Hokage Ryo’s Path Chapter 361 – Action Plan
Minato’s words made Ryo flustered. He could never tell Minato that his future daughter-in-law would not have a curse seal on her head. Hyuga clan was different from Uchiha. They valued Byakugan’s bloodline purity. Therefore, most Hyuga married within their clan. With some exception.
Naruto and Hinata’s union certainly broke the Hyuga family rules, but Hinata wasn’t engraved with a Caged Bird. Naruto’s future children, Boruto and Himawari, were deeply loved by Hyuga Hiashi. That was written in the original manga. Ryo speculated Naruto could marry Hinata for 2 reasons.
The first reason was because of Naruto’s strength and achievement. After the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto was highly respected as a hero who saved the entire Ninja World. He could marry whoever he wanted. Aside from Sasuke, there’s no one stronger who could compete with Naruto. The Hyuga Clan didn’t dare to oppose even if they were to disagree.
The second was, Hiashi might have already changed the Hyuga Clan Main Family and Branch Family system. The proof was neither Hinata nor Hanabi had the Caged Bird. Hiashi’s love for Boruto and Himawari also showed that he genuinely accepted them. He didn’t regard Boruto and Himawari as a defile the Hyuga clan’s bloodline.
But he couldn’t say this to Minato. Ryo didn’t know what else to say.
Namikaze Minato saw Ryo’s hesitation, interpreting it as Ryo’s disapproval of his idea. He quickly said, “Ryo, the Hyuga clan system must be changed. Hyuga Branch Family is also a member of Konoha. They deserved the same right as the Main Family.”
Ryo heard his word and immediately understood Minato thought that he was against his idea, “Minato nii-san, that’s not what I mean! I have no objection to you about changing the Hyuga clan’s system. But I don’t think we should do it rashly. The Main Family had enslaved the Branch Family for years; The Branch Family must’ve been holding grudges against the Main Family. Once they’re free, it would be chaotic! Hyuga clan’s Byakugan is an important tool for Konoha. Without it, we can’t defend our village properly!”
After listening to Ryo’s word, Minato’s face relaxed, “I know that that’s why I said that we should separate both families to help the Branch Family.”
Listening to their discussion, Shishui said, “Sensei, I think Minato-sama is right. We shouldn’t leave the Branch Family members’ fate on Hiashi’s affection for his brother and daughters.”
“Yes, I have one student from the Hyuga Branch Family. The curse seal is terrible! Nii-san, you must help them!” Lain also supported Minato.
Ryo felt helpless. He never intended to intervene with the Branch Family’s fate because it might differ from the original manga plot. Besides, he needed time to work with his newly evolved Eternal Mangekyou. But Minato and the rest of the team was determined. Ryo could only promise them for now.
After the entire team reached an agreement, they accelerated their travel speed to return to Ninja World quickly.
“Sensei, are we going back to the village?”
Ryo shook his head. “No, let’s go to Orochimaru’s place first.”
“Nii-san, why are we going to Orochimaru-sama’s place?” Lain anxiously asked.
Ryo said, “We need more than Sakumo-dono and me to help the Branch Family. I want to ask Tsunade-sama to help us.”
Namikaze Minato nodded, “You’re right. Tsunade-sama will be a great help to our course. Tsunade-sama is well respected in the village. Besides, she is a representative of the Senju clan. Since the first Shinobi War, Senju had been friendly with Hyuga in building the village. That’s why the Hyuga had great respect for them. With Tsunade-sama on our side, I’m sure everything will be easier.”
“I hope so. Let’s get to Orochimaru’s place first!” Ryo said before teleporting the four of them to Orochimaru’s base.
At Orochimaru’s base, several people were busy repairing a laboratory destroyed by Tsunade’s Mokuton. Ryo released his Spiritual Strength and found Tsunade and Orochimaru’s location. Both of them were in a temporary laboratory on the other side of the base. Ryo led the way and quickly got to their place.
“Uncle Snake, I’m back!” Ryo opened the door, greeting Orochimaru.
Orochimaru was looking into the microscope. Without raising his head, he asked, “Is everything okay?”
Ryo already got used to Orochimaru’s attitude. He’s always like that when doing something interesting. Ryo said, “Everything’s fine. Now I have the same eyes as Shisui. I have the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan.”
“Really? Congratulations!” Orochimaru congratulated him without lifting his head.
Looking at Orochimaru’s posture, Ryo was curious, “Uncle Snake, what are you doing?”
“He’s studying my blood!” Tsunade suddenly said. She was lying on the sofa.
Ryo only noticed Tsunade’s existence in the room. He was shocked to see her pale face. She wasn’t as vigorous as before. He immediately recalled that Orochimaru was studying her blood. Ryo suddenly pitied her. She had lost blood over the past few days for Orochimaru’s experiments.
“Well, Tsunade-sama, I have a favor to ask you,” Minato asked with embarrassment.
“Of course not! Did you not see what I’ve become?”
“Tsunade-sama, Minato nii-san wanted your help in Konoha.”
“Konoha? You mean I can leave this place?! Come on! Let’s go!” Tsunade energetically jumped out of the sofa. She walked outside without looking back.
“Wait, Tsunade is my important experimental object. What will I do if you take her away?”
Ryo smiled, “Sorry, Uncle, we’re in a hurry this time. You already took so much blood. You’ll be fine!”
Orochimaru pondered, he said, “In exchange for Tsunade, can you give me your Bijuu’s Chakra?”
“Korin’s Chakra? What are you going to do with that?”
“You’ll know later. First, give me your Bijuu’s Chakra!”
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