Slug Magic: Tsunade
So I came across this blog/essay which is full of theories about what Tsunade is really capable of. I find it very substantial and convincing given all the facts the writer laid down. I won't put all the information here, just those related with the recent chapter and how can Tsunade survive from being cut into half. Let's start.
First, everyone knows that the characters of the Legendary Sannins were based on the Japanse myth 'The Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant' where Toad, Snake and Slug magic were used by the main characters. In Kishi's manga, Toad and Snake magic has been portrayed by J-Man (Toad Sage Mode) and Oro (Hydra Technique), with that, we can safely assume that if Kishi's sticking up to this folklore, Tsunade will have her own Sage mode.
In the mythology, Slug magic lets you turn into a snail. Another story of note is the Sazae-Oni, a legendary monster in myth. It is said to take on the form of a woman pretending to be drowning before it turns into a massive snail/crustacean thingy. If you attempted to mate with her, she’d castrate you and you’d have to barter to get what you’d lost back. The most interesting part here is that it is a giant snail that takes the form of a woman.
Slugs in real life have the ability to self-amputate and reform lost body parts, something that comes in handy when fighting off a predator you just can’t win against.
Slug’s very anatomies lead to some interesting conclusion about what slug mode may give her the ability to do. She may have some sort of clone technique. I say this because Creation Rebirth is said to restore any damage or lost limbs and slugs have to ability to auto-amputate parts of their body to escape an attack. The combined may lead to a sort of asexual reproduction, or perhaps just a showing of a really high-level medical ninjutsu where Tsunade grows back arms and legs. This can be a reason of how she can survive being cut in half and Kishi is showing it.
Then there’s the possibility of a shell. Just like Sasuke shed his skin and transformed from snake to hawk, so too, Tsunade might build a chamber of some sort to transform from slug to snail. This shell may not come in the form of a giant spiral on her back, but may be malleable and provide a solid defensive technique.
This brings me to the similarities between her and characters from myths, legends, stories, and religions. Sazae-Oni seems to resemble a theoretical slug-mode Tsunade highly, being a beautiful woman that transforms into a giant mollusk. This giant also barters for goods (using stolen ones as leverage) and Tsunade is shown to be quite fond of money and gambling.
Nu Gua, the Snail Woman, or the Holy Snail is also another character of note. Her appearance is described and resembles a description of the alleged slug mode. She also has an affinity to water with her rainbows, further strengthening the idea that Tsuande might have a water affinity and further corroborating the connection between her and this goddess.
So Frog-Toad, Snake-Dragon, Slug-Snail. Go Discuss