Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Team Consists Of: Shino Aburame, Hinata Hyuga, Kiba Inuzuka
First Appearance: Naruto manga ch.36, Naruto ep. 21
Age: 27 (Oeiginal Series) 30(Shippuden Series)
Birthdate: June 11, ????
Weight: 119.9 lb
Blood Type: AB
Chakra Type: Unknown
Kurenai Yuhi is a Jonin rank shinobi of Konoha and is the team leader of Team 8 consisting of Shino Aburame, Hinata Hyuga, Kiba Inuzuka, and herself. Kurenai was a Ninja Academy instructor for many years prior to becoming a Jonin. She prefers to use a supportive approach in training the Genins under her care. Kurenai is especially supportive of Hinata’s development after witnessing how she was looked down upon by her father, Hiashi Hyuga, at the beginning of the series. Kurenai not only guided Hinata in her development as a shinobi but also gave her encouragement with regard to her crush on Naruto Uzumaki.
Although the two always denied the fact, Kurenai and Asuma Sarutobi had a very close relationship since the beginning of the series. It's no coincidence that the two were always seen together whenever they were not on missions. In Naruto part II, the revelation that Kurenai was pregnant with Asuma's baby proved the extent of their relationship. Sadly, Asuma died in the line of action while fighting Hidan of Akatsuki. After revenging Asuma, Shikamaru Nara pledged to Kurenai that he will always be there to protect the child.
Kurenai is highly intelligent and this makes her a natural genjutsu user. Although she has not been seen in combat much in the series, the jutsus which she has performed are primarily genjutsu. Her Demonic Illusion: Tree Bind Death is a particularly high level genjutsu, even for a Jonin. Unfortunately, even such a high calibre technique proved ineffective against the infamous Itachi Uchiha. According to the anime filler Kurama Clan arc, prior to the her command of Team 8, Kurenai was a special tutor for Yakumo Kurama. Yakumo possessed a powerful genjutsu ability, but on the order of the Third Hokage, Kurenai sealed away Yakumo’s powers.