List of Naruto volumes
The Naruto manga is written by Masashi Kishimoto and published by Shueisha in Weekly Shōnen Jump. The series began its serialization in the issue 43 from 1999. Shueisha later collects these chapters in tankōbon bound volumes. The first 244 chapters are known as Part I, and constitute the first part of the Naruto storyline. All subsequent chapters belong to Part II, which continues the storyline from Part I after a two and a half year timeskip. Viz Media licenses the Naruto manga for an English adaptation in North America, where it is serialized in the American Shonen Jump and released in volume format.
Several adaptations based on Naruto have been made, including two anime series and seven feature films. The first anime series, also titled Naruto, covers the entirety of Part I over 220 episodes. The second, named Naruto Shippuden (ナルト 疾風伝 Naruto Shippūden, literally, Naruto: Hurricane Chronicles), is based on Part II. Both series are produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo, and air on TV Tokyo.
Shueisha has released 72 tankōbon in Japan, with the first 27 containing Part I, and the remaining 45 belonging to Part II. The first tankōbon was released on March 3, 2000, and the latest volume 72 was released on February 4, 2015. Additionally, from November 7, 2008 through April 10, 2009, Shueisha reprinted the entirety of Part I in an eight-volume sōshūhen set titled Naruto Sōshūhen: Uzumaki Daikan (ＮＡＲＵＴＯ―ナルト―総集編 うずまき大巻, literally, Naruto Complete Collection: Uzumaki Megavolume). Six ani-manga tankōbon based on one of the three Naruto and first three Naruto Shippuden films have also been released by Shueisha.
Viz Media has released 72 volumes of the English adaptation of the manga, with volume 1 released on August 6, 2003, and volume 72 released on October 6, 2015. In order to compensate for the gap between the Japanese and English adaptations of the manga, Viz announced its "Naruto Nation" campaign, where it would release three volumes each month in the last four months of 2007 in order to close said gap. A similar campaign happened in 2009, entitled "Generation Ninja," with eleven volumes from Part II of the series to be released between February and April of that year in order to catch up to the Japanese serialization. Starting with the release of volume 45 in July 2009, Viz began to release Naruto volumes on a quarterly basis.
Part I covers the first 244 chapters of the Naruto manga, and is contained in 27 tankōbon volumes. All 27 tankōbon have been released in Japan by Shueisha and in North America by Viz Media. Viz released volumes 16 through 27 over a four-month period as part of the "Naruto Nation" campaign, meant to close the gap between the Japanese and English versions of the manga.
|No.||Title||Japanese release||English release|
Uzumaki Naruto (うずまきナルト)
|March 3, 2000 |
|August 6, 2003|
|For the first twelve years of his life, Naruto Uzumaki had to live a life without parents and endure the apparent unsolicited hate from the villagers of Konohagakure, never knowing what it was like to be loved or have friends as a result. One day, however, he learns from the covert ninja Mizuki that the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox was sealed within him soon after his birth and is the reason he is alone in the world. After this, Naruto's fortunes begin to change. In addition to finding a father-figure in Iruka Umino after defeating Mizuki, Naruto achieves his dream by finally becoming a ninja, his ultimate desire being to become the greatest in Konoha, the Hokage. In doing so, Naruto is added to Team 7 along with Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno under the leadership of Kakashi Hatake. To see whether or not the three are ready to become ninja, Kakashi administers a test to see if they have what it takes. Each fails independently, leading Kakashi to believe they will never become ninja.|
|2||The Worst Client|
Saiaku no irainin (最悪の依頼人)
|June 2, 2000 |
|December 17, 2003|
|Kakashi advises the three to start focusing on the team's well-being instead of their own, and in doing so they are able to pass the test. As one of the team's first missions, they are assigned to escort a man named Tazuna to the Land of Waves. Along the way, the group is attacked by Zabuza Momochi, an assassin sent to kill Tazuna. Kakashi, with the help of Naruto, Sasuke, and his own Sharingan (写輪眼, lit. "Copy Wheel Eye", English manga: "Mirror Wheel Eye") eye, is able to defeat Zabuza. Before he can finish Zabuza off, however, a masked boy named Haku arrives to take him away. In preparation for another of Zabuza's attacks, Kakashi decides to train Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura.|
|3||For the Sake of Dreams...!!|
Yume no tame ni...!! (夢の為に...!!)
|August 4, 2000 |
|April 14, 2004|
|In an effort to get stronger, Naruto trains harder than Sasuke and Sakura. Though he catches up to both in terms of talent, exerting the extra effort leaves him fatigued. To allow him a chance to regain his energy, the rest of Team 7 goes on to escort Tazuna without him. Soon afterwards, however, they are attacked again by Zabuza and a masked Haku. Using his new training, Sasuke does battle with Haku and proves to be an equal match, forcing Haku to trap him in a prison of ice. Naruto quickly arrives to help and joins Sasuke in the fight, though both are soon overpowered. As Haku makes to finish Naruto off, Sasuke uses himself as a shield to block the attack and appears to be killed. Naruto, in his anger, taps into the dormant powers of the demon fox sealed within him.|
|4||The Hero's Bridge!!|
Eiyū no hashi!! (英雄の橋!!)
|October 4, 2000 |
|August 3, 2004|
|With the demon fox's power Naruto is easily able to defeat Haku. When Haku's mask breaks away, however, Naruto is unable to bring himself to kill the young boy beneath the mask. Elsewhere, Kakashi and Zabuza do battle. As Kakashi is about to kill Zabuza with his Lightning Blade, Haku takes the attack, saving Zabuza at the cost of his own life. Despite this turn of events Kakashi is still able to disable Zabuza, prompting the arrival of Zabuza's employer, Gato. When Gato orders his own personal army of thugs to kill Zabuza along with Tazuna and Team 7, Zabuza uses the last of his strength to kill Gato, avenging Haku's death before dying himself. With their mission complete, Team 7 and a revived Sasuke return to Konoha. Soon after returning home, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura are entered into the Chunin Exams, a chance for them to rise up the ninja ranks and test their abilities.|
|December 4, 2000 |
|December 7, 2004|
|Prior to the start of the exam, Team 7 has a chance to mingle with their former classmates and fellow rookie ninja: the members of Team 8 and Team 10. Once the first phase of the exam begins, it is revealed that all of those wishing to advance in rank must first complete a written test. The test's questions, however, prove too difficult for almost all present, and it soon becomes apparent that the true objective of the first phase is to cheat without getting caught. Unaware that this is the test's true purpose, Naruto insists on continuing. Through his willingness to face the unknown, he is allowed to continue on to the second phase with the rest of the examinees who were not caught.|
Sakura no ketsui!! (サクラの決意!!)
|March 2, 2001 |
|April 5, 2005|
|For the second phase of the exams, the remaining teams of three must survive the Forest of Death and arrive at its center in five days' time. Soon after they enter the forest Team 7 is attacked by Orochimaru. Naruto engages him in battle, though is quickly defeated. Sasuke, inspired by Naruto's determination, continues the battle in Naruto's place. Before escaping, Orochimaru brands Sasuke with a cursed seal, knocking him out. Sakura, the only conscious member of the team, is forced to look after her teammates and defend them from the attacks of Orochimaru's followers. As she is about to be defeated, Team 10 arrives to help, allowing Sakura to return to attending to Naruto and Sasuke as the others deal with her attackers.|
|7||The Path You Should Tread|
Susumubeki michi...!! (進むべき道...!!)
