List of Naruto episodes (seasons 7–9)

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This is a list of episodes of the Naruto anime series, covering the seventh to ninth seasons of the series. The episodes are directed by Hayato Date and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo.[1] They are based on the Naruto manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, but follow original storylines not found in the source material, serving as filler. These three seasons were the last episodes in the Naruto anime released before the beginning of the anime adaptation of Naruto: Shippūden, the second part of the Naruto manga.[2]. The rest of the Naruto episodes from episode 210-220 will be released on DVD September 22, 2009, it will not be shown on Cartoon Network or on TV, but on DVD. [3]

The seventh season ran from October 2005 to April 2006, the eighth season followed from May 2006 to November 2006, and the ninth and final season was featured from November 2006 to February 2007, with the last episode airing on February 8, 2007.[4] All three seasons were shown on TV Tokyo in Japan.[1] The English adaptation of the Naruto anime is licensed by Viz Media. Eight pieces of theme music are used for the episodes; three opening themes and five closing themes. The three opening themes are "Namikaze Sateraito" (波風サテライト, lit. Discord Satellite) by Japanese rock band Snowkel, used for the first twenty-two episodes, Flow's "Re:member" for the next twenty-four episodes, and "Yura Yura" (ユラユラ, lit. Wavering) by Hearts Grow for the remaining episodes. The five closing themes are "Soba ni iru kara" (そばにいるから, lit. I'm Always by Your Side") by Amadori for the first nine episodes, J-pop band Chaba's "Parade" for the next thirteen episodes, Japanese singer Akeboshi's "Yellow Moon," used for the subsequent thirteen episodes, "Pinokio" (ピノキオ, lit. Pinocchio) by Ore Ska Band for the following thirteen episodes, and lastly, "Scenario" by Saboten for the remaining episodes.

