The Naruto series has numerous memorable characters, one of which is Minato Namikaze. He is one of the most popular and anticipated characters in the Naruto series. The respected and admired shinobi was the Fourth Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village or Konoha.
He is not just a Naruto character. Minato is known for many things aside from being the main character, Naruto Uzumaki’s father.
Minato, or Konoha’s Yellow Flash, was a remarkable student of the Legendary Sannin, Jiraiya. Jiraiya believed that Minato was a shinobi like no other.
The genius shinobi of the Leaf Village was known to be blessed and gifted with immense intelligence and abilities. Hence, Minato’s traits made Jiraiya believe that he was the child prophecy.
But, the child of prophecy was not him but his son, Naruto Uzumaki. The series was not his. Thus, fans believe that there must be a spin-off.
Minato is a genius and a legendary shinobi who saved his village from ultimate destruction.
Why the Fourth Hokage Deserves a Spin-Off?
As the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze fought his student, Obito Uchiha, who planned to destroy his town using the nine-tailed fox, Kurama. He battled Obito and stopped the nine-tailed beast from destroying the village.
Together with his wife, Kushina Uzumaki, they stopped the destruction by sealing the nine-tailed beast. Minato used the Eight Trigrams Sealing Jutsu to seal half of Kurama into his infant son. Through this scene, a glimpse of Minato and Kushina during their years in the academy was seen.
In addition, Minato also had a massive role during the Fourth Great Ninja War. Orochimaru’s Reanimation Jutsu brought back the past Hokage including Minato. He was one of the shinobi who fought against the villains. However, nothing more was shown for fans to know the life of the legendary shinobi.
For the 20th anniversary since the series first aired in Japan, Naruto’s Official Site conducted a worldwide vote to determine the 99 most popular Naruto characters, which ended last January 31, 2023. The shinobi who ranked number 1 will be featured in a short manga.
According to Narutop99 worldwide character popularity vote’s midterm report, the Yellow Flash of Konoha gained the top spot as the most popular shinobi.
The official website of Naruto posted the midterm report:
In addition, as of January 31, 2023, Minato Namikaze holds the top spot as the most anticipated character among all nominated. Naruto’s Official Site will post the results regarding the most popular shinobi from the Narutop99 popularity poll on April 2023.
There is no doubt that fans want to see more of the Fourth Hokage.
The Naruto series gave fans a glimpse of Minato’s story: however, for them, there is more to Minato Namikaze which is why a spin-off is much needed.
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