List of Naruto: Shippuden episodes (season 7)
The episodes from the seventh season of the anime series Naruto: Shippuden are based on Part II of the Naruto manga series by Masashi Kishimoto. The episodes are directed by Hayato Date and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo. The seventh season began airing on January 21, 2010 on TV Tokyo in Japan, and finished on March 11, 2010. They are centered on Naruto Uzumaki's encounter with Utakata, the host of the Six-Tailed Demon Slug, one of the nine most powerful creatures in the world. The season is referred to by its DVDs as the chapter of The Six-Tailed Demon Slug (六尾発動 Rokubi Hatsudō?).
The two DVD volumes were released by Aniplex on August 4, 2010 and September 1, 2010. On January 2, 2009 Viz Media and Crunchyroll began providing subtitled Naruto: Shippuden episodes. The English dubbed version of this season began airing on February 4, 2013 and ended February 16, 2013 on Neon Alley.
|No.||Title||Original airdate||English airdate|
|January 21, 2010||February 4, 2013|
|On a cliff a young man, a girl, and her servant are attacked by a group of ninja. The servant sends word to the Hidden Leaf Village for aid and the young man, Utakata, leaves with the girl, Hotaru. Back in the Leaf, Tsunade tells Shizune of a clan named the Tsuchigumo and an elder named En no Gyoja who developed a forbidden jutsu, which the Leaf are to prevent the theft of. Team 7 and Yamato arrive to assist Utakata and Hotaru, but Utakata leaves immediately with faith that they will assist her.|
|145||"Successor of the Forbidden Jutsu"
"Kinjutsu no keishōsha" (禁術の継承者)
|January 28, 2010||February 9, 2013|
|The ninja bandits have a meeting with their leader about the Forbidden Jutsu. Elsewhere Team 7 tricks Hotaru into staying as her bodyguards until they reach her village. After reminiscing about the past, Utakata wakes up to come across the ninja bandits and fights them until he is cornered by their barrier jutsu which soon explodes. Team 7 finally reach Hotaru's village and they leave her in their care, but Naruto senses something troubling and heads back to the village, suspicious of the villagers' attitude toward Hotaru.|
|146||"The Successor's Wish"
"Keishōsha no omoi" (継承者の想い)
|February 4, 2010||February 9, 2013|
|Hotaru's uncle shows her to her room, where she is ambushed by the bandits. They are trapped and Hotaru escapes into the forest, but the bandits catch up to her. Utakata saves her, and the bandit's leader shows that Utakata is being hunted for 50 million ryo. Utakata and Hotaru land in a secluded place where Hotaru shows him something on her body. Suddenly Mist Tracker Ninja attack Utakata and take Hotaru hostage. They tell Hotaru that Utakata killed his former master. Naruto soon arrives with Yamato and Sai.|
|147||"Rogue Ninja's Past"
"Nukenin no kako" (抜け忍の過去)
|February 11, 2010||February 9, 2013|
|The Hidden Mist ANBU and Yamato negotiate and it is hinted that Utakata is a Jinchuriki. It is then decided that Utakata will travel with the Hidden Leaf until their mission is complete before the Mist ANBU take him back to their village. Utakata didn't mean to kill his master; it is realized that while trying to separate the tailed beast from him, it came out and killed Utakata's master. Later Hotaru is hurt leading Naruto to find out that the Forbidden Jutsu is engraved into her back.|
|148||"Heir to Darkness"
"Yami no kōkeisha" (闇の後継者)
|February 18, 2010||February 9, 2013|
|The bandits' leader appears on Mt. Katsurugi and listens in on a conversation between Tonbei, Hotaru, Utakata, and Team 7. Tonbei suggests that they should remove the Forbidden Jutsu from Hotaru for her safety, but Hotaru suggests searching for Shiranami, another person who could use the jutsu. Naruto leaves to go search for him and it is revealed that the bandit leader is Shiranami. Utakata leaves to speak with Tsurugi, but Tsurugi and the rest of the Anbu encounter a dog with Rinnegan eyes.|
|February 25, 2010||February 16, 2013|
|Naruto arrives at Shiranami's cabin and is captured by the bandits. Utakata, who had found a note left by Hotaru and was looking for her, arrives and drives the bandits away with his Tailed Beast's chakra. Hotaru encounters Shiranami, who captures her and takes her to the Tsuchigumo village. He takes control of her and the villagers and takes her with him to unseal the Forbidden Jutsu. Naruto and Utakata track Shiranami and Hotaru to the village, but are attacked by the villagers and the bandits, who stall them until Team 7 arrives.|
|150||"The Forbidden Jutsu Released"
"Kinjutsu hatsudō" (禁術発動)
|March 4, 2010||February 16, 2013|
|Shiranami has Hotaru in a binding jutsu that keeps her restrained in one place. Shiranami asserts that Hotaru is nothing but a vessel to collect the natural chakra energy that will release the jutsu. Utakata and Naruto arrive but are held back by Shiranami's binding jutsu. However, they manage to free themselves. Meanwhile, Team 7 struggles with the bandits and villagers and is unable to advance. Finally, Shiranami gathers all the energy he requires and releases the Fury Jutsu.|
|151||"Master and Student"
|March 11, 2010||February 16, 2013|
|Hotaru cries, believing that she killed Naruto and Utakata, however they still manage to move. Meanwhile, Team 7 fights the bandits and defeat them. Hotaru's body starts to overflow with natural chakra and Shiranami tries to escape but is defeated by Naruto. Utakata then uses his beast to consume and stops the flow of chakra. In the end, Team 7 leaves and Hotaru and Utakata start their travels, but Utakata is ambushed by Pain and defeated, using his last strength to blow bubbles to tell Hotaru to live on.|
- "List of Naruto: Shippuden episode titles" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- "List of Naruto: Shippuden episode titles". Retrieved 2009-01-09.
- "Naruto: Shippuden episodes from 2010" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010.