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|Previous||"Prophecy of the Great Lord Elder"|
|Episode||Naruto: Shippūden #221 (Watch Online)|
|Next||"The Five Kage's Decision"|
|Arc||Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown|
|Manga||Naruto Chapter #487, Naruto Chapter #489, Naruto Chapter #490|
|Japanese||July 28, 2011|
|English||December 21, 2013|
Kabuto uses the Power of the White Snake to kill three Takigakure shinobi, leaving their corpses for the Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party to find. At Mount Myōboku, Gerotora explains that once before, Jiraiya had loosened the seal on Naruto's stomach in order to help him control the Nine-Tails; instead, Naruto entered into his four-tailed form and severely wounded Jiraiya. Naruto tells them that he did not mean to, and that it was Jiraiya who goaded it into him, claiming that it was the Fourth Hokage's legacy. Gerotora adds that when a jinchūriki uses their tailed beast's power, they draw on not just its chakra, but its will. The Fourth had used the Eight Trigrams Sealing Style in order to mix Naruto's chakra with the Nine-Tails in order to help him get accustomed to it and to draw on its strength without succumbing to its will.
Naruto muses how he had once purposely drawn on its power during his fight with Orochimaru on the Tenchi Bridge, and how after hurting Sakura he told himself he would never use it, only to succumb to the fox voluntarily when he thought Hinata had been killed by Pain. However, he remembers his father telling him that he had sealed the fox inside of him because he believed in him to master its power, and remarks to himself that he would do it for his father. Naruto accepts and signs the contract, and Fukasaku uses his Frog Kata to kick Gerotora down Naruto's mouth in order to keep him in storage. The Great Toad Sage then bids Naruto on his journey to find the octopus and Fukasaku decides to send him back home to Konoha.
Meanwhile, Kabuto greets Tobi at his hideout, claiming that he had heard that the Akatsuki member goes by the name of Madara Uchiha these days. Tobi remembers that Kabuto was a spy for Sasori and rushes towards him, calling him a traitor to the Akatsuki. Kabuto uses his Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique to summon the corpses of Itachi, Sasori, Deidara, Kakuzu, and Nagato. Kabuto proposes an alliance for the upcoming Fourth Shinobi World War, in which he would provide Tobi with reanimated corpses as he is the only person alive who can use the reincarnation technique; in turn, Tobi would give him Sasuke to use as an experiment. Tobi refuses to accept his deal, and Kabuto smiles as he summons the corpse of Madara Uchiha, revealing Tobi to be nothing but an impostor. Enraged, Tobi agrees to Kabuto's proposition. Meanwhile, Anko and her team follow the corpses Kabuto laid all the way to Tobi's hideout.
- The robes from all reincarnated Akatsuki members are depicted with an incorrect colour scheme, black with red lining.
- Nagato's hair is wrongly coloured dark for one frame when he is summmoned.
|Naruto Uzumaki||うずまきナルト||Uzumaki Naruto||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko|
|Fukasaku||フカサク||Fukasaku||Ikuo Nishikawa||西川 幾雄||Nishikawa Ikuo|
|Great Toad Sage||大ガマ仙人||Ōgama Sennin||Mitsuo Senda||千田 光男||Senda Mitsuo|
|Gerotora||ゲロ寅||Gerotora||Jin Urayama||浦山 迅||Urayama Jin|
|Madara Uchiha||うちはマダラ||Uchiha Madara||Naoya Uchida||内田 直哉||Uchida Naoya|
|Kabuto Yakushi||薬師カブト||Yakushi Kabuto||Nobutoshi Canna||神奈 延年||Canna Nobutoshi|
|Jiraiya||自来也||Jiraiya||Hōchū Ōtsuka||大塚 芳忠||Ōtsuka Hōchū|
|Anko Mitarashi||みたらしアンコ||Mitarashi Anko||Takako Honda||本田 貴子||Honda Takako|
|Tokuma||トクマ||Tokuma||Manabu Sakamaki||坂巻 学||Sakamaki Manabu|
|Ranka||ランカ||Ranka||Taira Kikumoto||菊本 平||Kikumoto Taira|
|Muta||ムタ||Muta||Hidenori Takahashi||高橋 英則||Hidenori Takahashi|