Naruto: Shippuden (season 15)

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Naruto: Shippuden (season 15)
Naruto Shippuden season 15 volume 1 cover.jpg
Season 15 Cover
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes28
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Original networkTV Tokyo
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The episodes for the fifteenth season of the anime series Naruto: Shippuden are based on Part II for Masashi Kishimoto's manga series. The season focuses the battle between Naruto Uzumaki and Madara Uchiha. The episodes are directed by Hayato Date, and produced by Pierrot and TV Tokyo.[1]

The season aired from July 2013 to January 2014.[2] On January 2, 2009, Viz Media and Crunchyroll began providing subtitled episodes.[3] The English dub of the season began airing on Neon Alley on November 28, 2015 until episode 338 on March 25, 2016, when the digital platform was beginning its shutdown and removed the anime from its rotation. The DVD collection was released on March 5, 2014 under the title of The Fourth Great Ninja War - Sasuke and Itachi (忍界大戦・サスケとイタチ, Ninkai Taisen - Sasuke to Itachi).

The season contains five musical themes between two openings and three endings. The first opening theme, "Niwaka Ame ni mo Makezu" (ニワカ雨ニモ負ケズ) by NICO Touches the Walls, is used from episode 321 to 332. The second opening theme, "Tsuki no Ōkisa" (月の大きさ, "The Size of the Moon") by Nogizaka46, is used from episode 333 to 348. The first ending theme, "Yume o Idaite ~Hajimari no Crissroads~" (夢を抱いて~はじまりのクリスロード~, "Embrace Your Dreams ~Crissroads of the Beginning~"), by Rake, is used from episode 321 to 332. The second ending theme, "Black Night Town" (ブラックナイトタウン, Burakku Naito Taun) by Akihisa Kondō, is used from episodes 333 to 343. The third ending theme, "Niji" (, "Rainbow") by Shinkū Hollow, is used from episode 344 to 348.

Episode listing[edit]

No. Title Original air date English air date
321"Reinforcements Arrive"
Transcription: "Zōen tōchaku" (Japanese: 増援到着)
July 18, 2013 (2013-07-18)November 28, 2015
As the White Zetsu Army clones continue to wreak havoc on all the battlefields, the Allied Shinobi Forces struggle to find a way to cope with the situation until Naruto Uzumaki arrives. Elsewhere, the Feudal Lord Protection Squad continue their battle with Black Zetsu. Eventually Naruto's shadow clones arrive on all the battlefields, and the Alliance slowly retakes the upper-hand on the battlefield. As reports come into HQ of Naruto's part in turning the tides of the war back in their favor, Tsunade smugly gestures to A who solemnly dismisses her. The Sensor Division is asked to check on Madara's status and Ao reveals that he had started to move with a team of reincarnated jinchūriki. Meanwhile where the remainder of the Fourth Division is located, Kabuto puts his trump card into play as he uses Mū to summon the coffin holding it. After Mū dodges the coffin being blown off, a sensor amongst the Alliance alerts them to a new enemy. Ōnoki recognizes the figure to be Madara Uchiha himself. Believing their enemy to have finally entered the fray, Gaara's revelation that Madara is a reanimated ninja causes confusion as Temari reveals the masked man who called himself Madara is seen elsewhere with a personal army of reanimated Jinchuriki.
322"Madara Uchiha"
Transcription: "Uchiha Madara" (Japanese: うちはマダラ)
July 25, 2013 (2013-07-25)December 5, 2015
Though believing he was resurrected, Madara learns he was brought back with the Reanimation jutsu instead as Kabuto takes control over Mū's body and explains to the Uchiha that he has been made stronger than during his prime. With that, learning of the changes that occurred after his death, Madara pushes forward and takes down a large portion of the Fourth Division with his Susanoo. However, when Gaara, Onoki and Naruto attempt to take him down, Madara reveals himself to have the Rinnegan as it confirmed Kabuto's hypothesis that Madara actually died sometime after the events that created the Valley of the End. Madara then wipes out a fraction of the Fourth Division with his Shattered Heaven attack despite Onoki stopping one of the two summoned meteorites, attempting to summon the Nine-Tails before learning that the tailed beast is sealed within Naruto. Madara then proceeds to reveal that he possesses Hashirama's cells by using the First Hokage's Secret Wood Style Jutsu: Deep Forest Emergence, leaving Naruto and the other surviving shinobi of the Fourth Division in shock.
323"The Five Kage Assemble"
Transcription: "Gokage Shūketsu...!!" (Japanese: 五影集結...!!)
