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== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Obito's yeargroup.png|thumb|left|Kurenai at her entrance ceremony.]]
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[[File:Obito's year group.png|thumb|left|Kurenai at her entrance ceremony.]]
 
As a child, Kurenai met [[Asuma Sarutobi]] during the [[Academy]] entrance ceremony and graduated at age 9. She later was cheering for her classmates during the third round of the [[Chūnin Exams]].<ref name="chpt599">''Naruto'' chapter 599, pages 2-3, 11</ref> Eventually becoming a [[chūnin]] at age 13, Kurenai became a jōnin shortly before the start of the series.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 43, page 4</ref>
 
As a child, Kurenai met [[Asuma Sarutobi]] during the [[Academy]] entrance ceremony and graduated at age 9. She later was cheering for her classmates during the third round of the [[Chūnin Exams]].<ref name="chpt599">''Naruto'' chapter 599, pages 2-3, 11</ref> Eventually becoming a [[chūnin]] at age 13, Kurenai became a jōnin shortly before the start of the series.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 43, page 4</ref>
   
[[File:Kurenai and the young protesters.png|thumb|left|A young Kurenai protesting.]]
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[[File:Kurenai and the young protesters.png|thumb|A young Kurenai protesting.]]
During the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]], Kurenai, Kakashi, Asuma and Guy were amongst the young ninja that wanted to help in repelling the [[Nine-Tails|beast]], but the group was [[Barrier Tag|barred]] from participating by the older shinobi, one of whom was her own [[Kurenai Yūhi's Father|father]]. Though she protested greatly about this, her father told her that this wasn't war but an internal village issue and as they were shinobi, their lives were brief and that she should live long enough to ensure that the next generation would come about that would inherit the [[Will of Fire]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, page 7</ref>
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During the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]], Kurenai, Kakashi, Asuma and Guy were amongst the young ninja that wanted to help in repelling the [[Nine-Tails|beast]], but the group was [[Barrier Tag|barred]] from participating by the older shinobi, one of whom was her own [[Kurenai's Father|father]]. Though she protested greatly about this, her father told her that this wasn't war but an internal village issue and as they were shinobi, their lives were brief and that she should live long enough to ensure that the next generation would come about that would inherit the [[Will of Fire]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, page 7</ref>
   
[[File:Kurenai's Top Secret Mission The Promise with the Third Hokage.JPG|thumb|left|Kurenai speaking with Hiruzen.]]
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[[File:Kurenai Mission.png|left|thumb|Kurenai speaking with Hiruzen.]]
Because of Kurenai's natural talent for genjutsu, the [[Third Hokage]] tasked Kurenai with helping to train [[Yakumo Kurama]], another talented genjutsu user who longed to be a ninja.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 203</ref> However, because Yakumo couldn't control her illusions and thus endangered those around her, Kurenai had to [[Evil Sealing Method|seal away]] her ninja abilities, preventing her from ever becoming a [[shinobi]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 205</ref>
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In the anime, because of Kurenai's natural talent for genjutsu, the [[Third Hokage]] tasked Kurenai with helping to train [[Yakumo Kurama]], another talented genjutsu user who longed to be a ninja.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 203</ref> However, because Yakumo couldn't control her illusions and thus endangered those around her, Kurenai had to [[Evil Sealing Method|seal away]] her ninja abilities, preventing her from ever becoming a [[shinobi]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 205</ref> About twelve years after the Nine-Tails' attack, seeing her classmate fall into deeper self-pity from losing [[Obito Uchiha]] and [[Rin Nohara]], Kurenai, along with [[Might Guy]] and Asuma decided to speak with the Third Hokage, voicing their disapproval of Kakashi being in Anbu with such bitterness and suggested instead that he be re-assigned as a jōnin sensei in the hopes of restoring Kakashi's kindness.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 360</ref>
 
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== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
[[File:Kurenai and child.png|thumb|Kurenai and her baby.]]
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[[File:Kurenai and child.png|thumb|Kurenai and her child.]]
Kurenai is a caring and brave woman. She shows great care and concern towards her students and takes a vested interest in their growth, especially in regards to [[Hinata]] due to knowing full well how Hinata was viewed by her father. When Hinata tried to offer Naruto some medicine after his fight with Kiba, Kurenai convinced [[Naruto]] to take it because she knew of her student's infatuation with him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 77, pages 16-17</ref> Her personality is unyielding, honest, and simple. She is also portrayed as the "big sister type".
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Kurenai is a caring and brave woman. She shows great care and concern towards her students and takes a vested interest in their growth, especially in regards to [[Hinata]] due to knowing full well how Hinata was viewed by her father. When Hinata tried to offer Naruto some medicine after his fight with Kiba, Kurenai convinced [[Naruto]] to take it because she knew of her student's infatuation with him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 77, pages 16-17</ref> Her personality is unyielding, honest, and simple. She is also portrayed as the "big sister type".
   
