"No matter what darkness or despair lies over, I am still Shunkan of the Leaf! This is why I can not allow myself to lose faith, without faith, I'm as good as dead."
Shunkan Uzumaki is a prodigy of Konohagakure's Uzumaki Clan, currently serving as an Anbu Captain. Famed as the Red Flash of the Leaf, he is known as one of the most powerful ninja in the village for his age; regularly looking for advice and knowledge to better hone his skills.
Because his mother died when he was a toddler, Shunkan was raised in his early years by his father, Sagaku. His father was famed throughout Sunagakure, his original home. He told stories to young Shunkan of him saving hundreds of lives, helping the Kazekage on occasion, and even developing unique jutsu. This caused Shunkan to feel a great sense of respect towards his father, who he knew as a hero. During one of Sagaku's missions - while Shunkan was enrolled in Konoha's Ninja Academy - Sagaku died. What was supposed to be a D-Rank mission, further evolved into a B-Rank mission. After being jumped by 5 men, all rogues formerly from Sunagakure, Sagaku died. This lit a spark in Shunkan, which would later grow into an explosion, Shunkan's only goal at that moment was to get stronger, to live up to his father's name. And so he did, he continued to train, day by day, meeting friends along the way. He decided that friendship must always take priority, this was one of Sugaku's main teachings, never leave a comrade behind; friendship is precious.
In the Academy, Shunkan earned top grades, earning him recognition as a prodigy and the best of his generation. He became very popular amongst his peers because of him being a so-called prodigy. With his talents soon being recognized, his teachers thought there was no point to keep him enrolled in the academy anymore as he already was more than advanced enough to be Genin-level, so they allowed him to take the graduation exam early. He later graduated with a perfect score, dawning him the rank of Genin.
Konoha's Red Flash
Years after becoming a chūnin, Shunkan started to learn several advanced jutsu, he was quite knowledgable in the area so it wasn't too hard to do so, though still difficult. The Rasengan and Chidori are some of the more difficult jutsu to learn so it would be hard to believe if he didn't have any trouble. After his vigorous years of training, he had learned a few things. Shunkan found out that his best Physical Ability was his speed, even in his genin days, he was already unbelievably fast for someone so young. He started to learn how to perfect his speed, honing it to his best ability. This may include learning speed-based jutsu, sprinting hours on end, or even finding the best running position.
Well, his training worked. As his name started to get known, he was titled "Konoha's Red Flash." During one of his missions in Amegakure, he found a fairly unique tantō. It was completely covered in blood, meaning its original owner is probably dead or near to death. What really made the tantō unique was what happened when you swung it. When you swung the blade a streak of red chakra followed close behind. Shunkan later named it the "Red Light Chakra Sabre," finalizing his title, "Konoha's Red Flash."
After Shunkan proved his worth to the village and his excellent skills, he was told to go to a meeting with Hokage. Shunkan was a Jōnin at the time, and only 14, he had just finished an A-Rank mission and was continuing to progress his skills. In this meeting, the Hokage reveals that the so-called rogues that were fighting him in his A-Rank mission were the Hokage's clones. This shocked Shunkan greatly, he was skilled enough to take down multiple clones of the Hokage? The Hokage also revealed that he had been watching Shunkan since he was a genin, observing him from the shadows, as he saw potential in the young boy. After an hour of explaining, the Hokage finally gets to the point. He asked if Shunkan would like to join the Hidden Leaf's Anbu. Of course, Shunkan agreed, getting to join the Anbu is a big deal, especially at a mere 14. The Hokage further explained the Anbu's duties and what this meant. He ended off the conversation telling the boy that he was going to be an Anbu Captain of Team Bokashi. Shunkan concurred and thus forward, Shunkan would fulfill his responsibilities as an Anbu Captain.
