The Burden

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"The Burden"
Kakashi intercepts Sasuke
(背負うべき重荷, Seōbeki Omoni)
Episode data
Previous "Lost Bonds"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #214 (Watch Online)
Next "Two Fates"
Arc Five Kage Summit (Arc)
Manga Naruto Chapter #483, Naruto Chapter #484
Japanese June 2, 2011
English November 2, 2013
"The Burden" (背負うべき重荷, Seōbeki Omoni) is episode 214 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


Kakashi finds Sakura's team in the middle of a path, and gets Sasuke's coordinates from Kiba. Meanwhile, Sakura tells Sasuke that she is willing to leave Konoha and follow him. Sasuke replies that Sakura must kill Karin as a sign of her willingness to do anything. With Sakura's back turned to him, Sasuke attempts to kill her, but the attack is intercepted by Kakashi, who tells Sakura to leave Sasuke to him and heal Karin, as the two clash. After she heals Karin, Sakura once again attempts to kill Sasuke with a poisoned kunai, but Sasuke turns the tables on her as she hesitates. Kakashi attempts to get Sasuke to stop but his pleas fall on deaf ears. Before Sasuke can kill Sakura with her own kunai, she is rescued once again — this time by Naruto who receives a small scratch on his cheek. Spurred by Naruto's actions, Kakashi fights Sasuke on the wall but the two are evenly matched. Sasuke eventually flies to the river with Kakashi in pursuit before both somersault, landing on opposite sides of each other while also resulting in Team 7 being reunited for the first time in nearly three years.


  • This episode has a few animation errors:
    • Kakashi's Mangekyō Sharingan is inaccurately depicted as having a red design on a black background, though this error was fixed in episode 215.
    • Sasuke's Susanoo is incorrectly depicted with five fingers instead of six, holding a gourd in the secondary right hand instead of an Amaterasu orb in the primary right hand and the bow in the left hand instead of nothing. Its teeth are also depicted incorrectly.
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