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Shinko
稲荷シンコ Inari Shinko
Debut
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #452
Novel Itachi Shinden: Book of Bright Light
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing
Appears in Anime, Novel, Game
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Sex Gender Female Female
Occupation
  • Waitress
Affiliation
Team
Rank
Ninja Rank

Shinko Inari is a former member of Team 2 and a team-mate of Itachi Uchiha. After realising she was not fit to be a shinobi, she quit and became a waitress, which she found much more fulfilling.

Personality

Shinko is a kind young girl who wanted to see her team happy, so she tried to foster better relations between Itachi and Tenma Izumo, who hated having a younger shinobi be better than him.

She also is shown to be very considerate as Shinko scolded Itachi for belittling someone's dreams of becoming a shinobi despite their obvious weaknesses.

Background

Itachi Shinden: Book of Bright Light

Shinko and her family moved to Konohagakure when she was nine. However, she retained her foreign accent, making her easily identifiable that she wasn't native to Konoha.

At graduation, Tenma was placed on Team 2 under Yūki Minazuka's leadership alongside Itachi and Tenma, much to the latter's annoyance. During their time together, Shinko tried to stop Tenma from competing with Itachi as she was slowly realised Tenma would never be able to outdo Itachi's skill.

Thanks to Itachi's skill, Team 2 was given the ceremonial honour of being the Fire Daimyō's guard during his annual trip to Konoha. During the trip, a mysterious man in a black cloak and orange mask attacked the caravan, placing all but Itachi and Tenma in a genjutsu. When she awoke, she found that Tenma was brutally killed. Exposed to the realisation of the horrors of the shinobi way of life, Shinko decided to quit and find civilian work, which was safer.

When Itachi became a chūnin, he and Izumi Uchiha visited the tea shop she worked and she waited on them. While she playfully teased Itachi about his girlfriend, she admitted she quit her shinobi job because not only was Tenma killed, but because Itachi was so much more skilled than her and even younger than her, making it seem redundant to be a shinobi when Itachi was one. After Itachi pressured Izumi to follow Shinko's example, only to cause her to run away crying, Shinko chastised Itachi for making his girlfriend cry and belittling her goals.


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