordeal becomes deeply saddening and emotionally taxing for her, and she falls ill. She is forced to spend a few days at a small village to recover. While there she reflects on how much more difficult and painful this journey is for her than she had anticipated.
Pressing onward, she travels to her native homeland, a place she wasn't able to go before in her travels with Neji. Eishou sees for herself the extent of the damage done to the land and relives both positive and negative memories of her youngest years there. She identifies many grave markers new to her. At the point of being overwhelmed again with grief, Eishou suddenly experiences a spiritual encounter with her kin, including her mother and father, Minoru, and Kouta. Comforted by their presence, Eishou receives some much-needed encouragement and is reminded of the importance of love, community, and harmony upheld by her clan’s ways. She is told by those who have died to protect her that they willingly did so- not to bring her sadness, but so that she could live and pass on that gift of love to others. Eishou reflects on Neji's sacrifice and sees that his dying wish is very much the same. As she does, she begins to sense his spirit too, and his freedom and peace. So, she comes to realize that the best way to honor the dead is not by remaining in sadness or locked in the past, but by focusing on the present and looking to the future. Not by remembering them with sorrow or by performing traditional rituals out of guilt, but by caring for, protecting, and loving those around her with the same depth and spirit of sacrifice as has been shown to her out of love. She also realizes her wrongdoing in shutting people out when in her darkest moments of grief, recognizing that doing so only served to prolong her own pain. This revelation lifts the long-standing guilt Eishou's been carrying all her years of feeling responsible for so much death on part of her being so physically frail, soft-hearted, and always needing to be protected. It also allows her to begin to relinquish the pain, fear, and unrest of the past brought back by Neji's loss- something she thought she had overcome when she was younger but had only suppressed. Finally, after finding the freedom of letting go of the suffering in her past, Eishou is now able to look again towards the future with a new purpose.
Transition and Recovery:
On her way back to Konoha, Eishou feels lighter and more at peace than she's ever felt since the war began. But, she is still troubled and puzzles over how it is she can love others. She makes one last stop at the repaired Fire Temple to pray and meditate on her dilemma for strength and guidance. While there, she notices a number of displaced families and orphaned children taking temporary lodging in the fire temple until they are found or able to return home. Eishou spends an extra day helping the whelmed and over-worked ninja monks tend to them before returning to Konoha.
With peace and strength beginning to grow again in her heart, Eishou is able to visit Neji's grave for the first time since first seeing it, and is finally able to sing him a sending-song. But, the condition of the Fire Temple never does leave her mind. After giving it deep thought, Eishou returns to the temple. While many of the families have now gone, there are still children left behind without a place to return to. Her heart goes out to them, seeing herself in them as lost, uprooted, lonely, and scared orphans. Seeing a great need for helpers, Eishou recognizes that this is the answer she's been searching for. Not wanting any of the children to suffer the same way she has, Eishou volunteers to live in the Fire Temple with the shinobi monks and take over the task of tending to the children rather than sending them away to the Konoha Orphanage. She affirms this as the place where she truly belongs because it is the place where hope and love are desperately needed.
As such, Eishou transitions from the Hyuuga house and into her own quarters at the Fire Temple where she is visited by others from time to time. There, Eishou is able to fill a much-needed role at the temple and pours all of her efforts into using her skills to take care of the orphaned children- which she does happily. This is also where Eishou finally decides to plant the seeds Neji gave her on the temple grounds, praying that Neji will help her in spirit to grow them together just as he promised. The garden becomes an important part of creating a sanctuary and environment of stability and peace for the children- as well as a way of teaching them skills of work and harmony. She becomes something of a mother or big-sister figure to the children, and a great help to the monks. Despite still missing Neji on a daily basis, tending to the orphans helps Eishou by taking the focus off herself and allowing her to fulfill her new purpose of sharing her love and caring for others. She begins to heal over time and thrive. Eishou works cooperatively with the other monks and the apprentice,Sora(filler character from theTwelve-Guardian Ninja Arc) who has recently returned to the fire temple. The children help her to open up once more to people, including Naruto and the others, and she returns to her peaceful self. Confidence and joy soon follow as she is determined to live out the positive traits Neji brought out in her regardless of losing him, and determined to live each day loving to the best of her ability without fear or regret. She lives sacrificially for the children who are influenced by her in various ways. Throughout this time, Eishou maintains a positive relationship with the others in Konoha,.