|May 1, 2001 |
|August 2, 2005|
|Team 10 and Orochimaru's forces do battle, though their progress is slow in either side claiming victory. Just as additional reinforcements begin to arrive to help Team 10, Sasuke finally awakens, the cursed seal given to him by Orochimaru fueling him with power. With his new strength Sasuke is able to make quick work of their opponents, forcing them to flee. Although the battle is won, Team 7 needs three days to recover. As they make way for the forest's center on the final day they are briefly impeded by a group of stragglers, though ultimately claim victory and complete the second phase.|
Inochigake no tatakai!! (命懸けの戦い!!)
|August 3, 2001 |
|December 6, 2005|
|Seven teams of three pass the second phase, far too many aspiring ninja to advance to the final rounds. To reduce the number of participants ten preliminary matches are held, with the winner of each match advancing to the finals. After the first few matches, where Sasuke is able to claim victory, Sakura is pit against her rival and childhood friend Ino Yamanaka. While neither is fond of fighting the other, both do their best to be worthy opponents. Although Sakura is able to avoid Ino's attacks for much of the match's duration, Ino is eventually able to restrain her. Using one of her family's signature abilities Ino takes control of Sakura's mind, intending to force Sakura to forfeit the match.|
|9||Neji vs. Hinata|
Neji to Hinata (ネジとヒナタ)
|October 4, 2001 |
|March 7, 2006|
|Before she can be forced to surrender, Sakura is able to expel Ino from her mind. With both tired out from the ordeal, the match culminates in a double knock out, after which the two begin to rekindle their friendship. Naruto proves more fortunate in his own match, outsmarting his opponent, Team 8 member Kiba Inuzaka, to the surprise of the onlookers. Naruto's success motivates Kiba's teammate Hinata Hyuga to do her best in the match against her cousin, Neji Hyuga. Neji, a stronger fighter who hates Hinata's family and is fatalistic, shows her no mercy during their fight. The match concludes with Hinata being left in critical condition and Neji showing no remorse for his treatment of one of his relatives. Naruto, enraged by Neji's actions and outlook, swears upon Hinata's spilled blood that he will defeat Neji in the final matches.|
|10||A Splendid Ninja|
Rippa na ninja...!! (立派な忍者...!!)
|December 4, 2001 |
|June 6, 2006|
|As one of the last matches, Rock Lee is pit against Gaara. With his superior speed and strength Lee attempts to claim a quick victory, but is unable to fully bypass Gaara's superior defenses. After being left tired out from relentless assault, Lee is left unable to move and is left at Gaara's mercy. After his body is broken by Gaara's attacks and Gaara makes to finish him off, Gaara is declared the victor to prevent further damage to Lee. The preliminaries draw to a close and the finalists are assigned opponents for the finals in a month's time, leaving them plenty of time to recuperate and train. Naruto, eager to get ready for his match against Neji Hyuga, approaches Kakashi to help him train. Kakashi, having already decided to train Sasuke, encourages Naruto to find an alternative, which he does in the form of Jiraiya.|
Deshi'iri shigan!? (弟子入り志願 !?)
|March 4, 2002 |
|September 5, 2006|
|Soon after Jiraiya starts to train Naruto, he realizes that Naruto is the container of the demon fox. Rather than give him the usual training regiment of preserving his strength, Jiraiya trains him to take advantage of the fox's power. Meanwhile, rumors of an impending invasion of Konoha by the villages of Otogakure and Sunagakure begin to spread, causing the Konoha ninja to begin preparing for the worst. For Naruto, his training consists of being taught how to summon toads to his side during battle. Although he struggles to get the hang of it at first, he is eventually able to take full advantage of the demon fox and summon a toad. Naruto recovers from his training and, on the day of the finals, heads to the location of the final matches.|
|12||The Great Flight|
Ōi naru hishō!! (大いなる飛翔!!)
|May 1, 2002 |
|December 5, 2006|
|In the first match of the finals, Naruto gets to fight Neji Hyuga. With Neji being more naturally skilled than he is, Naruto is forced to call upon the dormant powers of the demon fox to get an even footing. The two ultimately clash, and after the smoke clears Neji appears to be the victor. Before he can be declared the winner, however, Naruto manages a successful sneak attack, which knocks Neji out and lets Naruto claim victory. For the next match, Shikamaru Nara fights Temari. Shikamaru uses his shadow to try to trap her, and although Temari tries to stay out of his shadow's range he is able to catch her. Though poised to win his match, Shikamaru forfeits instead due to the amount of energy wasted in trying to catch Temari.|
|13||The Chûnin Exam, Concluded...!!|
Chūnin shiken, shūryō...!! (中忍試験、終了...!!)
|August 2, 2002 |
|March 6, 2007|
|Sasuke begins his match with Gaara by trying, like Rock Lee, to bypass his defenses. When he too proves unsuccessful, he readies an attack taught to him by Kakashi: Chidori (千鳥, lit. "One Thousand Birds"). Just as he use it to break through Gaara's defenses, the invasion of Konoha starts, ending the finals. Orochimaru, the mastermind behind the invasion, takes the Third Hokage, Konoha's leader, hostage and the two begin to fight. As invading forces pour into Konoha, Sasuke pursues a fleeing Gaara. Not wanting Sasuke to get too far away, but not able to follow him personally, Kakashi sends Sakura, Naruto, and Shikamaru to stop him.|
|14||Hokage vs. Hokage!!|
|November 1, 2002 |
|May 1, 2007|
|Orochimaru, a former student of the Third Hokage that is eager to kill his old master, resurrects the First and Second Hokage, the Third's former teachers, to fight him. Needing to get rid of the two if he is to defeat Orochimaru, the Third seals away their souls. The Third attempts to seal Orochimaru's soul as well, but is stabbed in the back before he can complete the sealing. Elsewhere, Naruto, Sakura, and Shikamaru discover that they are being followed by some of Konoha's invaders, and Shikamaru opts to stay behind to stall them. Using the strength left over from his fight with Temari he buys them the necessary time.|
|15||Naruto's Ninja Handbook!|
Naruto ninpōchō!! (ナルト忍法帖!!)
|December 20, 2002 |
|July 3, 2007|
|Sasuke catches up with Gaara, just in time to witness the beginnings of Gaara's transformation. As he begins to assume a monstrous form, Gaara is given enough speed and strength to overcome Sasuke's Chidori. As Gaara is about to finish him off, Naruto arrives to fight save him and fight in his place. After Naruto taps into the power of the demon fox sealed within him, Gaara completes his transformation becoming a life-size replica of Shukaku, the beast sealed within him. To compete with this giant form, Naruto summons the biggest toad he can muster. The toad clashes with Shukaku and Naruto, hoping to end the battle quickly, tries to bring Gaara to his senses.|
Konoha kuzushi, shūketsu!! (木ノ葉崩し、終結!!)
|March 4, 2003 |
|September 4, 2007|
|Naruto headbutts Gaara, causing the Shukaku form to recede. The two have one final exchange of blows and Naruto is able to claim victory while also redeeming Gaara. Meanwhile, the Third Hokage realizes that he lacks the strength needed to fully seal Orochimaru's soul. Doing what little he can he seals Orochimaru's arms instead, ending the invasion at the cost of his life. Orochimaru and the invaders flee, and Konoha begins to rebuild. Jiraiya, with Naruto's assistance, sets out to find a new Hokage, hoping that his old teammate, Tsunade, will take the job. As they leave, Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki infiltrate Konoha and are engaged in battle by Konoha's elite ninja. The two prove too much for Konoha's forces, and even Kakashi is left beaten after fighting the two. Before they leave Kakashi is able to learn that they are members of Akatsuki who seek to capture Naruto for the demon fox sealed within him. Sasuke learns of this and, having a prior desire to kill his brother, Itachi, races out to find Naruto before they do.|
Itachi no chikara!! (イタチの能力!!)
