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{{translation|'''Kushina Uzumaki'''|うずまきクシナ|Uzumaki Kushina}} was a [[Konohagakure]] kunoichi who originated from [[Uzushiogakure]]'s [[Uzumaki clan]] and the second [[jinchūriki]] of [[Kurama]], the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 2</ref>
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{{translation|'''Kushina Uzumaki'''|うずまきクシナ|Uzumaki Kushina}} was a [[Konohagakure]] kunoichi, who originated from [[Uzushiogakure]]'s [[Uzumaki clan]], and the second [[jinchūriki]] of [[Kurama]], the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 2</ref> She was the mother of [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and wife of [[Minato Namikaze]], the Fourth Hokage.
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
Born into the famed [[Uzumaki clan]] of [[Uzushiogakure]], Kushina lived most of her youth being caught-up in war, making her seek for a daily "peace". At a young age she was sent to Konoha and enrolled in the [[Academy]].
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Born into the famed [[Uzumaki clan]] of [[Uzushiogakure]], Kushina lived most of her youth being caught-up in war, making her seek for a daily "peace". At a young age she was sent to Konoha and enrolled in the [[Academy]].<ref>Naruto chapter 500, page 2</ref>
   
 
Wanting to make a strong first impression, she proclaimed to her class that she would be the first female [[Hokage]]. The other kids laughed at her statement, and began calling her {{translation|'''Tomato'''|トマト}} because of her then-round face and fiery red hair. This prompted her to lash out and pummel the kids who teased her. This, in addition to her red hair flying wildly around her as she did so, earned her the nickname of {{translation|'''Red Hot-Blooded [[Wikipedia:Habanero|Habanero]]'''|赤い血潮のハバネロ|Akai Chishio no Habanero|viz=Red-Hot Habanero}}.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, pages 11-12</ref>
 
Wanting to make a strong first impression, she proclaimed to her class that she would be the first female [[Hokage]]. The other kids laughed at her statement, and began calling her {{translation|'''Tomato'''|トマト}} because of her then-round face and fiery red hair. This prompted her to lash out and pummel the kids who teased her. This, in addition to her red hair flying wildly around her as she did so, earned her the nickname of {{translation|'''Red Hot-Blooded [[Wikipedia:Habanero|Habanero]]'''|赤い血潮のハバネロ|Akai Chishio no Habanero|viz=Red-Hot Habanero}}.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, pages 11-12</ref>
   
 
[[File:Mito and Kushina.png|left|thumb|Mito comforting Kushina.]]
 
[[File:Mito and Kushina.png|left|thumb|Mito comforting Kushina.]]
Kushina was eventually told why she had to leave her home of Uzushio and go to Konoha; because of her special chakra, she was to be the next [[jinchūriki]] of the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]]. Kushina was terrified by the idea, but she was comforted by the Nine-Tails' then-current jinchūriki, [[Mito Uzumaki]]. Before the transfer was performed, Mito told Kushina that love was the only way to tame the Nine-Tails and overcome its hate. The love of Minato helped her do so.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, pages 5-6</ref>
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Kushina was eventually told why she had to leave her home of Uzushio and go to Konoha; because of her special chakra, she was to be the next [[jinchūriki]] of the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]].<ref>Naruto chapter 500, page 5</ref> Kushina was terrified by the idea, but she was comforted by the Nine-Tails' then-current jinchūriki, [[Mito Uzumaki]]. Before the transfer was performed, Mito adviced Kushina that love was the only way to tame the Nine-Tails and overcome its hate.<ref>Naruto chapter 500, page 6</ref>
   
 
{{ImgRight|Minato saves Kushina.png|Minato rescuing Kushina.}}
 
{{ImgRight|Minato saves Kushina.png|Minato rescuing Kushina.}}
At some point in time, Kushina was kidnapped by [[Kumogakure]] ninja who wanted to make use of her special chakra in order to gain control of the Nine-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 542, page 12</ref> As they escorted her to Kumo, she secretly plucked and left behind strands of her red hair to mark her trail in the hopes that someone would find her. [[Minato Namikaze]], one of her former classmates that Kushina believed to be a wimp, was the only one to pick up on this. After rescuing her, he informed her that he had always admired her red hair. Since Minato proved himself to be anything but a "wimp" and liked the one thing she hated about herself, Kushina fell in love with him, now considering her red hair as the {{translation|"red thread of fate"|運命の赤い糸|unmei no akai ito}} that had brought them together.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, pages 14-16</ref>
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At some point in time, Kushina, now a [[genin]], was kidnapped by [[Kumogakure]] who wanted to make use of her special chakra in order to gain control of the Nine-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 542, page 12</ref> As they escorted her to Kumo, she secretly plucked and left behind strands of her red hair to mark her trail in the hopes that someone would find her. [[Minato Namikaze]], one of her former classmates that Kushina believed to be a wimp, was the only one to pick up on this. After rescuing her, he informed her that he had always admired her red hair. Since Minato proved himself to be anything but a "wimp", accepted her, and liked the one thing she hated about herself, Kushina fell in love with him, now considering her red hair as the {{translation|"red thread of fate"|運命の赤い糸|unmei no akai ito}} that had brought them together.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, pages 14-16</ref> Ultimately, Minato's reciprocated feelings helped her with overcoming the Nine-Tails.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, pages 5-6</ref>
   
As she grew up, Kushina became renowned for her beauty and unique ninjutsu style, including the [[fūinjutsu]] of her clan.<ref name="ch367">''Naruto'' chapter 367, page 12</ref> At some point, Kushina married Minato and they conceived a son. During her ten-month jinchūriki-influenced pregnancy, they decided to name him "''Naruto''" after the main character of [[Jiraiya]]'s [[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi|first book]]. When Jiraiya asked if they were sure, stating that it was a name he had just came up with whilst eating a bowl of ramen one day, Kushina said that it was a beautiful name. They even approved of Jiraiya to be Naruto's godfather.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 382, pages 10-11</ref> Kushina also hoped that her son and her best friend [[Mikoto Uchiha]]'s youngest son [[Sasuke]] would become friends in the future.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 11</ref>
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As she grew up, Kushina became renowned for her beauty and unique ninjutsu style,<ref name="ch367">''Naruto'' chapter 367, page 12</ref> including the [[fūinjutsu]] of her clan.<ref name="c500p3">''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 3</ref> At some point, Kushina married Minato. She was later present to witness her husband's reign as Fourth Hokage begin, being very exciting for him when first learning of it.<ref name="ship349">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 349</ref> During her ten-month jinchūriki-influenced pregnancy, she was secretly kept guarded by Minato's top student in [[Kakashi Hatake]] under Minato's order.<ref name="NS350">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 350</ref> Midway through the pregnancy, the expecting-parents decided to name their child "[[Naruto]]" after the main character of [[Jiraiya]]'s [[The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi|first book]]. When Jiraiya asked if they were sure, stating that it was a name he had just came up with whilst eating a bowl of ramen one day, Kushina said that it was a beautiful name. They even approved of Jiraiya to be Naruto's godfather.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 382, pages 10-11</ref> Kushina also hoped that her son and her best friend [[Mikoto Uchiha]]'s youngest son [[Sasuke]] would become friends in the future.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 11</ref>
   
 
[[File:Kurama sealed within Kushina.png|left|thumb|The Nine-Tails sealed within Kushina.]]
 
