Although the Naruto franchise uses a number of flashbacks to explain major events that occurred in the story’s past. But when Naruto ended, it still left unanswered gaps, making fans wonder forever.
One of them is about the Hokage succession that occurred after Minato’s departure during the Nine-Tails’ attack on Konoha. Instead of choosing a new Hokage to be the fifth Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi returned to take on the role of the third Hokage.
First, we must remember that both Hiruzen and most of the elders of Konoha wanted one of the three legendary Sannin to become the next Hokage. The reason is because they were the strongest ninja in the village at that time. However, at that time Orochimaru had become a deserter from the village, Tsunade was no longer interested in the role of leader and left the village to wander, and Jiraiya’s top priority was to investigate the Akatsuki organization.
3 legendary Sannin of Konohagakure.
Additionally, because Danzo still wished to operate in the shadows and Kakashi was young at that time, there were not many ninjas who had enough power and influence to become Hokage. Another suitable name that was not chosen in the end was Fugaku – the head of the Uchiha clan. The main reason is due to the long-standing distrust of this family from the leaders of Konoha village.
Another reason was because Hiruzen had promised Kushina that he would protect the newborn Naruto, so he believed the best way to do this was to take on the role of Hokage once again.