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<section begin=summary />An event that occurred after the end of the [[Third Shinobi World War]] twelve<!-- not sixteen, there's a time-skip between parts I and II --> years before the start of the series.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 1, page 1</ref> Though many know it to be when [[Kurama]] — the Nine-Tails attacked [[Konohagakure]], only few know what truly occurred and who truly caused the calamity.<section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />The [[Nine-Tails]] attacked the [[shinobi]] village of [[Konohagakure]] on the night of October 10, twelve years before the start of the series. After causing untold death and destruction, the Nine-Tails was stopped by the village's leader, the [[Fourth Hokage]], who gave his life to seal the Nine-Tails into the newborn [[Naruto Uzumaki]].<section end=summary /><ref>Chapter 1, page 1</ref>
   
 
== Prelude ==
 
== Prelude ==
[[File:Kurama sealed within Kushina.png|left|thumb|The Nine-Tails sealed within Kushiha.]]
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[[File:Kurama sealed within Kushina.png|thumb|left|The Nine-Tails, sealed within Kushina.]]
The attack of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox, coincided with [[Kushina Uzumaki]], the Nine-Tails' second [[jinchūriki]], giving birth to [[Naruto]] on the night of October 10th. During a female jinchūriki's pregnancy, the energy used to maintain the seal has to be redirected to the growing child in her womb — whether consciously done or not. As a result, the seal used on the beast weakens in direct proportion, and as such special preparations have to be made when a female jinchūriki is about to give birth as the seal may break entirely.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, pages 8-9</ref> Having experienced something similar when the previous jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails, [[Mito]] gave birth, the Third Hokage [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] took multiple precautions to have the birthing be performed in secret, on the village's outskirts, surrounded by a barrier, with an elite midwife team consisting of his wife [[Biwako]] and [[Taji]] along with a few ANBU stationed outside as security. Minato would also accompany them in order to keep the seal in check during the process.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, pages 9-10, 12</ref>
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The recently-appointed [[Hokage]], [[Minato Namikaze]], was married to [[Kushina Uzumaki]], the [[jinchūriki]] of the [[Nine-Tails]]. When Kushina became pregnant and the birth of their son drew near, special precautions had to be taken due to the fact that the [[seal]] keeping the Nine-Tails within her would weaken during childbirth, thus carrying the risk it might escape.<ref>Chapter 500, pages 8-9</ref> News of Kushina's pregnancy was kept a secret from the general population and the delivery itself would take place in a remote cave away from the village. Minato's predecessor, [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], organised security: the site would be protected by a [[barrier]], several [[Anbu]] would guard the area, and another Anbu ([[Taji]]) and Hiruzen's wife ([[Biwako]]) would be midwives. Minato, meanwhile, would monitor the seal, keeping it stable during the delivery and restoring it to its original strength as soon as their son was born.<ref>Chapter 500, pages 9-10, 12</ref>
   
 
[[File:Tobi threatens to kill Naruto.png|thumb|Tobi threatening to kill Naruto.]]
 
[[File:Tobi threatens to kill Naruto.png|thumb|Tobi threatening to kill Naruto.]]
However, the childbirth's location was eventually discovered by [[Tobi]], who learned the information by observing Kakashi at the [[Konoha Cemetery]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 607, pages 6-7</ref> Making his way to the site, Tobi killed the ANBU stationed outside and later Biwako and Taji after the child had been born.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, pages 13-17</ref> Holding the newborn Naruto at ransom, he forces Minato to leave the cave via his [[Flying Thunder God Technique]] when he sets off the [[explosive tags]] he had placed on the newborn's blanket.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 501, pages 1-6</ref>
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Despite all the secrecy, news of Kushina's pregnancy was discovered by [[Tobi]], who overheard it from [[Kakashi Hatake]], Minato's student, while he spoke to [[Rin Nohara]]'s grave at the [[Konoha Cemetery]].<ref>Chapter 607, pages 6-7</ref> Tobi located where the birth was taking place, infiltrated the barrier, killed the Anbu stationed outside, and arrived inside the cave mere moments after the child, [[Naruto]], was born.<ref>Chapter 500, pages 13-17</ref> Tobi killed the midwives and took Naruto hostage, threatening to kill him if Minato attempted to restore the Nine-Tails' seal. Minato was able to take Naruto back, only to discover [[explosive tags]] planted on him. Minato was forced to teleport away with the [[Flying Thunder God Technique]] to keep Naruto safe, leaving Kushina behind with Tobi.<ref>Chapter 501, pages 1-6</ref>
   
 
[[File:Released Kyuubi.png|thumb|left|The Nine-Tails is released.]]
 
