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Naruto: 15 Things You Never Knew About Minato And Kushina

The undoubted star of the Naruto franchise may be a certain enthusiastic blond-haired youngster but it was Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki that brought Naruto into the world, figuratively speaking at least.

Although Minato and Kushina may have only birthed their son in a narrative sense, both parents are excellently conceptualized and vividly fascinating characters in their own right. More importantly, they both contribute to the personality and character traits of Naruto himself, and despite being absent for his entire upbringing, the future Seventh Hokage inherits elements from both parents-- some subtle, some very obvious.

Although Minato was a revered ninja as a young child, Kushina’s role as Jinchūriki of the Nine Tails – as well as her striking appearance – made life difficult for the young girl, but when she and Minato paired up, their love brought harmony and balance to both of their lives. However, the tale of Minato and Kushina is a tragic one.

With Minato installed as Hokage and Kushina pregnant with the couple’s first child, things could hardly have been better for the budding family. Unfortunately, on the night of Naruto’s birth, an invader attacked the village, releasing the Nine Tailed Fox from Kushina during childbirth.

Ultimately, both parents gave their lives to save their newborn son and the entire village, sealing the Nine Tails into their child and kick-starting the entire story in the process.

Although both characters died prior to the beginning of Naruto, the title character’s parents are pivotal and popular figures in the franchise.

Here are 15 Things You Never Knew About Minato And Kushina.

15 Minato Could Erase Memories

Everybody knows that Minato Namikaze had a frightening array of techniques at his disposal and that the ninja became famous for his use of the Flying Thunder God and the Rasengan. However, in the Naruto Shippuden movie The Lost Tower, Minato uses a very different type of technique – memory erasure.

The Lost Tower is a time-bending tale that sees a present-day Naruto team up with Minato from the past in order to take down a common enemy.

Although Minato eventually makes the connection that Naruto is his future son, he is also acutely aware of the Butterfly Effect and makes a conscious effort to not learn anything that may alter the natural course of time. As a precaution, Minato uses the Memory Erasing Seal on himself and his team to wipe the encounter from their minds.

Such a technique would be a significant ability for Minato to possess, but seeing as he only ever used it once and movies aren’t generally considered canon, it could be argued that the true Kishimoto version of Minato may not have had this power.

14 Naruto Got His Love Of Ramen From His Mother

As science's “nature or nurture” debate rumbles on eternally, it seems that Naruto is leaning more towards the “nature” camp, particularly where ramen is concerned. Naruto Uzumaki’s love for the noodle-based dish is well documented and can be partly attributed to his being an orphan and not having anyone at home to cook meals.

However, another factor in Naruto’s choice of favorite food is surely that his mother also considered ramen her favorite meal. As revealed in the third Naruto data book, Kushina was particularly fond of shio ramen – a salt based variety.

It’s certainly interesting that, despite growing up without even knowing who his parents were, Naruto still took on some of their characteristics such as eating ramen and the annoying “ya know!” speech habit.

13 Minato Mastered Three Elemental natures, Kushina Had Two

As Kakashi so expertly explains, everyone has an affinity for at least one of the five basic elemental natures: Fire, Earth, Wind, Water, and Lightning. However, with skill and training, a Shinobi can master more than one nature transformation, for example Sasuke was proficient in the Lightning and Fire styles from an early age.

As is typical of a high level ninja, Minato could harness three different elements: Fire, Lightning, and Wind. Interestingly, Kushina could use both Wind and Water styles, presumably as a result of her home village. Therefore, the only element Naruto’s parents didn’t have covered between them was the Earth transformation.

Strangely, Naruto was only seen to master one element (without the help of Tailed Beasts or the Sage of Six Paths) and that was the Wind element that both of his parents had an affinity for.

12 Masashi Kishimoto Partly Based Kushina On His Own Wife

Very often, the most popular and relatable characters are the ones who are based on real-world figures from the writer’s own life, and this is as true in the world of animation as it is in live-action. Despite not appearing very often in Naruto, Kushina became a very popular and well-rounded character and this may be due to the fact that Masashi Kishimoto partly based her on his own wife.

In a 2013 interview with Naruto publisher Shonen Jump (available to read at Saiyan Island), Kishimoto stated “Kushina is based a little bit on my wife. She’s a bit like that, a little scary.This is, of course, a reference to Kushina’s famous temper which she displayed when teased about her red hair.

