Minato Namikaze is the fourth Hokage of the leaf village. He was also known as the yellow flash of the leaf.Minato was a very humble and collected man. He was very perceptive; he was noted as not to do something without a reason.
|Alias||Yellow flash of the leaf|
|First Appearance in Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #168 “The Fourth Hokage”|
|Voice Actors||Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese dub), Tony Oliver (English dub)|
|Village||Konohagakure (village hidden by the leaf)|
Minato Namikaze belonged to the Namikaze clan, information about his birth parents is unknown. He joined the ninja academy for the sole purpose of earning the villager’s respect and becoming the Hokage. He was a natural prodigy as a ninja, the kind which appears only once in a generation. He was added to a genin team under the leadership of Jiraiya. Jiraiya took a special interest in Minato and took him on as his apprentice, teaching him many of his signature techniques.
Kushina Uzumaki was transferred to his class. Minato was immediately drawn to her due to her bright red hair which he found to be very beautiful. Years later after they graduated Kushina was kidnapped. Konoha did not send their forces it’s to retrieve her and only Minato went alone. He notices Kushina’s red hair which will be left behind by her to mark where they were taking her. Minato acted alone and went to rescue her from her kidnappers on the way back. Minato confessed his admiration for her hair and strength which caused Kushina to fall in love with him.
After proving himself as an accomplished and responsible Ninja Minato was placed in charge of his team which consists of Rin Nohara, Obito Uchiha, and Kakashi Hatake. He was also told by the Third Hokage to help Kakashi overcome the bitterness that was caused by his father's death.
Minato even contributed a lot during the Third Great Shinobi war and due to his lightning-fast speed while fighting the others he was also known as the Yellow Flash of the leaf.
For his outstanding performance during the war, Minato was chosen to become the fourth Hokage of the leaf. He also tried to help Kakashi(who was then a part of Anbu) by telling him to look after his wife Kushina during her pregnancy.
After the birth of Naruto on 10th, October and Minato didn’t even get time to be with his son as he had to fight the nine tailed beast who had attacked the village. After battling foe a long time Minato finally manged to seal the Nine Tailed best inside Naruto and the other half inside himself. He later on died along with Kushina while protecting his son.
Minato was one of the most powerful shinobi in history, considered by many as unmatched by anyone else. Minato was able to detect his enemy’s chakra from a distance and was also trained by Jiraiya to summon toads. He was also proficient in nature transformations of fire, wind, and lightning.
Minato had his special brand of Kunai which he used as a normal weapon while fighting or he would throw them at opponents and transport himself to them.
Minato learned several fūinjutsu from Jiraiya and Kushina. The most notable of these was the Eight Trigrams Sealing Style he used to seal the Nine-Tails' chakra half into Naruto, Knowing the seal would slowly weaken over time, Minato created a key that could accelerate or reverse this process.
Minato's large chakra reserves enabled him to learnsenjutsu of Mount Myōboku, enhancing his techniques and physical parameters by entering Sage Mode. He could perfectly balance the natural energy with his chakra.
His chakra control was very refined, which is seen by his creation of the Rasengan and his ability to weave hand seals with only one hand.
Minato spent three years developing his special ability known as Rasengan which was a ball of chakra. This technique has very precise chakra control and Minato had mastered it quite well. Some of his special abilities are
1. If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
2. Don’t be afraid of death, be afraid of the unlived life
3. Turning your back on your village is as bad as abandoning a child
4. To be a ninja is to confront hatred
5. Dying to make a better life for his son, that’s a father job to handle
A. At his base form Minato is faster than the 4th Raikage. When he enters Sage mode, he become 5-10 times faster
A. The inscription on Minato’s kunai translates to ‘Sword of shinobi’s love.’
A. He was feared mostly because of his ability to use the Flying thunder and Body Flicker technique.