[[File:Released Kyuubi.png|thumb|left|The Nine-Tails is released.]]
Taking advantage of Minato's absence, Tobi forcibly [[Tailed Beast Extraction Technique|extracted]] the Nine-Tails from a visibly exhausted Kushina while noting that the Four Symbols Seal also carried the Flying Thunder God Technique seal as a security measure which would enable Minato to teleport to his wife's aid at any time.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 501, page 7</ref> As the Nine-Tails finally emerged from the seal, Tobi used his [[Sharingan]] to gain control of the tailed beast and commands it to destroy Konoha. Kushina who survives the extraction — a feat which Tobi accredits to the famed vitality of the [[Uzumaki clan]] — begs Tobi to stop as he orders the Nine-Tails to kill its former host. Minato however arrives in time to save her. The Hokage carried her to his [[Minato's Safe House|safe-house]] where he left Kushina with Naruto before heading off to protect Konoha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 501, pages 12-17</ref>
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Tobi moved Kushina to a new location and placed her under restraint while he took steps to further weaken the seal. As the seal was about to break, he used his [[Sharingan]] to enter Kushina's subconscious and place the Nine-Tails under his control.<ref>Chapter 501, page 7</ref> The Nine-Tails was extracted, a process that Kushina survived due to her [[Uzumaki]] heritage. Tobi attempted to have the Nine-Tails kill her, but Minato tracked them down in time to save her and escape to a [[Minato's Safe House|safe-house]] where he left Naruto. Unconcerned by them, Tobi led the Nine-Tails back to the village.<ref>Chapter 501, pages 12-17</ref>
   
Even from a distance, several ninja include a young [[Itachi Uchiha]] could sense the disturbance. Tobi successfully sneaked into the village and [[Summoning Technique|summoned]] the Nine-Tails into the village. When Hiruzen felt the Nine-Tails' familiar power and malevolence, he immediately prepared for battle prior to an ANBU arriving to inform him of the Nine-Tails' attack. He ordered every shinobi nearby to prepare to defend the village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, pages 1-6</ref>
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== Attack ==
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Even before the Nine-Tails arrived in the village, some sensed its approach: the young [[Itachi Uchiha]] felt something ominous and his infant brother, [[Sasuke]], began to cry; Kakashi detected a change in the air as he spoke with [[Might Guy]], though he did not know the cause; Hiruzen sensed the Nine-Tails while he worked in his office, aghast by the implication. Tobi snuck back in to the village and [[Summoning Technique|summoned]] the Nine-Tails to his location, using it to launch an immediate attack. An Anbu reported the Nine-Tails' appearance to Hiruzen, who had already changed into his combat uniform to lead the village's defence.<ref>Chapter 502, pages 1-6</ref>
   
== Climax ==
 
 
[[File:Minato vs Tobi.png|thumb|Minato fighting Tobi.]]
 
[[File:Minato vs Tobi.png|thumb|Minato fighting Tobi.]]
Minato arrived on top of the [[Hokage Monument]], which the Nine-Tails quickly [[Negative Emotions Sensing|noticed]], and attacked him with the [[Tailed Beast Ball]], but Minato [[Space–Time Barrier|teleported]] the blast away from the village. Before Minato could tell Hiruzen of what had happened at the birthing location, Tobi [[Kamui|teleported]] to Minato and engaged him, but Minato teleported away from the village. Tobi followed suit, and after analysing his abilities, Minato questioned whether the masked man was [[Madara Uchiha]]. Giving no definite answer, Tobi attacked Minato as both use their respective [[Space–Time Ninjutsu|space–time techniques]] to avoid capture. During the struggle, Minato carefully threw [[Flying Thunder God Kunai|his special kunai]] at Tobi, which the latter allowed to phase through his head, and just as it did, Minato teleported right above his opponent, and landed a timely [[Rasengan]] in his back, severely injuring him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, pages 7-17</ref>
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Minato teleported to the [[Hokage Rock]] to lend his assistance. The Nine-Tails immediately noticed his presence and attacked with a [[Tailed Beast Ball]], which he sent away with his [[Flying Thunder God: Guiding Thunder]], a contribution noticed by the [[Ino–Shika–Chō (15th)|Ino–Shika–Chō]] as they headed into battle. Minato attempted to locate Hiruzen so that he could tell him what happened, but he was stopped by Tobi. Tobi started to [[Kamui|teleport]] Minato away, but Minato used his own teleportation to escape. Tobi followed. From Tobi's actions, Minato speculated that Tobi was in fact [[Madara Uchiha]], who had decades earlier tried to use the Nine-Tails to destroy Konoha. Tobi didn't deny Minato's claim, but he did allude to having some [[Eye of the Moon Plan|purpose]] behind the attack. Minato and Tobi clashed, with Minato, after some difficulty, finally managing to strike Tobi with the [[Rasengan]].<ref>Chapter 502, pages 7-17</ref>
 