Season 7: 2005-2006

EP# Title Original airdate English airdate
157"Run! The Curry of Life"
"Hashire!!! Seimei no karē" (走れ!!!生命のカレー)
October 26, 2005April 12, 2008
Naruto Uzumaki, Rock Lee and Neji Hyuga continue their fight against Raiga Kurosuki, with Raiga utilizing a local thunderstorm to provide him with a practically infinite source of lightning to use. Raiga manages to knock all of them out with his electricity, but Sanshou, Tenten, Karashi and Ranmaru give them the Curry of Life, but accidentally intoxicate Lee in the process. Ranmaru returns to Raiga, telling him the four are dead, and with his viewpoint of the world changed by the Konoha ninja, attempts to lead Raiga off a cliff. This fails when a drunken Lee attacks Raiga, who angrily dispatches him. Ranmaru attempts to get Raiga to stop the battle, but Raiga attacks him, accusing him of abandoning him. Naruto returns, though and defeats Raiga by punching him off a ledge, from which Raiga commits suicide by using lightning to incinerate his body. Ranmaru begins training alongside Karashi as an apprentice at the curry shop, and Naruto's team returns to Konoha.
158"Follow My Lead! The Great Survival Challenge"
"Minna ore ni tsuite koi! Ase to namida no takurami dai sabaibaru" (みんなオレについて来い!汗と涙のタクラミ大サバイバル)
November 2, 2005April 19, 2008
Each of Konoha's Genin have been assigned to lead a squad of three academy students in a survival exercise. Naruto Uzumaki is teamed up with Konohamaru and his two friends. The three find out that Naruto's leadership, navigation, and foraging skills leave much to be desired and they end up lost in the mountains during a thunderstorm. They learn to pull their strengths to survive the mountains long enough for help to arrive. Then they blame Naruto for getting them into the disaster.
159"Bounty Hunter from the Wilderness"
"Teki ka mikata ka!? Kōya no shōkinkasegi" (敵か味方か!?荒野の賞金稼ぎ)
November 9, 2005April 19, 2008
Naruto, Hinata and Kiba accept what they believe will be an easy mission to catch a crook. Upon arriving at the thief's last known location, however, they learn that another bounty hunter is pursuing the thief and that the thief is a skilled ninja. The bounty hunter is wounded in the battle, and Naruto's group take him to safety, but discover that he, too, is a wanted criminal.
160"Hunt or Be Hunted?! Showdown at the O.K. Temple!"
"Eru ka erareru ka!? Okkē tera no kettō" (獲るか獲られるか!?オッケー寺の決斗)
November 16, 2005April 26, 2008
The bounty hunter reveals that he was framed for murdering a family and that the thief that he and Naruto's group is hunting is the culprit; he wants to capture him to clear his name. The four locate the thief in a nearby city, in the process of attempting to steal a valuable bell. After the bounty hunter captures the thief, he is captured himself, and his innocence is revealed. Despite this, Naruto's group fails the mission because they did not capture the thief.
161"The Appearance of Strange Visitors"
"Sankyaku kenzan Ao no Yajū? Mōjū?... Sanjū?" (珍客見参 碧の野獣?猛獣?...珍獣?)
November 23, 2005April 26, 2008
Two outsiders, Mondai and Potcha, come to infiltrate the village and gather its secrets by disguising themselves as Might Guy and Rock Lee, while the real Guy and Lee are out on a mission. They are oblivious to the fact that their disguises are fooling nobody, except for Naruto. Tsunade, Sakura, and Tenten string them along by giving them outrageous missions, preventing them from learning anything. The real Lee and Guy return to kick their impostors off into the distance, and discover that Naruto never realized the truth.
162"The Cursed Warrior"
"Shiroki noroi musha" (白き呪いの武者)
November 30, 2005May 3, 2008
Naruto, Neji, and Tenten are sent by Tsunade to the Land of Birds to investigate reports of a ghost, Noroimusha, terrorizing the local population. Upon arriving, they learn that the daimyo has died, and that his son, the successor, cares little about his duties due to the recent death of his sister. Later that evening, the Konoha ninja encounter Noroimusha and give chase. After cornering it, however, an examination by Neji's Byakugan makes the group realize that the armor the Noroimusha is wearing is empty.
163"The Tactician's Intent"
"Sakushi - Kōmei no omowaku" (策士·紅明の思惑)
December 7, 2005May 3, 2008
The episode starts with the group talking at Mousou's house. After that they discuss that Koumei, the village strategist and the son's potential rival for succession, may be behind the Noroimusha. To prove this, they try to visit the new feudal lord Sagi at a lake where he holds his lost memories of his sister Toki. The group protects the feudal lord from assassins, and pursues the Noroimusha to its meeting with Koumei, where after it is defeated, it is revealed that it and the previous Noroimusha were two different individuals. The group finds evidence that indicates that Koumei may have been behind the second Noroimusha's appearance, and Koumei is arrested.
164"Too Late for Help"
"Ososugita suketto" (遅すぎた助っ人)
December 14, 2005May 10, 2008
The episode starts with Mousou stating the mission is over. Naruto, however, is skeptical, and investigates where he and his companions fought the Noroimusha. He finds a secret passage to the feudal lord's mansion, but is caught. When Shima goes to warn Mousou about Naruto investigating, he accidentally sees Mousou meeting with Watari ninja. Shima tries to escape to inform the others about this development, but is pursued and injured by the Watari ninja. The Noroimusha arrives in Naruto's cell, and he is sentenced to death.