It has been heavily hinted that Kurenai was romantically involved with fellow jōnin [[Asuma Sarutobi]]. The two appeared together in most of their scenes, and the other characters made it a point to note this fact on several occasions. When [[Kakashi Hatake]] found the two together at a dumpling shop, he asked if they were on a date, which made Kurenai blush.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 140, page 15</ref> During Asuma's battle with [[Akatsuki]] members, [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]], Kurenai was often shown wondering about his progress, appearing anxious. When she learned of his death, she fell to her knees in disbelief, and later laid flowers on his grave during his funeral.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 330, pages 9-10</ref> The truth of their relationship was made clear in Part II when Kurenai revealed that she is pregnant with Asuma's child.
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It has been heavily hinted that Kurenai was romantically involved with fellow jōnin [[Asuma Sarutobi]]. The two appeared together in most of their scenes, and the other characters made it a point to note this fact on several occasions. When [[Kakashi Hatake]] found the two together at a dumpling shop, he asked if they were on a date, which made Kurenai blush and made an excuse that she was running an errand only.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 140, page 15</ref> During Asuma's battle with [[Akatsuki]] members, [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]], Kurenai was often shown wondering about his progress, appearing anxious. When she learned of his death, she fell to her knees in tears and disbelief, and later laid flowers on his grave during his funeral.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 330, pages 9-10</ref> The truth of their relationship was made clear in Part II when Kurenai revealed that she is pregnant with Asuma's child.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
 
[[File:Kurinai.jpg|thumb|left|Kurenai's full appearance.]]
 
[[File:Kurinai.jpg|thumb|left|Kurenai's full appearance.]]
Kurenai has long, black, shoulder-length untamed hair, and very unique eyes that are red in colour, with an additional ring in them. She wears make-up consisting of red lipstick and purple eye shadow. Her regular outfit consists of a red mesh armour blouse with only the right sleeve visible. Over this is very broad material which resembles bandages with a pattern on it similar to those of rose thorns. Her hands and upper thighs are also wrapped in bandages and she wears the Konoha [[forehead protector]] and regular shinobi sandals.
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Kurenai is a fairly tall and light-skinned woman of slender build. She has long, black, shoulder-length untamed hair, and very unique eyes that are red in colour, with an additional ring in them. She wears make-up consisting of red lipstick and purple eye shadow. Her regular outfit consists of a red mesh armour blouse with only the right sleeve visible. Overall, this is very broad material which resembles bandages with a pattern on it similar to those of rose thorns. Her hands and upper thighs are also wrapped in bandages and she wears the Konoha [[forehead protector]] and regular shinobi sandals.
   
In a flashback, it was shown that Kurenai used to wear the standard Konoha shinobi outfit with a [[flak jacket]] and a simple sleeveless red outfit underneath it.<ref name="ch78">''Naruto'' chapter 78, page 10</ref> During her pregnancy, she wore a long, loose fitting maternal dress with a simple blouse underneath and after giving birth she was seen in a simple kimono. As a genin, she wore a similar outfit to the one she wears currently with the signature thorn pattern on it with a simple sash around her waist.<ref name="chpt599"/> These thorns were pink when she was a child, and red when she got older.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, pages 3-4</ref>
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[[File:Kurenai child.png|thumb|Kurenai as a genin.]]
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In a flashback, it was shown that Kurenai used to wear the standard Konoha shinobi outfit with a [[flak jacket]] and a simple sleeveless red outfit underneath it.<ref name="ch78">''Naruto'' chapter 78, page 10</ref> During her pregnancy, she wore a long, loose fitting maternal dress with a simple blouse underneath and after giving birth she was seen in a simple kimono. As a genin, she wore a similar outfit to the one she wears currently with the signature thorn pattern on it with a simple sash around her waist.<ref name="chpt599"/> These thorns were pink in colour when she was a child, and red when she got older.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, pages 3-4</ref>
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
 
=== Genjutsu ===
 
=== Genjutsu ===
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[[File:Kurenai Genjutsu Technique.JPG|thumb|left|Kurenai using the Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death on Itachi.]]
 
The full extent of Kurenai's abilities are predominantly unknown. But, her skill with genjutsu is so vast that it is said to rival even those of [[Itachi Uchiha]].<ref name="d2"/> Most of her techniques focus around flora; primarily using [[Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death|large trees to bind opponents]] as well as [[Genjutsu: Flower Petal Escape|flower petals]] for various reasons. She is also able to simultaneously affect multiple opponents with her techniques, as seen during her fight with [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] and Itachi Uchiha. Itachi, a genjutsu master himself, has also praised her skills.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 144, page 13</ref> Furthermore, she could revert the effects of genjutsu to the caster.
 
The full extent of Kurenai's abilities are predominantly unknown. But, her skill with genjutsu is so vast that it is said to rival even those of [[Itachi Uchiha]].<ref name="d2"/> Most of her techniques focus around flora; primarily using [[Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death|large trees to bind opponents]] as well as [[Genjutsu: Flower Petal Escape|flower petals]] for various reasons. She is also able to simultaneously affect multiple opponents with her techniques, as seen during her fight with [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] and Itachi Uchiha. Itachi, a genjutsu master himself, has also praised her skills.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 144, page 13</ref> Furthermore, she could revert the effects of genjutsu to the caster.
   
 
=== Other Skills ===
 
=== Other Skills ===
[[File:Kurenai hair 2.jpg|thumb|Kurenai using her hair as camouflage.]]
 
 
In the anime, it was shown that she is even able to enter the subconsciousness of a person to see their ''true nature''. She was also seen using [[Hair Camouflage|her hair]] to cover her entire body, allowing her to freely travel through objects by seemingly merging with them. She also seems to be very proficient at using [[fūinjutsu]] as seen when she used the [[Evil Sealing Method]] to seal [[Yakumo]]'s [[kekkei genkai]].
 
In the anime, it was shown that she is even able to enter the subconsciousness of a person to see their ''true nature''. She was also seen using [[Hair Camouflage|her hair]] to cover her entire body, allowing her to freely travel through objects by seemingly merging with them. She also seems to be very proficient at using [[fūinjutsu]] as seen when she used the [[Evil Sealing Method]] to seal [[Yakumo]]'s [[kekkei genkai]].
 