A bewildered and struggling Tobi tried to escape, but Minato, having placed his Flying Thunder God Technique seal on his body as well after his attack, teleported to his location, and placed [[Contract Seal|another seal]] on Tobi — releasing the Nine-Tails from his control. Proclaiming that Minato truly deserved his title of Hokage for this feat, Tobi teleported away, promising that the Nine-Tails would once again be his.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 3-4, 8</ref>
 
   
 
[[File:Group Hiruzen vs Kurama.png|thumb|left|Konoha fighting the beast.]]
 
[[File:Group Hiruzen vs Kurama.png|thumb|left|Konoha fighting the beast.]]
Despite no longer being under Tobi's control, now motivated by its own malice towards the village responsible for being sealed in the first place, the Nine-Tails continued its rampage of Konoha. However, it was soon pushed outside of Konoha's premises by the village's shinobi. Hiruzen and other shinobi continued their attack on the beast, trying to push it back further. During this time, a young [[Iruka Umino]] was protected from the Nine-Tails by [[Iruka's Mother|his mother]] as [[Iruka's Father|his father]] tried to help repel the beast. Ignoring his father's orders to leave, Iruka stayed, determined to protect his mother, but another shinobi soon whisks him away from the battle with his parents dying some time after.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 5-7</ref> The younger generation of shinobi were all detained from the battle, despite their ranks which [[Kurenai Yūhi's father]] explained was because this was an internal issue, not war. They were moved to the outskirts of the village and protected in a barrier.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, page 9</ref>
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During his attack, Minato was able to brand Tobi with the Flying Thunder God formula, allowing him to teleport to Tobi's location whenever he wanted. He immediately did do to strike again, this time to place a [[Contract Seal]] on Tobi that removed the Nine-Tails from his control. Injured and deprived of his best weapon, Tobi fled, vowing that it was only a temporary setback.<ref>Chapter 503, pages 3-4, 8</ref> In Konoha, meanwhile, many of the village's children had been taken away from the village and confined behind a barrier so that they would not be killed trying to protect the village.<ref>Chapter 503, page 9</ref> Others weren't so fortunate: [[Iruka Umino]]'s parents, [[Kohari]] and [[Ikkaku]], died protecting him from the Nine-Tails' attacks;<ref>Chapter 503, pages 5-7</ref> in the anime, Itachi ran through the village with Sasuke in his arms, trying to find their own parents.
   
Minato returned to the village and was mortified at the destruction the beast had caused. Just as the Nine-Tails was about to fire another Tailed Beast Ball at Konoha, Minato summoned [[Gamabunta]] to hold off the Nine-Tails for the moment. Minato then managed to teleport himself and the beast away from the village and to his safe-house, letting the blast detonate without any casualties as he was able to retrieve his wife and child before the ball detonated.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 10-17</ref> Kushina, not one to lay there helpless, manifested [[Chakra Chains|chains]] and a [[Chakra Chains Barrier|barrier]] to both restrain and contain the Nine-Tails with the intention of resealing the beast within herself with the process killing them both. However, for various reasons including that death would not stop the Nine-Tails, not wanting his wife to die, or leave Konoha without such a valuable war deterrent, Minato decided seal the beast within his son using the [[Eight Trigrams Seal]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 503, pages 13-19</ref>
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Once free from Tobi's control, the Nine-Tails tried to retreat from the village. It was pursued by Konoha's forces, led by Hiruzen, prompting it to retaliate with another Tailed Beast Ball. Minato returned to the village in time to stop it by summoning [[Gamabunta]] above it, having Gamabunta keep the Nine-Tails restrained while he gathered the [[chakra]] to teleport it away. Minato took the Nine-Tails to the safe-house where he'd left Kushina and Naruto, it being the furthest away from the village that he could get. Kushina retrained it and cut off access to the area with her [[Adamantine Sealing Chains]] while she and Minato decided what to do with it.<ref>Chapter 503, pages 10-17</ref>
   
