Return of the Morning Mist

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"Return of the Morning Mist"
Team Itachi Kisame
(朝霧の帰郷, Asagiri no Kikyō)
Episode data
Previous "The Third Hokage, Forever…"
Episode Naruto #81
Next "Eye to Eye: Sharingan vs. Sharingan!"
Arc Search for Tsunade
Manga Naruto Chapter #140, Naruto Chapter #141
Japanese April 28, 2004
English April 7, 2007
Demonic Illusion: Mirror Heaven and Earth ChangeDemonic Illusion: Tree Binding DeathFlying SwallowWater Release: Water Shark Bullet Technique
"Return of the Morning Mist" (朝霧の帰郷, Asagiri no Kikyō) is episode 81 of the original Naruto anime.


Jiraiya is approached by the village's elders, who offer him the position of Fifth Hokage. He declines, saying that Tsunade would be a much better candidate for the title. He offers to find her for Konoha, though asks that he be allowed to take Naruto with him. Meanwhile, Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki enter Konoha — a guard stops them at an entrance, but is put to sleep by Itachi's genjutsu. Sasuke is seen thinking about the night of his parents' death and his inability to stop it — but throws a kunai at the place where he perceived his memory. Naruto completes his morning training and meets up with Konohamaru, who is gazing at the mountainside image of the Third. Konohamaru impresses Naruto with his commitment to rebuilding the village, and when he asks why Naruto was there, Naruto hands him a coupon for free ramen at Ichiraku. Sasuke is called to a teashop by Kakashi, meeting Asuma and Kurenai who are already there. Within the teashop are Kisame and Itachi, which the three jōnin realise but don't convey; with a nod by Kakashi, the two jōnin head to meet up with the duo, while Sasuke is whisked away by Kakashi. Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yūhi engage in battle, though Itachi and Kisame quickly gain the advantage. As Asuma and Kurenai are about to be killed, Kakashi comes to their rescue.

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