165"The Death of Naruto"
"Naruto shisu" (ナルト死す)
December 21, 2005May 10, 2008
The episode starts with Neji, Tenten, and Kakashi staring at a grave. As they head back they throw off a pursuer with a replacement, but are being shadowed by another. Koumei is about to be forced to commit seppuku, but the Noroimusha saves him. Shortly afterwards, it is revealed that Naruto disguised himself as the Noroimusha. Kakashi fights Nagare, who uses moves copied from other ninja. Naruto, Neji and Tenten discover that the true identity of the Noroimusha is the feudal lord himself, who seeks to kill Mousou to avenge his father.
166"When Time Stands Still"
"Todomatta mama no jikan" (止まったままの時間)
January 4, 2006May 17, 2008
The episode begins with a flashback that reveals that Sagi, not Toki, died, and that Toki took on her brother's identity to avenge his death. Toki assumes the identity of the Noroimusha, and attempts to attack Mousou, but is subdued by Mousou's imitation ninjutsu. Mousou's Watari ninjas and Naruto's group join the battle. While his companions fight the Watari ninja, Naruto pursues Mousou and is caught in a genjutsu. Mousou reveals himself to be Ooki the migrating ninja, who plans to travel and collect as many jutsus as possible. He seemingly kills Shima and knocks Naruto underwater. Naruto awakens when Sagi's ghost asks him to save Toki from her desire for revenge and defeat Mousou.
167"When Egrets Flap Their Wings"
"Shirasagi no habataku jikan" (白鷺のはばたく時間)
January 4, 2006May 17, 2008
Naruto rises from the water and punches Ooki, then tells Toki that he has seen Sagi. Naruto then fights against and defeats Ooki. Shima turns out to have survived Ooki's attack. Toki apologizes to her subjects for deceiving them, but asks them to allow her to remain ruler in order to restore the Bird Country. After the group leaves, Neji tells Naruto that the first Cursed Warrior they encountered was a real ghost, much to his horror.
168"Mix It, Stretch It, Boil It Up! Burn, Copper Pot, Burn!"
"Moero Zundō! Mazete nobashite yude agero!" (燃えろ寸胴!混ぜて伸ばして茹で上げろ!)
January 18, 2006May 24, 2008
This episode pays tribute to cooking-themed anime series such as Chūka Ichiban and Yakitate!! Japan. Naruto, Chouji and Sakura volunteer to help Teuchi, whose daughter Ayame was kidnapped by a band of cooking ninja. To save her they must come up with the ultimate ramen recipe. Teuchi tries to teach them how to cook, and the three take advantage of their ninja techniques to make the perfect bowl of ramen. When they rescue Ayame, she has grown fat due to being unable to resist the cooking ninjas' food. To bring her to her regular self, she eats Teuchi's diet ramen that appears to be designed to make people lose weight from eating it. The episode ends by showing almost every single female ninja in the show lined up for ramen. However, in the end it shows Teuchi eating the diet ramen and losing too much weight.
169"Remembrance: The Lost Page"
"Kioku Ushinawareta peiji" (記憶 失われた頁)
January 25, 2006May 24, 2008
Anko Mitarashi is dispatched to the Land of the Sea with Naruto, Shino, and Ino to investigate the nature of the "Kaima" monster. Upon arriving, Anko recalls her time with Orochimaru in this area, and her cursed seal begins to resonate and cause her pain. At the docks, the group sees Yoroi Akado and Misumi Tsurugi accosting a young girl. Naruto chases them away, but does not recognize them. When the group sets off to one of the islands, Yoroi and Misumi attack, and Naruto nearly drowns until he is saved by the girl he saw earlier.
170"The Closed Door"
"Shōgeki Tozasareta doa" (衝撃 閉ざされた扉)
February 1, 2006May 31, 2008
Naruto awakens in the girl's hut, where she identifies herself as Isaribi. Upon thanking her, Naruto realizes that she is being ostracized by the local residents, and he angrily chases away the children that have arrived to torment her. Meanwhile, Orochimaru is meeting with Amachi, a scientist conducting experiments under his direction. Sasuke Uchiha is also present, and ends their conversation when it's directed towards him. The remaining members of Team Anko have arrived at the island, where they are briefed on the payment schedule that they have to defend, and they locate the Demon of the Ocean (Kaima) in the meantime. However, Naruto arrives, and identifies the Kaima as Isaribi. The arrival of Yoroi enables Isaribi to escape, and the two escape. Anko attempts to pursue but is paralyzed by pain from her cursed seal. Anko falls unconscious from the pain caused by the cursed seal.
171"Infiltration: The Set-Up!"
"Sen'nyū Shikumareta torappu" (潜入 仕組まれた罠)
February 8, 2006May 31, 2008

While in the beach, Anko, still unconscious, is being tended by Ino. Meanwhile, Naruto explains his encounter with Isaribi earlier. The episode continues back into Anko's sudden remembrance of her memories. She sees Orochimaru approaching her, telling her that the Hokage knows about their experiments. Shino, Naruto and Ino decided to continue their original mission: To protect the official payments and capture the Kaima (Isaribi).