Having observed Eishou's re-blossoming after her season of grief,Hiashi Hyuugaapproaches her, approving of her inner strength and positive change, and for choosing to remember his nephew in the way she is doing now. He tells her that although she is not a ninja, or a native/citizen of Konoha, Eishou, too has now inherited the Will of Fire- just as Neji had -for taking on and passing down the will to love, protect, and endure to the orphaned children. Hiashi mentions how pleased Neji must be by her strength of character, and sees why his nephew chose to acknowledge her. Both humbled and honored by his words, Eishou is brought to tears and bows deeply to express her thanks.
The Last: Naruto the Movie
However, Eishou's health has never quite been the same ever since the war. Her health comes and goes but steadily worsens over the next two years. She slowly loses lung capacity (the ability to take in oxygen) due to the reoccurring lung infection which has ruined her already weak immune system. In addition to limiting her ability to sing and especially performing her song-based jutsu, Eishou falls frequently to fevers and colds.In the last stage of her life, Eishou notices ominous signs of the moon as it descends towards earth. Troubled, she prays ceaselessly against any calamities, and for the safety of her friends and loved ones in the temple and in Konoha. Despite the pleas of concern for her rapidly deteriorating health, she stays up frequently, observing the moon throughout the course of the film's main events. Approaching the moment of crisis, she tells Sora to take the orphans to safety while she chooses to stay by the garden, currently dormant during the winter season. Refusing to leave, they agree to remain with her while Sora and the older monks protect them against wayward meteors. In her reflections, Eishou thinks of Neji, entrusting him to watch over Naruto, Hinata, and all the others. She consoles the children and continues to pray against the destruction of mankind, maintaining a serene hope, and wishing to see another spring with the children when the flowers of her garden will bloom again. Naturally, Eishou is relieved when the danger has passed. She thanks everyone as they begin to celebrate, and welcomes news of love finally flourishing between Naruto and Hinata. 
However, even with careful medical treatment, the winter season becomes too taxing on Eishou's body and she collapses. Eishou continues to comfort and reassure those around her, still desiring to do everything she can for their sake and maintaining a calm peace about herself. On a cold, bitter night she sings one last song for Sora and the orphans while bed-ridden, but dies unexpectedly by early morning before the next medical help arrives.
Her last thoughts as she dies are of a hopeful future for the children, satisfied that she gave them her very all and glad to be able to help them through the most recent crisis of the moon's descent. She smiles, happy to finally rest in peace and anticipates being reunited with the lost loved ones who've gone before her. Neji remains at the forefront of her mind. Her death occurs after the Rinne Festival.and before Naruto and Hinata's wedding.
The children, impacted by Eishou's gentle and loving presence, grow up as part of the next generation of the will-of-fire inheritors. After learning to trust her, the orphan children came to be very protective of Eishou, thriving off of her nurturing spirit and listening to her teachings about nature, meditation, music, and chakra. Eishou also takes it upon herself to transcribe from memory onto paper the hundreds of songs she and her clan have crafted since they were destroyed with the village and loss of her people. Ranging from private dedications to traditional tunes to commissioned works about the history and events of other clans and nations, she recreates as many as she can from her recollection and uses them to teach the children as well. They gain an appreciation for life and nature from her, and learn chakra control, or other simple tasks such as basic first aid, cooking, and foraging from her combined efforts with Sora. While some of the children leave the temple to enter Konoha's ninja academy, others stay to continue their education with Eishou (until her passing) and the monks. While Sora was initially inconvenienced and frustrated over the children's presence (unsure of how to react to them, or sometimes bickering with some of the older, craftier ones), he comes to adapt the same kind of compassion and care Eishou displayed by observing her consistent, loving behavior with them. After her death, they each in their own way keep her in their memory as a sister or mother-figure, friend, and teacher. Sora takes up her role and assumes responsibility of the children. Some of them grow to become well-rounded Konoha shinobi, others become the next generation of monks or fire temple guardian-ninja. Still others become healers and teachers, living a civilian life until they grow to have families of their own.
