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=== Naruto vs. Gaara ===
 
=== Naruto vs. Gaara ===
 
[[File:Shukaku Gaara 1.png|thumb|left|Gaara in his half-Shukaku form.]]
 
[[File:Shukaku Gaara 1.png|thumb|left|Gaara in his half-Shukaku form.]]
Initially, [[Sasuke]] was sent after Gaara by [[Genma]]. [[Sakura]], [[Shikamaru]] and Naruto followed [[Temari]] and [[Kankurō]], who had been charged with protecting Gaara while he recovered from his battle with Sasuke. It was later revealed that [[Shino]] also chased after them, claiming that even though the exams had been disrupted, he still wanted to have his battle with Kankurō. Shikamaru fell behind to stop nine Sound Village [[jōnin]] from following them, although he was low on chakra from his own match. His Sensei, [[Asuma]], arrived just in time to save his life.
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Initially, [[Sasuke]] was sent after Gaara by [[Genma]]. [[Sakura]], [[Shikamaru]], and Naruto chased after [[Temari]] and [[Kankurō]], who had been charged with protecting Gaara until he had recovered from his fight with Sasuke. It was later revealed that [[Shino]] also followed them, claiming that he wanted to have his battle with Kankurō. Shikamaru fell behind to stop nine Oto [[jōnin]] from following them, although Shikamaru was still low on chakra from his own match. However, [[Asuma]] arrived to bail him out.
   
In the anime, Temari set traps in order to deter Sasuke before engaging him in combat herself.
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In the anime, Temari, before Kankurō stopped to fight Sasuke, set traps in order to deter Sasuke before engaging him in combat herself.
   
Kankurō stopped to fight Sasuke, giving Gaara enough time to recover. Shino, however, declared that Kankurō was his opponent. Shino was able to defeat Kankurō by placing a female insect on him. The scent of this insect attracted all of Shino's other insects, which then overpowered Kankurō. Shino was rendered unconscious after being [[poison]]ed earlier in the fight, until his [[Shibi Aburame|father]] came to his aid to counteract the poison. Finally, Sasuke caught up with and fought Gaara. Gaara began to [[Gaara's Jinchūriki Forms#Half Shukaku Form|transform]] into his [[Shukaku]] state, overpowering Sasuke with ease.
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Kankurō stopped to fight Sasuke, giving Gaara enough time to recover. However, Shino declared that Kankurō was his opponent, as they had been set to fight during the [[Chūnin Exams]]. Shino was able to defeat Kankurō by placing a female insect on him. The scent of this insect attracted all of Shino's other insects, which then overpowered Kankurō, but Shino was also rendered unconscious after being [[poison]]ed earlier in the fight, until his [[Shibi Aburame|father]] came to his aid to remove the poison. Finally, Sasuke caught up with and fought Gaara. Gaara began to [[Gaara's Jinchūriki Forms#Half Shukaku Form|transform]] into his [[Shukaku]] state, overpowering and defeating Sasuke.
   
Naruto and Sakura arrived just as Sasuke was about to be killed. Gaara continued to attack Sasuke until Sakura placed her own body between them. Furious, Gaara pinned her to a tree with one of his sand claws, and proceeded to taunt Naruto. He stated that unless he was defeated, Sakura would soon be crushed by the force of the sand binding her to the trunk.
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When Sasuke was about to be killed, Naruto and Sakura arrived. Gaara continued attempting to kill Sasuke until Sakura placed herself between them. Gaara trapped Sakura in one of his Shukaku sand claws and pinned her to a tree. He then taunted Naruto, stating that, unless he defeated him, Sakura would eventually be crushed by the sand claw trapping her to the tree.
   
 
[[File:Uzumaki 2000 barrage.png|thumb|Naruto fighting Gaara.]]
 
[[File:Uzumaki 2000 barrage.png|thumb|Naruto fighting Gaara.]]
Naruto was clearly outmatched at first, but as the battle continued, he gained the upper had by employing a clever series of tactics taught to him by both [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Jiraiya]]. He used [[One Thousand Years of Death]] to injure the partly transformed Gaara, preventing him from moving while Naruto attacked him with clones. Enraged that he had succumbed to Naruto's assault, Gaara took on his full [[Jinchuriki]] form and attempted to finish Naruto off with his [[Sand Binding Coffin]] and [[Sand Waterfall Funeral]] techniques. Naruto managed to free himself from Gaara's jutsu by summoning [[Gamabunta]], who, after a little convincing from his son, [[Gamakichi]], decided to fight Shukaku.
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At first, Naruto was clearly overpowered, but, later in the fight, he gained the upper hand by using clever tactics and by employing the techniques Jiraiya had taught him. Naruto used [[One Thousand Years of Death]] to injure the partial Shukaku form to prevent any movement, then used the [[Naruto Uzumaki Two Thousand Combo]] to pound Gaara, surprising everyone watching their battle. However, Gaara then transformed into the full Shukaku form, and attempted to finish Naruto off with his [[Sand Binding Coffin]] and [[Sand Waterfall Funeral]] techniques. However, Naruto was able to break out of Gaara's Sand Binding Coffin by summoning [[Gamabunta]], and, after a little convincing from [[Gamakichi]], Gamabunta decided to fight Shukaku.
   
