The term “ship” in terms of anime is actually a shortened version of the word “relationship” and represents fan-based relationships between the characters in the series. So, if you think that two characters would be great as a couple, you’re “shipping” them together. As far as Naruto ships are concerned, some ships are more popular, while others are not. This article will focus on a ship that belongs to the latter group, as we will tell you whether Chōji Akimichi and Karui actually end up together in the series, as most fans speculated, or not.
Chōji’s and Karui’s relationship was never explored in detail, but it was obvious that they liked each other, and Chōji would constantly visit her in her village. Later, Karui moved to Chōji’s village, Konoha, and they married. Several years after the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Chōchō was born from the union of Chōji Akimichi and Karui. Eventually, she would enter the Ninja Academy, having Shino Aburame as a teacher.
The rest of this article will explore the nature of the relationship between Chōji Akimichi and Karui, two secondary characters from Kishimoto’s Naruto lore. We will explore Chōji’s and Karui’s personalities in more detail, as well as the nature of their relationship in the world of Naruto. This article won’t contain too many spoilers, but still, be careful how you approach it if you don’t know the whole story.
Seemingly, Chōji and Karui were not a good couple
As we usually do, we shall first analyze the personalities of the two characters involved and then tell you whether they would be good for each other, after which we are going to tell you what actually happened to them in the series.
Chōji is a calm and lovable fellow who avoids conflict. He’s also rather shy in other ways, which results in the fact that he doesn’t trust himself and sees himself as an obstacle for his friends, which becomes particularly clear in the fight against Jirobo. However, these traits are in stark contrast to the behavior he displays when he feels attacked about his weight.
As soon as he hears the word “fat,” he erupts in anger and doesn’t accept any comments about his character. He shows a similar determination when he wants to defend his friends, never letting Shikamaru down and dying to fight Jirobo after he attacks and insults his best friend.
Otherwise, he is someone who likes to let his training slide and prefers to devote himself to idleness, which for him is mainly equated with eating. He loves to eat and eats in such large quantities that Asuma often despairs when faced with the bill. Calls for a diet or more exercise fall on deaf ears, especially since he’s never without a bag of chips.
Even as an adult, he was able to retain his fundamentally cheerful nature, even if his wife sometimes had to reprimand him for it. His cheerful disposition is particularly noticeable when – in his role as a grown man and father – he can still always be seen with a bag of chips in his hand, which makes him a little funny in the eyes of others.
Karui, on the other hand, had a completely different personality than her husband. She is a strong-willed and impulsive woman, demanding that Naruto and Sakura tell her what they know about Sasuke upon finding out that they know him.
She had shown to be very aggressive when she gets angry, beating Naruto to the point of badly hurting him when she offered to let him take her anger out on Sasuke instead of revealing information about him. However, she is not one to be insensitive, as Omoi later pointed out that she felt guilty for the state she left him in.
She is also very confident that the war would be easy to win. She holds her master Killer B in very high regard, stating that there was no one who could defeat him, and she holds him dear, crying when the Raikage assures that they will save him. She resents Omoi’s pessimistic attitude and often gets angry with him and scolds him for it.
She also had a complex due to her flat chest, hitting Omoi for mentioning it. She does not place much importance on traditions, questioning the need for Chōchō and his companions to learn the clan’s secret techniques from him.
As you can see, the ship between Chōji and Karui was not a good one on paper. They had very different personalities, with Chōji seemingly being everything that Karui finds annoying and something completely different than what she would usually go for in a romantic context.
Yet, as we are about to see, such differences are often a crucial factor in manga and anime, as they show two things: (1) that such obstacles can be surpassed if two characters love each other, and (2) that a relationship can be fun and funny despite such obvious differences. The relationship between Chōji and Karui is a perfect example of that.
They ended up marrying and having a child together, a daughter named Chōchō
The story actually never explored the romance between Chōji and Karui in detail. We knew from the very start that Chōji was infatuated with her from the moment he saw her, which is why he constantly kept looking for an excuse to visit her in her home village, Kumogakure.
All of this happened during the so-called Blank Period; during this time, as seen in Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise, Karui talked to Chōji about the shinobi disappearances in her village. And from that moment on, the story skips a few steps and shows us that Chōji and Karui were enjoying each other’s company as guests at Naruto’s and Hinata’s wedding ceremony. So, what happened?
With no details revealed, we simply found out that Chōji and Karui married each other at some undetermined point in the story, and from what we’ve seen, the two of them had a pretty happy marriage, filled with numerous funny moments, as you’d expect when Chōji is concerned.
After marrying Chōji and relocating to Konoha a few years later, Karui gave birth to a daughter they named Chōchō. She, Ino, Sai, and her husband Chōji got together on the day of the Kage meeting to assist their kids in developing their Ino-Shika-Chō Formation. Karui stated outright while they were waiting that she did not comprehend the need to teach them such tactics if there was peace on earth.
Karui went to a restaurant with her family for lunch the week before her daughter’s graduation. Chōchō lamented about how much her father was being consumed, but Karui didn’t seem to mind.
Karui and Temari talked as they cleaned up after Chōji prepared a supper to commemorate Chōchō and her classmates’ Academy graduation. Karui was disappointed to learn that Chōji had consumed all of the food she had purchased for breakfast the morning of Father and Son Day, so she went out to purchase more the previous evening.
The following day, Karui went to watch her husband and daughter compete in Konoha’s annual eating contest. She went to Chōji before the third round, anxious about her health, and begged him to quit being such a glutton and start eating vegetables.
As part of a strategy by the owner of Ankorod to stop Chōji from winning the tournament, she later attempted to rescue Chōchō when she became stuck in some expanding dumplings, but she soon became trapped herself.
Thankfully, Chōjiarrived to help them, devouring all the dumplings and entering Butterfly Mode to transform the accumulated fat into chakra. The contest winners then demanded that she go out with them, and she and her family took their picture.