Why did Kakashi kill Rin in Naruto anime series?

Why did Kakashi kill Rin in Naruto anime series?

Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village.

The story is told in two parts – the first set in Naruto’s pre-teen years, and the second in his teens.

The series is based on two one-shot manga by Kishimoto: Karakuri (1995), which earned Kishimoto an honorable mention in Shueisha’s monthly Hop Step Award the following year, and Naruto (1997).

Why did Kakashi kill Rin in Naruto anime series?

Kakashi didn’t kill Rin. The theory we believed for so long is not true. Rin was not electrified by Kakashi, well, actually she was but she forced herself in front of Kakashi’s Chidori and died as the result.

It was before the events when Kirigakure was merciless ruled by a jinchuriki, actually controlled by Obito aftermath.

As we know, some might not know, that Kakashi was on the Bingo List of Kirigakure’s ANBU. Moreover, that was the time of war and when war occurs, family and friends can become a liability. This is exactly what happened.

Rin was forcefully made the jinchuriki of Isobu, taking in minf that the Kirigakure will control her to not only kill Kakashi but to get intel from Konoha too.

Rin, being a forcefully made jinchuriki was not at all able to control the beast. She also realised the plans of Kirigakure and came with a plan herself. The plan included her death by any means. Not only to protect Konoha but Kakashi as well. Their plans will fail, once Kirigakure loose the control of the tailed beast as well as jinchuriki.

She was a kuinochi. A brave one. She forced herself in front of Kakashi when he was fighting with other shinobis and got herself killed. Though, Kakashi still takes the blame on him for not being concious enough but it was Rin who chose to die.

Probably Obito (along with Madara) was the only one there to carry out the plans Black Zetsu was involved in. He did not kill her, he just put a puppet seal on her so that she will force Kakashi to kill her and Obito would be able to release his full power. Basically, Madara wanted to see his extent of power in order to make him a useful pawn. So, you can basically blame Black Zetsu for it too.

Does Rin love Kakashi?

Canonically, yes, Rin had feelings for Kakashi. It’s nice to imagine a fairy tale ending where she falls in love with Obito, the guy who loves her and certainly deserves a win, but we see in Kakashi’s back story that she was in love with Kakashi or, at the very least, infatuated with him.

Evidence lies in her interactions with him. With all the blushing whenever he does something relatively impressive, her almost fangirl-ish cheering when she feels he needs support, and arranging secret gift promotion parties behind his back – well, it’s heavily implied.

At that age, it can’t really be considered true love (most of the time, anyway), so I’d describe it as more of a childhood crush, but there were definitely some romantic feelings involved there. It’s a similar situation to everyone crushing on Sasuke – the girls are impressed by Kakashi’s talent and genius, and Rin is no different. So yes, Rin was attracted to Kakashi. How serious her feelings were, we’ll never know.

It was definitely somewhat serious, because not ten minutes after she and Kakashi witness Obito’s “death”, she hysterically confesses her love for Kakashi while he’s trying to defend her from Iwagakure shinobi.

(I mean, terrible timing Rin, Obito literally just died, but she spoke in the heat of the moment — there’s truth in her words). Kakashi turns her down because he knows Obito liked her, though unfortunately I don’t think Rin ever realizes how much Obito cared for her.

If Obito, Rin, and Kakashi had all survived and lived happily ever after in Konoha with no crazy Madaras trying to ruin their lives, I think Rin would end up with Kakashi. Not out of any personal bias, but honestly look at how Kishimoto writes romance in Naruto – have you ever noticed the girl always gets the guy she likes?

Here, a few (simplified, but true) examples:

  • Sakura likes Sasuke. Sasuke doesn’t like her. Sakura ends up with Sasuke.
  • Hinata likes Naruto. Naruto likes Sakura. Hinata ends up with Naruto.
  • Ino likes Sai. Sai likes nobody. Ino ends up with Sai.
  • (Ino liked Sasuke originally but she changed her mind, so I’m counting it as her getting what she wants).
  • Temari likes Shikamaru. Shikamaru likes Temari. Temari ends up with Shikamaru. (Okay, this one’s mutual).

Anyway, you get the point. It’s likely Rin would end up with Kakashi, if you follow Kishi’s trend. Also, Kakashi’s team is hailed as the older version of Naruto’s team, so Kakashi would be Sasuke, Rin would be Sakura, and Obito would be Naruto.

