Naruto Shippuden is one of the most popular and influential anime series of all time, featuring a vast world of ninjas, clans, and villages. Among the many characters that populate this world, one of the most intriguing and beloved is Mirai Sarutobi, the daughter of Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yuhi.
Mirai is a kunoichi of Konohagakure’s Sarutobi clan, and a member of Team 25. She is also the cousin of Konohamaru Sarutobi, and the granddaughter of the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi. In this article, we will explore the character of Mirai Sarutobi, her background, personality, abilities, and role in the Naruto Shippuden story.
All about Mirai Sarutobi[schemas]
- Sex: Female
- Age: Blank Period: 2
- Height: Blank Period: 83 cm
- Occupation: Chūnin Exam Proctor/Hokage’s Bodyguard
- Affiliation: Konohagakure
- Clan: Sarutobi Clan
Mirai Sarutobi’s Background
Mirai was born shortly after the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, in the depths of autumn. Her name was chosen by her father Asuma, who died before her birth, to represent his belief of protecting the future well-being of the children of the world.
Her mother Kurenai raised her as a single parent, with the help of her father’s former students, Shikamaru Nara, Ino Yamanaka, and Choji Akimichi. Mirai grew up admiring her father, and inherited his chakra blades and his affinity for wind and fire release. She also learned genjutsu from her mother, and became proficient in yin release.
Mirai was watched over regularly by Shikamaru, who promised her father to train her as a shinobi. Mirai became very close to Shikamaru, and often called him “Big Brother”.
She also developed a friendly relationship with Kiba Inuzuka and Tamaki, and enjoyed playing with their cats. Mirai graduated from the Academy at a young age, and became a genin under the tutelage of Moegi Kazamatsuri, along with Tatsumi and Kagura Karatachi. She was later promoted to chunin, and became a bodyguard for the Hokage.
Mirai Sarutobi’s Personality
Mirai is a cheerful, energetic, and optimistic girl, who loves her mother and respects her father’s legacy. She is also loyal, brave, and dutiful, as she takes her responsibilities as a shinobi seriously.
She is very confident in her abilities, and often challenges others to spar with her. She is also very curious and eager to learn new things, especially about the history and culture of different places.
Mirai is also very mature and wise for her age, as she can sense the emotions and intentions of others, and offer them comfort and advice. She is very compassionate and empathetic, as she cares deeply for her friends and allies, and even shows kindness to her enemies.
She is also very respectful and polite, as she addresses her elders and superiors with honorifics, and follows the rules and traditions of the shinobi world. She is also very honest and straightforward, as she speaks her mind and does not hide her feelings.
Mirai Sarutobi’s Appearance
As an infant, she wore a simple yellow kimono with blue trimmings, held closed by a white sash. At two, her hair (shaded a dull brown colour) grew a significant amount and has a short ponytail tied above her head.
Mirai wore a tan outfit with lighter tan colour stripe trimmings wrapped around her outfit, in a similar manner of how her mother wore her previous outfit. She also wears pink shinobi sandals.
As a young adult, her hair is black, long and unruly and she has red, ringed irides – both of which she inherited from her mother. While for the most part she strongly resembles her mother, Mirai seems to have inherited the shape of her face from her father.
She wears the standard attire of the Konoha-nin inclusive of a green flack jacket over a black jumper and forehead protector. Some time later her outfit would change somewhat: she now wears a high-collared, long-sleeved outfit with a flack jacket that has button down lapels. She also wears shorts, sandals and an armband with the Sarutobi crest emblazoned on it.
Mirai Sarutobi’s Abilities
Mirai is a very talented and versatile kunoichi, who excels in various fields of ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu. She is also very intelligent and observant, as she can analyze and deduce the situation and the enemy’s tactics, and come up with effective strategies and countermeasures.
She is also very skilled in stealth and infiltration, as she can disguise herself and blend in with the environment. She is also very proficient in survival and tracking skills, as she can navigate and adapt to different terrains and climates, and locate and follow her targets.
Mirai is capable of using wind, fire, lightning, and yin release, as well as the Sarutobi clan’s signature techniques. She can use wind release to create powerful gusts and blades of wind, such as the Whirlwind Fist and the Flying Swallow.
