While NarutoThe world of shinobi boasts many different shinobi villages, each with its own characteristics and political situation, most of which remain unexplored, with the action mainly taking place in and around Konoha , the birthplace of the eponymous protagonist. So it’s no surprise that many regions receive less recognition than they deserve, including the Hidden Interstellar Village, Hoshigakure, seen in the Star Guard Missions arc.
Since this village was featured in one of Naruto’s bonus episodes, related to the Star Guardian Mission arc, it’s likely that some fans of the show missed it. While it’s true that this location and the story associated with it may not be important to the rest of the series, that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most enjoyable and memorable parts of the original show .
Hoshigakure’s shinobi have unique powers in Naruto
The name of the Hidden Interstellar Village most likely comes from its origins, as it was formed around a falling meteorite that the locals called “the star.” What’s interesting about this meteorite is that it emits radiation that can greatly increase its power and chakra levels, theoretically allowing the shinobi of this village to have unparalleled chakra control and enough strength. Strong enough to fight even the strongest characters in Naruto. Naturally, harnessing the power of meteorites is not an easy task, requiring a certain amount of arduous training to fully master the “Mysterious Peacock Method”, such as this technique called.
With how powerful and versatile this technique is, it would be surprising that this village isn’t more recognized, not even its Kage is acknowledged by the others. However, the reason is simple – this technique has a very high cost, causing its users to become weakened or even die. This makes the meteorite a double-edged sword that the village needs to gain strength if they insist on being recognized as a powerful group, but this also threatens the existence and stability of the people. The conflicting views of the shinobi show how difficult it is for an ordinary village to prove its strength and independence.
The Star Guard mission section proves Naruto fans wrong about skipping the extras
Besides showing how harsh the shinobi world can be on a macro level, with people facing great risks to gain recognition, this village is also the setting for one of the stories Naruto’s most touching story. This is where Naruto meets Sumaru, a Genin believed to be an orphan with the dream of becoming the Kage of his village. It is later revealed that Sumaru’s mother actually faked her death and continued to watch over the village, waiting for an opportunity to stop the new leader from putting more people in danger by forcing them to undergo dangerous training course. Unfortunately, she had to sacrifice herself in the process.
With Naruto including many extras that are technically unrelated to the main story, it’s no surprise that many people choose to skip them. However, doing so would miss out on so many original stories lovingly crafted by enthusiasts. The Star Guard Mission arc in particular remains one of the most memorable story arcs for those who have seen it, with some even considering it not only the best addition to the Narutobut of all anime.