List of Naruto episodes (season 2)
|Naruto (season 2)|
Season 2 Cover
|No. of episodes||48|
The second season from the anime series Naruto is directed by Hayato Date and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo. It is based on the manga with the same name by Masashi Kishimoto. The season follows the final parts from the Chūnin Exams in which ninjas from several villages take tests in order to upgrade their ranks within the village of Konoha. During the last test, a criminal known as Orochimaru orchestrates an invasion to Konohagakure alongside his allies from the villages Sunagakure and Otogakure. Following the invasion, two other criminals working for a mysterious organization go to Konohagakure to kidnap the ninja Naruto Uzumaki.
The season aired in Japan between June 2003 and May 2004 on TV Tokyo. In North America, these episodes aired between June 2006 and April 2007 in both Cartoon Network's Toonami and YTV's Bionix programming blocks. Sony Pictures Entertainment collected the episodes in a total of twelve DVD volumes under the name of "2nd Stage", between January 1, 2004 and December 1, 2004. Episodes from this season were released on by Viz Media between the ninth and twenty-first DVD volumes from the series, while several uncut DVD boxes have also been released.
Nine pieces of theme music are used for the episodes; three opening themes and three closing themes in the Japanese episodes and two opening themes and an ending theme in the English ones. The first opening theme is "Haruka Kanata" (遥か彼方?, lit. Far Away) by Asian Kung-Fu Generation, which is used until episode 53 where it is replaced by Little By Little's "Kanashimi o Yasashisa ni" (悲しみをやさしさに?, lit. Sadness into Kindness), used for the first twenty-four episodes, and "Go!!!" by Flow for the remaining episodes. The three closing themes are "Harmonia" by Rythem, which is used until episode 51, "Viva Rock" by Orange Range, used for the first thirteen episodes, Raico's "Alive" for the next thirteen episodes, "Ima Made Nando mo" (今まで何度も?, lit. Many Times Before) by The Mass Missile for the rest of the episodes. The opening and ending theme for the English airing is "Rise" by Jeremy Sweet and Ian Nickus, with an instrumental version played as the closing theme. "Haruka Kanata" replaces "Rise" in episode 52, and is then replaced by "Go" in the same way as the Japanese version.
|No.||Title||Original airdate||English airdate|
|36||"Clone vs. Clone: Mine are Better than Yours!"
"Bunshin taiketsu! Ore ga shuyaku dattebayo!" (分身対決!オレが主役だってばよ!)
|June 4, 2003||June 3, 2006|
|The team realizes they are in another genjutsu. In order to draw out the assailants, Naruto disguises several of his shadow clones as his teammates and fights the enemy clones all night. When the Rain Genin believe that Team 7 exhausted from combat, Sasuke, Sakura and Kabuto corner them. After a brief struggle, Naruto knocks out the enemies and takes their scroll, at which point they head to the tower and meet with Kabuto's team. Unknown to Team 7, Kabuto submits all of the data he gathered on them to Orochimaru.|
|37||"Surviving the Cut! The Rookie Nine Together Again!"
"Daini shiken toppa! Seizoroi rūkī nain!" (第二試験突破!勢ぞろいルーキーナイン!)
|June 11, 2003||June 10, 2006|
|Team 7 opens its scrolls inside the tower, summoning Iruka to inform them that they made it in time. He observes their growth, then allows them to enter the main room, where they meet with the other passing teams: Team 10, Team 8, Team Guy, the Sand Siblings, Kabuto's team, and Team Dosu. Hiruzen briefly speaks about what the exams are all about before entrusting Hayate Gekko to oversee the matches.|
|38||"Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination!"
"Gōkakusha nibun ni ichi!? Ikinari shiai dattebayo!!" (合格者二分の一!?イキナリ試合だってばよ!!)
|June 18, 2003||June 17, 2006|
|Hayate reveals that an unusually large number of Genin got through the second stage of the exam. A series of one-on-one preliminary matches will be held to reduce the number of people meaning that there will be a tournament for the next exam eliminating the loser and promoting the victor. Kabuto drops out immediately upon the notice, blaming his withdrawal on an injury sustained from an earlier part of the test. The preliminary matches are randomized with a machine and the dials end at Sasuke vs Yoroi. Beginning with Sasuke Uchiha versus Yoroi Akado. But before Sasuke heads into battle, Sakura tries to stop him saying that he will lose and get hurt severely if he doesn't use any chakra because it will surely awaken the cursed seal's power.|
|39||"Bushy Brow's Jealousy: Lions Barrage Unleashed!"
