|"Orochimaru's Hideout Discovered"|
|(発見 大蛇丸のアジト, Hakken - Orochimaru no Ajito)|
|Previous||"A Shinobi's Determination"|
|Episode||Naruto: Shippūden #91 (Watch Online)|
|Japanese||January 8, 2009|
|English||August 20, 2011|
As Team 8, along with Kakashi as their temporary leader, head off towards Orochimaru's hideout, Kiba recalls his past experience with Sakon and Ukon, an encounter which left Akamaru seriously injured. Hinata is able to tell that something is on Kiba's mind and Kiba relays his thoughts to them, although he quickly remarks that if Shikamaru and Naruto were able to take out two members of the Akatsuki, then he should be to prove himself against one of Orochimaru's underlings. Shino also voices his desire to prove himself on a mission, and Kiba chalks it up to Shino's irritation of not being a member of the Sasuke Recovery Team. Shino explans that his disappointment is not just because he was not available to participate in the Sasuke Recovery Mission, but also because Naruto did not recognise him when he returned to Konoha. Privately, Hinata remarks on how she too wishes to prove herself so that Naruto may finally acknowledge her, while Kakashi reflects on how far the team has matured.
Back at the hideout, Guren tells the survivors of the massacre to stop their slaughter and to follow her if they wish to live. At a spa, Jiraiya is shocked to find out that the bath is not a co-ed one and is stuck there with Naruto. Naruto sees the scar on Jiraiya's chest and recalls when he had wounded the sannin in his four-tailed form. Naruto expresses his frustration of how he does not want to use the Nine-Tails' power since it hurts those around him and how he wishes to find another way to gain strength. Jiraiya remarks that Naruto sounds like a veteran shinobi, and reminds him that he must heal his broken arm first.
The Orochimaru Search Team manage to track an enemy's scent to his hideout, where they find a man asking for help, riddled with Orochimaru's cursed seal, before he succumbs to his injuries and passes away. Kakashi and Kiba recognise the cursed seal as Orochimaru's doing and Hinata, with her Byakugan, notices various enemies in front of them. They reach the prisoners' pit where they are shocked to see various bodies, some of whom are still alive. However, a timed trap is sprung and the team barely manages to evade it as all traces of Orochimaru's hideout, including the bodies, are eliminated.
In their hotel room, Jiraiya attempts to goad Naruto by calling him weak, but is surprised when Naruto simply smiles and takes it in stride. Remembering Naruto's desire to save Sasuke three years ago and how Naruto felt the same way he did when he was unable to prevent Orochimaru's desertion, Jiraiya asks whether Naruto still feels the same way. After realising that Naruto is still adamant on rescuing Sasuke, Jiraiya decides that Naruto should learn a new technique.
After escaping the trap, Shino and Kiba manage to pick up the scent of whomever set the trap. Meanwhile, Guren, along with her twenty-one followers, set off towards Orochimaru, only for sixteen of them to revolt and try to kill her. She easily defeats all sixteen of them with her Crystal Release: Crystal Pentagonal Prison technique. The other five then pledge their loyalty to Guren, and now with her newfound team, she sets off. Team 8 manages to track Guren's scent all the way to a meadow, where they are shocked to find people encased in crystal, which then disintegrates, killing the people trapped within. Shino's bugs are encased as well, and Kakashi is stunned to realise that it is none other than Crystal Release.
In a clearing, Jiraiya asks Naruto whether he remembers their last training session, which involved toads. Naruto remembers and claims that he does not want to do that again, but Jiraiya claims he is now ready for it. He explains that Naruto would be learning a Cooperation Ninjutsu, citing his Fire Release: Flame Bullet and Gamabunta's Toad Oil Bullet as an an example, as both their moves combined creates the more powerful Fire Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet technique. Naruto tells Jiraiya that he had done something similar to Yamato, when the captain had combined his Water Release: Tearing Torrent and Naruto's Wind Release: Rasengan to create the Typhoon Water Vortex Technique. Upon realising that Naruto has aided in a cooperation technique before, he claims that Naruto should be able to do the same with a toad, and proceeds to summon Gamariki, a flamboyant toad who dislikes Naruto. Naruto asks why he cannot create a cooperation technique with him, and Jiraiya reminds him that while he may not always be there, Naruto will always be able to summon toads. Jiraiya and Gamariki then combine their chakra to use Water Release: Water Gun, and Jiraiya adds that Naruto's Wind Release should cause him to create a more powerful version of that technique. However, he is stumped as both Naruto and Gamariki find themselves unable to work and get along with one another.
Meanwhile, Orochimaru summons Sasuke to his chambers where he announces his desire to test Sasuke's strength, and remarks that he does not detect a flicker of fear from Sasuke. Sasuke confidently tells Orochimaru that he is ready to take him on.
|Naruto Uzumaki||うずまきナルト||Uzumaki Naruto||Junko Takeuchi||竹内順子||Takeuchi Junko|
|Kakashi Hatake||はたけカカシ||Hatake Kakashi||Kazuhiko Inoue||井上和彦||Inoue Kazuhiko|
|Kiba Inuzuka||犬塚キバ||Inuzuka Kiba||Kōsuke Toriumi||鳥海浩輔||Toriumi Kōsuke|
|Hinata Hyūga||日向ヒナタ||Hyūga Hinata||Nana Mizuki||水樹奈々||Mizuki Nana|
|Shino Aburame||油女シノ||Aburame Shino||Shinji Kawada||川田紳司||Kawada Shinji|
|Jiraiya||自来也||Jiraiya||Hōchū Ōtsuka||大塚芳忠||Ōtsuka Hōchū|
|Kabuto Yakushi||薬師カブト||Yakushi Kabuto||Nobutoshi Canna||神奈延年||Kanna Nobutoshi|
|Guren||紅蓮||Guren||Eri Miyajima||宮島依里||Miyajima Eri|
|Yūkimaru||幽鬼丸||Yūkimaru||Mika Kanai||かないみか||Kanai Mika|
|Rinji||リンジ||Rinji||Yūya Uchida||内田夕夜||Uchida Yūya|
|Gozu||ゴズ||Gozu||Atsushi Ono||斧アツシ||Ono Atsushi|
|Sasuke Uchiha||うちはサスケ||Uchiha Sasuke||Noriaki Sugiyama||杉山紀彰||Sugiyama Noriaki|
|Gamariki-san||ガマ力さん||Gamariki-san||Toshiharu Sakurai||桜井 敏治||Sakurai Toshiharu|
|Cannon man||砲台男||Hōdaiotoko||Ken'ichirō Matsuda||松田健一郎||Matsuda Ken'ichirō|
|Bat man||コウモリ男||Kōmoriotoko||Kentarō Tone||利根健太朗||Tone Kentarō|
|???-nin||改造忍||Kaizōnin||Keiichi Kuwabara||桑原敬一||Kuwabara Keiichi|
|Kōji Fujiyoshi||藤吉浩二||Fujiyoshi Kōji|