The group heads to Demon Island (Kikaijima), an island located in the Land of the Sea where supposedly the Kaima resides. Anko awakes and explains that the Kaima (Demon of the Ocean) is a human who has undergone physical transmutations. While they are talking, Yoroi and Isaribi head underwater to Orochimaru's lair. Inside, Isaribi passes on the information relating to the official payments and asks when she will return to normal. Yoroi tells her that she is a prototype and when he is done collecting information from her, he would change her back. He also sends her to dispatch Naruto and the rest of the group who has just arrived on the shore.

Shino, Naruto and Ino find themselves in an experimental laboratory with many creatures contained in test pillars. Isaribi approaches from behind and triggers a trapdoor. The three genin fall through the trapdoor and Anko appears behind Isaribi with a kunai at her throat. Isaribi gets away and leaves Anko locked in the room facing three large lion-like animal mutations. Anko makes quick work of the three, only leaving the curse mark to pain her.

The rest of the team faces Yoroi Akado, who is working for the enemy. Shino takes up the challenge while Naruto and Ino continue running to catch up with Anko. Anko, Naruto and Ino find themselves facing Amachi and Isaribi. Amachi and Isaribi run off just while Misumi Tsurugi comes to face them. Ino uses her mind manipulation jutsu to restrain him. Shino's opponent disappears as the island begins to collapse. Isaribi, Amachi and Yoroi escape on a ship, leaving Team Anko to die in the collapsing building. Naruto frantically searches for an exit.
172"Despair: A Fractured Heart"
"Zetsubō Hikisakareta hāto" (絶望 引き裂かれた心)
February 15, 2006June 7, 2008
Anko rescues the team by summoning a giant snake, which takes the team in its mouth and breaks through the wall. Team Anko quickly pursues the enemy. After encountering Amachi, Naruto is caught in his attack and is able to use the demon fox's chakra to free himself.
173"The Battle at Sea: The Power Unleashed!"
"Kaisen Tokihanatareta pawā" (海戦 解き放たれた力)
February 22, 2006June 7, 2008
The demon fox within Naruto help beat Amachi. Although Amachi is quickly defeated and captured, the Sea Boss threatens to attack Naruto. Naruto summons Gamanbunta and defeats it by evaporating its nucleus. Isaribi realized what Naruto said was right and that he did understand her because Naruto was also treated as a monster and with his help, Isaribi was happy. Afterward, Isaribi decided to go to Konoha in the hopes that Tsunade can cure her.
174"Impossible! Celebrity Ninja Art - Money Style Jutsu!"
"Arienēttebayo! Serebu ninpō - Kinton no Jutsu" (ありえねーってばよ! セレブ忍法·金遁の術)
March 1, 2006June 14, 2008
Naruto is ordered to show a spoiled rich kid named Kunihisa a typical day in the life of a ninja. The kid has an annoying habit of continually flaunting his wealth to get whatever he wants. Trouble arises when kidnappers attempt to abduct the kid for ransom, and Kunihisa, out of money, is unable to summon his bodyguards, who have been paid off by the kidnappers. Naruto helps him escape, and teaches him that there are more important things in life than money.
175"The Treasure Hunt is On!"
"Koko hore wan wan! Maizōkin o sagase" (ここ掘れワンワン! 埋蔵金を探せ)
March 8, 2006June 14, 2008
Naruto, Hinata and Kiba are given a mission to find some treasure, and are told that if they fail it, they will be returned to the academy, due to Naruto's poor performance on missions with at least Kiba and Hinata. They set out to find it, but Naruto and Kiba's arguments prevent them from cooperating. They are ambushed and trapped by three people who then copy their identities, smell, thoughts and learn that the person who requested the mission is their leader.
176"Run, Dodge, Zigzag! Chase or Be Chased!"
"Shissō, Meisō, Jiguzagu sō! Otte owarete machigaete" (疾走, 迷走, ジグザグ走!追って追われて間違えて)
March 15, 2006June 21, 2008
Working together, the group escapes from the cave-in with the treasure, but learn that Hinata injured her leg. After realizing that Naruto and Kiba argue too often while Hinata worries for the others too much, they head into town to stop their copies. The group outwits and defeats their copies except Naruto, who uses demon fox chakra fueled shadow clones to defeat his copy, because his copy was running up a huge debt under his name, and ate all his food (including some ramen he was saving for a special occasion). Naruto's copy also accidentally bumped into Sakura, who was walking out of the library with an extremely tall stack of books. The copy then ridicules Sakura for being such a klutz, which angers her and leads her to unknowingly punch the real Naruto. Naruto, Kiba & Hinata learn that the mission was a test to see if they could work together as a team, and that they passed it. Tsunade becomes upset when the "treasure" turns out to be a bill for services.
177"Please, Mr. Postman!"
"OH!? Purīzu ♥ Misutā Posutoman" (OH!?ぷりーず♥みすたーぽすとまん)
March 22, 2006June 21, 2008
Naruto finds Jiraiya with two women in a town and Jiraiya makes excuses and puts off his training to write his Icha Icha script. Naruto eventually has to ghostwrite it. Naruto gets the manuscript for Icha Icha Violence mixed up with a peace treaty between the Fang and Claw countries. The two must chase down the courier ninja before he delivers the wrong package and incites war. The courier however is absolutely committed to his duty and will stop at nothing to complete his delivery, no matter what the consequences may be. The wrong package eventually gets delivered but peace is still made between the two countries, as the recipient was a fan of Icha Icha and mercifully interpreted the document as a peace offering.
178"Encounter! The Boy with a Star's Name"
"Deai "Hoshi" no na o motsu shōnen" (出会い 「星」の名を持つ少年)
March 29, 2006June 28, 2008
Tenten, Neji, and Rock Lee are assigned to a mission to protect the star belonging to the Hidden Village of Star. When Naruto hears of the star's special chakra enhancing power he decides he too must go along because of his assumption that Orochimaru may be involved. Naruto manages to convince Tsunade to allow him to join Team Guy's mission by bribing her with an expensive treat. Naruto and Team Guy encounter Sumaru of the Hidden Village of Star, who guides them past the poison gasses that surround the Village after demonstrating techniques with strange purple chakra. The Konoha genin meet with the substitute Hoshikage, Akahoshi, who explains Hidden Star's desire to become one of the Five main Hidden Villages. Sumaru expresses his desire to become the first true Hoshikage of Hidden Star, which intrigues Naruto who rushes off after Sumaru in the direction of the place where the village's star is held. Naruto and Sumaru see someone fleeing from the building containing the star and Naruto runs off in pursuit. Sumaru discovers that the star has been stolen and chases after the thief. The thief manages to escape from Naruto, and it is revealed that (s)he was using techniques exclusive to those who had star training, meaning they were once a member of the Star village.
179"The Remembered Lullaby"
"Natsuhi Boshi, Omoide no Komori Uta" (ナツヒボシ 思い出の子守唄)
April 5, 2006June 28, 2008
With the star stolen, the group has no leads on the mysterious thief who can use chakra to fly. Naruto learns that Sumaru's parents died defending the star from foreign ninja. Tenten and Lee attempt to track two of Akahoshi's men, but are discovered and find no answers. Sumaru and some of his friends find a masked ninja and restrain him, but he renders them unconscious and kidnaps Sumaru.
180"Hidden Jutsu: The Price of The Ninja Art: Kujaku"
"Hijutsu Kujaku Myōhō no Daishō" (秘術 孔雀妙法の代償)
April 12, 2006July 5, 2008
It is revealed that the masked ninja who stole the star is Sumaru's mother, and that Akahoshi is the one who kidnapped Sumaru. The group learns that the star training is potentially fatal to the ninja who take part in it, but resolve to find the star. Neji and Lee infiltrate Akahoshi's residence and rescue Sumaru. Meanwhile, Akahoshi approaches Natsuhi and demands the star in exchange for Sumaru, and the two fight. While Natsuhi gains the upper hand, Naruto and Lee intervene for Akahoshi, and Naruto manages to get close enough to punch Natsuhi. After he does, Akahoshi launches an attack at the two of them, dropping them into the Valley of Death.
181"Hoshikage, The Buried Truth"
"Hoshikage Hōmurisarareta Shinjutsu" (星影 葬り去られた真実)
April 19, 2006July 5, 2008
Akahoshi says that the mission for the Konoha shinobi is over, but Neji says that as the star has not been recovered, the mission will go on. Neji, Lee and Tenten reveal the truth about Akahoshi to the trainees. Naruto awakens and hears about Natsuhi and her husband seeing the horrors of the star training, and trying to steal the star. After they were caught, the Third Hoshikage agreed to end the star training if they left the village and watched from afar to prevent it from resuming. Natsuhi and her husband accepted, asking the Hoshikage to tell Sumaru that they had died. Akahoshi tracks down the star, and reveals that he assassinated the Hoshikage in order to resume the star training. He fights Natsuhi and absorbs his subordinates' chakra to grow stronger, but Naruto's teammates and the star trainees arrive.
182"Reunion, The Remaining time"
"Saikai Nokosareta jikan" (再会 残された時間)
April 26, 2006July 26, 2008
As Sumaru, the rest of the Star trainees and Naruto's teammates arrive, Akahoshi takes Sumaru hostage and forces Natsuhi to hand over the star. Neji examines Natsuhi and reveals that she could die if she uses her star chakra jutsus again. After Sumaru awakens, he speaks with his mother, who reveals that while she knew that she had to leave him behind to spare him the pain of becoming an exile, she regrets leaving him. While Naruto and Lee insist on going after Akahoshi, Neji says the mission is over and they, as Leaf ninja, cannot betray a client. That night, Natsuhi goes to the star temple to steal the star, but is killed by Akahoshi and his men. Sumaru, following with the Leaf ninja, senses her death and flies to the temple. Akahoshi declares himself Fourth Hoshikage and orders his ninja to kill the Leaf ninja, Sumaru and Hokuto if they set foot in the village.