[[File:Kurama sealed within Kushina.png|left|thumb|The Nine-Tails sealed within Kushina.]]
Because the seal keeping the Nine-Tails within Kushina's body would be at its weakest during childbirth, special arrangements were made. Kushina would leave the village in secret and give birth in a remote location. Minato would help maintain the seal and [[ANBU]] would guard the area. Soon after Naruto was born, however, they were found by a [[masked man]]. The masked man killed all of the ANBU, [[Biwako]], [[Taji]], and took the newborn baby Naruto hostage, threatening to kill him as well. Minato was able to take Naruto back, but this gave the masked ninja the chance to escape with Kushina. Wishing to use the Nine-Tails to destroy Konoha, the masked man [[Tailed Beast Extraction Technique|released]] it from Kushina's body. The vitality inherent to the Uzumaki clan allowed her to survive the extraction, though greatly weakened by experience, the masked ninja tried to have the Nine-Tails finish Kushina off. She was saved by Minato and brought to Naruto, who she stayed with while Minato went to help in the village's defence.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 500-501</ref>
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Because the seal keeping the Nine-Tails within Kushina's body would be at its weakest during childbirth, special arrangements were made. Kushina would leave the village in secret and give birth in a remote location. Minato would help maintain the seal and [[Anbu]] would guard the area. Soon after Naruto was born, however, they were found by a [[masked man]]. The masked man killed all of the Anbu, [[Biwako]], [[Taji]], and took the newborn baby Naruto hostage, threatening to kill him as well. Minato was able to take Naruto back, but this gave the masked ninja the chance to escape with Kushina. Wishing to use the Nine-Tails to destroy Konoha, the masked man [[Tail Releasing Method|released]] it from Kushina's body. The vitality inherent to the Uzumaki clan allowed her to survive the extraction, though greatly weakened by experience, the masked ninja tried to have the Nine-Tails finish Kushina off. She was saved by Minato and brought to Naruto, who she stayed with while Minato went to help in the village's defence.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 500-501</ref>
   
To stop the Nine-Tails' attack, Minato was forced to bring it to Kushina and Naruto's location, and both of them to its. While still weakened, Kushina used her diminished chakra to restrain the Nine-Tails. Despite knowing the trauma would kill her in her current state, Kushina volunteered to have the Nine-Tails sealed back into her body so that it would die with her. Doing so would also save the lives of Minato and Naruto; her thanks to them for giving her such a happy life. Minato suggested using the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] on the Nine-Tails and sealing the rest of it into Naruto instead.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503</ref>
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To stop the Nine-Tails' attack, Minato was forced to bring it to Kushina and Naruto's location, and both of them to its. While still weakened, Kushina used her diminished chakra to restrain the Nine-Tails. Despite fearing the trauma would kill her in her current state, Kushina volunteered to have the Nine-Tails sealed back into her body so that it would die with her. Willing to sacrifice herself for Minato and Naruto; her thanks to them for giving her such a happy life. Minato suggested using the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] on the Nine-Tails and sealing it into Naruto instead.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503</ref>
   
 
[[File:Minato and Kushina protect Naruto.png|thumb|Minato and Kushina protecting Naruto from the Nine-Tails.]]
 
[[File:Minato and Kushina protect Naruto.png|thumb|Minato and Kushina protecting Naruto from the Nine-Tails.]]
As this would also mean Minato's death, and consequently give Naruto a horrible and lonely life, Kushina naturally objected. Minato convinced her that it was for the best, and that doing this would also allow Kushina to see Naruto when he was older. When the Nine-Tails realised their intentions, it tried to kill Naruto, but both Minato and Kushina used their bodies to shield him. As Minato performed the sealing, and already at the point of death, Kushina told Naruto how much she loved him and gave him her best advice for the future; her final act in this world was to fill her son with as much of her love as possible. Minato then sealed the rest of their remaining chakra into Naruto, ending their lives.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504</ref>
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As this would also mean Minato's death, and consequently give Naruto a horrible and lonely life, Kushina naturally objected. Minato convinced her that it was for the best, and that doing this would also allow Kushina to see Naruto when he was older. After Minato sealed the Yin half of the Nine-Tails' chakra inside himself, the demon shrunk significantly, losing the chains. Realising the Hokage's intentions, the weakened Nine-Tails tried to kill Naruto, but both Minato and Kushina used their bodies to shield him. As Minato performed the sealing, and already at the point of death, Kushina told Naruto how much she loved him and gave him her best advice for the future; her final act in this world was to fill her son with as much of her love as possible. Minato then sealed the rest of their remaining chakra into Naruto.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504</ref> In the anime, before dying, the Third Hokage appeared. Kushina told Hiruzen the child's name and begged the elder to protect Naruto, dying shortly afterwards.<ref name="NS350" />
 
Her family name was then given to Naruto by the [[Third Hokage]], in hopes that nobody else would discover the connection between Naruto and Minato.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, page 5</ref>
 
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
[[File:Kushina attacks Naruto.png|thumb|left|Kushina hits Naruto.]]
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[[File:Kushina attacks Naruto.png|thumb|left|Annoyed at Naruto's attitude towards her, Kushina hits him.]]
According to Jiraiya, Kushina was talkative and a [[Wikipedia:Tomboy|tomboyish]] girl. Tsunade noted that much of Naruto's personality, as well as his [[ninjutsu]] style were inherited from her.<ref name="ch367"/> Kushina also had a [[Wikipedia:Tic|verbal tic]]: when flustered or excited, she would end her sentences with {{translation|"(da)ttebane"|(だ)ってばね}}, a trait she hoped (albeit unsuccessfully) that she wouldn't pass down to Naruto (who ends his with ''[[Dattebayo and Believe It|"(da)ttebayo"]]'').<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, pages 2-3</ref> As an adult, Kushina was shown to be very level-headed and cheerful. Despite her calm and kind demeanour, she still retained her quick temper from childhood and occasionally lashed out violently at others if they angered her. She also was very fearless, as her friend Mikoto was slightly surprised when Kushina showed anxiety over labour pains. She loved her husband and newborn son very deeply and was not afraid to sacrifice her life to stop the Nine-Tails even throwing herself between the beast and her son when it tried to attack him.
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In her childhood Kushina was a headstrong, impulsive, eccentric, and stubborn girl. According to Jiraiya, Kushina was talkative and a [[Wikipedia:Tomboy|tomboyish]] girl. Tsunade noted that much of Naruto's personality, as well as his [[ninjutsu]] style were inherited from her.<ref name="ch367" /> Kushina also had a [[Wikipedia:Tic|verbal tic]]: when flustered or excited, she would end her sentences with {{translation|"(da)ttebane"|(だ)ってばね|engtv=you know}}, a trait she hoped wouldn't be passed down to Naruto (who also uses "you know", or ''[[Dattebayo and Believe It|"(da)ttebayo"]] ''(だ)ってばよ))<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, pages 2-3</ref> and [[Boruto Uzumaki|her grandson]] (who uses "dattebasa" (だってばさ)).<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 700</ref> As an adult, Kushina was shown to be very level-headed and cheerful with a noticeable sassy side to her. Despite her calm and kind nature, she still retained her quick temper from childhood and occasionally lashed out violently at others if they angered her. She also was very fearless, as her friend Mikoto was slightly surprised when Kushina showed anxiety over labour pains. She was also proned to worrying about her husband and the well being of their unborn son and how he would behave, foreshadowing a lot of Naruto's actual personality traits.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 664</ref> In the anime, possibly derived from her over-excited personality, Kushina is shown to be a selective hearer.
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She loved her husband and newborn son very deeply and was not afraid to sacrifice her life to stop the Nine-Tails even throwing herself between the beast and her son when it tried to attack him.
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She also cared very deeply about Minato's students, thinking that [[Rin Nohara]] was adorable and would often hug and kiss her on the forehead, and having friendly fights with [[Obito Uchiha]] who, according to Minato, was her favourite.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
 
[[File:Kushina kozo.png|thumb|Kushina as a child.]]
 
