This long running anime series will have at least a few filler episodes that not worth your time. So today we are going to tell you about all Naruto filler episodes.
Naruto was an anime series that ran from 2002 to 2007. In total 220 episodes of Naruto were aired. With a total of 90 reported filler episodes, Naruto has a high filler percentage of 41%.
Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja rejected by his village for having the Nine-Tailed beast sealed within him. Naruto works toward his dreams of becoming the leader of the village called the Hokage and having the respect of the other villagers.
- All Naruto Filler Episodes List That Not Worth Your Time
- 1. Episode 26 : Special Report: Live from the Forest of Death!
- 2. Episode 97 : Kidnapped! Naruto’s Hot Spring Adventure!
- 3. Episode 101 : Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi-Sensei’s True Face!
- 4. Episode 102 : Mission: Help an Old Friend in the Land of Tea
- 5. Episode 103 : The Race is on! Trouble on the High Seas!
- 6. Episode 104 : Run Idate Run! Nagi Island Awaits!
- 7. Episode 105 : A Fierce Battle of Rolling Thunder!
- 8. Episode 106 : The Last Leg: A Final Act of Desperation
- 9. Episode 136 : Deep Cover!? A Super S-Ranked Mission!
- 10. Episode 137 : A Town of Outlaws, the Shadow of the Fuma Clan
- 11. Episode 138 : Pure Betrayal, and a Fleeting Plea!
- 12. Episode 139 : Pure Terror! The House of Orochimaru
- 13. Episode 140 : Two Heartbeats: Kabuto’s Trap
- 14. Episode 142 : The Three Villains from the Maximum Security Prison
- 15. Episode 143 : Tonton! I’m Counting on You!
- 16. Episode 144 : A New Squad! Two People and a Dog?!
- 17. Episode 145 : A New Formation: Ino-Shika-Cho!
- 18. Episode 146 : Orochimaru’s Shadow
- 19. Episode 147 : A Clash of Fate: You Can’t Bring Me Down
- 20. Episode 148 : Search for the Rare Bikochu Beetle
- 21. Episode 149 : What’s the Difference? Don’t All Insects Look Alike?
- 22. Episode 150 : A Battle of Bugs: The Deceivers and the Deceived
- 23. Episode 151 : Blaze Away Byakugan: This Is My Ninja Way
- 24. Episode 152 : Funeral March for the Living
- 25. Episode 153 : A Lesson Learned: The Iron Fist of Love
- 26. Episode 154 : The Enemy of the Byakugan
- 27. Episode 155 : The Dark Creeping Clouds
- 28. Episode 156 : Raiga’s Counterattack
- 29. Episode 157 : Run! The Curry of Life
- 30. Episode 158 : Follow My Lead! The Great Survival Challenge
- 31. Episode 159 : Bounty Hunter from the Wilderness
- 32. Episode 160 : Hunt or Be Hunted?! Showdown at the O.K. Temple!
- 33. Episode 161 : The Appearance of Strange Visitors
- 34. Episode 162 : The Cursed Warrior
- 35. Episode 163 : The Tactician’s Intent
- 36. Episode 164 : Too Late for Help
- 37. Episode 165 : The Death of Naruto
- 38. Episode 166 : When Time Stands Still
- 39. Episode 167 : When Egrets Flap Their Wings
- 40. Episode 168 : Mix It, Stretch It, Boil It Up! Burn, Copper Pot, Burn!
- 41. Episode 169 : Remembrance: The Lost Page
- 42. Episode 170 : The Closed Door
- 43. Episode 171 : Infiltration: The Set-Up!
- 44. Episode 172 : Despair: A Fractured Heart
- 45. Episode 173 : The Battle at Sea: The Power Unleashed!
- 46. Episode 174 : Impossible! Celebrity Ninja Art – Money Style Jutsu!
- 47. Episode 175 : The Treasure Hunt is On!
- 48. Episode 176 : Run, Dodge, Zigzag! Chase or Be Chased!
- 49. Episode 177 : Please, Mr. Postman!
- 50. Episode 178 : Encounter! The Boy with a Star’s Name
- 51. Episode 179 : The Remembered Lullaby
- 52. Episode 180 : Hidden Jutsu: The Price of The Ninja Art: Kujaku
- 53. Episode 181 : Hoshikage, The Buried Truth
- 54. Episode 182 : Reunion, The Remaining time
- 55. Episode 183 : The Star’s Radiance
- 56. Episode 184 : Kiba’s Long Day!
