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i don't think there's an age limit in place... :S ... itachi graduated when he was 8 didn't he?
The typical age is about 12.
It is also important to note that during the times that Kakashi and Itachi became Genin was during times of war when they where more apt to take in younger genin if they showed enough skill. Naruto and his group came up during peace times, so they really wheren't taking anyone who wasn't at least around 12. In a time of war Sasuke would have probably graduated before reaching the age of 12.
What really astonishes me is that Kakashi, most likely with the rest of his genin team, graduated at the age of 6. 6!!!!! He became a member of a military organization at the age most people learn to read. Perhaps the Konoha leadership raised the graduation age due to child labor laws.
I guess they just made things 'easier' as the times of war went trough and they needed as much military power as they could.
What I doubt is that Kakashi became genin along with his team mates. I dont believe Obito and even Rin could become genins at 6, and much less chuunins at 7. He was most likely assigned to another team that lacked one member, just like Sakura probably did to become a chuunin.
strongarm85 already said it all for me. War circumstances would have been likely to influence the chuunin exams to accept younger shinobi, hence Kakashi and Itachi.
Kakashi was an extremly special case tho because he had the amazing ability to copy other peoples techniques. So he could see a technique analysis it and work out who to do it extremely quickly and now he can do it even faster thanks to his shringan.
Thats the reason he was allowed to graduate not because he was extremely good ninja that could do everything. But because he was good at analysing things and adapting to the situation which is rare among many ninja's. I mean sasuke and naruto are only just being able to do this well thanks to their 3 years of training.
But i agree with the war time idea too would make sense.
You're forgetting Kakashi was already made jounin before he even had the Sharingan.
Most people forget Kakashi's Sharingan come after a majority of his training was already finished.
Ripht, the subject here is when is the age one graduates from the Academy and becomes able to take the test for becoming a Genin.
Kakashi did not have the Sharingan when he became Genin. It had no effect on his graduation, becoming a genin, chuunin, or even a jounin.
According to the Databook information I found
The 3 Sennin, graduated at age 6
Gai graduated at age 7
Asuma & Shinzuni graduated at age 9
(for what any of it is worth)
Gai said, he became a chunin at age 11
I think Gai was comparing himself to Kakashi when he made those statments, he was only 'weak' when comparing himself to the Genius of his age group, at the time. Just as Lee was trying to compare himself to Neji.
Last edited by wykowsuki; June 18, 2007 at 04:27 PM.
Meh I think in a few recent years they put an age cap on Academy exams, although maybe they have it so when and exam is coming up you can choose to take it at any sort of age and then that would explain a lot of plot holes that seemed to have occurred such as Naruto failing three times and still being the same age as th rest of the Rookie Nine