Eishou's library of songs, composed under the pen name Kotori Yoin in keeping with her clan's tradition, have remained and her garden still grows as a testament to her devotion, will, and heart, and is fondly tended to by those residing in the fire temple.
In the New Era, the temple regularly receives visitors who turn out to be other survivors of the Tenon clan. Because of Eishou's efforts of preservation, they are able to bring back many songs and poems to their newly formed village in the Land of Rice Fields. They also transplanted some flowers of her garden to grow a separate garden in the village in her memory. As such, her story is not forgotten.
Eishou does not meet Naruto until after he returns temporarily from his wind-element training with Kakashi and Yamato. When she first meets him, she is confused from the fact that she sensed two “heartsongs” inside of him: one belonging to himself, and a darker one belonging to the Kyuubi- something she’s never experienced before. Baffled, and not knowing Naruto to be a Jinchuuriki, Naruto bewildered her and made Eishou uneasy. When she learns from Sakura, Neji, Hinata, and others of the outstanding inspiration and character Naruto is, and about his story as the host of the nine-tailed beast, Eishou opens up to, and fully respects him.
Sakura is one of the first shinobi from Konoha Eishou encounters at her introduction in Part II of the series. She tended to Eishou’s injuries. Though Eishou was wary and unsettled after experiencing difficulties at the time, she took comfort in Sakura’s caring nature and was astonished when Sakura went so far as to defend her from Akatsuki. Sakura is someone she appreciates and respects, though her angry, violent outbursts tend to intimidate and startle her.
Sai was on Sakura’s team when Eishou was first encountered. They both puzzle each other- Sai for his social awkwardness, and Eishou for her lyrical manner of speech. Neither is ever really sure of how to behave in front of the other, but are polite and try to understand the other. Both share a deep love of tofu.
Eishou encountered Sasuke briefly when she was a prisoner of Akatsuki. Frightened by the darkness and coldness of his chakra, Eishou learned to see past his evil through the way Naruto, Sakura, and Itachi speak of him. Save for their first encounter, she has no other significant meetings with Sasuke until after the fourth great shinobi war when Sasuke returns to Konoha in his right state of mind. However, she holds out hope for him by believing in the willpower of those who seek to bring him back home safely. She is happy for him when he does, remembering how important he was to Itachi.
She first knew Uchiha Itachi as her kidnapper, and the one in charge of overseeing her as Akatsuki’s prisoner. While scared and cautious, Eishou was deeply perplexed and moved by his foreboding sense of suffering and sacrifice. To Itachi, Eishou is something of a reminder of his brother Sasuke. She becomes the one person to see so quickly past his mask of cold evilness, and through to his heart without Itachi having to behave like a monster to her. In secret, Itachi resolves to covertly help Eishou escape the Akatsuki to spare her the sort of pain he caused his clan and his brother, and to preserve her innocence. From Itachi, Eishou learns that not everything is as black-and-white as they might seem, and that there is such a thing as the “unsung hero” no one knows about. Meeting him also helped her to be more open-minded about Uzumaki Naruto as well. Later on when Itachi faces Sasuke, Eishou senses his death and sings him a sending-song as is tradition in her clan for those who have passed away to honor him for his sacrifice and spirit.
