Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Funeral Song of Minato, The Fourth Hokage
Minato Namikaze (波風 ミナト, Namikaze Minato?) was the Fourth Hokage (四代目火影, Yondaime Hokage?). He had a son, Naruto Uzumaki, with Kushina Uzumaki, whom they decided to name after the main character in one of his mentor Jiraiya's, books. Soon after Naruto's birth, Minato sealed the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox into his son's body. Doing so cost him his life. Before he died, he asked that the villagers of Konoha not to see Naruto for the monster within him but as a hero who saved the village, a request that was ignored by most. It is unclear as to whether Naruto is aware of his relationship with Minato, although the two share several traits that are often pointed out throughout the series.
Prior to becoming Hokage, Minato was the sensei of Kakashi Hatake, Obito Uchiha, and Rin. Minato is supposed to be the strongest of all the Hokages till and was called a "One in a decade Genius" by his sensei Jiraiya. His reputation is such that during the Third Ninja World War, flee-on-sight orders were given to enemy ninja by their superiors. This is a result of his Flying Thunder God Technique (飛雷神の術, Hiraishin no Jutsu), which allowed him to teleport anywhere without notice using a special seal. The technique earned him the title "Konoha's Yellow Flash". He also created the Rasengan, an incomplete technique he had intended to infuse with his own chakra nature. He was unable to do so before his death, but Naruto is able to accomplish this feat in later years.