"Geji mayu jerashī! "Shishi Rendan" Tanjō" (ゲジまゆジェラシー!「獅子連弾」誕生!)
|July 2, 2003||June 24, 2006|
|Sasuke fights Yoroi, but is handicapped by his inability to use chakra due to the danger of activating the cursed seal. Yoroi's ability to absorb chakra gives him an advantage, but Sasuke in the heat of battle, remembers Lee's attack on him and uses it to create his own variant of the taijutsu move: Lion's Barrage. Sasuke, after using the barrage, he even still manages to suppress his cursed seal in the process. And Sasuke wins his exam match. Kakashi takes him to an isolated location to hinder the cursed seal, only to be confronted by Orochimaru as he finishes. Back at the tower, Shino Aburame and Zaku Abumi begin the next match.|
|40||"Kakashi and Orochimaru: Face-to-Face!"
"Isshoku sokuhatsu!! Kakashi vāsasu Orochimaru" (一触即発!!カカシVS大蛇丸)
|July 9, 2003||July 1, 2006|
|Kakashi threatens to kill Orochimaru, a threat that Orochimaru takes lightly. Despite this, Orochimaru leaves, with Kakashi terrified at his foolishness. Meanwhile, Shino and Zaku Abumi continue their match, with Shino ultimately winning his match through the use of his destruction bugs, leaving Kankuro and Misumi Tsurugi to fight next.|
|41||"Kunoichi Rumble: The Rivals Get Serious!"
"Raibaru gekitotsu! Otomegokoro wa honki mōdo" (ライバル激突!オトメ心は本気モード)
|July 16, 2003||July 8, 2006|
|Kankuro easily wins his battle against Misumi by tricking him into attacking his puppet Crow. Though Kankuro has Crow snap Misumi's neck, the opponent survives due to his ability to contort himself. The fourth match is between Sakura and Ino. After the two exchange insults, they have flash backs from when they were friends before Sakura was forced to end it after both learn that they each have a crush on Sasuke. Though Ino was restraining herself because of their past, she decides to follow Sakura's example and take the battle seriously.|
|42||"The Ultimate Battle: Cha!"
"Besuto batoru wa shānnarō!!" (ベストバトルはしゃーんなろー!!)
|July 23, 2003||July 15, 2006|
|Sakura and Ino are evenly matched. They both use illusion clone jutsu, chakra string jutsu and others. In a desperate move, Ino uses her Mind Transfer Jutsu to take control over Sakura's body and have her forfeit. But Naruto's cheering of Sakura allows her Inner Sakura to force Ino out of her body. The two girls having been pushed to their limits, Ino and Sakura decide to end the battle as they charge each other to land a powerful punch on each other. Though Sakura and Ino ended up being both eliminated after a double knockout, the ordeal did rekindle their friendship.|
|43||"Killer Kunoichi and a Shaky Shikamaru"
"Shikamaru tajitaji!? Kunoichi-tachi no atsuki tatakai" (シカマルタジタジ!?くの一達の熱き戦い)
|July 30, 2003||July 15, 2006|
|The next match is between Temari and Tenten. Tenten's weapon summonings are negated by Temari's wind-based attacks, and she is defeated. Shikamaru Nara and Kin Tsuchi are chosen for the next match. Although Kin ensnares Shikamaru in a genjutsu, he captures her in his Shadow Imitation Technique. He forces her to knock herself unconscious. The next combatants are randomized putting everyone into awaiting excitements and in the end are revealed to be Naruto and Kiba Inuzuka.|
|44||"Akamaru Unleashed! Who's Top Dog Now?"
"Akamaru sansen! Makeinu wa docchi da?" (赤丸参戦!!負け犬はどっちだ?)
|August 6, 2003||July 22, 2006|
|Kiba quickly embarrasses Naruto by sending him tumbling to the ground with one intense blow but he soon discovers that Naruto will not be taken down so easily. Kiba and his dog Akamaru continue to prove too much for Naruto. He uses his superior strength and speed to dominate the match. Consuming special military pills that enhance their chakra, Kiba and Akamaru use a combination of their speed and special signature Man-Beast Clone Jutsu to overwhelm Naruto.|
|45||"Surprise Attack! Naruto's Secret Weapon!"
"Hinata sekimen! Kankyaku anguri, Naruto no oku no te" (ヒナタ赤面! 観客あんぐり, ナルトの奥の手)
|August 13, 2003||July 29, 2006|
|As the battle continues, Naruto manages to trick Kiba into knocking Akamaru out. Despite this, Naruto is still at a disadvantage due to Kiba's pill-enhanced chakra as well as his superior strength and speed. Kiba proves to be too fast for Naruto to the point that Naruto doesn't even have time to perform any jutsu. Using his speed to get behind Naruto, Kiba is about to land a finishing blow. Before he can make contact, however, Naruto accidentally farts into his face, stopping him in his tracks. Due to Kiba's greatly enchanced sense of smell, he is overwhelmed by the odor as Naruto defeats him with by using his Shadow Clones in his own version of Sasuke's Lion Barrage: Uzumaki Barrage.|
|46||"Byakugan Battle: Hinata Grows Bold!"