[[File:Minato and Kushina protect Naruto.png|thumb|Kushina and Minato protecting their son.]]
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[[File:Minato and Kushina protect Naruto.png|thumb|Kushina and Minato protecting Naruto.]]
When Hiruzen and a few other shinobi finally caught up to Minato, they found him, Kushina, and Nine-Tails inside of a barrier which they could not enter and had to watch helplessly from the sidelines. Kushina, initially against their son becoming a [[jinchūriki]], pleas with Minato to live and raise Naruto before being convinced that it is for their son's sake as it is for the village's. While Kushina held down the Nine-Tails with her chakra, Minato uses the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] to seal away the Nine-Tails' [[Yin]] chakra within himself to weaken the beast which decreases dramatically in size before proceeding to beginning the sealing process. Realising Minato's intentions, the Nine-Tails tries to kill Naruto to stop the sealing. However, Naruto's parents stop the Nine-Tails' claw from reaching their son, fatally wounding themselves in the process.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, pages 1-9</ref>
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Already dying from her earlier ordeal, Kushina offered to have the Nine-Tails sealed back in her once again so that it would die with her. Believing the Nine-Tails' power would be needed in the future to face Tobi, Minato rejected this idea, deciding instead to seal the Nine-Tails into Naruto using the [[Eight Trigrams Seal]].<ref>Chapter 503, pages 13-19</ref> Because the Nine-Tails was too powerful to contain within the body of an infant, Minato used the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] to cut its chakra in half, leaving only its [[yang]] chakra. When it realised what they were planning, the Nine-Tails tried to kill Naruto, forcing Minato and Kushina to use their own bodies to shield him.<ref>Chapter 504, pages 1-9</ref> While Kushina had some final words with Naruto, Minato gave the [[Eight Trigrams Sealing Style#Key|key]] to the seal he was about to use to [[Gerotora]] and then sent him to [[Jiraiya]].<ref>Chapter 504, pages 10-14</ref>
   
With even less time to spare now, Minato summoned the scroll-toad [[Gerotora]] and gave him the [[Eight Trigrams Sealing Style#Key|key]] to the seal while Kushina expressed to an infant Naruto how she wanted him to live, to never forget who he was, and how she and Minato loved him. Minato jokingly told Naruto to listen to his talkative mother as he finishes sealing the fox into their son.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 504, pages 10-14</ref> In the process, as the Nine-Tails curses them for imprisoning it again, Minato also sealed the remainder of his and Kushina's chakra within Naruto to serve as both a final safeguard to prevent the Nine-Tails from totally breaking free,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, page 15</ref> and to assist their son in spirit during any future attempt to take full control of the Nine-Tails' chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 499, page 3</ref>
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Hiruzen followed Minato to their location, but could not break through Kushina's barrier. Minato didn't have the time necessary to tell Hiruzen what had happened, choosing instead to make a request of Konoha's villagers via Hiruzen: to regard Naruto as a hero for helping save the village and not hate him for containing the monster that had killed so many.<ref name="0distinction">Chapter 1</ref> With that, Minato sealed the Nine-Tails into Naruto, adding his and Kushina's chakra to the seal so that they could watch him grow up and someday help him gain control of the Nine-Tails.<ref>Chapter 499, page 3</ref>
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== Aftermath ==
 
