The best thing about Naruto is that it gives time and space to all the stories and characters that it introduces. Right from the first generation of Ninjas to the younger ones, all of them have their personal conflicts and growth. Like how the current Boruto series is dissecting all the young fighters, Naruto also does the same thing. Similarly, the story of White Fang On The Leaf holds a strong meaning in the story. So, who was White Fang On The Leaf? What was his contribution to the events of Naruto? Why do fans admire him so much? Here is everything you need to know about him.
Who Is The White Fang On The Leaf?
In the most simple terms, White Fang On The Leaf is the alias given to Sakumo Hatake, the father of Kakashi Hatake. Before learning who Sakumo was, it is important to know that the ninjas of Konohagakure worship the Sannin. This is the term given to the three Legendary Ninja who was the strongest of their time. Now, until Sakumo displayed his powers to the people, The Sannin was considered the greatest of all time.
However, Kakashi’s father received the title of the White Fang On The Leaf. At quite a young age, he was said to be stronger than the Sannin themselves. The reason behind this name was quite simple. Sakumo’s most powerful move was a Tanto which he liked to call the White Light Chakra Sabre. This weapon caused the Chakra to emit white fang-like projections giving him the titular alias.
Sakumo Vs. The Yellow Flash
While there is no separate arc that describes the character in his separate story, there are many legends that talk about his fights and contributions to the hidden leaf village. The most important part of the story regards his enmity with Chiyo. In Naruto Shippuuden, it was revealed that it was Sakumo who had killed Sasori’s parent who had come to the Konoha village on a mission. This scene never made it to the screens.
However, Kakashi’s father confessed that he was the one who killed the pair. This confession led to many conflicts coming up in the future between Sasori, Sasaki, and Kakashi. The second part of the story includes the fight between Sakumo and The Yellow Flash. Also known as Konoha no Kiiroi Senkōth, the Yellow Flash is Minato Namikaze, who was the fourth Hokage of Konohagakure.
Much to the dislike of fans, this fight never took place. It is only a fan demand that the two fighters are pitched together. These two are the strongest fighters of their time. Thus, the urge to see them clash on the battlefield is high. Yellow Flash lost his life during the Nine-Tails attack when Kuruma was on the rise. It was only after the beast was vesseled inside Naruto that peace was restored in the world. However, the fourth Hokage lost his life in the process.
White Fang On The Leaf Death
Fans who are closely following Naruto and the follow-up, Boruto Naruto Next Generation, know that White Fang On The Leaf is dead. Now, the question would arise that who killed him. Well, no one could actually kill the man of this stature. Sakumo left this world on his own. The legend committed suicide out of depression. Much later in the story, it was explained that Sakumo had gone on an important mission when he was a shinobi. But during the course of the mission, it turned out that people were in grave danger.
As a leader of the troop, Sakumo decided that it would be best to abandon the mission instead of putting all their lives in danger. As a result of this failure, the White Fang On The Leaf had to suffer disapproval from his own people. This kept happening for years and years to come. But when his son reached a fickle age, Sakumo had gone into a dark depressive state. A few days later, young Kakashi dead in his own room.
Can There Be A Spin-Off On Sakumo Hatake?
Now comes the interesting part, which talks about the possibilities of the White Fang On The Leaf returning. All through these years, fans debate that Naruto is an extensive story. This means that out of two hundred-plus episodes and fifty arcs, none of them talk about this legend. From Twitter to Reddit to Quora, all the platforms have large chunks of fans demanding a spin-off series about Sakumo Hatake. Besides, a 2-hour movie could also do justice to the beloved character.
No such project was even considered by the makers in the long run. However, if enough fans sign petitions and demand the project, it may see the light of the day. So, are you willing to bet on the story that traces the life of the White Fang On The Leaf? Share your thoughts with us in the comment box below. For more updates on the same, keep coming back to The Anime Daily.