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Kurenai Yuhi is a Jounin from the Hidden Leaf Village. She specializes in Genjutsu, or illusionary ninja techniques. She is also the leader of Team 8 who consists of Hinata Hyuga,Kiba Inuizaka
, and Shino Aburame
. She is also Asuma Sarutobi
's love interest.
Kurenai's team specializes in tracking. Relatively little is known about her, other than the fact that she graduated from the Academy at the age of 9, took the Chunin Exam and became a Chunin at the age of 13, and that she only became a Jonin recently. The anime expands on her background slightly, explaining that she had come to the village at a young age with a natural talent for genjutsu.
While she has a close bond with all of her students, she seems to especially favor Hinata. Kurenai knows how Hinata is viewed by her father, even though she is technically the heiress of the clan since she is the oldest child. She is also somewhat aware of her student's tremendous infatuation with Naruto Uzumaki. When Hinata tries to offer Naruto some medicine after his fight with Kiba, Naruto is hesitant to take it (most likely because of the abuse he suffered in his childhood). Kurenai convinces him to take it. Her personality is unyielding, honest, and simple. She also says she is a "big sister type."
- "Yuhi" means "evening sun".
- "Kurenai" means "crimson".
- Kurenai's red lipstick is, in a way, a pun on her own name. The kanji for "Kurenai" can also be read as "beni" which is a word used for red makeup used traditionally in Japan to color the lips red.
- Kurenai likes shochu, vodka, salted octopus, and taking a glass of wine at night or dinner. She dislikes cake