THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NARUTO AND THE 9 TAILS WERE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THIS WORK
Naruto’s story wouldn’t be the same without Kurama, initially known as the Nine-Tailed Fox, one of the mythical beasts of Masashi Kishimoto’s universe. Destined to be sealed within powerful ninjas, Kurama passed from Kushina Uzumaki to Naruto, not before murdering her and Minato.
Among Naruto fans, Kurama’s development was one of the favorites, as how you could read this beast he started out as a villain, threatening to destroy the village and free himself from Naruto every chance he got.
Although during several episodes he lent his chakra to Naruto, it was not until the arc of the Ninja War in which his bond tightened even more, getting to redeem himself and become a hero next to his jinchuuriki.
So from being a villain in Naruto, to a hero in Shippuden, Kurama says goodbye with his death in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
And by way of goodbye we present our top of the best moments between Kurama and Naruto:
5. SASUKE MEETS KURAMA
At the start of Naruto Shippuden, Team 7 meets again, only to be disappointed, as Sasuke continues with his revenge plans to kill Itachi.
When Sasuke wants to kill Naruto, Kurama is enraged because he recognizes the Uchiha chakra, so he lends Naruto his power.
However, Sasuke manages to see and talk to Kurama thanks to his sharingan. It is one of the fan favorite moments, as 9 Tails compares Sasuke to Madara (one of the ninjas he hates the most).
4. KURAMA BECOMES AN ALLY OF NARUTO DURING THE FOURTH WORLD WAR SHINOBI
During the confrontation against the tailed beasts controlled by Obito, Naruto manages to finally break the barriers between him and Kurama, making their relationship more trusting.
In this way he breaks the seal, and unlocks the ‘kurama mode’, an improved version of Naruto in which both chakras work as a team.
Naruto also learns that the real name of the 9-tails is Kurama.
Kurama also sees in Naruto the same respect and affection that he had for the Sage of the Six Paths.
=3. THE TWO PARTS OF KURAMA IN NARUTO FUSION THANKS TO MINATO
To resist Zetsu’s attack, with four lady bijuu threatening the entire Shinobi Alliance, Minato connects Kurama’s yang chakra with Naruto’s yin side, eventually fusing the two separate halves of this beast.
The epic of this moment is seeing the two versions of Kurama, and both Minato and Naruto combining their techniques, both in tailed beast mode.
2. NARUTO RELEASES 8 TAILS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PAIN
After seeing Nagato seriously injure Hinata, Naruto gives in to Kurama’s hatred inside of him, and allows himself to be dominated by his chakra, releasing an 8-tailed form, thus managing to face Pain.
Before managing to break Kurama’s seal, Minato appears to stop Naruto, which does not make the 9 Tails happy.
1. KURAMA SAYS GOODBYE TO NARUTO AFTER USING THE BARION MODE
This moment was definitely as emotional as it was important for the fans, as Kurama confesses to Naruto that he lied to him, and that the cost of Baryon Mode is the life of the tailed beast, and not both.
As Kurama’s chakra disappears, he advises Naruto to stop being so reckless, as he will no longer be there to take care of him and lend him his power. In the end, it is suggested that the fox with the 9 tails was like a father to the protagonist, after everything they went through together.
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