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Why did kishimoto choose a slug and beetle for the tailed beasts?

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Exactly why is unknown. All the beasts was shown in the second art book with his comments. For the slug he said:

  • "The Six-Tails has a dripping feel to it¹. However, it doesn't spit lightning or anything (laugh). Utakata [the jinchūriki] is a charming character who uses soap bubble (bubble-style) ninjutsu."

¹ Like falling rain.

And for the beetle he said:

  • "The concept for the Seven-Tails was an insect. The armour has the feel of an insect's exoskeleton. I made the tails into wings. The jinchūriki is a girl, for now. I haven't completely decided yet (laugh)."

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