(志村小太郎, Shimura Kotarō)
Academy Grad. Age
Takeda Shimura (Father)
Maeda Shimura (Mother)
Danzō Shimura (Uncle)
Nakamura Shimura (Brother)
Nagao Shimura (Brother)
Wind Release (Affinity)
Two years before the start of the PreGen story, at the age of 10, Kotarō and his mother Maeda fell ill. While he recovered, Maeda did not and died, though a rumor started that his father Takeda killed her. Some time later, he and his brothers Nagao and Nakamura got into a fight, resulting in Nakamura's large facial scar and Nagao having his left eye and several teeth damaged.
Not long after this, Kotarō began to live on his own, while receiving a monthly allowance in order to avoid his brothers. While living by himself, he would spend most of his free time in the forest, where he learned various woodcraft techniques.
During his Academy days, Kotarō had an unfriendly rivalry with Seidō Sarutobi, with both regarding the other with disdain. At one point he and Seidō got into a fight for unknown reasons that eventually got broken up by Inoran Yamanaka.
He eventually graduated the Academy and was placed on a genin team consisting of Seina Hoshina, Saya Kohaku and Takeo Nara and with Cho Li Akimichi as his sensei. Not long after the team's formation they were sent to fight in the Second Shinobi World War.
Kotarō has been described by many as a very quiet individual, rarely getting into conversations unless spoken too first and frequently cursed when he did talk. He also has a bit of an inferiority complex, often saying that he is the weakest of Team Cho Li. Because of this, he often tries to make himself "useful", such as hunting for food, or intel gathering. However Kotarō does care for the safety of his teammates, especially Seina, who he has a crush on, though he struggles to express it. This is shown several times when he protects his teammates from harm, usually at the cost of himself getting injured. Kotarō also has a bit of pride as he hates it when he has to be carried by Saya when his gets injured. Eventually, he begins to see his team as his family and became more than willing to sacrifice his own life if it would save theirs.
Kotarō has been shown that he takes food very seriously and hates it when he or others waste even the smallest scrape and in the event that his teammates do not finish any of their meals, he will eat the rest. Kotarō has also been shown to love eating turkey and when hunting, will seek them out if there are any in the area even if it takes longer to get than normal. This however has caused him to return to his (usually) hungry teammates later than planned, to their annoyance.
Kotarō has also been shown to be on bad terms with his father and brothers, to the point that he never told them that he was going to fight in the Second Shinobi World War. When they did find out, Kotarō only told them to "go to hell" and that he does not see them as family. Kotarō does not talk about why he hates his father and brothers with anybody, not even his teammates. However, Kotarō has been shown to get along with his uncle Danzō very well considering that he is the only one in his family that he told that he was leaving for the Land of Wind to fight in the war.
While in the academy Kotarō had an unfriendly rivalry with Seidō and regarded him with disdain. The two would argue often, though they only came to blows once. He has also been shown to dislike the members of Team Matsuo and never uses honorifics when speaking with them, with the exception of Nuno. Specifically he sees Akari as a violent and malicious individual, Satori as annoying with his riddles and Suzume butting into business that is not hers. After being forced on a "scavenger hunt" by Cho Li and Matsuo, Kotarō began to see them in a more positive light, even apologizing to Suzume and Akari about how he treated them.
Shortly before his deployment to the Land of Rainfall, Kotarō began to see Konohagakure in a less positive light and started contemplating some of the villages decisions, such as sending fresh academy graduates to fight in a war. However, Kotarō kept these thoughts to himself, fearing that they would be seen as treasonous by his teammates. Following the loss of his left arm, he began to show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, having frequent nightmares of events leading up to the loss of his arm.
Kotarō possess fair skin, green eyes and spiky, neck length black hair. Kotarō also has two bangs that reach down his face. He normally wears a black, long sleeved, hooded jacket with a plain, white, long-necked shirt underneath along with black shinobi pants. Kotarō also wears purple war-paint around his eyes and has several markings on his cheeks with this same paint. During the battle with Kotei, Kotarō gained a large, diagonal scar across his face. While on missions during the Second Shinobi World War, Kotarō began to wear a black colored, hooded cloak in place of his jacket.
AbilitiesWhile considered having below average skills in the academy, Kotarō's skills improved dramatically while being a part of Team Cho Li and during the Second Shinobi World War. Kotarō has also been shown to have a high tolerance to pain, being able to fight opponents even when severely injured, or having multiple kunai stuck in him. He has also been shown to have very good hearing.