|May 1, 2003 |
|September 4, 2007|
|Once finding Naruto, Itachi and Kisame try to take him with them. Before they can do so, however, Sasuke arrives, ready to kill Itachi for murdering their family years earlier. Despite Sasuke's efforts, Itachi is more than capable of dealing with him, and it is not until the arrival of Jiraiya that they are driven off. Sasuke is sent back to Konoha to recover, and Naruto and Jiraiya continue their search. As they travel from town to town trying to locate Tsunade, Jiraiya begins teaching Naruto how to use the Rasengan (螺旋丸, lit. spiral sphere, English manga: "Spiral Chakra Sphere"). As Naruto slowly progresses through the learning stages, Orochimaru, in need of a way to heal his arms if he is to attack Konoha again, also sets out to find Tsunade, her medical expertise being the only thing that can help him.|
Tsunade no ketsui (綱手の決意!!)
|August 4, 2003 |
|September 4, 2007|
|Orochimaru tracks down Tsunade and makes her an offer: heal his arms and in exchange he will revive her dead brother and lover. He gives her a week to consider it and leaves. Soon afterwards Jiraiya and Naruto find her and offer her the title of Hokage. She turns down the offer, instead choosing to insult the former Hokage. Naruto, enraged, attacks her with an incomplete Rasengan. Intrigued by his progress, Tsunade makes a bet with him: that he cannot perfect the Rasengan in a week. Naruto, determined to prove her wrong, accepts and dedicates his time to completing the attack. Once the week is up and he appears to have been unsuccessful, Tsunade, disappointed in his progress, goes to meet Orochimaru.|
|November 11, 2003 |
|October 2, 2007|
|Tsunade meets with Orochimaru, though rather than heal him she tries to kill him. Unwilling to see her loved ones if it would mean the destruction of Konoha, Tsunade is drawn into battle with Orochimaru's assistant, Kabuto Yakushi. Kabuto is eventually able to immobilize her, forcing the newly arrived Jiraiya and Naruto to defend her; Jiraiya battling Orochimaru and Naruto fighting Kabuto. Although Kabuto appears in control of the battle, Naruto is able to deliver a perfected Rasengan to his stomach in an attempt to protect Tsunade. Inspired by Naruto's winning of their bet, Tsunade overcomes her restraints and joins Jiraiya in attacking Orochimaru. Unable to do combat with both of them, Orochimaru escapes with Kabuto. Once Naruto recovers, Tsunade decides to accept the title of Hokage, and returns with him and Jiraiya to Konoha.|
|20||Naruto vs. Sasuke|
|December 19, 2003 |
|October 2, 2007|
|Upon returning, Tsunade tends to a number of injuries that have yet to be fully healed. Rock Lee, his injuries from his fight with Gaara too severe to be healed by regular medics, proves her most difficult case. After inspecting the damage to his body Tsunade advises that he give up his life as a ninja, though Lee insists taking the operation. Meanwhile, Sasuke, angry with himself for being so easily defeated by Itachi, begins to search earnestly for any means to get stronger. In doing so he forces Naruto to fight him, though his spirits are only dampened further when Naruto's Rasengan proves stronger than his Chidori. To draw Sasuke further down the path of vengeance, Orochimaru sends his Sound Four to confront Sasuke and show him the strength that can be gained by joining them.|
|March 4, 2004 |
|October 2, 2007|
|Sasuke decides to go to Orochimaru in order to get stronger and accompanies the Sound Four back to his lair after coldly rejecting Sakura, who tried to bring him back. Upon learning of Sasuke's defection, Naruto accompanies Shikamaru in assembling a team to retrieve him, and the two gather Neji, Kiba, and Choji Akimichi to their cause. The team pursues the Sound Four until they are trapped by Sound Four member Jirobo, who distracts them while the rest of the Sound Four goes on ahead. Choji is able to free the team from Jirobo, and begins to do battle with him while the others continue their pursuit. Choji and Jirobo have a battle of strengths, with Choji eventually beating Jirobo to death.|
|April 30, 2004 |
|November 6, 2007|
|Once the retrieval team catches up with the Sound Four, Kidomaru uses his web to trap them. Neji frees the team from the bindings and sends the others after the remaining Sound Four members. Kidomaru attacks Neji from afar, slowly studying his actions to devise a way to defeat him. Using the silk he produces to create a bow and arrow, Kidomaru begins firing shots at a blindspot in Neji's defenses, eventually succeeding in hitting his target. Neji, however, is able to survive the attack, and uses the arrow that pierced him to kill Kidomaru. Elsewhere, Orochimaru earnestly awaits Sasuke's arrival, planning to take Sasuke's body for himself to regain the use of his arms. Although he puts it off for as long as he can, Orochimaru is forced to take a different body, planning to instead take Sasuke's body at a later date.|
|August 4, 2004 |
|November 6, 2007|
|After the remaining portion of the retrieval team catches up with the Sound Four again, Naruto, Shikamaru, and Kiba split up to fight the remaining Sound Four members individually. Kiba battles with Sakon and Ukon while Shikamaru fights Tayuya. The Sound Four members overwhelm the Konoha ninja, and they are left on the verge of defeat. Meanwhile, Kimimaro, a former member of the Sound Four sent to continue the task of bringing Sasuke to Orochimaru, is forced to fight Naruto. Despite Naruto's best efforts, Kimimaro is able to buy enough time for Sasuke to continue on his own.|
Pinchi pinchi pinchi!! (ピンチ·ピンチ·ピンチ!!)
|October 4, 2004 |
|November 6, 2007|
|Determined to go after Sasuke, Naruto contemplates how to defeat Kimimaro. Rock Lee, having recovered from his surgery, soon arrives to fight Kimimaro in his place, allowing Naruto to continue on. Despite briefly gaining the upper hand, Lee, like Kiba and Shikamaru, is forced onto the defensive, and it is not until the arrival of Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro that they are all saved. Temari crushes Tayuya under a pile of debris and Kankuro kills Sakon and Ukon with a barrage of weapons. Gaara proves to have a more difficult fight, as Kimimaro is continually able to recover from his attacks. As Kimimaro is about to kill Gaara and Lee via a sneak attack, he dies of the illness that forced him to leave the Sound Four. Their battles won, the Konoha ninja return home with their saviors, just as Naruto catches up with Sasuke and the Valley of the End, a landmark where the First Hokage similarly fought Sasuke's ancestor Madara.|
Itachi to Sasuke (兄と弟)
|December 3, 2004 |
|December 4, 2007|
|Naruto tries to reason with Sasuke, though Sasuke is uninterested in returning to Konoha. As the two start to fight Sasuke remembers why he became so determined to gain power and kill Itachi. Sasuke spent his childhood trying to win his family's recognition, though their interest was always focused on Itachi and his prodigious skills. Just when Itachi began to distance himself from the clan and Sasuke started to enjoy his family's attention, he returned home one day to find that Itachi had killed their entire family. Deciding to spare Sasuke, Itachi gave him words of advice: in order to become strong enough to kill him and avenge the clan, Sasuke need only strive for power. To help Sasuke down this path, Itachi told Sasuke how to gain the Uchiha clan's most powerful ability, the Mangekyo Sharingan (万華鏡写輪眼 Mangekyō Sharingan, lit. "Kaleidoscope Copy Wheel Eye"): simply kill your closest friend. Having since come to find Naruto to be his closest friend, Sasuke prepares do just that, finding the loss of Naruto to be an adequate payment for the strength needed to kill Itachi.|
Wakare no hi...!! (別れの日...!!)
