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Bingo Book

Bingo book

Name

Kanji

手配書

Rōmaji

Bingo-Bukku

Literal English

Book of Search Instruction

English TV

Bingo Book

Debut

Manga

[[|Chapter #302]]

Anime

[[|Naruto Shippūden Episode #47]]

Appears in

Anime and Manga

The Bingo Books (手配書, Bingo-Bukku) are black books used by ninja that contain any and all information on black-listed ninja they are to target. There are multiple versions of the Bingo Books, the most common being those based from the Hidden Villages.

Purpose

Normally, a Bingo Book is owned by jōnin and ANBU members of the major shinobi villages. Each entry on the Bingo Book is added by a high ranking official, usually the Kage, who lists a black-listed ninja. Usually, each Hidden Village's Bingo Book covers criminals and its country's most dangerous enemy ninja. There are also entries on missing-nin or potential security threats they are all marked for elimination by the hunter nin. A unit of Anbu from Kirigakure, the hunter-nins' sole purpose is carry out the complete eradication of missing-nin so that no physical trace of their quarry remains.

The Akatsuki, on the other hand, use their Bingo Book for the more sinister purpose of listing their jinchūriki targets and certain ninja from the villages who have potential use to them.

Ranks, Warnings and Bounty

There are several ranks and warnings that can be found on each entries, they range from Bring back alive to Flee if seen, and D-rank to S-rank. These ranks and warnings are usually given by the villages or people that have asked to add them into the book, missing-nins are usually automatically added into the book by the villages due to their ability to sell out any information about the villages.

D-ranks, the lowest rank that can be found in the Bingo Book, are usually new Genins that left the village or Genins that do not seem to be any kind of threat in the Village's eyes. C-ranks are given to the older Genins or new Chunnins, mostly those that acquired their Chunnin rank from being promoted in the middle of war. B-rank is for powerful Chunnins and war-promoted or weak Jounins. A-ranks are for Jounins. S-rank are usually for Sannins, Kages, or members of any organisation that is considered S-rank, like Akatsuki.

Bounties are given by the villages as a reward for either killing the person or capturing them alive, the more bounty given, the more Hunter-nins they will get after them, thus an effective way of harassing the enemy. Bounties given by different villages to the same person are accumulated. Some entries do not have bounties though, and are just there to serve as a warning.

Trivia

  • Black books have played a role during the events of Second World War for various purposes.
  • Although the word for Bingo Book is written in kanji "手配書", it is pronounced the same as in English "Bingo Book". The Japanese pronunciation of the kanji would be "tehaisho", which would literally translate to "book of search instruction", as in the instruction and protocols used for police searches and arrests.
  • According to Kabuto, his own bounty within the Bingo Book pales in comparison to Sasuke's or Orochimaru's.
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