The First and Last Opponent
(最初の敵, 最後の敵, Saisho no Teki, Saigo no Teki)
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|Episode||Naruto: Shippūden #266 (Watch Online)|
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|Arc||Shinobi World War Arc|
|Manga||521, 522, 523, 524|
|Japanese||June 7, 2012|
The First and Last Opponent (最初の敵, 最後の敵, Saisho no Teki, Saigo no Teki) is episode 266 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
Suigetsu and Jūgo escape from their imprisonment within the Land of Iron due to weakened security, caused by the mobilisation of forces for the war. While searching for his sword, Suigetsu educates Jūgo on the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, including previous generation of members and their swords.
Meanwhile, the Third Division battles the reincarnated swordsmen, and Kakashi formulates a plan that employs Santa Yamanaka, Ensui Nara, and Maki from his division. Launching the plan of action, Kakashi nearly hits Zabuza, but his attack is intercepted by Haku, who uses himself as a shield. Zabuza cuts through Haku to get to Kakashi, but he is able to narrowly avoid the full force of Zabuza's attack and suffers only a minor wound on his abdomen. After Haku is trapped and sealed, Kakashi attacks once again and he and Zabuza strike simultaneously, but this time Kakashi manages to evade the great blade and pierce Zabuza. Zabuza and Haku are then captured and restrained.
With Zabuza's and Haku's defeat, Kakashi commandeers the Kubikiribōchō and declares that he is going to unleash Hell on the enemy forces. Elsewhere, the Second Division continues to fight the White Zetsu Army clones, and Kitsuchi is informed that thousands of the enemy forces had passed them underground--where the current enemy had erupted from. On another battlefield, Gaara discovers one of the enemy reincarnated shinobi.
- In this episode even though Kakashi and Santa had switched bodies, when Santa sensed Zabuza and released the technique, he did so from his own body instead of Kakashi's.
|Naruto Uzumaki||うずまきナルト||Uzumaki Naruto||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko|
|Kakashi Hatake||はたけカカシ||Hatake Kakashi||Kazuhiko Inoue||井上 和彦||Inoue Kazuhiko|
|Fifth Kazekage: Gaara||五代目風影・我愛羅||Godaime Kazekage: Gaara||Akira Ishida||石田 彰||Ishida Akira|
|Sai||サイ||Sai||Satoshi Hino||日野 聡||Hino Satoshi|
|Might Guy||マイト・ガイ||Maito Gai||Masashi Ebara||江原 正士||Ebara Masashi|
|Rock Lee||ロック・リー||Rokku Rī||Yōichi Masukawa||増川 洋一||Masukawa Yōichi|
|Kiba Inuzuka||犬塚キバ||Inuzuka Kiba||Kōsuke Toriumi||鳥海 浩輔||Toriumi Kōsuke|
|Hinata Hyūga||日向ヒナタ||Hyūga Hinata||Nana Mizuki||水樹 奈々||Mizuki Nana|
|Neji Hyūga||日向ネジ||Hyūga Neji||Kōichi Tōchika||遠近 孝一||Tōchika Kōichi|
|Shino Aburame||油女シノ||Aburame Shino||Shinji Kawada||川田 紳司||Kawada Shinji|
|Kitsuchi||黄ツチ||Kitsuchi||Masafumi Kimura||木村 雅史||Kimura Masafumi|
|Kurotsuchi||黒ツチ||Kurotsuchi||Hana Takeda||武田 華||Takeda Hana|
|Ensui||エンスイ||Ensui||Masato Kaji||梶 雅人||Kaji Masato|
|Maki||マキ||Maki||Mariko Tōnai||東内マリ子||Tōnai Mariko|
|Santa||サンタ||Santa||Shōgo Nakamura||中村 章吾||Nakamura Shōgo|
|Kabuto Yakushi||薬師カブト||Yakushi Kabuto||Nobutoshi Canna||神奈 延年||Kanna Nobutoshi|
|Zabuza Momochi||桃地再不斬||Momochi Zabuza||Unshō Ishizuka||石塚 運昇||Ishizuka Unshō|
|Gari||ガリ||Gari||Takuji Katō||加藤 拓二||Katō Takuji|
|Pakura||パクラ||Pakura||Yukari Oribe||織部ゆかり||Oribe Yukari|
|Suigetsu||水月||Suigetsu||Takashi Kondō||近藤 隆||Kondō Takashi|
|Jūgo||重吾||Jūgo||Shūhei Sakaguchi||阪口 周平||Sakaguchi Shūhei|
|Shinobi||忍||Shinobi||Ryūichi Kijima||木島 隆一||Kijima Ryūichi|
|Manabu Sakamaki||坂巻 学||Sakamaki Manabu|