This is the article on episode 257 of Naruto: Shippūden. For episode 172 of Naruto: Shippūden, head to Meeting.
Naruto and Sasuke spar
(出会い, Deai)
Episode data
Previous "Assemble! Allied Shinobi Forces!"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #257 (Watch Online)
Next "Rivals"
Manga Naruto Chapter #538
Opening "Assault Rock"
Ending "Cascade"
Japanese April 5, 2012
English August 30, 2014
"Meeting" (出会い, Deai) is episode 257 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


A young Naruto paints the houses and shops throughout Konoha as a prank and runs away, while hearing the villagers complain about who would be responsible to cover the damages and how Naruto does not have any parents to complain to. Later that day, when the Third Hokage comes to his house to give him his allowance, Naruto asks him who his parents were and what were they like, stating that all he knows is that they died during the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox's Attack. The Hokage refuses to answer him, telling Naruto that it wouldn't bring back the dead and thus would be meaningless conversation.

A few years later, while in the Academy, Naruto meets Sasuke Uchiha and is continuously defeated by him. During one spar, Naruto realises that Sasuke's eyes are filled with hatred, albeit not for him. Shortly after that, he finds out that Sasuke is the only survivor of the Uchiha Clan Downfall. After graduating, Naruto and Sasuke are placed on Team 7, along with Sakura Haruno, where Sasuke proclaims that his goal is to destroy someone in order to restore the Uchiha clan while Naruto shares his dream about becoming the Hokage. The three manage to pass Kakashi's bell test and officially become genin. As they head to the Land of Waves for their first mission, they are attacked by two enemies, with Kakashi seemingly being killed, leading Sasuke to fight the two and save Naruto's life. Dismayed that he was scared and weak whereas Sasuke handled the conflict coolly, Naruto stabs his own hand with his kunai, proclaiming an oath on his wound that he would never be so weak as to let someone save him ever again.


  • In this episode, Naruto didn't attack Kakashi before he could start the bell test.
  • The Academy scene in this episode when Sasuke defeats Naruto, was taken from chapter 538. This episode, however, does not chronicle the events of that chapter.


Role Seiyū
English Japanese Rōmaji English Japanese Rōmaji
Naruto Uzumaki うずまきナルト Uzumaki Naruto Junko Takeuchi 竹内 順子 Takeuchi Junko
Sakura Haruno 春野サクラ Haruno Sakura Chie Nakamura 中村 千絵 Nakamura Chie
Sasuke Uchiha うちはサスケ Uchiha Sasuke Noriaki Sugiyama 杉山 紀彰 Sugiyama Noriaki
Kakashi Hatake はたけカカシ Hatake Kakashi Kazuhiko Inoue 井上 和彦 Inoue Kazuhiko
Iruka Umino うみのイルカ Umino Iruka Toshihiko Seki 関 俊彦 Seki Toshihiko
Ino Yamanaka 山中いの Yamanaka Ino Ryōka Yuzuki 柚木 涼香 Yuzuki Ryōka
Demon Brothers: Meizu 鬼兄弟・冥頭 Oni Kyōdai: Meizu Toshiaki Kuwahara くわはら 利晃 Kuwahara Toshiaki
Third Hokage: Hiruzen Sarutobi 三代目火影・猿飛ヒルゼン Sandaime Hokage: Sarutobi Hiruzen Hidekatsu Shibata 柴田 秀勝 Shibata Hidekatsu
Konoha village's citizens 木ノ葉の里の住民 Konoha no Sato no Jūmin Shinobu Matsumoto 松本 忍 Matsumoto Shinobu
Ryūichi Kijima 木島 隆一 Kijima Ryūichi
Noriko Miyashita 宮下 典子 Miyashita Noriko
Mariko Higashiuchi 東内マリ子 Tōnai Mariko
Yukari Oribe 織部ゆかり Oribe Yukari