Gaara then used his [[Feigning Sleep Technique]] to call out Shukaku's true consciousness. Gamabunta, unable to match Shukaku's might, told Naruto that he would have to wake Gaara up in order to dispel the jutsu. Using a [[Combination Transformation]] technique, Naruto transformed Gamabunta into a giant fox (the [[Nine-Tails]] itself in the anime). In that form, Gamabunta was able to dig his claws into Shukaku long enough for Naruto to punch Gaara awake. Angered, Gaara once more attempted to trap Naruto with his Sand Bunding Coffin. Gamabunta tried to help by concealing Naruto with his tongue, but Gaara was able to get to him from below. In the end, Naruto escaped by using the Nine-Tails' chakra. Free, he launched himself at Gaara once more, and unable to strike him with his fist, opted to head-butt him instead. Both injured, blood trickling down their foreheads, Gaara's sand crumbled away around them.
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However, Gaara then used his [[Feigning Sleep Technique]] to call out Shukaku's real powers. As Gamabunta was no longer a match, Naruto would have to force Gaara awake. Using a [[Combination Transformation]] technique, Naruto transformed Gamabunta into the form of a giant fox (the [[Nine-Tails]] itself in the anime), which was able to grab Shukaku long enough for Naruto to punch Gaara awake. Angered, Gaara attempted to trap Naruto in his Sand Binding Coffin technique again. Although Gamabunta failed in an attempt to stop Gaara's attack, Naruto escaped using the Nine-Tails' chakra. He launched himself at Gaara, but was unable to reach him with his fist, and therefore head-butted him. As blood trickled down both their foreheads, Gaara's Shukaku form crumbled away around them.
   
 
[[File:Naruto defeats gaara.png|left|thumb|Naruto punches Gaara.]]
 
[[File:Naruto defeats gaara.png|left|thumb|Naruto punches Gaara.]]
With that, Gaara and Naruto only had enough chakra for one last attack. They leaped at each other; Naruto's will won and Gaara was knocked to the ground. Unable to walk, Naruto began to crawl to Gaara's side. At that moment, Gaara realized that they were very similar; they both were the containers of monsters, both had been ostracized by the people of their village, and had led unhappy, lonely lives as a result. Gaara wondered what made him so strong, and Naruto explained that although he was able to empathize with Gaara, he would never let him hurt the people who had saved him from the hell of loneliness. As Naruto continued to crawl, a recovered Sasuke dropped down beside him, informing him that Sakura was free from Gaara's sand. Temari and Kankurō landed near Gaara; although they were prepared to fight Sasuke again, Gaara shocked everyone by saying that it was over. In agreement, Gaara's siblings carried him away. Naruto watched them go, and then with a smile on his face, fell asleep.
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The two each only had enough chakra for one more attack. Gaara and Naruto launched themselves at each other, and Naruto knocked Gaara down with one final punch. Despite being unable to walk, Naruto crawled to Gaara to make sure he had been defeated. The two then realised they were almost identical to each other; they both had monsters in their bodies, which had led to them being ostracised by the people in their village. While Gaara wondered why Naruto was so strong, Naruto explained to Gaara, that although he knew exactly what Gaara had gone through growing up and being hated by everyone, he would not let him take away those that had saved him from the hell of being alone and unloved, even if it meant killing Gaara. As Naruto continued to crawl towards Gaara, a recovered Sasuke dropped down next to him and informed him that Sakura was now free of Gaara's sand claw, and was safe. Temari and Kankurō dropped by Gaara and prepared to face off with Sasuke until Gaara told them that he gave up and asked them not to fight any more. The two agreed, and took Gaara away from the scene. After seeing the job was done, Naruto fell asleep due to exhaustion.
   
In the end, what enabled Naruto to triumph was his undying devotion to those closest to him. His loyalty was much more powerful than Gaara's hatred ever could have been. After the battle, Gaara apologized to his brother and sister, wondering whether he could be important to people someday.
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In the end, what enabled Naruto to triumph was his devotion to those important to him, which turned out to be a source of much greater strength than Gaara's hatred. After the battle had ended, Gaara wondered whether he would be able to love again, and apologised to Temari and Kankurō for his earlier treatment of them, much to their surprise.
   
