Part I
Volume #
1 The Tests of the Ninja
Chapter list:
001. Uzumaki Naruto! (うずまきナルト!!, Uzumaki Naruto!?)
002. Konohamaru (木ノ葉丸!!, Konohamaru?)
003. Enter Sasuke! (うちはサスケ, Uchiha Sasuke?)
004. Hatake Kakashi! (はたけカカシ!!, Hatake Kakashi!?)
005. Pride Goeth Before a Fall! (油断大敵!!, Yudan taiteki!!?)
006. Not Sasuke! (サスケ君に限って・・・!!, Sasuke-kun ni kagitte…!!?)
007. Kakashi’s Decision (カカシの結論, Kakashi no ketsuron?)
For the first twelve years of his life, Naruto Uzumaki had to live a life without parents and endure the apparent unsolicited hate from the villagers of Konohagakure, never knowing what it was like to be loved or have friends as a result. On the day that he learns that the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox was sealed within him soon after his birth and is the reason he is alone in the world, Naruto’s fortunes begin to change. In addition to finding a father-figure in the form of Iruka Umino, Naruto achieves his dream by finally becoming a ninja. In doing so, Naruto is added to Team 7 along with Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno under the leadership of Kakashi Hatake. To see whether or not the three are ready to become ninja, Kakashi administers a test to see if they have what it takes. Each fails independently, leading Kakashi to believe they will never become ninja.
2 The Worst Client
Chapter list:
008. You Failed! (だから不合格だってんだ!!, Dakara fugōkaku datten’da!!?)
009. The Worst Client (最悪の依頼人, Saiaku no irainin?)
010. Target #2 (2匹目, Nihikime?)
011. Going Ashore (上陸・・・!!, Jōriku…!!?)
012. Game Over!!! (終わりだ!!, Owari da!!?)
013. Ninja!! (忍者だ!!, Ninja da!!?)
014. The Secret Plan…!!! (秘策・・・!!, Hisaku…!!?)
015. Return of the Sharingan (蘇る写輪眼!!, Yomigaeru Sharingan!!?)
016. Who Are You?! (お前は誰だ!!, Omae wa dare da!!?)
017. Preparations for Battle (戦いの準備!!, Tatakai no junbi!!?)
Kakashi advises the three to start focusing on the team’s well-being instead of their own, and in doing so they are able to pass the test. As one of the team’s first missions, they are assigned to to escort a man named Tazuna to the Land of Waves. Along the way, the group is attacked by Zabuza Momochi, an assassin sent to kill Tazuna. Kakashi, with the help of Naruto, Sasuke, and his own Sharingan eye, is able to defeat Zabuza. Before he can finish Zabuza off, however, a masked boy named Haku arrives to take him away. In preparation for another of Zabuza’s attacks, Kakashi decides to train Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura.
3 Bridge of Courage
Chapter list:
018. Training Day (修業開始, Shūgyō kaishi?)
019. The Emblem of Courage (勇気の象徴, Yūki no shōchō?)
020. The Land That Had a Hero…!! (英雄のいた国・・・!!, Eiyū no ita kuni…!!?)
021. A Meeting in the Forest…!! (森の中の出会い・・・!!, Mori no naka no deai…!!?)
022. The Enemies Return (強敵出現!!, Kyōteki shutsugen!!?)
023. Ambush Times Two! (2つの急襲・・・!!, Futatsu no kyūshū…!!?)
024. Speed!! (スピード!!, Supīdo!!?)
025. For Your Dreams…!! (夢の為に・・・!!, Yume no tame ni…!!?)
026. Sharingan Devastation!! (写輪眼崩し・・・!!, Sharingan kuzushi…!!?)
027. Awakenings (覚醒・・・!!, Mezame…!!?)
In an effort to get stronger, Naruto trains harder than Sasuke and Sakura. Though he catches up to both in terms of talent, exerting the extra effort leaves him fatigued. To allow him a chance to regain his energy, the rest of Team 7 goes on to escort Tazuna without him. Soon afterwards, however, they are attacked again by Zabuza and a masked Haku. Using his new training, Sasuke does battle with Haku and proves to be an equal match, forcing Haku to trap him in a prison of ice. Naruto quickly arrives to help and joins Sasuke in the fight, though both are soon overpowered. As Haku makes to finish Naruto off, Sasuke uses himself as a shield to block the attack and appears to be killed. Naruto, in his anger, taps into the dormant powers of the demon fox sealed within him.
4 The New Opponents
Chapter list:
028. Nine Tails…!! (九尾・・・!!, Kyūbi…!!?)
029. Someone Precious To You (大切な人・・・!!, Taisetsu na hito…!!?)
030. Your Future is…!! (お前の未来は・・・!!, Omae no mirai wa…!!?)
031. To Each His Own Struggle… (それぞれの戦い・・・!!, Sorezore no tatakai…!!?)
032. The Tools Called Shinobi (忍という名の道具, Shinobi to iu na no dōgu?)
033. The Bridge of the Hero!! (英雄の橋!!, Eiyū no hashi!!?)
034. Intruders? (侵入者 !?, Shinnyūsha!??)
035. Iruka vs. Kakashi (イルカVSカカシ!?, Iruka vs. Kakashi?)
036. Sakura’s Depression (サクラの憂鬱!!, Sakura no Yūutsu?)
With the demon fox’s power Naruto is easily able to defeat Haku. When Haku’s mask breaks away, however, Naruto is unable to bring himself to kill the young boy beneath the mask. Elsewhere, Kakashi and Zabuza do battle. As Kakashi is abut to kill Zabuza with his Lightning Blade, Haku appears to take the attack, saving Zabuza at the cost of his own life. Despite this turn of events Kakashi is still able to disable Zabuza, prompting the arrival of Zabuza’s employer, Gato. When Gato orders his own personal army of thugs to kill Zabuza along with Tazuna and Team 7, Zabuza uses the last of his strength to kill Gato, avenging Haku’s death before dying himself. With their mission complete, Team and a revived Sasuke return to Konoha. Soon after returning home, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura are entered into the Chunin Exams, a chance for them to rise up the ninja ranks and test their abilities.
5 Exam Hell
Chapter list:
037. A Total Mismatch!!! (最悪の相性・・・!!, Saiaku no aishō…!!?)
038. On Your Mark (START・・・!!, On Your Mark?)
039. The Challengers!! (挑戦者たち!!, Chōsensha-tachi!!?)
040. The First Test (第一の試験!!, Daīchi no shiken!!?)
041. The Whisper of Demons (悪魔の囁き・・・!?, Akuma no sasayaki…!??)
042. To Each His Own (それぞれの闘い・・・!!, Sorezore no tatakai…!!?)
043. The Tenth Question (第10問目・・・!!, Daijū monme…!!?)
044. The Talents We Test For (試された資質・・・!!, Tamesareta shishitsu…!!?)
045. The Second Exam (第二の試験!!), Daini no shiken!!?)
Prior to the start of the exam, Team 7 has a chance to mingle with their former classmates and fellow rookie ninja: the members of Team 8 and Team 10. Once the first phase of the exam begins, it is revealed that all of those wishing to advance in rank must first complete a written test. The test’s questions, however, prove too difficult for almost all present, and it soon becomes apparent that the true objective of the first phase is to cheat without getting caught. Unaware that this is the test’s true purpose, Naruto insists on continuing. Through his willingness to face the unknown, he is allowed to continue on to the second phase with the rest of the examinees who were not caught.
6 The Forest of Death
Chapter list:
046. The Password Is… (合言葉は・・・!!, Aikotoba wa…!!?)
047. Predator!! (捕食者!!, Hoshokusha!!?)
048. The Target Is…!! (その目的は・・・!!, Sono mokuteki wa…!!?)
049. Coward…!! (臆病者・・・!!, Okubyōmono…!!?)
050. I’ve Got To…!! (私が・・・!!, Watashi ga…!!?)
051. Beauty Is the Beast!! (美しき野獣・・・!!, Utsukushiki yajū…!!?)
052. The Principles of Use!! (使用の条件!!, Shō no jōken!!?)
053. Sakura’s Decision!! (サクラの決意!!, Sakura no ketsui!!?)
054. Sakura and Ino (サクラといの, Sakura to Ino?)
For the second phase of the exams, the remaining teams of three must survive the Forest of Death and arrive at its center in five days’ time. Soon after they enter the forest Team 7 is attacked by Orochimaru. Naruto engages him in battle, though is quickly defeated. Sasuke, inspired by Naruto’s determination, continues the battle in Naruto’s place and defeats Orochimaru. Before escaping, and as a reward for his success, Orochimaru brands Sasuke with a cursed seal, knocking him out. Sakura, the only conscious member of the team, is forced to look after her teammates and defend them from the attacks of Orochimaru’s followers. As she is about to be defeated Team 10 arrives to help, allowing Sakura to return to attending to Naruto and Sasuke as the others deal with her attackers.
