Bunzo is a fictional character in the popular manga and its anime adaptation, the Naruto series, written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.
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Bunzo is a Naruto series character who made his debut, albeit briefly mentioned, in Naruto Episode 97, "Kidnapped! Naruto’s Hot Spring Adventure!" He is a citizen of the Land of Tea and is a member of the infamous Akagi Gang in the Land of Tea.
|First Appearance in Anime||Naruto Episode 97: Kidnapped! Naruto’s Hot Spring Adventure!|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Atsushi Goto|
|English Voice Actor||Wally Wingert|
|Status||Presumed Alive (Based on his last appearance)|
|Affiliation||Land of Tea|
Very little is known about his childhood as Bunzo’s past is still shrouded in mystery. Bunzo was introduced in the series as a loan collector working for the Akagi Gang in the Land of Tea. Additionally, he is only a part of the Naruto anime, making him a filler, non-canon character in the series.
The Search for Tsunade arc of Naruto, episode 97, featured Bunzo for the first time. In the storyline, Bunzo and Senta, his partner, were sent to track Tsunade Senju to retrieve the money she owed to their boss in the Akagi family. Without recovering the loan Tsunade owed, they could not return to their families. As a result, as the years went by, they got desperate. They made the decision to take the First Hokage's Necklace, which was the most priceless item, to Tsunade and use it as leverage.
They were unaware that Tsunade had given the necklace to Naruto Uzumaki, who later engaged them in a battle to reclaim it. They then clarify their stance, saying they must either get the money back or continue attempting to do so without being able to return home to their families. Naruto then promised to assist in collecting Tsunade's debt. After confronting Tsunade with Naruto's help, they eventually learn, ironically, that Tsunade had returned their boss's money when she and Shizune had visited their town a year earlier.
After learning the truth, Bunzo returned to his family. Since Bunzo has not been seen or mentioned since this incident, it is hard to determine whether he is dead or alive. Unless new information comes to light that suggests otherwise, it is currently believed that he is alive and well.
There isn't much information available regarding Bunzo's personality due to his lack of appearance and relevant information in the series. It is evident that Bunzo is a mature and responsible adult from his role in the series. He is loyal to the Akagi Gang and spent three years apart from his family following their leader’s orders and collecting the debt from Tsunade. Although it is also arguable that he did so for his family. He is a man of determination but at the same time, is also a little cowardly.
Bunzo is a middle-aged man with an average frame, long, black hair that he wears pulled back in a ponytail, and dark eyes. He wears a dark robe with a grey shirt underneath, a beige band tied around his waist with matching pants paired with standard sandals. He also carries a sword on his back and wears dark hand and leg warmers.
Bunzo was never seen unleashing his abilities in the Naruto series. Based on the fact he always had a sword on his personal, it is believed that he is trained in Kenjutsu and is capable of holding his own in a sword fight.
A. Bunzo is a Naruto series character who made his debut, albeit briefly mentioned, in Naruto Episode 97, "Kidnapped! Naruto’s Hot Spring Adventure!" He is a citizen of the Land of Tea and is a member of the infamous Akagi Gang in the Land of Tea.
A. Bunzo is voiced by Kosuke Okano in the original Japanese version of the anime. Richard Cansino voiced Bunzo in the English Dub of the anime.