[[File:Kushina kozo.png|thumb|Kushina as a child.]]
[[Tsunade]] pointed out that Kushina was a woman well-known for her beauty.<ref name="ch367"/> She had a slender, but feminine build, fair skin, blue eyes, long bright red hair — a common trait amongst the members of the Uzumaki clan — with strands that framed both sides of her face and a black clip that parts her hair to the left. As an adult, she generally wore the same outfit consisting of a high-collared, sleeveless blouse under a long, loose-fitting dress. The blouses have been depicted in slate blue as well as white/blue while the dresses have ranged from tan to green. She also wore a dark blue band on her left wrist and pale purple standard shinobi sandals. In her childhood, she had a round face which, with her red hair, made her look like a tomato. Her attire was a yellow kimono with a short-sleeved mesh shirt with a green obi dark blue shorts and brown standard shinobi sandals. In her adolescence, she wore a short-sleeved, tan kimono-like blouse with a dark embroidered border, held closed with a black coloured [[Wikipedia:Obi (sash)|obi]], a dark skirt and stockings that stopped at her thighs along with the village's [[forehead protector]] and brown sandals.
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[[Tsunade]] pointed out that Kushina was a woman well-known for her beauty.<ref name="ch367" /> She had a slender, but feminine build, fair skin, violet eyes, fiery red hair — a common trait among the members of the Uzumaki clan — with strands that framed both sides of her face and a black clip that parts her hair to the left, keeping it out of her eyes. She generally wore the same outfit consisting of a high-collared, sleeveless blouse under a long, loose-fitting dress. The blouses have been depicted in slate blue as well as white while the dresses have ranged from tan to green. She also wore a wristband that ranged from black to dark blue on her left wrist and shinobi sandals that have ranged from black to lavender.
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In her childhood, she had a round face, which, with her red hair naturally framing both sides of her face, made her look like a tomato. Her attire was a sleeveless kimono-style blouse that was yellow in colour and held closed with a green obi over a short-sleeved mesh shirt with a pair of dark blue shorts and brown shinobi sandals. In her adolescence, she wore a short-sleeved, tan kimono-like blouse with a dark embroidered border, held closed with a black [[Wikipedia:Obi (sash)|obi]], a dark skirt and stockings that stopped at her thighs along with the village's forehead protector and brown sandals.
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[[File:Kunoichi Kushina.png|thumb|left|Kushina as a kunoichi.]]
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While on duty, she wore a blue [[forehead protector]] with her hair tied up in a high ponytail and strands framing the sides of her face. Her attire consisted of a standard Konoha [[flack jacket]] over a black short-sleeved shirt and black form-fitting pants that reached her calves.<ref name="ship349" />
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
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[[File:Red Hot-Blooded Habanero.png|thumb|Kushina's reputation as the "Red Hot-Blooded Habanero."]]
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While by her own admission that she was never originally any good at using ninjutsu,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, page 12</ref> Kushina apparently became famous for her strong-willed spirit, and unique style of ninjutsu,<ref name="ch367" /> ultimately becoming a high-ranking kunoichi. Since childhood, she showed deceptive strength and fierce barehanded fighting skills, able to swing around and pummel several kids "half to death" for teasing her. Ultimately, she earned the nickname {{translation|'''Red Hot-Blooded Habanero'''|赤い血潮のハバネロ|Akai Chishio no Habanero|viz=Red-Hot Habanero}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, pages 11-12</ref> for her might.<ref name="nicknames" /> As a former jinchūriki of Kurama in its entirety, while never having gained control of its power, Kushina was blessed with extraordinary reserves of equally strong chakra even for [[Uzushiogakure]] standards.<ref>Naruto chapter 500, page 4</ref>
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=== Ninjutsu ===
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Kushina had great skill and knowledge of advanced [[fūinjutsu]] and [[barrier ninjutsu]], many of which she would later teach to Minato.<ref name="c500p3" /> Kushina was also proficient in [[Wind]] and [[Water Release]], along with [[Yin Release]].<ref name="d4" />
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=== Life Force and Chakra Abilities ===
 
[[File:Chakra chainstitled.png|thumb|left|Kushina restraining the Nine-Tails with her chakra chains.]]
 
[[File:Chakra chainstitled.png|thumb|left|Kushina restraining the Nine-Tails with her chakra chains.]]
Though she stated that she was never originally any good in using ninjutsu, Kushina apparently became famous for her strong-willed spirit and her unique style of ninjutsu. In her childhood, she showed deceptive strength and also to be a fierce barehanded fighter, able to swing around and pummel several kids "half to death" for teasing her.<ref name="nicknames"/> Kushina also possessed an unusual and special form of chakra, which made her well-suited for becoming the Nine-Tails' jinchūriki. With her chakra, Kushina was able to materialise [[chakra chains]] with which she was able restrain and subdue the Nine-Tails, both in the real world as well as in her subconscious.<ref name="chains">''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 13-14</ref> She could also form a [[Chakra Chains Barrier|barrier]] in conjunction with these chains.<ref name="chains"/>
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As a member of the Uzumaki clan, Kushina was blessed with an especially strong life-force, granting her tremendous stamina and vitality plus an extremely long potential lifespan.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, page 12</ref> Ultimately, she survived the extraction of a tailed beast minutes after giving birth to Naruto, and still provided aid to Minato in the battlefield despite being heavily exhausted.<ref name="extraction">''Naruto'' chapter 501, page 11</ref> Likewise, while weakened, she did not die immediately from being impaled by the Nine-Tails' claw meant for her newborn son.
   
As a member of the Uzumaki clan, she was blessed with an exceptionally long potential lifespan and a life-force so strong that she survived the extraction of a tailed beast minutes after giving birth, though she was left severely weakened.<ref name="extraction">''Naruto'' chapter 501, page 11</ref> She also had great skill and knowledge of advanced [[fūinjutsu]], some of which she would later teach to Minato.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 3</ref>
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Even for an Uzumaki, Kushina also possessed a powerful and special form of chakra, which made her well-suited for becoming the Nine-Tails' jinchūriki. With her chakra, Kushina was able to materialise [[Adamantine Sealing Chains]], which were strong enough to restrain and subdue the Nine-Tails, both in the real world as well as in her subconscious.<ref name="chains">''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 13-14</ref> She could also form a barrier in conjunction with these chains keeping all from entering.<ref name="chains" />
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown ===
 
[[File:Naruto and Kushina meet.png|thumb|Naruto meets Kushina.]]
 
[[File:Naruto and Kushina meet.png|thumb|Naruto meets Kushina.]]
Sixteen years after having the Nine-Tails sealed into his body, Naruto finally tried to gain control of the beast. When he was almost overwhelmed by the Nine-Tails' hatred, Kushina appeared before him. Naruto initially believed that she was the Nine-Tails in disguise, so she hits him in the head. She then apologised for her short-temper, telling Naruto that she hoped that wasn't a trait he inherited from her. Picking up on this and realising Kushina was his mother, Naruto started to cry and embraced her. His happiness halted the Nine-Tails' spreading influence and Kushina used her chakra chains to restrain the Nine-Tails and give them a chance to talk. As the chains emerged the Nine-Tails was surprised after recognising her chakra.
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During his training with [[Killer B]] at the [[Tailed Beast Temple]] to learn to control his tailed beast, Naruto was almost overwhelmed by the Nine-Tails' hatred, and began to undergo [[Version 2]] transformation. Just as the hatred almost consumed him, he heard a small, clear voice speaking to him as Kushina appeared before him. Naruto initially believed that she was the Nine-Tails in disguise, and as he chided the "''beast''" for taking such a form, she hits him in the head. She then apologised for her short-temper, and the use of the word {{translation|"(da)ttebane"|(だ)ってばね}} telling Naruto that she hoped that wasn't a trait he had inherited from her. Picking up on this and realising Kushina was his mother, Naruto started to cry and embraced her. His happiness halted the Nine-Tails' spreading influence and Kushina used her [[Adamantine Sealing Chains]] to restrain the Nine-Tails in order to give them a chance to talk. As the chains emerged the Nine-Tails was surprised after recognising her chakra.
   
As they speak, Naruto compliments Kushina on her looks and expressed envy for the fact that he had not inherited her hair-colour as well. Kushina was glad to hear this, as it meant Naruto took after Minato by admiring her hair. Though embarrassed when asked on the subject, Kushina told Naruto how she met Minato and how they fell in love. She told Naruto that she loved him too, which gave him the resolve to try and tame the Nine-Tails again. Kushina used her chakra chains to help him and Naruto ultimately succeeded. She congratulated him and said that she could now join Minato, making Naruto somewhat visibly saddened that she had to go.
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With the opportunity to speak more freely now, Kushina noted that her son had inherited her features and verbal tick, but thankfully got his father's hair colour, as well as eyes. Dismissing this, Naruto noted that she was beautiful and had he gotten her hair colour as well, he would have been really handsome. Her smiles of joy soon turned to ones of embarrassment, however, when asked how she and Minato fell in love. Nevertheless, Kushina told Naruto the story of how she had come to Konoha as a child and was almost kidnapped by Kumo-nin, but subsequently rescued by his father. Afterwards, she told Naruto the words that she reserved for people who complimented her hair, and with the words of love resonating throughout him, Naruto was able to break free of the beast's hatred. Kushina later watched on and helped Naruto extract and separate the Nine-Tails' chakra from its body noting that her son was a powerful fighter.
   