7 Orochimaru’s Curse
Chapter list:
055. No Holds Barred!! (全面戦争!!, Zenmen sensō!!?)
056. The Strength That Is Given…!! (与えられし力・・・!!, Ataerareshi chikara…!!?)
057. Ten Hours Earlier… (10時間前, Jū jikan mae?)
058. Witnesses…!! (目撃者・・・!!, Mokugekisha…!!?)
059. The Tragedy of the Sand!! (砂の惨劇!!, Suna no sangeki!!?)
060. The Last Chance…!! (ラストチャンス・・・!!, Rasuto Chansu…!!?)
061. The Path You Should Tread…!! (進むべき道・・・!!, Susumubeki michi…!!?)
062. Trapped Like Rats!! (袋のネズミ・・・!!, Fukuro no nezumi…!!?)
063. One More Face (もう一つの顔, Mō hitotsu no kao?)
Team 10 and Orochimaru’s forces do battle, though their progress is slow in either side claiming victory. Just as additional reinforcements begin to arrive to help Team 10, Sasuke finally awakens, the cursed seal given to him by Orochimaru fueling him with power. With his new strength Sasuke is able to make quick work of their opponents, forcing them to flee. Although the battle is won, Team 7 needs three days to recover. As they make way for the forest’s center on the final day they are briefly impeded by a group of stragglers, though ultimately claim victory and complete the second phase.
8 Life-and-Death Battles
Chapter list:
064. Lord Hokage’s Message…!! (火影の伝令・・・!!, Hokage no denrei…!!?)
065. Life-and-Death Battles!! (命懸けの戦い!!, Inochigake no tatakai!!?)
066. Sakura’s Advice (サクラの勧告, Sakura no kankoku?)
067. Unholy Gifts! (異端なる能力!!, Itan naru nōryoku!!?)
068. Blood of the Uchiha (うちはの血!!, Uchiha no chi!!?)
069. The Deadly Visitor!! (恐怖の訪問者!!, Kyōfu no hōmonsha!!?)
070. The One Who Dies!! (死ぬのは・・・!?, Shinu no wa…!??)
071. The Insurmountable Wall…!! (高すぎる壁・・・!!, Takasugiru kabe…!!?)
072. Rivals…!! (拮抗・・・!!, Kikkō…!!?)
Seven teams of three pass the second phase, far too many aspiring ninja to advance to the final rounds. To reduce the number of participants ten preliminary matches are held, with the winner of each match advancing to the finals. After the first few matches, where Sasuke is able to claim victory, Sakura is pit against her rival and childhood friend Ino Yamanaka. While neither is fond of fighting the other, both do their best to be worthy opponents. Although Sakura is able to avoid Ino’s attacks for much of the match’s duration, Ino is eventually able to restrain her. Using one of her family’s signature abilities Ino takes control of Sakura’s mind, intending to force Sakura to forfeit the match.
9 Turning The Tables
Chapter list:
073. A Declaration of Defeat…?! (敗北宣言・・・!?, Haiboku sengen…!??)
074. The Sixth Round Match, and Then…!! (第六回戦・・・そして!!, Dairoku kaisen… soshite!!?)
075. Naruto’s Coming-of-Age…!! (ナルトの成長・・・!!, Naruto no seichō…!!?)
076. Kiba Turns the Tables… and So Does Naruto?! (キバの逆転!! ナルトの逆転 !!?, Kiba no gyukuten!! Naruto no gyukuten!!??)
077. Naruto’s Clever Scheme!! (ナルトの奇策!!, Naruto no kisaku!!?)
078. Neji and Hinata (ネジとヒナタ, Neji to Hinata?)
079. The Hyuga Clan (日向一族, Hyūga ichizoku?)
080. The Outer Limits (限界を超えて・・・, Genkai o koete…?)
081. Gaara versus… (我愛羅vs・・・, Gaara versus…?)
Before she can be forced to surrender, Sakura is able to expel Ino from her mind. With both tired out from the ordeal, the match culminates in a double knock out, after which the two begin to rekindle their friendship. Naruto proves more fortunate in his own match, outsmarting his opponent to the surprise of the onlookers. Naruto’s success motivates Team 8 member Hinata Hyuga to do her best in the match against her cousin, Neji Hyuga. Neji, a stronger fighter who hates Hinata’s family, shows her no mercy during their fight. The match concludes with Hinata being left in critical condition and Neji showing no remorse for his treatment of one of his relatives. Naruto, enraged by this, swears upon Hinata’s spilled blood that he will defeat Neji in the final matches.
10 A Splendid Ninja
Chapter list:
082. Lee’s Secret!! (リーの秘密!!, Rī no himitsu!!?)
083. The Ultimate Defense… Crumbles?! (絶対防御・崩壊!?, Zettai hōgyo, hōkai!??)
084. The Genius of Hard Work…!! (努力の天才・・・!!, Doryoku no tensai…!!?)
085. Now, of All Times…!! (今こそ・・・!!, Ima koso…!!?)
086. A Splendid Ninja…!! (立派な忍者・・・!!, Rippa na ninja…!!?)
087. The Preliminaries… Completed!! (予選終了・・・!!, Yosen shūryō…!!?)
088. What About Sasuke…?! (サスケは・・・!?, Sasuke wa…!??)
089. Naruto’s Wish…!! (ナルトのお願い・・・!!, Naruto no onegai…!!?)
090. What About My Training?! (修業どーすんだ!?, Shūgyō dōsun’da!??)
As one of the last matches, Rock Lee is pit against Gaara. With his superior speed and strength Lee attempts to claim a quick victory, but is unable to fully bypass Gaara’s superior defenses. After being left tired out from relentless assault, Lee is left unable to move and is left at Gaara’s mercy. After his body is broken by Gaara’s attacks and Gaara makes to finish him off, Gaara is declared the victor to prevent further damage to Lee. The preliminaries draw to a close and the finalists are assigned opponents for the finals in a month’s time, leaving them plenty of time to recuperate and train. Naruto, eager to get ready for his match against Neji Hyuga, approaches Kakashi to help him train. Kakashi, having already decided to train Sasuke, encourages Naruto to find an alternative, which he does in the form of Jiraiya.
11 Impassioned Efforts
Chapter list:
091. Make Me Your Disciple?! (弟子入り志願 !?, Deshi’iri shigan!??)
092. Konoha. vs. Sound vs. Sand (木ノ葉と音と砂と・・・!!, Konoha to Oto to Suna to…!!?)
093. Impassioned Efforts… Each and Every One!! (熱情・・・それぞれ!!, Netsujō… sorezore!!?)
094. The Key…!! (鍵・・・!!, Kagi…!!?)
095. A Chance Encounter…!! (邂逅・・・!!, Kaikō…!!?)
096. The Unexpected Visitor!! (突然の来訪者!!, Totsuzen no raihōsha!!?)
097. My Reason for Living…!! (在り続ける理由!!, Ari tsuzukeru wake!!?)
098. The Proud Failure!! (誇り高き失敗者!!, Hokori takaki shippaisha!!?)
099. The Finals Commence…!! (本線、開始っ・・・!!, Honsen, kaishi…!!?)
Soon after Jiraiya starts to train Naruto, he realizes that Naruto is the container of the demon fox. Rather than give him the usual training regiment of preserving his strength, Jiraiya trains him to take advantage of the fox’s power. Meanwhile, rumors of an impending invasion of Konoha by the villages of Otogakure and Sunagakure begin to spread, causing the Konoha ninja to begin preparing for the worst. For Naruto, his training consists of being taught how to summon toads to his side during battle. Although he struggles to get the hang of it at first, he is eventually able to take full advantage of the demon fox and summon a toad. Naruto recovers from his training and, on the day of the finals, heads to the location of the final matches.
