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"An A-Rank Mission: The Contest" (A級任務・御膳試合, Ē-Ranku Ninmu: Gozen Jiai) is episode 309 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

Naruto arrives to help a team of Allied Shinobi Forces led by Karui, who are struggling against a reincarnated samurai, whom Naruto recognises as a man named Tatewaki he met on a previous mission. Naruto has a flashback to when Tsunade assigned Team Asuma and Naruto to go to the Land of This and kidnap Shū, the son of the daimyō under a treaty. Shikamaru formulates a plan to capture Shū by having Chōji enter an eating contest at the Land of This' castle and get second place. Chōji speeds through the competition, and before the final round, Ino uses her Mind Body Switch Technique to take control of Shū and goes to the washroom in the castle, where Naruto uses his Transformation Technique to transform into Shū. When Shū is able to re-enter his body, he asks who Shikamaru is and Shikamaru explains the mission to him. Meanwhile, before Chōji can win the final round of the eating contest, Shikamaru uses the Shadow Imitation Technique to stop Chōji from eating the last BBQ chicken, landing him in second place after Isono.

Trivia

  • The outfits Naruto and Chōji wear for the eating contest are the same clothes they wore during their childhood.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Shikamaru NaraShotaro Morikubo森久保 祥太郎Morikubo ShōtarōTom Gibis
Chōji AkimichiKentaro Ito伊藤 健太郎Itō KentarōRobbie Rist
Ino YamanakaRyoka Yuzuki柚木 涼香Yuzuki RyōkaColleen O'Shaughnessey
Fifth Hokage: TsunadeMasako Katsuki勝生 真沙子Katsuki MasakoDebi Mae West
YamatoRikiya Koyama小山 力也Koyama RikiyaMatthew Mercer
KaruiYuka Komatsu小松 由佳Komatsu YukaDanielle Nicolet
HidanMasaki Terasomaてらそま まさきTerasoma MasakiChris Edgerly
KakuzuTakaya Hashi土師 孝也Hashi TakayaFred Tatasciore
DeidaraKatsuhiko Kawamoto川本 克彦Kawamoto KatsuhikoRoger Craig Smith
Sasori (Hiruko)Yutaka Aoyama青山 穣Aoyama YutakaJ.B. Blanc
TatewakiTakashi Irie入江 崇史Irie TakashiTravis Willingham
ShūKengo Kawanishi河西 健吾Kawanishi KengoBrian Beacock
Princess ChiyoMegumi Han潘 めぐみHan MegumiCherami Leigh
IsonoTaira Kikumoto菊本 平Kikumoto TairaMichael Sorich
TamaoMariko Higashiuchi東内 マリ子Higashiuchi MarikoTara Sands
This DaimyōKosuke Goto後藤 光祐Gotō KōsukeCrispin Freeman
This Daimyō’s ministerShinobu Matsumoto松本 忍Matsumoto ShinobuJohn DeMita