- 57. Episode 185 : A Legend from the Hidden Leaf: The Onbaa!
- 58. Episode 186 : Laughing Shino
- 59. Episode 187 : Open for Business! The Leaf Moving Service
- 60. Episode 188 : Mystery of the Targeted Merchants
- 61. Episode 189 : A Limitless Supply of Ninja Tools
- 62. Episode 190 : The Byakugan Sees the Blind Spot
- 63. Episode 191 : Forecast: Death! Cloudy with Chance of Sun
- 64. Episode 192 : Ino Screams! Chubby Paradise!
- 65. Episode 193 : Viva Dojo Challenge! Youth Is All About Passion!
- 66. Episode 194 : The Mysterious Curse of the Haunted Castle
- 67. Episode 195 : The Third Super-Beast!
- 68. Episode 196 : Hot-Blooded Confrontation: Student vs. Sensei
- 69. Episode 197 : Crisis! The Hidden Leaf 11 Gather!
- 70. Episode 198 : The ANBU Gives Up? Naruto’s Recollection
- 71. Episode 199 : The Missed Target
- 72. Episode 200 : The Powerful Helper
- 73. Episode 201 : Multiple Traps! Countdown to Destruction
- 74. Episode 202 : The Top 5 Ninja Battles
- 75. Episode 203 : Kurenai’s Decision, Squad 8 Left Behind
- 76. Episode 204 : Yakumo’s Sealed Ability
- 77. Episode 205 : Kurenai’s Top-Secret Mission: The Promise With the Third Hokage
- 78. Episode 206 : Genjutsu or Reality?
- 79. Episode 207 : The Supposed Sealed Ability
- 80. Episode 208 : The Weight of the Prized Artifact!
- 81. Episode 209 : The Enemy: Ninja Dropouts
- 82. Episode 210 : The Bewildering Forest
- 83. Episode 211 : Memory of Flames
- 84. Episode 212 : To Each His Own Path
- 85. Episode 213 : Vanished Memories
- 86. Episode 214 : Bringing Back Reality
- 87. Episode 215 : A Past to Be Erased
- 88. Episode 216 : The Targeted Shukaku
- 89. Episode 217 : Sand Alliance with the Leaf Shinobi
- 90. Episode 218 : The Counterattack!
- 91. Episode 219 : The Ultimate Weapon Reborn
All Naruto Filler Episodes List That Not Worth Your Time
Here’s the quick list of episodes that are canon and the ones that are filler:
Canon Episodes: 1-25, 27-96, 98, 100, 107-135, 220
Filler Episodes: 26, 97, 99, 101-106, 136-219
Now lets begin the list of all Naruto filler episodes.
1. Episode 26 : Special Report: Live from the Forest of Death!
The episode is an anime-exclusive episode for Konohamaru and his classmates’ news report starring the Chunin-in-training.
Before the second exam can begin, Konohamaru and his friends pull the members of Team 7 aside for interviews, where they retell the story up until this point.
They discuss the Hokages, the rogue ninja etc.
2. Episode 97 : Kidnapped! Naruto’s Hot Spring Adventure!
On their way back to Konoha, the group takes a break at a hot spring town.
Naruto learns that two ninja of the Akagi family cannot return home unless they collect Tsunade’s debts, and attempts to help them.
Shizune, fearing that Tsunade’s debts, if exposed, would jeopardize her chances of becoming Hokage, disguises herself as Tsunade to stop Naruto, but neither of them realizes that the debt had already been paid.
3. Episode 101 : Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi-Sensei’s True Face!
Each one of their plans, such as buying him ramen to force him to remove his mask while he eats, fails in a comedic fashion.
At the same time, they inadvertently and unknowingly thwart attempts by three ninja to kill Kakashi for goofy reasons.
Finally, Kakashi agrees to take off his mask, revealing another slightly paler mask beneath it.
4. Episode 102 : Mission: Help an Old Friend in the Land of Tea
Team 7, without Kakashi, is given a mission to protect a young man, Idate, during his foot race against a rival clan that will settle the feud between the two.
Idate, however, has a strong distaste for ninja. At the start of the race, he runs off in the wrong direction, confusing everyone.
5. Episode 103 : The Race is on! Trouble on the High Seas!
Team 7 follows Idate to another port, which makes for a better starting point of the boating part of the race, due to the winds and the current.
