Naruto Novel Breaks Down the Ninja's Most Serious Illness Yet

The relationship between Naruto and Kurama, the nine tailed fox that has taken up residence within his body since birth has always been a shaky one. Early in the franchise, the beast would sometimes take over Naruto's body, granting him an extreme power up but making him essentially mindless in the process. As time went on, the two came to an understanding and Kurama would freely lend his power to Naruto when the need arose. Now, in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, the two are almost partners with Kurama even envying Naruto's life. Now however, that relationship may be killing Naruto in the side story, Naruto Retsuden!

Twitter User Spiralling Sphe translated a scene from the recent Naruto Retsuden novel that documents how the current Hokage of Konoha is afflicted with a disease that is a direct result of the nine tailed fox lending his chakra to him:

This is certainly an interesting downside to the relationship between Naruto and Kurama, with the usage of the nine tailed fox's chakra essentially killing the denizen of Konoha. The Naruto Retsuden series is definitely an interesting one, and certainly worthwhile, as it explores certain aspects of the members of Team 7.

The Naruto Retsuden series has also given us a more detailed look into the lives of Sakura and Sasuke, with such juicy tidbits as their marriage and romantic scenes shared between the two. With Naruto Shinden already planned for a North America release thanks to Viz Media, it might just be a matter of time before we can get our hands on Retsuden as well.

What do you think of this new wrinkle laid out with the bond between Naruto and Kurama? Do you expect this to make its way into either the anime or the manga at some point? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the Hidden Leaf Village!


Originally created by Masashi Kishimoto for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, Naruto follows a young ninja, with a sealed demon within him, that wishes to become the leader of his home village. The series ran for 700 chapters overall, and was adapted into an anime series by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex that ran from 2002 to 2017. The series was popular enough to warrant a sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations which is set several years after the events of the original Naruto story and features the children of many of its key characters such as Naruto and Hinata.