|Alias||"Sniping Blade of the Hidden Mist" (霧隠れの狙撃刃, Kirigakure no Sogekiba) |
Yaridama (槍玉, lit. "skilled with a spear," also "scapegoat")
Kurotoge (黒刺, "Black Thorn", Anbu codename)
|First Appearance||Rebels on Rough Seas|
|Height||175 cm (5'9)|
|Weight||66 kg (145 lbs)|
|Classification||Missing-nin (formerly) |
|Affiliation||Kirigakure, Land of Water|
|Team||Anbu (formerly) |
Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist (formerly)
New Swordsmen Rebellion (formerly)
|Partner||Wakasa Momochi (formerly) |
|Family||Wakasa (older brother, adoptive) |
Reiko† (mother, deceased)
Zabuza† (uncle, deceased)
|Weapons and Abilities|
|Nature Type|| Water Release |
|Jutsu||Hiding in Mist Technique |
Lightning Release: Depth Charge
Lightning Release: Whip Dance of Fools
|Unique Traits||"Long-range" Kenjutsu specialist|
Ryōhei Mizushima (桃地量平, Momochi Ryouhei) is a member of the Momochi Clan and an ex-Missing-nin from Kirigakure. He is the current wielder of Nuibari. Formerly, Ryōhei was a Hunter-nin who served in Kiri's Anbu under the direct supervision of his older (adoptive) brother, Wakasa Momochi, operating under the codename Kurotoge (黒刺, "Black Thorn").
Ten years ago, Ryōhei became involved in Shizuma Hoshigaki's New Swordsmen Rebellion and attempted to overthrow the Sixth Mizukage in a coup that was quickly subdued due to the efforts of his brother and Kagura Karatachi. Afterwards, he was incarcerated in Hōzuki Prison alongside Shizuma and the other rebels, but was recently released on Chōjūrō's orders to participate in a covert mission to create a Jinchūriki from the three-tails. Despite knowing that he would have been used as a substitute host had Kagura failed as a sacrifice, he willingly participated in the mission to win his freedom. Nonetheless, Ryōhei is still considered to be a criminal and is mistrusted by those loyal to the Mizukage, including Wakasa. His current goal is to release Shizuma from Hōzuki Prison, and to that end he has temporarily allied with Mētsuki Hōzuki, who shares a similar interest.
Ryōhei was born to Yutaka and Reiko Momochi three years before the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War. His father, the head of the Momochi Clan, was pleased by his birth as it in ensured Ryōhei’s older adoptive brother Wakasa, the son of Zabuza, would no longer be Yutaka’s heir. This meant that from an early age Ryōhei had high expectations placed on him and was given the full attention of his parents. Either from innate skill or from Yutaka’s careful, early training, Ryōhei proved to be a prodigy in ninjutsu and kenjutsu. Having been blessed with both a large amount of chakra and heightened senses, he began to learn the skills unique to the Momochi nearly as soon as he could walk.
When Ryōhei was only two years old a catastrophic typhoon hit the southern region of the Land of Water. Wakasa had taken Ryōhei with him...
Throughout his childhood, Ryōhei adored his older brother, becoming attached to him after his mother's death. Unfortunately, Yutaka's bitterness towards Wakasa caused the latter to grow distant, and he dedicated himself to his training in order to prove himself to their father as a result. While Ryōhei still had his father's attention, he was deeply affected by his brother's extended absences when Wakasa became a Chūnin and, later, hunter-nin. Furthermore, it soon became apparent that Yutaka was only interested in honing Ryōhei into the perfect weapon—a swordsman who would erase Zabuza’s bloody legacy and attain prestige for the Momochi in the eyes of the other clans. As such, while obedient, Ryōhei became deeply withdrawn, and Wakasa noticed as he began to sink towards depression. He tried his best to spend time with his younger brother whenever possible, but his duties as a hunter-nin kept him away from home. At last, Ryōhei decided that in order to be with Wakasa, his only option was to become a hunter-nin himself.
Ryōhei graduated from the Kiriagkure Academy at the age of ten. He was promoted to Chūnin shortly afterwards and devoted himself to his training and missions until, by the age of 12, he had become a hunter-nin. Ryōhei was assigned to the same unit as Wakasa, who was disappointed to discover that his brother had joined the "Corpse Processing Team" at such a young age. This hurt and confused Ryōhei, as he had assumed Wakasa would have been happy that they had become comrades. He didn’t understand that Wakasa simply wanted to protect him from the brutalities of combat, resulting in the first rift in the brothers’ relationship.