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
 
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
 
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
[[File:Episode 47.png|thumb|left|Kurenai and the other jōnin stop Neji from attacking Hinata again.]]
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[[File:Episode 47.png|thumb|Kurenai and the other jōnin stop Neji from attacking Hinata again.]]
 
During the [[Chūnin Exams]], Kurenai watched her pupils from the sidelines. After Shino's battle, she commented on how it suddenly became cold in the room, in reference to his rather merciless defeat of [[Zaku Abumi]]. During Kiba's fight with Naruto, she thought to herself that Naruto couldn't possibly beat Kiba, only to be surprised again and again as Naruto took everything Kiba threw at him and finally defeated her student. She bore Naruto no ill will after this and even acknowledged him as a strong opponent. During Hinata's fight with her cousin, [[Neji Hyūga]], she remembered the terrible relationship Hinata had with [[Hiashi Hyūga|her father]]. She also noted the stark contrast between the current Hinata, who refused to give up, and the former Hinata, who would give up easily. When Neji was sent into a blind rage and tried to kill Hinata, Kurenai helped stop him along with Kakashi, Guy and Hayate.
 
During the [[Chūnin Exams]], Kurenai watched her pupils from the sidelines. After Shino's battle, she commented on how it suddenly became cold in the room, in reference to his rather merciless defeat of [[Zaku Abumi]]. During Kiba's fight with Naruto, she thought to herself that Naruto couldn't possibly beat Kiba, only to be surprised again and again as Naruto took everything Kiba threw at him and finally defeated her student. She bore Naruto no ill will after this and even acknowledged him as a strong opponent. During Hinata's fight with her cousin, [[Neji Hyūga]], she remembered the terrible relationship Hinata had with [[Hiashi Hyūga|her father]]. She also noted the stark contrast between the current Hinata, who refused to give up, and the former Hinata, who would give up easily. When Neji was sent into a blind rage and tried to kill Hinata, Kurenai helped stop him along with Kakashi, Guy and Hayate.
   
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=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
 
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
[[File:Kurenai Genjutsu Technique.JPG|thumb|Kurenai using the Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death on Itachi.]]
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[[File:Kurenai and Asuma stop Akatsuki.png|thumb|left|Kurenai and Asuma confront Kisame and Itachi.]]
Soon after Konoha proved successful in defending the village, Kurenai and Asuma discovered that the [[Akatsuki]] members, [[Itachi Uchiha]] and [[Kisame Hoshigaki]], had infiltrated the village. The two pairs engaged each other in battle, but Itachi proved to be easily capable of [[Demonic Illusion: Mirror Heaven and Earth Change|turning Kurenai's genjutsu against her]]. Before she and Asuma could be finished off, Kakashi arrived to save them, only to be caught in Itachi's [[Tsukuyomi]], and was then saved by [[Might Guy]].
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Soon after Konoha proved successful in defending the village, Kurenai and Asuma discovered that the [[Akatsuki]] members, [[Itachi Uchiha]] and [[Kisame Hoshigaki]], had infiltrated the village. The two pairs engaged each other in battle, and Kurenai was able to trap both men in her [[Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death]] technique. As she was about to land the deadly blow on Itachi from above, however, the [[Uchiha]] [[Demonic Illusion: Mirror Heaven and Earth Change|turned her genjutsu against her]]. Biting her lip, Kurenai was able to cancel the genjutsu in time to deflect Itachi's physical attack. As the battle takes to the water, Kisame's [[Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet Technique]] is countered by one of Kakashi's own. When Kakashi attempted a covert attack on Itachi, Kurenai prepared to ambush him from behind but is stopped by Kakashi who forced Kurenai down to avoid the [[Shadow Clone Explosion|explosion]].
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Later when Itachi activated his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], Kurenai and Asuma kept their eyes shut on Kakashi's directives but the latter is affected by Itachi's [[Tsukuyomi]]. When Itachi later instructed Kisame to kill them because they knew too much about their organisation, [[Might Guy]] arrived and intercepted Kisame's attack. She is later tasked with taking Kakashi to the [[Konoha Hospital|hospital]] while their opponents, not wanting to start a war, fled.
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Kurenai can later be seen attending [[Tsunade]]'s inauguration ceremony as the new [[Hokage]], alongside several other villagers.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 100</ref>
   
 
=== Mizuki Strikes Back Arc ===
 
=== Mizuki Strikes Back Arc ===
In the anime, Asuma and Kurenai were dispatched by Fifth Hokage [[Tsunade]] to bring the criminal [[chūnin]] [[Mizuki]] in for questioning, regarding his suspected involvement with [[Orochimaru]]. The pair arrived at the Leaf Village Maximum Security Prison, only to be greeted by a swarm of released inmates, including the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]] [[Fūjin]] and [[Raijin]]. Outnumbered, the two were beaten into unconsciousness, and were quickly rushed to the Leaf Village hospital for medical treatment.
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In the anime, Asuma and Kurenai were dispatched by Fifth Hokage Tsunade to bring the criminal [[chūnin]] [[Mizuki]] in for questioning, regarding his suspected involvement with [[Orochimaru]]. The pair arrived at the Leaf Village Maximum Security Prison, only to be greeted by a swarm of released inmates, including the [[Legendary Stupid Brothers]] [[Fūjin]] and [[Raijin]]. Outnumbered, the two were beaten into unconsciousness, and were quickly rushed to the Leaf Village hospital for medical treatment.
   