"Byakugan kaigen!! Uchiki na Hinata no daitan ketsui!" (白眼開眼!!内気なヒナタの大胆決意!)
|August 20, 2003||August 8, 2006|
|The next match is Hinata Hyuga against Neji Hyuga, who is revealed to be her cousin from the branch house of the Hyuga clan. Neji intimidates and berates his cousin, almost convincing her to forfeit. But Naruto's cheering stirs Hinata to fight her cousin in a duel using their clan's Gentle Fist style, which uses bursts of chakra to damage the opponent's internal organs.|
|47||"A Failure Stands Tall!"
"Akogare no hito no me no mae de!!" (憧れの人の目の前で!!)
|August 27, 2003||August 12, 2006|
|Neji reveals that he had been toying with Hinata, and he disables her ability to use chakra with the Gentle Fist style. Hinata, inspired by Naruto, refuses to give up. She tells Neji that she believes that he is suffering more from fighting his destiny. Angered, Neji attempts a fatal blow, but four observing Jonin halt him. Hinata collapses into cardiac arrest shortly after, and Naruto vows to avenge her.|
|48||"Gaara vs. Rock Lee: The Power of Youth Explodes!"
"Gaara funsai!! Wakasa da! Pawā da! Bakuhatsu da!" (我愛羅粉砕!!若さだ!パワーだ!爆発だ!)
|September 3, 2003||August 19, 2006|
|The next set of matchups is Rock Lee against Gaara. At first, Lee's Strong Fist taijutsu is ineffective against Gaara's wall of sand that automatically rises to protect him. Lee then removes the heavy leg weights he was wearing, drastically increasing his speed and allowing him to bypass Gaara's defense. Lee then uses his Primary Lotus, but only succeeds in destroying a clone made of sand.|
|49||"Lee's Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu!"
"Nekketsu ochikobore! Tsuini Sakuretsu, kindan no ōgi!" (熱血落ちこぼれ!遂に炸裂, 禁断の奥義!)
|September 10, 2003||August 26, 2006|
|Gaara reappears and attacks Lee, who is weakened from using his Primary Lotus again. Lee recovers by opening the Second Gate, shocking the Jonin observers in the audience. He then proceeds to open the third and fourth gates, shocking Gaara.|
|50||"The Fifth Gate: A Splendid Ninja is Born"
"Aa Rokku Rī! Kore ga otoko no ikizama yo!!" (嗚呼ロック·リー!これが男の生き様よ!!)
|September 17, 2003||September 2, 2006|
|Lee's increased speed overwhelms Gaara's sand defenses. Lee opens the Fifth Gate and uses his most powerful attack, Hidden Lotus. Lee's power, accuracy, strength and speed increase outstandingly, allowing Lee to inflict extreme injuries on Garra with a 5th gate barrage of his. Unfortunately for Lee, Gaara survives by softening his fall with sand and uses his sand coffin to crush Lee's left arm and leg. Gaara moves his sand to finish Lee, but Guy blocks the final attack. Lee, though unconscious due to the pain and covered in blood, rises to continue the battle, his desire to win fueling his broken body. At the end of the match, Rock Lee is crippled to the extent that he is unable to fight again. Guy regrets teaching Lee such dangerous techniques, but vacates the ring for the final match between Choji Akimichi and Dosu Kinuta|
|51||"A Shadow in Darkness: Danger Approaches Sasuke"
"Yami ni ugomeku kage Sasuke ni semaru kiki!" (闇にうごめく影 サスケに迫る危機!)
|September 24, 2003||September 9, 2006|
|Despite having formulated a strategy beforehand, Choji quickly loses to Dosu, concluding the preliminaries. The nine qualifying Genin are assigned opponents, and they are all allowed to leave for a month of training before the finals. Elsewhere, Kabuto prepares to kidnap Sasuke under Orochimaru's orders, but he is stopped by Kakashi and is forced to retreat. Naruto later meets with Kakashi in hopes of training with him, but is given Ebisu as a replacement.|
|52||"Ebisu Returns: Naruto's Toughest Training Yet!"
"Ebisu futatabi! Harenchi wa watashi ga yurushimasen zo!" (エビス再び!ハレンチは私が許しませんぞ!)
|October 1, 2003||September 16, 2006|
|Naruto reluctantly agrees to train under Ebisu, and Ebisu tries to teach Naruto how to walk on water. As Naruto practices, Ebisu catches an old man (later revealed to be Jiraiya) spying on a women's bathhouse. As Ebisu rushes to apprehend him, Jiraiya knocks him out with a single hit, leaving Naruto without a tutor.|
|53||"Long Time No See: Jiraiya Returns!"