12 The Great Flight
Chapter list:
100. Prepared to Lose…!! (玉砕覚悟!!, Gyokusai kakugo!!?)
101. The Other…!! (もう一つの・・・!!, Mō hitotsu no…!!?)
102. The Caged Bird…!! (籠の中の鳥・・・!!, Kago no naka no tori…!!?)
103. The Failure!! (落ちこぼれ!!, Ochigobore!!?)
104. The Power to Change…!! (変える力・・・!!, Kaeru chikara…!!?)
105. The Great Flight!! (大いなる飛翔!!, Ōi naru hishō!!?)
106. Sasuke Forfeits…?! (サスケ失格・・・!?, Sasuke shikkaku…!??)
107. The Boy with No Fighting Spirit!! (やる気ゼロの男!!, Yaruki zero no otoko!!?)
108. A Plot Within a Plot…?! (勝利への伏線・・・!?, Shōri e no fukasen…!??)
In the first match of the finals, Naruto gets to fight Neji Hyuga. With Neji being more naturally skilled than him, Naruto is forced to call upon the dormant powers of the demon fox to get an even footing. The two ultimately clash, and after the smoke clears Neji appears to be the victor. Before he can be declared the winner, however, Naruto manages a successful sneak attack, which knocks Neji out and lets Naruto claim victory. For the next match, Shikamaru Nara fights Temari. Shikamaru uses his shadow to try and trap her, and although Temari tries to stay out of his shadow’s range he is able to to catch her. Though poised to win his match, Shikamaru forfeits instead due to the amount of energy wasted in trying to catch Temari.
13 The Chunin Exam, Concluded…!!
Chapter list:
109. Tree Leaves, Dancing…!! (木の葉、舞い・・・!!, Konoha, mai…!!?)
110. At Long Last…!! (いよいよ・・・!!, Iyo iyo…!!?)
111. Sasuke vs. Gaara!! (サスケVS我愛羅!!, Sasuke vs. Gaara!!?)
112. Sasuke’s Taijutsu…!! (サスケの体術・・・!!, Sasuke no taijutsu…!!?)
113. The Reason He Was Late…!! (遅刻の理由・・・!!, Chikoku no ryū…!!?)
114. Violent Assault…!! (強襲・・・!!, Kyōshū…!!?)
115. The Chunin Exam, Concluded…!! (中忍試験、終了・・・!!, Chūnin shiken, shūryō…!!?)
116. Operation Destroy Konoha…!! (木ノ葉崩し・・・!!, Konoha kuzushi…!!?)
117. The Imparted Mission…!! (下された任務・・・!!, Kudasareta ninmu…!!?)
Sasuke begins his match with Gaara by trying, like Rock Lee, to bypass his defenses. When he too proves unsuccessful, he readies an attack taught to him by Kakashi: Chidori. Just as he use it to break through Gaara’s defensive shield, the invasion of Konoha starts, ending the finals. Orochimaru, the mastermind behind the invasion, takes the Third Hokage, Konoha’s leader, hostage and the two begin to fight. As invading forces pour into Konoha, Sasuke pursues a fleeing Gaara. Not wanting Sasuke to get too far away, but not able to follow him personally, Kakashi sends Sakura, Naruto, and Shikamaru to stop him.
14 Hokage vs. Hokage!!
Chapter list:
118. Detainment…!! (足止め・・・!!, Ashidome…!!?)
119. The Life I Wanted…!! (オレの人生・・・!!, Ore no jinsei…!!?)
120. Hokage vs. Hokage!! (火影VS火影!!, Hokage vs. Hokage!!?)
121. The Terrible Experiment…!! (恐るべき実験・・・!!, Osorubeki jikken…!!?)
122. The Bestowed Will!! (受け継がれてゆく意志!!, Uketsugarete yuku ishi!!?)
123. The Final Seal (最後の封印, Saigo no fūin?)
124. The Eternal Battle…!! (永遠なる闘い・・・!!, Eien naru tatakai…!!?)
125. The Time of Awakening…!! (目覚めの時・・・!!, Mezame no toki…!!?)
126. Off Guard…!! (油断・・・!!, Yudan…!!?)
Orochimaru, a former student of the Third Hokage that is eager to kill his old master, resurrects the First and Second Hokage, the Third’s former teachers, to fight him. Needing to get rid of the two if he is to defeat Orochimaru, the Third seals away their souls to dispose of them. The Third attempts to seal Orochimaru’s soul as well, but is stabbed in the back before he can complete the sealing. Elsewhere, Naruto, Sakura, and Shikamaru discover that they are being followed by some of Konoha’s invaders, and Shikamaru opts to stay behind to stall them. Using the strength left over from his fight with Temari he buys them the necessary time.
15 Naruto’s Ninja Handbook!
Chapter list:
127. To Feel Alive…!! (生の実感・・・!!), Sei no jikkan…!!?)
128. Exceeding One’s Limits…!! (限界を超えて・・・!!, Genkai o koete…!!?)
129. To Hurt…!!! (痛み・・・!!, Itami…!!?)
130. Love…!! (愛情・・・!!, Aijō…!!?)
131. The Name Gaara…!! (我愛羅という名・・・!!, Gaara to iu na…!!?)
132. The Two…Darkness and Light (二人・・・闇と光, Futari… Yami to hikari?)
133. Those Who Are Strong…!! (強き者・・・!!, Tsuyokimono…!!?)
134. Naruto’s Ninja Handbook! (ナルト忍法帖!!, Naruto ninpōchō!!?)
135. The Gale-Like Battle…!! (嵐の如き戦い!!, Arashi no gotoki tatakai!!?)
Sasuke catches up with Gaara, just in time to witness the beginnings of Gaara’s transformation. As he begins to assume a monstrous form, Gaara is given enough speed and strength to overcome Sasuke’s Chidori. As Gaara is about to finish him off, Naruto arrives to fight save him and fight in his place. After Naruto taps into the power of the demon fox sealed within him, Gaara completes his transformation becoming a life-size replica of Shukaku, the beast sealed within him. To compete with this giant form, Naruto summons the biggest toad he can muster. The toad clashes with Shukaku and Naruto, hoping to end the battle quickly, tries to bring Gaara to his senses.
16 Eulogy
Chapter list:
136. The Last Blow…!! (最後の一撃・・・!!, Saigo no ichigeki…!!?)
137. The Shinobi of Konoha…!! (木ノ葉の忍・・・!!, Konoha no shinobi…!!?)
138. Operation Destroy Konoha, Terminated!! (木ノ葉崩し、終結!!, Konoha kuzushi, shūketsu!!?)
139. Eulogy…!! (その者の名は・・・!!, Sono mono no na wa…!!?)
140. Contact…!! (接近・・・!!, Sekkin…!!?)
141. Uchiha Itachi!! (うちはイタチ!!, Uchiha Itachi!!?)
142. Kakashi vs. Itachi (カカシvsイタチ, Kakashi vs. Itachi?)
143. The Fourth Hokage’s Legacy!! (四代目の遺産!!, Yondaime no isan!!?)
144. The Pursuers (追跡者, Tsuisekisha?)
Naruto awakens Gaara, causing the Shukaku form to recede. The two have one final exchange of blows and Naruto is able to claim victory. Meanwhile, the Third Hokage realizes that he lacks the strength needed to fully seal Orochimaru’s soul. Doing what little he can he seals his arms instead, ending the invasion and allowing him to die at peace. Orochimaru and the invaders flee, and Konoha begins to rebuild. Jiraiya, with Naruto’s assistance, sets out to find a new Hokage, hoping that his old teammate, Tsunade, will take the job. As they leave, Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki infiltrate Konoha and are engaged in battle by Konoha’s elite ninja. The two prove too much for Konoha’s forces, and even Kakashi is left beaten after fighting the two. Before they leave Kakashi is able to learn that they are members of Akatsuki who seek to capture Naruto for the demon fox sealed within him. Sasuke learns of this and, having a prior desire to kill his brother, Itachi, races out to find Naruto before they do.
17 Itachi’s Power
Chapter list:
145. Memories of Despair (絶望の記憶, Zetsubō no kioku?)
146. Along with Hatred…!! (憎悪とともに・・・!!, Zōo to tomo ni…!!?)
147. It’s My Fight!! (オレの戦い!!, Ore no tatakai!!?)
148. Itachi’s Power!! (イタチの能力!!, Itachi no chikara!!?)
149. The Legendary…!! (伝説の・・・!!, Densetsu no…!!?)
150. Training Begins…?! (修行開始・・・!?, Shūgyō kaishi…!??)
151. The Hook…!! (きっかけ・・・!!, Kikkake…!!?)
152. The Second State (第二段階, Daini dankai?)
153. The Searchers!! (捜索者たち!!, Sōsakusha-tachi?)
Once finding Naruto, Itachi and Kisame try to take him with them. Before they can do so, however, Sasuke arrives, ready to kill Itachi for murdering their family years earlier. Despite Sasuke’s efforts, Itachi is more than capable of dealing with him, and it is not until the arrival of Jiraiya that they are driven off. Sasuke is sent back to Konoha to recover, and Naruto and Jiraiya continue their search. As they travel from town to town trying to find out about Tsunade’s location, Jiraiya begins teaching Naruto how to use the Rasengan. As Naruto slowly progresses through the learning stages, Orochimaru, in need of a way to heal his arms if he is to attack Konoha again, also sets out to find Tsunade, her medical expertise being the only thing that can help him.