August 1, 2013 (2013-08-01)December 12, 2015
As Onoki and the remaining Fourth Division members tackle both Madara and Mū, Tsunade and A make preparations to head to Madara's location in a very risky gambit with Mabui's Heavenly Transfer Jutsu, normally used for transferring objects. Despite the high probability of being killed by the Jutsu, Tsunade decides to take the gamble using her Reverse Seal: Release. Shikaku telepathically communicates to Genma to have him, Raidō and Iwashi perform the Flying Raijin Justu to transport Mei to Madara's location as well after Black Zetsu is kept at bay by Naruto long enough for Chojuro to defeat the inhuman being. When the other Kage arrive at the battlefield, Tsunade heals Gaara and Onoki while A and Mei engage Madara as Dodai and the Hokage Guard Platoon chase after the Kabuto-controlled Mū. Once healed, the two saving A and Mei from their enemy's Yasaka Magatama, Gaara holds Madara at bay while Onoki joins the Kage under the cover of Mei's Hiding in Mist Jutsu to use a jutsu that effects A's weight so he can knock Mū and Madara a distance away. Though Naruto wants to help, Tsunade tells the boy that they will deal with Madara while he goes after the "other Madara". As the clone disperses, the Kage leave him one word: "win".
324"The Unbreakable Mask and the Shattered Bubble"
Transcription: "Warenai Kamen — Wareta Shabondama" (Japanese: 割れない仮面・割れたシャボン玉)
August 8, 2013 (2013-08-08)December 18, 2015
Acquiring the knowledge from a clone fighting the real Madara, Naruto comes face to face with Tobi and attempts to headbutt the mask. As the masked man readies his reincarnated Jinchuriki, Naruto recognises one of the jutsu. In a fantasy world, Naruto meets with a reincarnated Utakata, who reveals what became of him after he left Tsuchigumo village. After the conversation, the reanimated Jinchūriki use various jutsus to attack Naruto and Killer Bee. When Naruto mentions the real Madara, proclaiming his true identity is pointless as only the Project Tsuki no Mi matters to him, Tobi explains the world is worthless and that both Naruto and Bee should understand the misery it holds better than anyone else. However, Naruto admits his life with a Tailed Beast inside him isn't that bad while calling Tobi a liar and vowing to unmask him. As each of the reanimated Jinchuriki grows a tail, Tobi declares he will capture Naruto and Bee to fulfill his plan.
325"Jinchūriki vs. Jinchūriki!!"
Transcription: "Jinchūriki VS Jinchūriki!!" (Japanese: 人柱力VS人柱力!!)
August 15, 2013 (2013-08-15)December 24, 2015
After he and Naruto learn that the captive Tailed Beasts have been resealed into their Jinchuriki, Killer Bee makes the first move by attacking Fu but he and Naruto learn the reanimated Jinchuriki are able to use the coordination of the Rinnegan's Six Paths of Pain in conjunction with the Sharingan's increased reaction time. As Naruto attempts to destroy the Chakra receivers, Bee transforms into Gyuki to level the forest while knocking down the other Jinchuriki. But the reanimated Jinchuriki strike back with Han transforming into the Five-Tails while the others attack Naruto. Though Tobi attempts to use Kamui on Naruto to increase the odds in his favor, his plot is foiled by Kakashi Hatake and Guy arriving in the nick of time. Though Tobi tells them that they still have no chance against his eyes and Tailed Beasts, Kakashi states his Sharingan while Guy adds his notability as Konoha's Sublime Green Beast of Prey.
326"Four Tails, the King of Sage Monkeys"
Transcription: "Yonbi — Sen'en no Ō" (Japanese: 四尾・仙猿の王)
August 22, 2013 (2013-08-22)December 31, 2015
After killing White Zetsu with his Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan's Susanoo, Sasuke Uchiha sets off to destroy Konoha. Back at the battlefield, as Kakashi and Guy learn that Tobi is using a large amount of chakra to assert full control over the Tailed Beasts, they hear the voice of the Five Tails as Tobi subjugates the creature. Voicing his disdain for humans' treatment of them, the Nine Tails recaps his own subjugation under Madara and then by the Uzumaki Clan from Hashirama's wife Mito to Naruto's mother Kushina. After Roshi fully transforms into the Four Tails, he swallows Naruto. The Four Tails meets Naruto and insists that he be called by his actual name: Son Goku. After a brief discussion about the humans' treatment of the Tailed Beasts, during which Naruto learns the Nine-Tailed Fox's true name is Kurama, Son sees Naruto to be an exception. Wanting to know if Naruto's desire to aid him and the other Tailed Beasts would not waver, Son asks the youth to free him from his chains.
327"Nine Tails"
Transcription: "Kyūbi" (Japanese: 九尾)
August 29, 2013 (2013-08-29)January 7, 2016
Before revealing the method by which to stop him, Son verbally states his distrust of Naruto especially after Jinchuriki have mistreated him in the past. As Kurama listens to their dialogue, he relates to Son's distrust since he was also simply used and sealed by many ninja in the past. Losing himself in thought, Kurama recalls how he sought to weaken Minato's Eight-Trigram seal and hence free himself by influencing Naruto with his own chakra on many occasions. Eventually after experiencing many trials and battles, Naruto frees himself from his own hatred with Killer Bee's help and successfully takes control of the Nine-Tails chakra, leaving Kurama to ponder just what type of person Naruto actually is.
