Despite dominating the top 10, the Naruto manga spin-off frontrunner is no Uchiha


Yellow Flash Prequel Anyone?

An official poll was announced at Jump Festa 2023 in December, which would run from December 17, 2022 to January 31, 2023, and would allow Naruto fans to vote for their favorite character, with the winner receiving their own spinoff manga. And while there’s still plenty of time left, the front-runner might surprise some people since it’s not an Uchiha.

The Shonen Leaks Twitter account, which has now been banned, revealed that Minato Namikaze, aka Yellow Flash, currently tops the most votes to date, beating out fan-favorite characters like Itachi Uchiha and Jiraiya. Names like Shikamaru Nara, Gaara, and Orochimaru are noticeably absent from the roster, which is currently dominated by Uchiha characters.

The front-runner for their own Naruto spinoff, surprisingly, isn't even Itachi Uchiha
Image Credit: Shonen Leaks

Minato Namikaze is Naruto’s father and is considered one of the most powerful ninjas in the world of Naruto. He is also in charge of sealing the demonic nine-tailed fox inside himself to save the Hidden Leaf village. He is seen sporadically in Naruto Shippuden, primarily through flashbacks and his revival during the war arc.

There is potential for a Minato-led story as it will allow fans to delve deep into the Hidden Leaf’s distant past and see Minato gain his status as the Yellow Flash. It will also allow fans to see him train under a young Jiraiya and see the brutalities of the Third Great Ninja War teased during Kakashi Gaiden.

While that all sounds enticing, the idea of ​​following Minato on his journey to become the Hokage feels a little too similar to the original Naruto manga. Itachi Uchiha and his childhood friend Shisui are in second and third place.

Itachi is considered one of the darkest and most tragic characters in Naruto. His backstory with Shisui and his time in the Anbu Black Ops, who embody the dark side of the Hidden Leaf, want to be explored. His younger brother Sasuke will be getting his own manga spinoff adapting his adventures set in a light novel.

Fans can still vote Narutope 99; the results will be announced in April next year, with the manga scheduled for release at a later date. Despite dominating the top 10, the Naruto manga spin-off frontrunner is no Uchiha

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