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edit"Guidepost of the Camellia"
Naruto lifts Guren
(椿の道標, Tsubaki no Dōhyō)
Episode data
Previous "Strange Bedfellows"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #108 (Watch Online)
Next "Cursed Seal Counterattack"
Arc Three-Tails' Appearance
Music
Opening "Light of a Firefly"
Ending "Deep Breath"
Airing
Japanese May 7, 2009
English January 24, 2012
Debut
Jutsu
"Guidepost of the Camellia" (椿の道標, Tsubaki no Dōhyō) is episode 108 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Synopsis

After Yūkimaru reveals to the Orochimaru Search Team that Naruto and Guren are trapped inside the Three-Tailed Turtle and that he knows how to find the tailed beast, Kakashi orders Lee, Tenten, Kiba and Akamaru to deal with Team Guren while the others try to locate the beast and rescue Naruto.

Inside the beast, Naruto's shadow clones are taken out by the Three-Tails mini clones. Naruto tells Guren to save herself while he attempts to fight off a big turtle clone, only for Guren to block an attack towards Naruto with her Crystal Release: Jade Crystal Blade. Finding a hole above them, Naruto picks up an embarrassed Guren and uses two shadow clones to propel them upwards. Guren asks Naruto why he saved her life and he retorts that he didn't have to, the same way that she didn't have to save him. Noticing her wound, he tells her to stay put as he attempts to find a way out, only to wander into an Illusionary Mist emitted by the Three-Tails. Within the mist, he sees an illusion of Sasuke, who proceeds to slash at him with his sword. As Naruto cries out for "Sasuke" to stop, Guren decides to interfere by jumping into the mist, where she confronts an illusion of Yūkimaru's mother, where she begs her for forgiveness and promises to atone for her sin by protecting Yūkimaru with her life. Having conquered her fear, the effect of the mist wears off on her as she locates Naruto and slaps him, undoing the genjutsu. Hearing him cry out Sasuke's name, she asks him if he is referring to Sasuke Uchiha; Naruto is surprised that she knows of him and she replies that she had seen him with Orochimaru many times. She is shocked when Naruto tells her that his goal is to rescue Sasuke from Orochimaru and begins to laugh as she recalls Sasuke's prowess and the idea of Naruto going up against him to rescue him.

Meanwhile, the cursed seal enhanced members of Team Guren engage against Lee, Tenten, Kiba and Akamaru. On the surface of the lake, Yūkimaru has Sai drop camellias into the lake while Kakashi and Yamato use their Lightning Cutter and Wood Release to puncture a hole into the Three-Tails' barrier. This creates a hole inside the turtle, where both Naruto and Guren see the camellias floating, realising that Yūkimaru is showing them a way out. Before they escape, Guren tells Naruto that it was she who killed Yūkimaru's mother, under Orochimaru's orders, and that she would die saving Naruto so that he may protect Yūkimaru. Knowing that Guren is a changed person, he picks up Guren and heads towards the hole, using his Rasengan to blast it open.

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
Kakashi HatakeKazuhiko Inoue井上 和彦Inoue KazuhikoDave Wittenberg
YamatoRikiya Koyama小山 力也Koyama RikiyaTroy Baker
ShizuneKeiko Nemoto根本 圭子Nemoto KeikoMegan Hollingshead
Kiba InuzukaKosuke Toriumi鳥海 浩輔Toriumi KōsukeKyle Herbert
Hinata HyūgaNana Mizuki水樹 奈々Mizuki NanaStephanie Sheh
Shino AburameShinji Kawada川田 紳司Kawada ShinjiDerek Stephen Prince
Rock LeeYoichi Masukawa増川 洋一Masukawa YōichiBrian Donovan
TentenYukari Tamura田村 ゆかりTamura YukariDanielle Judovits
Ino YamanakaRyoka Yuzuki柚木 涼香Yuzuki RyōkaColleen O'Shaughnessey
OrochimaruKujiraくじらKujiraSteven Blum
Kabuto YakushiNobutoshi Kanna神奈 延年Kanna NobutoshiHenry Dittman
GurenEri Miyajima宮島 依里Miyajima EriErin Fitzgerald
YūkimaruMika Kanaiかない みかKanai MikaLaura Bailey
KigiriYoshimasa Hosoya細谷 佳正Hosoya YoshimasaSteve Blum
KihōKenichiro Matsuda松田 健一郎Matsuda Ken'ichirōTroy Baker
NurariKentaro Tone利根 健太朗Tone KentarōEzra Weisz