En route, they are attacked by the Rain ninja from the Chunin exam, who have been hired by the other clan.
Team 7 defends Idate and tell him to swim for the shore, while they follow later. He does so, but is confronted by Aoi, an Amegakure ninja.
6. Episode 104 : Run Idate Run! Nagi Island Awaits!
Aoi taunts Idate and attacks him. Team 7, who are still swimming for the island, are attacked underwater by the Rain ninja.
Using the first step of training for the Rasengan, Naruto creates a huge whirlpool that saves them. They then try to rescue Idate, but prove to be no match for Aoi, who poisons them and leaves.
Sakura gives them all medicine Tsunade had given her, and they seek shelter in a cave. Idate explains that he was once a Leaf ninja, but was tricked by Aoi into betraying the village after failing the Chunin Exam.
7. Episode 105 : A Fierce Battle of Rolling Thunder!
Fukusuke continues to celebrate with women and food when Aoi warns him that he might be celebrating prematurely. Naruto Uzumaki, carrying Idate, ascends the long flight of stairs to the Modoroki Shrine.
Idate grabs the orb and heads out on his own two feet, but they are soon confronted by Aoi, waiting with Tobirama’s sword of Raijin that he had Idate steal for him.
Both Naruto’s Rasengan and Sasuke’s Chidori are repelled by the sword, though the latter is able to crack it slightly.
8. Episode 106 : The Last Leg: A Final Act of Desperation
When Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno are defeated, it is up to Naruto to defeat Aoi so Idate can continue the race.
After a few failed attacks, Naruto is finally able to defeat Aoi, which means Idate can continue the race.
Though Fukusuke is already near the finish line, with determination and encouragement from Naruto, Idate manages to catch up and win the race, saving the Wasabi Clan.
9. Episode 136 : Deep Cover!? A Super S-Ranked Mission!
Jiraiya begins to worry about Naruto and Sakura’s well-being. He then requests that Tsunade send the two on a mission with him.
He finds Naruto, telling Sakura he is not going to stop her from going after Sasuke, but he is going with her, and tells them about the mission.
They head off to the Land of Rice Fields to find the Hidden Sound Village, and hopefully Sasuke as well.
10. Episode 137 : A Town of Outlaws, the Shadow of the Fuma Clan
Naruto, Sakura, and Jiraiya end up in a town that is worse than the one out of which they were chased. Jiraiya heads off and leaves Naruto and Sakura to get food.
Along the way, they find the female ninja that attacked them before. Because the ninja is injured, Naruto and Sakura fight some Sound ninja to save her.
They then learn that her name is Sasame, and that she is looking for her cousin Arashi, who went with several members of their clan to join Orochimaru to revive the clan.
11. Episode 138 : Pure Betrayal, and a Fleeting Plea!
When Sasame drugs Naruto, Sakura and Jiraiya, she prepares to let them be given to Orochimaru in order for her to be led to Arashi.
But, when she discovers that they were planning to be killed, she begs the ones about to do so to stop. Naruto reveals that he and the others faked being put to sleep, and attack.
Kagerou attacks Naruto and Jiraiya with a powerful technique that shortens her life, then escapes with Jigumo and Kamikiri.
When Jigumo and Kamikiri discover that they were being used by Orochimaru, they attack him, but are apparently killed.
12. Episode 139 : Pure Terror! The House of Orochimaru
Sasame leads Naruto, Jiraiya, and Sakura to Orochimaru’s hideout. They send Sasame back to the village because of the danger level. Jiraiya summons Gamakichi to go in first and investigate. The four come to three tunnels.
Jiraiya goes off to the right, Naruto and Sakura down the middle and Gamakichi down the left. Through the tunnels, they find several deadly booby-traps and dangers.
Naruto easily falls for the first, but manages to rescue Sakura from the rest. It comes to the point where there is a trap-door in which Naruto saves Sakura from, falling into it himself.
He tells her to go on without him. Sakura trusts him and leaves, Naruto ends up in a dark room with many bamboo sticks and struggles to get free.
Meanwhile, as Sakura enters a large vacant room she battles Kabuto Yakushi and Orochimaru, who already have the upper hand.
13. Episode 140 : Two Heartbeats: Kabuto’s Trap
In the room Naruto’s in, he encounters Gamakichi, who seems to be of no use in his struggle, the room soon floods with water. Sakura attempts to battle Kabuto, telling him that she believes Naruto and herself will save Sasuke together.