18 Tsunade’s Choice
Chapter list:
154. Convergence…!! (到達・・・!!, Dōtatsu…!!?)
155. The Third State (第三段階, Daisan dankai?)
156. The Offer (取り引き, Torihiki?)
157. Tsunade’s Answer…?! (答えは・・・!?, Kotae wa…!??)
158. No Forgiveness…!! (許さねぇ・・・!!, Yurusane…!!?)
159. The Wager…!! (賭け・・・!!, Kake…!!?)
160. The Necklace of Death…!! (死の首飾り・・・!!, Shi no kubikazari…!!?)
161. Tsunade’s Choice!! (綱手の決意!!, Tsunade no ketsui?)
162. A Vulnerable Heart…!! (抗えぬ心・・・!!, Aragaenu kokoro…!!?)
Orochimaru tracks down Tsunade and makes her an offer: heal his arms and in exchange he will revive her dead brother and lover. He gives her a week to consider it and leaves. Soon afterwards Jiraiya and Naruto find her and offer her the title of Hokage. She turns down the offer, instead choosing to insult the former Hokage. Naruto, enraged, attacks her with an incomplete Rasengan. Intrigued by his progress, Tsunade makes a bet with him: that he cannot perfect the Rasengan in a week. Naruto, determined to prove her wrong, accepts and dedicates his time to completing the attack. Once the week is up and he appears to have been unsuccessful, Tsunade, disappointed in his progress, goes to meet Orochimaru.
19 Successor
Chapter list:
163. Undecayed…!! (朽ちぬもの・・・!!, Kuchinumono…!!?)
164. Medical Specialists!! (医療忍者!!, Supesharisuto!!?)
165. Naruto Attacks!! (ナルト、突撃っ!!, Naruto, totsugeki!!?)
166. Shinobi Skills…!! (忍の才能・・・!!, Shinobi no sainō…!!?)
167. As Promised…!! (約束通り・・・!!, Yakusoku dōri…!!?)
168. Once More (もう一度だけ, Mō ichido dake?)
169. Risking Everything…!! (命を懸ける・・・!!, Inochi o kakeru…!!?)
170. Deadlock!! (三竦みの攻防!!, Sansukumi no kōbō!!?)
171. Successor (受け継ぐ者, Uketsugumono?)
Tsunade meets with Orochimaru, though rather than heal him she tries to kill him. Unwilling to see her loved ones if it would mean the destruction of Konoha, Tsunade is drawn into battle with Orochimaru’s assistant, Kabuto Yakushi. Kabuto is eventually able to immobilize her, forcing the newly arrived Jiraiya and Naruto to defend her; Jiraiya battling Orochimaru and Naruto fighting Kabuto. Although Kabuto appears in control of the battle, Naruto is able to deliver a perfected Rasengan to his stomach in an attempt to protect Tsunade. Inspired by Naruto’s winning of their bet, Tsunade overcomes her restraints and joins Jiraiya in attacking Orochimaru. Unable to do combat with both of them, Orochimaru escapes with Kabuto. Once Naruto recovers, Tsunade decides to accept the title of Hokage, and returns with him and Jiraiya to Konoha.
20 Naruto vs. Sasuke
Chapter list:
172. The Return (帰郷, Kikyō?)
173. Anguish (苦悩する者たち, Kunōsurumono-tachi?)
174. Feelings…! (想い、それぞれ・・・!, Omoi, sorezore…!?)
175. Naruto vs. Sasuke!! (ナルトvsサスケ!!, Naruto vs. Sasuke!!?)
176. Rivals (ライバルというもの, Raibaru to iu mono?)
177. The Sound Ninja Four (音の四人衆, Oto no yoninshū?)
178. Invitation…!! (音の誘い・・・!!, Oto no izanai…!!?)
179. Never Forget…!! (忘れるな・・・!!, Wasureruna…!!?)
180. A Promise!! (約束だ!!, Yakusoku da!!?)
Upon returning, Tsunade tends to a number of injuries that have yet to be fully healed. Rock Lee, his injuries from his fight with Gaara too severe to be healed by regular medics, proves her most difficult case. After inspecting the damage to his body Tsunade advises that he give up his life as a ninja, though Lee insists taking the operation. Meanwhile, Sasuke, angry with himself for being so easily defeated by Itachi, begins to search earnestly for ways to get stronger. In doing so he forces Naruto to fight him, though his spirits are only dampened further when Naruto’s Rasengan proves stronger than his Chidori. To draw Sasuke further down the path of vengeance, Orochimaru sends his Sound Four to confront Sasuke and show him the strength that can be gained by joining them.
21 Pursuit
Chapter list:
181. The Battle Begins…!! (闘いの始まり・・・!!, Tatakai no hajimari…!!?)
182. Assemble!! (集結!!, Shūketsu!!?)
183. The Promise (一生の約束, Isshō no yakusoku?)
184. Sound vs. Leaf!! (音vs木ノ葉!!, Oto vs Konoha!!?)
185. Pursuit…!! (音を追え・・・!!, Oto o oe…!!?)
186. Failure…?! (作戦・・・失敗!?, Sakusen… shippai!??)
187. The Plea…!! (命乞い・・・!!, Inochigoi…!!?)
188. The Shinobi of Konohagakure…!! (木ノ葉隠れの忍・・・!!, Konohakagure no shinobi?)
189. Faith…!! (信じる力・・・!!, Shinjiru chikara…!!?)
190. Unforgivable!! (許せない!!, Yurusenai!!?)
Sasuke decides to go to Orochimaru in order to get stronger, and accompanies the Sound Four back to his lair. Upon learning of Sasuke’s defection, Naruto accompanies Shikamaru Nara in assembling a team to retrieve him, and the two gather Neji Hyuga, Kiba Inuzuka, and Choji Akimichi to their cause. The team pursues the Sound Four until they are trapped by Sound Four member Jirobo, who distracts them while the rest of the Sound Four goes on ahead. Choji is able to free the team from Jirobo, and begins to do battle with him while the others continue their pursuit. Choji and Jirobo have a battle of strengths, with Choji eventually claiming victory.
22 Comrades
Chapter list:
191. Comrades…!! (仲間・・・!!, Nakama…!!?)
192. The Plan…!! (段取り・・・!!, Dandori…!!?)
193. Game Over (ゲームオーバー, Gēmu Ōbā?)
194. Taking Stock (さぐりあい, Saguriai?)
195. Capture…!! (攻略法・・・!!, Kōryaku hō…!!?)
196. The Strongest Enemy!! (一番強い敵!!, Ichiban tsuyoi teki!!?)
197. Prepared to Die!! (決死の覚悟!!, Kesshi no kakugo!!?)
198. Transference…!! (転生・・・!!, Tensei…!!?)
199. The Wish…!! (願望・・・!!, Ganbō…!!?)
Once the retrieval team catches up with the Sound Four, Kidomaru uses his personal webbing to trap them. Neji frees the team from the bindings and sends the others after the remaining Sound Four members. Kidomaru attacks Neji from afar, slowly studying his actions to devise a way to defeat him. Using his webbing to create a bow and arrow, Kidomaru begins firing shots at a blindspot in Neji’s defenses, eventually succeeding in hitting his target. Neji, however, is able to survive the attack, and uses the arrow that pierced him to to defeat Kidomaru. Elsewhere, Orochimaru earnestly awaits Sasuke’s arrival, planning to take Sasuke’s body for himself to regain the use of his arms. Although he puts it off for as long as he can, Orochimaru is forced to take a different body, planning to instead take Sasuke’s body at a later date.
23 Predicament
Chapter list:
200. According to Plan…!! (計算通り・・・!!, Keisan dōri…!!?)
201. Miscalculation…!! (計算違い・・・!!, Keisan chigai…!!?)
202. Three Wishes!! (三つの願い!!, Mittsu no negai!!?)
203. Sakon’s Secret (左近の秘密, Sakon no himitsu?)
204. Ukon’s Prowess (右近の能力, Ukon no nōryoku?)
205. Kiba’s Decision!! (キバの決意!!, Kiba no ketsui!!?)
206. Predicament…!! (苦境・・・!!, Kukyō…!!?)
207. Deadlocked (飛車角落ち, Hisha kakuochi?)
208. Fake-Out!! (一手目はフェイク!!, Itteme wa feiku!!?)
After the remaining portion of the retrieval team catches up with the Sound Four again, Naruto, Shikamaru, and Kiba split up to fight the remaining Sound Four members individually. Kiba battles with Sakon and Ukon while Shikamaru fights Tayuya. The Sound Four members overwhelm the Konoha ninja, and they are left on the verge of defeat. Meanwhile, Kimimaro, a former member of the Sound Four sent to continue the task of bringing Sasuke to Orochimaru, is forced to fight Naruto. Despite Naruto’s best efforts, Kimimaro is able to buy enough time for Sasuke to continue on his own.
