edit"The Artist Returns"
The Artist Returns
(芸術家再び, Geijutsuka Futatabi)
Episode data
Previous "The Super Secret S-Rank Mission"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #255 (Watch Online)
Next "Assemble! Allied Shinobi Forces!"
Arc Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown
Manga Naruto Chapter #513, Naruto Chapter #514
Japanese March 22, 2012
English August 16, 2014
"The Artist Returns" (芸術家再び, Geijutsuka Futatabi) is episode 255 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


Deidara detonates his clay bird, but only destroys a rock clone; the real Ōnoki is out of range with Kurotsuchi and Akatsuchi by his side. Kurotsuchi greets Deidara warmly while Akatsuchi wonders how Deidara is alive, while Ōnoki explains that it is Orochimaru's Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique. Meanwhile, Manda II, a genetically enhanced clone of the original Manda, swims through the water and kills the giant squid guarding the Island Turtle. Kabuto remarks that Manda II has found the island and flies off, controlling Deidara, who protests as he is not in control over his own body.

Manda II bites one of the turtle's flippers as Deidara detonates a clay jellyfish underneath the turtle, flipping it over. As the turtle flips, Yamato uses his Wood Release: Nativity of a Sea of Trees technique to create a forest to save them. Naruto decides to check out the situation on the surface, but is dissuaded by Yamato and Aoba, who stress the importance of his S-rank mission and how he must prioritise that. Yamato, Aoba, and Motoi head to the surface where they encounter Yamato. Deidara is tasked with fighting off Ōnoki and Akatsuchi, while Kurotsuchi engages in combat against Yamato. She uses her Lava Release: Quicklime Congealing Technique in conjugation with Water Release: Water Trumpet to create a quick-drying cement to hold him in place. Yamato uses Wood Release: Wood Spikes Ring to hold Kabuto in place as Aoba heads off to extract intelligence from him, but Kabuto discards his body using the Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique and emerges out of his mouth as a serpentine snake, causing Aoba to fall into the cement while he swallows Yamato whole.

Deidara and Ōnoki duel over the air, with the former attempting to kill the Tsuchikage using his C4 while the latter prepares to counter it with his Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique. However, Deidara is swiftly recalled by Kabuto, who slithers into Manda II's nostril and dispels them back to the Mountains' Graveyard. Ōnoki frees Aoba, pondering whether Yamato was the intended target all along and warns them that Yamato can easily be interrogated due to Madara Uchiha's visual prowess. Back at the hideout, Kabuto delivers Yamato to Tobi and Zetsu. Tobi is irritated as Kabuto did not retrieve the Eight and Nine-Tails like he was assigned, but Kabuto justifies his decisions by claiming that Yamato is Naruto's guardian and thus would hold valuable information, while also adding that using Yamato's Wood Release, he could improve both Zetsu and the White Zetsu Army. Tobi tells him to speed the process, revealing the Rinnegan eye he had transplanted from Nagato's corpse and telling Kabuto that the eye is craving for war.


Role Seiyū
English Japanese Rōmaji English Japanese Rōmaji
Naruto Uzumaki うずまきナルト Uzumaki Naruto Junko Takeuchi 竹内 順子 Takeuchi Junko
Yamato ヤマト Yamato Rikiya Koyama 小山 力也 Koyama Rikiya
Aoba Yamashiro 山城アオバ Yamashiro Aoba Kenjiro Tsuda 津田健次郎 Tsuda Kenjiro
Might Guy マイト・ガイ Maito Gai Masashi Ebara 江原 正士 Ebara Masashi
Killer B キラービー Kirābī Hisao Egawa 江川 央生 Egawa Hisao
Motoi モトイ Motoi Daichi Endō 遠藤大智 Endō Daichi
Third Tsuchikage: Ōnoki 三代目土影・オオノキ Sandaime Tsuchikage: Ōnoki Tomomichi Nishimura 西村 知道 Nishimura Tomomichi
Akatsuchi 赤ツチ Akatsuchi Kenta Miyake 三宅 健太 Miyake Kenta
Kurotsuchi 黒ツチ Kurotsuchi Hana Takeda 武田 華 Takeda Hana
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 Kanna Nobutoshi
Deidara デイダラ Deidara Katsuhiko Kawamoto 川本 克彦 Kawamoto Katsuhiko