Shunkan was shown to have quite a bit of maturity and knowledge from a young age. He is as well a great strategical thinker, allowing him to find a solution to just about every situation, without doubt, he isn't one to second guess himself. Shunkan is an observant person, which led him to learn about the world and ninjutsu. He lived at a distance, observing individuals and ideas without getting directly involved so that he could fully understand them.
The boy had also been modest and calm, never fully diving straight into a fight while in a situation with his fellow villager, can't say the same for the rogues and opposing villages. This was shown when Shunkan, instead of fighting a boy in the academy that was insulting his family, simply told him to "Shut it," and went along with his day. This wasn't always the case, there are some sensitive subjects that "triggered" so-to-say, Shunkan. If the boy were to insult Shunkan's father, insult some of his closer friends, or preyed on the helpless, the boy would probably be out in 5 seconds flat.
Shunkan has frequently been compared with his mother in terms of physical appearance; both have emerald green eyes and spiky, red-Uzumaki hair. Shunkan also had jaw-length bangs on either side of his face. According to Shunkan's parents, Shunkan's hair is noted to be quite smooth and silky. His normal attire consists of a gray sweatshirt with a white short-sleeved haori resting on top of his other clothes. He also occasionally wears a black scarf with gold markings wrapped around his neck. The haori also has black fire-like designs on the edges.
Shunkan was spotted as a prodigy from a young age, visible from his rapid climbing through the ninja ranks. Having inherited much of his parent's strong genes, Shunkan was able to control Iron Sand using Magnet Release as well as having the extreme endurance and stamina of the Uzumaki Clan.
He was always capable of learning quickly, displayed as he learned the Body Flicker Technique after seeing it get used once. Furthermore, he had a great aptitude for any skill or study he applied himself to. He was capable of learning a lot as long as he set his mind to it, this was very useful. It allowed him to learn techniques within a few tries, being able to decipher what was wrong with his failed attempt and make his next one better, this also allowed him to excel in the academy, he didn't really have trouble with anything in school.
Chakra and Physical Prowess
Shunkan had expertise in taijutsu, presented in the Chunin Exams, taking various approaches in close combat. Another particular skill of his is his way to use stealth in a way to make him virtually invisible.
Shunkan's best ability is his speed, he's known as the "Red Flash" for a reason. He is able to endure miles of running at a swift pace, he used to do this exact thing hours every day to increase his speed and stamina.
Shunkan primarily relies on his great proficiency and knowledge of ninjutsu, which he has shown even in his days in the academy. Having access to several natures and his great knowledge of ninjutsu, over the years Shunkan was capable of casting and learning hundreds of jutsu, this gives him a vast arsenal, giving him an edge in combat.
Shunkan had befriended the crows where he originally stayed before his father died. The crows provided great service and helped Shunkan with simpled tasks all the time. He raised the crows since they were chicks. After learning of the Summoning Technique, he tried to learn it as soon as possible, so he could have his friendly crows whenever necessary. Shunkan learned the jutsu and signed a contract to be linked with the crows. In the field, he can summon his crows to aid him, they can be seen attacking the target, creating clones using solely crows, or scouting out a particular area.
Shunkan can use all basic natures, as well as the Yin Release and Yang Release fluently. He can use Fire Release to launch a massive fireball. He is capable of using Water Release without a water source, thus allowing him to produce water dragons or large defensive walls with much ease. With Lightning Release, he can create a ball of electricity that can tear through opponents or even lightning hounds that chase after the enemy.
Shunkan's teacher and even the Hokage made a remark about Shunkan's intelligence. He is able to predict what his opponent does before they do it, he is a remarkable battle strategist shown in his fight with the Hokage's clones, deducing what his next move would be and changing his strategy up accordingly. Once he identifies his opponent's weakness, he can quickly formulate a plan to exploit it, using his tools and ninjutsu as efficiently as possible. Some plans of his are elaborate and usual, but they are normally successful and low-risk, making Shunkan an irreplaceable and valuable strategist.