24 Unorthodox
Chapter list:
209. Help Arrives!! (助っ人、参上!!, Suketto, sanjō!!?)
210. Lee’s Secret!! (リーの秘密!!, Rī no himitsu?)
211. Unorthodox…!! (変則的・・・!!, Hensokuteki…!!?)
212. Danger Danger Danger!! (ピンチ・ピンチ・ピンチ!!, Pinchi pinchi pinchi!!?)
213. Debt…!! (大きな借り・・・!!, Ōki na kari…!!?)
214. Retreat…!! (いったん退いて・・・!!, Ittan hīte…!!?)
215. Gaara of the Sand (砂漠の我愛羅, Sabaku no Gaara?)
216. Halberd and Shield…!! (矛と盾・・・!!, Hoku to tate…!!?)
217. For the Most Precious (大切な者の為に, Taisetsu na mono no tame ni?)
Determined to go after Sasuke, Naruto contemplates how to defeat Kimimaro. Rock Lee, having recovered from his surgery, soon arrives to fight Kimimaro in his place, allowing Naruto to continue on. Despite briefly gaining the upperhand, Lee, like Kiba and Shikamaru, is forced onto the defensive, and it is not until the arrival of Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro that they are all saved. Temari crushes Tayuya under a pile of debris and Kankuro kills Sakon and Ukon with a barrage of weapons. Gaara proves to have a more difficult fight, as Kimimaro is continually able to recover from his attacks. As Kimimaro is about to kill Gaara and Lee via a sneak attack, he dies of the illness that forced him to leave the Sound Four. Their battles won, the Konoha ninja return home with their saviors, just as Naruto catches up with Sasuke.
25 Brothers
Chapter list:
218. Konohagakure Comrades!! (木ノ葉の仲間!!, Konoha no nakama!!?)
219. Future and Past (未来と過去, Mirai to kako?)
220. Brothers (兄と弟, Itachi to Sasuke?)
221. Out of Reach (遠すぎる兄, Tōsugiru ani?)
222. Itachi Accused (イタチの疑惑, Itachi no giwaku?)
223. Father and Son (サスケと父, Sasuke to chichi?)
224. That Day…!! (その日・・・!!, Sono hi…!!?)
225. In Darkness…!! (闇の中・・・!!, Yami no naka…!!?)
226. For a Friend…!! (親しき友に・・・!!, Shitashiki tomo ni…!!?)
Naruto tries to reason with Sasuke, though Sasuke is uninterested in returning to Konoha. As the two start to fight Sasuke remembers why he became so determined to gain power and kill Itachi. Sasuke spent his childhood trying to win his family’s recognition, though their interest was always focused on Itachi and his prodigious skills. Just when Itachi began to distance himself from the clan and Sasuke started to enjoy his family’s attention, he returned home one day to find that Itachi had killed their entire family. Deciding to spare Sasuke, Itachi gave him words of advice: in order to become strong enough to kill him and avenge the clan, Sasuke need only strive for power. To help Sasuke down this path, Itachi told Sasuke how to gain the Uchiha clan’s most powerful ability, the Mangekyo Sharingan: simply kill your closest friend. Having since come to find Naruto to be his closest friend, Sasuke prepares do just that, finding the loss of Naruto to be an adequate payment for the strength needed to kill Itachi.
26 Awakening
Chapter list:
227. Chidori vs. Rasengan!! (千鳥VS螺旋丸!!, Chidori vs. Rasengan!!?)
228. Kakashi’s Premonition (カカシの予感, Kakashi no yokan?)
229. The Bond…!! (繋がり・・・!!, Tsunagari…!!?)
230. Awakening!! (目醒めの時!!, Mezame no toki!!?)
231. Special!! (特別な力!!, Tokubetsu na chikara!!?)
232. The Final Valley (終末の谷, Shūmatsu no tani?)
233. The Worst Ending…!! (最悪の結末・・・!!, Saiaku no ketsumatsu…!!?)
234. Parting Ways…!! (別れの日・・・!!, Wakare no hi…!!?)
235. Mission Failed…!! (任務失敗・・・!!, Ninmu shippai…!!?)
Naruto and Sasuke prove equally matched. In attempts to gain victory, each calls upon their unique strengths: Naruto and the demon fox’s power, Sasuke and his cursed seal’s reserves. Naruto and Sasuke fuel their sources of strength into their Rasengan and Chidori, respectively, and attack one another. Once the energy created by the clash dissipates, Sasuke stands over a defeated Naruto, though his injuries leave him little better off. Although he contemplates killing Naruto he eventually decides against it, realizing that that is what Itachi would want. Deciding to get power in his own way, Sasuke goes to Orochimaru, ready for whatever is necessary to get stronger. Kakashi arrives to retrieve Naruto and take him back to Konoha, where he, like the rest of the retrieval team, are healed.
27 Departure
Chapter list:
236. A Broken Promise (守れなかった約束, Mamorenakatta yakusoku?)
237. Fool…!! (馬鹿・・・!!, Baka…!!?)
238. Departure!! (旅立ちの日!!, Tabidachi no hi!!?)
239. Chronicle 1: The Mission Begins…!! (外伝其ノ一:任務開始・・・!!, Gaiden sono ichi: Misshon Sutāto…!!?)
240. Chronicle 2: Teamwork!! (外伝其ノ二:チームワーク!!, Gaiden sono ni: Chīmuwāku!!?)
241. Chronicle 3: A True Hero!! (外伝其ノ三:本当の英雄!!, Gaiden sono san: Honto no eiyū!!?)
242. Chronicle 4: The Crybaby Ninja (外伝其ノ四:泣き虫忍者, Gaiden sono yon: Nakimushi ninja?)
243. Chronicle 5: A Gift (外伝其ノ五:プレゼント, Gaiden sono go: Purezento?)
244. Chronicle 6: Sharingan Hero (外伝最終話:写輪眼の英雄, Gaiden owari: Sharingan no eiyū?)
Sakura goes to see Naruto at the hospital, though is saddened by the injuries he sustained in trying to retrieve Sasuke. Naruto promises her that he will someday bring Sasuke back, though she corrects him by saying that when that day comes they will bring him back together. Resolving to get stronger Sakura asks to become Tsunade’s apprentice, and begins training for the next time she sees Sasuke. Jiraiya, meanwhile, offers to take Naruto away for three years to help him get stronger. Naruto agrees, and after getting out of the hospital sets out with Jiraiya, determined to be stronger by the time he returns to the village. In the intermission between Naruto’s departure and eventual return, the story of Kakashi Gaiden is told, explaining how Kakashi received his Sharingan eye from his best friend, Obito Uchiha.
Part II
Volume #
Chapter list:
245. Homecoming!! (ナルトの帰郷!!, Naruto no kikyō!!?)
246. My, How They’ve Grown!! (二人の成長!!, Futari no seichō!!?)
247. Intruders in the Sand (砂への侵入者たち, Suna e no shinnyūsha-tachi?)
248. The Sand Strike Back…!! (迎えうつ砂・・・!!, Mukaeutsu suna…!!?)
249. The Kazekage Stands Tall…!! (風影として・・・!!, Kazekage to shite…!!?)
250. New Squad, First Mission!! (新チーム、初任務!!, Shin chīmu, hatsu ninmu!!?)
251. To the Sand…!! (砂へ・・・!!, Suna e…!!?)
252. Feelings Run Wild…!! (想い、駆ける・・・!!, Omoi, kakeru…!!?)
253. Reinforcements…!! (頼れる加勢・・・!!, Tayoreru kasei…!!?)
After two-and-a-half years of training abroad, Naruto Uzumaki returns to his hometown of Konohagakure. To coincide with his return, the criminal organization Akatsuki becomes more active in its quest to capture all of the tailed beasts. For this task, Akatsuki sends members Sasori and Deidara to capture Gaara of Sunagakure. They succeed in their task and flee the village with Gaara. Upon hearing of this, Naruto reforms his old Team 7 by recruiting Kakashi Hatake and Sakura Haruno to the cause of going to save Gaara.