  • Naruto had a crush on Sakura = Obito has a crush on Rin.
  • Sakura ignores Naruto and goes for Sasuke = Rin ignores Obito and goes for Kakashi.
  • Naruto finds true love with Hinata = Obito finds true love with an unexpected soulmate.
  • So that’s my logic, because Kishi likes to follow generalized formulae, but any other opinions are welcome.

In which episode does Rin die?

She had already died when the series started but in Obito’s flashback, she died in episode 345 by jumping in front of Kakashi’s chidori when he was about to attack an anbu member.

After Obito arrived onto the scene, because of rin’s death, he got enraged and killed all 40 of the nbu members and activated his mangekyo sharingan.

If they would live, would Rin choose to marry Obito or Kakashi?

I always felt that Rin “loving” Kakashi was a terrible concept.

While it is stressed that Rin had a crush on Kakashi, her bond with Obito was clearly something to be noted. The amount of pampering and cuddling she did to Obito is something that catches attention because it’s very unusual.

See, this is how she looked when Obito lost a match to Kakashi.

The way she behaved toward Obito strongly resembles the way Hinata behaved toward Naruto, even though she is supposed to be the “Sakura” of Team Minato.

Rin was always cheering for Obito, even against Kakashi. And she was always stalking and watching Obito, looking out for him at all sort of moments. It seems like she had a much closer bond with Obito than with Kakashi, for whatever reason. Whatever was it that she had for Obito, it was stronger than her shallow crush for Kakashi.

Did Rin love Obito even after he died?

But yeah, it is disappointing that the author felt the need to make this love triangle. And since there is no information about how the afterlife works, it might be the case that romantic love doesn’t even exist there. Rin was waiting for Obito, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that she was in love with him. It just confirms what was already known, that Obito was the most important person to Rin, even if they were just friends.

Well the anime or the manga doesn’t explicitly show this . Kishimoto is just terrible with love stories. Also a reminder: Naruto and Hinata Love story in the last movie wasn’t written by Kishimoto. Now we have two approaches to this (If Rin would be still alive):

The Sakura and Naruto ones. Sakura had a crush on Sasuke because he was cool right? So by that logic if Rin, Kakashi and Obito would be still alive maybe she would have ended up with Kakashi. On the other hand leading with Naruto’s example, Naruto had a crush on Sakura even in the 4th Shinobi war arc when he was telling to reanimated Minato all the things for him to tell to his mother.

In there he implied that it was impossible for him to love someone who was like Kushina and we already know that that someone was Sakura (Minato said that). However Naruto realized in the movie that he had always loved Hinata and he didn’t realize that. With this logic, Rin could have realized that she loved Obito.

However the afterlife scene after Obito died shows a lot. In my opinion, up until she died she had a crush on Kakashi. After she died and in the afterlife she may have realized she loved Obito. Obito reuniting with Rin in the after life and her saying that she was waiting for him strongly implies this.

Remember that the afterlife in Naruto’s universe is pretty much interactive, that is people still have a logic and in Rin’s case she was so connected with Obito that she even knew what happened after she died . And also the afterlife is not like the dreams in the Infinite Tsukuyomi where people live in their dream worlds. So no, Rin waiting there wasn’t just Obito’s dream world.

She was the real Rin but in another world. Her waiting for Obito and not Kakashi means she cared for Obito more but may have realized this after she died.

I would say that even Kakashi’s afterlife scene after he was killed by Nagato (Pain) showed that first he didn’t love Rin and secondly that Rin didn’t love him. So yes even though the anime or the manga doesn’t show whom she loved, they imo strongly imply that she indeed loved Obito.



It was an accident in which he honestly tried to avoid. At the time he was able to control Chidori. As he charged at a hidden mist Shinobi, Rin jumped in front of his Chidori, killing Rin.

He did not want this to happen and was trying to save Rin, Rin knew there was no hope in saving her. So she did what she felt was the only option.

Her decision led to the 4th war being a possibility. As this is when Obito decides, the Shinobi world is Hell.

Rin killed herself because she was afraid of the three-tailed beast that was put inside her, afraid that she might get controlled by this beast to destroy Konoha, so she wanted to break the seal in her heart with Kakashi’s Chidori, so while Kakashi was using his Chidori on some mist ninjas, she jumped into this Chidori and died.

She’s the one who ran to Kakashi to “save Konoha”. She was a Jinchuuriki who was kidnapped by some shinobis (of Kiri?) who wanted to have the power of the 3 tails. And she killed stupidly herself, even if she was safe.


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