== Aftermath ==
[[File:Kurama's initial cage.png|thumb|left|Kurama sealed within Naruto.]]
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[[File:Minato and Kushina dead.png|thumb|left|The attack's final casualties.]]
Since the resealing of the Nine-Tails happened far from Konoha, only [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] and the two shinobi that accompanied him, bore witness to Minato and Kushina's sacrifice. Hiruzen subverted all information regarding the relationship between Naruto and Minato to protect him, giving Naruto his mother's surname.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, page 5</ref> With the village having suffered heavy casualties during the attack, only a few of the villagers would come to accept Minato's final wish that Naruto be seen as a hero,<ref name="chpt2">''Naruto'' chapter 2, pages 13-14</ref> while out of fear and hatred the others made no distinction between him and the Nine-Tails itself,<ref name="0distinction">''Naruto'' chapter 1, page 17, 37, 49</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 2, page 5</ref> for the Nine-Tails' actions. This was despite the fact that he was the one containing the beast, preventing it from harming the village.
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Hiruzen brought Naruto back to Konoha. With Minato and Kushina dead, Hiruzen decided it would be best if nobody knew of Naruto's relation to Minato so that Minato's old enemies wouldn't come after him; to that end, he gave Naruto Kushina's family name.<ref>Chapter 440, page 5</ref> Hokage once again, Hiruzen shared Minato's final request with the survivors. Although some, predominately those who personally knew Minato, were willing to follow his instructions, most were not, since they were incapable of setting aside their grief and bitterness in the awake of the death and destruction of the attack. Hoping that future generations wouldn't hate Naruto in the same way that their parents did, Hiruzen forbade anyone from discussing the Nine-Tails.<ref name="0distinction"/> This largely failed, as those in Naruto's age group only copied their parents' hate, though they didn't understand why. Naruto, already an orphan, grew up lonely.<ref>Chapter 2</ref>
 
Because of Minato's untimely death, and having no suitable candidates at hand at the moment, Hiruzen was forced to come out of retirement to retake his position as the current Hokage, despite his age. In later years, as Hiruzen saw the cold treatment of the villagers towards Naruto, he took steps to decree that no mention of Naruto being the Nine-Tails' jinchūriki be spoken with harsh punishment for those who broke the rule.<ref name="chpt2"/><ref name="0distinction"/> However, many of the villagers continued to ostracise Naruto indirectly, by transferring their harboured feelings of dislike for him onto their children, who too shunned him, resulting in Naruto living a lonely childhood with no friends.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 2, pages 14-15</ref>
 
   
Additionally, as the [[Uchiha clan]]'s [[Sharingan]] was known to be capable of controlling the Nine-Tails, the [[Konoha Council|elders of Konoha]] suspected them of being responsible for the attack, since the majority of the village was completely unaware of Tobi's presence during this time.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 15</ref> Several years later, [[Sasuke]] would come to learn this story and that his clan, tired of being marginalised by the [[Senju]], had been planning a coup d'état with his father [[Fugaku]] at its helm. This, however, never came to pass due to the [[Uchiha Clan Massacre|clan genocide]] committed by Itachi Uchiha, which triggered the rise of Sasuke's campaign for vengeance on Konoha after being told by Tobi that it was the [[Konoha Council|elders]] that had ordered it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 399-401</ref> Driven by inconsolable [[Curse of Hatred|grief-stricken rage]], Sasuke resolved that the village and its people must pay for enjoying the peace gained for what he had lost,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 484, pages 8-9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 485, page 6</ref> — despite the facts that he would have most likely lost his life along with his clan and many uninvolved innocents if the Uchiha clan rebellion went through — learning that Hiruzen, someone besides a Uchiha, tried his best to help them but was spurned by the clan and his own advisers and being his protector from Danzō, along with the fact that most people are unaware of what really happened.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 16</ref> Also, during the attack, Itachi noted that his parents were noticeably absent from the Uchiha compound.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 502, page 2</ref> Their whereabouts were and what they were doing is currently unknown.
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Because Minato was never able to explain what had happened, Konoha's villagers were left to come up with their own explanations for the Nine-Tails' attack. The Nine-Tails had historically attacked human settlements, drawn to large concentrations of humanity's dark nature. Accordingly, many assumed it was just a natural occurrence that nobody was responsible for.<ref name="chpt370">Chapter 370, pages 15-16</ref> Konoha's leadership, however, believed an [[Uchiha]] was responsible,<ref>Chapter 399, page 15</ref> both because of the Sharingan's famed ability to control the Nine-Tails and the Uchiha's absence while defending the village.<ref>Chapter 502, page 2</ref> (In the anime, the Uchiha avoided direct engagement with the Nine-Tails on the orders of [[Danzō Shimura]].)<ref name="NS358">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 358</ref> The Uchiha, having helped create Konoha decades earlier, were offended by this mistrust, setting in motion the events that would lead to the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]].
   