Chapter list:
254. Siblings…!! (兄弟・・・!!, Kyōdai…!!?)
255. Approach…!! (接近・・・!!, Sekkin…!!?)
256. Enemies!! (立ちはだかる者たち!!, Tachi wa dakaru mono-tachi!!?)
257. Kakashi Comes Through (カカシの経験値, Kakashi no keiken atai?)
258. Guy vs. Kisame!! (ガイVS鬼鮫!!, Gai VS Kisame?)
259. The Power of Itachi…!! (イタチの力・・・!!, Itachi no chikara…!!?)
260. Kakashi vs. Itachi!! (カカシVSイタチ!!, Kakashi vs. Itachi!!?)
261. Jinchūriki Host…!! (人柱力・・・!!, Jinchūriki Host…!!?)
262. Naruto Charges On…!! (駆ける思い・・・!!, Kakeru omoi…!!?)
During a brief pitstop in Sunagakure, Team 7 is joined by Chiyo, Sasori’s grandmother. The group follows the Akatsuki members’ trail from Sunagakure while Konoha sends Team Guy to assist Team 7. Akatsuki, meanwhile, is in the process of extracting the One-Tailed Shukaku from Gaara’s body, a task that will take three days. To stall the approaching Teams 7 and Guy, Akatsuki members Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki are sent to distract them, and succeed in buying the needed time. Team 7 and Team Guy eventually converge outside the Akatsuki hideout just as the Shukaku’s extraction reaches completion.
Chapter list:
263. Rage…!! (大声で怒れ・・・!!, Ōgoe de ikare…!!?)
264. Sasori’s Masterpiece…!! (サソリの芸術・・・!!, Sasori no geijutsu…!!?)
265. Granny Chiyo & Sakura (チヨバアとサクラ, Chiyo-bā to Sakura?)
266. Sasori Revealed…!! (サソリ、現る・・・!!, Sasori, arawaru…!!?)
267. Fierce Determination…!! (激しき決意・・・!!, Hageshiki ketsui…!!?)
268. Puppet Masters!! (傀儡師VS傀儡師!!, Kugutsushi VS kugutsushi?)
269. What Can I Do…?! (出来ること・・・!!, Dekiru koto…!!?)
270. Miscalculation…!! (誤算・・・!!, Gosan…!!?)
271. Unknown Power…!! (未知の能力・・・!!, Michi no chikara…!!?)
In order for Team 7 to gain entry to the Akatsuki lair, Team Guy is forced to split up in order to take down a barrier over the entrance. Though they accomplish this task, the members of Team Guy are forced to deal with a number of booby traps left for them. Team 7, meanwhile, finds Sasori and Deidara to be the only Akatsuki members remaining. Deidara flies off with Gaara’s body, leading Naruto and Kakashi away and leaving Sakura and Chiyo to deal with Sasori. Sasori, a master of puppetry, uses a number of different puppets to attack the two. Sakura’s immense strength and Chiyo’s own skills with puppetry, however, are more than capable of dealing with his puppets.
Chapter list:
272. Granny Chiyo vs. Sasori…!! (チヨバアVSサソリ・・・!!, Chiyo-bā VS Sasori…!!?)
273. Final Battle…!! (ラストバトル!!, Rasuto batoru!!?)
274. Impossible Dream (叶わぬ夢, Kanawanu yume?)
275. Reward…!! (褒美・・・!!, Hōbi…!!?)
276. New Sharingan!! (新しい写輪眼!!, Atarashī Sharingan!!?)
277. The Ultimate Art…!! (究極の芸術!!, Kyūkyōku no geijūtsu!!?)
278. The Death of Gaara (我愛羅の死, Gaara no shi?)
279. Power & Miracles…!! (不思議な力・・・!!, Fushigi na chikara…!!?)
280. Trust!! (託された想い!!, Takusareta omoi!!?)
Backed into a corner, Sasori begins utilizing 100 puppets simultaneously in an attempt to overwhelm Sakura and Chiyo. As they deal with this puppet army, Sasori attempts to sneak up on Chiyo and kill her, though Sakura blocks the attack as a human shield. With Sasori caught unaware, Chiyo stabs him through the heart, and turns her attention to healing Sakura’s injuries. As a reward to Sakura for surviving, Sasori tells her of a spy he has within Orochimaru’s ranks with his dying breath. Elsewhere, Naruto and Kakashi succeed in taking Gaara’s body from Deidara, though Deidara himself is able to escape. After they regroup with Chiyo, Sakura, and Team Guy, Sakura tries to revive Gaara, though Shukaku’s extraction has resulted in his death. As Naruto mourns for Gaara, Chiyo begins transferring her life energy to Gaara’s body, restoring him to life at the cost of her own. The group honors Chiyo’s memory and then returns home.
Chapter list:
281. The Search for Sasuke!! (サスケへの道!!, Sasuke e no michi!!?)
282. Team Kakashi Returns (カカシ班帰還, Kakashi han kikan?)
283. Team Members Wanted!! (メンバー探し!!, Menbā sagashi!!?)
284. The New Cell…!! (新しい仲間・・・!!, Atarashī nakama…!!?)
285. The Foundation (“根”の者!!, “Ne” no mono!!?)
286. Naruto, Sasuke, & Sakura (ナルトとサスケとサイ, Naruto to Sasuke to Sai?)
287. Untitled (無題, Mudai?)
288. Feelings…? (分からない感情, Wakaranai kanjō?)
289. The Akatsuki Spy!! (“暁”のスパイ!!, “Akatsuki” no supai!!?)
Kakashi is left bedridden upon his return to Konoha, his energy gone after his battle with Deidara. Despite this, he makes plans for Naruto and Sakura to meet with Sasori’s spy in the hopes that they will be able to retrieve the final member of the original Team 7: Sasuke Uchiha. Konoha’s elders, worried that Akatsuki might try to capture Naruto for the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox sealed within him, assigns Sai to join them as extra protection and Yamato as the group’s leader. Naruto and Sakura have difficulties working with Sai and his apparent contempt for Sasuke, which Yamato does his best to reconcile. The group forms a plan, and Yamato goes to meet the spy alone with Naruto, Sakura, and Sai waiting in the shadows as backup. Yamato begins to question the spy, Kabuto Yakushi, about Orochimaru’s base of operations, just as Orochimaru himself shows up to end their discussion.
Chapter list:
290. Consequences!! (裏切りの結末!!, Uragiri no ketsumatsu!!?)
291. Rage Trigger!! (怒りの引き金!!, Ikari no hikigane!!?)
292. The Third Tail…!! (三本目・・・!!, Sanhonme…!!?)
293. Rampage…!! (暴走・・・!!, Bōsō…!!?)
294. The Fourth Tail…!! (四本目・・・!!, Yonhonme…!!?)
295. Toward Nine Tails…!! (九尾へ・・・!!, Kyūbi e…!!?)
296. The Sad Conclusion (悲しき決着, Kanashiki kecchaku?)
297. Sai’s Mission!! (サイの任務!!, Sai no ninmu!!?)
298. The Secret Mission…!! (極秘任務・・・!!, Gokuhi ninmu…!!?)
299. The Source of Strength…!! (強さの源・・・!!, Tsuyosa no minamoto…!!?)
Kabuto, having always been loyal to Orochimaru, turns against Yamato, forcing him to call in Naruto, Sakura, and Sai for help. Naruto is drawn into battle with Orochimaru, and all the while his rage grows, allowing the demon fox within him to turn Naruto into a four-tailed manifestation of itself. This new Naruto attacks Orochimaru, who is only barely able to repel him. To stop Naruto from continuing his attack, Yamato uses his unique abilities to suppress the demon fox’s influence, returning Naruto to his normal state. Meanwhile, Sai joins sides with Orochimaru on behalf of his organization, Root, and they take him back to their hideout. Once learning of this Yamato, Naruto, and Sakura follow him, hoping that he can lead them to Sasuke.
Chapter list:
300. Sai’s Picture Book…!! (サイの絵本・・・!!, Sai no ehon…!!?)
301. Sai and Sasuke!! (サイとサスケ!!, Sai to Sasuke!!?)
302. Infiltration…!! (潜入・・・!!, Sennyū…!!?)
303. Sai’s Betrayal!! (サイの裏切り!!, Sai no uragiri!!?)
304. The Reverse Betrayal!! (裏切りの裏側!!, Uragiri no uragawa!!?)
305. The Bond with You (キミとのつながり, Kimi to no tsunagari?)
306. The Time of Reunion…!! (再会の時・・・!!, Saikai no toki…!!?)
307. Whim…!! (気まぐれ・・・!!, Kimagure…!!?)
308. Sasuke’s Power!! (サスケの力!!, Sasuke no chikara!!?)
309. Conversation with the Nine-Tails!! (九尾との対話!!, Kyūbi to no taiwa!!?)
Yamato, Naruto, and Sakura find Sai and restrain him for his treachery. As they prepare to go looking for Sasuke, Sai questions Naruto’s reasons for wanting to have Sasuke back, to which Naruto responds that the two had formed a bond that he won’t allow to be broken. Intrigued by this concept of bonds, Sai rejoins them, even helping in capturing Kabuto. The group splits up, and Sai is the first to find Sasuke. Although he attempts to capture Sasuke on Naruto’s behalf, Sasuke proves too strong. Naruto, Sakura, and Yamato soon arrive to help, though their combined efforts are still no match for Sasuke’s increase in strength. As Sasuke prepares to kill them all, Orochimaru and a freed Kabuto arrive to stop him, and they disappear to leave the retrieval defeated.