She soon loses focus when Kabuto begins harassing her with thoughts of Sasuke’s inevitable death. He states that ” Sasuke is already dead, and you two can meet with him in the afterlife.”
She begins sobbing and remains still as Kabuto is about to murder her. Naruto arrives in the nick of time to save Sakura, but she is still petrified in tears.
Naruto tells her not to believe him, takes her away and a battle ensues. Naruto battles Kabuto viciously using Shadow-Clones, but Kabuto defeats them with a fire technique. Eventually, Naruto corners and defeats him with the Rasengan, injuring him badly.
14. Episode 142 : The Three Villains from the Maximum Security Prison
With the events of the Rice Field Country behind them, everyone prepares for their training. But, a new threat soon arises.
Mizuki is back, and he’s planning to break out of Konoha’s Correctional Facility along with the help of Fujin and Raijin, the Legendary Stupid Brothers.
However, this time Orochimaru may be pulling the strings. Asuma and Kurenai are sent to interrogate Mizuki, but they run into trouble on the way. Naruto shows up and find the two jonin injured and defeated.
15. Episode 143 : Tonton! I’m Counting on You!
Shizune and her team encounter Mizuki, but all of them are defeated. When Tonton comes back to warn Tsunade, Naruto takes the initiative to find Shizune with Tonton’s help. Kakashi arrives and finds out the situation.
Unfortunately, he has another mission. So, he summons Pakkun who will guide Iruka to Naruto. Iruka eventually catches up to Naruto and Pakkun sends Tonton back to the village. Pakkun leads them and they soon find Shizune.
They chase after Mizuki, when they soon fall into a trap. Iruka reveals that Shizune is not Shizune, but actually Mizuki. Mizuki attacks Iruka while Naruto deals with Fujin and Raijin. Naruto soon finds that his attacks are ineffective.
16. Episode 144 : A New Squad! Two People and a Dog?!
Naruto is having trouble with the two brothers, and Iruka is having his share of difficulties with Mizuki. Iruka struggles to try to get the old Mizuki back, but Mizuki explains the only reason he was ever nice to Iruka was because he wanted to be the Hokage’s favorite too.
He wanted Iruka to be miserable, and not to have everyone else be so kind to Iruka and not himself. Iruka and Mizuki then prepare to fight again. Meanwhile, after many shadow clone attacks, Naruto finally has a chance to use Rasengan.
The brothers accidentally destroy their lunch and make Naruto’s attack hit his shadow clones. As they prepare to kill him, Shikamaru, Choji, and Ino come to the rescue.
17. Episode 145 : A New Formation: Ino-Shika-Cho!
Team 10 tells Naruto that they will take care of the brothers, and use their combined skills to immobilize them. Naruto leaves to catch up to Iruka, who is fighting Mizuki in a building used to test academy instructors.
It is revealed that Iruka and Mizuki are childhood friends, although Mizuki only hoped to get close to the Hokage.
Mizuki reveals that he has become stronger and learned new techniques while in prison, and destroys the building they are in.
18. Episode 146 : Orochimaru’s Shadow
Naruto, Iruka, and Pakkun meet up with Mizuki’s fiancée Tsubaki, and she has come to offer help to the three, feeling responsible for not having stopped him earlier.
Meanwhile, Shikamaru, Ino, and Choji are having trouble holding the two brothers off, and they know that they can’t defeat them, so they are stalling for time.
Meanwhile, Tsunade discovers a startling secret about Mizuki and Orochimaru, and leaves to intervene. Naruto, Iruka, Pakkun, and Tsubaki finally reach Mizuki, but it’s too late, he’s already completed the formula he was making.
Now that he’s drank it, he turns into a new monstrous form. And, Naruto has recognized Mizuki’s transformation as one nearly identical to that of Orochimaru’s cursed seal.
19. Episode 147 : A Clash of Fate: You Can’t Bring Me Down
Mizuki is determined to make Naruto and Iruka suffer, and it appears like he has the upper edge with his improved strength and speed. Meanwhile, Ino, Choji, and Shikamaru are at their limits, and now Fujin and Raijin are free.
That is until Tsunade shows up and defeats them both easily. Fujin and Raijin surrender and agree to return peacefully to the institution. Mizuki on the other hand has converted all of his speed to power and prepares to finish Naruto off.