Kotarō is very skilled in Bukijutsu, utilizing a tantō in combat. Using his tantō, Kotarō is able to cut chakra threads and when combined with Wind natured chakra flow, he can sever human limbs with one stroke. He has also been shown to be able to throw his tantō like a kunai in order to momentarily distract an enemy or to secretly arm one of his teammates. Kotarō is also well versed in the use of explosive tags, being able to store and unseal a large pile of them in order to blow them towards an enemy in order to cause a devastating explosion. He has also been shown to keep explosive tags inside hollow kunai, allowing him to surprise an opponent with an unexpected explosion. He is also skilled in the use of wire strings, being able to create simple snares, complex yet hard to detect traps and as mediums for certain Wind Release techniques.
Shortly after loosing his left arm in the Second Shinobi World War, Kotarō was gifted a prototype Gishu by his aunt Kyoka. While the finger movement granted by the artificial limb was limited, it was enough to where Kotarō could use it to catch a sword mid-swing and grip it with enough force to prevent the opponent from retrieving the weapon. Kotarō also kept a flame scroll hidden inside a secret compartment of the Gishu, allowing him to unseal the technique inside for a surprise attack or to ignite oil in order to create a devastating inferno.
Kotarō was proficient in using Wind Release taught to him by Cho Li. He could gather wind around his tantō and launch it as a sharp blade or use that same wind to instead create a makeshift scimitar like weapon or make lethal fan blades with shuriken. He can also create a gust of wind to increase the speed and killing power of weapons like shuriken and kunai with just a clap of his hands. Due to his chakra nature Kotarō is overall a dangerous short to mid range fighter.
Some time after loosing his left arm, Kotarō learned how to form hand seals with one hand. This allowed him to perform basic Fire Release techniques. However, these techniques tend to be weaker than their counterparts performed with two hands, so Kotarō would seal the techniques in scrolls and use them a later time when they would be most effective.
Kotarō has been shown to collaborate with his teammates very well, namely Takeo. Due to being a front line fighter, Kotarō often allows Takeo to connect to his shadow to his own as a catalyst for Takeo to use his other shadow techniques. Kotarō also works well with Seina, often distracting opponents while she blindsides them while they are focused on him. Kotarō has also been shown to work well with Saya, with Saya using her special genjutsu and then having Kotarō finish them off while their senses are distorted. Along with the rest of his team, Kotarō has developed the Diamond Formation, showing their teamwork skills and understanding of their own weaknesses and their teammates' strengths. Eventually he and his team developed the Diamond Spear Formation, which incorporates Cho Li's attacks along with their own.
Kotarō is also been stated to have very good hunting and gathering skills, being able to bring down a wild boar by himself and find several wild berries to eat in a short time frame. He has also been shown to be able to move very quietly often going on tracking missions with Takeo. Unlike Takeo, Kotarō's tracking skills more involve woodcraft than chakra sensing and due to these skills Kotarō is able to track wild animals or people based on their tracks or trail they leave. He has also been shown to cover his and his teammates tracks, so that they could not be tracked in the traditional manner. He is also versed in long-term survivability in the wilds due to his experience in the Second Shinobi World War. Kotarō has also shown the ability to transfer his own chakra into others, though at first he is not very efficient at it, being able to transfer only a little at a time; eventually he is able to control how much he transfers at a much more efficient rate. After extensive training, he learned that he could absorb chakra through physical contact. Using this ability in conjunction with the chakra transfer technique, he can redistribute his team's chakra to an individual who needs it the most.
Team Meeting Arc
After graduating the Academy, Kotarō is placed on Team Cho Li. His first encounter with Cho Li is her telling him to meet her the next day for a one on one meeting. The next day Kotarō meets Cho Li at a restaurant and answers a few questions about his abilities, hobbies and other things before eating. Only after finishing his food does Kotarō realize that it was drugged and is knocked out. Later Kotarō wakes up tied to a tree and wonders what is going on. Eventually Kotarō managed to get one arm free and used it to get his tantō and cut his restraints. After breaking free, Kotarō begins to think on why his sensei would drug him. He then begins to wonder around the area before being found by Seina.