328"Kurama"
Transcription: "Kurama" (Japanese: 九喇嘛)
August 29, 2013 (2013-08-29)January 14, 2016
With the battle receding at their end, Sakura Haruno and Shizune depart to assist Naruto and Bee. Elsewhere, Tobi realizes that Naruto is inside the Four-Tails and tries to absorb them both. Naruto is able to escape Son Goku's body by having him regurgitate due to his Multi-Shadow Clone Technique. Inside his subconscious, Son reveals to Naruto that the chakra rod is stuck at the base of his neck while in Tailed-Beast form and Naruto locates and starts pulling it out, with resistance from Tobi. Silently observing all that transpires, Kurama recalls Naruto's past achievements by his willingness to never give up and accepts that if Naruto truly wishes to help the Tailed-Beasts from the bottom of his heart, then as he always has, his actions would speak far louder than his words. Finally, Naruto uses a clone in Sage Mode he left inside Son's body to find the exact spot the rod is located in relation to its position outside and uses Frog Strike to successfully push the rod out of the Four-Tails.
329"Two-Man Team"
Transcription: "Tsū Man Seru" (Japanese: ツーマンセル)
September 5, 2013 (2013-09-05)January 21, 2016
Though he succeeds in freeing Son Goku from Tobi's control, receiving a gift from the Four Tails for his compassion, Naruto is upset upon learning the Tailed Beast is still bound to the Gedo Statue. Once Son is sealed back into the Gedo Statue, Tobi has all the other Jinchūriki fully transform into their Tailed Beasts for an all out attack. Silently proud of Naruto's victory of winning Son over, Kurama offers to lend the youth more power. Though annoyed of being thanked for helping Naruto during his encounter with Madara, Kurama suggests melding their chakra together. Declaring Kurama as a friend as he removes the seal, causing their chakra to meld, Naruto assumes a stronger version of his Nine Tails Chakra Mode. In his new Tailed Beast Mode, saving Kakashi and Guy, Naruto uses his remaining time in the form to battle the five Tailed Beasts while his clone locates their chakra receivers. The five Tailed Beasts make a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball, which Naruto matches with one of his own, sending the attacks into the sky. He sends clones through Kurama's chakra arms to remove the chakra receivers. Upon touching them, Naruto finds himself in a mental plane, along with Kurama, the other Jinchuriki and their Tailed Beasts. After the Jinchuriki and the Tailed Beasts give Naruto their names, they reveal the relationship between Roshi and Son to the youth. Watching his fellow Tailed Beasts each gift Naruto with a bit of their chakra like Son had, Kurama recalls their last moments with the Sage of the Six Paths at the time of their creation long ago. As Naruto removes the chakra receivers, Kurama is assured by the others' agreement with him that Naruto is the one the Sage foretold to show them the way. Forced to seal the Tailed Beasts back into the Gedo Statue, Tobi tells a reverted Naruto that his victory changes nothing despite the youth insisting that it has after learning a lot of difficult names.
330"The Promise of Victory"
Transcription: "Shōri e no Yogen" (Japanese: 勝利への予言)
September 12, 2013 (2013-09-12)January 28, 2016
Tobi is confused by Naruto's claim of learning difficult names, which Naruto teases him for. Guy and Kakashi discuss now Naruto's progress is making them feel old, though not that old. Tobi begins to sweat, but believes it to be the rain that's starting to fall. Tobi gets a strange feeling from Naruto, and concludes that the war will make everything irrelevant. At the Allied Shinobi's HQ, Naruto's use of Kurama's chakra was felt, though they also feel something else. Ao relays the events to Shikaku, who wants to use it to raise the army's morale all at once, despite the strain it would cause to communications by Inoichi. Naruto's friends all rush towards his direction, intent on supporting him. Elsewhere, Sasuke also walks towards the battlefield as a thunderstorm begins.
331"Eyes That See in the Dark"
Transcription: "Yami o Miru Me" (Japanese: 闇を見る眼)
September 19, 2013 (2013-09-19)February 4, 2016
Having escaped from the Mountains' Graveyard, Sasuke wanders through a small deserted town. Meanwhile in the Hidden Leaf, Konohamaru and his team-mates patrol through the village in order to watch out for the enemy when they heard an angry voice of a prisoner from the Leaf's Intelligence Division. It is revealed to be Karin, who is feigning her mental instability to lessen the guards' attention and begins to plot her escape. At the same time, Jūgo and Suigetsu continue their search for Sasuke, arriving at one of Orochimaru's hideouts. The two walk in as Jūgo asks Suigetsu of his intention of joining Team Taka while suddenly Jūgo goes on a rampage and attacks Suigetsu. Suigetsu simply reforms and drowns Jūgo in order to subdue him. After this, he discovers a secret room revealed by Jūgo's rampage and finds a scroll containing important information. Sasuke is confronted by a group of White Zetsu, incinerating the rest with his Susano'o and then learning of the war from one he spared to interrogate with his Sharingan. Elsewhere, Itachi is on the move.