Neji was the designated captain of the team he was on with Haruno Sakura and Sai, when first encountering Eishou. Initially suspicious of her excessive silence, Neji viewed Eishou as an obligation, a duty and part of his mission he had to complete. While trying to learn more about her, Neji became one of the only people to grasp the cryptic messages in her manner of speech. After a series of events where he learned her story, and after seeing her selfless nature in action, he softened up towards her and became more accepting. Eishou admired Neji for his skill and demure, but was a tad intimidated by his sternness towards her. When he begins to show an interest in helping to repay her for for helping Hinata while in Akatsuki's captivity, she slowly learns to open up. The two develop a friendship and mutual respect for each other. From Neji, Eishou learns to express herself verbally a little more, and become more confident and trusting. She is especially touched to hear about his story and respects him for his positive change. The two relate to each other through the quietness of the others’ company, and their individual bird-related metaphors. Neji comes to find her presence refreshingly calm, and is able to relax a little more around her. He has since apologized for being suspicious of her and cherishes her for her innocence and sophisticated wisdom. They are both very courteous, well-mannered, and formal towards one another. Neither display or voice their opinions of the other publicly but are more open in time spent alone.
Before leaving for the Fourth Shinobi War, Neji gives her a sack of seeds and promises to grow a garden with her when he returns. It is the closest they ever come to expressing any feelings to each other. Eishou grieves arduously over his loss and is only able to realize her depth of feelings for him after learning of his death. She remembers him daily and is inspired by him to retain the positive change he has made in her life. She regrets not realizing and confessing her heart to him, but seeks to honor his will and noble sacrifice. Eishou looks forward to meeting him again someday in the afterlife.
Eishou was naturally drawn towards Hinata due to their similar personalities. Hinata can be called her "best friend" figure. Eishou admires her for being braver and stronger than she is. They relate to each other for secretly admiring someone from afar. After the war though, as Hinata continues to focus her attention more on her romance with Naruto, the two drift away in some respects for a time but remain good friends.
She knows Hanabi as Hinata’s little sister and Neji’s cousin. They knew each other as acquaintances up until the fourth shinobi war. During the war, Eishou stays with the civilians and younger children in Konoha while they wait for everyone to come home. After the return from war, Eishou comes to occasionally keep tabs on Hanabi from a distance. She finds Hanabi's earnest efforts to protect the Hyuuga clan and disposition pleasant and admirable.
(Filler character from the Twelve-Guardian Ninja Arc.)(By Eishou-Rai)
Sora's appearance in the filler arc was one of cold indifference, arrogance, and spite towards those he dislikes yet respect to his superiors. By the end of the filler, he finds many things in common with Naruto and leaves to travel the world. Some time after the end of the 4th Great Shinobi War, it is assumed that he returns back to the Fire Temple from his travels as a guardian-ninja monk apprentice. It is also assumed that by this time, due to the change Naruto made in him, Sora is a calmer character without so many trust issues he had at the beginning of his introduction. Eishou meets him when she goes to live at the Fire Temple. He, like the other monks, are thankful for her help but is initially unsure of himself around her due to her personality and frailty..However, with a little time he quickly becomes appreciative and protective of her as he sees her gentle nature and sincerity towards others. Sora was especially affected after learning about how she came to live at the temple.
Eishou has learned her lesson from her encounter with Naruto. So Although Sora has the same anomaly of a dark, hostile chakra resonance inside of him apart from his own, she does not allow herself to judge Sora after first meeting him despite the pseudo-tailed beast within him. She focuses instead on listening to his true 'heartsong' and is nothing but kind and gentle towards him despite it being counter-intuitive for her at times. He becomes someone she can depend on especially when it comes to the safety of the orphan children she tends to. Although sometimes reverting back to his petulant ways and needing Eishou's aid in the same way as the children, Sora grows to appreciate and open up to her as time passes. Her life story and her efforts to rise above her suffering influences him as Sora becomes more tolerant with the children. He takes up the task of tutoring them in the ways of meditation and ninjutsu. Along with Naruto's help, Eishou's loss at the time of her death becomes another shifting point in his life to help Sora mature, and in solidifying his own direction for the future.
Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Inspired by the sixth Naruto Shippuden movie, Road to Ninja, an alternate-universe version of Eishou was created based on its concept, though she never actually makes an appearance throughout the course of the film.
In the RTN world, Eishou gets her biggest wish- a community surrounded by her clan members. Her village never collapsed due to Orochimaru's ambitions, and she never becomes a nomad. Instead, Eishou grows up in her own village and is a very cheerful, endearing, playful young girl who is bright-eyed and quite whimsical. Though still soft spoken, Eishou is a bit of a chatterbox, unlike her canon self who is often excessively silent. She comes across rather fae-like with her curiosity and playfulness while still being well-mannered. She serves as an attendant to her village's priestess at their temple shrine where she also serves as something of a hostess to their villages more distinguished guests. Being a sheltered girl, Eishou is not as resourceful and practical as her canon self. She is much more verbal/social yet retains her innocence and physical fragility. Her view of the world is very idealistic, naive, and simplistic.
Eishou's altered appearance is most noted for her change of clothes. in RTN, she wears the traditional gown of the Tenon people specific to her age and occupation. It is comprised of a short-length pastel-pink upper garment with long belling sleeves and a long, high-waist, cherry-pink dress. A lavender sash is tied over the upper-torso with drapes around the arms, fastened with a vivid sky-blue ribbon. Motifs of small lilac blossoms adorn the hemming and collar. Eishou also wears her hair in a half-pony tail, tied with a matching pink ribbon. Two long tresses rest in front of her ears and over the shoulders while a fly-away curl sticks out prominently from her parted bangs.
Her interactions with the RTN-version of Hyuuga Neji is generally comical and "cute". It is assumed Neji meets her after traveling to her village at some point during his career as a shinobi. However, her village is very traditional and strict with behavior and upbringing where men and women are often segregated for many of their functions. Visiting guests lodge in separate wings at the temple shrine according to gender. Neji fusses over being tended to by male workers instead of any females from the village. Tempted by the sounds of the girl's singing and laughter, he tries hard to spy on the girls. Eishou's interactions with him are very whimsical, innocent, playful, and flustering. She becomes the "cute girl" he's not allowed to see because of the village's strict rules in place protecting their girls from pervs like Neji (much to his irritation.) Eishou is like a faerie- enthralling but always just out of reach.
Fanfiction: If Words with Wings could Fly
Eishou is featured in a fifteen-part fanfiction I authored called If Words with Wings could Fly. The story takes place after Eishou's death, and in a slight AU setting where Neji Hyuuga mysteriously survives the Fourth Shinobi War. The book summary reads as follows:
"The war is over. Everyone has gone home. Neji lies in the dust of the abandoned battlefield - alive when he shouldn't be. He doesn't know how or why. He can't remember anything...and he can't see anything, either. But he isn't alone. A girl has appeared in that same, dusty battlefield. But how can this be? She, too, should be dead."
It has been discovered that in 2015, a writer on Quotev.com who goes by Shattered Dreams posted a piece of fanfiction entitled Not Letting you Go that plagiarizes both directly and indirectly off of Eishou Tenon without my consent or prior knowledge, and without any form of citation. As the creator and rightful owner of Eishou Tenon, and as the author of this Wikia article (which is likely where Shattered Dreams borrowed from), I have issued a public response on my DeviantART page.
Update: Sometime around or before December 2018, the plagiarized fanfiction was removed from public viewing.
Creation and Concept
My character's initial concept was born out of a role-play request from a dear friend of mine back in 2008. But because I was still fairly new to the Naruto series, I was ill prepared to provide an OC character. So, I shoe-horned in an original character for an original medieval/fantasy-based story of mine for the roleplay. Unsurprisingly, the result was awkward and clunky. My character also was initially paired with Uchiha Sasuke, since out of the two main male characters of the series, I defaulted to him as the more preferred one. However, Sasuke was far from likable to my friend, so I was forced to consider someone else from the Konoha 12. That lead me to Hyuuga Neji.