Later after finding his other two teammates Saya and Takeo, Kotarō tells about his meeting with Cho Li. Kotarō along with the rest of his team start to search for a way back to Konoha, but they end up lost instead. Listening to Saya's suggestion, Kotarō along with Takeo begin to look for food, while Seina and Saya look for a place to build shelter and a fire. Later Kotarō abandons his search for food, due to it getting to dark, but on his way back manages to find a large amount of wild berries to bring back, as well as a rabbit in a snare he set up. As Kotarō and his teammates ate around a fire, they all talked to try and get to know each other better.
Later, Takeo and Seina sense others around them with Saya saying that its likely Cho Li. However a blast of water puts out their fire and the four of them scatter after realizing that they are being attacked. At first Kotarō struggles to evade any attacks, but with some assistance from Seina and Takeo, Kotarō managed to fend off the attackers, though at the cost of his tantō being destroyed. However, he keeps up his offensive with several academy techniques. At one point however, seeing that Seina is about to be attacked, Kotarō takes the attack that would have hit her and ends up with a kunai stuck in his arm. Saya later warned Kotarō and the others that the enemy is using certain Taijutsu techniques and with her assistance is able to block or evade their attacks, even with his injured arm, despite not being very good in taijutsu.
With the fight continuing, all four helped each other when an enemy began to overpower them. Eventually the enemy stopped their offensive and disappeared, allowing Kotarō to catch his breath and wonder what happened along with the rest of his team. After Kotarō had his arm healed by Seina the four decide they needed a watch, with Seina taking the first shift. Kotarō would later take over for the second shift. While on watch, Kotarō would began to think that he was useless to the team, due to being needed to be saved the most after his tantō was broken and even began to worry that he would get (in his opinion) his stronger teammates killed. Eventually Kotarō passed his shift on to Saya and went to sleep where he had a nightmare about his teammates dying.
The next morning the four began to try and find their way back to the village, when Seina and Takeo sensed someone approaching. Kotarō and the rest of the team are then greeted by Cho Li, who tells them about the survival test in order to see their skills in action and that they all passed. Later after returning to the village, Kotarō talked with Cho Li in private about his frustrations about being the weakest member of the team (in his opinion). After their discussion, she agrees to teach him some ninjutsu techniques after finding out he has an affinity for Wind Release.
Several weeks after the teams "test" Kotarō is seen practicing with his teammates Seina, Takeo and Saya. Later when Cho Li comes to talk to them she tells the team of four they are going to participate in the Second Shinobi World War and that they leave for the Land of Wind in two days. Kotarō unlike his teammates does not say much about this revelation, but instead just thinks to himself why they are being sent to war so soon after graduating the academy. Kotarō would later tell this revelation to his uncle Danzō who would give him advice on how to stay alive and then gave him a new tantō made of a metal that can be infused through "chakra flow." Kotarō then contemplated telling the news to his brothers, but decided against it.
Later when Team Cho Li is getting ready to leave, the families of the team greet them to say goodbye at the gate. Kotarō sees his brothers, but after a short conversation, begins to argue with them and eventually tells them to "go to hell", all while his team is watching. When asked about his family situation, Kotarō does not answer. The team then begins their journey to the Land of Wind.
Land of Wind Arc
After a few days of traveling, Kotarō and the rest of Team Cho Li arrive at the Konaha base camp, where they are assigned various duties around the camp, with Kotarō helping prepare the food. After a few days, Team Cho Li, minus Cho Li are tasked with gathering some herbs for poison antidotes from a nearby area a few miles away. After getting ready, Kotarō meets his teammates to gather the herbs.
Eventually the four reach the site of the herbs and begin to collect them at first unaware that they are being watched by three Sunagakure shinobi. However the Suna shinobi eventually get close enough for Takeo and Seina to sense them and manage to warn Kotarō and Saya before they are attacked. Thanks to their warning, Kotarō was able to avoid a poison mist attack from one of Kōsa's puppets. He then engages Kōsa with assistance from Takeo joining him after Kotarō's first attack, however he fails due to a second puppet acting as a "bodyguard". After failing a second time to attack Kōsa, Takeo whispers a plan into his ear. Kotarō then attacks a third time with Takeo connecting his shadow to Kotarō's. Once Kotarō gets close enough to the puppet Mamushi, Takeo uses his Shadow Sewing Technique to immobilize it and destroy its hidden internal mechanisms, while Kotarō is now able to attack the puppet Gajō and manages to destroy it, enraging Kōsa. Kotarō and Takeo are then blinded by Kōsa's Wind Release technique, but thanks to Takeo's sensing abilities, Kotarō manages to discern Kōsa's position and kill him, but is cut by Kōsa's kunai in the process.