332"A Will of Stone"
Transcription: "Ishi no Ishi" (Japanese: 石の意志)
September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26)February 11, 2016
The intense battle between Madara and the five Kage continues as Ōnoki attacks Madara with a gigantic rock golem. However, Madara counters with his Wood Style: Deep Forest Bloom, shattering the golem into pieces. Tsunade remembers the jutsu being her grandfather's and as the jutsu released its pollen, she instructs the Kage not to inhale. Gaara suspends the Kage and Ōnoki levitates A. Kabuto muses on how people thought no other shinobi is as powerful as Hashirama Senju, just like how people consider the powers of the Sage of the Six Paths a myth. Elsewhere, the Hokage Guard Platoon along with Dodai and Sagan continue to pursue Mū. While the Kage are distracted, Madara unleashes his Susanoo, causing them to fall through the trees. Madara proceeds to set the forest ablaze and not long after, the five Kage became unconscious. Ōnoki, continuously losing his consciousness, remembers of his talk with the First Tsuchikage about the strong will of the Iwa shinobi. Refusing to give up, Ōnoki destroys the forest created by Madara with his Particle Style and as a result, the Kage regained their consciousness. As Madara's body is reforming from Ōnoki's attack, to the Kage's horror, the face formed from the DNA of Hashirama appeared on Madara's chest. Meanwhile, Itachi continues his search for Kabuto, as Sasuke detects the latter. Sasuke follows him but his brother refused to talk to him. With no choice, Sasuke attempts to catch Itachi with his Susanoo, only for Itachi to counter with his own. The two begin to have a conversation. Meanwhile at the battlefield, Madara decides to take out Tsunade first after realising she was a Senju and also deemed her a weak woman, pathetic compared to the likes of her grandfather. Tsunade stated that she inherited something more than power from her grandfather the Will of Fire, something that Madara should not take so lightly.
333"The Risks of the Reanimation Jutsu"
Transcription: "Edo Tensei no Risuku" (Japanese: 穢土転生のリスク)
October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)February 18, 2016
Madara questioned Tsunade if the Will of Fire is enough to take him down. Tsunade states the three rules of a medical-nin as she releases her seal. She then reveals a fourth rule — that only a medical-nin who has mastered the One Hundred Healings Jutsu are allowed to break the three rules. The other Kage are stunned to hear this while Madara remains unimpressed with Tsunade's abilities. He activates his Susanoo ribcage as Tsunade attacked him, slightly cracking the Susanoo. Madara tries immolating Tsunade but is stopped by Mei, who also attacks. A and Onoki deals a heavy blow on Madara while Tsunade lands a kick on the latter. Madara commented on Tsunade's abilities. Madara noted that all that remains of Hashirama is his cells inside of him and all that's left of Izuna was his eyes that belong to him now. He further stated that the only thing that could be passed on is hatred. Meanwhile, at the other battlefield, Chōza reveals to Dan that Madara Uchiha has been reanimated and that the five Kage are dealing with him. Dan was shocked to learn that Tsunade was now the Hokage. Dan expressed concern that they should instead, find the caster of the technique, noting that Hashirama is the only shinobi capable of defeating Madara. At the same time, Tsunade landed a devastating attack on Madara as his body begins to reform. Gaara attempted to bind and seal him although it was revealed to be a clone. Though the real Madara stabs Tsunade with his Susanoo Sword from below, he finds that Tsunade is able to heal without hand seals. Onoki attacks Madara with Particle Style but, Madara absorbs it through the Preta Path. Tsunade questions Madara's confidence, stating that the Kage forced him to use a wood clone. Madara admits five on one is a good match-up, thus creating twenty five wood clones, with five each to battle each of the Kage. Meanwhile in the forest, after evading Sasuke with his crows, Itachi finds Kabuto. But Sasuke managed to follow his brother while he mistook Kabuto for Orochimaru. Kabuto attempted to manipulate Sasuke, only for him to note that he is his enemy. Sasuke attempts to kill Kabuto but is stopped by Itachi who reveals that they need him alive to cancel the reanimation jutsu. Sasuke agrees to cooperate on the condition that Itachi to answers his questions, the two Uchiha brothers and Kabuto prepared themselves for a dynamic battle that is to come.
334"Sibling Tag Team"
Transcription: "Kyōdai Taggu!!" (Japanese: 兄弟, 共闘!!)
October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10)February 25, 2016
Kabuto blocks his vision with his hood as a means of evading the Uchiha's visual genjutsu, then starts the fight by unleashing multiple snakes at the two brothers. Both Itachi and Sasuke evade the snakes, then used their Susano'os to grab hold of them. As the fight continues, Kabuto tells Sasuke that he is underestimating him before revealing to have augmented himself with DNA samples from Taka's members: Suigetsu's flesh-liquid transformations, Karin's accelerated healing abilities, and Jugo's ability to utilize nature energy. Kabuto then reveals Jugo's lineage and how Orochimaru developed the Cursed Marks when his study on Jugo's DNA led him to the legendary Ryūchi Cave where the White Snake Sage lives. Though Orochimaru could not use Sage Jutsu as his host bodies couldn't tolerate nature energy, Kabuto semi-mastered it as he unveils his Sage Mode, as to fully be able to master sage mode means not taking on the appearance of the animal you learned it from. Sasuke says that his new form is similar to Orochimaru, but Kabuto explains that he exceeded his former master and considers himself as a snake transformed into a dragon. Kabuto proceeds to overwhelm the Uchiha before Itachi manages to counter at the last moment. Asking Sasuke if he remembered the plan they used while on a mission hunting a wild boar, Itachi uses his brother's aid to manage to cuts off one of Kabuto's horns. Meanwhile, battling twenty five wood clones, the Five Kage find themselves at a greater disadvantage when Madara has his clones conjure Susano'os of their own.