"Aiyashibaraku! Ero-sennin tōjō!" (あいやしばらく!エロ仙人登場!)
|October 8, 2003||September 30, 2006|
|After Jiraiya knocks out Ebisu, Naruto is left without a tutor. Naruto manages to convince Jiraiya to tutor him by using his Sexy Jutsu. While Jiraiya oversees Naruto's training, he quickly realizes that Naruto is the host of the Nine-Tails. Jiraiya unlocks the seal that Orochimaru had placed on Naruto in the forest, and Naruto quickly grasps the concept of walking on water. Afterwards, Jiraiya speaks with Naruto about his two kinds of chakra.|
|54||"The Summoning Jutsu: Wisdom of the Toad Sage!"
"Ero-sennin jikiden Kuchiyose no Jutsu dattebayo!!" (エロ仙人直伝 口寄せの術だってばよ!!)
|October 15, 2003||October 7, 2006|
|That night, having learned that he and his group were nothing more than tools for Orochimaru to test Sasuke, Dosu attempts to assassinate Gaara so he can kill Sasuke during the finals in spite. But Gaara quickly kills Dosu, the event observed from a distance by Kabuto and the Hidden Sand Village's Baki as they confer about the planned invasion of Konohagakure by Sunagakure and Otogakure. When they find that their conversation was overheard by Hayate, Baki kills the Hidden Leaf ninja. The next day, Naruto resumes his training with Jiraiya. He signs a scroll that will allow him to summon toads. Upon trying to summon a toad, Naruto only manages to summon a tadpole.|
|55||"A Feeling of Yearning, A Flower Full of Hope"
"Setsunai omoi Negai o kometa ichirin" (切ない想い 願いを込めた一輪)
|October 22, 2003||October 21, 2006|
|Sakura visits the hospital to see Sasuke, but finds that Sasuke has left. While there, Sakura checks on Rock Lee. Despite the injuries that have taken away his hopes of becoming a ninja, Lee trains to regain his strength. The training causes him too much pain, and he passes out. Elsewhere, the many finalists continue their training, with Naruto finally managing to summon a tadpole with hind-legs. Sasuke, himself, is off training with Kakashi.|
|56||"Live or Die: Risk it All to Win it All!"
"Sei ka shi ka!? Menkyokaiden wa inochigake!" (生か死か!?免許皆伝は命懸け!)
|October 29, 2003||October 28, 2006|
|Jiraiya realizes that Naruto's training is taking too long, and decides to use drastic measures. Knowing that Naruto can only tap into the fox's chakra during life-or-death situations, Jiraiya takes Naruto to a local chasm and throws him in. Unable to stop himself from falling, Naruto enters his subconsciousness and meets the Nine Tails for the first time. Though the Nine Tails is hostile towards Naruto, he gives the boy a bit of his chakra out of self-interest. With the chakra, Naruto manages to summon a giant toad to stop his descent.|
|57||"He Flies! He Jumps! He Lurks! Chief Toad Appears!"
"Tonda! Haneta! Mogutta! Gama oyabun tōjō!!" (飛んだ!跳ねた!潜った!ガマ親分登場!!)
|November 5, 2003||November 4, 2006|
|The giant toad, revealed to be named Gamabunta, is angry that he has been summoned in a pit and even angrier that Naruto is sitting on top of his head. Although Naruto informs Gamabunta that he summoned him, Gamabunta does not believe him. Determined to prove himself, Naruto rides atop Gamabunta's head until sunset, while Gamabunta tries to shake him off. Naruto falls shortly before sunset, but he earns Gamabunta's respect in the process. Gamabunta then takes Naruto to the hospital to rest.|
|58||"Hospital Besieged: The Evil Hand Revealed!"
"Shinobiyoru ma no te! Nerawareta Byōshitsu" (しのび寄る魔の手!狙われた病室)
|November 12, 2003||November 11, 2006|
|When Naruto awakens, he finds Shikamaru Nara sitting by his bed, bringing him a basket of fruit. The two locate Gaara elsewhere in the hospital and halt his attempt to assassinate Rock Lee. Gaara explains that his reason for existing is to kill everyone, and reveals that he, like Naruto, was alone for much of his childhood, hated and feared by others for being a host of a tailed beast. Gaara prepares to kill Naruto and Shikamaru as well, but is stopped by the arrival of Might Guy, Lee's sensei, and leaves.|
|59||"The Final Rounds: Rush to the Battle Arena!"
