|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #206|
|Game||Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga and Game|
Ponta is very large in terms of size, easily towering over his partner Sabu and was even mistaken for a bear by Kisame Hoshigaki. He is predominantly orange in colour with brown markings around his face, ears, feet and circular one running along the length of his tail. The area directly around his moth is white however. He also wears bandages on his front paws.
Five Kage Summit Arc
During B's enka training with Sabu, Ponta alerted the two the presence of Kisame Hoshigaki. Wasting no time, Ponta rushed in to attack Kisame, but was quickly defeated. As the battle between the two parties waged on, Ponta was caught in Kisame's Water Release: Great Exploding Water Colliding Wave technique. Killer B lured Kisame — who was fused with Samehada — away from Ponta and Sabu, and they were freed from the moving water dome.
- Ponta was salvaged from an unused concept of a bear-like pet raccoon named Pochi (ポチ). Pochi, together with a character called Kintarō (金太郎), was originally planned to appear instead of Haku and Zabuza Momochi. Instead of Zabuza's Kubikiribōchō, Kintarō wielded a giant axe that was also salvaged for Ponta's partner, Sabu.
- Ponta is written as ポン太. This name is a stereotypical name to give to pet tanuki, who are visually very similar to raccoons, a bit like Fido is for a dog or Mittens for a cat. It is also the name Saburō Kitajima used when he was part of the comical duo Gerupin Ponta Chinta (ゲルピンぽん太ちん太; Literally meaning "Ponta and Chinta in need for Money").
- ↑ Naruto chapter 469, page 1