Also, as Gaara had been an opponent that Sasuke could not face equally, Naruto's role in his rivalry against Sasuke was altered. His victory induced deep feelings of inferiority in Sasuke, despite the façade he continued to maintain. Later, a funeral was held in memory of the Third Hokage.
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Also, as Gaara had been an opponent that Sasuke could not face equally, this reversed Naruto and Sasuke's roles in their rivalry, and induced deep feelings of inferiority in Sasuke, despite the façade of superiority that he continued to maintain. Later on, a funeral was held for the Third Hokage.
   
 
=== Epilogue ===
 
=== Epilogue ===

Revision as of 01:32, November 2, 2012

Please note that this is the Narutopedia's article on the story arc. If you are looking for the article on the actual invasion then you should head to Invasion of Konoha.

The Invasion of Konoha Arc was included in Part I of the series, and comprised chapters 115 to 138 of the manga and episodes 68 to 80 of the Naruto anime. The previous arc directly led into this one. This arc covered Gaara's change of heart towards people after battling Naruto, and the death of the Third Hokage at Orochimaru's hands. This arc is preceded by the Chūnin Exam Arc and is followed by the Search for Tsunade Arc.

Summary

The Third Hokage vs. Orochimaru

Episode 69
Orochimaru summons the First and Second Hokage.

Three giant snakes were summoned, and broke down the walls guarding Konoha before proceeding to wreak havoc on the village. Meanwhile, approximately one-hundred and twenty Suna and Oto ninja invaded the village. Suna had joined the attack because their daimyō had mistreated their village and had showed favour towards Konoha; this attack was to show that Sunagakure didn't appreciate being treated as second-rate in their own country.

Meanwhile, Orochimaru began to fight the Third Hokage. Orochimaru revealed his secret: he had created a ninjutsu to grant him immortality. Orochimaru's spirit was able to live forever, but he must change bodies frequently. Orochimaru had also mastered Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation, which allowed him to summon the souls of the first two Hokage at the cost of sacrificing the two remaining genin of Team Dosu. It appeared that the Third managed to stop the third coffin, containing the Fourth Hokage, from being summoned. Sarutobi then used the Summoning Technique to summon Monkey King: Enma.

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Hiruzen using the Dead Demon Consuming Seal.

The summoned Hokage, although perfect in form to the original and retaining all their abilities, had lost their personalities, and were merely Orochimaru's slaves. They couldn't be killed, since their bodies simply regenerated. The Third realised that he must do something about their souls, and used Dead Demon Consuming Seal, the same technique the Fourth Hokage had used to seal the Nine-Tails. Sarutobi was able to sacrifice two Shadow Clones to seal away the souls of the two Hokage, and then attempted to do the same to Orochimaru. However, Sarutobi was low on chakra and stamina, and thus was reduced to doing the next best thing: sealing away Orochimaru's arms, so that Orochimaru would be unable to perform any more techniques. The Third died with a smile on his face.

Naruto vs. Gaara

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Gaara in his half-Shukaku form.

Initially, Sasuke was sent after Gaara by Genma. Sakura, Shikamaru, and Naruto chased after Temari and Kankurō, who had been charged with protecting Gaara until he had recovered from his fight with Sasuke. It was later revealed that Shino also followed them, claiming that he wanted to have his battle with Kankurō. Shikamaru fell behind to stop nine Oto jōnin from following them, although Shikamaru was still low on chakra from his own match. However, Asuma arrived to bail him out.

In the anime, Temari, before Kankurō stopped to fight Sasuke, set traps in order to deter Sasuke before engaging him in combat herself.

Kankurō stopped to fight Sasuke, giving Gaara enough time to recover. However, Shino declared that Kankurō was his opponent, as they had been set to fight during the Chūnin Exams. Shino was able to defeat Kankurō by placing a female insect on him. The scent of this insect attracted all of Shino's other insects, which then overpowered Kankurō, but Shino was also rendered unconscious after being poisoned earlier in the fight, until his father came to his aid to remove the poison. Finally, Sasuke caught up with and fought Gaara. Gaara began to transform into his Shukaku state, overpowering and defeating Sasuke.

When Sasuke was about to be killed, Naruto and Sakura arrived. Gaara continued attempting to kill Sasuke until Sakura placed herself between them. Gaara trapped Sakura in one of his Shukaku sand claws and pinned her to a tree. He then taunted Naruto, stating that, unless he defeated him, Sakura would eventually be crushed by the sand claw trapping her to the tree.