Over the next few years, Ryōhei proved himself to be a highly skilled operative for the Anbu. Alongside Wakasa, he completed several high-risk assignments and soon began to earn a reputation for himself as the "Sniping Blade of the Hidden Mist." He was given the Nuibari to wield as one of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist whenever the group was temporarily assembled by the Mizukage for select missions. Since there was no master of Nuibari at the time, he was forced to train himself how to use the longsword, and would frequently spar against Wakasa, who had been given the Kubikiribōchō. Together, they honed their skills and soon learned how to effectively utilize several of the other seven blades as well. However, while he would never admit it to himself, Ryōhei was jealous of his older brother, having latched on to the idea that he was meant to become the exemplar of the Momochi in Wakasa's place. To that end, Ryōhei became obsessed with surpassing his brother and creating a legacy for himself that would rival that of his uncle's.
New Swordsmen Rebellion
Ryōhei finds it difficult, if not impossible, for him to empathize with the emotions of others. That said, he is a highly observant individual and will quickly pick up on the subtle cues and maneuvers of an opponent, affording him a level of foresight that is perhaps aided by his sensory capabilities. Ryōhei is normally extremely reserved and calm, speaking very little. However, he is quickly excited by violence and, when engaging in the thrill of bloodlust, can lose himself in the slaughter. Perhaps what is most chilling is that during these episodes he remains silent, wide-eyed as he mercilessly cuts his opponents to pieces.
Ryōhei is a man in his late twenties with a lean, muscular build and tan complexion. The front bangs of his brown hair hang over his forehead, and he has sideburns. Ryōhei's eyes are dark gray, and his most distinctive feature is his pronounced cheekbones. Typically, he wears a combat outfit reminiscent of an Anbu uniform, with a high collar, long, gray mesh sleeves, a flak jacket, loose trousers, and split-toed boots. When he carries the Nuibari, he keeps it crossed across his back due to its length.
Attack on the Three-Tails
- Main article: Rebels on Rough Seas
25 years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, the Sixth Mizukage releases Ryōhei from the Blood Prison so he can participate in a mission to capture the three-tails. Together with his older brother Wakasa Momochi, his former inmates Ichirōta Oniyuzu and Kyohō Fuefuki, the Mizukage's assistant Kagura Karatachi, and the heir to the Hōzuki Clan, Mētsuki, Ryōhei becomes part of the temporarily reformed Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist.
The team from Kirigakure attacks Harōgakure in the sea south of the Land of Water. Following his brother's plan, the Kiri-nin divert Harō's attention so they can capture Isobu for themselves. As Wakasa, Kagura, and Nisshō engage in combat in the water above him, Ryōhei places a "tracker" on the submerged Three-Tails, who is under the effects of a genjutsu. However, Isobu manages to free himself from the genjutsu and, angered by Nisshō's azure flame arrows, begins to form a Tailed Beast Ball. Ryōhei stops him by pushing the massive creature away from the sphere with Kubikiribōchō. He then summons a school of sharks to fend off Nisshō's clones and give Mētsuki a chance to freeze the water around Isobu. However, they are interrupted when the three-tails creates yet another Tailed Beast Ball. This time, Ryōhei fails to stop it in time and barely escapes by swapping places with the Kabutowari using the Body Replacement Technique. He emerges on the surface in Kyohō's boat, but sensing that he is not yet clear of the Tailed Beast Ball's path, he propels the boat forward using Instant Water. However, he is too late to evade the attack entirely, and it disintegrates half of the boat and Kyohō instantly.
Underwater, Ryōhei destroys Kyohō's remains (including pieces of the Kabutowari) in order to erase any evidence. He then notices Nisshō's spirit form stream past him to possess Kagura, who has just been made into Isobu's vessel by Mētsuki. Realizing that Nisshō is trying to escape with the new Jinchūriki, and that the real purpose behind their mission had been to seal the Three-Tails, Ryōhei attacks the possessed Kagura with Hiramekarei. He stabs the sword into Kagura's torso, severs his chakra pathways, and cuts out Nisshō's soul. Then, Ryōhei escapes, dragging Kagura and Mētsuki with him to rejoin Wakasa in the remaining speedboat.