Kishimoto was obviously keen on using his own partner as a template for the wives of Naruto, as the new Borutoanime series has painted the likes of Hinata and Temari in a similar “scary” fashion.

11 Minato Holds The Chūnin Written Exam Record At The Konoha Academy

Despite coming from a relatively unknown clan, Minato Namikaze was heralded as a child prodigy very early in his ninja career and the youngster’s skill was made even more obvious when he attained the highest scores in the history of Konoha academy.

In the Itachi Uchiha spinoff Book of Bright Light, Itachi is taking the famous written section of the Chūnin Exams where students are encouraged to cheat without getting caught by the invigilators. Itachi manages to complete the test without outside aid and is later told that he received the second-highest score of all time, only being bested by Minato Namikaze.

The reveal is testament to the Fourth Hokage’s supreme intelligence, observational skill, strong work ethic and resourcefulness and until stated otherwise, it must be assumed that Minato still holds the record in the current timeline.

10 Both Of Their Names Are Inspired By Japanese Mythology

In the Naruto franchise, it’s very common for character names to have some kind of deeper significance and this is true for both Minato and Kushina.

The Japanese myth of Yamata No Orochi (whose own name should sound familiar to Naruto fans, bearing in mind the creature was serpent-like) features a princess called Kushinada who is saved by the god Susanoo, with the two eventually becoming husband and wife.

Although the story itself mirrors how Kushina and Minato fell in love, the name Susanoo is mostly associated with the Uchiha clan in Naruto, rather than the Fourth Hokage. However, the mythological character was the god of seas and storms and Minato’s surname “Namikaze” translates to “waves and wind.”

Certainly then, there seems to be a strong connection between this classic myth and Naruto’s parents.

9 Minato's Actor Also Voices Sephiroth

If any fans of the Final Fantasy series felt that Minato’s voice sounded a little familiar, there’s a good reason for that: the same voice actor is responsible for playing one of the best known villains in video game history-- Sephiroth.

Indeed, voice artist Toshiyuki Morikawa has played the sword-wielding villain in the Advent Children movie, as well as a variety of video games including Crisis Core, Dissidia, and Kingdom Hearts 2. Although able to turn his vocal cords to both protagonists and antagonists, Morikawa is known for mostly playing powerful and authoritative types in animation and video games.

Intriguingly, the actor is also frequently the Japanese dubbed voice of Hollywood A-Listers Ewan McGregor, Tom Cruise, and Keanu Reeves, voicing characters as diverse as Ethan Hunt, Neo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and John Wick in his career.

8 They Have Been Together Since Roughly Age 12, And Died at 24

Pin-pointing ages in the Naruto universe can be a bit of a nightmare, particularly when it comes to characters that died before the series began and are then get reanimated, but are revived at the same age they were when they died etc, etc...

The fourth Naruto data book did, however, manage to clear up some of the confusion surrounding Minato and Kushina’s ages, confirming that, when the duo first fell in love after Minato’s rescue mission, they were roughly 12 years old. Furthermore, when the Nine Tails attack took place, Naruto was born, and the couple sadly lost their lives, Minato and Kushina were only 24.

Although the lovers enjoyed a long relationship together, their adult lives were very much short-lived and the budding young family were cut down in their prime. Strangely, this also means that, when Naruto and Minato team up in the final arc, Naruto (at 17 years old) isn’t actually much younger than his 24 year-old reanimated Dad.

7 Minato Was Ambidextrous

Minato was one of the most intelligent Shinobi of all time, one of the strongest characters in the entire series and mastered a glut of amazing techniques. So it perhaps shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that he didn’t favor one hand over the other.

In fact, you could possibly argue that Minato was predominantly a leftie, as when the character performs a summon technique, he does so with his left hand. This means that the hand he signed the original contract with was also his left.

However, in Minato’s fight scenes, he is regularly seen to use both hands interchangeably, either to throw kunai, use sealing Jutsu, or throw the Rasengan. Therefore, it has to be concluded that the Fourth Hokage can add being ambidextrous to his extensive set of skills.