"Mō retsu Mō Tsui Mō Dasshu Hansen kaishi dattebayo" (モー烈 モー追 モーダッシュ 本選開始だってばよ)
|November 19, 2003||November 18, 2006|
|On the day of the finals, Naruto makes his way to the arena. Along the way, he encounters and converses with Hinata Hyuga. Hinata reassures him of his talents, removing any doubts he had about the finals. Naruto thanks Hinata and goes on his way. As he gets closer to the arena, Naruto meets Konohamaru, who tries to use a number of shortcuts to help Naruto get to the arena faster. The shortcuts end up being ineffective and time consuming, as a result, Naruto makes it to the stadium late but can still enter.|
|60||"Byakugan vs. Shadow Clone"
"Byakugan bāsasu Kage Bunshin! Ore wa zettē katsu!!" (白眼VS影分身!オレはゼってー勝つ!!)
|November 26, 2003||November 18, 2006|
|Naruto begins his match with Neji Hyuga, who Naruto promised to defeat a month earlier during the preliminaries. Since taijutsu proves ineffective, Naruto creates a large number of shadow clones. Though Neji is able to destroy them all, Naruto creates more.|
|61||"Ultimate Defense: Zero Blind Spot!"
"Shikaku zero! Mō hitotsu no zettai bōgyo" (死角ゼロ!もうひとつの絶対防御)
|December 3, 2003||November 18, 2006|
|Naruto creates more shadow clones, and this time manages to sneak up on Neji. Before he can land a blow, Neji uses a powerful defensive technique, then follows up with blocking Naruto's chakra path. Even though he can no longer fight, Naruto refuses to give up, and berates Neji over how he treated Hinata. Neji then reveals the history of the Hyuga clan and how the death of his father Hizashi Hyuga was arranged to protect the Hyuga Clan's head: Hinata's father Hiashi Hyuga. He reaffirms his belief in the unchanging nature of one's destiny.|
|62||"A Failure's True Power"
"Ochikobore no Sokojikara!" (落ちこぼれの底力!)
|December 10, 2003||November 18, 2006|
|Determined to prove Neji wrong, Naruto draws on the demon fox's strength, surprising many of the older ninja present with his ability to use the fox's chakra. Following an explosive clash between the two, Naruto manages to defeat Neji through the use of a shadow clone as a decoy. After telling Neji to stop putting so much faith in fate, Naruto is declared the winner.|
|63||"Hit it or Quit it: The Final Rounds Get Complicated!"
"Shikkaku!? Kiken! Maedaoshi! Haranbukumi no daihonsen!" (失格!?キケン!前倒し!波乱含みの大本戦)
|December 17, 2003||November 25, 2006|
|When Neji is taken away to recover, he is approached by Hiashi who decides to reveal the truth behind Hizashi's death. Because Hiashi killed a head ninja from the Land of Lightning who was kidnapping Hinata, a threat to an established treaty between the Hidden Leaf and Hidden Storm ninja unless Hiashi is killed and sent to the Land of Lightning in good will. But the Hyuga clan plan to have Hizashi, Hiashi's younger twin brother, die in his place to keep the Byakugan of a main house Hyuga from falling into enemy hands. Despite Hiashi disapproving of his brother being sacrificed, Hizashi agrees to die on his own freewill to protect his brother. Though Neji did not believe this at first, he realizes it to be the truth upon seeing a final letter written by his father after his uncle apologizes. Meanwhile, the match between Sasuke Uchiha and Gaara is postponed due to Sasuke's absence, and the match between Shino Aburame and Kankuro is set to start. But Kankuro forfeits and a match between Shikamaru and Temari begins instead.|
|64||"Zero Motivation: The Guy with Cloud Envy!"
"Kumo wa ii naa... yaruki zero no otoko" (雲はいいなあ...やる気ゼロの男)
|December 24, 2003||December 2, 2006|
|Though initially unwilling, Shikamaru fights Temari because he refuses to lose to a girl. Shikamaru quickly studies the arena and its elements and comes up with a plan. Despite this, Temari has seen Shikamaru's primary attack in action and knows how it works. Shikamaru relies on strategy to defeat his opponent, but it becomes evident that Temari is a keen strategist too. However, Shikamaru's strategies are superior and enable him to capture Temari with his jutsu, but he forfeits as he has no chakra left to fight.|
|65||"Dancing Leaf, Squirming Sand"
"Gekitotsu! Konoha mai Suna ugomeku toki" (激突!木ノ葉舞い砂うごめく瞬間)
|December 31, 2003||December 9, 2006|
|With Sasuke and Gaara's match needing to start, the Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi sets a time limit for Sasuke to arrive. Sasuke arrives at the last minute with Kakashi Hatake. Meanwhile, Gaara kills a pair of ninjas who are attempting to fix the match on his way to enter the arena.|
|66||"Bushy Brow's Jutsu: Sasuke Style!"