 
[[File:Kushina thanks Naruto.png|thumb|left|Kushina thanks her son before fading into the afterlife.]]
 
[[File:Kushina thanks Naruto.png|thumb|left|Kushina thanks her son before fading into the afterlife.]]
With her remaining time she told him about the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]] and how the beast came to be sealed within him. After her story was done she apologised for placing such a burden on him. Naruto replied that it didn't matter, for even though she and Minato weren't there to show their child love, he knew that they had loved him long before the Nine-Tails was sealed into him; thus, he didn't blame her and Minato for anything and was happy to be their son. Overjoyed, Kushina tearfully hugged Naruto, and thanked him for letting her and Minato be his parents, before she completely faded away to be with Minato in the afterlife.
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With her remaining time, she told him about the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]] and how the beast came to be sealed within him. After her story was finished, she apologised for placing such a burden on him. Naruto replied that it didn't matter, for even though she and Minato weren't there to show their child love, he knew that they had loved him long before the Nine-Tails was sealed into him; thus, he didn't blame her and Minato for anything, and was happy to be their son. Overjoyed, Kushina tearfully hugged Naruto, and thanked him for letting her and Minato be his parents, before she completely faded away.
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== Legacy ==
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More than anything, Kushina wanted to protect her newborn son Naruto. This was why she first objected to Minato's decision to seal the Nine-Tails into him. She did not want to impose the hardships that jinchūriki had to endure during their lives, and moreover did not want to leave her son an orphan should Minato carry out his plan which would also cost him his life and as such, Kushina wanted to sacrifice her own life and reseal the beast into herself. Ultimately agreeing to Minato's plan which would also protect their village, Kushina imparted her final words to Naruto by which he should live. She would later play an integral role in Naruto's success in taking control of the Nine-Tails; a power which was later heavily relied on for the success of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]. Also, Kushina is quite similar to her son Naruto in personality, as observed by both Kurama and her husband Minato. This has become a source of pride and joy for Minato, giving him the heart to continue fighting with Naruto against his former student Obito.
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She and Minato would be late grandparents of Naruto and Hinata's children, [[Boruto]] and [[Himawari]].
   
 
== Movies ==
 
== Movies ==
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
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In the [[Genjutsu World|alternate timeline]] of this movie, Kushina is still alive, as is her husband Minato. Also, Minato and Kushina have a son named [[Menma (movie)|Menma]] who becomes the [[jinchūriki]] of Dark Kurama.
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In the [[Genjutsu World|alternate timeline]] of this movie, Kushina is still alive, along with her husband Minato. Minato and Kushina have a son named [[Menma]] who is the parallel version of Naruto and later becomes the [[jinchūriki]] of the black Nine-Tails. Unlike most the people Naruto and Sakura knew, Kushina's personality is essentially the same in this timeline; sweet and caring yet easily angered to violent outbursts. Also in this timeline, the Kushina and her husband were able to enjoy being parents, raising their son in a loving and stable lifestyle.
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Unbeknownst to the couple, Menma later disappears, replaced by Naruto and the Sakura of the normal timeline who arrived in this world. When Kushina and Minato returned to the village after completing a mission, it shocked Naruto by their living presence. As Kushina's took "Menma's" attitude as expecting them to die on mission, Kushina slugged Naruto for the lack of confidence.
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While Naruto decides to continue the act of being Menma to not raise problems, he refuses to get close to the parallel parents, viewing them as nothing but fakes. Kushina however refuses to let her son act so disrespectful, quickly intimidating Naruto into joining dinner. Later, during a mission to retrieve the Red Moon Scroll left by Jiraiya, Kushina without hesitation threw herself in the way to protect Naruto from an attack by the guarding [[Gamabunta]]. While annoyed at Naruto's reckless actions, she quickly showed how much she truly cared for her son's wellbeing with a tearful hug, finally making Naruto let the woman into his heart. The following night, Naruto celebrated Kushina's birthday with joy. Later, a masked man appeared with the desire to obtain the Red Moon Scroll. Showing his tremendous power, the masked man quickly defeated Kushina and several other Konoha-nin. When Sakura was kidnapped, Naruto voiced his desire to save her. Kushina and Minato however refused to let Naruto go after Sakura, fearing too much that he would die against the masked man. As Naruto realized the difference between this world and his true parents, that the couple here were more overprotective parents than trusting their child, Naruto made his true identity known before going after Sakura.
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Later, Kushina and Minato went to help Naruto, still viewing him as an ally. Ultimately, the masked man was defeated and revealed to be the real Menma corrupted by the black Nine-Tails' malice. As Memna was freed returned to normal, Kushina quickly rushed to check on her child. Naruto and Sakura said their goodbyes before they were returned to their own world as the technique that bound them to this world was broken.
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== OVA ==
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=== The Far Reaches of Hope ===
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In this OVA for ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution]]'', When Minato was later made a jōnin-sensei of his [[Team Minato|own time]], Kushina would regularly come to help support their training sessions, among other things making food for them. While openly affectionate with [[Rin Nohara]], Kushina took a special liking to [[Obito Uchiha]], who shared many of her personality traits and embodied the nature she hope her future children would have.<ref>''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution]]'', OVA cutscene</ref>
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In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]'', Kushina is playable as a strolling character in Chapter 4 of the story mode. Also, Kushina is an assist character to Naruto during his battle against the Nine-Tails.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
[[File:Kushina And Minato.PNG|thumb|right|Kushina's début with different hair and eye colour.]]
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* Kushina's name was possibly inspired by the mythological {{translation|Kushinada-hime|櫛名田比売}}, [[Wikipedia:Susanoo|Susanoo]]'s wife. When she was about to be devoured by the serpent [[Wikipedia:Yamata no Orochi|Yamata no Orochi]], Kushinada-hime was saved by Susanoo in exchange for becoming his wife. Susanoo transformed the girl into a comb and placed her in his hair, then defeated the serpent. He afterwards built a palace in Izumo where he married her.
* When first introduced in the anime, her eyes were depicted as violet-blue in colour and her hair was portrayed as a deep plum colour. This was corrected however, in subsequent episodes. However, in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations]]'', both her first and second appearances were shown in Naruto and Minato's stories respectively.
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* As Kushina was nicknamed after a red pepper, and Minato was famed as the "Yellow Flash", Naruto's appropriate self-styled title of "Orange Hokage" refers to the fact that the colour orange is a mixture of both red and yellow.
* Kushina was presumably a good cook, as Minato preferred her cooking the most.
 
* As Kushina was nicknamed for a red pepper and Minato was famed as the "Yellow Flash", Naruto's appropriate self-styled title of "Orange Hokage" refers to the fact that the colour orange is a mixture of red and yellow.
 
 
* On the cover of ''Naruto'' chapter [[Minato's Dead Demon Consuming Seal!!|503]], Kushina's hair resembles Kurama's tails.
 