6 The Anime Adaptation Cut Kushina's Hair

Naruto’s mother was always famous for her long, red, Uzumaki hair and, although it was often a point of ridicule for her as a youngster, it also ultimately brought Minato and Kushina together. However, there seems to be a discrepancy between the anime and manga as to just how long her hair should be.

In Kishimoto’s original artwork, Kushina’s hair comes right down to her ankles, emphasizing the feature that she was widely renowned for. In the anime however, Kushina’s locks are chopped down to a more regular waist-level length. This alteration is most noticeable during the scene in which Naruto and his mother meet for the first time.

It’s not clear why Kushina’s most distinctive feature was scaled down for the anime adaptation, but it perhaps has something to do with making the character look more conventional and motherly.

5 Naruto's Orange Theme Mixes His Mother And Father's Nicknames

The color orange has been a part of Naruto’s character and design since the ninja first appeared, with his distinctive jacket later morphing into an orange and black get-up for Shippuden. The character even referred to himself as “Konoha’s Orange Hokage.”

However, there is more meaning to this characteristic than meets the eye. Naruto’s father Minato was widely known as “Konoha’s Yellow Flash” due to his unmatched speed and bright blond hair, whilst Kushina was nicknamed the “Red Hot Habanero” due to both her hair color and fiery temper.

As anyone who successfully graduated pre-school will known, putting together yellow and red produces orange, just as putting together Minato and Kushina produced Naruto. It’s unclear whether Kishimoto intended this from the very start, or whether it was an extra layer of depth added later in the series.

4 In Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, Kushina Uses Cooking Utensils As Weapons

The Naruto series has regularly attracted criticism for the portrayal of its female characters and the video game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution did absolutely nothing to dispel this myth.

Kushina is a fully playable character in the game, but instead of using traditional ninja tools such as shuriken and kunai, her weapons are kitchen utensils. Obviously this was a reference to Kushina’s skill as a cook – Minato in particular was a big fan of her food – but it’s also hard to escape the sexist overtones that giving a female ninja a pan instead of a weapon creates.

The move is particularly insulting, as the character was a skilled ninja in her own right, able to do wonders with sealing Jutsu. She was also one of the few people who managed to survive a Tailed Beast extraction.

3 Minato Appears Alive In The Grand Sports Festival

Released in 2004, Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival is an O.V.A. that sees the Konoha 11 compete in sporting events to win a break from missions. Unfortunately, Naruto is suffering from one of his awfully timed stomach complaints and keeps rushing off to bathroom. Thrilling stuff.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the entire special however, is that when Naruto is running to the toilet, several rarely-seen characters can be spotted in the hallways, including Naruto’s own father Minato.

Although now viewed as nothing more than a comedy cameo in a filler animation, back when Grand Sports Festival was released, the full story of Minato had yet to be explored. As such, this early on-screen appearance was quite significant and furthered some fan theories that the Fourth Hokage was actually still alive.

2 Obito Was Kushina's Favorite Student In Team Minato

Teachers aren’t usually allowed to have favorite students but that rule doesn’t apply to teacher’s spouses apparently. When Minato became a Jonin, he was put in charge of his own three-man Genin team consisting of Kakashi, Rin, and Obito. At that time, Kakashi was selfish and withdrawn, still suffering from his father’s death and Rin was her typical cheerful, supportive self.

Obito, on the other hand, was charismatic, friendly, and helpful but with a determined and hard-working side that drove him towards his goal of becoming Hokage. It was this attitude that made Obito Kushina’s favorite youngster in team Minato, and she hoped that her own child would possess a similar outlook on life.

Although Naruto did indeed end up having a similar personality to that of young Obito, Minato’s former student was ultimately responsible for Kushina’s death, her husband’s death, and the orphaning of her child. It's safe to say that her favorite is probably Rin nowadays.

1 Minato Was More Popular With Fans Than His Wife

Shonen Jump regularly hold fan polls to decide which characters in their premiere series are the most popular, and in the seventh Naruto poll, it was revealed that, although readers were fond of both characters, Minato (ranked 7th) was more popular than Kushina (21st).

To be fair, Minato enjoys a lot more screen time than his wife and his scenes are considerably more action-packed, with loads of flashy attacks. Subsequently, his high popularity compared to Kushina was perhaps inevitable.