I used to dislike Neji and thought it was impossible for anyone to actually like him. It didn't help that the first episode I ever saw was Neji and Hinata's battle during the chunin exams. But as I progressed through the series and into Naruto Shippuden, I came to appreciate his character development and warmed up to him quickly. Of the Konoha 12, including Sai, he became the only male character I could reasonably tolerate. I've stuck with him ever since, though it was a close-call - Eishou would have turned into another Sasuke x OC pairing if it weren't for my friend! In retrospect, the character Eishou has become would have been a poor fit for Sasuke.
In the time that followed, as I became more invested in my roleplays and in the Naruto series, I began to make considerable changes to my character to fit her for the Naruto universe. Though she was still based off my original character, Eishou quickly became her own person as I developed her design, personality, ability, and backstory. I always wanted her to be different from the other canon and OC characters, but not unbalanced. She was a delicate civilian girl with music-related abilities from the start. I drew inspiration from my cultural heritage and my mother's life story, among other things. Over the years I continued to fine-tune her but am still discovering more things about her. I have also tried very hard to make Eishou a complex character that is realistic and reasonable for the series as much as possible while still telling her story.
Some general themes that have surfaced from her character and story creation include cultural differences, identity crises, change versus tradition, overcoming trials, and beauty in simplicity.
- Eishou's name means "aria" or "Singing", and Tenon means "blessing of heaven"/"blessing of nature".
- Both Eishou and Neji use metaphors referring to themselves as birds. While Neji expresses his entrapment by fate as feeling like a caged bird, Eishou refers to herself as a bird perpetually in flight that cannot land as a means to describe her sense of longing for a home or place to belong as a nomad.
- Her favorite foods are fresh produce and fresh rice steamed in bamboo wood. She also like radish and tofu soup. Her least favorite foods are anything fried, greasy, or preserved (canned or instant). She is more or less vegetarian but might eat fish from time to time depending on how it is prepared.
- Her hobbies include gardening/watering flowers, singing and composing, reciting poems or proverbs, and watching nature scenery.
- She adores small sparrows and songbirds.
- Some of her fears include the death of a loved one, wild fires, heavy blood, and to some extent heights.
- The inspiration for Eisho's primary outfit is based off of the Korean traditional gown called the Hanbok.
- Eishou never grows taller than 142.5.cm (4ft 8in). if she did, her bones would be too stretched-thin to support her body and she'd loose mobility.
- Her favorite word is "Hope" (光明, Koumyou).
- Eishou has a vocal range of nearly three octaves. (A3-G♯6)
- Eishou dislikes electronic sounds and vibrations, including things like music playing off of speakers. She also dislikes performing or being forced to perform for others- karaoke music is not her thing either due to her philosophy of music and sensitivity to sounds.
- Her one wish is to find a place where she can finally belong.
- "The skies painted with blood-- The winds whispering of tears. From heaven descends a sea of flame. Scattered are the songs of my kinsman's names."
- "But who? Who would welcome the chaff of the wind into their bountiful gardens? I am a sparrow with no place to land."
- (To Shino's bug) "From where do you come? And to where will you go?"
- (To Itachi) "Never have I heard a more sorrowful, a more burdensome melody than the sighs of this black swan clothed in crow's skin."
- "Water and stone, bamboo and pine. The moon over the western hill, and sun of the eastern skies. Besides these companions, what more should I ask?"
- (To Neji) "As surely as the sun rises and sets each day…so will my faith in you never fail."
- (About Neji) "You are my sky of unending dreams~ And the song this fervent heart sings."
- "My final cadence has not yet come. Until it does, I will live my life each day as a flower- broken and opened before the rain."
- ↑ Commission: Eishou Tenon by Starca from DeviantART.
- ↑ The Sound Daimyo, in an attempt to gain power and increased status, changed his country's policies in Orochimaru's favor for the establishment of a a hidden shinobi village in an otherwise peaceful land.