* On the cover of ''Naruto'' chapter [[Minato's Dead Demon Consuming Seal!!|503]], Kushina's hair resembles Kurama's tails.
* She is the only known jinchūriki to have survived the extraction of a [[tailed beast]]. This was due to her [[Uzumaki Clan|clan]]'s vitality to which she inherited.<ref name="extraction"/><!-- Do NOT add Gaara. He died and Chiyo resurrected him -->
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* She is one of only four jinchūriki known to not die from [[tailed beast]] extraction, along with [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]], [[Obito Uchiha]], and her son [[Naruto Uzumaki]]. This was due to her [[Uzumaki Clan|clan]]'s vitality to which she inherited.<ref name="extraction" /><!-- Do NOT add Gaara. He died and Chiyo resurrected him -->
* Jiraiya's recollection of Kushina while she was pregnant appeared during the end credits of the movie ''[[Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower]]''.
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* Kushina mentions that her hair became her own ''"red thread of fate"''.<ref name="chapter498">''Naruto'' chapter 498, page 16</ref> The [[Wikipedia:Red string of fate|red string of fate]], also referred to as the 'red thread of destiny', 'red thread of fate', and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soul-mates or a twin flame.
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* In the ''Naruto'' character popularity polls, Kushina was ranked as the 21st most popular character in the 7th.
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[[File:Kushina And Minato.PNG|thumb|Kushina's début in the anime with different hair and eye colour.]]
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* When first introduced in the anime, her eyes were depicted as violet-blue in colour and her hair was portrayed as a deep plum colour. This was corrected however, in subsequent episodes. However, in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations]]'', both her first and second appearances were shown in Naruto and Minato's stories respectively.
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* In the manga, Kushina's hair is shown to fall down to her ankles, in the anime, however, it stops at her waist.
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* The shinobi outfit she wore in the anime is the same one her counterpart used in the [[Genjutsu World]].
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* Jiraiya's recollection of Kushina while she was pregnant appeared during the end credits of the movie'' [[Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower]]''.
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
** Kushina's hobbies were pulling pranks and chatting.
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** Kushina's hobbies were pulling pranks and chatting.
 
** Kushina's favourite food was [[Wikipedia:Instant noodles|salt ramen]], while she disliked [[Wikipedia:Coffee|coffee]] and anything bitter.
 
** Kushina's favourite food was [[Wikipedia:Instant noodles|salt ramen]], while she disliked [[Wikipedia:Coffee|coffee]] and anything bitter.
 
** Kushina didn't want to fight anyone in particular.
 
** Kushina didn't want to fight anyone in particular.
 
** Kushina's favourite phrase was {{translation|"Don't give up until the very end"|最後まで諦めない|Saigo made akiramenai}}.
 
** Kushina's favourite phrase was {{translation|"Don't give up until the very end"|最後まで諦めない|Saigo made akiramenai}}.
* Kushina mentions that her hair became her own ''"red thread of fate"''.<ref name="chapter498">''Naruto'' chapter 498, page 16</ref> The [[Wikipedia:Red string of fate|red string of fate]], also referred to as the 'red thread of destiny', 'red thread of fate', and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soul-mates or a twin flame.
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** Kushina was apparently a very good cook, as Minato preferred her cooking the most.
* In the ''Naruto'' character popularity polls, Kushina was ranked as the 21st most popular character in the 7th.
 
* Kushina's name was possibly inspired by the mythological {{translation|Kushinada-hime|櫛名田比売}}, [[Wikipedia:Susanoo|Susanoo]]'s wife. When she was about to be devoured by the serpent [[Wikipedia:Yamata no Orochi|Yamata no Orochi]], Kushinada-hime was saved by Susanoo in exchange for becoming his wife. Susanoo transformed the girl into a comb and placed her in his hair, then defeated the serpent. He afterwards built a palace in Izumo where he married her.
 
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
 
* (As a child, when asked what her dream for the future was) {{translation|"''I'm gonna be the first female Hokage!''"|「女性で初めての火影になってやる!」|"Josei de hajimete no Hokage ni natte yaru!"}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, page 11</ref>
 
* (As a child, when asked what her dream for the future was) {{translation|"''I'm gonna be the first female Hokage!''"|「女性で初めての火影になってやる!」|"Josei de hajimete no Hokage ni natte yaru!"}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, page 11</ref>
* (To [[Kurama]]) "''Neither of us have any sort of luck, do we? You keep the world at bay… but I keep '''you''' at bay."<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 8</ref>
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* (To [[Kurama]]) "''Neither of us have any sort of luck, do we? You keep the world at bay… but I keep '''you''' at bay."<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 8</ref>''
 
* (To [[Jiraiya]]) {{translation|"''Naruto, it's a beautiful name.''"|「ナルト、素敵な名前です」|"Naruto, suteki na namae desu"}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 382, page 10</ref>
 
* (To [[Jiraiya]]) {{translation|"''Naruto, it's a beautiful name.''"|「ナルト、素敵な名前です」|"Naruto, suteki na namae desu"}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 382, page 10</ref>
 
* (To [[Minato]]) "''Don't look so sad… Minato. I'm… I'm happy. Happy that you loved me. Happy that it's… our son's… birthday. Like… If I try to imagine surviving and the three of us… living together… I can't think of anything… beyond 'I'd be so happy.' If I had any regrets… It would be that I won't see Naruto grow up.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 15-16</ref>
 
* (To [[Minato]]) "''Don't look so sad… Minato. I'm… I'm happy. Happy that you loved me. Happy that it's… our son's… birthday. Like… If I try to imagine surviving and the three of us… living together… I can't think of anything… beyond 'I'd be so happy.' If I had any regrets… It would be that I won't see Naruto grow up.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 15-16</ref>
* (Final words to baby Naruto) "''Naruto… you're going to experience a lot of pain and suffering. Remember who you are! Find a goal… a dream… and don't stop trying until it comes true. There's… there's so much more that I want to say… to teach you… I want to stay with you… I love you.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, page 13</ref>
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* (Final words to baby [[Naruto]]) "''Naruto… you're going to experience a lot of pain and suffering. Remember who you are! Find a goal… a dream… and don't stop trying until it comes true. There's… there's so much more that I want to say… to teach you… I want to stay with you… I love you.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, page 13</ref>
* (To Naruto) {{translation|"''That time, I saw Minato as an amazingly splendid ninja. He made me believe he could fulfil my dreams, and above all, he changed me… This ordinary red hair I hated so much had brought me the person of my destiny… It became the 'red thread of fate'. Ever since, I liked my own hair and… most of all, I loved Minato.''"|「その時のミナトはとても立派な忍者に見えた、夢を叶える人だと思わせたくれた、そして何より彼は私を変えた…この大キライだったただの赤い髪は私の中で運命の人を連れてきてくれた…"運命の赤い糸"になってくれた。それ以来自分の髪を好きになった…そして何よりミナトを大好きになった」|Sono toki no Minato wa totemo rippana ninja ni mieta, yume o kanaeru hito dato omowasete kureta, soshite nani yori kare wa watashi o kaeta… Kono daikirai datta tada no akai kami wa watashi no naka de unmei no hito o tsurete kite kureta… "Unmei no akai ito" ni natte kureta. Sore irai jibun no kami o suki ni natta… soshite nani yori Minato o daisuki ni natta.}}<ref name="chapter498"/>
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* (To Naruto) {{translation|"''That time, I saw Minato as an amazingly splendid ninja. He made me believe he could fulfil my dreams, and above all, he changed me… This ordinary red hair I hated so much had brought me the person of my destiny… It became the 'red thread of fate'. Ever since, I liked my own hair and… most of all, I loved Minato.''"|「その時のミナトはとても立派な忍者に見えた、夢を叶える人だと思わせたくれた、そして何より彼は私を変えた…この大キライだったただの赤い髪は私の中で運命の人を連れてきてくれた…"運命の赤い糸"になってくれた。それ以来自分の髪を好きになった…そして何よりミナトを大好きになった」|Sono toki no Minato wa totemo rippana ninja ni mieta, yume o kanaeru hito dato omowasete kureta, soshite nani yori kare wa watashi o kaeta… Kono daikirai datta tada no akai kami wa watashi no naka de unmei no hito o tsurete kite kureta… "Unmei no akai ito" ni natte kureta. Sore irai jibun no kami o suki ni natta… soshite nani yori Minato o daisuki ni natta.}}<ref name="chapter498" />
 
* (To Naruto) {{translation|"''There are some important words I want to tell, ''only to the men'' who compliment my hair… Naruto…will you hear them? I '''love''' you''"|私の髪を褒めてくれた''男にだけ''私から贈る大切な言葉があるの…ナルト…受け取ってくれる? アナタを''愛してる''」|"Watashi no kami o homete kureta ''otoko ni dake'' watashi kara okuru taisetsuna kotoba ga aru no… Naruto… uketotte kureru? Anata o ''aishiteru''."}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, pages 16-17</ref>
 
