The Shodaime Mizukage: A Hozuki Swordsman?
In my (VERY) recent thread concerning Suigetsu's strange comments about his brother, I came to wondering: who WAS the Shodaime Mizukage? What were his abilities?
Here's Suigetsu stating that his brother is the "second coming" of THE demon (there were many "Little Demons" in Kiri, he's not talking about Zabuza):
The term "Demon" may even be a sort of honorary title bestowed upon masters of the sword. And useless fodder chuunin.
The Hozuki are very fitting people for the position of Mizukage, the exact term (Water Shadow) even becomes a sort of pun. They're MADE of water, and cast a "water shadow" (would a Hozuki's shadow be as water's? As in, only semi-dark?). They also have a TREMENDOUS geographic combat advantage, just like every known Kazekage.
The Nidaime Mizukage, better known as Trollkage, was intimately familiar with Hozuki techniques:
But oddly enough, the fact that he doesn't seem capable of liquefaction (wouldn't he just flow through Gaara's little pyramid without having to resort to Jokey Boy?) actually SUPPORTS the idea of the Shodaime being a Hozuki. And one in direct competition with a more traditional Hozuki, at that.
Trollkage uses very strange and confusing techniques, hence his name. He focuses on not being hit, while a Hozuki of the water body would just flow around whatever attack used on him, as Suigestu demonstrates in his wartime quarrel with Juugo.
Trollkage is ruthless. If he believed it necessary, he WOULD kill the reigning Kage of his village. Perhaps that's what he did; perhaps he got tired of repeated sligths to his fighting style, like Sasori, and reacted with violence towards his so-called superior. And then, unlike Sasori, assumed power.
Does this seem like a reasonable analysis on abilities and backstory of the Shodaime Mizukage?
PS: I apologize, Zabuza-fans, for calling him a "Little Demon". He was a true, hardcore badass, but it was the best way of making my point clear.
Small addition which may or may not support my argument:
The Hozuki seem to have faced the same development as the Senju, Uchiha and Uzumaki, other powerful, founding-era clans, having been reduced to very few members if not only a single one.
Here's Kabuto saying stuff about the Hozuki clan, and then going: "Don't you know HIM too?" as if Suigetsu is the last one...
Also, wouldn't it be fitting if Sasuke, one of the last Uchiha, gathered a team consisting of Karin, one of the last Uzumaki, and Suigetsu, one of the last Hozuki. And then there's Juugo, one of the last Juugo. No, really.
Am I the only one with the impression that the Juugo clan seems to have been more powerful too, at one point, considering Kabuto's comments about it?
They posess a "special body", an affinity with nature, and the universal capacity for mastering Sage Mode, an ability which seems most aligned with the descendants of the Younger Son.
Doesn't that sound like a Senju-offshoot to you too?