Season 8: 2006

EP# Title Original airdate English airdate
183"The Star's Radiance"
"Hoshi wa kagayaki o mashite" (星は輝きを増して)
May 3, 2006July 26, 2008
After Akahoshi tries to execute Sumaru, Hokuto and the rest of the children stand up to protect their village, revealing the poisoning caused by the star. After learning the truth, the adults turn on Akahoshi as well. After Akahoshi nearly kills Mizura, he is given no second chances. Not being one to lose, Akahoshi fuses his body with the Star, causing his chakra to go out of control. Naruto, guided by Natsuhi' s spirit, destroys the star and defeats Akahoshi. Although Tsunade initially seems upset over Naruto failing the mission, she concedes that the mission was "trash" due to being ordered by Akahoshi himself, and heals the children of their poisoning.
184"Kiba's Long Day!"
"Inuzuka Kiba no naga~i ichinichi" (犬塚キバのなが〜い一日)
May 10, 2006August 2, 2008
Naruto is assigned to watch Akamaru, Kiba Inuzuka's nin-dog, who has recently been acting strangely after being infected by a special bacteria during a mission. This is confirmed when Akamaru begins to violently attack Konoha's inhabitants, and the ANBU take him into custody, being prepared to have Akamaru euthanized if they are unable to cure him. However, this is too much for Kiba, and he rescues Akamaru, attempting to cure him on his own. Naruto pursues Kiba, who refuses to believe that Naruto is attempting to help him. Finally, Kiba's sister arrives, and with Naruto, attempts to restrain a now giant-sized and hostile Akamaru to administer a potential cure developed by Konoha's medical team. However, the cure only has a 50% chance of working. Kiba succeeds in the task, but is nearly killed in the process. It is later revealed that Akamaru tried his hardest to miss Kiba's vital points, something that Kiba thanks Akamaru for.
185"A Legend from the Hidden Leaf: The Onbaa!"
"Konohagakure no Densetsu, Onbaa wa jitsuzai shita!!" (木ノ葉隠れの伝説 オンバアは実在した!!)
May 17, 2006August 2, 2008
A legendary creature, the Onbaa, is the central focus of this episode, attaching to Naruto's back and causing havoc wherever Naruto goes. Despite Naruto's efforts, it remains firmly attached to Naruto's back. Tsunade mentions that Jiraiya once fought the Onbaa, although Tsunade paid him no heed at the time, believing him to be a fool. The Onbaa continues to increase in size, eventually becoming larger than Naruto himself. However, during a mission, it aids Naruto, causing Naruto to reconsider their relationship, but the Onbaa's mother appears, driving Naruto off and claiming her offspring. The child manages to calm the mother, and the two leave. As Naruto returns to the village, most of the inhabitants have Onbaa on their backs, something Naruto takes in with great gusto but does little to remedy.
186"Laughing Shino"
"Warau Shino" (笑うシノ)
May 24, 2006August 9, 2008
A man named Moshino Kagetsu Fuuta stands to lose all his inheritance if he laughs during his father's funeral. Knowing that all his relatives will try to make him laugh in order to keep the inheritance to themselves, he hires Konoha ninjas to attend the funeral in his place. The village chooses to send the ever-serious Shino Aburame, with Naruto backing him up. However, before the funeral begins, Shino is poisoned by a drug that causes him to laugh uncontrollably. Naruto attends the funeral, and learns that the man's father, who is actually alive, planned it to teach his family to value happiness and humor over money. Naruto realizes that Shino had told jokes while disguised as the man's father, but Shino demands that he keep that a secret.
187"Open for Business! The Leaf Moving Service"
"Kaigyō!! Konoha hikkoshi sentā" (開業!!木ノ葉引越センター)
May 31, 2006August 9, 2008
Naruto, Choji and Hinata are sent to help some peddlers move out of the Land of Greens. Unbeknownst to them, a group called the Three Criminal Brothers, have taken control of the land and are looking for one of the peddlers.
188"Mystery of the Targeted Merchants"
"Fukakai, nerawareta gyōshōnin" (不可解 狙われた行商人)
June 7, 2006August 16, 2008
After an attack by Ruiga of the Three Criminal Brothers results in the death of Kikujou, and Naruto notices that their attackers are looking for a specific person, Naruto's group realizes that they have not been told the truth about the peddlers. They learn that the peddlers were being used as cover for the Land of Green's princess Haruna in order to escape from the Three Criminal Brothers. It is then revealed that she does not trust others and is willing to sacrifice other people to protect herself, believing that it doesn't matter who dies as long as she, the only one who can rebuild her country, survives.
189"A Limitless Supply of Ninja Tools"
"Chikasui Mujinzou no ningu" (地下水 無尽蔵の忍具)
June 14, 2006August 16, 2008
Naruto and Yurinojou do battle with Ruiga, and with Choji's help, are able to defeat him by destroying his "dowsing" tonfas, which allows him to search for places where there are great amounts of water, and leading him to a dry area to put him at a disadvantage. Ruiga survives the battle, but the second brother, Jiga, kills him for a greater share of the country's wealth. Meanwhile, after Haruna's reasons for distrust were revealed by the result of her father allowed her to be kept hostage as a child, Haruna manages to render Hinata unconscious to escape alone. Naruto pursues the princess, but encounters Jiga, who can manipulate magnetism.
190"The Byakugan Sees the Blind Spot"
"Byakugan wa mita! Jiki tsukai no shikaku" (白眼は見た!磁気使いの死角)
June 21, 2006August 23, 2008
As Naruto is faring poorly in the battle with Jiga, Hinata arrives. Although Hinata is initially unable to damage him, she realizes that his magnetism is his potential weakness. She uses her Byakugan to interfere with his chakra, rendering Jiga unable to turn off his magnetism and buried himself alive in a vortex of iron sand. Naruto saves Hinata from the vortex and as she and Yurinojou are too badly injured to fight, goes to find the princess on his own. Hinata, Choji and Yurinojou are kidnapped by the third brother along with several ninja. The last criminal brother Renga, who is able to manipulate the water vapor in the air to the extent that he can control sunlight, encounters Naruto and Haruna.