* (To Naruto) {{translation|"''There are some important words I want to tell, ''only to the men'' who compliment my hair… Naruto…will you hear them? I '''love''' you''"|私の髪を褒めてくれた''男にだけ''私から贈る大切な言葉があるの…ナルト…受け取ってくれる? アナタを''愛してる''」|"Watashi no kami o homete kureta ''otoko ni dake'' watashi kara okuru taisetsuna kotoba ga aru no… Naruto… uketotte kureru? Anata o ''aishiteru''."}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 498, pages 16-17</ref>
 
* (To Naruto) "''Thank you for letting me be your mother, and for letting Minato be your father. Thank you for being our son. Thank you… Thank you!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, pages 16-17</ref>
 
* (To Naruto) "''Thank you for letting me be your mother, and for letting Minato be your father. Thank you for being our son. Thank you… Thank you!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, pages 16-17</ref>
   
 
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Kushina 2

(うずまきクシナ, Uzumaki Kushina)

  • Tomato (トマト)[3]
  • Red Hot-Blooded Habanero (赤い血潮のハバネロ, Akai Chishio no Habanero; Viz "Red-Hot Habanero")[3]
Debut
Manga Chapter #382
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #128
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Cancer July 10
Gender Gender Female Female
Age
  • Part II: 24
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part II: 165 cm1.65 m
    5.413 ft
    64.961 in
Weight
  • Part II: 47 kg103.617 lb
Blood type B
Classification
Tailed Beast Kurama (Forms)
Affiliation
Clan
Rank
Ninja Registration 007310
Family

Nature Type
Jutsu

Kushina Uzumaki (うずまきクシナ, Uzumaki Kushina) was a Konohagakure kunoichi, who originated from Uzushiogakure's Uzumaki clan, and the second jinchūriki of Kurama, the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.[4] She was the mother of Naruto Uzumaki and wife of Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage.

Background Edit

Born into the famed Uzumaki clan of Uzushiogakure, Kushina lived most of her youth being caught-up in war, making her seek for a daily "peace". At a young age she was sent to Konoha and enrolled in the Academy.[5]

Wanting to make a strong first impression, she proclaimed to her class that she would be the first female Hokage. The other kids laughed at her statement, and began calling her Tomato (トマト) because of her then-round face and fiery red hair. This prompted her to lash out and pummel the kids who teased her. This, in addition to her red hair flying wildly around her as she did so, earned her the nickname of Red Hot-Blooded Habanero (赤い血潮のハバネロ, Akai Chishio no Habanero; Viz "Red-Hot Habanero").[6]

Mito and Kushina

Mito comforting Kushina.

Kushina was eventually told why she had to leave her home of Uzushio and go to Konoha; because of her special chakra, she was to be the next jinchūriki of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.[7] Kushina was terrified by the idea, but she was comforted by the Nine-Tails' then-current jinchūriki, Mito Uzumaki. Before the transfer was performed, Mito adviced Kushina that love was the only way to tame the Nine-Tails and overcome its hate.[8]

Minato saves Kushina

Minato rescuing Kushina.

At some point in time, Kushina, now a genin, was kidnapped by Kumogakure who wanted to make use of her special chakra in order to gain control of the Nine-Tails.[9] As they escorted her to Kumo, she secretly plucked and left behind strands of her red hair to mark her trail in the hopes that someone would find her. Minato Namikaze, one of her former classmates that Kushina believed to be a wimp, was the only one to pick up on this. After rescuing her, he informed her that he had always admired her red hair. Since Minato proved himself to be anything but a "wimp", accepted her, and liked the one thing she hated about herself, Kushina fell in love with him, now considering her red hair as the "red thread of fate" (運命の赤い糸, unmei no akai ito) that had brought them together.[10] Ultimately, Minato's reciprocated feelings helped her with overcoming the Nine-Tails.[11]

As she grew up, Kushina became renowned for her beauty and unique ninjutsu style,[12] including the fūinjutsu of her clan.[13] At some point, Kushina married Minato. She was later present to witness her husband's reign as Fourth Hokage begin, being very exciting for him when first learning of it.[14] During her ten-month jinchūriki-influenced pregnancy, she was secretly kept guarded by Minato's top student in Kakashi Hatake under Minato's order.[15] Midway through the pregnancy, the expecting-parents decided to name their child "Naruto" after the main character of Jiraiya's first book. When Jiraiya asked if they were sure, stating that it was a name he had just came up with whilst eating a bowl of ramen one day, Kushina said that it was a beautiful name. They even approved of Jiraiya to be Naruto's godfather.[16] Kushina also hoped that her son and her best friend Mikoto Uchiha's youngest son Sasuke would become friends in the future.[17]

Kurama sealed within Kushina

The Nine-Tails sealed within Kushina.

Because the seal keeping the Nine-Tails within Kushina's body would be at its weakest during childbirth, special arrangements were made. Kushina would leave the village in secret and give birth in a remote location. Minato would help maintain the seal and Anbu would guard the area. Soon after Naruto was born, however, they were found by a masked man. The masked man killed all of the Anbu, Biwako, Taji, and took the newborn baby Naruto hostage, threatening to kill him as well. Minato was able to take Naruto back, but this gave the masked ninja the chance to escape with Kushina. Wishing to use the Nine-Tails to destroy Konoha, the masked man released it from Kushina's body. The vitality inherent to the Uzumaki clan allowed her to survive the extraction, though greatly weakened by experience, the masked ninja tried to have the Nine-Tails finish Kushina off. She was saved by Minato and brought to Naruto, who she stayed with while Minato went to help in the village's defence.[18]

To stop the Nine-Tails' attack, Minato was forced to bring it to Kushina and Naruto's location, and both of them to its. While still weakened, Kushina used her diminished chakra to restrain the Nine-Tails. Despite fearing the trauma would kill her in her current state, Kushina volunteered to have the Nine-Tails sealed back into her body so that it would die with her. Willing to sacrifice herself for Minato and Naruto; her thanks to them for giving her such a happy life. Minato suggested using the Dead Demon Consuming Seal on the Nine-Tails and sealing it into Naruto instead.[19]

Minato and Kushina protect Naruto

Minato and Kushina protecting Naruto from the Nine-Tails.

As this would also mean Minato's death, and consequently give Naruto a horrible and lonely life, Kushina naturally objected. Minato convinced her that it was for the best, and that doing this would also allow Kushina to see Naruto when he was older. After Minato sealed the Yin half of the Nine-Tails' chakra inside himself, the demon shrunk significantly, losing the chains. Realising the Hokage's intentions, the weakened Nine-Tails tried to kill Naruto, but both Minato and Kushina used their bodies to shield him. As Minato performed the sealing, and already at the point of death, Kushina told Naruto how much she loved him and gave him her best advice for the future; her final act in this world was to fill her son with as much of her love as possible. Minato then sealed the rest of their remaining chakra into Naruto.[20] In the anime, before dying, the Third Hokage appeared. Kushina told Hiruzen the child's name and begged the elder to protect Naruto, dying shortly afterwards.[15]

Personality Edit

Kushina attacks Naruto

Annoyed at Naruto's attitude towards her, Kushina hits him.

In her childhood Kushina was a headstrong, impulsive, eccentric, and stubborn girl. According to Jiraiya, Kushina was talkative and a tomboyish girl. Tsunade noted that much of Naruto's personality, as well as his ninjutsu style were inherited from her.[12] Kushina also had a verbal tic: when flustered or excited, she would end her sentences with "(da)ttebane" ((だ)ってばね; English TV "you know"), a trait she hoped wouldn't be passed down to Naruto (who also uses "you know", or "(da)ttebayo" (だ)ってばよ))[21] and her grandson (who uses "dattebasa" (だってばさ)).[22] As an adult, Kushina was shown to be very level-headed and cheerful with a noticeable sassy side to her. Despite her calm and kind nature, she still retained her quick temper from childhood and occasionally lashed out violently at others if they angered her. She also was very fearless, as her friend Mikoto was slightly surprised when Kushina showed anxiety over labour pains. She was also proned to worrying about her husband and the well being of their unborn son and how he would behave, foreshadowing a lot of Naruto's actual personality traits.[23] In the anime, possibly derived from her over-excited personality, Kushina is shown to be a selective hearer.