|February 4, 2005 |
|December 4, 2007|
|Naruto and Sasuke prove equally matched. In attempts to gain victory, each calls upon their unique strengths: Naruto and the demon fox's power, Sasuke and his cursed seal's reserves. Naruto and Sasuke fuel their sources of strength into their Rasengan and Chidori, respectively, and attack one another. Once the energy created by the clash dissipates, Sasuke stands over a defeated Naruto, though his injuries leave him little better off. Although he contemplates killing Naruto he eventually decides against it, realizing that that is what Itachi would want. Deciding to get power in his own way, Sasuke goes to Orochimaru, ready for whatever is necessary to get stronger. Kakashi arrives to retrieve Naruto and take him back to Konoha, where he, like the rest of the retrieval team, are healed.|
Tabidachi no hi!! (旅立ちの日!!)
|April 4, 2005 |
|December 4, 2007|
|As Naruto recovers from his injuries, he and Sakura vow to bring Sasuke back together. To prepare for their next encounter with Sasuke, Sakura becomes Tsunade's apprentice, while Naruto leaves with Jiraiya to train under him for two-and-a-half years. In the intermission between Naruto's departure and eventual return, the story of Kakashi Gaiden, detailing Kakashi's origins, is told. During the Third Great Ninja War, Kakashi, along with his teammate Obito Uchiha, went to rescue their teammate Rin Nohara from the enemy. They were attacked by enemy ninja, who proceeded to permanently scar Kakashi's eye and crush Obito under a boulder. As his dying act, Obito gives his Sharingan to Kakashi, who woefully leaves with Rin and is rescued by their sensei, the future Fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze.|
The second half of the Naruto storyline, known as Part II, encapsulates all the chapters following chapter 244; specifically chapters 245-700, and is set two and a half years after the end of the Part I storyline. The English adaptation of Part II began serialization in the American Shonen Jump on December 4, 2007, and the first volume was released on March 4, 2008. To catch up with the Japanese serialization, Viz Media released eleven volumes from Part II between February and April 2009, after which it began releasing Naruto on a quarterly basis.
|No.||Title||Japanese release||English release|
Naruto no kikyō!! (ナルトの帰郷!!)
|June 3, 2005 |
|March 4, 2008|
|After two-and-a-half years of training abroad, Naruto Uzumaki returns to his hometown of Konohagakure. Coinciding with his return, the criminal organization Akatsuki becomes more active in its quest to capture all of the tailed beasts. For this task, Akatsuki members Sasori and Deidara capture Gaara of Sunagakure. They succeed in their task and flee the village with Gaara. Upon hearing of this, Naruto is reunited with Sakura Haruno and their mentor Kakashi Hatake, their group renamed Team Kakashi, on a mission to save Gaara.|
|29||Kakashi vs. Itachi!!|
|August 4, 2005 |
|May 6, 2008|
|During a brief pitstop in Sunagakure, Team Kakashi is joined by Chiyo, Sasori's grandmother. The group follows the Akatsuki members' trail from Sunagakure while Konoha sends Team Guy for assistance. Deciding to stall the two groups long enough for them to extract Shukaku the One-Tail from Gaara's body, doppelgängers of Akatsuki members Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki are sent to distract them, and succeed in buying the needed time. The Hidden Leaf Ninja eventually converge outside the Akatsuki hideout just as the extraction of Shukaku reaches completion.|
Chiyo-bā to Sakura (チヨバアとサクラ)
|November 4, 2005 |
|July 1, 2008|
|In order for Team Kakashi to gain entry to the Akatsuki's lair, Team Guy is forced to split up in order to take down a barrier over the entrance. Though they accomplish this task, the members of Team Guy are forced to deal with a number of booby traps left for them. As for Team Kakashi, they find Sasori and Deidara along with Gaara's lifeless body. Deidara flies off with Gaara's body, leading Naruto and Kakashi away as Sakura and Chiyo deal with Sasori and his various puppets. Sakura's immense strength and Chiyo's own skills with puppetry, however, are more than capable of dealing with Sasori's puppets.|
Takusareta omoi!! (託された想い!!)
|December 26, 2005 |
|September 2, 2008|
|Backed into a corner, Sasori resorts to his Performance of a Hundred Puppets to overwhelm Sakura and Chiyo. But when Sakura blocks an attack meant for her, Chiyo manages to pierce Sasori through the heart before healing Sakura's injuries. As a reward to Sakura for surviving, Sasori tells her in his dying breath of the spy he has within Orochimaru's ranks that he was supposed to meet. Elsewhere, Naruto and Kakashi succeed in retrieving Gaara's body from Deidara, who escapes them by faking his death. After they regroup with Chiyo, Sakura, and Team Guy, Sakura tries to revive Gaara, though Shukaku's extraction has resulted in his death. As Naruto mourns for Gaara, Chiyo begins transferring her life energy to Gaara's body, restoring him to life at the cost of her own. The group honors Chiyo's memory and then returns home. But later, Sasori's ring is found by Zetsu's subordinate Tobi who wants to join the Akatsuki.|
|32||The Search for Sasuke|
Sasuke e no michi!! (サスケへの道!!)
|April 4, 2006 |
|November 4, 2008|
|Though Kakashi is left bedridden upon his return to Konoha from his battle with Deidara, he makes plans for Naruto and Sakura to meet with Sasori's spy in the hopes that they will be able to retrieve the final member of the original Team 7: Sasuke Uchiha. Danzo Shimura of Konoha's council, fearing the Akatsuki might try to capture Naruto for the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox sealed within him, assigns Sai to join Team Kakashi with Tsunade responding to it by assigning Yamato as the group's temporary leader. But Yamato has trouble with Naruto's refusal to get along with the emotionally dead Sai. Eventually arriving to their destination, Yamato goes to meet the spy alone with the rest of Team Kakashi remain in the shadows as backup. But as Yamato begins to question the spy, Kabuto Yakushi, about Orochimaru's base of operations, Orochimaru himself shows up to end their discussion.|
|33||The Secret Mission|
Gokuhi ninmu...!! (極秘任務...!!)
|June 2, 2006 |
|December 16, 2008|
|Kabuto, having always been loyal to Orochimaru, destroys Sasori's Hiruko body with Yamato exposed, forcing him to call in Naruto, Sakura, and Sai. Eventually, Naruto is drawn into battle with Orochimaru, eventually consumed by the Nine Tails as the boy is transformed into four-tailed manifestation of the Tailed Beast. Consumed mentally, Naruto attacks Orochimaru before Yamato uses his unique abilities to suppress the Nine Tails and returns Naruto to his normal state. By then, Naruto learns of the injury he inflicted on Sakura while under the Nine Tails's influence. Meanwhile, Sai joins Orochimaru on behalf of Danzo's organization, The Foundation, and is escorted to Orochimaru's lair with Team Kakashi following him.|
Saikai no toki...!! (再会の時...!!)
|August 4, 2006 |
|February 3, 2009|
|Yamato, Naruto, and Sakura find Sai and restrain him for his treachery, though his mission is revealed to be to kill Sasuke rather than take him back alive. As they prepare to search for Sasuke, Sai questions Naruto's reasons for wanting to have Sasuke back, to which Naruto responds that the two formed a bond that he refuses to have broken. Intrigued by this concept of bonds, Sai rejoins them, even helping in capturing Kabuto. The group splits up, and Sai is the first to find Sasuke. Although Sai attempts to capture him on Naruto's behalf, Sasuke proves too strong as he overwhelms the assembled Team Kakashi. Despite this turn of events, Naruto refuses the Nine Tails's power before Sasuke enters the youth's mind and suppresses the Tailed Beast. As Sasuke prepares to kill them all, Orochimaru and Kabuto convince him to let them live so they can take out the Akatsuki for them before the three leave with the mission a failure.|
|35||The New Two|
Aratanaru futarigumi!! (新たなる二人組!!)