In the anime, it was revealed that the fox had left behind large residual traces of its chakra during the attack. Taking advantage of this for his own agenda, [[Kazuma]] collected and sealed the Nine-Tails' chakra within his own son, [[Sora]], turning him into a [[Sora's Jinchūriki Forms|pseudo-jinchūriki]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 68</ref>
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Jiraiya, as Minato's former teacher, believed there was more to the events of that night. He, like Minato, suspected Madara Uchiha's involvement, despite how old Madara would have had to be at the time.<ref name="chpt370"/> He also felt that Minato's decision to seal the Nine-Tails into his own son was significant, assuming he intended for Naruto to someday gain control of the Nine-Tails' power for some purpose Jiraiya couldn't guess. As such, Jiraiya took on Naruto as a disciple once he was old enough, training him to take advantage of the Nine-Tails' chakra and using the key Minato sent to him to accelerate the process. Tobi, the threat that Minato wanted Naruto to be prepared for,<ref>Chapter 440, page 10</ref> would ever-after deny any involvement in the attack, insisting it was the natural outcome of Konoha's years of benefiting off the misfortunes of others.
   
== Claims ==
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In the anime, the Nine-Tails left behind some residual chakra during its attack. [[Kazuma]] collected this chakra and sealed it within his own son, [[Sora]], turning him into a [[pseudo-jinchūriki]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 68</ref>
Though the Nine-Tails had attacked many settlements regularly throughout history for no apparent reason other than those areas being breeding grounds for the darkest aspects of human nature,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 149, page 9</ref><ref name="chpt370">''Naruto'' chapter 370, pages 15-16</ref> [[Jiraiya]] and [[Itachi Uchiha]] have speculated that [[Madara Uchiha]] was behind the attack on Konoha, citing his previous use of the beast in his [[Valley of the End|legendary battle]] with the First Hokage, [[Hashirama Senju]],<ref name="chpt370"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 386, page 11</ref> while Minato and Kushina were personal witnesses to who they thought was the legendary ninja. Tobi even went as far as to call the attack he orchestrated, a "natural occurrence".<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 14-15</ref> However, meeting their son in his subconscious, as they met him on the night of the attack, the chakra apparitions of Naruto's parents warned him be wary of the [[Akatsuki]]'s "masked man" Tobi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 440, page 10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 7</ref> It was only during Naruto's battle with Tobi in the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] that Kurama, having accepting the current [[jinchūriki]] as an equal, reveals that Minato sealed it in Naruto to enable his son to stop Tobi once and for all when the time came.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 597, pages 20-21</ref>
 
   
 
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Kyuubi attack on Konoha

The Nine-Tails rampaging in Konohagakure.

The Nine-Tails attacked the shinobi village of Konohagakure on the night of October 10, twelve years before the start of the series. After causing untold death and destruction, the Nine-Tails was stopped by the village's leader, the Fourth Hokage, who gave his life to seal the Nine-Tails into the newborn Naruto Uzumaki.[1]

Prelude Edit

Kurama sealed within Kushina

The Nine-Tails, sealed within Kushina.

The recently-appointed Hokage, Minato Namikaze, was married to Kushina Uzumaki, the jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails. When Kushina became pregnant and the birth of their son drew near, special precautions had to be taken due to the fact that the seal keeping the Nine-Tails within her would weaken during childbirth, thus carrying the risk it might escape.[2] News of Kushina's pregnancy was kept a secret from the general population and the delivery itself would take place in a remote cave away from the village. Minato's predecessor, Hiruzen Sarutobi, organised security: the site would be protected by a barrier, several Anbu would guard the area, and another Anbu (Taji) and Hiruzen's wife (Biwako) would be midwives. Minato, meanwhile, would monitor the seal, keeping it stable during the delivery and restoring it to its original strength as soon as their son was born.[3]

Tobi threatens to kill Naruto

Tobi threatening to kill Naruto.

