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Masashi Kishimoto’s world of Naruto is certainly one of the most popular animanga brands that ever came out of Japan. The ninja setting and the deeply emotional narrative attracted fans around the world and it is no wonder that there is hardly anyone who hasn’t heard of Naruto at one point. Naruto has a lot of mysteries within its narrative and the fans are still wondering about some issues, which is why we have decided to answer one of them for you today. Remember Tsunade? Most people do. Likewise, most people think she’s dead. Is she? Keep reading to find out.
Tsunade does not die in Naruto, nor in Naruto: Shippuden. In fact, we know that she attended the wedding of Naruto and Hinata and that she is alive and well during the Boruto narrative, although her exact whereabouts have not been revealed as of yet.
In today’s article, you’re going to see who Tsunade was and what her role in the larger Naruto narrative was. You’re also going to find out if she died. We have a lot of interesting information for you today so stick with us to the end.
Who is Tsunade?
Tsunade (Japanese: 綱手) is a fictional character created by Masashi Kishimoto that appeared in the Naruto franchise. She is famed as the world’s strongest kunoichi and its greatest medical-nin. Her story is filled with tragic events that shaped her into the character we see in the main story, a character who is certainly one of the more badass characters in Naruto.
Like her former teammates Jiraiya and Orochimaru, Tsunade is a former student of Hiruzen Sarutobi. Despite looking like a young woman in her twenties, Tsunade is actually an older woman in her fifties who uses a transformation technique to maintain her youthful appearance. Tsunade is also the granddaughter of Hashirama Senju and Mito Uzumaki, and many of her friends refer to her by the Japanese honorific “hime” (princess).
Despite her connections to the first three Hokage, in her debut, she reveals that she detests that position. After her boyfriend Dan Katō and her brother Nawaki Senju die in pursuit of their dreams to become Hokage, she loses faith in the title and the concept of dreams in general. She regains her faith in both of them after meeting Naruto Uzumaki, who constantly overcomes any obstacles in his own dreams of being Hokage. As a result, Tsunade accepts the position of the Fifth Hokage (五代 目 火影 Godaime Hokage) to protect Konohakagure on behalf of all her loved ones, also later taking Sakura as her apprentice, just like Orochimaru did with Sasuke and Jiraiya with Naruto.
At the end of the series, Tsunade retires at the end of the Fourth Great Ninja War and bestows the title of Hokage upon Kakashi. She was last seen in the epilogue, attending the wedding of Naruto and Hinata with other recent Kage who have also retired.
Despite the importance of her position, Tsunade tends to laze around and avoid her daily duties, and she often leaves all responsibilities to her assistant Shizune. However, she takes her role very seriously in situations where Konoha is in danger, and throughout Part II she leads the village in the fight against the Akatsuki. Tsunade is a compulsive gambler with terrible luck, albeit with a rare winning streak that she perceives as a bad omen. Despite her strange personality, Tsunade is a highly talented medical ninja who can heal wounds that most others would consider incurable, and she also possesses superhuman strength that allows her to reduce debris from buildings. The pinnacle of her abilities is the Creation Rebirth Jutsu and the technique derived from it, the Strength of a Hundred Technique, which she taught to her disciple Sakura. In this way, both Tsunade and Sakura use mitotic regeneration to make them almost invincible in battle.
Does Tsunade die in Naruto?
A big question people usually have when Tsunade is concerned is – does she die in the Naruto franchise? For those of you what have not not read/seen the material, we have to warn you that you should expect spoilers ahead so proceed at your own risk.
First of all, we think it would be best to explain why people think that Tsunade died. It’s rather simple – she came close to dying on two occasions. First, when Pain attacks the village of Konoha in Naruto’s absence, Tsunade – who is actually extremely powerful, just chooses not to fight – is the only one, as the Fifth Hokage, who can fight against Pain. Also, Pain’s powers were going a bit crazy at that point, so he was very hard to control and defeat. Still, Tsunade was able to do it using her strongest technique – Strength of a Hundred Technique – although it almost cost her her life. Her chakra was so drained that she was unable to stand on her own, so the other ninjas had to take her to safety and heal her.
The second occasion is then the real, revived Madara Uchiha fought the five Kages, Tsunade included. Despite the epicness of the fight, Madara managed to obliterate his opponents with ease, seemingly killing all of them, although – as it turned out – Tsunade survived. These are the two situations when Tsunade seemingly died, but as we can see, she survived both of them.
Tsunade doesn’t really get involved in any major fight until the end and since she is seen at the wedding of Naruto and Hinata, we can safely assume that she is alive. She is probably retired, enjoying her peace somewhere quiet; as of yet, we still don’t know her whereabouts, but we are certain that Kishimoto is going to tell us something about Tsunade at one point.
To sum it up – no, Tsunade does not die in the Naruto franchise and she is alive and quite well at this point.
And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!