Naruto: Shippuden (season 3)

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Naruto: Shippuden (Season 3)
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Season 3 Cover
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 18
Release
Original network TV Tokyo
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The third season of the Naruto: Shippuden anime series is directed by Hayato Date, and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo. They are based on Part II for Masashi Kishimoto's manga series.[1] The third season aired from April to August 2008 on TV Tokyo.[2] Titled in Japan Twelve Guardian Ninja (守護忍十二士, Shugonin Jūnishi),[3] the anime only season follows Naruto Uzumaki attempting to protect Asuma Sarutobi's monk named Sora.

The season was released on three DVDs in Japan between September 3 and November 5, 2008 by Aniplex.[4] On January 2, 2009 Viz Media and Crunchyroll began providing subtitled Naruto: Shippuden episodes.[5] The English dub began airing on Disney XD on October 28, 2009,[6] with the season aired between November 3, 2010 and March 9, 2011.[7] Viz Media also released it in two DVD boxes on January 25 and April 26, 2011.[8][9] Manga Entertainment released it in two boxes in the United Kingdom on May 16 and July 11, 2011.[10][11]

The opening theme for this season was "Blue Bird" (ブルーバード, Burūbādo) by Ikimono-gakari, and the ending themes were "Sunao na Niji" (素直な虹, "Honest Rainbow") by Surface from episode 54 to 63 and "Broken Youth" by NICO Touches the Walls from episode 64 to 71. The second feature film for the series, Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Bonds, was released on August 2, 2008. The broadcast versions of episodes 70 and 71 include scenes from the film in the opening themes, while still retaining the original music.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date English air date
54 "Nightmare"
"Akumu" (悪夢) 
April 3, 2008 November 3, 2010[12]
After having a nightmare about the Nine-Tails invading the village, Naruto begins the special training with Kakashi and spends time with Shikamaru, Choji and Ino. 
55 "Wind"
"Kaze" (旋風) 
April 17, 2008 November 10, 2010[12]
Kakashi and Naruto meet at the training field in order to help teach Naruto how to make his own unique jutsu. Kakashi explains the principles behind harnessing one's elemental nature and adding it to his chakra in order to change it, citing Naruto's Rasengan as a good example of this phenomenon. As Naruto does not know what his nature is, Kakashi outlines the five basic natures that exist --Earth, Fire, Water, Wind, and Lightning. Naruto realizes that Sasuke must have two natures because he is able to use both Fire and Lightning jutsu. Using a special litmus paper, Naruto discovers his nature is Wind. Yamato arrives and asks Naruto what his nature is and then demonstrates that his Wood style technique is a combination of Earth and Water type chakra. Kakashi tells Naruto that the ability to perfectly meld two natures together to create an entirely different nature is only possible with those possessing kekkei genkai, such as Haku with his Ice style. Kakashi tells Naruto that he plans on helping Naruto cut down his training time significantly by having him use shadow clones since a clone user is able to retain the memories and experiences of his clones after they are dispelled. Because Naruto possesses the Nine Tailed Fox's chakra, his reserves are much larger and he can thus not only make many more clones, but also maintain them for longer periods of time. Yamato reminds Naruto that depleting his own chakra would trigger the Nine Tails and so he has been requested by Kakashi to be present in order to suppress Naruto should that occur during their training. Naruto creates multiple shadow clones and Kakashi gives them all a leaf. He assigns them the task to slice it in half using wind chakra alone. Naruto is surprised when he almost immediately tears the leaf almost in half, and Kakashi remarks that perhaps their training won't take very long after all. 
56 "Writhe"
"Ugomeku" (うごめく) 
April 24, 2008 November 17, 2010[12]
While Naruto continues training, Asuma informs him for advice about the Wind Element. Naruto successfully slices a leaf in half. He and his friends, before leaving the village, recognize Asuma as Konohamaru's uncle. Meanwhile on a hill near a destroyed village, four cloaked enemies discuss the awakening of the Fire Country against the Leaf Village. 
57 "Deprived of Eternal Sleep"
"Ubawareta nemuri" (奪われた永眠り) 
May 8, 2008 December 1, 2010[12]
Naruto finds one of the four protected hidden tombs and fights with a training monk named Sora who uses wind chakra technique, before Sakura, Yamato, Sai and the monks arrive. They arrive and Naruto recognizes the Fire Temple from the nightmare. 
58 "Loneliness"
"Kodoku" (孤独) 
May 8, 2008 December 8, 2010[12]
The monks converse with the team about the tombs holding the country's loyal bodyguards of the feudal lord. After seeing all monks training to spar, Naruto challenges Sora, but the monk stops the fight. At the cave, Sora practices Beast Wave Palm and tells Naruto that he will avenge his father. They two monks see another tomb being robbed. 
59 "A New Enemy"
"Aratana teki" (新たな敵) 
May 15, 2008 December 15, 2010[12]