191"Forecast: Death! Cloudy with Chance of Sun"
"Shi no Senkoku "Kumori Tokidoki Hare"" (死の宣告“くもり時々晴れ”)
June 28, 2006August 23, 2008
Naruto learns that his companions have been kidnapped by Renga's men and will only be released if he turns over Haruna. During this confrontation, it is revealed that the princess' father, shortly before his death, had confessed his regret of turning over the princess for the sake of his people and wished for the good of the people regardless of what happens to him. Haruna, having been influenced by Naruto and this revelation, offers to sacrifice herself to protect Naruto. Naruto defeats Renga by reflecting sunlight off his forehead protector, and learns that Shizune, Shikamaru and several Konoha ninja have rescued Hinata, Choji and Yurinojou. Haruna then succeeds her father as ruler of the Land of Greens, and Naruto and his companions return home.
192"Ino Screams! Chubby Paradise!"
"Ino zekkyō! Pocchari ♥ Paradaisu" (いの絶叫! ポッチャリ♥パラダイス)
July 5, 2006August 30, 2008
Princess Fuku is meeting her fiance for the very first time. She is hesitant to appear to him in person, thinking that she looks unattractive because she is overweight as a result of binging on snacks to relieve stress. She hires Ino Yamanaka - who looks exactly like the princess except for the one obvious difference - to take her place and win her fiance's (resembeling Elvis Pressly) heart. Ino tries to behave like a princess worthy of the man's admiration, but she finds his flamboyant displays of affection unbearable. Naruto, frustrated by the mission's slow progress, takes matters into his own hands by transforming into the princess himself. His interference upsets Ino and the real princess, and accidentally reveals the real princess. It is revealed that the prince likes chubby women, and Ino is unable to comprehend why.
193"Viva Dojo Challenge! Youth Is All About Passion!"
"Biba dōjōyaburi! Seishun wa bakuhatsu da" (ビバ道場破り! 青春はバクハツだ)
July 12, 2006August 30, 2008
Rock Lee is hungry for a sparring match, but has no one to spar with. He builds his own dojo in the hopes of attracting challengers. Might Guy is so inspired by Lee's motivation that he puts on a disguise so that he can serve as the challenger that Lee seeks. But before he gets to challenge Lee, Guy is sidetracked by a mission. An intruder then shows up to spy on the village by impersonating Guy, but he unintentionally gets caught in Lee's overzealous training match. Naruto takes over for him, and fights evenly with Lee, and the intruder takes on Lee's form, but runs into the real Guy, who has come to take the challenge, and is easily defeated. Guy, hearing of the intruder's identity, drops him off in Tsunade's office, angering her.
194"The Mysterious Curse of the Haunted Castle"
"Kaiki, norowareta yureishiro" (怪奇 呪われた幽霊城)
July 19, 2006September 6, 2008
Naruto, Kiba and Hinata enter a castle in search of the Daimyo's wife. They then discover that inside there is a monster that was summoned by the castle's original occupants, and learn that the creature is seeking release from the world. Naruto destroys the contract that summoned the monster and it returns home, releasing all of its captives (including the Daimyo's wife).
195"The Third Super-Beast!"
"Daisan no chōjū, Saidai no raibaru" (第三の超獣 最大のライバル)
July 26, 2006September 6, 2008
Tsunade, fearing that Rock Lee will overexert himself and once again end his career as a ninja, warns him not to accept missions or train too hard. At the same time, a student arrives in town and is able to beat Lee at taijutsu, dodging all his moves and using one that breaks his ankle. The student goes out with Might Guy on a mission while Lee recovers, causing Lee to believe that Guy has abandoned him. It is then revealed that the student is an impostor, and he lures Guy into a trap as Naruto, Neji and Tenten arrive to support him.
196"Hot-Blooded Confrontation: Student vs. Sensei"
"Namida no Gekitotsu! Nekketsu shitei taiketsu" (涙の激突! 熱血師弟対決)
August 9, 2006September 13, 2008
Guy is trapped inside a pagoda made out of kung fu training dummies while Naruto, Neji, Tenten and a recently arrived Lee fight off the dummies outside. It is revealed that the impostor student and his two brothers want revenge for Guy defeating their father and badly wounding him, causing him to be unable to train or take missions and eventually die. Lee enters, and is trapped in a technique that causes him and Guy to mistake the other for a hostile training dummy. The two see through the technique, and simultaneously use the Hidden Lotus to destroy the dummies without harming each other, wrecking the pagoda. Guy then tells the brothers that their father respected him and wanted another match for him, and that he wanted them to fight him fairly, allowing them to understand their father's dying wish.
197"Crisis! The Hidden Leaf 11 Gather!"
"Daipinchi! Konoha no jūichi nin zen'in shūgō" (大ピンチ! 木の葉の11人全員集合)
August 16, 2006September 13, 2008
Naruto has lunch with an old man named Gennou, who came to Konoha as a carpenter to help rebuild the village. However, during the night, the carpenter escapes with some documents, and seemingly blows himself up in a suicide bombing, warning that Konoha will soon be destroyed. The 10 Konoha Genin and Shikamaru are told to find out more about the man's activities, but ANBU brings Naruto in for questioning, saying that Gennou was the one who stole the plans and escaped.
198"The ANBU Gives Up? Naruto's Recollection"
"ANBU mō teage, Naruto no kioku" (暗部もお手上げ ナルトの記憶)
August 23, 2006September 20, 2008