335"To Each Their Own Leaf"
Transcription: "Tagai no Konoha" (Japanese: 互いの木ノ葉)
October 24, 2013 (2013-10-24)March 4, 2016
Kabuto is amused at the fact that Sasuke is now getting along well with his late brother, despite his intent to kill him in the past. Attempting to manipulate him over to his side by saying both their goals are to destroy the Hidden Leaf, Sasuke remains unconvinced as the young man denied his and Kabuto's goals are mutual. Recalling his life as a spy working for Konoha, Kabuto notes that he and Itachi are the same — both worked for the village and yet received dishonour in return. Itachi, however, declares that he is still Konoha's Itachi Uchiha, regardless of its dark side and inconsistencies. Casting the conversation aside, Itachi tells Sasuke about a technique that decides destiny — Izanami, which he will use to stop Kabuto and the Reanimation jutsu. Wasting no time, Kabuto attacks the brothers once more with his Sage Art: Inorganic Reincarnation, causing the cave formations to attack them. Kabuto attempts to rewrite Itachi's mind with the talisman but is thwarted by Sasuke. Kabuto begins to boast about his current abilities and that he is closer than anyone in the world to the Sage of the Six Paths. Criticising the Uchiha name in the process, he was stopped by Sasuke before he could say anything more as Itachi noted Kabuto reminded him of his old self. Kabuto recalls his childhood as an orphan, being raised by Nonō in the Leaf Orphanage, while stating that from the very beginning, he was not aware of his identity and had nothing for life.
336"Kabuto Yakushi"
Transcription: "Yakushi Kabuto" (Japanese: 薬師カブト)
October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)March 11, 2016
Kabuto remembers when he first met Orochimaru when he and the rest of the Leaf Orphanage aided several wounded Hidden Leaf Ninja, the Sannin member seeing potential in the child despite not interested in becoming a ninja. But that night, when Nonō is blackmailed by Danzo into an intelligence gathering mission in the Hidden Stone Village, Kabuto also ends up in Root's services as he spend much of his childhood infiltrating the villages of the Five Great Shinobi Nations. It was only while on a mission in the Stone Village to take out an enemy, Kabuto is attacked by who he quickly learned to be Nonō when he gravely wounded her. Attempting to heal her, Kabuto is shocked that she did not recognize him as he is forced to run away. Pondering this, Kabuto is once again approached by Orochimaru who bring him to his secret laboratory where he reveals that Root orchestrated Kabuto and Nonō to kill each other to silence them. Though he admits that he was supposed to kill any survivor, reminding the child of his lack of individuality due to Root, Orochimaru instead offers Kabuto a position as his right hand with the promise of true identity of his very own. Years later, after Orochimaru's later defeat by Sasuke, Kabuto injected himself with his former mentor's blood to achieve his quest to find his "true self".
337"The Izanami Activated"
Transcription: "Hatsudō: Izanami" (Japanese: 発動・イザナミ)
November 7, 2013 (2013-11-07)March 18, 2016
Casting aside Itachi's lectures to him, Kabuto reveals he assimilated more than just Orochimaru's DNA as he creates a construct of Sakon from the base of his navel snake through which he can use the signature attacks of the Sound Five. Although easily countering Kabuto's attacks at first, Itachi and Sasuke find themselves trapped in Tayuya's genjutsu so he can finish them off with an white snake Orochimaru construct. Though the brothers manages to escape the genjutsu and fend the snake off, Kabuto emerges from the serpent's mouth and bisects Itachi with the snake sage tearfully stating his superiority before attempting to regain control over the reanimated ninja. As his body reforms, Itachi called out to Sasuke as he threw his sword at Kabuto, only for the snake sage to block and then counter. Kabuto then attacks Itachi with the sword and claimed that his genjutsu cannot affect him. But upon realizing a sense of déjá vu in the brothers' attack pattern, having claimed to be immune to such a trick, Kabuto learns that he is trapped with his mind via the endless loop of the Uchiha Clan's genjutsu Izanami.
