Nagato was 34 years old when he died, but Kakashi was 29. This would set them at most, only 5 years apart. How can this be when Nagato was 7 when Jiraiya started training him. Later, Jiraiya started training Minato (who was a kid at that time). Then, Minato was an adult when Kakashi became jonin at 9. So, Nagato should be older than Minato. He should also be at least a generation older than Kakashi.

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    Where did you get that info!? Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 10:14
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    Can you provide your source claiming Kakashi become a Jonin at 12? The answers in this question provide support that Kakashi was roughly 9 when he became a Jonin Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 17:19
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    You should also source your claim about Nagato being trained before Minato. as far as I know Nagato was trained during the previous war, the same war that Kakashi and his squad took part in as children.
    – paulnamida
    Commented Jun 24, 2018 at 0:05
  • Hanzo fought the sannin in the second war, which was when he met Nagato and the others.
    – Shadow.God
    Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 23:50
  • When Jiraiya taught Nagato the lines from his eyes were not even down to his nose, but when Jiraiya taught Minato the lines from his eyes were all the way down his face, indicating that he was older. And after the second war (which was the time he trained Nagato and was in a three man cell with the other sannin), Jiraiya started a three man genin team, and Minato was in it.
    – Shadow.God
    Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 0:05

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Minato died at the age of 24. If he were to survive, he would have been 36 in Part 1, and 39 in Part 2.

In Part 2, Nagato's age is confirmed to be 35, in the databooks.

This means there's a 4 year age difference between Minato and Nagato, where Minato is elder.

Kakashi's age was about 29-31 in Part 2, confirming that he's younger than Nagato by 4-6 years.

  • I get the age difference, but I my other evidence contradicts yours and is also pretty good. It’s in the comments above in case you want to see
    – Shadow.God
    Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 0:10
  • This is about the age difference. The evidence you suggested do not matter when it comes to age difference. These ages are drawn from the official databooks. Your evidence is useful in telling who was trained first. Which would be Nagato. Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 3:28

First of all we need to remember that when Obito approached Yahiko and Nagato (there age was around 15). At that time Minato was a Jounin and leader of Kakashi and Rin. So there is no point that Minato was younger than Nagato


It's pretty easy to explain. It doesn't make sense that's the eplamation. In the manga it's very much Portraits as if jiraiya Trained Minato after nagato. This makes no sense but that's the way it's portrayed. Even more so because from the evidence that we have from manga and databooks, it's pretty clear that nagatos Training still happened in the SECOND shinobi war.

We can deduce that because the thirdly was when kakashi was 13/14 of course it might have rages on before that But for nagato to witness it as a young child it must have lastet over ten years. Which would else mean that sakumo hate would have fought in this war which he as far as we know didn't.

We also know that dan died in the second war and after das death tsunade leaves the Village. Not only is she still There when jiraiya First met the Ame Kids, But she is still There mire than three years after when they get the message that the Kids died. So at that point we're still in the second war. Nagato and Minato are too close in age for it to make sense. Even less so because we know he didnt go Straight from training one child to the other.

It would Maybe make sense if Minato came First But from the way it is portrayed it seemed like nagato was First. Even if I dont like the whole 'putting jiraiyas time line together' even less when looking at it from a political perspective. The only way it Made some sense were if jiraiya went Straight from one Student to the other. That Would mean he had a still rather young Team that he just left hanging for three years to train the orphans.

Even more so he left konoha in a time of War for three whole years without repercussions and is still considered the Best candidate for hokage by just about anybody.


Okay the only way for this to make sense for the timeline to make sense is for nagato to be order then the databooks say he is or for minato to be younger but that still doesn't make sense but just say that the data books for the ages to have either never occured to narutos author when he wrote those or for the two ages to have been written by different people, that is the only way for any of this to make sense, at best these ages where never supposed to be examined and I guess we can say at best that the author of naruto didn't know what he was getting into when he started writing the back stories and the ages of the character, that is the only option so I suggest that we just go by how a more logical stand point, becuase if we can say some of the time in the databooks wasn't that much and for jiriya to be still thought of as a good canidate lets say that the war was nearling its end when he tuaght nagato yahiko and konan, and he either aged poorly or had so much stress that it made him look older, so lets say that minatos age is wrong and that he is a year or two older and that the second great shinobi world war ended shortly after jiriaya going to teach them and that would still make sense becuase minato would then get to the age shortly after jiriya got back and that is when the thing was formed becuase minato shouldn't be older then fucking nagato unless he got held back like naruto from the ninja school but we know that isnt the case so we have to make him younger to fix it and then we get to the point of it happening, it would make some sense for it to be like this.

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    This might be an interesting answer, but as of current writing, it's very hard to parse and understand the wall-of-text without any punctuations and proper capitalization... could you edit and improve it?
    – Aki Tanaka
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 15:06

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