Despite all the secrecy, news of Kushina's pregnancy was discovered by Tobi, who overheard it from Kakashi Hatake, Minato's student, while he spoke to Rin Nohara's grave at the Konoha Cemetery.[4] Tobi located where the birth was taking place, infiltrated the barrier, killed the Anbu stationed outside, and arrived inside the cave mere moments after the child, Naruto, was born.[5] Tobi killed the midwives and took Naruto hostage, threatening to kill him if Minato attempted to restore the Nine-Tails' seal. Minato was able to take Naruto back, only to discover explosive tags planted on him. Minato was forced to teleport away with the Flying Thunder God Technique to keep Naruto safe, leaving Kushina behind with Tobi.[6]

Released Kyuubi

The Nine-Tails is released.

Tobi moved Kushina to a new location and placed her under restraint while he took steps to further weaken the seal. As the seal was about to break, he used his Sharingan to enter Kushina's subconscious and place the Nine-Tails under his control.[7] The Nine-Tails was extracted, a process that Kushina survived due to her Uzumaki heritage. Tobi attempted to have the Nine-Tails kill her, but Minato tracked them down in time to save her and escape to a safe-house where he left Naruto. Unconcerned by them, Tobi led the Nine-Tails back to the village.[8]

Attack Edit

Even before the Nine-Tails arrived in the village, some sensed its approach: the young Itachi Uchiha felt something ominous and his infant brother, Sasuke, began to cry; Kakashi detected a change in the air as he spoke with Might Guy, though he did not know the cause; Hiruzen sensed the Nine-Tails while he worked in his office, aghast by the implication. Tobi snuck back in to the village and summoned the Nine-Tails to his location, using it to launch an immediate attack. An Anbu reported the Nine-Tails' appearance to Hiruzen, who had already changed into his combat uniform to lead the village's defence.[9]

Minato vs Tobi

Minato fighting Tobi.

Minato teleported to the Hokage Rock to lend his assistance. The Nine-Tails immediately noticed his presence and attacked with a Tailed Beast Ball, which he sent away with his Flying Thunder God: Guiding Thunder, a contribution noticed by the Ino–Shika–Chō as they headed into battle. Minato attempted to locate Hiruzen so that he could tell him what happened, but he was stopped by Tobi. Tobi started to teleport Minato away, but Minato used his own teleportation to escape. Tobi followed. From Tobi's actions, Minato speculated that Tobi was in fact Madara Uchiha, who had decades earlier tried to use the Nine-Tails to destroy Konoha. Tobi didn't deny Minato's claim, but he did allude to having some purpose behind the attack. Minato and Tobi clashed, with Minato, after some difficulty, finally managing to strike Tobi with the Rasengan.[10]

Group Hiruzen vs Kurama

Konoha fighting the beast.

During his attack, Minato was able to brand Tobi with the Flying Thunder God formula, allowing him to teleport to Tobi's location whenever he wanted. He immediately did do to strike again, this time to place a Contract Seal on Tobi that removed the Nine-Tails from his control. Injured and deprived of his best weapon, Tobi fled, vowing that it was only a temporary setback.[11] In Konoha, meanwhile, many of the village's children had been taken away from the village and confined behind a barrier so that they would not be killed trying to protect the village.[12] Others weren't so fortunate: Iruka Umino's parents, Kohari and Ikkaku, died protecting him from the Nine-Tails' attacks;[13] in the anime, Itachi ran through the village with Sasuke in his arms, trying to find their own parents.

Once free from Tobi's control, the Nine-Tails tried to retreat from the village. It was pursued by Konoha's forces, led by Hiruzen, prompting it to retaliate with another Tailed Beast Ball. Minato returned to the village in time to stop it by summoning Gamabunta above it, having Gamabunta keep the Nine-Tails restrained while he gathered the chakra to teleport it away. Minato took the Nine-Tails to the safe-house where he'd left Kushina and Naruto, it being the furthest away from the village that he could get. Kushina retrained it and cut off access to the area with her Adamantine Sealing Chains while she and Minato decided what to do with it.[14]

Minato and Kushina protect Naruto

Kushina and Minato protecting Naruto.