338"Izanagi and Izanami"
Transcription: "Izanagi to Izanami" (Japanese: イザナギとイザナミ)
November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)March 25, 2016
Kabuto trapped within Izanami's infinite loop, Sasuke uses this time to question his brother about the technique. Itachi tells Sasuke about the history behind Izanami's creation as well as the Uchiha clan's use of the technique. Itachi ultimately reveals to Sasuke that Izanami was created with the sole purpose of stopping the users of the technique's counterpart: Izanagi so that they would accept their fate — which is also the way to escape the infinite loop. Angered by the fact that Itachi would cast a technique that has an escape route, Sasuke questions his motives to which Itachi says that he wished to give Kabuto an opportunity to accept his fate. But Sasuke claims that Itachi is perfect and rather different from Kabuto but the elder Uchiha refuses this claim. Elsewhere, somewhere in a forest seemingly some distance away, a grown-up Urushi tells his comrade that he hoped by the time he gets home, Kabuto will be there. Back at the cave, Itachi prepares to put an end to the Reanimation jutsu.
339"I Will Love You Always"
Transcription: "Omae o Zutto Aishiteiru" (Japanese: お前をずっと愛している)
November 21, 2013 (2013-11-21)
Back at the frontlines, the five Kage struggle to hold their own against Madara's Susanoo-clad wood clones. However, Ōnoki rallies them to fight, noting that they need to fulfil a task at which they cannot fail. Madara realises that Ōnoki is the problem and that he must break his will. With that, the Kage go on the offensive against Madara's clones once more. However, the situation soon takes a turn for the worse as Madara in turn responds with his full power by activating his final Susanoo and proceeds to use its sword to attack them. Elsewhere at the cave, Itachi commands Kabuto to put an end to the Reanimation Jutsu. Sasuke resolves that he will destroy the village that made his brother suffer for so long and bids farewell to Itachi forever. As lights begin to descend on the battlefield and the reincarnated shinobi begin to fade into pillars of light, Itachi approaches Sasuke and uses his Sharingan to show Sasuke everything about the Uchiha clan massacre. With the truth revealed to Sasuke at last, Itachi then imparts his final words to his brother, stating that no matter what happens and regardless of what he does from here on out, he will love him always.
340"Reanimation Jutsu: Release!"
Transcription: "Edo Tensei: Kai" (Japanese: 穢土転生・解)
November 28, 2013 (2013-11-28)
Watching Itachi's soul depart back into the afterlife, Sasuke becomes conflicted with his resolve before being found by Suigetsu and Jugo. Elsewhere, across the battlefield, the various ninja that Kabuto reanimated are descending back into the afterlife. The other Kage mystified by the turn of events while Onoki notes whoever is responsible is a true hero among ninja. Using his Ghost Transformation jutsu to take control of his then-ascending soul, Dan reaches Tsunade's location. Speaking to Tsunade within her subconscious, Dan gives her the remainder of his chakra before fading away to restore her Reserve Seal. As Tsunade comes to, she and the other Kage find Madara still among the living as he reveals that he rescinded the summoning contract while advising the Kage to tell the caster not to use a forbidden jutsu so carelessly. Elsewhere, seeing the reanimated Jinchurikis' departure as a sign of Itachi's success, Naruto provokes Tobi as the masked man decides to move on with his plan by bringing forth the Benihisago and Sealing Urn.
341"Orochimaru's Return"
Transcription: "Fukkatsu!! Orochimaru" (Japanese: 復活!! 大蛇丸)
December 5, 2013 (2013-12-05)
Suigetsu proceeds to show Sasuke the scroll that he found at Orochimaru's hideout earlier. After examining its contents, Sasuke's next motive is to meet with Orochimaru and explained to a confused Suigetsu that he is not one to die so easily as he has Jugo's assistance in reviving Orochimaru via the Curse Unsealing ability. Expressing shock that Sasuke would be the one to resurrect him, stating his intent to still take his body if he was in better condition, Orochimaru asserts that he shows no interest in the war. But when Sasuke then shows Orochimaru the scroll he was given earlier and states he wants to get answers from those who know everything, Orochimaru siphons back his stolen chakra from the immobilized Kabuto while agreeing to guide his former apprentice to the answers he seeks. Elsewhere, Naruto and the others watch on as Tobi moves forward with the revival of the Ten-Tails by revealing its actual body: The Gedo Statue. With Kakashi wondering why Tobi would bluff as the Eight and Nine-Tails' chakra are still intact, Gyūki notes that Tobi may have got his chakra from the clone he created to cover Killer Bee's escape from Taka. Kurama also adds that his chakra is present in the treasured tools, which contain the sealed Gold and Silver Brothers, that the Gedo Statue swallowed earlier. Though the allied ninja all agree that its resurrection must be stopped, Tobi declares that even if an incompletely revived Ten Tails would still ensure the achievement of the Infinite Tsukuyomi. As the group rally to fight, Naruto enters his Nine-Tails Chakra Mode and proceeds to attack the statue.
