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(絶望, Zetsubō)
Episode data
Previous "Moment of Awakening"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #69 (Watch Online)
Next "Resonance"
Arc Twelve Guardian Ninja (Arc)
Japanese July 31, 2008
English February 23, 2011
"Despair" (絶望, Zetsubō) is episode 69 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


Naruto and Asuma arrive just in time to witness Sora giving in to the nature of the Nine-Tailed Fox. Asuma realises that Furido is none other than Sora's father, Kazuma, whom he thought he had killed years ago. Kazuma explains to Naruto that some of the Nine-Tails' leaked chakra was sealed and suppressed inside of Sora, but now that the seal had been removed, the fox's chakra was taking over Sora's body, all part of Kazuma's plan to sic a miniature Nine-tails' on Konoha. Sakura and Yamato arrive as well, surprised to see Sora possessing the Nine-Tails' Cloak. As Asuma and Kazuma begin their bout, Naruto attempts to sympathise with Sora, who uses his roar towards Sakura. Naruto protects Sakura, telling Sora that he had once used the power of the Nine-Tailed Fox to hurt Sakura and that he wouldn't allow the same to happen again. Using his Wood Release, Yamato binds Sora, although he is unable to suppress his chakra due to Sora not possessing the First Hokage's Necklace. Sora enters into his one-tailed form, but Team Asuma arrives at the nick of time, with Shikamaru using his Shadow Imitation Technique to trap Sora in place. He has Chōji use his Partial Multi-Size Technique to grab a hold onto Sora. Naruto tells Sora that he cannot allow Sora to use their power for evil. When Sora asks what he means, Naruto explains that he is the jinchūriki of the Nine-Tailed Fox.

Sora does not believe him, as he claims those with tailed beast spirits within them are meant to be outcasts for life, and questions how Naruto could have friends. Naruto explains that when he was younger he was just like Sora, receiving the hateful, angry glares from adults; however, he had always pulled stunts for attention to distract himself from his loneliness and in the process ended up making friends. When Sora cries that he never had any friends, Naruto tells him that he and the others are his friends. Ino uses her Mind Body Switch Technique on Sora, but Sora gives in to the fox spirit within him, causing Ino pain and dispelling her. The burning sensation caused by the fox's chakra burns Chōji's arms, and Shikamaru's chakra runs out, freeing Sora. Sora then succumbs to his rage and enters into his three-tailed form.


RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
YamatoRikiya Koyama小山 力也Koyama RikiyaTroy Baker
SoraDaisuke Hirakawa平川 大輔Hirakawa DaisukeMichael Sinterniklaas
Asuma SarutobiJurota Kosugi小杉十郎太Kosugi JūrōtaDoug Erholtz
FuridoKazuya Nakai中井 和哉Nakai KazuyaPete Sepenuk
ShizuneKeiko Nemoto根本 圭子Nemoto KeikoMegan Hollingshead
Fifth Hokage: TsunadeMasako Katsuki勝生真沙子Katsuki MasakoDebi Mae West
Shikamaru NaraShotaro Morikubo森久保祥太郎Morikubo ShōtarōTom Gibis
Ino YamanakaRyoka Yuzuki柚木 涼香Yuzuki RyōkaColleen O'Shaughnessey
Chōji AkimichiKentaro Ito伊藤健太郎Itō KentarōRobbie Rist
Kiba InuzukaKosuke Toriumi鳥海 浩輔Toriumi KōsukeKyle Hebert
Rock LeeYoichi Masukawa増川 洋一Masukawa YōichiBrian Donovan

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