- ↑ From Naruto filler episodes (213-215), the Shiin Clan was a small ninja clan from the Land of Rice Fields who demonstrate some form of genjutsu-related sound abilities. Some joined Otogakure but later they became a group of bandits.
- ↑ Eishou by nattouh from Deviantart.
- ↑ Additional references of Eishou and her Shippuden appearance.
- ↑ Wikipedia article describing the physics of sound and sound properties.
- ↑ Wikipedia article about music therapy describing the use of music and all of its facets (physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual) to improve health.
- ↑ Commission: Eishou Ten'on by Annria2002 from DeviantART.
- ↑ Condition by Dreamangel-Ren from DeviantART.
- ↑ Commission for Heavens-Aria by Black-Pantheress from DeviantART.
- ↑ The detection barrier is managed and maintain by Konaha's barrier team for the purposes of detecting and intercepting intruders.
- ↑ PCM: Don't Hold Back by Lu-chan11 from DeviantART.
- ↑ It's Dangerous Over There by Samr0id from DeviantART.
- ↑ The Tenon's clan tradition of performing "sending-songs" is similar in concept to an elegy or dirge: a mournful poem or song; a lament for the dead.
- ↑ Commission: Heavens-Aria by TofuProductionz from DeviantART.
- ↑ In Naruto Shippuden:Episode 234: Naruto's Favorite Pupil, during the Adventures at Sea Arc it is revealed that during the invasion, Moegi became separated from the rest of her team and saves a young boy from one a giant Centipede.
- ↑ Her Voice by Dreamangel-Ren from DeviantART.
- ↑ In Naruto Shippuden Episode 192: Neji Chronicles, Team Ebisu interviews Neji for their newspaper.
- ↑ Commission: Neji and Eishou by Starca from DeviantART.
- ↑ Departure, a brief piece of fanfiction written about the scene between Neji and Eishou before Konaha forces march out to war (written by Heavens-Aria from DeviantART.)
- ↑ The Allied Mothers Force, as explained in Episode 281: The Allied Mom Force of Naruto Shippuden, is an age-old Konahagakure team made up of all the mothers in the village. Their intent is to protect the village and those left within it during times of warfare until their loves ones can return home.
- ↑ The Fire Temple was destroyed during Hidan and Kakuzu's assault (chapter 314). By the time of Eishou's visit after the 4th war, it is assumed the temple has been rebuilt and occupied by some survivors of the attack. Known survivors include Bansai, Sentoki, Zenza, and Sora (filler character from the anime).
- ↑ The Konoha Orphanage, located somewhere on the outskirts of Konohagakure was overseen by a group of wardens. It is unknown if it is still in operation by the end of the 4th Shinobi War.
- ↑ A Promise Kept by Dannex009 from DeviantART.
- ↑ Acceptance by Dreamangel-Ren.
- ↑ Commission: Eishou Tenon by Innervalue.
- ↑ Traditionally a time for prayer, the Rinne Festival is a winter holiday celebrated with gift-giving.
- ↑ Last Song by Dreamangel-Ren.
- ↑ Kotori (ことり) means "little bird" or "songbird" while Yoin (余韻) means "lingering memory". Together, the pen name can mean "lingering memory of a little/song bird".
- ↑ It is the tradition of the Tenon clan to assume a pseudonym when publishing music or literature as a practice of humble modesty. Their songs, poems and dances are rarely traced back to the individual so that no one person becomes elevated over another. However, the work of the Tenon is typically recognized by their classical style, exquisite form, and eloquent use of nature-related expressions.
- ↑ Commish Heavens-Aria by Itygirl from DeviantART.
- ↑ PC RTN Eishou by Geee-Mantha from DeviantART.
- ↑ Attacking the Cutie! by NaruSasu2009 from DevaintART
- ↑ Hyuuga Neji in Road to Ninja is depicted as immature, lively, and a shameless pervert who uses his Byakugan to constantly spy on girls.
- ↑ Aria is a musical term defined in general as an expressive melody (but not exclusively) performed by a singer. It is often used in the context of an opera.