342"The Secret of the Transportation Technique"
Transcription: "Jikūkan Ninjutsu no Himitsu" (Japanese: 時空間忍術の秘密)
December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)
Bent on stopping Naruto and his allies from interfering with the Gedo Statue as it begins to regenerate back into the Ten-Tails, Tobi engages Naruto and Guy while latter is able to create an opening for the youth to land a blow. As Tobi is distracted, Kakashi attempts to use Kamui on the Gedo Statue before it was suddenly nullified to his confusion. By then, Naruto fails to land his attack as Tobi separates him from the others to get the upper hand. Rushing to Naruto's aid, Kakashi launches his lightning-imbued kunai at Tobi before forced to warp the kunai away when the villain changes its trajectory towards Naruto. But Tobi finds a slight fissure appearing on his mask that the others notice as he erects a barrier around the Gedo Statue to hinder Gyūki. Analyzing the masked man's abilities, Kakashi asks the group to aid him in testing his theory to confirm that Tobi has been using one technique the entire time in this fight: the exact same Kamui as himself. When asked where he got his Sharingan from, Tobi upsets Kakashi by claiming to obtained it while from battle at Kannabi Bridge. As Tobi states there is no more hope for the world, Naruto rejects his views and Kurama — who briefly takes over his Jinchuriki's body — declares that Minato sealed him within Naruto to give the youth the power to take him down. With that as he gives the youth back his body, the Nine-Tails tells Naruto to charge Tobi head on.
343"Who Are You?"
Transcription: "Temē wa Dare da!!" (Japanese: てめーは誰だ!!)
December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19)
Naruto enters Tailed Beast Mode and attacks Tobi with Kakashi and Guy looking on, the former initially hesitant to join the fray due to disbelief of the masked man's identity before Guy snaps him out of it. Tobi unleashes a shower of gigantic chakra receivers, paralyzing B and Gyūki. Naruto creates a shadow clone and it charges forward with Rasengan while the original prepares a Tailed Beast Ball with B and Gyūki acting as a shield. As Naruto launches his technique, Tobi simply phases through and with that, fully enters the other dimension. There, he witnesses the clone earlier and realizes that Kakashi did not just teleport the Rasengan but the clone itself. With little time to react, Tobi curses Kakashi before he is hit by Naruto's Rasengan; his mask shattered into pieces. Kakashi and Guy were both shock to find the masked man to be their former comrade Obito Uchiha, who was student Minato alongside Kakashi and Rin Nohara before the events at Kannabi Bridge where he was assumed to have died. As Guy informs Naruto of their opponent's true identity, Kakashi is devastated when Obito saw he no reason of revealing himself as Kakashi failed to protect Rin. Naruto motivates a devastated Kakashi that Obito needs to be stopped before intercepting his Fire Style: Bomb Blast Dance with Kurama's tails. Just then, Madara appears alongside Obito to the others' surprise.
344"Obito and Madara"
Transcription: "Obito to Madara" (Japanese: オビトとマダラ)
January 9, 2014 (2014-01-09)
When Obito is joined by Madara, who nonchalantly reveals that he dispatched the five Kage to Naruto and his allies. From there, ignoring Naruto and expressing disappointment towards Obito for deviating from their plan, Madara learns that his intended resurrection through the Samsara of Life was ruined by Nagato using it on the Hidden Leaf ninja. Upon learning of Nagato was nothing more but a sacrificial pawn, Naruto attacks Madara with a Super Mini-Tailed Beast Ball which the Uchiha dispatches as he moves to capture the jinchuriki while Obito deals with Kakashi and Guy. When Kakashi used this opportunity to question his old friend about what had happened to him, Obito gets a flashback of being heavily bandaged and stitched together by an elderly figure he learns to be Madara who explains of his physical condition after saving him. As Madara tells the younger Uchiha of his goals to unify the world, an uninterested Obito attempts to escape, eager to meet his team-mates once again.
345"I'm in Hell"
Transcription: "Ore wa Jigoku ni Iru" (Japanese: オレは地獄に居る)
January 16, 2014 (2014-01-16)
Obito is tended to by two White Zetsu during his rehabilitation, learning more of about Madara's goal while getting annoyed with the Zestus' potty humor. Obito recovers and while adapting to the prosthetics that Madara developed from the White Zetsu, training himself to properly use his new limbs. One day, White Zetsu arrives with news of Obito's team-mates being in danger, surrounded by Mist ninjas. When Obito fails to break through the rock blocking the exist, the White Zetsu known as Tobi offers himself as armor for Obito to wear. Obito draws power from the Gedo Statue to break the rock. Madara tells Obito he will properly thank him in the future, and that Obito will return to him. On his way to the battle site, Obito has a vision of Rin through his empty eye-socket but ignores it. He arrives just in time to realize that Kakashi has run his Chidori through Rin's chest although Rin manages to say Kakashi's name before hitting the ground, dead. As Kakashi studies Rin's body, both he and Obito unknowingly awaken both their Mangekyō Sharingan. Kakashi passes out from exhaustion while a bereaved Obito slaughters the surrounding Mist ninja while avoid their attacking, finishing the rest off with Wood Style: Cutting Sprigs. Having slaughtered the Mist ninja force, standing in a pool of blood and watching Rin's dead body, Obito concludes he is in hell while mourning the death of the girl he loved.