 
=== Kurama Clan Arc ===
 
=== Kurama Clan Arc ===
 
[[Yakumo]] resurfaced several years after Kurenai had sealed away her [[kekkei genkai]], which ultimately proved unsuccessful. After Yakumo created the illusion of the [[Academy]] being struck by lightning (something everyone believed to have actually happened), Kurenai took a temporary leave from Team 8 so that she could deal with the problem. Naruto confronted her about her involvement with Yakumo, but she simply used a genjutsu on him to keep him occupied.
 
[[Yakumo]] resurfaced several years after Kurenai had sealed away her [[kekkei genkai]], which ultimately proved unsuccessful. After Yakumo created the illusion of the [[Academy]] being struck by lightning (something everyone believed to have actually happened), Kurenai took a temporary leave from Team 8 so that she could deal with the problem. Naruto confronted her about her involvement with Yakumo, but she simply used a genjutsu on him to keep him occupied.
   
[[File:Bean String.jpg|thumb|left|Kurenai seemingly trapped in an enemy's genjutsu.]]
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[[File:Bean String.jpg|thumb|Kurenai seemingly trapped in an enemy's genjutsu.]]
 
As she approached Yakumo's cabin, Kurenai appeared to be trapped in a rebel's genjutsu. In actuality, she had attacked her attacker in a genjutsu. She discovered that these attackers were in fact Kurama clan members, who were intent on kidnapping Yakumo. From this point, she and the opposing ninja basically fought with nothing but pure [[genjutsu]] technique, such as the [[Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death]] and the [[String Bean Binding Illusion]]. Kurenai ended up successful until the final encounter, where she was caught and couldn't escape from his genjutsu, and so she took a kunai and stabbed herself in the shoulder to break out and used [[Genjutsu: Flower Petal Escape]] to trap him in her own genjutsu. But he saw the blood from her wound and managed to hit her with a shuriken.
 
As she approached Yakumo's cabin, Kurenai appeared to be trapped in a rebel's genjutsu. In actuality, she had attacked her attacker in a genjutsu. She discovered that these attackers were in fact Kurama clan members, who were intent on kidnapping Yakumo. From this point, she and the opposing ninja basically fought with nothing but pure [[genjutsu]] technique, such as the [[Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death]] and the [[String Bean Binding Illusion]]. Kurenai ended up successful until the final encounter, where she was caught and couldn't escape from his genjutsu, and so she took a kunai and stabbed herself in the shoulder to break out and used [[Genjutsu: Flower Petal Escape]] to trap him in her own genjutsu. But he saw the blood from her wound and managed to hit her with a shuriken.
   
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[[File:Kurenai hair 2.jpg|thumb|left|Kurenai enters the Kurama mansion.]]
 
Kurenai was saved by the arrival of her team, along with Naruto, Sakura, and [[Might Guy]]. Later, when explaining to Team 8 the reasons for her departure, she claimed that the village "doesn't need any genjutsu masters other than herself". This was her supposed reason for sealing Yakumo's abilities, but Shino recognised that she was lying. Yakumo, on the other hand, believed Kurenai did so in order to eventually wipe out the Kurama clan. She trapped her former sensei, Naruto, [[Sakura]], and Team 8 in a genjutsu-created replica of the village which appeared to have been ravaged by war. Unkai was also in the illusion. Unkai, concerned by the powers Yakumo had, and her continually degrading mental state as a result of being unable to control them, freed Naruto from the illusion so that he could kill Yakumo. Everyone else was freed as well, except for Kurenai. Yakumo kept her trapped in the illusion in the hopes of getting revenge and answers about her past.
 
Kurenai was saved by the arrival of her team, along with Naruto, Sakura, and [[Might Guy]]. Later, when explaining to Team 8 the reasons for her departure, she claimed that the village "doesn't need any genjutsu masters other than herself". This was her supposed reason for sealing Yakumo's abilities, but Shino recognised that she was lying. Yakumo, on the other hand, believed Kurenai did so in order to eventually wipe out the Kurama clan. She trapped her former sensei, Naruto, [[Sakura]], and Team 8 in a genjutsu-created replica of the village which appeared to have been ravaged by war. Unkai was also in the illusion. Unkai, concerned by the powers Yakumo had, and her continually degrading mental state as a result of being unable to control them, freed Naruto from the illusion so that he could kill Yakumo. Everyone else was freed as well, except for Kurenai. Yakumo kept her trapped in the illusion in the hopes of getting revenge and answers about her past.
   
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== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
Kurenai appears regularly during and following Asuma's battle with Akatsuki. When told of Asuma's death, Kurenai was devastated. After [[Shikamaru]] avenged Asuma's death by defeating Hidan, he started taking care of Kurenai for Asuma's sake (although she has been known to insist he does not need to do so every day). He also vowed to someday make their child his student. Because of her pregnancy, Team 8 has been led by other jōnin during its missions.
 
 
 
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
 
=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
At the hospital, Asuma wanted to tell Kakashi something. But before he can say anything, Kurenai enters and Asuma takes his leave, stating he'll tell Kakashi later. Later, as Asuma and his team go off to track down [[Hidan]] and [[Kakuzu]], he looks on at an apartment window and tells his team to move out. Inside, it's revealed that it's Kurenai's apartment. She senses something, but when she turns to look out the window, Asuma and his team are gone. As Kurenai is watering flowers that were given to her by Asuma, one of the petals falls off its stem, and she is hit with an ill omen about Asuma.
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At the hospital, before Asuma could speak with Kakashi, Kurenai arrived and the two had to leave, telling Kakashi that they would have to talk later. Later, as Asuma and his team from the [[Nijū Shōtai]] mobilised, he lingered staring at an apartment window before mobilising. Inside, it's revealed that it was Kurenai's apartment. She senses something, but when she turned to look out the window, Asuma and his team were already gone. Returning to watering the flowers that were given to her by Asuma, one of the petals falls off its stem, and she has a feeling of foreboding.
   