|November 2, 2006 |
|February 3, 2009|
|Kakashi, hoping to help Naruto be a better match for Sasuke during their next meeting, begins to train him in creating a new attack. Once finding that Naruto has wind nature chakra, Kakashi helps him hone the ability to control wind. To expedite this process Kakashi has Naruto use his Shadow Clones to train with his hundreds of copies, allowing their collective knowledge to complete a year's worth of training in a few days. Meanwhile, after defeating the Two-Tails Jinchuriki Yugito Nii, Akatsuki's Immortal Duo Hidan and Kakuzu make their towards Konoha to further their organization's goal. Tsunade, determined to either capture or eliminate the pair, mobilizes the Niju Shotai, a group of twenty squads of four ninja assigned to accomplish this very task, to find the two.|
|36||Cell Number 10|
|December 27, 2006 |
|February 3, 2009|
|After Naruto gains proper control over the wind element, Kakashi tells him that creating his own unique attack will require mixing wind with his Rasengan (螺旋丸, lit. spiral sphere, English manga: "Spiral Chakra Sphere"). As Naruto struggles to accomplish this task, a Niju Shotai team consisting of Shikamaru Nara and Asuma Sarutobi finds Hidan and Kakuzu. Although they are quickly able to deliver a fatal blow to Hidan, it becomes apparent that Hidan cannot be killed by normal means, as his immortality allows him to perform a ritual that inflicts pain both on himself and the person he "curses". Hidan ultimately succeeds in fatally wounding Asuma with a stake through the heart, despite Shikamaru's attempts to prevent this. As reinforcements arrive, the Akatsuki duo is driven off, and the Niju Shotai members return home to bury Asuma.|
Shikamaru no tatakai!! (シカマルの戦い!!)
|April 4, 2007 |
|February 3, 2009|
|Shikamaru sets out with the remaining members of Team Asuma to find Hidan and avenge their teacher. To help them in their quest, Kakashi joins them as leader, leaving Yamato in charge of overseeing Naruto's training. Once they find the Akatsuki pair, Shikamaru restrains them with his shadow while Kakashi pierces Kakuzu's chest. But Kakuzu, having multiple extra hearts, survives the attack and frees Hidan, allowing the two to team up against the Konoha ninja. Needing to separate the two, Shikamaru captures Hidan again and leads him away, where he avenges Asuma by blowing Hidan up and burying his still speaking remains in his clan's forest where Hidan will never be found. Kakashi and the others have a considerably more difficult time with Kakuzu and his extra hearts before Naruto arrives with Yamato, Sakura, and Sai.|
|38||Practice Makes Perfect|
Shugyō no seika...!! (修業の成果...!!)
|June 4, 2007 |
|March 3, 2009|
|Having advanced his training enough to form a usable attack, Naruto uses his Rasengan Shuriken to inflict Kakuzu with massive damage before Kakashi lands the deathblow. Elsewhere, deciding he has learned all he can from Orochimaru, Sasuke attempts to kill his former mentor as he decides to initiate the body-stealing process. Through the use of his Sharingan (写輪眼, lit. "Copy Wheel Eye", English manga: "Mirror Wheel Eye"), Sasuke is able to turn the process around and absorbs Orochimaru into his own body. Now able to act on his whim, Sasuke decides to finally enact his plan to kill Itachi. To that end, he recruits Suigetsu Hozuki and Karin and Jugo to aid him in his hunt.|
|39||On the Move|
|August 3, 2007 |
|March 3, 2009|
|With Jugo joining his group Hebi, Sasuke and his comrades and split up to search for clues about Itachi's whereabouts. Once word of Orochimaru's defeat by Sasuke reaches Konoha, Naruto decides that this would be a good opportunity to try to retrieve Sasuke again. Realizing that Sasuke is looking for Itachi, Naruto sets out with Sakura, Sai, Kakashi, Yamato, and the members of Team 8 to find either of the Uchiha brothers. Akatsuki also learns of Orochimaru's defeat, and mobilizes Deidara and his new teammate Tobi to deal with Sasuke. The two soon find Sasuke, and Deidara meets him in battle, though Sasuke's abilities soon prove to be more than a match for Deidara's bombs.|
|40||The Ultimate Art|
Kyūkyoku geijutsu!! (究極芸術!!)
|November 2, 2007 |
|March 3, 2009|
|Sasuke survives Deidara's strongest attacks, forcing the Akatsuki member to turn himself in a suicide bomber to take out his opponent. But Sasuke escapes the blast by sacrificing the snake summon Manda, though is forced to regroup with the other members of Hebi to rest. After he recuperates, they head to a nearby Akatsuki lair where Sasuke is able to meet with Itachi. Once Sasuke exhibits his increased skills, Itachi consents to meeting with him at an Uchiha site for their last battle. Meanwhile, having survived Deidara's blast and claiming himself to be the true leader of the Akatsuki while calling himself Madara Uchiha, Tobi assigns the Akatsuki's figurehead leader, Pain, the task of capturing Naruto. Before Pain can set out on this mission, however, Jiraiya infiltrates Amegakure, and Pain is forced to deal with him before he can go after Naruto.|
Jiraiya no sentaku!! (自来也の選択!!)
|February 4, 2008 |
|March 3, 2009|
|After gathering some intelligence on Pain, Jiraiya goes to confront him. Before he can do so, however, he is found by Pain's partner, Konan, his former student. During a brief battle, Jiraiya begins to suspect that Pain is also a former student, Nagato, a belief that is confirmed upon the Akatsuki leader's arrival. Konan falls back while Pain battles with Jiraiya, and the two exchange blows with their summons. Once Jiraiya's toads begin to gain the upper hand, Pain summons two additional Pains to fight alongside him. Though caught off guard by this turn of events and left outnumbered, Jiraiya is able to finish off the three bodies. Believing the battle to be won, Jiraiya continues on his way, only to be badly injured by the appearance of three more Pains in addition to the three he just killed.|
|42||The Secret of the Mangekyo|
Mangekyō no himitsu...!! (万華鏡の秘密...!!)
|May 2, 2008 |
|April 7, 2009|
|Though able to capture one of Pain's six bodies, Jiraiya is unable to defeat the other five. Knowing this will be the only chance to learn the truth behind Pain, he sends the captured body to Tsunade and goes to investigate the Akatsuki leader's secret. Jiraiya succeeds and sends his discovery to Naruto and the rest of Konoha, yet dies from his injuries. Elsewhere, Sasuke meets with Itachi, leaving Hebi behind to deal with his partner, Kisame. As Naruto and company near their location, Tobi steps in to stall them so that the two brothers can fight uninhibited. The battle between Sasuke and Itachi commences, and Sasuke is able to use his years of hatred to push Itachi to his limits.|
|43||The Man with the Truth|
Shinjitsu o shiru mono (真実を知る者)
|August 4, 2008 |
|April 7, 2009|
|To bring the battle to a swift end, Sasuke conjures up a bolt of lightning to strike Itachi down. Itachi survives the attack, but after removing Orochimaru from Sasuke's body and saying goodbye to his little brother, he dies. Tobi collects Sasuke to tend to his injuries, and Naruto, having lost Sasuke's trail, is forced to return home. Once Sasuke regains consciousness Tobi tells him of the Uchiha's history: that after he, Madara Uchiha, helped to found Konoha alongside the future First Hokage Hashirama Senju, a mistrust between Konoha's leadership and the Uchiha was created over the generations with the Nine-Tails worsening it. When years later the Uchiha began planning to overthrow this leadership, Itachi was ordered by Konoha to eliminate his own clan to prevent the Uchiha clan's rebellion. While Itachi did as instructed, he chose to spare Sasuke and lived as a criminal while lying to Sasuke so that he could someday kill him to avenge their family. At some point, Itachi contracted an incurable disease that shortened his lifespan considerably, yet he forced himself to stay alive so he could die by Sasuke's hands. Realizing that Itachi was as much of a victim as he was, Sasuke heads out to destroy Konoha.|
Senjutsu Denshō...!! (仙術伝承...!!)