Uzumaki 2000 barrage
Naruto fighting Gaara.

At first, Naruto was clearly overpowered, but, later in the fight, he gained the upper hand by using clever tactics and by employing the techniques Jiraiya had taught him. Naruto used One Thousand Years of Death to injure the partial Shukaku form to prevent any movement, then used the Naruto Uzumaki Two Thousand Combo to pound Gaara, surprising everyone watching their battle. However, Gaara then transformed into the full Shukaku form, and attempted to finish Naruto off with his Sand Binding Coffin and Sand Waterfall Funeral techniques. However, Naruto was able to break out of Gaara's Sand Binding Coffin by summoning Gamabunta, and, after a little convincing from Gamakichi, Gamabunta decided to fight Shukaku.

However, Gaara then used his Feigning Sleep Technique to call out Shukaku's real powers. As Gamabunta was no longer a match, Naruto would have to force Gaara awake. Using a Combination Transformation technique, Naruto transformed Gamabunta into the form of a giant fox (the Nine-Tails itself in the anime), which was able to grab Shukaku long enough for Naruto to punch Gaara awake. Angered, Gaara attempted to trap Naruto in his Sand Binding Coffin technique again. Although Gamabunta failed in an attempt to stop Gaara's attack, Naruto escaped using the Nine-Tails' chakra. He launched himself at Gaara, but was unable to reach him with his fist, and therefore head-butted him. As blood trickled down both their foreheads, Gaara's Shukaku form crumbled away around them.

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Naruto punches Gaara.

The two each only had enough chakra for one more attack. Gaara and Naruto launched themselves at each other, and Naruto knocked Gaara down with one final punch. Despite being unable to walk, Naruto crawled to Gaara to make sure he had been defeated. The two then realised they were almost identical to each other; they both had monsters in their bodies, which had led to them being ostracised by the people in their village. While Gaara wondered why Naruto was so strong, Naruto explained to Gaara, that although he knew exactly what Gaara had gone through growing up and being hated by everyone, he would not let him take away those that had saved him from the hell of being alone and unloved, even if it meant killing Gaara. As Naruto continued to crawl towards Gaara, a recovered Sasuke dropped down next to him and informed him that Sakura was now free of Gaara's sand claw, and was safe. Temari and Kankurō dropped by Gaara and prepared to face off with Sasuke until Gaara told them that he gave up and asked them not to fight any more. The two agreed, and took Gaara away from the scene. After seeing the job was done, Naruto fell asleep due to exhaustion.

In the end, what enabled Naruto to triumph was his devotion to those important to him, which turned out to be a source of much greater strength than Gaara's hatred. After the battle had ended, Gaara wondered whether he would be able to love again, and apologised to Temari and Kankurō for his earlier treatment of them, much to their surprise.

Also, as Gaara had been an opponent that Sasuke could not face equally, this reversed Naruto and Sasuke's roles in their rivalry, and induced deep feelings of inferiority in Sasuke, despite the façade of superiority that he continued to maintain. Later on, a funeral was held for the Third Hokage.

Epilogue

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Hiruzen's death.

The invasion was called off, as Orochimaru was unable to use any more techniques, and the Suna and Oto shinobi retreated. The surviving Suna ninja also discovered the body of their leader, the Fourth Kazekage, and realised that Orochimaru had murdered him and disguised himself as the Kazekage, thereby playing both sides of the alliance he had created, which resulted in their reestablishing their alliance with Konoha.

Episodes

# Episode Title Japanese Airdate English Airdate
68 Zero Hour! The Destruction of the Hidden Leaf Village Begins! 28 January 2004 6 January 2007
69 Village in Distress: A New A-Ranked Mission! 4 February 2004 13 January 2007
70 A Shirker's Call to Action: A Layabout No More! 11 February 2004 20 January 2007
71 An Unrivaled Match: Hokage Battle Royale! 18 February 2004 27 January 2007
72 A Mistake from the Past: A Face Revealed! 25 February 2004 27 January 2007
73 Forbidden Secret Technique: Reaper Death Seal! 3 March 2004 3 February 2007
74 Astonishing Truth! Gaara's Identity Emerges! 10 March 2004 10 February 2007
75 Sasuke's Decision: Pushed to the Edge! 17 March 2004 17 February 2007
76 Assassin of the Moonlit Night 24 March 2004 24 February 2007
77 Light vs. Dark: The Two Faces of Gaara 31 March 2004 3 March 2007
78 Naruto's Ninja Handbook 7 April 2004 10 March 2007
79 Beyond the Limit of Darkness and Light 14 April 2004 17 March 2007
80 The Third Hokage, Forever… 21 April 2004 24 March 2007

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