Tsunade suspects and orders an investigation about Danzo's plot. As Chiriku, Sora and the group failed to intercept four coffins, Fudō, Fuen and Fūka trap the group at the canyon maze of pits and traps, where Yamato and Sai encounter Fudō and Fuen. 
60 "Impermanence"
"Uitenpen" (有為転変) 
May 22, 2008 December 22, 2010[12]
While Naruto and Yamato fight with Fūka and Fudō, Sai escapes from Fuen and saves Sakura from the giant spider. Sora independently confronts Furido, while the ANBU members sneak on Danzo. 
61 "Contact"
"Sesshoku" (接触) 
May 29, 2008 December 29, 2010[12]
Furido tells Sora that he plans to use four corpses to save the Land of Fire. Sora saves Naruto from Fūka's Execution by Kiss, while Sakura, Sai and Yamato reunited each other. The monks arrive before Furido's Four-Man Team flee. 
62 "Teammate"
"Chīmumeito" (チームメイト) 
June 5, 2008 January 5, 2011[12]
Back at the Leaf Village, Naruto uncomfortably spends time with Sora. That night while practicing chakra blades with Naruto, Asuma tells Sora that his father Kazuma died for honor after involving in the coup attempt. Furido's team declare and begin to attack the Kohaku Clan. 
63 "The Two Kings"
"Futatsu no gyoku" (二つの玉) 
June 19, 2008 January 12, 2011[12]
Asuma supervises and notices that Sora and Naruto have their power of wind chakra. Tsunade and Yamato learn from Chiriku that Sora inadvertently destroyed the Temple of Fire. Asuma gives the black claw to Sora and learns that Kazuma failed to kill the Hokage. Furido informs Sora that Asuma was responsible for killing Kazuma and passing him two "king" pieces from the game of Shogi. As Danzo leaves, Sora furiously throws a chakra-powered kunai through a tree and destroys the stone behind it in the training grounds. 
64 "Jet Black Signal Fire"
"Shikkoku no noroshi" (漆黒の狼煙) 
July 3, 2008 January 19, 2011[12]
As the ANBU members capture Danzo and a rain ninja spy, Sora blames and attacks Asuma with his demonic arm. Naruto saves Sora from an unknown individual from the Root. Furido orders Sora to kill Asuma and Tsunade. That night after saving Tsunade, Naruto pursues Sora while a mysterious lightning storm strikes and cuts off power from the village. 
65 "Lockdown of Darkness"
"Ankoku no sejō" (暗黒の施錠) 
July 3, 2008 January 26, 2011[12]
The villagers see Furido's Four-Man Team sealing the Leaf Village behind a barrier. Asuma catches up with Sora and Naruto, and learns that the team are planning to annihilate the village with lightning powers of the stolen corpses. Asuma holds off the attackers, while they escape. 
66 "Revived Souls"
"Yomigaeru tamashii" (黄泉がえる魂) 
July 10, 2008 February 2, 2011[12]
The team revived Seito, Tōu, Nauma and Kitane, while the leaf ninjas fight off the revived zombies of the Kohaku Clan. Asuma learns that they are using Limelight Jutsu, a special four-person lightning technique to destroy the village. While Naruto, Asuma and Yamato fight with Fuka, Kitane and Fudo, Furido informs Sora that he will destroy the village. 
67 "Everyone's Struggle to the Death"
"Sorezore no shitō" (それぞれの死闘) 
July 24, 2008 February 9, 2011[12]
Furido attacks Sora and tells him that Kazama had a similar flaw. Kitane traps Asuma with the electric force field, Sakura counters the illusions to defeat Fuen, and Yamato defeats Fudo to remove all zombies from the village. 
68 "Moment of Awakening"
"Mezame no toki" (目覚めの刻) 
July 31, 2008 February 16, 2011[12]
After declining forgiveness to Furido, Sora learns that Kazama gathered traces of the Nine-Tails' chakra and implanted on Sora's body. Naruto counters the kiss and uses the Rasengan to defeat Fuka. After Asuma breaks free from the electric barrier and defeats Kitane, Furido removes the seal containing Sora's power of the pseudo-Jinchuriki. 
69 "Despair"
"Zetsubō" (絶望) 
July 31, 2008 February 23, 2011[12]
While Sora suffers with the demonic power, Asuma confronts to fight with Furido. As Naruto and the others arrive, they fail to restrain Sora who transforms into the Three-Tailed beast. 
70 "Resonance"
"Kyōmei" (共鳴) 
August 7, 2008 March 2, 2011[12]
While Naruto manages to reason with Sora, Yamato seals the Nine-tails' chakra inside Naruto again. Sora regains his own consciousness and body to resist against the demonic power. 
71 "My Friend"
"Tomo yo" (友よ) 
August 14, 2008 March 9, 2011[12]
As Naruto releases the power from Sora, the recovered Sai and Asuma defeat Kazuma. The next day, Sora, recovering his body, leaves the Leaf Village to travel around the world. Asuma and Shikamaru discuss about the mysterious "king" of the village, while Hidan and Kakuzu confront Yugito Nii and Two-Tailed beast Matatabi. 

Home releases[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Volume Date Discs Episodes Reference
1 September 3, 2008 1 54–57 [13]
2 October 1, 2008 1 58–61 [13]
3 November 5, 2008 1 62–66 [13]
4 December 3, 2008 1 67–71 [13]

English[edit]

Viz Media (North America, Region 1)
Box set Date Discs Episodes Reference
5 January 25, 2011 3 54–65 [14]
6 April 26, 2011 3 66–77 [15]
Madman Entertainment (United Kingdom, Region 2)
Volume Date Discs Episodes Reference
5 May 16, 2011 2 53–65 [16]
6 July 11, 2011 2 66–77 [17]
Madman Entertainment (Australia/New Zealand, Region 4)
Collection Date Discs Episodes Reference
5 February 16, 2011 2 53–65 [18]
6 July 20, 2011 2 66–77 [19]

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