After killing Kōsa, Kotarō and Takeo move on to assist Seina and Saya, only to see that they both have finished off their opponents. After Seina heals their injuries the four of them agree that they need to get back to camp in case of enemy reinforcements. However just before they leave, Kotarō starts vomiting. To his teammates horror, he realizes that he has been poisoned. After saying this, Takeo rushes to Kōsa's body to look for an antidote. After he returns, unable to find an antidote, he instead grabbed a vial of the poison, while Kotarō collapses barely able to move, with Saya having to carry him back to the Konoha base.
When the four finally reach back to their camp, Kotarō is handed over to the medical team who is given the vial of poison by Takeo. Kotarō spends the next few hours in agony as the medical team attempt to make an antidote, only to fail due to the complexity of the poison. However, due to the timely arrival of Tsunade who was due to pass through the camp on her way to another area, Kotarō has an antidote made for him by her and is cured. After he is recovered enough by the next day, his first visitors are his teammates and Cho Li who are all relieved to see him alive and recovered. Later after fully recovering from the effects of the poison, Kotarō talks to Cho Li asking for more ninjutsu training as well as speed training. His sensei agreed and that his training will begin when the return to Konoha.
Team Training Arc
After returning to Konoha, Kotarō is told by Cho Li to put weights on his legs and to never take them off under any circumstance until she tells him to. After first Kotarō has trouble doing anything more complex than walking, but after a few days, he begins to be able to move around more freely, even with the weights. During this time Kotarō is practicing his Wind Release techniques and manages to learn a few new ones as well. Also during this time, he and Saya help to improve Takeo's confidence by attacking him at random times in order to keep him on his toes.
Later, Kotarō has a sparring session with Saya (who is also undergoing weight training), and notices that not only has his reaction time and speed improved, but so has Saya's overall strength. After their sparring session the two take a break and then decide to ambush Takeo again.
A few days later, during a training session with Saya and Takeo, the three come up with different ways to combine their skills and attacks so that none of them will have to fight alone. Practicing on training dummies, Kotarō opens with his Wind Release: Gale Palm technique to knock it back, while Saya attacks with taijutsu and then Takeo with explosive tags. Then much to his surprise, Seina (who was doing medic training previously) rushes in to decapitate the dummy with her Flying Swallow technique. Realizing that Seina's timing was perfect, they decide to add her part to the attack, and then decide to dub it the Formation One of their newly completed Diamond Formation.
Deciding to practice it again from the beginning, Kotarō and the others accidentally get out of sync, with Kotarō's Gale Palm technique sending Takeo's explosive tags across the training field, with them exploding near another team. The four are then confronted by the genin members of Team Matsuo, consisting of Satori Aburame, Akari Kazeshima, Nuno Hyūga and Suzume Uchiha. Seeing Akari intended to attack them, Kotarō prepares to pull out his tantō only for Satori to calm her down. Eventually he and the rest of Team Cho Li apologize to Team Matsuo and both teams move on to continue training. Later Kotarō gets an idea for a new technique after thinking about how he accidentally blew away Takeo's explosive tags with Wind Release.
Over the next few days, Kotarō practices his new technique (using regular pieces of paper) only to repeatedly fail to get the paper where he wants it. Frustrated that he is unable to get the technique to work properly, throws his tantō at a nearby tree, causing it to get embedded. Thinking about how strait he would have to throw his tantō to get it stuck in the tree, Kotarō thinks up of another technique and decides to tell Seina about his new idea, only to run into Suzume on his way to find her. The two get quickly get into an argument, with Kotarō insulting her deceased teammate Seidō. He is then caught in a genjutsu cast by Suzume and is mentally tortured by her. After she releases the genjutsu out of guilt, Kotarō attacks her before she can apologize. During this fight, he subconsciously absorbs her chakra, surprising the both of them. Before either can seriously injure each other, he, along with Suzume are knocked out by Nuno.