As Shikamaru returns, he tells her the grim news of Asuma. Kurenai stares on in shock and then collapses to her knees devastated, and during Asuma's funeral, Kurenai is holding flowers. After Shikamaru avenges Asuma's death by defeating Hidan, he finds her at Asuma's grave. Kurenai asks him if he'll be lonely now that his shōgi partner is gone. Shikamaru states Asuma taught him both important and stupid stuff. He reflects that he brushed off responsibility and whined when he was young, and Asuma would have to protect him. He was the coolest adult he knew, and he tells Kurenai, when she has her baby, he'll help protect it as a cool adult too. Kurenai holds her stomach and smiles.
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When Shikamaru returned from the mission, he was the one to break the grim news of Asuma. Kurenai stared on in shock and then collapsed to her knees devastated. During Asuma's funeral, Kurenai laid flowers on his grave. After Team Asuma avenged their sensei's death, Shikamaru found her at Asuma's grave in the [[Konoha Cemetery|cemetery]]. Kurenai asked him if he'd be lonely now that his shōgi partner was gone. Shikamaru stated Asuma taught him both important and stupid stuff, and that he had always brushed off responsibility and whined when he was young, because Asuma was there to protect him. Shikamaru noted that Asuma was the coolest adult he knew, and he told Kurenai, when she had her baby, it would be his turn to become a cool adult too, and protect that child.
   
 
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
 
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
To help Naruto cope with [[Jiraiya]]'s death, Shikamaru took him to the hospital where Kurenai was just leaving and explained her pregnancy to Naruto (because Naruto believed she had gotten fat). Kurenai insisted to Shikamaru that he does not need to check on her every time she goes to the hospital, but Shikamaru said he couldn't help it; Asuma told him to watch over her and the child.
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To help Naruto cope with [[Jiraiya]]'s death, Shikamaru took him to the hospital where Kurenai was just leaving and explained her pregnancy to Naruto (because Naruto believed she had gotten fat). Kurenai insisted to Shikamaru that he did not need to check on her every time she went to the hospital, but Shikamaru said he couldn't help it as Asuma told him to watch over her and the child.
   
 
[[File:Shikamaru Protects Kurenai.png|thumb|Shikamaru protects Kurenai.]]
 
[[File:Shikamaru Protects Kurenai.png|thumb|Shikamaru protects Kurenai.]]
In the anime, during [[Pain]]'s invasion of Konoha, Kurenai was wondering what was happening and looked outside. Shikamaru then came to ensure her safety. Pain's summon, a Giant Centipede, appeared. Shikamaru told her to move back while he took care of the summon, killing it with his shadow. He then told her of how he couldn't face Asuma if something happened to her and the baby and advised her to go to the evacuation centre through the underground passage. She was then seen going to the evacuation centre falling in line with many other people.
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In the anime, during [[Pain]]'s invasion of Konoha, as Kurenai wondered what was happening, Shikamaru then came to ensure her safety. One of Pain's summon, a [[Giant Centipede]], appeared. Shikamaru told her to move back while he took care of the summon, killing it with his shadow. He then told her of how he couldn't face Asuma if something happened to her and the baby and advised her to go to the evacuation centre through the underground passage. She was then seen going to the evacuation centre falling in line with many other people.
   
 
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
 
=== Adventures at Sea Arc ===
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=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
 
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
As Shikamaru remembers the "king" Asuma entrusted him with, he thinks of Kurenai and his sensei's newborn child.
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As Shikamaru remembers the "king" Asuma entrusted him with, he thought of Kurenai and his sensei's newborn child.
   
 
== Movies ==
 
== Movies ==
 
=== Naruto: Shippūden the Movie ===
 
=== Naruto: Shippūden the Movie ===
 
Kurenai made a small cameo before [[Team 7]] was being called up, [[Team 8]], except Shino, were seen running through the streets.
 
Kurenai made a small cameo before [[Team 7]] was being called up, [[Team 8]], except Shino, were seen running through the streets.
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=== Naruto 5: Blood Prison ===
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During Naruto's flashback to the members of the village when he was gathering [[natural energy]] to enter [[Sage Mode]], Kurenai can been seen amongst the villagers.
   
 
== Video Games ==
 
== Video Games ==

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Kurenai

(夕日紅, Yūhi Kurenai)
Debut
Manga Chapter #34
Anime Naruto Episode #3
Movie Naruto: Shippūden the Movie
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Gemini June 11
Gender Gender Female Female
Age
  • Part I: 27-28
  • Part II: 31
Height
  • Part I: 169.1 cm1.691 m
    5.548 ft
    66.575 in
Weight
  • Part I: 54.4 kg119.931 lb
Blood type AB
Affiliation
Team
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 010881
Academy Grad. Age 9
Chūnin Prom. Age 13
Family

Jutsu

Kurenai Yūhi (夕日紅, Yūhi Kurenai) is a jōnin-level kunoichi from Konohagakure. She is also the leader of Team Kurenai, which consists of: Hinata Hyūga, Shino Aburame, Kiba Inuzuka and Akamaru.

Background Edit

Obito's year group

Kurenai at her entrance ceremony.

As a child, Kurenai met Asuma Sarutobi during the Academy entrance ceremony and graduated at age 9. She later was cheering for her classmates during the third round of the Chūnin Exams.[4] Eventually becoming a chūnin at age 13, Kurenai became a jōnin shortly before the start of the series.[5]

Kurenai and the young protesters

A young Kurenai protesting.