But, Iruka thinks up a plan and traps Mizuki, giving Naruto the chance to use the Rasengan on him. Mizuki reverts to his original form, badly damaged when Tsunade shows up and explains everything about the potion Mizuki took.
20. Episode 148 : Search for the Rare Bikochu Beetle
Naruto is frustrated by Mizuki’s inability to lead him to Sasuke or Orochimaru, and begins pestering Tsunade to allow him to look for him. Hinata sympathizes with Naruto, and suggests trying to find a way to help him.
Shino realizes that a Bikochu, a very rare insect, could track down Sasuke if it smelled his scent. As Kurenai Yuhi is being hospitalized for injuries suffered during the prison break.
Shino is tasked with leading Team 8 to find the Bikochu, and Naruto joins as the fourth member. It is also revealed that Hinata is practicing a new defensive technique, and has nearly mastered it.
21. Episode 149 : What’s the Difference? Don’t All Insects Look Alike?
The original members of Team 8 realize that they are being followed by hostile bug-users (Kamizuru Clan), but decide not to engage them or tell Naruto about the enemy’s presence, for fear of endangering the Bikochu.
Hinata begins to worry that she is hindering her group, but eventually manages to locate the Bikochu with her Byakugan, allowing Naruto to capture it.
Before Team 8 can leave the forest, however, Hinata is attacked and abducted by the bug users, who demand the Bikochu in return for her safety.
22. Episode 150 : A Battle of Bugs: The Deceivers and the Deceived
It is revealed that the bug users who kidnapped Hinata are part of a clan that was an old rival of the Aburame clan.
It seeks to recover a scroll using the Bikochu in order to restore its former glory. Hinata’s companions hide the Bikochu and attempt to rescue her, but are lured into a trap.
Hinata attempts to escape, but is swept down a river while stuck in a cocoon.
23. Episode 151 : Blaze Away Byakugan: This Is My Ninja Way
Hinata’s companions are captured by the Kamizuru Clan, who attempt to search for the Bikochu, Hinata successfully escapes, and destroys all of the rival bug users’ insects with her new technique and forces them away, saving her companions.
While trying to retrieve Sasuke’s forehead protector, Naruto accidentally farts on the Bikochu, causing it to memorise his scent instead of Sasuke’s.
Although the mission fails to find a way of locating Sasuke, Hinata appears more confident, and her father seems to respect her more.
24. Episode 152 : Funeral March for the Living
When Naruto saves three guys, he is dragged into yet another mission. However, unlike the last two this is one he does not wish to partake in.
However, when Guy reveals information that the leader of the Kurosuki Family, Raiga, is connected with the Seven Swordsman of the Mist, Naruto decides to change his mind, since Zabuza Momochi and Kisame Hoshigaki of Akatsuki were each a part of the group.
Lee concludes that as Kisame is Itachi’s partner, finding Itachi may bring them closer to Sasuke. With Neji, Lee, and Tenten as his allies, the group goes on their new mission.
25. Episode 153 : A Lesson Learned: The Iron Fist of Love
Out to try and save Roukusuke, Naruto and the others ambush members of the Kurosuki Family and save an old man. They soon hear the funeral bell and go and save Roukusuke.
However, Rock Lee meets an old friend among the group, and Lee must now convince Karashi to return to his old way of life. Their time together is cut short, as Raiga watches from the sidelines.
Naruto and his team pursue Raiga into a thick fog, and find that Raiga is able to conceal himself from even the Byakugan.
26. Episode 154 : The Enemy of the Byakugan
With Neji unable to see through the mist, the group loses the advantage of his eyesight. He is tricked into thinking that random objects are real people by a mysterious jutsu. Rock Lee manages to hold Raiga off by fighting while still unconscious.
When a mysterious case is knocked off of Raiga’s back, Raiga becomes weaker and is eventually defeated by Naruto. When the gang opens the case, they discover a young boy named Ranmaru, who has been riding on Raiga’s back the entire time.
Ranmaru reveals that Raiga cared for him, and that he helps Raiga fight by serving as his “eyes”.
27. Episode 155 : The Dark Creeping Clouds
With Raiga seemingly dead, the gang heads back to find Karashi waiting for them. It turns out to be a trap as the Kurosuki Family ambushes them. Luckily, Naruto fools them not once, but twice, with his clones. With the enemies defeated, the villagers focus their anger on Karashi.