A few days after his altercation with Suzume, the members of Team Cho Li and Matsuo are brought together with Kotarō and Suzume having to explain what happened. Because the two teams have had trouble getting along, Cho Li and Matsuo come up with a plan to get them to cooperate. Later that day, the two teams meet up again and Cho Li explains that they have a new "mission". She describes the mission as finding a weapon hidden somewhere in the village that "only the best" among them could wield. When the others begin to dispute who was the best, Matsuo assigns the team into pairs. Much to his displeasure, Kotarō was paired with Akari while Saya, Seina and Takeo were partnered off with Suzume, Satori and Nuno respectively. Both Kotarō and Akari voiced their objections, but were ignored by Cho Li and Matsuo. The four pairs then sent off into the village to look for the weapon.
However, it doesn't take long for Kotarō and Akari to begin arguing and the two to start trading insults. They only stop arguing when the both realize that they are only wasting time and both agree to tolerate the other until the mission is over. After some searching, the two could not find any clues to where the weapon might be and are about to start arguing, when they notice Takeo and Nuno waiting at the Kage Mountain. The two then decide to head over to the same spot, eventually meeting the other groups who had the same idea.
Seeing that Nuno and Takeo got there before anybody else, Kotarō figured that they must have gotten along very well. While exploring the cave that the four groups entered, they encounter a bear. Knowing how dangerous bears can be, Kotarō tried to scare it off, but Akari having grown impatient, attacks it instead, enraging it. While the bear attacks the Kotarō and Akari, Saya uses her genjutsu on it, but fails to completely deter it. The bear only flees when Suzume uses her own genjutsu on it. With the bear gone, the four groups continue through the cave until they reach a dead end.
When Satori finds markings on the walls and expresses his findings as a riddle, Kotarō becomes annoyed at him. After Seina figures out the answer to Satori's riddle, stating that it was a compass. Slowly realizing what she means, Kotarō headed to one of the eight markings on the wall, while the others went to the other seven. Seeing a piece of rock in the symbol that looked different from the others, Kotarō pushed it at the same time as the others, causing a trapdoor to open in the center of the room. They all descended to the floor below. Remembering that they were competing, Kotarō runs on the ceiling instead of trying to push past the others.
Once at the goal, the found a gigantic guan-dao sitting on a massive pedestal. The pairs ran over to be the first to seize the weapon, however, they couldn't lift it. The weapon was so heavy that none of the pairs could pick it up, much less take it back to their teachers. Nuno and Takeo suggested that the work together to carry it up. With the strength of all eight of them, they would be able to accomplish the task.
Once back outside, they were greeted by Matsuo and Cho Li, who praised the group for accomplishing the task, only for some of them to ask who was the best among them. Cho Li states that none of them was the best because it took the skills for each person to reach the goal and to seize it. Matsuo said they had been watching the pairs search. She noted that Nuno and Takeo, the two who were friendly towards each other from the start, managed to find the location first. They would need to work together with others if they hoped to accomplish anything, even if they weren't a part of their actual team. It was something, they were told, that would be important to remember when the heat of battle separates them from their normal teammates. The groups then left for the day to get some rest, thinking on the words of their teachers.
Looking back at how unfairly he treated Akari while they were searching, Kotarō went and apologized to her. He and Suzume also came to apologize to each other for the incident a few days prior.
One week after Team Cho Li and Team Matsuo’s “treasure hunt”, Kotarō, along with the rest of his team get the news that they are being deployed to Amegakure the next day. Remembering the time he was poisoned in the Land of Wind, Kotarō vows to himself to be a better teammate. After talking with his teammates, each of them go there separate ways to pack and talk to friends and family. Hoping to avoid his brothers, Kotarō does not immediately go home and instead stays out late contemplating why a bunch of genin not long out of the academy are being sent to a war-zone. During his walk, he runs into Nuno and the two converse. Shortly afterwards, Nuno’s father Hageshī finds them and angrily demands that she return back home. Noticing some bruises on Nuno's arms, he decides to confront Hageshī. Before he can say anything to him, Nuno begs Kotarō not to and hesitantly keeps silent as Nuno leaves. After this, Kotarō decides to return back to his own home.The next day, the members of Team Cho Li gather near the front gate of Konoha and begin the journey to Amegakure.
After several days of hard travel, Team Cho Li arrives at one of Konoha’s many base camps in the Land of Rainfall. After a short rest, Cho Li assigns her team to train with various people around the camp, with Kotarō and Takeo to train with Kibori in tracking and woodcraft, while Seina was assigned to work with Shiyō to practice her medical ninjutsu and shurikenjutsu and Saya with Ganjō to work on her taijutsu; though all four still have lessons with Cho Li. Several weeks later, Kotarō along with the rest of his team are tasked with helping Cho Li deliver some supplies to another Konoha base a day away.