During the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, Kurenai, Kakashi, Asuma and Guy were amongst the young ninja that wanted to help in repelling the beast, but the group was barred from participating by the older shinobi, one of whom was her own father. Though she protested greatly about this, her father told her that this wasn't war but an internal village issue and as they were shinobi, their lives were brief and that she should live long enough to ensure that the next generation would come about that would inherit the Will of Fire.[6]

Kurenai Mission

Kurenai speaking with Hiruzen.

In the anime, because of Kurenai's natural talent for genjutsu, the Third Hokage tasked Kurenai with helping to train Yakumo Kurama, another talented genjutsu user who longed to be a ninja.[7] However, because Yakumo couldn't control her illusions and thus endangered those around her, Kurenai had to seal away her ninja abilities, preventing her from ever becoming a shinobi.[8] About twelve years after the Nine-Tails' attack, seeing her classmate fall into deeper self-pity from losing Obito Uchiha and Rin Nohara, Kurenai, along with Might Guy and Asuma decided to speak with the Third Hokage, voicing their disapproval of Kakashi being in Anbu with such bitterness and suggested instead that he be re-assigned as a jōnin sensei in the hopes of restoring Kakashi's kindness.[9]

Personality Edit

Kurenai and child

Kurenai and her child.

Kurenai is a caring and brave woman. She shows great care and concern towards her students and takes a vested interest in their growth, especially in regards to Hinata due to knowing full well how Hinata was viewed by her father. When Hinata tried to offer Naruto some medicine after his fight with Kiba, Kurenai convinced Naruto to take it because she knew of her student's infatuation with him.[10] Her personality is unyielding, honest, and simple. She is also portrayed as the "big sister type".

It has been heavily hinted that Kurenai was romantically involved with fellow jōnin Asuma Sarutobi. The two appeared together in most of their scenes, and the other characters made it a point to note this fact on several occasions. When Kakashi Hatake found the two together at a dumpling shop, he asked if they were on a date, which made Kurenai blush and made an excuse that she was running an errand only.[11] During Asuma's battle with Akatsuki members, Hidan and Kakuzu, Kurenai was often shown wondering about his progress, appearing anxious. When she learned of his death, she fell to her knees in tears and disbelief, and later laid flowers on his grave during his funeral.[12] The truth of their relationship was made clear in Part II when Kurenai revealed that she is pregnant with Asuma's child.

Appearance Edit

Kurinai

Kurenai's full appearance.

Kurenai is a fairly tall and light-skinned woman of slender build. She has long, black, shoulder-length untamed hair, and very unique eyes that are red in colour, with an additional ring in them. She wears make-up consisting of red lipstick and purple eye shadow. Her regular outfit consists of a red mesh armour blouse with only the right sleeve visible. Overall, this is very broad material which resembles bandages with a pattern on it similar to those of rose thorns. Her hands and upper thighs are also wrapped in bandages and she wears the Konoha forehead protector and regular shinobi sandals.

Kurenai child

Kurenai as a genin.

In a flashback, it was shown that Kurenai used to wear the standard Konoha shinobi outfit with a flak jacket and a simple sleeveless red outfit underneath it.[13] During her pregnancy, she wore a long, loose fitting maternal dress with a simple blouse underneath and after giving birth she was seen in a simple kimono. As a genin, she wore a similar outfit to the one she wears currently with the signature thorn pattern on it with a simple sash around her waist.[4] These thorns were pink in colour when she was a child, and red when she got older.[14]

Abilities Edit

Genjutsu Edit

Kurenai Genjutsu Technique

Kurenai using the Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death on Itachi.

The full extent of Kurenai's abilities are predominantly unknown. But, her skill with genjutsu is so vast that it is said to rival even those of Itachi Uchiha.[2] Most of her techniques focus around flora; primarily using large trees to bind opponents as well as flower petals for various reasons. She is also able to simultaneously affect multiple opponents with her techniques, as seen during her fight with Kisame Hoshigaki and Itachi Uchiha. Itachi, a genjutsu master himself, has also praised her skills.[15] Furthermore, she could revert the effects of genjutsu to the caster.

Other Skills Edit

In the anime, it was shown that she is even able to enter the subconsciousness of a person to see their true nature. She was also seen using her hair to cover her entire body, allowing her to freely travel through objects by seemingly merging with them. She also seems to be very proficient at using fūinjutsu as seen when she used the Evil Sealing Method to seal Yakumo's kekkei genkai.

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
First 3.5 4 5 4 2 4 2 4.5 29
Second 4 4 5 4 2 4 2 4.5 29.5
Third 4 4 5 4 2 4 2 4.5 29.5

Part I Edit

Chūnin Exam Arc Edit

Episode 47

Kurenai and the other jōnin stop Neji from attacking Hinata again.

During the Chūnin Exams, Kurenai watched her pupils from the sidelines. After Shino's battle, she commented on how it suddenly became cold in the room, in reference to his rather merciless defeat of Zaku Abumi. During Kiba's fight with Naruto, she thought to herself that Naruto couldn't possibly beat Kiba, only to be surprised again and again as Naruto took everything Kiba threw at him and finally defeated her student. She bore Naruto no ill will after this and even acknowledged him as a strong opponent. During Hinata's fight with her cousin, Neji Hyūga, she remembered the terrible relationship Hinata had with her father. She also noted the stark contrast between the current Hinata, who refused to give up, and the former Hinata, who would give up easily. When Neji was sent into a blind rage and tried to kill Hinata, Kurenai helped stop him along with Kakashi, Guy and Hayate.