346"World of Dreams"
Transcription: "Yume no Sekai" (Japanese: 夢の世界)
January 23, 2014 (2014-01-23)
Still in disbelief over what has happened, having killed the Hidden Mist ninja and ignoring an unconscious Kakashi, Obito cradles Rin's lifeless body. Obito then remembers Madara and White Zetsu's words while vowing to change the world into one where she lives, returning to Madara as a changed person. After teaching Obito the means to summon the Gedo Statue along with imparting all his skill and knowledge, Madara uses a Yin-Yang Style ability on White Zetsu to infuse the creature with his will in the form of Black Zetsu. Madara then dies after disconnecting himself from the Gedo Statue which prolonged his life, telling Obito that he will act under his identity until the day Madara is resurrected by the one he transplanted his eyes into: Nagato. Soon after, now going by the name Madara Uchiha with Zetsu accompanying him, Obito arrives to the Hidden Rain Village where he meets Nagato and his friends. Though Obito tempts Nagato with his knowledge and offer to aid him in achieving peace, Yahiko gets his friend and Konan away. Despite being warned by Yahiko to stay away, Obito tells Nagato that he would reappear at the same time and place everyday until he accepts the truth of his words. Soon after saving orphans and gaining new member of their growing group, Yahiko decides to name their group the Akatsuki.
347"Creeping Shadow"
Transcription: "Shinobiyoru Kage" (Japanese: 忍び寄る影)
January 23, 2014 (2014-01-23)
Being informed by Kakashi that the orphans he trained are now attempting to bring about change in the Hidden Rain Village through dialogue, Jiraiya expresses his satisfaction with his students' progress. At the Hidden Rain Village, Kyūsuke brings request letters for the Akatsuki's aid to Yahiko, who intends to surpass Hanzo one day. Having learned of the Akatsuki's existence from one of his men, Hanzo expresses his approval for an organisation that shares his ideals. Meanwhile, Yahiko, Konan and Nagato head to a small village that was earlier attacked and meet a group of people who want to attack the Hidden Stone Village. Though the Akatsuki insists on peaceful solutions, it ended with the three leading members being attacked by Hidden Stone ninja with an enraged Nagato unconsciously summoning the Gedo Statue in response to seeing Yahiko and Konan injured. But the two manage to stop Nagato in time and leave with Danzo and his ANBU finding the corpses of the Hidden Stone ninja. As Yahiko and his friends depart with the remainder of their group following, Danzo proceeds to disguise some of the Hidden Stone ninja as Hidden Rain ninja to convince Hanzo that the Akatsuki are a threat to his authority.
348"The New Akatsuki"
Transcription: "Shinsei: Akatsuki" (Japanese: 新生・“暁”)
January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30)
As Yahiko and Nagato attend a meeting with Hanzō, the other Akatsuki member learn that the Leaf's ANBU are also meeting with Hanzō, and suspect a possible betrayal. They attempt to catch up with Yahiko and Nagato before being killed by Zetsu and Obito, the latter wanting Nagato to experience the same tragedy he suffered from witnessing Rin die at Kakashi's hand. Danzo is revealed to have plotted with Hanzō to end the Akatsuki's rebellion, capturing Konan and giving Nagato an ultimatum: kill Yahiko or they will kill Konan. Choosing for him, Yahiko runs himself into Nagato's kunai, killing himself, leaving Nagato and Konan devastated. Enraged, Nagato uses his Rinnegan to slaughter the Leaf and Rain shinobi with the Gedo Statue, although Hanzō manages to escape. After this turn of events, Nagato finally turns to Obito, who witnessed the entire meeting. The final scene shows Nagato looking at Yahiko, whose body is now the Deva Path of his Six Paths of Pain, and saying that Yahiko will always be the Akatsuki's true leader.

Home releases[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Volume Date Discs Episodes Reference
1 March 4, 2014 1 321–324 [4]
2 April 2, 2014 1 325–328 [4]
3 May 7, 2014 1 329–332 [4]
4 July 2, 2014 1 333–336 [4]
5 July 2, 2014 1 337–340 [4]
6 August 6, 2014 1 341–344 [4]
7 September 3, 2014 1 345–348 [4]

English[edit]

Viz Media (North America, Region 1)
Box set Date Discs Episodes Reference
25 January 26, 2016 2 310–322 [5]
26 April 5, 2016 2 323–335 [6]
27 July 5, 2016 2 336–348 [7]
Manga Entertainment (United Kingdom, Region 2)
Volume Date Discs Episodes Reference
25 August 15, 2016 2 310–322 [8]
26 October 17, 2016 2 323–335 [9]
27 February 6, 2017 2 336–348 [10]
Madman Entertainment (Australia/New Zealand, Region 4)
Collection Date Discs Episodes Reference
25 April 6, 2016 2 310–322 [11]
26 September 7, 2016 2 323–335 [12]
27 October 5, 2016 2 336–348 [13]

References[edit]

General
  • "Episodes 540-552" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  • "Episodes 553-563" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  • "Episodes 564-576" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  • "Trailer" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
Specific