During the one day of travel, Kotarō, while listening to his teammates talk, carefully observes the path that they take, along with the Konoha patrols that they pass, and what the surrounding countryside looks like and notices a cave opening. Noting that the cave might make a good storage spot, Kotarō notes its location and continues to listen to his teammate’s conversation. Later, Team Cho Li arrives at the base with no problems and delivers the supplies. On the way back, all five of them note the lack of patrols that they saw before. Because of this, Kotarō remains on high alert, scouting ahead with Takeo. Upon returning to the original base, Team Cho Li finds it destroyed with most of its personnel dead.
After Seina and Takeo do not sense anybody, Kotarō and Saya search through the various tents to find any supplies that they could take while Cho Li protects Seina and Takeo while they are on lookout. After reaching one of the supply tents, they find a mortally wounded Shiyō. While Saya calls for help from Seina, Shiyō hands Kotarō a vial and a sheet of paper containing instructions on making an antidote to an unknown poison before dying. After Seina arrives, Kotarō hands her the vial and paper and finishes his search of the base. After finding no other survivors and gathering supplies, Team Cho Li leaves the devastated base and begins their trek back to the second base.
Not long after leaving, Kotarō and the others are ambushed by an Ame shinobi who identifies himself as Mizo. Kotarō and the others prepare to fight only to be stopped by Cho Li who tells them that she will distract Mizo while they escape. Despite not wanting to retreat, Kotarō agrees to do so after being urged by Takeo who realizes that Mizo is the same shinobi who killed Inoran.
Some time later after fleeing from Mizo, Kotarō and Takeo are seen scouting a path ahead of them. Noticing a large Ame presence, the two head back to Seina and Saya. After telling them their findings, the four agree that they need a place to lay low for a while. Recalling the cave he found earlier, Kotarō leads his teammate to its entrance. While exploring, Kotarō notes to himself that the cavern would by easy to defend. Eventually the four discover a large grotto filled with bioluminescent moss and mushrooms. The four decide to explore, with Kotarō finding a salamander with no eyes. Later, when the four set up to eat, Kotarō contributes to the dinner by cooking the salamander he found earlier and quickly begins to eat his portion. Shortly after swallowing his bite, he discovers that the salamander is poisonous and prevents his teammates from eating it and shortly passes out afterwards.
When he comes too, Saya explains that thanks to Seina's quick thinking, she managed to get the poison out of his system and create an antidote. Over the next few days, Team Cho Li takes turns surveying the area surrounding the cave entrance and sneaking into a nearby town to obtain supplies. On one of these supply runs, Kotarō along with Seina run into a young, red-haired boy.
Upon returning to their base entrance, Seina senses that they were followed but that the person who followed them retreated. While Seina goes to warn Takeo and Saya, Kotarō remains on guard near the entrance. When Seina returns with Saya and Takeo, the four begin to plan on what to do. While they discuss abandoning the cave, they ultimately decide to booby trap it instead and try to fight their attackers. Over the next several hours, Kotarō and Takeo carefully places torches and wire traps at the cave system before the mushroom grotto while Seina and Saya look for an alternate exit out of the cave system. Hours later, Seina and Takeo sense the returning individual and get everybody to their agreed ambush positions.
Kotarō began to man the web of wires with Seina acting as a sensor for him while Takeo would use the extensive shadows granted by the torches to try and catch their opponent in his technique, while Saya acted as Takeo's guard. When their Kotei began to try and cross the wires, Kotarō is alerted by Seina and uses the Wind Release: Vacuum Line technique to try and hit him, but misses, while Takeo manages to catch one of his clones. While Kotei and his clones make their way to the mushroom cave, Kotarō and Takeo continue to try and hit him with their techniques only managing to hit two more clones. When Kotei and his clones get close to their first positions, Team Cho Li retreat and regroup but instead of separating, they decide to stick together instead after remembering their near disastrous fight against Team Seisa.
Confronting the water clones as a team, Kotarō manages to distract two of the clones while Saya destroys them. With Seina and Takeo destroying the other two clones, the four prepare to combat the real Kotei. Shortly after defeating the water clones, the four are attacked by large rings of water. Before Kotarō can attack, he is knocked off balance by another water technique while his teammates manage to dodge. The technique knocks him into an underground lake, giving him a large cut across his face.
