Who is Kurama?
Kurama or the Nine-tailed fox is a fictional character from the manga series Naruto. Kurama or Kyūbi is among the Nine Tail beasts. Tailed beasts are pure chakra beings in different forms, which were split by the sage of the six paths, Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki from the Juubi or Ten tails.
Kurama is the strongest of the all-tailed beast constituents. Uzumaki Naruto, the show’s protagonist, is the Jinchuriki (Vessel) of the Kurama – the nine-tail fox. Kurama and Naruto share a close relationship. Kurama was sealed inside Naruto by his Father, Namikaze Minato. Kurama killed Naruto’s parents during the sealing process, but he split Kurama into two beings. Half of the Kurama was sealed within the Namikaze Minato, and the other half of the Kurama was sealed within Uzumaki Naruto.
Kurama is feared by each nation and often depicted as evil. Naruto managed to erase his hatred towards the humans and mastered Kurama’s power. The duo Kurama and Naruto are unbeatable in the whole show.
Kurama was created by the Sage of Six Paths, Hagoromo Otsutsuki. Hogoromo fought with the ten tails and split him into nine other beings. Eventually, he gave these beings their soul and personality. One of those beasts is Kurama.
Hagoromo assigned Kurama to protect the temple of the Land of Fire. Kurama is powerful enough to destroy half of the earth in a moment. Due to this destructive power and limitless chakra reserve, Shinobi tried to tame these beasts for their own personal gains.
Many shinobis were able to achieve this, and eventually, Kurama started to hate humanity.
Kurama is a very quirky, savage beast. However, before meeting the master of Talk-No-Jutsu, Kurama was pure evil and fearsome animal. There are dozens of moments in the Naruto anime where he has gone on the rampage when poked. But later, impressed by Uzumaki Naruto’s pure emotions, he turned his back on evil and turned good.
During Naruto and Sasuke’s fight at Death valley, Susuke experienced a glimpse of Kurama’s power and was terrified. Another still from the show, Karin Uzumaki, was scared when she saw there was something pure evil inside Naruto.
In Boruto: Naruto’s Next Generation, Kurama has become a playful and wittiest character who shows compassion and empathy towards humanity. Kurama and Naruto’s relationship is just like that of the father and son.
The outer appearance of Kurama is just like an ordinary fox but with Nine tails. Kurama is massive in size. Kurama looks like a human being with the body of a fox. It has long black fur rising from the eyes to the outer ears. The actual size of Kurama can be seen during the Pain Arc or Nine Tail attack on the Konoha chapter. When Minato split Kurama into Yin chakra and Yang Chakra, he sealed Yang Chakra Kurama into Naruto and Yin Chakra Kurama in himself. Yin Chakra Kurama is dark orange-colored, while Yang chakra Kurama is bright orange. Kurama is proud of himself.
Past life (Before meeting Naruto)
As we mentioned, Kurama was always seen as evil. Many Shinobi tried to capture these tailed beasts for their own good.
First, Madara tamed Kurama and fought with Hashirama Senju. Hashirama defeated Madara Uchiha and sealed it inside his wife, Mito Uzumaki. Mito Uzumaki was the daughter of the Uzumaki clan leader. Later, Kushina Uzumaki was chosen to be the jinchuriki of the nine tails. Kushina Uzumaki, the Mother of Naruto Uzumaki, lost the nine tails when she was about to give birth to Naruto Uzumaki.
Later, Obito Uchiha took control over the Nine-Tails and attacked Konoha Village. In protecting and capturing Nine tails, both the parents of Naruto died, and Kurama was sealed inside Naruto’s body.
Kurama is the strongest tailed beast among the nine tailed beasts. Kurama is not any creature who took birth, but he is a reservoir of pure chakra with a personality. His chakra provides Naruto with superhuman abilities. He can sense negative emotions very well. He has an over-possessive nature and has tricked Naruto many times. Whenever Naruto has surrendered himself to Kurama, he always goes on a rampage. Overall, Kurama wants to be free.
Also, like other tailed beasts, he can shoot tailed beast gigantic balls. His power can overwhelm every different tailed beast at a single moment.
Another hidden power of the Kurama is the Baryon Mode, which is yet to be witnessed in the 216th episode of Boruto: Naruto’s Next Generation. Kurama will sacrifice himself while saving Konohagakure from Isshiki Otsutsuki. This episode will be aired on 26th September 2021.
He can also make gigantic chakra waves, fire breaths, and blasts with his explosive powers.
Is Kurama dead?
Yes, Kurama will die while fighting with Isshiski Otsutskui. Isshiki Otsutsuki will capture Naruto and Kurama will give him the brayon mode. The baryon mode will kill Kurmama himself. However, Kurama can’t die; he is a pure chakra. If he even dies, he will be incarnated eventually. This episode will be aired on 26th September 2021.