Naruto: Shippuden (season 8)

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Naruto: Shippuden (Season 8)
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The eighth season of the Naruto: Shippuden anime series is directed by Hayato Date, and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo. The eighth season aired from March to August 2010.[1] The season follows the Akatsuki leader Pain invading the Leaf Village and attempting to kidnap Naruto Uzumaki. It is referred to by its DVDs as the chapter of Two Saviors (二人の救世主 Futari no Kyūseishu?). Aniplex released the six volumes between October 7, 2010 and March 2, 2011. While the volumes contains all the episodes, episodes 170 and 171 were skipped to the sixth volume.[2]

On January 2, 2009 Viz Media and Crunchyroll began providing subtitled Naruto: Shippuden episodes.[3] The English dubbed version of this season premiered on February 16, 2013 on Neon Alley and concluded on March 30, 2013.[4]

This season contains five musical themes: "Sign" by Flow is used as the opening theme until episode 153, where it was replaced by "Tōmei Datta Sekai" (透明だった世界?, "Formerly Transparent World") by Motohiro Hata. "For You" by Azu is used as the ending theme until episode 153, when it was replaced by "Jitensha" (自転車?, "Bicycle") by OreSkaBand until episode 166, where it was replaced by "Utakata Hanabi" (うたかた花火?, "Transient Fireworks") by Supercell. The fourth feature film, Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower was released on July 31, 2010. The broadcast versions of episodes 172 to 175 include scenes from the film in the opening themes, while still retaining the music "Tōmei Datta Sekai".

Episode listing[edit]