Rock Lee intercepts them and says that Karashi is still young and weak, and that it is partially his fault Karashi joined the Kurosuki Family. Lee begs them to let him return to his mother, promising to punish Karashi himself if he should fall from grace.
The villagers agree and the group heads back, but not before picking up Ranmaru. They head back to the Curry of Life shop for a meal, where Naruto tries to retrieve information from Ranmaru. Ranmaru has Karashi take him to the canyon where Raiga fell, and uses his own chakra to revive him.
28. Episode 156 : Raiga’s Counterattack
Raiga awakes to find Ranmaru unconscious. Tenten has no choice but to engage Raiga by herself, but is eventually defeated. Raiga then demands that Karashi turn over Lee, Neji and Naruto to him, threatening to kill him and his mother.
Karashi tricks the group into going to Raiga, and attempts to escape with his mother. Tenten returns with Ranmaru, insisting that he live because it is a choice his and Raiga’s victims did not have, and has Sanshou make the Curry of Life for him.
Elsewhere, Naruto, Lee and Neji are faring badly against Raiga, who is using a thunderstorm to increase his power, but Sanshou heads out to provide curry for them.
29. Episode 157 : Run! The Curry of Life
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.
30. Episode 158 : Follow My Lead! The Great Survival Challenge
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.
31. Episode 159 : Bounty Hunter from the Wilderness
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.
32. Episode 160 : Hunt or Be Hunted?! Showdown at the O.K. Temple!
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.
33. Episode 161 : The Appearance of Strange Visitors
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.
34. Episode 162 : The Cursed Warrior
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 daimyō 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.
35. Episode 163 : The Tactician’s Intent
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.
36. Episode 164 : Too Late for Help
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 Chishima goes to warn Mousou about Naruto investigating, he accidentally sees Mousou meeting with Watari ninja.
Chishima 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.
37. Episode 165 : The Death of Naruto
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.
38. Episode 166 : When Time Stands Still
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.
39. Episode 167 : When Egrets Flap Their Wings
Mousou reveals himself to be Hoki the migrating ninja, who plans to travel and collect as many jutsus as possible. He seemingly kills Chishima and knocks Naruto underwater.
Naruto awakens when Sagi’s ghost asks him to save Toki from her desire for revenge and defeat Mousou. Naruto rises from the water and punches Hoki, then tells Toki that he has seen Sagi. Naruto then fights against and defeats Hoki. Chishima turns out to have survived Hoki’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.
40. Episode 168 : Mix It, Stretch It, Boil It Up! Burn, Copper Pot, Burn!
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.
41. Episode 169 : Remembrance: The Lost Page
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.
42. Episode 170 : The Closed Door
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.
43. Episode 171 : Infiltration: The Set-Up!
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.
44. Episode 172 : Despair: A Fractured Heart
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.
45. Episode 173 : The Battle at Sea: The Power Unleashed!
The demon fox within Naruto helps him beat Amachi. Although Amachi is quickly defeated and captured, the Sea Boss attacks Naruto.
Naruto summons Gamabunta and defeats the monster by evaporating its nucleus, then gets beat up by Gama-sama.
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 able to overcome her anger.
Afterward, Isaribi decided to go to Konoha in the hopes that Tsunade can cure her.
46. Episode 174 : Impossible! Celebrity Ninja Art – Money Style Jutsu!
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 to escape, and teaches him that there are more important things in life than money.
47. Episode 175 : The Treasure Hunt is On!
Naruto, Hinata and Kiba are given a mission to find some treasure, and are told that if they fail to find it, they will be returned to the academy, due to Naruto’s poor performance on his missions with 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, and thoughts and learn that the person who requested the mission is their leader.
48. Episode 176 : Run, Dodge, Zigzag! Chase or Be Chased!
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.
Naruto’s copy also accidentally bumped into Sakura, who was walking out of the library with an extremely tall stack of books.
49. Episode 177 : Please, Mr. Postman!
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 decides to ghostwrite it. Naruto gets the manuscript for Icha Icha Tactics 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. Unfortunately, the courier 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 happily interpreted the document as a peace offering.
50. Episode 178 : Encounter! The Boy with a Star’s Name
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.
51. Episode 179 : The Remembered Lullaby
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.
52. Episode 180 : Hidden Jutsu: The Price of The Ninja Art: Kujaku
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.
Tenten 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 Neji 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.
53. Episode 181 : Hoshikage, The Buried Truth
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.
54. Episode 182 : Reunion, The Remaining time
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.