|November 4, 2008 |
|April 7, 2009|
|Upon his return to Konoha, Naruto learns of Jiraiya's death. Knowing that Akatsuki will be coming for him and wanting to avenge his master, Naruto decides to learn how to use Senjutsu (仙術, lit. "sage techniques") to prepare himself for the inevitable encounter with Pain. He goes to the home of the toads to train, just as Jiraiya had years earlier, and leaves deciphering Pain's identity to his friends in Konoha. Elsewhere, Sasuke agrees to have Hebi, now renamed "Taka", work with Akatsuki in return for their help in destroying Konoha. Taka is sent to capture the eight-tailed beast, and upon finding its host, Killer Bee they engage him in battle. Even though Killer Bee proves more than a match for the four of them, he nevertheless decides to release the beast within him.|
Senjō, Konoha!! (戦場、木ノ葉!!)
|February 4, 2009 |
|July 7, 2009|
|With the full power of the eight-tailed beast, Killer Bee is able to decimate Taka. Fearing the deaths of his teammates, Sasuke unleashes his newly acquired Mangekyō Sharingan (万華鏡写輪眼 Mangekyō Sharingan, lit. "Kaleidoscope Copy Wheel Eye") to suppress the beast's influence and capture Killer Bee. When the Raikage, the leader of Kumogakure and Killer Bee's brother, learns of this, he decides to convene the five Kage to discuss how to deal with the growing threat that is Akatsuki. As word of the meeting is sent out, Akatsuki attempts to extract the eight-tailed beast from Killer Bee's body, only to discover that the body is a fake and that Killer Bee still roams free. Elsewhere, Naruto masters senjutsu and begins to apply its teachings to some of his old techniques. While he does so, Pain's six bodies arrive in Konoha and attack the village in search of him. Taken by surprise, Konoha mobilizes its forces, Kakashi even engaging two of Pain's bodies at once.|
Naruto kikan!! (ナルト帰還!!)
|May 1, 2009 |
|October 6, 2009|
|Although he is able to defeat one of Pain's bodies, Kakashi is unable to land a blow on another and is left on the brink of death. After one final valiant effort to ensure that the intel gathered on Pain is not wasted, he dies and reunites with his father in the afterlife. Across the village, Konoha's other ninja have similar difficulties with the remaining bodies, all the while struggling to find out as much as they can about Pain and protect Naruto's location. Pain eventually discovers Naruto's whereabouts and destroys Konoha to teach the villagers the pain of fighting. Naruto returns from his training immediately following Pain's attack, and takes it upon himself to avenge the damage done to the village and its inhabitants. Using his new senjutsu abilities, Naruto handily reduces the Pain's body number to two.|
|47||The Seal Destroyed|
Fūin hakai!! (封印破壊!!)
|August 4, 2009 |
|February 2, 2010|
|Naruto is able to finish off one of Pain's two remaining bodies, but is defeated and pinned down by the last one. Pain explains his motivations and asks what Naruto would do to bring about peace, but Naruto is unable to answer. Hinata intervenes to die defending Naruto, declaring her love for him, and is nearly killed. In his anger over all that has happened, Naruto almost releases the demon fox from his body, but is stopped by the spirit of the Fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze, who reveals that he is Naruto's father. Minato brings Naruto back to his senses and, during a brief conversation, voices his suspicions that Pain and Akatsuki are only being manipulated by Tobi. Before disappearing he suppresses the fox's influence and trusts Naruto to find a way to bring about peace. Revitalized, Naruto faces off with Pain's last body, eventually defeating it.|
|48||The Cheering Village|
Kanko no sato!! (歓呼の里!!)
|November 4, 2009 |
|June 1, 2010|
|Using the knowledge gathered from Jiraiya and other Konoha ninja, Naruto locates Nagato, the emaciated man who controls all of Pain's bodies. Before deciding what to do with him, Naruto asks how Nagato, a fellow pupil of Jiraiya, could have gone so astray. Nagato explains how the various tragedies he experienced in his life led him to desire peace through war. Naruto rejects his conclusion for differing from Jiraiya's ideals and resolves to find peace some other way, a dream both Nagato and Jiraiya once shared. To that end, he spares Nagato, as his death would only produce another war. Amazed, Nagato decides to put faith in Naruto's method and sacrifices his life to revive everyone that died in Konoha's defense. In the aftermath, Naruto is finally hailed as a hero, the village starts to rebuild, and Tsunade, having expended all of her energy to protect the villagers from Pain, falls into a coma. Danzo Shimura, Sai's superior, replaces her as Hokage and as his first act orders Sasuke be executed as a traitor to the village.|
|No.||Title||Japanese release||English release|
|49||The Gokage Summit Commences|
Gokage kaidan, kaimaku...!! (五影会談、開幕...!!)
|January 4, 2010 |
|October 5, 2010|
|The five Kage gather to decide how to keep the remaining tailed beasts away from Akatsuki. Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake and Yamato also attend in secret, hoping to convince the Kage to forgive Sasuke Uchiha for his crimes; Sai, Sakura Haruno, Lee and Kiba follow in an attempt to tell Naruto about their comrades' decision to kill Sasuke themselves. While Naruto is resting, Taka arrives at the Kage meeting to kill Danzo (a conspirator in the Uchiha clan's assassination). Their presence is soon discovered, and the Kage mobilize to deal with them. The Raikage, believing that Akatsuki still has Killer Bee, fights Sasuke. Madara has a brief confrontation with Naruto and tells him the truth about the Uchiha clan.|
|50||Water Prison Death Match|
Suirō no shitō!! (水牢の死闘!!)
|March 4, 2010 |
|February 1, 2011|
|Unable to defeat the Raikage and his allies, Sasuke flees. He tries to focus his efforts on Danzo, but the other Kage intervene and defeat him. Danzo leaves the Kage when he is revealed to be manipulating them with a Sharingan. His life is saved by Madara Uchiha, who asks the Kage to give him Killer Bee and Naruto so he can use the tailed beasts to control the world. The Kage refuse, and he declares war against them. Madara disappears with Sasuke, and the Kage join forces against Akatsuki. As they begin preparing for battle, Kisame Hoshigaki finds Killer Bee and tries to capture him. He almost succeeds, but when the Raikage arrives to punish Bee for pretending to be captured Kisame is apparently killed by the two brothers.|
|51||Sasuke vs. Danzo!|
Sasuke VS Danzō...!! (サスケVSダンゾウ...!!)
|April 30, 2010 |
|June 7, 2011|
|When Danzo returns to Konohagakure, he is confronted by a recuperated Sasuke who tries to kill him. After holding his own, Danzo is outmatched. To survive he takes Karin hostage, but Sasuke mortally wounds them both. Danzo initiates a suicide jutsu to take Sasuke and Madara with him, but they escape it. As Madara leaves, Sasuke tries to finish off Karin. He is stopped by Sakura, who failed to bring back Naruto and abandoned the rest of her group. Before they can kill each other, Kakashi arrives to kill Sasuke.|
|52||Cell Seven Reunion|
Sorezore no Dainanahan!! (それぞれの第七班!!)