She loved her husband and newborn son very deeply and was not afraid to sacrifice her life to stop the Nine-Tails even throwing herself between the beast and her son when it tried to attack him.

She also cared very deeply about Minato's students, thinking that Rin Nohara was adorable and would often hug and kiss her on the forehead, and having friendly fights with Obito Uchiha who, according to Minato, was her favourite.

Appearance Edit

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Kushina as a child.

Tsunade pointed out that Kushina was a woman well-known for her beauty.[12] She had a slender, but feminine build, fair skin, violet eyes, fiery red hair — a common trait among the members of the Uzumaki clan — with strands that framed both sides of her face and a black clip that parts her hair to the left, keeping it out of her eyes. She generally wore the same outfit consisting of a high-collared, sleeveless blouse under a long, loose-fitting dress. The blouses have been depicted in slate blue as well as white while the dresses have ranged from tan to green. She also wore a wristband that ranged from black to dark blue on her left wrist and shinobi sandals that have ranged from black to lavender.

In her childhood, she had a round face, which, with her red hair naturally framing both sides of her face, made her look like a tomato. Her attire was a sleeveless kimono-style blouse that was yellow in colour and held closed with a green obi over a short-sleeved mesh shirt with a pair of dark blue shorts and brown shinobi sandals. In her adolescence, she wore a short-sleeved, tan kimono-like blouse with a dark embroidered border, held closed with a black obi, a dark skirt and stockings that stopped at her thighs along with the village's forehead protector and brown sandals.

Kunoichi Kushina

Kushina as a kunoichi.

While on duty, she wore a blue forehead protector with her hair tied up in a high ponytail and strands framing the sides of her face. Her attire consisted of a standard Konoha flack jacket over a black short-sleeved shirt and black form-fitting pants that reached her calves.[14]

Abilities Edit

Red Hot-Blooded Habanero

Kushina's reputation as the "Red Hot-Blooded Habanero."

While by her own admission that she was never originally any good at using ninjutsu,[24] Kushina apparently became famous for her strong-willed spirit, and unique style of ninjutsu,[12] ultimately becoming a high-ranking kunoichi. Since childhood, she showed deceptive strength and fierce barehanded fighting skills, able to swing around and pummel several kids "half to death" for teasing her. Ultimately, she earned the nickname Red Hot-Blooded Habanero (赤い血潮のハバネロ, Akai Chishio no Habanero; Viz "Red-Hot Habanero")[25] for her might.[3] As a former jinchūriki of Kurama in its entirety, while never having gained control of its power, Kushina was blessed with extraordinary reserves of equally strong chakra even for Uzushiogakure standards.[26]

Ninjutsu Edit

Kushina had great skill and knowledge of advanced fūinjutsu and barrier ninjutsu, many of which she would later teach to Minato.[13] Kushina was also proficient in Wind and Water Release, along with Yin Release.[2]

Life Force and Chakra Abilities Edit

Chakra chainstitled

Kushina restraining the Nine-Tails with her chakra chains.

As a member of the Uzumaki clan, Kushina was blessed with an especially strong life-force, granting her tremendous stamina and vitality plus an extremely long potential lifespan.[27] Ultimately, she survived the extraction of a tailed beast minutes after giving birth to Naruto, and still provided aid to Minato in the battlefield despite being heavily exhausted.[28] Likewise, while weakened, she did not die immediately from being impaled by the Nine-Tails' claw meant for her newborn son.

Even for an Uzumaki, Kushina also possessed a powerful and special form of chakra, which made her well-suited for becoming the Nine-Tails' jinchūriki. With her chakra, Kushina was able to materialise Adamantine Sealing Chains, which were strong enough to restrain and subdue the Nine-Tails, both in the real world as well as in her subconscious.[29] She could also form a barrier in conjunction with these chains keeping all from entering.[29]

Part II Edit

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Edit

Naruto and Kushina meet

Naruto meets Kushina.

During his training with Killer B at the Tailed Beast Temple to learn to control his tailed beast, Naruto was almost overwhelmed by the Nine-Tails' hatred, and began to undergo Version 2 transformation. Just as the hatred almost consumed him, he heard a small, clear voice speaking to him as Kushina appeared before him. Naruto initially believed that she was the Nine-Tails in disguise, and as he chided the "beast" for taking such a form, she hits him in the head. She then apologised for her short-temper, and the use of the word "(da)ttebane" ((だ)ってばね) telling Naruto that she hoped that wasn't a trait he had inherited from her. Picking up on this and realising Kushina was his mother, Naruto started to cry and embraced her. His happiness halted the Nine-Tails' spreading influence and Kushina used her Adamantine Sealing Chains to restrain the Nine-Tails in order to give them a chance to talk. As the chains emerged the Nine-Tails was surprised after recognising her chakra.

With the opportunity to speak more freely now, Kushina noted that her son had inherited her features and verbal tick, but thankfully got his father's hair colour, as well as eyes. Dismissing this, Naruto noted that she was beautiful and had he gotten her hair colour as well, he would have been really handsome. Her smiles of joy soon turned to ones of embarrassment, however, when asked how she and Minato fell in love. Nevertheless, Kushina told Naruto the story of how she had come to Konoha as a child and was almost kidnapped by Kumo-nin, but subsequently rescued by his father. Afterwards, she told Naruto the words that she reserved for people who complimented her hair, and with the words of love resonating throughout him, Naruto was able to break free of the beast's hatred. Kushina later watched on and helped Naruto extract and separate the Nine-Tails' chakra from its body noting that her son was a powerful fighter.

Kushina thanks Naruto

Kushina thanks her son before fading into the afterlife.

With her remaining time, she told him about the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha and how the beast came to be sealed within him. After her story was finished, she apologised for placing such a burden on him. Naruto replied that it didn't matter, for even though she and Minato weren't there to show their child love, he knew that they had loved him long before the Nine-Tails was sealed into him; thus, he didn't blame her and Minato for anything, and was happy to be their son. Overjoyed, Kushina tearfully hugged Naruto, and thanked him for letting her and Minato be his parents, before she completely faded away.

Legacy Edit

More than anything, Kushina wanted to protect her newborn son Naruto. This was why she first objected to Minato's decision to seal the Nine-Tails into him. She did not want to impose the hardships that jinchūriki had to endure during their lives, and moreover did not want to leave her son an orphan should Minato carry out his plan which would also cost him his life and as such, Kushina wanted to sacrifice her own life and reseal the beast into herself. Ultimately agreeing to Minato's plan which would also protect their village, Kushina imparted her final words to Naruto by which he should live. She would later play an integral role in Naruto's success in taking control of the Nine-Tails; a power which was later heavily relied on for the success of the Allied Shinobi Forces. Also, Kushina is quite similar to her son Naruto in personality, as observed by both Kurama and her husband Minato. This has become a source of pride and joy for Minato, giving him the heart to continue fighting with Naruto against his former student Obito.

She and Minato would be late grandparents of Naruto and Hinata's children, Boruto and Himawari.

Movies Edit

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Edit

In the alternate timeline of this movie, Kushina is still alive, along with her husband Minato. Minato and Kushina have a son named Menma who is the parallel version of Naruto and later becomes the jinchūriki of the black Nine-Tails. Unlike most the people Naruto and Sakura knew, Kushina's personality is essentially the same in this timeline; sweet and caring yet easily angered to violent outbursts. Also in this timeline, the Kushina and her husband were able to enjoy being parents, raising their son in a loving and stable lifestyle.

Unbeknownst to the couple, Menma later disappears, replaced by Naruto and the Sakura of the normal timeline who arrived in this world. When Kushina and Minato returned to the village after completing a mission, it shocked Naruto by their living presence. As Kushina's took "Menma's" attitude as expecting them to die on mission, Kushina slugged Naruto for the lack of confidence.