Already dying from her earlier ordeal, Kushina offered to have the Nine-Tails sealed back in her once again so that it would die with her. Believing the Nine-Tails' power would be needed in the future to face Tobi, Minato rejected this idea, deciding instead to seal the Nine-Tails into Naruto using the Eight Trigrams Seal.[15] Because the Nine-Tails was too powerful to contain within the body of an infant, Minato used the Dead Demon Consuming Seal to cut its chakra in half, leaving only its yang chakra. When it realised what they were planning, the Nine-Tails tried to kill Naruto, forcing Minato and Kushina to use their own bodies to shield him.[16] While Kushina had some final words with Naruto, Minato gave the key to the seal he was about to use to Gerotora and then sent him to Jiraiya.[17]

Hiruzen followed Minato to their location, but could not break through Kushina's barrier. Minato didn't have the time necessary to tell Hiruzen what had happened, choosing instead to make a request of Konoha's villagers via Hiruzen: to regard Naruto as a hero for helping save the village and not hate him for containing the monster that had killed so many.[18] With that, Minato sealed the Nine-Tails into Naruto, adding his and Kushina's chakra to the seal so that they could watch him grow up and someday help him gain control of the Nine-Tails.[19]

Aftermath Edit

Minato and Kushina dead

The attack's final casualties.

Hiruzen brought Naruto back to Konoha. With Minato and Kushina dead, Hiruzen decided it would be best if nobody knew of Naruto's relation to Minato so that Minato's old enemies wouldn't come after him; to that end, he gave Naruto Kushina's family name.[20] Hokage once again, Hiruzen shared Minato's final request with the survivors. Although some, predominately those who personally knew Minato, were willing to follow his instructions, most were not, since they were incapable of setting aside their grief and bitterness in the awake of the death and destruction of the attack. Hoping that future generations wouldn't hate Naruto in the same way that their parents did, Hiruzen forbade anyone from discussing the Nine-Tails.[18] This largely failed, as those in Naruto's age group only copied their parents' hate, though they didn't understand why. Naruto, already an orphan, grew up lonely.[21]

Because Minato was never able to explain what had happened, Konoha's villagers were left to come up with their own explanations for the Nine-Tails' attack. The Nine-Tails had historically attacked human settlements, drawn to large concentrations of humanity's dark nature. Accordingly, many assumed it was just a natural occurrence that nobody was responsible for.[22] Konoha's leadership, however, believed an Uchiha was responsible,[23] both because of the Sharingan's famed ability to control the Nine-Tails and the Uchiha's absence while defending the village.[24] (In the anime, the Uchiha avoided direct engagement with the Nine-Tails on the orders of Danzō Shimura.)[25] The Uchiha, having helped create Konoha decades earlier, were offended by this mistrust, setting in motion the events that would lead to the Uchiha Clan Downfall.

Jiraiya, as Minato's former teacher, believed there was more to the events of that night. He, like Minato, suspected Madara Uchiha's involvement, despite how old Madara would have had to be at the time.[22] He also felt that Minato's decision to seal the Nine-Tails into his own son was significant, assuming he intended for Naruto to someday gain control of the Nine-Tails' power for some purpose Jiraiya couldn't guess. As such, Jiraiya took on Naruto as a disciple once he was old enough, training him to take advantage of the Nine-Tails' chakra and using the key Minato sent to him to accelerate the process. Tobi, the threat that Minato wanted Naruto to be prepared for,[26] would ever-after deny any involvement in the attack, insisting it was the natural outcome of Konoha's years of benefiting off the misfortunes of others.

In the anime, the Nine-Tails left behind some residual chakra during its attack. Kazuma collected this chakra and sealed it within his own son, Sora, turning him into a pseudo-jinchūriki.[27]

References Edit

  1. Chapter 1, page 1
  2. Chapter 500, pages 8-9
  3. Chapter 500, pages 9-10, 12
  4. Chapter 607, pages 6-7
  5. Chapter 500, pages 13-17
  6. Chapter 501, pages 1-6
  7. Chapter 501, page 7
  8. Chapter 501, pages 12-17
  9. Chapter 502, pages 1-6
  10. Chapter 502, pages 7-17
  11. Chapter 503, pages 3-4, 8
  12. Chapter 503, page 9
  13. Chapter 503, pages 5-7
  14. Chapter 503, pages 10-17
  15. Chapter 503, pages 13-19
  16. Chapter 504, pages 1-9
  17. Chapter 504, pages 10-14
  18. 18.0 18.1 Chapter 1
  19. Chapter 499, page 3
  20. Chapter 440, page 5
  21. Chapter 2
  22. 22.0 22.1 Chapter 370, pages 15-16
  23. Chapter 399, page 15
  24. Chapter 502, page 2
  25. Naruto: Shippūden episode 358
  26. Chapter 440, page 10
  27. Naruto: Shippūden episode 68

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