The void left by Hiruzen, the Third Hokage’s absence following the Konoha Crush Arc in Naruto, created a power vacuum that needed filling as soon as possible. Kishimoto therefore wasted no time setting up the next Hokage as the elders of Konoha quickly convened, making a decision that drove the next story arc and the series’ future. The elders, Hiruzen’s former teammates, chose Jiraiya.
However, unwilling to be tethered and feeling like his destiny belonged elsewhere, Jiraiya’s fate…
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