|A Meeting With Destiny|
|(因縁あいまみえる, Innen Aimamieru)|
|Previous||The Retired Granny's Determination|
|Episode||Naruto: Shippūden #13 (Watch Online)|
|Arc||Kazekage Rescue Arc|
|Manga||Chapter #256, Chapter #257|
|Japanese||May 10, 2007|
|English||December 31, 2009|
A Meeting With Destiny (因縁あいまみえる, Innen Aimamieru) is episode 13 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
Kisame starts things off with Water Release: Exploding Water Colliding Wave at his bout with Team Guy, while Kakashi warns the others about Itachi's Sharingan techniques. He learned from Guy that the way to fight someone like Itachi is to focus on their feet and body, and then anticipate their moves from there. Chiyo sees it a bit differently. In a one on one battle, battling Itachi would seem impossible, but when more than one person enters the fray, the odds change. One person would be the bait to take Itachi's genjutsu, while someone could attack Itachi from behind. If that didn't work, the genjutsu can be dispelled by touching your ally and flowing your chakra into their body. Just as Naruto steps forward, Kakashi halts him.
Guy and his squad continue to avoid the onslaught of the enormous tidal wave Kisame has created. Kakashi re-examines Chiyo's theory about countering genjutsu. She would be right if they were dealing with normal genjutsu, but trying to take on Mangekyō Sharingan is suicide. Kakashi thinks back to when he had to endure the effects of the Mangekyō Sharingan when Itachi came to the Konohagakure awhile ago. While it seems that only a second passes in the real world, in the world of Tsukuyomi, minutes, hours, and days at a time can pass. Dispelling something like the Mangekyō isn't possible. However, Kakashi also remembers that the Mangekyō Sharingan is a double-edged sword. When Itachi uses it, not only does it use an enormous amount of chakra, but it does a number on his eyesight. Kakashi wonders just how bad Itachi's eyesight has become.
Kisame and Guy continue fighting. Guy is about to get hit by a hard swipe from Samehada, but Lee intervenes with Leaf Rising Wind, knocking the weapon out of Kisame's hand. Kisame is then sent flying back when Neji attacks him with his Eight Trigrams Vacuum Palm. Just as he catches Samehada back, a big spiked kunai bomb thrown by Tenten hits the sword. The attached exploding tag detonates, and Kisame has to submerge in the water to avoid the blast.
Kakashi informs Itachi their battle would be different than the last one since he let his guard down, and the same goes for Naruto. However, just as Kakashi had done long ago when all of Team 7 had to protect Tazuna from Zabuza, he tells Naruto at he'll do the battling, but he does need Naruto's help since Itachi's no pushover.
Guy prepares for his counterattack. While he distracts Kisame, the others will attack with everything they've got. However, Kisame isn't one to leave himself open to attacks. Guy narrowly avoids another swipe from Samehada while Neji goes on the offensive and tries a Gentle Fist strike, only for Kisame to block it with the sword. Lee tries to attack from behind with a pair of tonfa, but he is also repelled by Kisame. Lee realises that hand-to-hand combat isn't working against Kisame, and Tenten responds by summoning a barrage of kunai with exploding tags attached, but even this does nothing to penetrate Kisame's defences. Guy then realises that Samehada is Kisame's weapon. As Neji points out, something simple like that could be figured out just by looking at Kisame, but to Guy, there's a huge difference between thinking and knowing that it's his weapon. Lee seems to be pretty enthusiastic about it, but not Neji and Tenten.
Kisame retracts his earlier comment and says that Guy has the brain of an insect as opposed to an animal. Guy springs forward with Dynamic Action.
Kakashi springs forward with a punch that's easily caught by Itachi when another Itachi rushes past him. Naruto nails the shadow clone dead on with a Rasengan. Naruto then turns around to find Chiyo and Sakura lying unconscious on the ground. Sakura stands up, but materialises into Itachi.
Guy manages to get Samehada away from Kisame while the others attack. They are all battered off by three water clones that Kisame created. He then uses his Water Prison Technique to trap Neji, Tenten, and Lee. Just as Guy prepares to strike Kisame with Samehada, his hands are pierced when blades emerge and the blade goes flying.
Itachi is now in front of and behind Naruto. Kakashi then stands up, but it ends up being another Itachi's clone.