No. Title Original airdate English airdate
152 "Somber News"
"Hihō" (悲報) 
March 25, 2010 February 16, 2013
As the remaining Akatsuki members extract Saiken from Utakata, Sasuke delivers Bee's clone to Madara. As Naruto recalls the memory about Itachi, Tsunade and Fukasaku inform him about Jiraiya's death. Elsewhere, Ay believes that Sasuke kidnapped Bee. 
153 "Following the Master's Shadow"
"Shi no Kage o Otte" (師の影を追って) 
March 25, 2010 February 23, 2013
As Fukasaku shows Jiraiya's chakra-encrypted code to Tsunade, the scientists decipher it. Settling around the village to recall memories about himself and Jiraiya, Naruto learns that Kurenai is pregnant and Shikamaru asks Naruto to forget Jiraiya. 
154 "Decryption"
"Angō Kaidoku" (暗号解読) 
April 8, 2010 February 23, 2013
The scientists inspect the body of Pain's Animal Path, while Naruto and Shikamaru identify the message. Naruto, noticing the number nine emulated for the "Ta" katakana on the "Make-Out Tactics" Book, informs Tsunade and Fukasaku that the number code unveils the sentence saying, "The Real One Is Not There". Fukasaku memorizes Jiraiya's actions and takes Naruto to Mount Myoboku for training in Sage Mode. 
155 "The First Challenge"
"Daiichi no Kadai" (第一の課題) 
April 8, 2010 February 23, 2013
While gathering Natural Energy for Sage Mode, Naruto learns that if he uses too often, he will become a frog. Fukasaku helps Naruto use "toad oil" to gather energy and prevent the collection of the latter. Fukasaku gives Jiraiya's book to Naruto and remembers the latter to bring peace to the world. After the members discover Bee's squid piece, Pain and Konan head out to to capture the Nine-Tailed demon fox. 
156 "Surpassing the Master"
"Shi o Koeru Toki" (師を超えるとき) 
April 15, 2010 February 23, 2013
After intense training, Naruto successfully gathers energy to master Sage Mode for the first time and surpass Jiraiya. Fukasaku teaches to Naruto with Frog Kumite, a senjutsu-enhanced taijutsu increasing the range for physical attacks. Meanwhile, A orders Samui, Karui and Omoi to find Bee and deliver the letter for Tsunade about capturing Sasuke. 
157 "Assault on the Leaf Village!"
"Konoha Shūgeki!" (木ノ葉襲撃!) 
April 22, 2010 March 2, 2013
While Naruto finishes training on Mount Myoboku, Pain and the Six Animal Path members arrive to invade the Leaf Village. While Inoichi reads Ajisai's mind and Shizune leads a biopsy team to find secrets behind the metal piercings for the Leaf's Intel Division, Pain interrogates with the villagers. Knowing that Pain is attacking the village, Tsunade orders them to get Naruto back. 
158 "Power to Believe"
"Shinjiru Chikara" (信じる力) 
April 29, 2010 March 2, 2013
Danzo, Homura and Koharu ask Tsunade to cancel Naruto's return, but she convinces them to let Naruto come for Pain and Konan. As Tsunade protecting them failed, Danzo kills the messenger frog from getting to Naruto. Kakashi meets to confront Pain, allowing Iruka's escape. 
159 "Pain vs. Kakashi"
"Pein vs Kakashi" (ペインvsカカシ) 
May 6, 2010 March 2, 2013
After Choza and Choji fight against the Deva, the Asura Path stops Kakashi from helping Choza. While the Deva Path annihilates Choza's squad and the Asura Path against Kakashi, Choji escapes and get to Tsunade. 
160 "Mystery of Pain"
"Pein no Nazo" (ペインの謎) 
May 13, 2010 March 2, 2013
Naruto attempts to merge with Fukasaku, so that he can move in Sage Mode while Fukasaku gathers Nature Energy for him. However, the Nine-Tailed Fox forces them to find an alternate method for Naruto to enter Sage Mode in battle. As the Interrogation Corp fights off Pain's new Animal Path and barrages them with an assortments of animal summonings, Ibiki fails to stop them. 
161 "Surname Is Sarutobi. Given Name, Konohamaru!"
"Sei wa Sarutobi, Na wa Konohamaru!" (姓は猿飛、名は木ノ葉丸!) 
May 20, 2010 March 9, 2013
Pain's Naraka Path displays its mysterious power against two leaf shinobi while Konohamaru Sarutobi watches in horror. Pain senses Konohamaru's presence but is interrupted by Ebisu who takes on Pain in order to allow Konohamaru to escape. After seeing Ebisu about to be killed, Konohamaru intervenes and after learning of Naraka's ability, judging souls and then reaping the sinner of their life, with a Shadow Clone, he unleashes the Rasengan and is able to keep Naraka at bay. 
162 "Pain to the World"
"Sekai ni Itami o" (世界に痛みを) 
May 27, 2010 March 9, 2013
As the Inuzuka and Aburame clans battle with Preta Path and Konan respectively, Deva Path meets with Tsunade, who recognizes him as Yahiko. As Naruto learns of the village's situation, Human Path discovers his location and then kills Shizune, transmitting the intel to Deva Path, who, in its frustration with Tsunade, unleashes a giant shockwave on the village, destroying it completely. In the newly formed crater, at the heart of Konoha, Naruto appears with a small armada of toads following Sakura's cries for his return. 
163 "Explode! Sage Mode"
"Bakuhatsu! Sennin Mōdo" (爆発! 仙人モード) 
June 3, 2010 March 9, 2013
Naruto confronts Deva Path as the other five Paths reappear. Asura Path attacks Tsunade and Naruto destroys it, telling Tsunade to leave. She does so and reverts to her old self with Sakura. Naruto charges forward as the toads deal with Animal Path's summons. Naruto fights Preta Path with Frog Kumite and defeats it before speaking to Deva. He reveals that they were both Jiraiya's apprentices and how he only wants peace. Angered with his hypocrisy, Naruto throws a finally completed Rasen-Shuriken at the remaining Paths of Pain. 
164 "Danger! Sage Mode Limit Reached"
"Pinchi! Kieta Sennin Mōdo" (危機! 消えた仙人モード) 
June 10, 2010 March 9, 2013
Naruto successfully begins taking out Pain's bodies one after another, but when his Sage Mode reaches its limit, Pain attempts to take control of the battle. Naruto throws another Rasen-Shuriken but it's absorbed by a revived Preta Path. He manages to kill the Naraka Path, just to get repelled by Deva Path who has just recovered his power. As Deva performs another Shinra Tensei to the toads, Naruto realizes he can't use taijutsu or ninjutsu on the remaining paths, so he will have to fight them using a genjutsu suggested by Fukasaku. 
165 "Nine-Tails, Captured!"
"Kyūbi Hokaku Kanryō" (九尾捕獲完了) 
June 17, 2010 March 16, 2013
