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Namikaze Minato was the 4th Hokage of the Konoha village. The Fourth Hokage debuted in chapter 239 of the Naruto manga, but in episode 1 of the anime. He is also known by the name "Yellow Flash" because of his extremely fast transportation techniques.
He was one of the legendary Sannin's (Jiraiya's) students. Minato was first mentioned only as a Hokage who died in battle, but was later revealed to be Naruto Uzumaki's father.
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The name "Minato" means "harbour" (港), while his family name "Namikaze" (波風) means "waves and wind".
According to Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets, Minato was 147 cm when he saved Kushina from Kumogakure.
According to the Databooks, the Fourth Hokage's hobby was reading. He specifically enjoyed reading Jiraiya's works, even going as far as to name his son Naruto, after the main character of Jairaya's first published work - The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi .
Kushina and Minato were hoping that their son Naruto would be just as determined as the character from the book (and thus its author). Jiraiya tried to convince them to make a different choice since that would make him Naruto's godfather, but they insisted that this was a good idea.
Later in Naruto: Shippuden, Jiraiya dedicated his next book to Naruto.
Minato and Kushina naming their child Naruto
Curiously, Namikaze Minato is the only named member of the genin team lead by Jiraiya. Neither the names nor status of the other two member were ever mentioned in the series.
However, in a flashback that Kushina Uzumaki had, one of these students can be seen sitting behind Minato at the Academy.
In the episode 72. of the anime, we have found a single screenshot of the members of the team along with their teacher, Jiraiya.
The Yellow Flash is often hailed as one of the strongest shinobi in history.
His strength was so widely acknowledged that during the Third Shinobi War, enemy ninjas were given flee on sight orders, and this was even before he was given the title of Hokage.
In Naruto chapter 240 - page 11, there is a scene where one of the Hidden Rock Village shinobi gets ambushed by Konoha's Yellow Flash.
He says: "Our Hidden Rock Village...we were taught by our commanders to escape if we saw that person...".
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Minato had learned a lot of sealing techniques from his wife, Kushina Uzumaki and some by Jiraiya.
Kushina comes from the Uzumaki clan that was well known for their sealing techniques.
Minato has three nature types: wind, lightning and fire. We got a chance to see them in Naruto anime episodes.
Minato was never fond of ninjutsu because he believed that using hand signs is time consuming.
After the Third War, Orochimaru wanted to become the Fourth Hokage. Sensing the darkness in him, the one who was against Orochimaru being the 4th Hokage was Sasuke Sarutobi, he did not recommend Orochimaru.
Thus, Minato Namikaze became the Yondaime of Konohagakure (The Hidden Leaf village).
After becoming Hokage, Minato Namikaze began becoming more proud of himself. Instead of using "watashi", he started referring to himself as "ore", which is a prideful way of saying "I" or "me". Of course, this did not make him haughty as he still addressed others with the appropriate honorifics.
Even though he was exceptional at fighting, Minato was actually a sensory type ninja. As talented as he was, he could sense Naruto from the Hidden Leaf village while being in a battlefield.
Namikaze Minato was the one who developed a technique called the Rasengan. The idea popped up in his mind after seeing the Tailed Beast Bomb. Unsuccessfully, he tried to combine nature type with this technique.
In the fourth Naruto Shippūden movie and the seventh overall, The Lost Tower, when performing the Supreme Ultimate Rasengan, Minato's chakra is a light green colour as opposed to the standard blue which appears when Naruto is creating the Rasengan.
Minato Namikaze has also appeared in Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie, where he never became a Hokage and he and Kushina were still alive.
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The Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series are known in Japan as the Naruto: Narutimate Series. These series are fighting games, based on the manga and anime series Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto.
They were developed by CyberConnect2 and released by Namco Bandai starting with Naruto: Ultimate Ninja in 2005. Later on, four more titles were published following five spin offs for the Play Station Portable and a follow-up for Play Station 3 called Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm. The newest released version is Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4.
Though not a playable character, Namikaze Minato appears in early installments of the Ultimate Ninja series as part of Naruto's ultimate technique called "Mysterious Aid Arrives".
Namikaze Minato had a couple of cameo appearances:
- Yondaime's silhouette can be seen in the background of the third opening of Naruto Shippuden. He is standing behind Naruto and Sora and under the Kyuubi, in reference to its attack on Konoha that binds all four characters.
- Minato also appears, in the Hidden Leaft Village Grand Sports Festival!, in the hallway of the stadium when Naruto is running to the toilets. This scene had rather a comical effect.
- In the Rock Lee spin-off manga and anime, the 4th Hokage was seen in both the posters of Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie and Road to Guy in episode 17. However, his official debut was in Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power episode 37.
Strangely, in chapter 178 of the Naruto manga, the colour of Fourth Hokage's robes are inverted.
According to the databooks Minato completed 847 official missions in total: 122 D-rank, 147 C-rank, 216 B-rank, 323 A-rank, 39 S-rank.
Minato’s seiyuu, Toshiyuki Morikawa, also voices Enel and Hatchan from One Piece and Lord Boros from One Punch Man!
About Naruto series.
Naruto is a manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The story revolves around Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who dreams to become the Hokage, the leader of his village.
The One-Shot manga, on which Naruto was based on, was published in the August 1997. issue of Akamaru Jump. Later on, the manga was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. The premiere of the anime adaptation was on October 3, 2002. The Naruto anime was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. The first series had 220 episodes, while Naruto Shippuden, a sequel, has been airing since February 15th, 2007.
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