However, it’s testament to the strength of both characters that, despite debuting relatively late in the story and not having a huge amount of time on screen, fans immediately took both Minato and Kushina to their hearts and embraced them just as strongly as Naruto himself did on screen.

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Naruto: 10 Things You Should Know About Kushina Uzumaki

Kushina Uzumaki is the red-haired, willful mother of the titular protagonist Naruto Uzumaki. She was known for her fiery personality, her containment of the Nine-Tailed Beast Kurama, and her relationship with Naruto's father Minato Namikaze.

RELATED: 10 Giveaways Minato Was Naruto's Father All Along

However, she wasn't eclipsed by her famous partner, the Fourth Hokage. Though fans didn't get to see much of Kushina throughout the series, since her appearances were limited to the occasional flashback, she quickly became a fan favorite. Her love for Naruto and her strength of character shine through in the anime, leaving fans in tears when she makes her on-screen appearances.

10 Like Naruto, Kushina Had An Unbelievable Amount Of Chakra

The Uzumaki clan is characterized by its incredibly large reserves of chakra, or life force. This is alluded to multiple times when a young Naruto can pull off the feat of summoning an entire battalion of shadow clones. According to Naruto's sensei Kakashi Hatake, jonin, who are typically the only ninja strong enough to form a true shadow clone, can only produce a few at a time.

Like her son, Kushina also had an impressive amount of chakra which allowed her to restrain Kurama even after having him extracted and giving birth within the same night.

9 Kushina Was One The Few Jinchuriki Who Survived A Tailed Beast Extraction

Few of the jinchuriki survive having a tailed beast extracted from them. This is most notably seen when the Akatsuki take Shukaku out of Gaara during the Kazekage Rescue Mission arc. He dies and is only saved when Lady Chiyo gives up her life, using a forbidden jutsu to resurrect him.

However, Kushina not only survives the extraction of Kurama, but she also survives it while weakened from childbirth. This is explained by the Uzumaki clan's large amounts of chakra. Since they're so hardy, multiple members of the Uzumaki clan are known to have survived the extraction of a tailed beast.

8 She Was A Master Of Fuinjutsu And Could Even Seal The Nine-Tails

The Uzumaki clan, at its height, was revered and feared for their incredibly powerful fuinjutsu, or sealing jutsu. In fact, it was this very fear over the capabilities of these sealing jutsu that led to the clan being massacred.

When the Nine-Tailed Beast attacked Konohagakure twelve years before the start of the Naruto series, Kushina and her partner, Minato, used these superior sealing techniques to trap Kurama within their infant son. One of the most well-known of the Uzumaki sealing jutsu is the Reaper Death Seal, also known as the Dead Demon Consuming Seal or Fuinjutsu: Shiki Fujin.

7 Naruto And Kushina Share A Similar Verbal Tic

Naruto is famous for his signature catchphrase "dattebayo" in Japanese and "believe it" in the English dub. While sometimes this is depicted as an immature or annoying tendency, it later becomes endearing. When fans learn about its origins, they can't help but respect it.

It turns out that Naruto was not the only one with a verbal tic. His mother also says a version of this: "dattebane." Both mother and son seem to use it when they're embarrassed or worried. Kushina lives on through her son in many ways.

6 She Was The Second Jinchuriki For Kurama, After The First Hokage's Wife

The Uzumaki clan is well-known for producing shinobi with astounding levels of chakra, and they're often chosen as the hosts for the Nine-Tailed Beast. The first was Mito Uzumaki, the wife of the First Hokage, Hashirama Senju. The second jinchuriki was Kushina, who eventually gave birth to another host, Naruto.

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It was an obvious choice to have the Uzumaki be the typical jinchuriki for Kurama, as they're known for their large quantities of chakra in addition to their formidable sealing jutsu. They continued to play this role into Naruto's generation.

5 She Was Mischievous And Loved Playing Pranks

Like Naruto, who the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi, looked at as a lovable nuisance, Kushina also had a devious streak.

When viewers first meet Naruto at the beginning of the series, he's known as the "number one knuckle-headed ninja" for his pranks and antics like graffitiing the Hokage statues, which are supposed to be respected and revered. He also dresses up in flashy makeup and strikes a dramatic pose for his school photo. Kushina, too, had a love of practical jokes and pranks, according to the Naruto databooks.