Chapter list:
310. Title (タイトル, Taitoru?)
311. Nickname (あだ名, Adana?)
312. Silent Approaching Threat!! (忍び寄る脅威!!, Shinobiyoru kyōi!!?)
313. The New Pair!! (新たなる二人組!!, Aratanaru futarigumi!!?)
314. “Akatsuki” Invasion…!! (“暁”侵攻・・・!!, “Akatsuki” shinkō…!!?)
315. Special Training!! (特別な修業!!, Tokubetsu na shugyō!!?)
316. Training, Begin!! (修行、始め!!, Shugyō, hajime!!?)
317. The Nightmare Begins!! (悪夢の始まり!!, Akumu no hajimari!!?)
318. Favorable Training (順調なる修業, Junchō naru shugyō?)
319. The Motivator (つき動かすもの, Tsukiugokasumono?)
Kakashi, hoping to help Naruto be a better match for Sasuke during their next meeting, begins to train him in creating a new attack. Once finding that Naruto has a natural affinity for wind-based attacks, Kakashi helps him hone the ability to control wind. To expedite this process Kakashi has Naruto train with hundreds of copies of himself, allowing their collective knowledge to complete a year’s worth of training in a few days. Meanwhile, two Akatsuki members, Hidan and Kakuzu, head towards Konoha to further their organization’s goal of obtaining all the tailed beasts. Tsunade, determined to either capture or eliminate the pair, mobilizes the Niju Shotai, a group of twenty squads of four ninja assigned to accomplish this very task, to find the two.
Chapter list:
320. Bounty Head…!! (賞金首・・・!!, Shōkin kubi…!!?)
321. Smooth-Talker…!! (口上手・・・!!, Kuchijōzu…!!?)
322. He Can’t be Killed (あいつは殺せない, Aitsu wa korosenai?)
323. God’s Judgment!! (神の裁き!!, Kami no sabaki!!?)
324. Shikamaru’s Analysis!! (シカマルの分析!!, Shikamaru no bunseki!!?)
325. There is no After…!! (後は無い・・・!!, Ato wa nai…!!?)
326. Desired Pain…!! (望んだ痛み・・・!!, Nozonda itami…!!?)
327. Within Despair… (絶望の中に・・・, Zetsubō no naka ni…?)
328. Team 10 (第十班, Daijippan?)
329. That Objective…!! (その目的・・・!!, Sono mokuteki…!!?)
After Naruto gains proper control over the wind element, Kakashi tells him that creating his own unique attack will require mixing wind with his Rasengan. As Naruto struggles to accomplish this task, a Niju Shotai team consisting of Shikamaru Nara and Asuma Sarutobi finds Hidan and Kakuzu. Although they are quickly able to deliver a fatal blow to Hidan, it becomes apparent that Hidan cannot be killed by normal means. Hidan is soon able to “link” himself to Asuma, causing any damage he receives to be transferred to Asuma. As such, Hidan tries to stab himself in the heart, which would kill Asuma yet leave himself unfazed. Shikamaru does his best to prevent this, though Hidan ultimately proves successful. As reinforcements arrive the Akatsuki duo is driven off, and the Niju Shotai members return home to bury Asuma.
Chapter list:
330. The Sad News…!! (悲しき報せ・・・!!, Kanashiki shirase…!!?)
331. Team 10 Heads Out…!! (第十班が行く・・・!!, Daijippan ga iku…!!?)
332. Shikamaru’s Battle!! (シカマルの戦い!!, Shikamaru no tatakai!!?)
333. Affinity…!! (相性・・・!!, Aishō…!!?)
334. Black Transfiguration…!! (黒き変貌・・・!!, Kuroki henbō…!!?)
335. The Terrifying Secret!! (恐るべき秘密!!, Osorubeki himitsu!!?)
336. Complete Reverse Predicament…!! (一転、窮地・・・!!, Itten, kyūchi…!!?)
337. Shikamaru’s Genius!! (シカマルの才!!, Shikamaru no sai!!?)
338. When You Curse Someone… (人を呪わば・・・, Hito o norowaba…?)
339. New Jutsu…!! (新術・・・!!, Shin jutsu….!!?)
Shikamaru sets out with the remaining members of Team 10 to find Hidan and avenge Asuma. To help them in their quest Kakashi joins them as leader, leaving Yamato in charge of overseeing Naruto’s training. Once they find the Akatsuki pair, Shikamaru restrains them with his shadow while Kakashi pierces Kakuzu’s chest. Kakuzu, having multiple extra hearts, survives the attack and frees Hidan, allowing the two to join forces against the Konoha ninja. Needing to separate the two, Shikamaru captures Hidan again and leads him away, where he avenges Asuma by blowing Hidan up and burying his still speaking remains. Kakashi and the others have a considerably more difficult time with Kakuzu who is able to use his extra hearts to a great advantage. Just as they are about to be killed, Naruto arrives with Yamato, Sakura, and Sai to save them.
Chapter list:
340. A Dangerous Bridge (危ない橋, Abunai hashi?)
341. The Fruits of Training…!! (修業の成果・・・!!, Shugyō no seika…!!?)
342. King…!! (玉・・・!!, Gyoku…!!?)
343. Ruthless… (非情に・・・, Hijō ni…?)
344. Snake and… (蛇と・・・, Hebi to…?)
345. The Ritual…!! (儀式・・・!!, Gishiki…!!?)
346. The New Jutsu’s Secret!! (新術の秘密!!, Shin jutsu no himitsu!!?)
347. Detour!! (寄り道!!, Yorimichi!!?)
348. The Next One!! (次なる一人!!, Tsugi naru hitori!!?)
349. At North Hideout (北のアジトにて, Kita no ajito nite?)
Having advanced his training enough to form a usable attack, Naruto forms his new jutsu. Although Kakuzu is able to avoid the attack for a while, Naruto is ultimately able to strike him with it, destroying his remaining hearts and ending the battle. As the Konoha ninja return home, Sasuke, elsewhere, decides he has learned all he can from Orochimaru. Uninterested in giving Orochimaru his body, Sasuke tries to kill him, though Orochimaru is still able to initiate the body-stealing process. Through the use of his Sharingan, Sasuke is able to turn the process around and absorbs Orochimaru into his own body. Freed from Orochimaru’s control, Sasuke at long last begins recruiting ninja he has deemed essential in his plan to kill his brother, Akatsuki member Itachi Uchiha. After recruiting Suigetsu Hozuki and Karin, he begins searching for the final member of his team, Jugo.
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Chapter list:
350. Shocking Information…!! (衝撃の報せ・・・!!, Shōgeki no shirase?)
351. A Man to Man Talk!! (男との対話!!, Otoko to no taiwa?)
352. Our Goal is…!! (目的は・・・!!, Mokuteki wa…!!?)
353. “Akatsuki” Meeting…!! (“暁”集合・・・!!, “Akatsuki” shūgō…!!?)
354. Those on the Move (動き出す者たち, Ugokidasumono-tachi?)
355. Where to…!? (どっちへ・・・!?, Docchi e…!??)
356. Conflict…!! (衝突・・・!!, Shōtotsu…!!?)
357. Deidara vs. Sasuke!! (デイダラVSサスケ!!, Deidara vs. Sasuke!!?)
358. Cornered by C2!! (追いつめるC2!!, Oitsumeru C2!!?)
359. Those Eyes…!! (その眼・・・!!, Sono me…!!?)
With some reluctance, Jugo agrees to join Sasuke and the others. His team assembled, Sasuke calls them “Snake”, and they split up to search for clues about Itachi’s whereabouts. Once word of Orochimaru’s defeat by Sasuke reaches Konoha, Naruto decides that this would be a good opportunity to try and retrieve Sasuke again. Realizing that Sasuke is looking for Itachi, Naruto sets out with Sakura, Sai, Kakashi, Yamato, and the members of Team 8 to find either of the Uchiha brothers. Akatsuki also learns of Orochimaru’s defeat, and mobilizes Deidara and his new teammate Tobi to deal with Sasuke. The two soon find Sasuke, and Deidara meets him in battle, though Sasuke’s abilities soon prove to be more than a match for Deidara’s bombs.