She can use fire release to create streams and blasts of fire, such as the Flint Yagura Technique and the Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique.
She can use lightning release to create bolts and waves of electricity, such as the Lightning Release: Thunderclap Arrow and the Lightning Release: Lightning Beast Tracking Fang. She can use yin release to manipulate the darkness and shadows, such as the Shadow Shuriken Technique and the Shadow Imitation Technique.
Mirai is also adept at using her chakra blades, which are a pair of trench knives that can channel her chakra and enhance her attacks. She can use them to cut through various materials and substances, and to perform various techniques, such as the Flying Swallow and the Shadow Imitation Shuriken Technique.
She can also use them to create a barrier of wind and fire around herself and her allies, as seen when she protected Naruto Uzumaki and Kakashi from the Land of Hot Water’s assassins.
Mirai is a master of genjutsu, having learned from her mother Kurenai, who is renowned as Konoha’s top genjutsu user. Mirai can use genjutsu to create illusions and manipulate the senses and perception of her enemies, as well as to communicate and interrogate them.
She can use various genjutsu techniques, such as the Demonic Illusion: Tree Binding Death, the Genjutsu: Ghost Fire, and the Genjutsu: Sharingan.
She can also use genjutsu to disguise herself and her allies, as seen when she transformed Naruto and Kakashi into cats, or when she disguised herself as a boy.
Mirai is also very resistant to genjutsu, as she can recognize and dispel illusions, as well as counterattack with her own genjutsu. She can also use her chakra blades to cut through genjutsu, as seen when she freed herself and her teammates from the Land of Hot Water’s genjutsu trap.
Mirai is very agile and acrobatic, as she can perform various flips and jumps, and dodge and evade attacks. She is also very strong and durable, as she can endure physical pain and injuries, and carry heavy objects and people.
She is also very fast and reflexive, as she can react and move quickly, and catch up and outrun her enemies. She is also very skilled in hand-to-hand combat, as she can use various punches, kicks, and throws, and combine them with her chakra blades and ninjutsu.
Role in Naruto Shippuden
Mirai made her debut in Naruto Shippuden as a two-year-old toddler, who was seen with her mother Kurenai during Naruto’s return to Konoha after his training with Jiraiya.
She was later seen attending Asuma’s funeral, and being comforted by Shikamaru. She was also seen during Naruto’s wedding, where she was the flower girl, and during the Fourth Hokage’s inauguration, where she was among the crowd.
Mirai played a more prominent role in the anime adaptation of the Konoha Shinden: Steam Ninja Scrolls novel, where she was assigned to escort Kakashi and Guy on their trip to the Land of Hot Water, the Land of Steam, and the Land of Rivers.
Along the way, she faced various enemies and obstacles, such as the Land of Hot Water’s assassins, the Ryuchi Cave’s trials, and the Land of Steam’s rebels.
She also learned more about her father, Kakashi, and Guy, and their past and present. She also bonded with them, and helped them overcome their personal issues and regrets.
She also met and befriended Tatsumi, a young girl who was searching for the miraculous hot springs that could revive the dead. She also encountered and fought against Hidan, the immortal Akatsuki member who killed her father, and managed to defeat him with the help of Kakashi and Guy. She also witnessed the miracle of the hot springs, where she saw a vision of her father, who praised her and told her that he was proud of her.
Mirai also appeared in the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime, where she was seen as a chunin and a bodyguard for the Hokage. She was seen escorting Naruto to various events and meetings, such as the Five Kage Summit, the Chunin Exams, and the Kage Summit.
She also participated in various missions and battles, such as the fight against the Byakuya Gang, the search for Mitsuki, the escort of Shukaku, and the time travel to the past. She also helped Naruto and Sasuke fight against Jigen, the leader of Kara, and later against Isshiki Otsutsuki, the true identity of Jigen.
Mirai Sarutobi is a remarkable character, who embodies the legacy and the spirit of her father, her clan, and her village. She is a loyal, brave, and compassionate kunoichi, who strives to protect the peace and the future of the shinobi world.
She is also a talented and versatile kunoichi, who possesses various skills and abilities, such as ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu. She is also a curious and adventurous girl, who enjoys exploring and learning new things, and making new friends.