4 She Named Naruto After One Of Jiraiya's Book Characters

With Minato being the student of the Toad Sage, Jiraiya, it's no surprise that he and his wife would look up to the Legendary Sannin. They respected him so much, in fact, that they named their child after one of the characters in his novels.

RELATED: Naruto: 10 Things Jiraiya Would Be Doing If He Were Still Alive

Though by the time Naruto is grown Jiraiya is more invested in his series of romance novels, his book, The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi, plays an important role in developing Naruto's philosophies of peace and what it means to be shinobi.

3 Sasuke's Mother And Kushina Were Friends

In a flashback to the moment Kushina meets the infant Sasuke, cradled in his mother's arms, fans learn that Naruto and Sasuke's mothers were friends. Mikoto and Kushina coincidentally both gave birth within a few months of one another. Eventually, their sons would become bitter rivals and best friends.

While it seems like a convenient detail, it may actually point to the tension between the Senju clan, which is deeply intertwined with the Uzumaki clan, and the Uchiha clan from the days of Hashirama Senju and Madara Uchiha.

2 Naruto Inherited His Love Of Ramen From His Mother

Naruto is infamous for his love of ramen, and he is one of Ichiraku Ramen's best customers. When in Konoha, fans seldom see him without a cup of instant ramen or a bowl of restaurant ramen at some point. He even shares a love of ramen with his wife, Hinata, who won an eating contest at Ichiraku.

Naruto's deep love of ramen might also be genetic, as it is noted his mother is a fan of ramen, particularly shio ramen, or salt-flavored ramen. It would seem that love for ramen holds the Uzumaki family together.

1 She Expresses Her Love For Her Son With Practical Advice

In one of the most heart-wrenching moments of the Naruto franchise, Naruto gets to see a message left for him by his parents. As his mother and father died sealing Kurama into him, they were able to seal a message along with the Nine-Tails.

Instead of revealing any mysterious secrets or waxing poetic about how she loved him, Kushina does something even more touching. She tells him to grow up strong, eat well, take showers, and generally take care of himself, as she knows she can no longer do that for him. In the end, Naruto can respond to this message when his father's spirit is allowed to rest in peace, and tell his mother how he's tried to take her advice.

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The Couple

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MinaKushi (Japanese ミナクシ MinaKushi) is the term used to refer to the romantic relationship between Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki. They are one of the canon couples in the series and are the parents of Naruto Uzumaki.

Their Relationship

Part II

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Arc

In the beginning, Kushina was ordered to leave her village and live in Konohagakure. Having no knowledge of this, she was approached by Mito, who confirmed that it was due to her special chakra. She was to be the next jinchūriki of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox. Terrified by the idea, 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.

Revealed by the flashbacks of Kushina's memories, Minato was somewhat shy when Kushina was first introduced and because of this, he dreamed of being acknowledged by the Konoha villagers by becoming the Hokage. Kushina considered this to be an impossible dream for someone like him, since her thoughts of him consisted of girly, weird and strange.

At some point in time, Kushina was kidnapped by Kumogakure shinobi, who wanted to make use of her special chakra in order to gain control of the Nine-Tails. 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 was the only one to pick up on the fact that she was leaving behind strands of her red hair to mark their path. After rescuing her, Minato explained that he had always admired her hair. No longer seeing him as "Unreliable, weird and strange", she fell in love with him.

Over the next several years, Minato and Kushina went on to marry and she helped him achieve his dream of becoming Hokage acknowledged by the village; Minato was named the Fourth Hokage. Sometime later, Kushina became pregnant and both were overjoyed of becoming parents and they decided to name their unborn son Naruto after the main character in Jiraiya's latest book, making him Naruto's godfather, because they hoped their son would grow up to be a strong ninja like his namesake..

Because the seal keeping the Nine-Tails within Kushina's body would weaken 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, 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 defense.

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.

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 realized 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.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Arc

Minato wants to talk to Naruto but Naruto tells to him that men do not need to waste time talking and says that he already met his mother's chakra and knows what they want to tells him. As he admires Naruto's courge, Minato cries and claims that this feeling is like being with Kushina.