|August 4, 2010 |
|September 6, 2011|
|After learning about Sakura and Sasuke's actions from Sai and Gaara, Naruto saves Sakura from being killed by Sasuke and calms the situation. Recognizing that words alone cannot change Sasuke, Naruto says that they will meet on the battlefield as Madara told him. Although Naruto says they will both die, Sasuke promises to be stronger than Naruto by then. They part, with Sasuke joining Madara and Naruto returning to Konoha with Sakura and Kakashi (taking Karin prisoner). The factions prepare for the future and Tsunade, awakening from her coma, reluctantly agrees with the other Kage to send Naruto and Bee into hiding on Bee's island to keep them safe from Akatsuki. When they meet there, Naruto asks Bee to tame the Nine-Tails (since Bee has tamed his Eight-Tails), but Bee can do nothing until he overcomes the evil in his heart from a life of loneliness.|
|53||The Birth of Naruto|
Naruto no shusshō (ナルトの出生)
|November 4, 2010 |
|December 6, 2011|
|Naruto vanquishes the evil in his heart because the loneliness which created it is past. Killer Bee shows him how to tame the demon fox: by removing the seal keeping the fox within him and overpowering it. The fox's strength and cunning are too much for him, and he is almost defeated; the spirit of Kushina Uzumaki stops the fox, reveals herself as Naruto's mother and gives him the resolve to contain the fox. Kushina tells Naruto how she and Minato fell in love and how the demon fox was originally sealed in her; Madara Uchiha used the fox to attack Konoha, and Kushina and Minato (believing that Naruto would defeat Madara) gave their lives to seal the fox's power in him. Kushina feels guilty about what Naruto has been through, but he does not blame her and allows her to pass on with no regrets.|
|54||Viaduct to Peace|
Heiwa e no kakehashi (平和への懸け橋)
|December 29, 2010 |
|January 3, 2012|
|Because he has conquered the demon fox, Naruto can detect Kisame (who faked his death and hid in his sword to spy on Bee). He tries to escape with what he has learned. For a third time he battles Might Guy, and is defeated. To keep Konoha from obtaining intelligence about Akatsuki from him, Kisame commits suicide and sends the information he has gathered to Madara. Madara goes to Amegakure to retrieve Nagato's body, killing Konan when she tries to stop him. When he receives Kisame's information, Madara sends Kabuto Yakushi (who is allied with Akatsuki) to capture Bee and Naruto. They are too well-defended, so Kabuto kidnaps Yamato.|
|55||The Great War Begins|
Taisen, Kaisen! (大戦、開戦!)
|April 21, 2011 |
|March 6, 2012|
|Akatsuki and the Ninja Alliance Army complete their preparations and mobilize for war. After learning how to use Orochimaru's techniques, Kabuto revives several once-famous ninja to supplement Akatsuki's army. A small ninja strike force defeats some of the ninja (including Sasori and Deidara), but is less successful with a second revived group which includes Zabuza Momochi and Haku. Kakashi and his portion of the ninja army defeat Zabuza and Haku before turning their attention to the rest of the group.|
|56||Team Asuma, Reunited|
Saikai, Asuma han! (再会、アスマ班!)
|June 3, 2011 |
|May 8, 2012|
|Darui, a soldier in the Ninja Alliance Army, engages the most notorious criminal duo in Kumogakure: the Gold and Silver Brothers Ginkaku and Kinkaku, who have been resurrected and deployed by Akatsuki. A revived Asuma Sarutobi rejoins (and confronts) his former students Shikamaru Nara, Ino Yamanaka and Choji Akimichi. Mifune, the samurai general, fights his long-time ninja rival Hanzo of the Salamander. Since Ginkaku and Kinkaku possess the Nine-Tails' chakra, their attacks affect Naruto (who is unaware that the army is hiding him).|
Naruto senjō e...!! (ナルト戦場へ...!!)
|August 4, 2011 |
|July 10, 2012|
|Learning about the war, Naruto and Killer Bee confront Iruka and escape from their hideout to support their comrades. Madara interrupts the war to steal the Gold and Silver Brothers' chakra; as night falls, both sides take a break to prepare for another encounter (each having lost half their forces). Naruto and Killer Bee are intercepted by the Raikage and Tsunade, who insist that hosts of Tailed Beasts should not participate. Tsunade decides to rely on Naruto's strength, and Bee and Naruto convince the Raikage to let them go when they use their abilities to defeat Akatsuki.|
|58||Naruto vs. Itachi|
|November 4, 2011 |
|September 11, 2012|
|Naruto and Killer Bee deal with the army of Zetsus, beings created by Madara with the First Hokage's DNA and posing as allies. Gaara and the Tsuchikage Ōnoki's forces reach the four Kage who were revived by Kabuto. After Gaara defeats his father (the Fourth Kazekage) Naruto and Bee are confronted by Nagato and Itachi, who are under Kabuto's control. Itachi frees himself and helps the two hosts defeat Nagato. Itachi leaves to fight Kabuto alone, letting Naruto handle Sasuke. Naruto and Bee join the Ninja Alliance Army, with Naruto creating clones to fight the Second Tsuchikage, Mū and the Third Raikage.|
|59||The Five Kage|
Gokage shūketsu...!! (五影集結...!!)
|February 3, 2012 |
|November 6, 2012|
|After Gaara defeats the Second Mizukage, the Ninja Alliance gains the advantage in the war; Naruto's clones identify the Zetsus. Kabuto uses the Second Tsuchikage to revive his strongest warrior: Madara Uchiha. This reveals that the Akatsuki leader, Tobi, has been using Madara's name to wield power. With Madara overwhelming Gaara and Ōnoki's forces, the other three Kage come to their aid. Naruto and Bee encounter Tobi, who tries to kidnap them. Using Nagato's Rinnegan, Tobi ambushes Naruto and Bee with the bodies of former hosts, who fight using the tailed beasts again sealed within them.|
|May 2, 2012 |
|February 5, 2013|
|Kakashi Hatake and Might Guy join the fight but, despite their assistance, Naruto and Killer Bee cannot stop the tailed beasts controlled by Tobi. When Naruto is swallowed by Son Gokū the Four-Tails, he removes the piercing in his body which Tobi used to control it. The nine-tailed fox Kurama joins forces with Naruto for the first time, allowing him to stop the other five tailed-beasts. While reinforcements from the alliance assist Naruto, the five Kages continue their losing battle against Madara and Sasuke learns about the war.|
|61||Uchiha Brothers United Front|
Kyōdai, kyōtō!! (兄弟、共闘!!)
