The identity of Naruto and the Fourth Hokage is one of the biggest inconsistencies in anime.

Naruto is one of the most beloved anime and manga series within the entertainment industry, and its characters managed to win the affection of fans around the world, but a long history has presented us with some moments that leave us thinking due to its great inconsistency.

Something that seems quite striking to us is that the fourth Hokage is the eternal hero of Konoha. Long before he stopped the Nine-Tailed Fox’s disastrous attack, he had already accumulated dozens of merits in ninja wars for protecting the village.

He was a kind and very powerful warrior, one of those who are born less than once a generation. Despite this, it seems that everyone in the village forgot what Minato Namikaze looked like, considering that no one noticed his relationship to Naruto Uzumaki. And it’s not like there are no clues:

  • Minato’s wife was the Jinjuriki of the Nine-Tailed Fox.
  • Kushina is pregnant
  • Minato becomes famous for sealing Zorro into a baby.
  • Zorro’s whiskered baby is the spitting image of Minato
  • The boy has the same last name as Minato’s wife. The only Person in Konoha with that last name.

Also, it’s not like there are too many blondes in the village. Despite this, no one seems to connect these dots. This is one of the most difficult inconsistencies in Naruto to see, because for some reason, adults act in an obnoxious way with an innocent child and ignore all the points above.

For them, Minato chose the first orphaned baby he found on the street and sealed the fox inside. This could be justified if we take into account the third Hokage’s interest in hiding information about the fourth Hokage for Naruto’s safety.

Between his efforts, he may have eliminated all images of Minato in the village, or used jutsus to confuse the villagers. You could also say that the villagers knew who Naruto was but didn’t care, though that seems less likely.