Naruto’s life was always at risk, but he was safer as an Uzumaki than as a Namikaze.
The Uzumaki Clan
The Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki is a member of the Uzumaki clan, which according to legend is one of the oldest family names in Japan. Although their exact origins are unknown, the Uzumaki claim they originated from Izu Province, a coastal area of Shikoku. The clan had conquered the area by the beginning of the Heian Period (794-1185 CE), around the 8th century, and the chief has styled Oda (大官).
In other versions of the legend, the clan descends from the founder of the modern Oda clan. Regardless of which legend is true, the Uzumaki family had a tremendous amount of power in their era, serving as high-ranking bureaucrats, and holding high ranks in the Takeda and Soga clans.
The Namikaze Clan
Why did Naruto become a Namikaze?
Well, that’s the reason why the crazy guy is obsessed with Naruto.
When a member of the Kaguya Clan became the next Kyuubi, the Kaguya Clan was banished from the Land of Fire. There was another problem. They were forbidden from using spirit powers, and they were simply not good fighters. They were exiled to an island far from the world, far from the Teruo Dojima that he came from.
Naruto became the Seigetsu-class Ninja of the Island of Shion, a small island to the north of Kyuubi’s island. He was feared, an enemy that no one would ever want to face.
Due to his young age, he was only a 5th-year genin at that time. He was a worthless weakling.
On top of that, he was a complete disgrace to the Uzumaki Clan.
Konoha’s Kekkei Genkai
Having not much experience at all, the Uzumaki family was considered unlucky when they were given the opportunity to claim the Haku Shrine (野塊神宮) for an entire year.
The house used to belong to Minato Namikaze, and during his tenure, the shrine was used to conduct almost every important ceremony for Minato’s grandchildren, including Hinata’s and Naruto’s births.
Even after that one year was up, the house was not given back to the Uzumaki clan. It was used as a clinic for a few years, but then the building was changed into a shrine of the clan.
Despite being seemingly cursed, the Uzumaki clan used the place for so many important events that the shrine now has a big shrine to itself.
Naruto’s Family Tree and the Sasuke Scene
Naruto’s grandfather (the patriarch) of the family, General Uzumaki, was one of the only people to defeat Minato Namikaze (though in a previous incarnation) in the tournament that separated the Sakura clan and the Uzumaki clan.
Despite knowing that his family was more likely to win a tournament if it came down to having two Uzumaki sons than if it came down to having two children of the Sakura clan, Naruto had a stillborn child (and a half-sister!) with Hinata Hyuga, a child with a mysterious parentage that neither the Uzumaki nor the Hyuga families wanted to discuss.
Even then, Naruto’s stillborn son has always been more of a problem than a blessing for Naruto.
A minute in Naruto Shippuden Part 8 is a lifetime in the world of Naruto. The universe works in mysterious ways and although it was intended that we would find out why Naruto’s father was a renegade, many expected a twist in the tail. Well, we’re still waiting, and the manga itself is certainly not addressing the mystery. And frankly, this entire ordeal has been a massive mind-fuck. I feel like I’m trapped in this vicious cycle of confusion. After watching and reading all these spoilers, you should know that the explanation doesn’t make a huge amount of sense. If the story continues with this evil Zabuza, we’re expecting a lot of interesting turns, but it’s doubtful this will be the answer to Naruto’s inexplicable status as an Uzumaki, even if I do believe it to be true.