"Arashi o yobu otoko!! Sasuke no Gejimayu-ryū Taijutsu!" (嵐を呼ぶ男!!サスケのゲジマユ流体術!)
|January 14, 2004||December 16, 2006|
|Sasuke's enhanced speed and taijutsu skills enable him to bypass Gaara's sand-based defenses with ease, as Rock Lee did previously. Determined to kill Sasuke, Gaara retreats inside a sphere of sand and begins to transform.|
|67||"Late for the Show, But Ready to Go! The Ultimate Secret Technique is Born!"
"Date ni okureta wake ja nai! Kyūkyoku ōgi - Chidori tanjō!!" (だてに遅れたわけじゃない!究極奥義·千鳥誕生!!)
|January 14, 2004||December 23, 2006|
|To break through Gaara's defense, Sasuke uses his new jutsu, Chidori, to pierce Gaara's shield. This causes Gaara to stop his transformation as he freaks out upon seeing that he is bleeding. At that moment, Kabuto uses a genjutsu to put the audience to sleep, signaling the start of the invasion of Konoha.|
|68||"Zero Hour! The Destruction of the Hidden Leaf Village Begins!"
""Konoha Kuzushi" Shidō!" (「木ノ葉崩し」始動!)
|January 28, 2004||January 6, 2007|
|Revealing himself to have killed the Fourth Kazekage to get to him, Orochimaru takes Hiruzen hostage as he has his personal bodyguards, the Sound Four, establish a barrier to so no one would interfere. Meanwhile, invading Sound and Sand ninja infiltrate Konoha, and battles begin breaking out across the village. Kankuro and Temari carry Gaara from the village so that he can recover with Sasuke in pursuit. Preoccupied with fending off the invading forces, Kakashi instructs Sakura, who had managed to repel the sleep-inducing genjutsu, to wake Naruto and Shikamaru.|
|69||"Village in Distress: A New A-Ranked Mission!"
"Mattemashita! Ē-ranku ninmu dattebayo!!" (待ってました!Aランク任務だってばよ!!)
|February 4, 2004||January 13, 2007|
|Once Naruto and Shikamaru awaken (the later actually faked sleep), Kakashi summons Pakkun to assist them in tracking down Sasuke. Meanwhile, Orochimaru begins his battle with Hiruzen, his mentor before becoming the Third Hokage. Both display powerful techniques in what the observing ANBU describe as a Kage-level battle. During the battle, Orochimaru uses the Reanimation Jutsu to summon Hiruzen's deceased predecessors: the Second Hokage Tobirama Senju who invented the Reanimation Jutsu and the First Hokage Hashirama Senju. The Senju brothers apologize to their former student for what is about to happen as Orochimaru forces them to fight Hiruzen.|
|70||"A Shirker's Call to Action: A Layabout No More!"
"Nigegoshi nanbaa wan Mendokuse~ ga yarukkya nē!!" (逃げ腰NO.1 めんどくせーがやろっきゃねえ!!)
|February 11, 2004||January 20, 2007|
|As Naruto, Sakura, Shikamaru, and Pakkun pursue Sasuke, it soon becomes apparent that they're being followed by a group of nine Sound ninja. Shikamaru volunteers to stall them to buy the others time and falls back. Once the Sound ninja get close enough, Shikamaru traps them with his shadow, though he finds that he has only captured eight. Attempting to kill the eight, Shikamaru discovers the ninth's location, but lacks the chakra to trap him. As his shadow recedes and the eight freed ninja prepare to kill Shikamaru, Asuma Sarutobi, Shikamaru's sensei, arrives and defeats all the Sound ninja, saving Shikamaru.|
|71||"An Unrivaled Match: Hokage Battle Royale!"
"Kokon musō! "Hokage" to iu reberu no tatakai" (古今無双!「火影」というレベルの戦い)
|February 18, 2004||January 27, 2007|
|The Hokage battle begins, with Hashirama's Wood Style giving him and his brother the advantage on Hiruzen as he summons Enma to help him in the uneven fight as Orochimaru brings out his Kusanagi sword. During the fight, Hiruzen learns that ninja brought back by the Reanimation Jutsu are immune to any normal form of attack and regenerate from any injury dealt on them. At that time, explaining his desire to become immortal to know every form of ninjutsu, Orochimaru decides to reveal the fruits of his labor by peeling away his face: revealing the face of a girl whose body he now occupies.|
|72||"A Mistake from the Past: A Face Revealed!"