After getting out, Kotarō coats his tantō in salamander poison. Rejoining his teammates, Kotarō attempts to ambush Kotei with a Wind Release: Raptor Talon, only for him to dodge it. Working together with his teammates, they manage to cause Kotei to loose his water armor after Saya catches him in a gentaijutsu technique. Before they can capitalize on his weakness, Kotarō, Seina and Saya are captured inside water prisons held by Kotei's water clones. Before the prison fully envelops him, Kotarō throws a hollow kunai with a hidden explosive tag in at Kotei, but misses horribly.
Much to Kotarō and his teammate's surprise they are given air bubbles to breath in the water prisons. Shortly afterwards Kotei begins to talk to them instead, offering the three captives a chance to live by abandoning Konoha and joining Amegakure, stating that children have no business in war and could grow up under Ame's protection. While somewhat considering the offer, Kotarō spots the still hidden Takeo signaling him, Seina and Saya. Understanding Takeo's signal, Kotarō and his teammates are soon set free from their prisons when Takeo uses Kotarō's hollow kunai to destroy the water clones holding up the water prisons.
With Kotei disoriented by the explosion, Kotarō knocks him off balance with the Wind Release: Gale Palm technique. Following this, Takeo and Saya attack with explosive tags and taijutsu respectively, with Seina killing him using Flying Swallow. Following the first successful combat use of their Diamond Formation, Team Cho Li gather their remaining supplies, have their injuries healed and rest for a few hours before leaving the cave, fearing enemy reinforcements.
One day later, Team Cho Li are found by a small platoon of Konoha shinobi and taken to the nearby base. While telling their tale to the shinobi in charge, Cho Li bursts into the tent much to the surprise of her students. Tearing up that their sensei survived, the four genin finish telling the events that transpired, the head shinobi calls for a messenger to relay the news back to Konoha. Much to Kotarō's displeasure, the messenger turns out to be his older brother Nakamura. Much to his surprise though, Nakamura does not taunt Kotarō and is swiftly on his way with the message. Following this the four allowed to rest in the camp barracks and await further orders.
Creation and Conception
Kotarō was designed to be part of a collaboration team, taking the role of short to mid range combatant. From the beginning I wanted him to be a tantō wielding, Wind Release user, though being a part of the Shimura clan came latter. His more "negative" personality was meant to differentiate him from his more "positive" teammates and his seriousness about food was to not make him a 100% whiny character. I added the woodcraft skills later to help give him a more "unique" set of abilities. His name comes from Fūma Kotarō and was chosen because it was a historical name much like Danzō's, who I decided to make his uncle.
- Kotarō is a PreGen OC created by Sir Aether as part of a joint project to fill out the Second Shinobi World War era.
- According to the databook(s):
- Kotarō's hobbies is making his own jam.
- Kotarō wants to fight Cho Li and his uncle Danzō.
- Kotarō's favorite food are fresh berries and anything with turkey in it, while his least favorite is anything with mushrooms or avocados in it.
- Kotarō's favorite phrase is "Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon" (花鳥風月, Kachou Fuugetsu) which means to experience the beauties of nature, and in doing so to learn about yourself.
- Kotarō has been stated by several people to be a very good cook with his best dish being onigiri with turkey filling..
- (Introducing himself to his teammates) "My name is Kotarō Shimura. I like hunting and my privacy. Other than that I don't have much else to say.'"
- (To Cho Li) "I'm useless! I'm on a team with someone who can manipulate shadows, another that can cast powerful genjutsu and someone who possess the Swift Release, while the best I can do is swing a glorified knife!"
- (To Nakamura and Nagao) "I don't care about you anymore, your deaths would not bring me any sadness whatsoever. To hell with the lot of you."
- (To his Teammates) "I don't like seeing food go to waste, so I'm not going to let even a smallest amount be tossed away."
- (To Takeo) "This is some of the food your brother gave you, and you are giving it to me? Thank you, Takeo."
- (To Cho Li) "I'm just as useless as ever. The only reason I'm alive is because Takeo was there to back me up. If not for him, I would be lying dead in the sands. If I don't want to keep being a burden to my team, please, help me get stronger."
- (To Saya) "Your strength has improved a lot since the last time we sparred. It feels like you're going to break my arms when I block."
- (To Seina)
- (To Akari)
- (To Nuno)
- The picture was made in Rinmaru Games's Anime Mega Avatar Creator: http://www.rinmarugames.com/game/?game_id=421.