Chapter list:
360. C4 Garuda (C4カルラ, C4 Karura?)
361. Weak Point…!! (弱点・・・!!, Jakuten…!!?)
362. The Ultimate Art!! (究極芸術!!, Kyūkyoku geijutsu!!?)
363. The Death of Sasuke…!! (サスケの死・・・!!, Sasuke no shi…!!?)
364. The Target is…!! (狙いは・・・!!, Nerai wa…!!?)
365. Pursue Itachi (イタチを追え, Itachi o oe?)
366. Brothers (兄弟, Kyōdai?)
367. Itachi and Sasuke (イタチとサスケ, Itachi to Sasuke?)
368. Reconnaissance (情報収集, Jōhōshūshū?)
369. Concerning Pain (ペインについて, Pein ni tsuite?)
Sasuke survives Deidara’s strongest attacks. Left without options if he is to gain victory, Deidara blows himself up, hoping to take Sasuke with him. Sasuke escapes the blast, though is forced to regroup with the other members of Snake to rest. After he recuperates, they head to a nearby Akatsuki lair where Sasuke is able to meet with Itachi. Once Sasuke exhibits his increased skills, Itachi consents to meeting with him elsewhere for their last battle. Meanwhile, Tobi, despite seeming to have died during Deidara’s explosion, begins to put his plans into motion. After revealing himself as Madara Uchiha, he assigns the Akatsuki leader, Pain, the task of capturing Naruto. Before Pain can set out on this mission, however, Jiraiya infiltrates Amegakure, and Pain is forced to deal with him before he can go after Naruto.
Chapter list:
370. Uneasiness (胸騒ぎ, Munasawagi?)
371. An Old Friend…!! (旧知・・・!!, Kyūchi…!!?)
372. A Crying Country!! (泣いている国!!, Naiteiru kuni!!?)
373. The Student-and-Teacher Era…!! (師弟時代・・・!!, Shitei jidai…!!?)
374. Growth Into a God!! (神への成長!!, Kami e no seichō!!?)
375. The Two Hermits…!! (二大仙人・・・!!, Ni Daisennin…!!?)
376. Child of Prophecy!! (予言の子!!, Yogen no ko!!?)
377. Sage Mode!! (仙人モード!!, Sennin mōdo!!?)
378. One on One…!! (一対一・・・!!, Ittai’ichi!!?)
379. Jiraiya’s Choice!! (自来也の選択!!, Jiraiya no sentaku!!?)
After gathering some intelligence on Pain, Jiraiya goes to confront him. Before he can do so, however, he is found by Pain’s partner, Konan, a former student of his. During a brief battle Jiraiya begins to suspect that Pain is also a former student, Nagato, a belief that is confirmed upon the Akatsuki leader’s arrival. Konan falls back while Pain battles with Jiraiya, and the two exchange blows with their summons. Once Jiraiya’s toads begin to gain the upperhand, Pain summons two additional Pains to fight alongside him. Though caught off guard by this turn of events and left outnumbered, Jiraiya is able to finish off the three bodies. Believing the battle to be won, Jiraiya continues on his way, only to be badly injured by the appearance of three more Pains in addition to the three he just killed.
Chapter list:
380. That Face…!! (その面影・・・!!, Sono omokage…!!?)
381. His True Identity…!! (その正体・・・!!, Sono shōtai…!!?)
382. The Real Choice!! (本当の選択!!, Hontō no sentaku!!?)
383. The Final Chapter, and…!! (最終章、そして・・・!!, Saishūshō, soshite…!!?)
384. Two Roads… (二つの道・・・, Futatsu no michi…?)
385. Secret of the Mangekyo…!! (万華鏡の秘密・・・!!, Mangekyō no himitsu…!!?)
386. The New Light…!! (新たな光・・・!!, Aratana hikari…!!?)
387. Reality…!! (現実・・・!!, Genjitsu…!!?)
388. The Difference in Power…!! (力の差・・・!!, Chikara no sa…!!?)
389. Sasuke’s Pace! (サスケの流れ!, Sasuke no nagare!?)
Though able to capture one of the six, Jiraiya is unable to defeat Pain’s other five bodies. Knowing this will be the only chance to learn the secret behind Pain, he sends the captured body to Tsunade and, doubting that Pain is actually Nagato, goes to investigate the Akatsuki leader’s true identity. Jiraiya succeeds and sends his discovery to Naruto and the rest of Konoha, but dies of the wounds he sustains. Elsewhere, Sasuke meets with Itachi, leaving Snake behind to deal with his partner, Kisame. As Naruto and company near their location, Tobi steps in to stall them so that the two brothers can fight uninhibited. The battle between Sasuke and Itachi commences, and Sasuke is able to use his years of hatred to push Itachi to his limits.
Chapter list:
390. The Final Jutsu…!! (最後の術・・・!!, Saigo no jutsu…!!?)
391. With the Thunder…!! (雷鳴と共に・・・!!, Raimei to tomo ni…!!?)
392. Susanoo…!! (須佐能乎・・・!!, Susanō…!!?)
393. My Eyes…!! (オレの眼・・・!!, Ore no me…!!?)
394. Sasuke’s Victory (サスケの勝利, Sasuke no shōri?)
395. The Mystery of Tobi (トビの謎, Tobi no nazo?)
396. Self-Introduction (自己紹介, Jikoshōkai?)
397. The Man Who Knows the Truth (真実を知る者, Shinjitsu o shiru mono?)
398. The Beginning of Konoha (木ノ葉のはじまり, Konoha no hajimari?)
399. The Beginning of Everything!! (すべての始まり!!, Subete no hajimari!!?)
400. Within Hell (地獄の中で, Jigoku no naka de?)
401. Illusion (幻術, Maboroshi?)
402. Last Words (最後の言葉, Saigo no kotoba?)
To bring the battle to a swift end Sasuke conjures up a bolt of lightning to strike Itachi down. Itachi survives the attack, though, after removing Orochimaru from Sasuke’s body and saying goodbye to his little brother, he dies from exhaustion. Tobi collects Sasuke to attend to his injuries and Naruto, having lost Sasuke’s trail, is forced to return home. Once Sasuke regains consciousness Tobi tells him of the Uchiha’s history: that after he, Madara Uchiha, helped to found Konoha, a mistrust between Konoha’s leadership and the Uchiha was created. When years later the Uchiha began planning to overthrow this leadership, Itachi was ordered by Konoha to eliminate his own clan to prevent the Uchiha’s rebellion. While Itachi did as instructed, he chose to spare Sasuke and lived as a criminal so that he could someday die by Sasuke’s hands, effectively avenging the Uchiha. Realizing that Itachi was as much of a victim as he was, Sasuke heads out to destroy Konoha.
Chapter list:
403. Tears (涙, Namida?)
404. “Hawk” and “Akatsuki” (“鷹”と“暁”, “Taka” to “Akatsuki”?)
405. What Was Left Behind (遺されたもの, Nokosaretamono?)
406. The Key to the Future (未来への鍵, Mirai e no kagi?)
407. To Naruto (ナルトに宛てて, Naruto ni atete?)
408. Fukasaku’s Proposal (フカサクの提案, Fukasaku no teian?)
409. Passing Down the Senjutsu! (仙術伝承!, Senjutsu Denshō!?)
410. Battle at Thunder Cloud Gorge!! (雲雷峡の闘い!!, Unraikyō no tatakai!!?)
411. Eight-tails vs. Sasuke!! (八尾VSサスケ!!, Hachibi VS Sasuke!!?)
412. Unprecedented Terror (かつてない戦慄, Katsutenai senritsu?)
Upon his return to Konoha, Naruto learns of Jiraiya’s death. Knowing that Akatsuki will be coming for him, Naruto decides to learn how to use senjutsu to prepare himself for the inevitable encounter with Pain. He goes to the home of the toads to train, just as Jiraiya had years earlier, and leaves deciphering Pain’s identity to his friends in Konoha. Elsewhere, Sasuke agrees to have Snake, now renamed “Hawk”, work with Akatsuki in return for their help in destroying Konoha. Hawk is sent to capture the eight-tailed beast, and upon finding its host (Killer Bee) they engage him in battle. Even though Killer Bee proves an even match for the four of them, he nevertheless decides to release the beast within him.


  1. great reviews, thanks for the info & keep on posting. 😀

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