"Hokage no ayamachi Kamen ni shita no sugao" (火影の過ち 仮面の下の素顔)
|February 25, 2004||January 27, 2007|
|Though Temari tries to hold off Sasuke so the brothers can escape, Sasuke easily dispatches her and resumes his chase. At the Hokage battle, Orochimaru reveals the nature of his Transference Ritual that allows him to transfer his being into the body of another every few years and that he intends to make Sasuke his new vessel. Regretting not killing Orochimaru when he had the chance the night his former student left the village, Hiruzen musters up his chakra and summons shadow clones for a last resort attack to rectify that mistake.|
|73||"Forbidden Secret Technique: Reaper Death Seal!"
"Kinjutsu ōgi! "Shiki Fūjin"" (禁術奥義!「屍鬼封尽」)
|March 3, 2004||February 3, 2007|
|As the battles across Konoha rage on, the Hiruzen has his clones use the Reaper Death Seal on the Senju brothers. As the corpses used to reanimate the first two Hokage are revealed to be Kin and Zaku, Hiruzen reveals that the Reaper Death Seal is a double-edge attack that the Fourth Hokage used to defeat the Nine-Tails with his own soul as the price. Having given up two thirds of his own soul to seal the Senju brothers within the Reaper's stomach, Hiruzen intends to feed what remained of his own soul and Orochimaru's soul to the monster as well. However, Orochimaru has his Kusanagi stabs the Third Hokage in the back. Meanwhile, Sasuke again catches up with Gaara, and Kankuro prepares to hold Sasuke off while Gaara escapes with Temari. Before they can begin, Shino Aburame arrives to fight Kankuro, allowing Sasuke to proceed.|
|74||"Astonishing Truth! Gaara's Identity Emerges!"
"Kyōgaku! Gaara no Shōtai" (驚愕!我愛羅の正体)
|March 10, 2004||February 10, 2007|
|Leaving Shino to deal with Kankuro, Sasuke continues his pursuit of Gaara. Kankuro attacks Shino with his puppet, using its many hidden weapons to catch Shino by surprise. Shino is able to dodge the attacks through the use of his destruction bugs, but eventually makes the mistake of inhaling some of the puppet's poison gas. As the battle goes on, Shino directs his bugs to Kankuro's location. They consume his chakra once they get there, causing Kankuro to collapse. The battle won, Shino also collapses due to Kankuro's poison. Sasuke catches up with Gaara as Shino's battle ends, and the two resume their match.|
|75||"Sasuke's Decision: Pushed to the Edge!"
"Genkai o koete... Sasuke no ketsudan!!" (限界を越えて... サスケの決断!!)
|March 17, 2004||February 17, 2007|
|Gaara begins transforming into Shukaku, dramatically increasing his strength and speed. Sasuke uses his Chidori to slice Gaara's arm off, but the pain only makes Gaara more determined and excited to kill Sasuke. Unable to use the Chidori a third time, Sasuke is forced to use his cursed seal so that he can attack Gaara again. This fails to defeat him, and Sasuke collapses due to the use of the cursed seal. As Gaara prepares to inflict the finishing blow, Naruto repels the attack with a kick. Naruto, Sakura, and Pakkun arrive ready to help Sasuke.|
|76||"Assassin of the Moonlit Night"
"Tsukiyo no ansatsusha" (月夜の暗殺者)
|March 24, 2004||February 24, 2007|
|Gaara tries to attack Sasuke again but is covered by Sakura who got in the way, Gaara pushes Sakura out of the way while Naruto grabs Sasuke's body and saves him. Gaara remembers his childhood with his maternal uncle Yashamaru. While Yashamaru had for many years been the only person who seemed to care for him, Gaara is shocked to find Yashamaru suddenly attacking him out of sheer hatred.|
|77||"Light vs. Dark: The Two Faces of Gaara"
"Hikari to Yami Gaara to iu na" (光と闇 我愛羅という名)
|March 31, 2004||March 3, 2007|
|As Gaara continues to reminisce about Yashamaru, he remembers Yashamaru's statement of his mother's death and his uncle's suicide bombing. Though Gaara survived the blast - thanks to the sand shield - he lost the only person who ever cared for him. From that point on, Gaara came to love only himself and started to find purpose in killings others. Returning to the present, Gaara keeps his grip on Sakura with his sand claw choking her to death. Gaara, feeling deranged, asks Naruto to play a game with him saying that if he can beat him, Sakura will be set free. Determined to save Sakura, an enraged Naruto violently attacks Gaara and they engage in battle.|
|78||"Naruto's Ninja Handbook"
"Bakuhatsu! Kore zo Naruto ninpōchō~~!!" (爆発!これぞナルト忍法帖〜〜っ!!)