55. Episode 183 : The Star’s Radiance
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.
56. Episode 184 : Kiba’s Long Day!
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.
57. Episode 185 : A Legend from the Hidden Leaf: The Onbaa!
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 Naruto is worn off and sleeps.
58. Episode 186 : Laughing Shino
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 Uzumaki 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.
59. Episode 187 : Open for Business! The Leaf Moving Service
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.
60. Episode 188 : Mystery of the Targeted Merchants
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.
61. Episode 189 : A Limitless Supply of Ninja Tools
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.
62. Episode 190 : The Byakugan Sees the Blind Spot
As Naruto is faring poorly in the battle with Jiga, Hinata arrives. Although Hinata is initially unable to damage him, she realises that his magnetism is his potential weakness.
She uses her Byakugan and Gentle Fist to interfere with his chakra flow, 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 Yurinojō are too badly injured to fight, goes to find the princess on his own. Hinata, Chōji and Yurinojō are kidnapped by the third brother along with several ninja.
63. Episode 191 : Forecast: Death! Cloudy with Chance of Sun
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.
64. Episode 192 : Ino Screams! Chubby Paradise!
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 heart.
Ino tries to behave like a princess worthy of the man’s admiration, but she finds his flamboyant displays of affection unbearable.
65. Episode 193 : Viva Dojo Challenge! Youth Is All About Passion!
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.
66. Episode 194 : The Mysterious Curse of the Haunted Castle
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).
67. Episode 195 : The Third Super-Beast!
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 nearly 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.
68. Episode 196 : Hot-Blooded Confrontation: Student vs. Sensei
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.
69. Episode 197 : Crisis! The Hidden Leaf 11 Gather!
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.
70. Episode 198 : The ANBU Gives Up? Naruto’s Recollection
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.
71. Episode 199 : The Missed Target
A bird drops nearly all the stolen blueprints all over the village, 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.
72. Episode 200 : The Powerful Helper
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 Heat Devil 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.
73. Episode 201 : Multiple Traps! Countdown to Destruction
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.
74. Episode 202 : The Top 5 Ninja Battles
Naruto and Sakura Haruno host a special recap episode. The episode features highlights of five battles from the Sasuke Retrieval arc.
The battle between Naruto and Sasuke Uchiha 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.
75. Episode 203 : Kurenai’s Decision, Squad 8 Left Behind
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 that night, Naruto sneaks into Yakumo’s mansion disguised as Kurenai, and discovers a room full of Yakumo’s paintings.
Naruto escapes after one of the paintings nearly kills him, and is confronted by security, who tranquilize him.
76. Episode 204 : Yakumo’s Sealed Ability
After getting tranquilized, Naruto has a dream of Kurenai threatening to seal Yakumo’s genjutsu 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.
77. Episode 205 : Kurenai’s Top-Secret Mission: The Promise With the Third Hokage
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.
78. Episode 206 : Genjutsu or Reality?
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.
79. Episode 207 : The Supposed Sealed Ability
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.
80. Episode 208 : The Weight of the Prized Artifact!
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.
81. Episode 209 : The Enemy: Ninja Dropouts
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…
82. Episode 210 : The Bewildering Forest
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.
83. Episode 211 : Memory of Flames
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.
84. Episode 212 : To Each His Own Path
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.
85. Episode 213 : Vanished Memories
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.
86. Episode 214 : Bringing Back Reality
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.
87. Episode 215 : A Past to Be Erased
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 lost his memory only for a very short time, Menma sacrifices his life to cause a rockslide to save the town. Naruto defeats the bandit leader and mourns Menma’s loss.
88. Episode 216 : The Targeted Shukaku
A group of rogue ninjas from the Takumi Village – called Shitenshonin (Four Celestials in the English dub) – invade the Sand Village and kidnap Matsuri, a Ninja Academy student under Gaara.
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.
89. Episode 217 : Sand Alliance with the Leaf Shinobi
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.
90. Episode 218 : The Counterattack!
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.
91. Episode 219 : The Ultimate Weapon Reborn
Although his comrades are defeated, Hoki puts his final plan in motion by using Gaara to revive 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 Hoki wanted all along. Hoki then performs a ritual and sacrifices his own body to Seimei’s corpse, which allows Seimei to be reincarnated.
Seimei then takes up the weapons of the Shitenshonin, therefore becoming the “ultimate weapon” of Takumi Village.