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This is the article on episode 166 of Naruto: Shippūden. For chapter 437 of the manga, head to Confession.
edit"Confession"
Hinata protecting Naruto
(告白, Kokuhaku)
Episode data
Previous "Nine-Tails, Captured!"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #166 (Watch Online)
Next "Chibaku Tensei"
Arc Pain's Assault (Arc)
Manga Naruto Chapter #437
Music
Opening "A World That Was Transparent"
Ending "Bicycle"
Airing
Japanese June 24, 2010
English January 7, 2013
Debut
Characters
Jutsu
"Confession" (告白, Kokuhaku) is episode 166 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Synopsis

Team Guy, who were out on a mission, make their way back to Konoha when Neji spots the wounded Gamabunta, recognising the toad as Jiraiya's personal summon. In the village, Hinata is able to spot the pinned Naruto with her Byakugan and recalls memories of first encountering Naruto when she was younger. Her guardian, , had told her to stay away from him as she heard the villagers gossip about the Nine-Tails. However, after a group of thugs pushed her around, Naruto came to her defence. Remembering how Naruto had protected her, Hinata leaps into the battlefield in order to protect Naruto for once.

Naruto asks why she would enter the fray and attempts to convince her to leave, telling her that this is his battle. Hinata then proceeds to confess her love for Naruto and pulls out one of the black receivers that Pain has embedded inside Naruto. Using his Shinra Tensei, Pain's Deva Path pushes Hinata away. Hinata manages to stands up and activates her Gentle Step Twin Lion Fists, and proceeds to run towards and engage in combat with Pain, who tracks the movement with his Rinnegan and is able to evade being struck. However, when Nagato begins to cough blood, he loses his concentration for a brief second, allowing Hinata to land a blow. Seeing the dazed Pain, Hinata pulls out another receiver, and is pushed even further away, this time through the air.

As Hinata lands across the crater, she begins to bleed from her head. Naruto cries out for her safety, as Hinata crawls her way back towards Naruto, remembering how Naruto cheered for her during her battle with Neji, and how he had told her that he liked people like her. As she makes her way to Naruto, Pain asks her why she would attempt to fight him or try to save Naruto if she knew she would die as a result, and Hinata claims that she would never give up, as it is her nindo, stunning Naruto. Pain then uses his Shinra Tensei to send Hinata upwards through the air and pulls her back down. As her falling impact cracks the ground, he proceeds to take his blade and stabs her, killing Hinata. As Naruto sees the blood seeping out of her, Pain merely remarks that this is the same way his parents died, being murdered by shinobi from Konoha. Enraged at Pain's callous murder of Hinata, Naruto unleashes the power of the Nine-Tailed Fox and enters into his Version 2 form.

Trivia

  • This episode heavily expands the scene from the manga. In the manga, Hinata only initiated the Gentle Step Twin Lion Fists technique, but Pain stopped her from using her technique while she was running towards him. In the anime, she battles him for quite some time: as a result, the extended battle demonstrates that the Six Paths of Pain are effectively dolls who become completely vulnerable if the caster is distracted for any reason. She also made no attempt to remove the black receivers in the manga unlike in the anime, instead choosing a more direct approach in opting to try and force Pain away from the pinned Naruto and buy him some time.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Hinata HyūgaNana Mizuki水樹 奈々Mizuki NanaStephanie Sheh
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
KatsuyuMamiko Noto能登 麻美子Noto MamikoMary Elizabeth McGlynn
ShimaHikari Yonoよの ひかりYono HikariMary Elizabeth McGlynn
Shikamaru NaraShotaro Morikubo森久保 祥太郎Morikubo ShōtarōTom Gibis
Neji HyūgaKoichi Tochika遠近 孝一Tōchika KōichiSteve Staley
Might GuyMasashi Ebara江原 正士Ebara MasashiSkip Stellrecht
Shikaku NaraHiroshi Yanaka家中 宏Yanaka HiroshiJonathan Fahn
Inoichi YamanakaDaiki Nakamura中村 大樹Nakamura DaikiKyle Hebert
Kō HyūgaYoji Ueda上田 燿司Ueda YōjiSam Riegel
PainKenyu Horiuchi堀内 賢雄Horiuchi Ken'yūTroy Baker
KonanAtsuko Tanaka田中 敦子Tanaka AtsukoDorothy Elias-Fahn
NagatoJunpei Morita森田 順平Morita JunpeiVic Mignogna
Hanabi HyūgaKiyomi Asai浅井 清己Asai KiyomiColleen O'Shaughnessey
BoysKimiko Saito斉藤 貴美子Saitō KimikoBenjamin Diskin
Kate Higgins
Cindy Robinson