While Naruto decides to continue the act of being Menma to not raise problems, he refuses to get close to the parallel parents, viewing them as nothing but fakes. Kushina however refuses to let her son act so disrespectful, quickly intimidating Naruto into joining dinner. Later, during a mission to retrieve the Red Moon Scroll left by Jiraiya, Kushina without hesitation threw herself in the way to protect Naruto from an attack by the guarding Gamabunta. While annoyed at Naruto's reckless actions, she quickly showed how much she truly cared for her son's wellbeing with a tearful hug, finally making Naruto let the woman into his heart. The following night, Naruto celebrated Kushina's birthday with joy. Later, a masked man appeared with the desire to obtain the Red Moon Scroll. Showing his tremendous power, the masked man quickly defeated Kushina and several other Konoha-nin. When Sakura was kidnapped, Naruto voiced his desire to save her. Kushina and Minato however refused to let Naruto go after Sakura, fearing too much that he would die against the masked man. As Naruto realized the difference between this world and his true parents, that the couple here were more overprotective parents than trusting their child, Naruto made his true identity known before going after Sakura.

Later, Kushina and Minato went to help Naruto, still viewing him as an ally. Ultimately, the masked man was defeated and revealed to be the real Menma corrupted by the black Nine-Tails' malice. As Memna was freed returned to normal, Kushina quickly rushed to check on her child. Naruto and Sakura said their goodbyes before they were returned to their own world as the technique that bound them to this world was broken.

OVA Edit

The Far Reaches of Hope Edit

Main article: Ninja Escapades In this OVA for Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, When Minato was later made a jōnin-sensei of his own time, Kushina would regularly come to help support their training sessions, among other things making food for them. While openly affectionate with Rin Nohara, Kushina took a special liking to Obito Uchiha, who shared many of her personality traits and embodied the nature she hope her future children would have.[30]

Video Games Edit

Kushina Uzumaki is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014

In Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, Kushina is playable as a strolling character in Chapter 4 of the story mode. Also, Kushina is an assist character to Naruto during his battle against the Nine-Tails.

Trivia Edit

  • Kushina's name was possibly inspired by the mythological Kushinada-hime (櫛名田比売), Susanoo's wife. When she was about to be devoured by the serpent Yamata no Orochi, Kushinada-hime was saved by Susanoo in exchange for becoming his wife. Susanoo transformed the girl into a comb and placed her in his hair, then defeated the serpent. He afterwards built a palace in Izumo where he married her.
  • As Kushina was nicknamed after a red pepper, and Minato was famed as the "Yellow Flash", Naruto's appropriate self-styled title of "Orange Hokage" refers to the fact that the colour orange is a mixture of both red and yellow.
  • On the cover of Naruto chapter 503, Kushina's hair resembles Kurama's tails.
  • She is one of only four jinchūriki known to not die from tailed beast extraction, along with Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, Obito Uchiha, and her son Naruto Uzumaki. This was due to her clan's vitality to which she inherited.[28]
  • Kushina mentions that her hair became her own "red thread of fate".[31] The red string of fate, also referred to as the 'red thread of destiny', 'red thread of fate', and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soul-mates or a twin flame.
  • In the Naruto character popularity polls, Kushina was ranked as the 21st most popular character in the 7th.
Kushina And Minato

Kushina's début in the anime with different hair and eye colour.

  • When first introduced in the anime, her eyes were depicted as violet-blue in colour and her hair was portrayed as a deep plum colour. This was corrected however, in subsequent episodes. However, in Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, both her first and second appearances were shown in Naruto and Minato's stories respectively.
  • In the manga, Kushina's hair is shown to fall down to her ankles, in the anime, however, it stops at her waist.
  • The shinobi outfit she wore in the anime is the same one her counterpart used in the Genjutsu World.
  • Jiraiya's recollection of Kushina while she was pregnant appeared during the end credits of the movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Kushina's hobbies were pulling pranks and chatting.
    • Kushina's favourite food was salt ramen, while she disliked coffee and anything bitter.
    • Kushina didn't want to fight anyone in particular.
    • Kushina's favourite phrase was "Don't give up until the very end" (最後まで諦めない, Saigo made akiramenai).
    • Kushina was apparently a very good cook, as Minato preferred her cooking the most.

Quotes Edit

  • (As a child, when asked what her dream for the future was) "I'm gonna be the first female Hokage!" (「女性で初めての火影になってやる!」, "Josei de hajimete no Hokage ni natte yaru!")[32]
  • (To Kurama) "Neither of us have any sort of luck, do we? You keep the world at bay… but I keep you at bay."[33]
  • (To Jiraiya) "Naruto, it's a beautiful name." (「ナルト、素敵な名前です」, "Naruto, suteki na namae desu")[34]
  • (To Minato) "Don't look so sad… Minato. I'm… I'm happy. Happy that you loved me. Happy that it's… our son's… birthday. Like… If I try to imagine surviving and the three of us… living together… I can't think of anything… beyond 'I'd be so happy.' If I had any regrets… It would be that I won't see Naruto grow up."[35]
  • (Final words to baby Naruto) "Naruto… you're going to experience a lot of pain and suffering. Remember who you are! Find a goal… a dream… and don't stop trying until it comes true. There's… there's so much more that I want to say… to teach you… I want to stay with you… I love you."[36]
  • (To Naruto) "That time, I saw Minato as an amazingly splendid ninja. He made me believe he could fulfil my dreams, and above all, he changed me… This ordinary red hair I hated so much had brought me the person of my destiny… It became the 'red thread of fate'. Ever since, I liked my own hair and… most of all, I loved Minato." (「その時のミナトはとても立派な忍者に見えた、夢を叶える人だと思わせたくれた、そして何より彼は私を変えた…この大キライだったただの赤い髪は私の中で運命の人を連れてきてくれた…"運命の赤い糸"になってくれた。それ以来自分の髪を好きになった…そして何よりミナトを大好きになった」, Sono toki no Minato wa totemo rippana ninja ni mieta, yume o kanaeru hito dato omowasete kureta, soshite nani yori kare wa watashi o kaeta… Kono daikirai datta tada no akai kami wa watashi no naka de unmei no hito o tsurete kite kureta… "Unmei no akai ito" ni natte kureta. Sore irai jibun no kami o suki ni natta… soshite nani yori Minato o daisuki ni natta.)[31]
  • (To Naruto) "There are some important words I want to tell, only to the men who compliment my hair… Naruto…will you hear them? I love you" (私の髪を褒めてくれた男にだけ私から贈る大切な言葉があるの…ナルト…受け取ってくれる? アナタを愛してる」, "Watashi no kami o homete kureta otoko ni dake watashi kara okuru taisetsuna kotoba ga aru no… Naruto… uketotte kureru? Anata o aishiteru.")[37]
  • (To Naruto) "Thank you for letting me be your mother, and for letting Minato be your father. Thank you for being our son. Thank you… Thank you!"[38]

References Edit

  1. Third Databook, pages 22-23
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fourth Databook, pages 26-27
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Naruto chapter 498, page 12
  4. Naruto chapter 500, page 2
  5. Naruto chapter 500, page 2
  6. Naruto chapter 498, pages 11-12
  7. Naruto chapter 500, page 5
  8. Naruto chapter 500, page 6
  9. Naruto chapter 542, page 12
  10. Naruto chapter 498, pages 14-16
  11. Naruto chapter 500, pages 5-6
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Naruto chapter 367, page 12
  13. 13.0 13.1 Naruto chapter 500, page 3
  14. 14.0 14.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 349
  15. 15.0 15.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 350
  16. Naruto chapter 382, pages 10-11
  17. Naruto chapter 500, page 11
  18. Naruto chapters 500-501
  19. Naruto chapter 503
  20. Naruto chapter 504
  21. Naruto chapter 498, pages 2-3
  22. Naruto chapter 700
  23. Naruto chapter 664
  24. Naruto chapter 504, page 12
  25. Naruto chapter 498, pages 11-12
  26. Naruto chapter 500, page 4
  27. Naruto chapter 579, page 12
  28. 28.0 28.1 Naruto chapter 501, page 11
  29. 29.0 29.1 Naruto chapter 503, pages 13-14
  30. Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, OVA cutscene
  31. 31.0 31.1 Naruto chapter 498, page 16
  32. Naruto chapter 498, page 11
  33. Naruto chapter 568, page 8
  34. Naruto chapter 382, page 10
  35. Naruto chapter 503, pages 15-16
  36. Naruto chapter 504, page 13
  37. Naruto chapter 498, pages 16-17
  38. Naruto chapter 504, pages 16-17

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