|April 7, 2004||March 10, 2007|
|Naruto has been afraid of Gaara ever since he met him. But now, Naruto's determination is awakened truly along with the will of fire. Rejuvenated, Naruto uses techniques from his Ninja Handbook scroll. Naruto unleashes new and improved Naruto Uzumaki Barrage consisting of 2,000 shadow clones (Naruto Uzumaki 2k Barrage). 8 shadow clones kicked Gaara into the air and all 2,000 shadow clones punched Gaara on every inch of his body before 2 shadow clones delivered the final blow to the barrage. Naruto attempts a 2nd attack twice as powerful, with kicks. To fend off the attack, Gaara completes his transformation into a replica of the One Tail Shukaku. Gaara tries to crush Naruto with his sand. Thinking of Sakura and his friends, Naruto uses his own chakra to summon Gamabunta. Gaara forces himself to sleep and allows Shukaku to take over. Needing to get close to Shukaku to wake Gaara up, Naruto and Gamabunta transform into a replica of the Nine-Tails to fight.|
|79||"Beyond the Limit of Darkness and Light"
"Rimitto bucchigiri! ~Hikari to Yami~" (リミットぶっちぎり! 〜光と闇〜)
|April 14, 2004||March 17, 2007|
|As the transformed Gamabunta holds Shukaku in place, Naruto awakens Gaara. Tapping into the fox's power again, Naruto headbutts Gaara and destroys Shukaku's form. Across Konoha, the village's ninja, including the parents of many of the Genin, begin the counterattack of the invading forces. At the site of his battle with Orochimaru, Hiruzen realizes that he does not have enough strength left to fully seal Orochimaru's soul, and instead opts to seal the part of his former pupil's soul within his arms. Robbing Orochimaru his ability to use jutsu, Hiruzens bids his enraged student a fond farewell as he dies reciting one last proverb. At this time, Naruto and Gaara jump at each other, and Naruto succeeds in throwing the winning blow.|
|80||"The Third Hokage, Forever..."
"Sandaime yo, towa ni......!!" (三代目よ, 永久に......!!)
|April 21, 2004||March 24, 2007|
|Critically damaged, Orochimaru calls off the invasion and flees the village with his forces. In the forest, Naruto and Gaara both lay on the ground, devoid of chakra. Naruto sympathizes with Gaara for his childhood, but threatens to kill Gaara if he should ever bring harm to his friends again. Realizing that Naruto's strength came from the desire to protect others, Gaara begins to reshape his view of the world as his siblings take him home, and apologizes to Temari and Kankuro. The next day, the ninja of Konoha mourn the deaths of those who died during the invasion, especially Hiruzen as they ponder the meaning of the Third Hokage's sacrifice.|
|81||"Return of the Morning Mist"
"Asagiri no kikyō" (朝霧の帰郷)
|April 28, 2004||March 31, 2007|
|After Hiruzen's death, revealed to be pupil alongside Orochimaru, Jiraiya is approached by the village's elders as they offer him the position of Fifth Hokage. He declines, saying that his former team mate Tsunade would be a much better candidate for the title. Jiraiya offers to find her for Konoha and asks that he be allowed to take Naruto with him. Meanwhile, Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki enter Konoha, and are confronted by Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yuhi. Itachi and Kisame quickly gain the advantage in battle, but Kakashi comes to their rescue at the last moment.|
|82||"Eye to Eye: Sharingan vs. Sharingan!"
"Sharingan tai Sharingan!!" (写輪眼VS写輪眼!!)
|May 5, 2004||April 7, 2007|
|Kakashi and Itachi exchange blows, each being very proficient with the Sharingan. Itachi neutralizes Kakashi with his Tsukuyomi. As Kakashi struggles to remain standing, he asks Itachi why he's returned to Konoha. Itachi replies that they're after Naruto, which Kakashi elaborates as meaning they want the Nine-Tails for their organization Akatsuki. Annoyed that Kakashi knows of their organization, Itachi instructs Kisame to kill Asuma and Kurenai before bringing Kakashi to him so they can find out what else he knows of their group. Before Kisame can do so, Might Guy arrives. Itachi states he did not go to Konoha to "start a war", so he and Kisame left the battle.|
|83||"Jiraiya: Naruto's Potential Disaster!"
"Ō, nō~! Jiraiya no jonan, Naruto no sainan" (おお, のォ〜っ!自来也の女難, ナルトの災難)
|May 12, 2004||April 14, 2007|
|Guy, Asuma, and Kurenai take an unconscious Kakashi home to rest, where they decide Sasuke should not know of Itachi's return. Despite their wishes, Sasuke finds out, and also learns that Itachi is after Naruto. Determined to kill Itachi for murdering the Uchiha clan, Sasuke rushes out to find Naruto, though discovers that Naruto has already left the village with Jiraiya. In another town, Naruto sits in a hotel room while Jiraiya tries to pick up women. After someone knocks on his door, Naruto opens it to reveal Itachi and Kisame standing before him.|
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