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"Disappearance" (消失, Shōshitsu) is episode 125 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Synopsis

As Deidara blows himself up with his suicide attack, the explosion is seen across the neighbouring lands, prompting all members of the Eight Man Squad and Hebi to rush towards it. Zetsu, a member of the Akatsuki, witnesses Deidara's explosion, and judging by the blasts, believes that Sasuke and Tobi have died as well. Zetsu reports this to the other Akatsuki members and the Akatsuki leader asks them to mourn. Kisame expresses that while he misses Tobi, at least Deidara had taken Sasuke out with him. As the other members leave, Itachi walks outside in the rain, where Kisame states that it looks like Itachi is crying, and offers his condolences regarding Sasuke's demise. Itachi, however, tells Kisame that Sasuke is still alive.

Suigetsu, noticing that the snake on a scroll Sasuke had given him has disappeared, uses a drop of Sasuke's blood he has on his person to summon Manda, one of Orochimaru's snakes. Sasuke exits from the snake, revealing that he had summoned Manda and had jumped inside of it to escape Deidara's blast radius, although they both got hit before teleporting away. Manda curses Sasuke with his dying breath for using his Sharingan to control him and use him as a shield. Seeing as Sasuke is injured, Suigetsu, who had been joined by Jūgo and Karin at that time, retreats to a safehouse, where Jūgo tends to Sasuke's wounds. As Suigetsu and Karin get into a fight, Jūgo's murderous impulses begin to manifest, only for Sasuke to use his Sharingan to eradicate the urges. Sasuke instantly passes out from his fatigue, as the other three members decide to stay on Hebi under Sasuke's command.

Meanwhile, the Eight Man Squad head to the crater, where the ninja hounds have located Sasuke's scent. Kakashi notifies them that one of the scents is that of Deidara of the Akatsuki, whom he had previously thought was dead, and Shino states that Sasuke must have fought him. While the team contemplates whether Sasuke had been eliminated from the blast or if he had escaped, Kiba confirms that it is the latter, as he is still able to track a faint scent with his acute sense of smell; the team then heads off to find Sasuke.

Elsewhere, the leader of the Akatsuki, revealed to be named Pain, along his partner Konan begin discussing plans with a masked man, who is implied to be the real leader of the organisation. The masked man tells Pain and Konan that Sasuke is still alive, and that he would approach them soon; however, he warns them that they must also deal with the Nine-Tails jinchūriki as soon as possible, reminding them that Naruto has learned techniques formidable enough to destroy two of Kakuzu's hearts and that he has powerful allies as well. Konan tells the masked man not to worry as Pain has never lost a fight before. The masked man turns around, revealed to be none other than Tobi, who states that he will have the power of the Sharingan as he is the one and only Madara Uchiha.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
Kiba InuzukaKosuke Toriumi鳥海 浩輔Toriumi KōsukeKyle Hebert
Hinata HyūgaNana Mizuki水樹 奈々Mizuki NanaStephanie Sheh
Shino AburameShinji Kawada川田 紳司Kawada ShinjiDerek Stephen Prince
YamatoRikiya Koyama小山 力也Koyama RikiyaTroy Baker
Kakashi HatakeKazuhiko Inoue井上 和彦Inoue KazuhikoDave Wittenberg
Sasuke UchihaNoriaki Sugiyama杉山 紀彰Sugiyama NoriakiYuri Lowenthal
SuigetsuTakashi Kondo近藤 隆Kondō TakashiGrant George
JūgoShuhei Sakaguchi阪口 周平Sakaguchi ShūheiTravis Willingham
KarinKanako Tojo東條 加那子Tōjō KanakoAli Hillis
MandaMasuo Amada天田 益男Amada MasuoRichard Epcar
PakkunShinpachi Tsuji辻 親八Tsuji ShinpachiJ.B. Blanc
ShibaSatoshi Hino日野 聡Hino SatoshiRick Zieff
Itachi UchihaHideo Ishikawa石川 英郎Ishikawa HideoCrispin Freeman
Kisame HoshigakiTomoyuki Dan檀 臣幸Dan TomoyukiKirk Thornton
ZetsuNobuo Tobita飛田 展男Tobita NobuoTravis Willingham
TobiWataru Takagi高木 渉Takagi WataruMichael Yurchak
PainKenyu Horiuchi堀内 賢雄Horiuchi Ken'yūTroy Baker
KonanAtsuko Tanaka田中 敦子Tanaka AtsukoDorothy Elias-Fahn
Madara UchihaNaoya Uchida内田 直哉Uchida NaoyaNeil Kaplan