As Hinata worries about Naruto, Inoichi and the others try to find the original Pain. Naruto continues to fight back the remaining paths, but is captured by Preta Path. It absorbs his Sage Mode chakra and is petrified due to the uncontrollable Nature Energy. Fukasaku then attempts to trap Pain in a Genjutsu, but is killed. Deva then traps Naruto and informs him of his plan to bring world peace through pain, asking Naruto if he could think up of any other choice. Naruto cannot, and Nagato states that his peace is almost among them. 
166 "Confessions"
"Kokuhaku" (告白) 
June 24, 2010 March 16, 2013
Hinata decides to come to Naruto's aid as he is incapacitated by Pain. Despite knowing her overwhelming disadvantage, Hinata confronts Pain in battle. Subsequently, she confesses her love for Naruto. She is ultimately defeated and appears to be fatally stabbed by Pain, causing Naruto's Nine-Tailed Fox chakra to go out of control from anger. Meanwhile, Konoha ninja start the search for Pain's controlling body, Nagato. 
167 "Planetary Devastation"
"Chibaku Tensei" (地爆天星) 
July 1, 2010 March 16, 2013
Naruto enters his Four-Tailed form and attacks Pain, who manages to repel his attacks. Angered even further, Naruto continues his transformation into a Six-Tailed form. Pain decides to fall back and activate his Chibaku Tensei technique, creating a miniature moon in the sky formed from the earth, which traps Naruto inside. However, Naruto breaks free of it, now in an Eight-Tailed form. Consumed in hate, Naruto prepares to completely release the Nine-Tailed Fox, but the Fourth Hokage appears and stops him. 
168 "The Fourth Hokage"
"Yondaime Hokage" (四代目火影) 
July 15, 2010 March 16, 2013
Minato appears within Naruto's psyche and reveals that Tobi was the one behind the Nine-Tails' attack on the village 16 years ago, theorizing that he's just using Pain for himself. He re-activates Naruto's seal to suppress the fox's chakra, and leaves, placing his faith in his son. Naruto confronts Deva Path and manages to find Nagato through his Sage Mode. They fight again and Naruto breaks through his Shinra Tensei to launch a final Rasengan at Pain, overcoming his 5 second time limit. It connects. 
169 "The Two Students"
"Futari no Deshi" (ふたりの弟子) 
July 22, 2010[5] March 23, 2013
Naruto defeats Deva Pain with his final Rasengan and then uses his Chakra Receivers in Sage Mode to find Nagato. He then heads off as Sakura finishes healing Hinata. Inoichi tries to stop Naruto from going in alone, but Shikaku agrees with Naruto, to Inoichi's dismay. Naruto finds Nagato and Konan, preparing to fight them out of anger. However, he remembers in Jiraiya's belief for a peaceful world and decides not to harm them. Nagato then asks how Naruto can still believe in Jiraiya's "peace" after all that has happened. 
170 "Big Adventure! The Quest for the Fourth Hokage's Legacy - Part 1"
"Daibōken! Yondaime no Isan o Sagase - Zenpen" (大冒険! 四代目の遺産を探せ・前編) 
July 29, 2010 March 23, 2013
The story goes back to right before the start of the final rounds of the Chūnin Exam. As Naruto trains in preparation for his upcoming match, he hears Jiraiya speak of “the Fourth Hokage’s legacy". Using information from Guy, Naruto, Sakura and Team 10 head to the Honegami Grounds, where they are instructed by a disguised Guy to enter and complete the obstacle course and obtain the Secret Technique. Meanwhile Hidden Rain Ninja begin their pursuit. 
171 "Big Adventure! The Quest for the Fourth Hokage's Legacy - Part 2"
"Daibōken! Yondaime no Isan o Sagase - Kōhen" (大冒険! 四代目の遺産を探せ・後編) 
July 29, 2010 March 23, 2013
Naruto and the others face the oncoming challenges in order to find the Secret Technique and break the Fourth Hokage's record, but Naruto’s impulsive action leads the group into various troubles. They are attacked by the Rain Ninja, but unknown to them, are saved by Sasuke. They eventually find the scroll which reads: "There is no shortcut in the ninja way". The phrase that becomes Naruto's motto. The story ends as the final rounds of the Chūnin Exam begin the next day. 
172 "Meeting"
"Deai" (出逢い) 
August 5, 2010 March 23, 2013
Returning to the present series, Nagato waits for Naruto to answer his question and Nagato recalls his two moments of pain, the first of which being when his parents were killed by Leaf Ninja and when Nagato's Rinnegan Eye was activated, killing the two ninja. He then tells Naruto about how he met Konan and Yahiko, all three of them having to resort to thievery to stay alive. After seeing Hanzo the Salamander battle the Three Sannin, they set out to find the three ninja so that they can be taught ninjutsu. 
173 "Origin of Pain"
"Pein Tanjō" (ペイン誕生) 
August 12, 2010 March 30, 2013
Nagato continues talking to Naruto and describes his second pain. Nagato, Yahiko and Konan were taught ninjutsu by Jiraiya, but after he left, they grew up to start an organization, led by Yahiko, to bring peace to the Hidden Rain. Hanzo decides that Yahiko's group is a threat to his ruling and teams up with Danzo to kidnap Konan. Hanzo orders Nagato to kill Yahiko if he wants her to live and Yahiko sacrfices himself for Konan's sake, horrifying Nagato and forcing him into the crippled state he's in today. 
174 "Tale of Naruto Uzumaki"
"Uzumaki Naruto Monogatari" (うずまきナルト物語) 
August 19, 2010 March 30, 2013
With Nagato's story done, Naruto tells him his answer, declaring that he will not abandon the legacy of his master, and that he will keep striving for peace no matter what pain he is put through. Nagato reflects on what Naruto says, thinking back to his final days as one of Jiraiya's students, and ultimately decides to believe in him. Showed the errors of his past ways, Nagato begins to perform a technique that will revive all those that he killed in the Hidden Leaf. 
175 "Hero of the Hidden Leaf"
"Konoha no Eiyū" (木ノ葉の英雄) 
August 26, 2010 March 30, 2013
Nagato finishes reviving everyone he had killed and dies due to running out of chakra. He entrusts his dreams to Naruto and Konan likewise decides to believe in him. After retrieving Nagato and Yahiko's bodies, she gives Naruto a bouquet of flowers symbolizing the hope Naruto represents. After erecting a memorial for Jiraiya, Naruto returns to the village and is, after years of pain and isolation, finally heralded as a hero. 

References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Naruto: Shippuden episodes from 2010" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ 二人の救世主の章 (in Japanese). Aniplex. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Naruto.com, Crunchyroll, Hulu Begin Shippūden Streams". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  4. ^ http://updates.neonalley.com/neonalley_schedule.pdf
  5. ^ "NARUTO-ナルト- 疾風伝:テレビ東京". Tokyo TV. Retrieved September 7, 2010.