|(うずまきミト, Uzumaki Mito)|
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #247|
|Game||Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga and Game|
Mito Uzumaki (うずまきミト, Uzumaki Mito) was a kunoichi who originated from Uzushiogakure's Uzumaki clan and later married into Konohagakure's Senju clan. She was also the first jinchūriki of Kurama, the Nine-Tails.
During her husband's battle against Madara Uchiha at the Valley of the End, Hashirama at some point gained control of Kurama. To gain power for her husband, Mito used a fūinjutsu to seal Kurama within herself, becoming the tailed beast's first jinchūriki. Despite the seal's strength, it almost broke at some later point when she was going through childbirth. Eventually, her husband died in war, and Mito was left a widow.
Towards the final years of her life, it was decided that a new host for Kurama would have to be found. Kushina Uzumaki, one of Mito's clansmen, was then selected for the role due to her special chakra, and was terrified by the idea. Mito comforted her however, and before the transfer was performed, told Kushina that love was the only way to counter Kurama's hatred.
Mito had long, bright-red hair and large, pupiless eyes. She wore an elaborate, high-collared kimono with the Uzushiogakure symbol on the back of the obi which was tied around her waist. Her hair was arranged in buns with hair pins in them and three clips in the front. She also wore a dark shade of lipstick and had a diamond mark on her forehead — similar to that of her granddaughter Tsunade. She also wore tags with kanji written on them in her hair decals. In her old age, her hair had grown much longer some of which she allowed to hang into her back (in the anime her hair depicted as brown in her old age). She however maintained the two buns in her hair and wore a simple loose fitting kimono held closed by a simple dark-coloured obi.
Not much is known about her fighting skills, but Kushina hailed her as a powerful kunoichi. She was shown to be exceptional at fūinjutsu, being able to seal the entirety of Kurama within herself. Also, due to being a member of the Uzumaki clan, Mito had the potential to live an exceptionally long life. This was seen in part from her having lived her adult life through the reign of the first three Hokage. Like Naruto, Mito also had the ability to sense negative emotions due to her control over the fox's power.
- Mito's name may be taken from the name of the capital of one of the prefectures in Japan.
- (To Kushina) "We came here to be the vessels of the Nine-Tails… But before that, we must find love and fill the vessel with it." (私達は九尾の器としてここへ来た…でもまず先にその器に愛を見つけて入れなさい, Watashi-tachi wa Kyūbi no utsuwa toshite kita… Demo mazu saki ni sono utsuwa ni ai o mitsukete irenasai.)
- (To Kurama) "If you use your power, only hatred will come from it. Stay tranquil deep inside me."