During the one month after the preliminaries, she was seen along with Kiba training Shino in preparation for the final rounds. At the finals she sat next to Asuma and was surprised when Naruto successfully called upon the Nine-Tails' chakra to pull off a victory over Neji. She also doubted that Shikamaru had a strategy to win over Temari, and although the former decided to quit, the skills he had shown during the match made Kurenai think that Shikamaru may have the qualities of a chūnin after all.

Invasion of Konoha Arc Edit

After watching the final round matches a month later, Kurenai repelled the genjutsu that fell over the stadium and assisted with the village's defence against invading Suna and Oto ninja during the invasion of Konoha. She later attended the Third Hokage's funeral.

Search for Tsunade Arc Edit

Kurenai and Asuma stop Akatsuki

Kurenai and Asuma confront Kisame and Itachi.

Soon after Konoha proved successful in defending the village, Kurenai and Asuma discovered that the Akatsuki members, Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki, had infiltrated the village. The two pairs engaged each other in battle, and Kurenai was able to trap both men in her Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death technique. As she was about to land the deadly blow on Itachi from above, however, the Uchiha turned her genjutsu against her. Biting her lip, Kurenai was able to cancel the genjutsu in time to deflect Itachi's physical attack. As the battle takes to the water, Kisame's Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet Technique is countered by one of Kakashi's own. When Kakashi attempted a covert attack on Itachi, Kurenai prepared to ambush him from behind but is stopped by Kakashi who forced Kurenai down to avoid the explosion.

Later when Itachi activated his Mangekyō Sharingan, Kurenai and Asuma kept their eyes shut on Kakashi's directives but the latter is affected by Itachi's Tsukuyomi. When Itachi later instructed Kisame to kill them because they knew too much about their organisation, Might Guy arrived and intercepted Kisame's attack. She is later tasked with taking Kakashi to the hospital while their opponents, not wanting to start a war, fled.

Kurenai can later be seen attending Tsunade's inauguration ceremony as the new Hokage, alongside several other villagers.[16]

Mizuki Strikes Back Arc Edit

In the anime, Asuma and Kurenai were dispatched by Fifth Hokage Tsunade to bring the criminal chūnin Mizuki in for questioning, regarding his suspected involvement with Orochimaru. The pair arrived at the Leaf Village Maximum Security Prison, only to be greeted by a swarm of released inmates, including the Legendary Stupid Brothers Fūjin and Raijin. Outnumbered, the two were beaten into unconsciousness, and were quickly rushed to the Leaf Village hospital for medical treatment.

Kurama Clan Arc Edit

Yakumo resurfaced several years after Kurenai had sealed away her kekkei genkai, which ultimately proved unsuccessful. After Yakumo created the illusion of the Academy being struck by lightning (something everyone believed to have actually happened), Kurenai took a temporary leave from Team 8 so that she could deal with the problem. Naruto confronted her about her involvement with Yakumo, but she simply used a genjutsu on him to keep him occupied.

Bean String

Kurenai seemingly trapped in an enemy's genjutsu.

As she approached Yakumo's cabin, Kurenai appeared to be trapped in a rebel's genjutsu. In actuality, she had attacked her attacker in a genjutsu. She discovered that these attackers were in fact Kurama clan members, who were intent on kidnapping Yakumo. From this point, she and the opposing ninja basically fought with nothing but pure genjutsu technique, such as the Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death and the String Bean Binding Illusion. Kurenai ended up successful until the final encounter, where she was caught and couldn't escape from his genjutsu, and so she took a kunai and stabbed herself in the shoulder to break out and used Genjutsu: Flower Petal Escape to trap him in her own genjutsu. But he saw the blood from her wound and managed to hit her with a shuriken.

Kurenai hair 2

Kurenai enters the Kurama mansion.

Kurenai was saved by the arrival of her team, along with Naruto, Sakura, and Might Guy. Later, when explaining to Team 8 the reasons for her departure, she claimed that the village "doesn't need any genjutsu masters other than herself". This was her supposed reason for sealing Yakumo's abilities, but Shino recognised that she was lying. Yakumo, on the other hand, believed Kurenai did so in order to eventually wipe out the Kurama clan. She trapped her former sensei, Naruto, Sakura, and Team 8 in a genjutsu-created replica of the village which appeared to have been ravaged by war. Unkai was also in the illusion. Unkai, concerned by the powers Yakumo had, and her continually degrading mental state as a result of being unable to control them, freed Naruto from the illusion so that he could kill Yakumo. Everyone else was freed as well, except for Kurenai. Yakumo kept her trapped in the illusion in the hopes of getting revenge and answers about her past.

Naruto and the others headed back to the mountain villa and Naruto re-entered Yakumo's genjutsu world to help Kurenai. Yakumo learned that a monster named Ido that lived within her subconscious mind was the one who killed her parents. With Kurenai's help, she overcame the monster in her heart and freed Kurenai from her genjutsu. With her final mission from the Third Hokage completed, Kurenai reassigned herself as the jōnin leader of Team 8.

Part II Edit

Hidan and Kakuzu Arc Edit

At the hospital, before Asuma could speak with Kakashi, Kurenai arrived and the two had to leave, telling Kakashi that they would have to talk later. Later, as Asuma and his team from the Nijū Shōtai mobilised, he lingered staring at an apartment window before mobilising. Inside, it's revealed that it was Kurenai's apartment. She senses something, but when she turned to look out the window, Asuma and his team were already gone. Returning to watering the flowers that were given to her by Asuma, one of the petals falls off its stem, and she has a feeling of foreboding.

