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"My Friend"
My Friend
(友よ, Tomo yo)
Episode data
Previous "Resonance"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #71 (Watch Online)
Next "The Quietly Approaching Threat"
Arc Twelve Guardian Ninja (Arc)
Manga Naruto Chapter #312, Naruto Chapter #316
Airing
Japanese August 14, 2008
English March 9, 2011
Debut
Characters
HidanKakuzuYugito Nii
Tools
Triple-Bladed Scythe
"My Friend" (友よ, Tomo yo) is episode 71 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Synopsis

After seeing Sora in his four-tailed form, Kazuma states that his job is done and attempts to flee, but is pursued by Asuma. In the woods, Asuma attempts to strike Kazuma, only for the latter to keep evading. However, Kazuma is stealthily bound by three ink snakes, created by Sai, who had left the hospital when he heard the commotion in the village. Kazuma breaks out of Sai's binds and attempts to rush at Asuma, but Asuma stabs him with his chakra blades. As Kazuma dies, Asuma spots his white Land of Fire sash, recalling Sora's words about how the only thing he could remember about his father was his spotless white sash.

Meanwhile, Naruto attempts to get through to Sora, who keeps attacking him. Sakura attempts to jump in and heal him, but Sora fires a Tailed Beast Ball. While Yamato protects himself, Team Asuma, Kiba, Akamaru and Rock Lee with his Wood Release: Wood Locking Wall, Naruto shields Sakura's body with his own. He tells Sakura to standby until he can save Sora from the Nine-Tailed Fox's spirit, and asks Sakura to heal him first. However, Sora's body is not strong enough to contain the fox's chakra and rejects it. As the chakra is expelled from Sora's body, it takes on the monstrous shape of a fox's head; however, without a host body to take over, the chakra dissipates. Sora is restored to his human self, although he is unconscious. Naruto attempts to wake him up, and Sora manages to hear Naruto and recalls their interactions. As Sora wakes up, Naruto proclaims that Sora could now go home. Sora tells him that he has no home, and Naruto tells him that Konoha is his new home, filled with his new friends. The other Konoha shinobi surround Sora and smile, leaving Sora happy for the first time in his life. Sai also shows up, asking to join, but Naruto rebuffs him, causing everyone to laugh.

After Sora and Naruto are discharged from the hospital, Sora tells Naruto, Sakura and Yamato that he is departing Konoha in order to travel the world and try to make friends. He tells Naruto that he has finally thought of a name for him in the afterlife, which irritates Naruto, who had just learned what the afterlife meant. However, he asks Naruto to convey his well wishes to Asuma. Elsewhere, Asuma and Shikamaru play a game of shogi where they discuss the king of Konoha. Shikamaru states that it is the Hokage, and Asuma tells him that he once thought the same thing, but that Shikamaru would one day learn otherwise.

Elsewhere, two members of the Akatsuki, Hidan and Kakuzu, track down a woman in Kumogakure. Hidan attempts to strike her with his Triple-Bladed Scythe but misses, and Kakuzu warns his partner not to take the woman lightly, as she is the Two-Tails' jinchūriki.

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
SaiSatoshi Hino日野 聡Hino SatoshiBenjamin Diskin
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
HidanMasaki TerasomaてらそままさきTerasoma MasakiChris Edgerly
KakuzuTakaya Hashi土師 孝也Hashi TakayaFred Tatasciore
Yugito NiiMie Sonozaki園崎 未恵Sonozaki MieWendee Lee
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
Facts about "My Friend"RDF feed
AnimeNaruto: Shippuden +
ArcTwelve Guardian Ninja (Arc) +
English airdate9 March 2011 +
English nameMy Friend +
Episode number71 +
Japanese airdate14 August 2008 +
Kanji name友よ +
MangaNaruto +
Manga Chapter312 + and 316 +
NameMy Friend +
NamesMy Friend +, 友よ + and Tomo yo +
PictureMy Friend +
Romaji nameTomo yo +

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