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Asuma was born the son of Hiruzen and Biwako Sarutobi, and in later years, would become the uncle of Konohamaru. Around the time of the Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha, he along with the other young ninjas was also barred by Kurenai Yūhi's father from participating in the defence of the village.[4] At some point in
time, he had a
disagreement with
his father, and left
Konoha to pursue
his personal interests. During his
absence, he became
one of the Twelve Guardian Ninja, a group that protected the Land of Fire's daimyō, indicated by the sash on his waist. During this
time he developed a strong friendship with the
monk Chiriku, who would go on to become the head monk of the Fire Temple. Prior to returning to Konoha to resume active military duty, he
accumulated a bounty of 35 million ryō on the black market, something he seemed to be
particularly proud of.

Asuma was typically a laid-back individual, and
did not get himself involved in things unless
necessary, as seen when he decided not to help
save Hinata Hyūga during the Chūnin Exams. He was often seen smoking and smoked about two
packs of cigarettes a day. Despite this, he would
break the habit when something was bothering him, such as when the Third Hokage died.[5] He would also stop smoking if "something is going
on", as seen prior to his last encounter with Akatsuki .

Asuma had a very close relationship with his
team, even though he believed it to consist of a
"glutton" (Chōji), a "loud mouth" (Ino), and a "slacker" (Shikamaru). He often took them to Yakiniku Q for lunch and dinner. Often times Chōji would eat too much and Asuma had to pay more
or apologize to the owner. To help them
overcome their underachieving natures, he
attempted to use bribery and outright trickery to
manipulate them into doing what he wanted.
This was seen most with Chōji, who Asuma was frequently able to entice into action with the
promise of food.

Throughout the series it had been heavily hinted
that Asuma was romantically involved with
fellow jōnin Kurenai Yūhi. The two appeared together in most of their scenes, and the other
characters made it a point to note this fact on
several occasions. When Kakashi Hatake found the two together at a dumpling shop, Kakashi
asked if they were on a date, to which Asuma responded by quickly changing the subject. [6] In a flashback, Asuma was shown buying flowers
for a person he refused to name, though Ino
asked that he say hello to Kurenai for her
anyway, to which Asuma nervously asked how she knew about it.[7] During Asuma's battle with Hidan and Kakuzu, Kurenai was often shown wondering about his progress, appearing
anxious. When she heard of his death, she fell to
her knees grief stricken. She later laid flowers on
his grave during his funeral. The truth of their
relationship was then made clear when Kurenai
revealed that she was pregnant with Asuma's child.

Of his students, Asuma spent the most time with
and was closest to, Shikamaru. Asuma and
Shikamaru often played shōgi or Go in their free time, though Asuma was never able to beat
Shikamaru. It was Asuma who first discovered
that the lazy Shikamaru was actually a genius,
with an I.Q. over 200.

Asuma had brown eyes, short black spiky hair
and beard. His clothing consisted of the standard
Konoha ninja uniform with the sleeves rolled up.
He also wore a flak jacket, regular shinobi sandals and forehead protector. He also wore the Twelve Guardian Ninja sash around his waist with the kanji for "Fire" (火) marked on it, a bracelet on both of his wrists and bandages on both arms of
his outfit. In the anime, it was shown that while he was a
member of the Twelve Guardian Ninja he wore a simple long sleeved shirt with bandages on the
arms, pants, that sash denoting he was a
guardian and a jacket with a fur collar. He also
had his trench knives with him at that point.

Asuma was a highly talented jōnin-level shinobi, having once been part of the Twelve Guardian Ninja, and even had a respectable bounty of 35,000,000 ryō. During the Invasion of Konoha he was able to kill nine Otogakure ninja, who were stated to be of chūnin-level or above with apparently no effort.

In the anime, Asuma was taught how to use the
ultimate technique of the Fire Temple, Welcoming Approach: Thousand-Armed Murder . The technique is activated when the user takes a
specific stance with their left hand making a half-
ram and then extending their right hand down
with his palm parallel to the ground. Once the
stance is taken the spirit of the Thousand-Armed
Kannon is summoned to defend the user, or attack their enemies. This technique can only be
performed with a special chakra.

Asuma's battle style revolved mainly around taijutsu, combined with his special trench knives. These knives are made of a special metal that is
capable of easily being infused with chakra. With his Flying Swallow , he could extend the blades with his chakra to injure an enemy several feet
out of the blade's physical range.

Asuma had a natural affinity for Wind Release, and would use it in combination with his trench
knives to increase their lethality. When lecturing Naruto Uzumaki about wind-natured chakra, Asuma explained that, enhanced with it by
someone with an affinity for Wind Release, the
trench knives possessed enough striking power to pierce through rock.[8] Asuma was also well- versed in ranged wind techniques, such as the Wind Release: Dust Storm Technique, which was powerful enough to destroy Kakuzu's Lightning Mask in one shot. In the anime, it was shown that he could use his wind chakra to levitate his trench knives and control them remotely.

In addition to wind release techniques, Asuma
was also able to use fire release techniques, as he demonstrated when he used Fire Release: Ash Pile Burning to breathe out a cloud of superheated ash capable of causing third-degree
burns. Because it was ash and not flame, the
attack remained in the air around the target, and
therefore remained potent for a longer period of
time. The ash was, in fact, gunpowder, which
could be ignited for a devastating explosion for intense damage.

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