When Shikamaru returned from the mission, he was the one to break the grim news of Asuma. Kurenai stared on in shock and then collapsed to her knees devastated. During Asuma's funeral, Kurenai laid flowers on his grave. After Team Asuma avenged their sensei's death, Shikamaru found her at Asuma's grave in the cemetery. Kurenai asked him if he'd be lonely now that his shōgi partner was gone. Shikamaru stated Asuma taught him both important and stupid stuff, and that he had always brushed off responsibility and whined when he was young, because Asuma was there to protect him. Shikamaru noted that Asuma was the coolest adult he knew, and he told Kurenai, when she had her baby, it would be his turn to become a cool adult too, and protect that child.

Invasion of Pain Arc Edit

To help Naruto cope with Jiraiya's death, Shikamaru took him to the hospital where Kurenai was just leaving and explained her pregnancy to Naruto (because Naruto believed she had gotten fat). Kurenai insisted to Shikamaru that he did not need to check on her every time she went to the hospital, but Shikamaru said he couldn't help it as Asuma told him to watch over her and the child.

Shikamaru Protects Kurenai

Shikamaru protects Kurenai.

In the anime, during Pain's invasion of Konoha, as Kurenai wondered what was happening, Shikamaru then came to ensure her safety. One of Pain's summon, a Giant Centipede, appeared. Shikamaru told her to move back while he took care of the summon, killing it with his shadow. He then told her of how he couldn't face Asuma if something happened to her and the baby and advised her to go to the evacuation centre through the underground passage. She was then seen going to the evacuation centre falling in line with many other people.

Adventures at Sea Arc Edit

Main article: Adventures at Sea Arc

Shinobi World War Arc Edit

As Shikamaru remembers the "king" Asuma entrusted him with, he thought of Kurenai and his sensei's newborn child.

Movies Edit

Naruto: Shippūden the Movie Edit

Kurenai made a small cameo before Team 7 was being called up, Team 8, except Shino, were seen running through the streets.

Naruto 5: Blood Prison Edit

During Naruto's flashback to the members of the village when he was gathering natural energy to enter Sage Mode, Kurenai can been seen amongst the villagers.

Video Games Edit

Kurenai Yūhi is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 17 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 3 27 November 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special 2 December 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2 24 April 2008 15 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 28 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 10 December 2009 11 May 2010
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 21 October 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008

Trivia Edit

  • "Kurenai" means "crimson", and "Yūhi" means "evening sun".
  • Kurenai's red lipstick is, in a way, a pun on her own name. The kanji for "Kurenai" can also be read as "beni", which is a word used for red make-up used traditionally in Japan to colour the lips red.
  • In her first appearance her dress is red with white sleeves but every time she is seen after that it's the opposite.
  • In later episodes of Part II, she is usually seen with a ring on her left ring finger. It is unclear if this is a wedding ring, an engagement ring, or something else. The ring was first seen while Kurenai was worried about Asuma during his battle with Hidan. After Kurenai is revealed to be pregnant, she is always seen wearing the ring. The ring first appears in the manga after the reveal of her pregnancy.
  • During a question and answer session held at Tokyo's Jump Fest '09, Masashi Kishimoto stated that he was thinking of making Kurenai and Asuma's child a girl.
  • Although her eyes are very distinct, they are not a dōjutsu.
  • Kurenai is the only one of the four principal sensei (Asuma, Kakashi, Guy, and herself) who doesn't regularly wear a flak jacket; the only two times she is seen wearing one was in a flashback with Hiashi Hyūga and in a scene with her and Asuma. She can also be seen wearing it in Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 and Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Her hobby is having evening drinks.
    • She wants to fight Asuma (first databook) and later she doesn't want to fight anyone (third databook).
    • Kurenai's favourite foods are shōchū (strong o-sake), vodka and takowasa (octopus and wasabi), her least favourite food is cake.
    • Kurenai's favourite phrase is "Glory like a violet blooming a single day" (菫花一日の栄, Kinka Ichijutsu no Ei).
    • Kurenai has completed 697 official missions in total: 152 D-rank, 158 C-rank, 235 B-rank, 138 A-rank, 14 S-rank.

Quotes Edit

  • (To Hiashi) "I will be watching over Hinata from now on… but are you sure it's all right? Hinata is a member of the Hyūga main family… working as genin may cause her to be surrounded by death."[13]
  • (About Hinata) "Hinata… You used to be a quitter… But you began to try and change yourself. I know better than anyone, the tough training you put yourself through. But you'd always fail on missions, you were weak when it mattered most and quickly lost confidence. But today you're different… That child… I have never… seen her with eyes like that…"[17]
  • (About Hinata) "Hinata, that's enough… You may have lost but you have changed… Good job…"[18]
  • (To Shikamaru) "You lost your shōgi partner… you were Asuma's favourite. You must miss him too."[19]

References Edit

  1. First Databook, page 132
  2. 2.0 2.1 Second Databook, page 163
  3. Third Databook, pages 180-181
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 599, pages 2-3, 11
  5. Naruto chapter 43, page 4
  6. Naruto chapter 503, page 7
  7. Naruto episode 203
  8. Naruto episode 205
  9. Naruto: Shippūden episode 360
  10. Naruto chapter 77, pages 16-17
  11. Naruto chapter 140, page 15
  12. Naruto chapter 330, pages 9-10
  13. 13.0 13.1 Naruto chapter 78, page 10
  14. Naruto chapter 604, pages 3-4
  15. Naruto chapter 144, page 13
  16. Naruto episode 100
  17. Naruto chapter 80, pages 8-9
  18. Naruto chapter 80, page 11
  19. Naruto chapter 342, page 11

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