The ANBU agents use reverse hypnosis on Naruto, but realize that he remembers nothing of importance. Some of the group researches Gennou, but finds little except for him being a mediocre carpenter who did little out of the ordinary. However, it is revealed that his letter of introduction was forged, and investigation of the scene of his suicide bombing and the corpse in the hospital suggests that Gennou staged his death.
199"The Missed Target"
"Matohazure, Mietekita hyōteki" (的外れ 見えてきた標的)
August 30, 2006September 20, 2008
A bird drops countless copies of the letter of introduction into town, serving as a diversion from Gennou's true plan. The group discovers that a kunai target in the academy dojo is actually the trigger for explosive tags in the academy, and that explosive tags are planted all across the village.
200"The Powerful Helper"
"Gen'eki baribari, Saikyō no suketto" (現役バリバリ 最強の助っ人)
September 13, 2006October 4, 2008
The group sets out to disarm the traps without Gennou finding out. The research then concludes that Gennou set the traps 30 years ago, as part of a mission for the Hidden Dragonfly Village, which was destroyed by another village shortly after he completed his mission, resulting in his son's death. Naruto comes to terms with the fact that the old man he befriended attempted to destroy the village, and finds a lead that Gennou is in the mountains behind the village.
201"Multiple Traps! Countdown to Destruction"
"Tajū torappu, Hōkai no kauntodaun" (多重トラップ 崩壊のカウントダウン)
September 20, 2006October 18, 2008
Naruto pursues Gennou to the mountains at the back of town, and hears that he plans to detonate explosive tags there, burying Konoha in a massive rockslide. Before he can do so, Naruto's friends arrive, Hinata having informed them where he was going. They combine their efforts to prevent him from detonating tags, and manage to save the village. Gennou dies after saying that he wanted his son to enjoy another scavenger hunt, and the group realizes that while he had initially intended to destroy Konoha, because Naruto reminded him of his son, he made his traps into a scavenger hunt. Hence, Konoha was actually in no real danger.
202"The Top 5 Ninja Battles"
"Honjitsu Happyō! "Ninjatachi no ase to namida no Meishōbu Besuto 5! Otanoshimi no bangai hen moaruttebayo" Supesharu" (本日発表!「忍者たちの汗と涙の名勝負ベスト5! お楽しみの番外編もあるってばよ」スペシャル)
September 27, 2006November 1, 2008
Naruto and Sakura host a special recap episode. The episode features highlights of five battles from the Sasuke Retrieval arc: the battle between Naruto and Sasuke on the hospital roof, the battle between Choji and Jirobo, the battle between Kiba and Sakon, the battle between Neji and Kidomaru, and the last battle between Naruto and Sasuke. There are also interviews with Choji, Kiba and Neji, who all beat up Naruto for making fun of them and saying things like "Choji's fight made him sweat." At the end of the show, Jiraiya announces a surprise guest--Orochimaru--who gives Sakura and Naruto an opportunity to briefly see Sasuke.
203"Kurenai's Decision, Squad 8 Left Behind"
"Kurenai no ketsudan, Torinokosareta Daihappan" (紅の決断 とり残された第8班)
October 5, 2006November 15, 2008
Naruto encounters a girl named Yakumo, who, by drawing a picture of Konoha, causes lightning to strike Tsunade's mansion. Shortly thereafter, Kurenai Yuhi resigns as leader of Team 8, and Naruto is determined to find out why. Later, Kurenai goes into Yakumo's Mansion.
204"Yakumo's Sealed Ability"
"Nerawareta Yakumo, Fūinsareta nōryoku" (狙われた八雲 封印された能力)
October 5, 2006November 22, 2008
Naruto sneaks into Yakumo's mansion in the night, and has a dream that Kurenai threatened to seal Yakumo's abilities. He then discovers that this is the reason why she left the team, but Kurenai refuses to disclose any more. As Kurenai goes to see Yakumo, several Kurama Clan members attack.
205"Kurenai's Top-Secret Mission: The Promise With the Third Hokage"
"Kurenai no gokuhi ninmu ~Sandaime to no yakusoku~" (紅の極秘任務〜三代目との約束〜)
October 5, 2006December 27, 2008
As Kurenai attempts to escape with Yakumo, Naruto, Sakura, the members of Team 8 and Might Guy come to their assistance and defeat the enemy. Kurenai and Yakumo reveal that Yakumo was entrusted to Kurenai as her student, as while she was unable to fight, she was a talented genjutsu user. However, Kurenai sealed away her abilities, and Yakumo reveals that she did so under the order of the Third Hokage.
206"Genjutsu or Reality?"
"Genjutsu ka genjitsu ka, Gokan o seisuru mono" (幻術か現実か 五感を制するもの)
October 19, 2006January 3, 2009
Naruto, Kurenai, Yakumo and Team 8 return to Konoha, which appears to have been destroyed in their absence. They learn from the head of the Kurama clan that they are trapped in a genjutsu that has enveloped the entire town, and Naruto and Team 8 manages to escape. They then enter the mansion to find Kurenai and Yakumo.
207"The Supposed Sealed Ability"
"Fūjiraretahazu no nōryoku" (封じられたはずの能力)
October 26, 2006January 10, 2009
Naruto and the members of Team 8 head into Yakumo's house to find her with Kurenai, threatening to erase her former sensei from existence. It is revealed that the malicious entity known as the Idou dwelled within Yakumo's subconscious, and was the reason why her abilities were sealed away. Yakumo ultimately overcomes the Idou and realizes that Kurenai cared about her. Kurenai then returns to an overjoyed Team 8.
208"The Weight of the Prized Artifact!"
"Meiki, Kachōfūgetsu no omosa" (名器 花鳥風月の重さ)
November 2, 2006January 24, 2009
Naruto and Kiba are ordered to escort a man named Shinemon who is transporting a rare and valuable artifact. Shinemon makes the mission almost insufferable with his pompous, overbearing attitude and his willingness to put the two in danger just to protect his own interests. Bandits steal the artifact, and when Naruto saves Shinemon after he puts his life at risk to try to save the Kacho Fugetsu, he teaches him that people are more valuable than possessions. It is also revealed that Shinemon is the creator of the Kacho Fugetsu and can easily make another.