In Minato's flashbacks, Kushina is seen saying her goodbyes to Minato as he leaves for a mission. Minato says that he would never die before seeing the face of his child, which Kushina replies that after the child is born, she will have one more thing to worry about. She laments to Minato about her worries, but Minato states that he will protect his child no matter what because he is his father.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes

After sealing Kaguya, The Sage of the six paths summon Naruto and the rest back from kaguya's dimension. Minato congratulates Naruto on finally ending the war and wishes him a happy seventheenth birthday. Happy with his son's prospects for the future, Minato returned to the afterlife by the sage of the six paths with Minato silently promising to tell Kushina everything about their son.

Post-Part II

The Last: Naruto the Movie

There is a genjutsu in a glowing lake of a cave that shuts intruders away in a world of memories. The person's memories will appear on the moon. Naruto, Hinata, Sakura, Sai and Shikamaru fell into the genjutsu when they dive into the lake. When the team wakes up from their dream and continues to move to the other surface of the lake, Minato and Kushina can be seen together in one of the moons.

Evidence

  • They are revealed to be married and being the parents of the main character of the series, Naruto Uzumaki.
  • They fell in love with each other at young age.[1]
  • During the incident when Kushina was kidnapped, Minato was the only rescuer who noticed that she had been leaving a trail of red hair.[2]
  • Kushina stated that her red hair had brought her to Minato, the person of her destiny and it has became her own "red thread of fate" .[3]

Quotes

Kushina to Naruto about Minato - Chapter 498:

  • "I moved to the Leaf Village when I was very young...Your father and I were just kids. The first time I saw your father...Minato, I thought he looked like a flaky girl-boy."

Kushina to Naruto about Minato - Chapter 498:

  • "He was the only one who noticed the trail of red strands. As he held me, he said he noticed my beautiful hair right away. That time, I saw Minato as an amazingly splendid ninja. He made me believe he could fulfill 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". From that day, I liked my own hair and… most of all, I loved Minato."

Kushina to Minato - Chapter 503:

  • "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."

Minato about Naruto - Chapter 645:

  • "These feelings… It's really nostalgic. Even though the situation is so hard… He looks like he could do anything… Right… It feels exactly as if I were with Kushina… That's what it is..."

Minato to Kushina.

  • (To Kushina) "Because I know that you’re strong, in body and in spirit. But this is a fight between two villages. It’s different from other fights, so… I didn’t want to lose you."

Minato to Kushina about sealing the Nine-Tails inside Naruto.

  • "Have a little faith! He is our son after all!"[90]

Minato's last words to Naruto about Kushina.

  • "Naruto… This is your dad. Listen… To your nagging mother."[91]

Kushina to Naruto about Minato.

  • "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]

Databook

Databook 4 (Kushina's Profile):

  • "Her heart was captured by Minato who noticed her red hair and rescued her from kidnapping."
  • "Her childhood was a complex mess. It was because of Minato's words that she was able to like herself."
  • "The times when she was together with Minato at the dinner table,and full of happiness - those were the moments Kushina truly loved."
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Among the fans

MinaKushi is probably the most famous couple between the canon couples in the series and has a big amount of supporters. It is supported due the scenes and moments shown during the series.

Trivia

  • Kushina was nicknamed the "Red Hot-Blooded Habanero" while his father was famed as the "Yellow Flash". Naruto's appropriate self-styled title of "Konoha's Orange Hokage" refers to the fact that the colour orange is a mixture of both red and yellow.
  • According to Naruto Databook 3: Sha no Sho, Minato's favourite food was Kushina's homemade cooking.
  • Kushina and her son, Naruto has their own "red thread of fate". The red thread of fate, also referred to as the 'red thread of destiny', 'red string of fate', 'red string of destiny' 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 chapter 498, Kushina mentions that her red hair became her own "red thread of fate" that eventually linked her to Minato, the person of her destiny.
    • In the Last: Naruto the Movie, Naruto used to have a red scarf when he is young but it was wrecked after he defends Hinata from the bullies. Since then, Hinata kept that red scarf and she knits him a new one that looks similar to his old ones. Hinata eventually gives Naruto the red scarf she knitted, that he wears in the movie and the poster of the movie, as a Call Back and Meaningful Echo to his own mother's soulmate story.

External Links

References

  1. ↑Manga: Chaper 498
  2. ↑Manga: Chapter 498
  3. ↑Manga: Chapter 498
Sours: https://narutocouples.fandom.com/wiki/MinaKushi
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