|July 27, 2012 |
|May 7, 2013|
|Sasuke finds the revived Itachi, and follows him to Kabuto's hideout. As Itachi tries to trap Kabuto with illusions, forcing him to return his army to the afterlife, Sasuke agrees to help him if he reveals his feelings about the Uchiha massacre. During the fight Kabuto blocks his own vision, making the siblings' illusionary techniques useless against him. Sasuke and Itachi remain on the defensive until Itachi uses a forbidden technique which traps Kabuto's mind in a loop where the fight against the Uchiha never ends. With Kabuto unable to move, Itachi uses his Genjutsu to summon the undead ninja.|
|October 4, 2012 |
|August 6, 2013|
|Itachi summons all Kabuto's undead warriors except Madara, who remains on the battlefield by severing his ties with Kabuto's technique. Itachi returns to the afterlife after saying farewell to Sasuke, who begins to question his own motives. When Suigetsu and Jugo's scroll convince him to find answers, Sasuke revives Orochimaru. As Orochimaru takes back his chakra from Kabuto and guides Sasuke to those with the answers, Naruto, Kakashi, Guy and Bee continue fighting Tobi. With no choice, Tobi adds the discarded chakra traces of Kurama and Gyuki to the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path to begin the Ten-Tails' resurrection.|
|63||World of Dreams|
Yume no sekai (夢の世界)
|December 28, 2012 |
|November 5, 2013|
|Naruto destroys Tobi's mask, revealing his identity as Obito Uchiha (one of Kakashi's teammates, believed to have died in the previous war). After defeating the five Kages, Madara comes to Obito's assistance. It is learned that several years earlier, an elderly Madara found Obito's severely-wounded body and saved his life. Obito sought rehabilitation to rejoin his team, and learned that Kakashi and Rin were in danger. When he found them, Obito saw Kakashi kill Rin while they were surrounded by enemies. Obito saved Kakashi and began sharing Madara's goal of a illusionary world so the "cycles of the world" could be broken. As Madara died, Obito adopted his name and manipulated Nagato to create Akatsuki and capture the nine-tailed beasts required to reach his goal.|
|April 4, 2013 |
|January 7, 2014|
|The fight between Naruto's group and Obito and Madara is cut short by the resurrection of the incomplete ten-tailed beast. Obito and Madara train it to attack Naruto's group, overpowering them. Before their defeat, the Shinobi Alliance comes to Naruto's defense. Despite their efforts, the beast becomes more powerful. Several allies (including Neji) die protecting Naruto, who is in shock. Hinata Hyuga encourages him to continue fighting to protect their wills. Naruto shares Kurama's chakra with his comrades to create another combination which severs Obito and Madara's link to the Ten-Tails.|
|65||Hashirama and Madara|
Hashirama to Madara (柱間とマダラ)
|July 4, 2013 |
|April 1, 2014|
|In Konoha, Orochimaru summons the shikigami to revive the four Hokages. Before he decides what to do with the Hokages, Sasuke asks them what they know of Konoha and the Uchiha's origins. The First Hokage, Hashirama Senju, tells Sasuke that during his childhood the Senju and Uchiha clans were at war and he met Madara in secret. Sharing the objective of a world without war, Hashirama and Madara became friends. However, they were found by their clans and became leaders (and enemies) in the war. After years of fighting, Madara accepted Hashirama's proposal to end the war and Konoha was created; however, the two clans' hatred resulted in Madara abandoning Konoha. Madara kept attacking the village until he was apparently killed by Hashirama. Realizing that Hashirama and Itachi shared the same dreams, Sasuke accompanies Orochimaru, Taka and the Hokages to the battlefield.|
|66||The New Three|
Aratanaru sansukumi (新たなる三竦み)
|September 4, 2013 |
|July 1, 2014|
|As the battle between the Ninja Alliance and the Uchiha rages, Obito takes Kakashi to another dimension to keep him from attacking the Ten-Tails. During hand-to-hand combat in the Kamui dimension, the alliance tries to stop the tailed beast from leaving the area. They are joined by Sasuke, Jugo and the reanimated Hokages, who create a barrier around the area while Sasuke rejoins his former teammates from Konoha to stop the Ten-Tails. Kakashi mortally wounds Obito when he returns to the battlefield. Madara tries to revive Obito with his life; Obito resists, sealing the Ten-Tails within himself as its new host.|
|December 4, 2013 |
|October 7, 2014|
|After becoming the Ten Tails' host, Obito attacks the Second, Third and Fourth Hokages and Madara faces the First. As the Hokages are overpowered, Naruto and Sasuke aid them but are powerless against the Ten-Tails' host. To restore his son's strength, Minato shares Kurama's other half (sealed within him) so they can fight Obito together. Obito releases the true form of the Ten-Tails, the Divine Tree, which attacks the Ninja Alliance to seize their chakras and create the illusionary world. Unwilling to surrender, Naruto and Sasuke again confront Obito after he transfers his suffering to Ino.|
|March 4, 2014 |
|December 2, 2014|
|Naruto and Sasuke continue fighting against Obito, while the Alliance joins forces with the Hokages and Orochimaru to destroy the Divine Tree. Naruto and Sasuke overwhelm Obito, allowing Naruto to free the tailed beasts inside him. Kakashi tries to kill the defeated Obito, but is stopped by Minato. Naruto and Sasuke help Hashirama face Madara. To atone for his actions, Obito sacrifices his life to revive the people he killed; however, Black Zetsu forces him to revive Madara instead.|
|69||The Start of a Crimson Spring|
Akaki haru no hajimari (紅き春の始まり)
|May 2, 2014 |
|March 3, 2015|
|With the Rinnegan and his new life, Madara absorbs Hashirama's chakra and uses the sealing statue to reclaim all the tailed beasts (including Naruto's Nine-Tailed Fox, nearly killing his host). Sasuke and the Second Hokage are defeated by Madara. Tobi, the spiral White Zetsu befriended by Obito during his time with Madara, appears and attacks the Ninja Alliance. Gaara grabs Naruto and brings him to Sakura, who performs CPR. Gaara then brings him to the Fourth Hokage to give him his part of the Nine-Tailed Fox's chakra, but it is stolen by Black Zetsu. Madara confronts Minato's group to recover his Rinnegan from Obito. The reformed Obito allies with Kakashi, distracting Madara as Obito passes Naruto the tailed beasts' chakra. Guy decides to sacrifice his life fighting Madara.|
|70||Naruto and the Sage of Six Paths|
Naruto to Rikudō Sennin...!! (ナルトと六道仙人...!!)
|August 4, 2014 |
|June 2, 2015|
|Guy battles Madara; Naruto and Sasuke have a dream in which they talk with the Sage of the Six Paths, who identifies them as reincarnations of his two children. Since Madara is also a reincarnation, the Sage gives Naruto and Sasuke his chakra to stop him. When he awakens, Naruto saves Guy and begins battling Madara with Sasuke. They overwhelm Madara, forcing him to retreat to another dimension to steal Obito's Rinnegan. He uses the two Rinnegans to activate Infinite Tsukuyomi and place humanity under an illusion. Madara confronts Team 7 (who have avoided the illusion), but is stabbed in the back by Black Zetsu. Madara mutates into Kaguya Otsutsuki, the Sage's mother, who wants to transform humanity into White Zetsus.|
|71||I Love You Guys|
Daisuki da (大好きだ)
|November 4, 2014 |
|August 4, 2015|
|Kaguya faces Naruto and Sasuke (who plan to use their new powers to seal her in her native dimension), and transports Sasuke to another dimension to stop them. While Kaguya faces Naruto alone, Sakura and Obito search for Sasuke by using the Sakura's chakra and Obito's eye technique. Although they bring Sasuke back to the battlefield, Obito sacrifices himself to protect Team 7 from an attack. Willing his dream of becoming Hokage to Naruto, Obito passes away and rejoins Rin in the afterlife. He transfers his energy to Kakashi so that he can use his Mangekyo Sharingan. With Kakashi and Sakura's help, Naruto and Sasuke seal Kaguya.|
|February 4, 2015 |
|October 6, 2015|
|As Team 7 returns to their world, the Hokage and Obito bid them farewell and depart for the afterlife as Madara dies of his injuries. Before he and Naruto can undo the illusion, Sasuke reveals his intention to murder the Kage and Naruto (canceling the Infinite Tsukiyomi with the captured Tailed Beasts and killing them as well). Sasuke explains his intention to begin a worldwide revolution to reform the ninja system, which Naruto forbids. Sasuke knocks Sakura out to keep her from interfering, and he and Naruto agree to settle things at the Valley of the End (where their conflict began). The battle ends with both ninja losing their dominant arms and Sasuke's redemption by Naruto. After Sakura saves them from bleeding to death, Naruto and Sasuke cancel the Infinite Tsukiyomi. Kakashi becomes the Sixth Hokage and pardons Sasuke, who decides to travel the world. Several years later, with a new arm and married to Hinata, Naruto (now the Seventh Hokage) attends the Five Kage Summit in Konoha after dealing with the antics of his son, Boruto Uzumaki.|
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