Season 9: 2006-2007

EP# Title Original airdate English airdate
209"The Enemy: Ninja Dropouts"
"Teki wa "Shinobazu"" (敵は「不忍」)
November 9, 2006January 31, 2009
Naruto, Sakura and Lee are hired to escort a "Ninja Dropout"- a criminal ninja- named Gantetsu to prison, and guard him against his comrades, who may be trying to free him. They learn that Todoroki, the captain of the guard, has a personal vendetta against Gantetsu for what happened to his parents and younger brother. During an attack by one of the Ninja Dropouts, Naruto, Todoroki and Gantetsu are separated from Sakura, Lee and the guards.
210"The Bewildering Forest"
"Mayoi no mori" (迷いの森)
November 16, 2006September 22, 2009
The boat that Naruto's group is on washes over a waterfall, allowing Naruto, Gantetsu and Todoroki to escape into the forest. Naruto learns from Gantetsu that the forest is the Ninja Dropout hideout, and that only a Ninja Dropout like him can find the way through. Naruto's group defeats one of the Ninja Dropout members, who attacks with a large claw-like machine. Sakura and Lee encounter some orphans who are taking refuge in the forest. It is then revealed that Todoroki intends to kill Gantetsu to avenge his family, and will go so far as to kill Naruto to eliminate a witness to his crime.
211"Memory of Flames"
"Honō no kioku" (炎の記憶)
November 30, 2006September 22, 2009
When another member of the Ninja Dropouts attacks Naruto and Todoroki, capturing Gantetsu, it is revealed that the other members want to capture Gantetsu to find the money he stole with them. Naruto's group learns that Akio, Todoroki's brother, is alive, and he and his other orphans have been cared for by Gantetsu, who is seeking to atone for his crimes. The group fights and defeats another Ninja Dropout member, but Akio is kidnapped and taken to the Ninja Dropout base.
212"To Each His Own Path"
"Sorezore no michi" (それぞれの道)
December 7, 2006September 22, 2009
Naruto, Todoroki and Gantetsu enter the Ninja Dropout mansion, leaving Sakura to care for the children and Lee to fight off the Ninja Dropout members outside. While Gantetsu and Todoroki go to rescue Akio, Naruto fights the Ninja Dropout leader and defeats him. The mansion catches fire in the fight, and Gantetsu saves Akio before escaping with him and Todoroki. Todoroki is still unable to forgive Gantetsu, but allows him to stay with the children by falsely reporting that he had died in the fire.
213"Vanished Memories"
"Ushinawareta kioku" (失われた記憶)
December 14, 2006September 22, 2009
While on his way to collect bamboo shoots for menma ramen Naruto finds a man close to a river bank and helps him out. The man is unable to remember even his own name, so Naruto calls him "Menma". As Naruto tries to help him recover his memories, he learns that Menma is extraordinarily good natured and helpful. When a mysterious man attacks the two, Menma uses an ocarina to increase Naruto's abilities, causing Naruto to wonder who he really is.
214"Bringing Back Reality"
"Torimodoshita genjitsu" (取り戻した現実)
December 21, 2006September 22, 2009
Naruto and Menma are sent on a mission with Neji and Tenten. Tsunade begins suspecting that Menma was a Sound ninja due to his abilities, and Neji begins suspecting the same thing when Menma moves even faster than he does. The group enters a town that was largely destroyed by bandits, and Menma convinces Naruto's group to help build it to defend against another attack.
215"A Past to Be Erased"
"Keshi saritai kako" (消し去りたい過去)
December 21, 2006September 22, 2009
When Menma is injured by one of the bandits, it is revealed that he was once one of them, and that he was at the town during the attack. Despite this, Menma is willing to risk himself to help fight off the bandits, and tells Naruto of the leader's master plan to flood the town with a dam. After revealing that he never lost his memory, Menma sacrifices his life to cause a rockslide to save the town. Naruto defeats the bandit leader and mourns Menma's loss.
216"The Vanished Artisan! Shukaku Targeted!"
"Kieta takumi - Nerawareta Shukaku" (消えた匠 狙われた守鶴)
January 11, 2007September 22, 2009
A group of rogue ninjas from the Takumi Village invades the Sand Village and kidnaps a Ninja Academy student. They seek Gaara's powers to revive their village's ultimate weapon. Gaara, Kankuro & Temari pursue them with no other help from the Sand Village. Meanwhile, Shikamaru assembles the Konoha 11 (minus Tenten), and splits up into two-man teams - Shikamaru and Ino, Naruto and Lee, and Kiba and Choji. Each 2-man cell will assist one of Sand shinobi. Neji and Hinata will avoid combat and scout ahead, while Sakura & Shino act as medical support and command & control (using Shino's bugs to pass along information).
217"Sand Alliance With The Leaf Shinobi"
"Suna no dōmeikoku - Konoha no shinobi" (砂の同盟国 木ノ葉の忍)
January 18, 2007September 22, 2009
The rogue ninjas continue running as Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro chase. At the same time, Shino, Hinata, and Neji are using their abilities to find the location of the Shitenshounnin. Temari encounters the first of the members (a woman that uses swords to produce wind) and leaves Gaara and Kankuro to chase after the other three members. Shortly after, Kankuro encounters another ninja that uses a 3-bladed sword that can separate yet still be connected by a wire. Gaara leaves to chase that other two members. Gaara then finds himself a battle with a huge, robust man who has a spiked flail. The Shitenshonin prepare to kill Temari and Kankuro; however, Shikamaru saves Temari with his Shadow Imitation Technique, and Kiba saves Kankuro.
218"Sealed Sand: The Counterattack!"
"Fūjiwareta suna, Suiko no hangeki" (封じられた砂 水虎の反撃)
January 25, 2007September 22, 2009
The members of Shitenshonin create a triangular formation, using the waterways to stop Gaara from using his sand powers. Meanwhile, Shikamaru and Kiba are having trouble backing up Temari and Kankurou. Before the third member of the rogue ninjas can kill Gaara, Lee and Naruto arrive to save him. At this point, Sakura's task is to head around aiding those with injuries. Shikamaru and Temari use a combination to wipe out their enemy, and Akamaru pulls the pieces of Kankurou's broken puppet together to surprise the second enemy, killing him as well. Lastly, Gaara uses a spear to take out the third member and pursues the leader in hopes of saving the student.
219"The Ultimate Weapon Reborn"
"Yomigaetta kyūkyoku heiki" (よみがえった究極兵器)
February 1, 2007September 22, 2009
Although his comrades are defeated, Jin puts his final plan in motion by using Gaara to revive the "ultimate weapon" of Takumi Village, Seimei. To do this, he traps Gaara in a metal sphere that starts draining his chakra. Gaara partially transforms into the One-Tailed Shukaku--which is what Jin wanted all along.
"Tabidachi" (旅立ち)
February 8, 2007September 22, 2009
The battle with Seimei concludes with Gaara killing Seimei. Everyone returns to the Hidden Leaf Village and resume their training. Ino makes a request to also become Tsunade's student; Tenten is enraged by the fact that she was left out of the mission; and everyone says goodbye to Naruto, who is about to head off for his two-and-a-half years of training with Jiraiya (who returned with information about Akatsuki's plans). The filler episodes end here, and the story is continued in Naruto: Shippuden.

See also

List of Naruto episodes


  • "NARUTO -ナルト-". Retrieved 2007-09-07. List of Naruto episode titles. (in Japanese)
  • "NARUTO - Official U.S. site". Viz Media. Retrieved 2007-09-07. Official Viz Media Naruto anime site. (in English)