As they head back to Kirigakure, Wakasa administers first aid to Kagura while Ryōhei watches, exhausted. Waksa suggests they use the soul extraction method to remove the Hiramekarei's chakra-disrupting poison. He is furious that Ryōhei inflicted such a mortal wound on Kagura, but Ryōhei explains that he never would have tried to cut Nisshou's soul out from Kagura's body if he had actually sensed Kagura's "soul" alongside Nisshou, but it felt as though Kagura himself were sealed away somewhere. Since Nisshou's was the only soul he could sense, he felt no risk in cutting it out. Wakasa is still unsatisfied, so Ryōhei reminds him that he thought their priority was retrieving the tailed beast at all costs. Their argument is interrupted by Ichirouta, who states that Mētsuki may be able to do something about the poison. Wakasa pins Ryōhei's hand to Mētsuki with a kunai to channel his chakra, which gives Mētsuki enough strength to stop Kagura's bleeding, saving his life.
The Sixth meets them on the shore once they reach the hidden village. Ryōhei stands by as Chōjūrō transfers the Jinchūriki's seal from Mētsuki to himself. When Chōjūrō, angered by Wakasa's questioning, attacks his brother, Ryōhei intervenes, wordlessly, and manages to stop the fight. He watches as Wakasa capitulates to Chōjūrō's deceitful plan to create a Jinchūriki, wondering who the real prisoner has been all along.
- Main article: Tremors in Deep Waters
In the Anbu infirmary, Ryōhei waits for Mētsuki to regain consciousness so he can interrogate her. He tells her that he knew Chōjūrō intended to use him and the other prisoners as back-up vessels in case Kagura had failed, and wants to know what Chōjūrō blackmailed her with. When she doesn't reply, he presses her about the Hōzuki's involvement with the Jinchūriki. Eventually, Ryōhei surmises that Chōjūrō is leveraging Mētsuki with the release of her brother, Shōgetsu, who was also interned in the Blood Prison. He tells Mētsuki that he can help her release Shōgetsu by lobbying the clans instead of going through the Mizukage, and reveals his own motive: to release Shizuma Hoshigaki. As their interests align, they form a temporary, uneasy alliance.
After leaving Mētsuki at the infirmary, Ryōhei meets Wakasa at his apartment. Ryōhei interacts with Wakasa's two children, Shintarō and Meiko, which makes Wakasa uncomfortable. He insists that they talk outside the house, so they take Meiko to the park. There, Ryōhei expresses jealousy for Wakasa's position and remorse that Wakasa has cut him out of his family. He questions why Wakasa remains loyal to the Mizukage despite Chōjūrō's questionable methods, and implies that Wakasa should support him instead of Chōjūrō. Wakasa refuses and remains firm to his convictions and refuses to help him. Ryōhei leaves, promising to leave his brother's family alone.
Later, Ryōhei approaches Mētsuki again at Kagura's staged funeral. At first, he attempts to threaten her before proposing a firmer version of his plan to release Shōgetsu. He tells Mētsuki that she needs to make a formal request in front of her clan's elders and assures her that, since the Houzuki hate Chōjūrō, they would be willing to reinstate Shōgetsu to his former position. In reality, Ryōhei is attempting to sow instability in Kirigakure in order to pave the way for Shizuma's return.
However, before they can carry out their plan, Chōjūrō assigns Mētsuki to be his aide. Ryōhei's plans to free Shizuma are further interrupted when he is assigned on a mission to the Land of Waves alongside his older brother to search for a chakra signatures that confirms Harougakure was complicit in the Attack on the Three-Tails. During the meeting, Ryōhei reveals his disgust for the Houzuki when he derides Aogetsu Houzuki and doubts the latter's capabilities to wield the Samehada. His doubts are unfounded, stemming from his jealousy for the Samehada, as that had been Shizuma's sword during their failed revolution ten years earlier.
Land of Waves Mission
- Main article: Cutting Against the Tide: Intrigue In the Land of Waves and Cutting Against the Tide: Intrigue In the Land of Waves, part II
- Ryōhei's theme song, as stated by the author, is Blood // Water, by grandon.
- (To Wakasa about the measures he took during their mission) "Death is always an inherent risk. If one of us dies, we die."