The Couple

The Couple

The Beginning of Love AsuKure
is the term used to refer to the romantic relationship between Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yuhi.

Their Relationship


AsuKure young-1

Asuma and Kurenai at the academy entrance exams.

As a child, Kurenai met Asuma during the Ninja Academy entrance exam ceremony. They can be seen smiling and talking to each other as they leave the courtyard together.

They both graduated from the academy at the age of nine and placed on a team together, along with Raido Namiashi.

Apparently, at some point, Kurenai and Asuma started dating each other as an open secret.

Kurenai and the young protesters

On the night of the nine tails' attack, Kurenai and Asuma were both forced to wait outside the village and prevented from doing anything, since it was a "domestic issue" and therefore not something for their ninjas to get involved with. Kurenai was furious and argued against her father for not letting them defend the village. Asuma tried to calm Kurenai down. Her father told Kurenai that she should live and bare children to pass on their will of fire instead of being so hasty to die.

Later, Kurenai and Asuma became jonins and took on genin squads of their own.

Part I

Chūnin Exams Arc

When Neji tries to kill Hinata, Kurenai and and the other Jonin block Neji's attack. Asuma hangs back, and later promises Choji that he will jump in to protect him just like the jonin had done to protect Hinata.

At the finals, Kurenai sat next to Asuma to watch the matches.

Search for Tsunade Arc

Working Together- AsuKure

Approaching Akatsuki

Asuma and Kurenai were shown together in front of a dango shop. Kakashi happens to pass by and notices the two of them. He pointedly asked if they were out on a date together today. Kurenai quickly blushed and tried to change the subject, claiming that they were just on an errand.

With the first two Akatsuki members making an appearance in Konoha, Kurenai and Asuma were the first to approach them. Engaging in battle, Asuma defends Kurenai while Kurenai traps the two Akatsuki members in a genjutsu. However, the jonin find themselves to be at a great disadvantage and were later saved by both Kakashi and later Guy.

Part II

Akatsuki Suppression Mission Arc

Asuma was assigned to a team to track down Akatsuki members. Before Asuma leaves for his mission, he is shown staring at an apartment window. It was quickly revealed that apartment window belongs to Kurenai. Sensing this, Kurenai quickly turns to her window but by that time, Asuma and his team had already left. She then returns to water the flowers that Asuma had given her earlier. As she waters one of the flowers, one of the petals fall off, leading Kurenai feeling uneasy.

Kurenai and child

Their Newborn "King"

During the time of Asuma's absence from the village, Kurenai is shown to become increasingly uneasy as she waters her plants. During his mission, Asuma is fatally wounded. In his last moments he tells Shikamaru that he must protect the "kings" -- the children of the village. In the English dub, he states that there are many "kings", one of which is his own, currently in Kurenai's womb.

When Shikamaru returns from his mission, he decides that it's his duty to break the grim news to Kurenai. When he finally confesses, a shocked and devastated Kurenai collapses to her knees. She is then shown later laying flowers at Asuma's grave during his funeral. It is later revealed sometime afterward that Kurenai successfully has her baby.

During Obito's flashback, it is revealed that Kurenai had met Asuma during the ninja's graduation ceremony.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Arc

Shikamaru, who was stuck in the genjutsu of Infinite Tsukuyomi, dreams of seeing both Asuma and Kurenai with their child.

Mirai Sarutobi


Years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, the Five Great Shinobi Countries have come to peace. It is revealed that Kurenai's child, Mirai Sarutobi, is a girl and already part of a team protecting the Hokage.

Mirai often prays to and talks to a photograph of her father that she and her mother have set out. She smiles and tells the photograph goodbye before she heads out on her mission.


  • In the beginning of the series, Asuma and Kurenai are revealed to be lovers.
  • It is revealed that Kurenai and Asuma have a child.[1]
  • The two worked together on numerous occasions throughout the series.


Kurenai to Shikamaru, chapter 342

  • "You lost your shōgi partner… you were Asuma's favourite. You must miss him too."

Asuma to Shikamaru, chapter 533

  • "The 'kings' are the unborn children who will grow up to take care of the leaf. One is still in Kurenai's womb… hers and my child. Take care of my 'king'!"


  • In the latter parts of Shippuden and the manga, Kurenai can be seen wearing a ring on her left ring finger, though it is never specified if this is a wedding ring, an engagement ring, or something else.
  • During an interview at Tokyo's Jump Fest '09, Masashi Kishimoto revealed his plans to make Kurenai's and Asuma's child a girl.
  • In the first databook, Kurenai's desired opponent is listed as Asuma. In the later books, Kurenai does not have any desired opponents.

Among the Fans

AsuKure is a well-known pairing in the Naruto Fandom and has numerous supporters. It is supported due to the scenes and moments that the two characters shared as well as the development of their relationship throughout the series. It is recognized as one of the tragic couples in the Naruto Series.

External Links


  1. Manga: chapter 533