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This is the article on episode 248 of Naruto: Shippūden. For chapter 502, head to The Fourth's Battle to the Death!!.
"The Fourth Hokage's Death Match"
Tobi Chains
(四代目の死闘!!, Yondaime no Shitō!!)
Episode data
Previous "Target: Nine-Tails"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #248 (Watch Online)
Next "Thank You"
Arc Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown
Manga Naruto Chapter #500, Naruto Chapter #501, Naruto Chapter #502, Naruto Chapter #503
Airing
Japanese February 9, 2012
English June 28, 2014
Debut
Characters
Jutsu
"The Fourth Hokage's Death Match" (四代目の死闘!!, Yondaime no Shitō!!) is episode 248 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

Kushina successfully gives birth to Naruto, and Biwako takes the baby away, only for her and fellow midwife Taji to be killed by Tobi, the masked man. Tobi places explosive tags on the newborn Naruto and tosses him into the air, forcing Minato to catch him, remove the tags and use his Flying Thunder God Technique to teleport outside. Tobi uses the opportunity to use Kamui to teleport himself and Kushina elsewhere, where he extracts the Nine-Tails out of her and, controlling it with his Sharingan, decides to attack Konoha. Meanwhile, Minato teleports to one of his safehouses to keep his newborn son safe and manages to teleport back to Kushina, who had the Flying Thunder God seal marked on her Eight Trigrams Sealing Style, and saves her from being killed the tailed beast. He brings her back to the safehouse, placing her next to Naruto and dresses in his Hokage attire.

In the village, Guy is pestering Kakashi to compete in another challenge while Tobi sneaks into the village. He summons the Nine-Tails right inside the village and allows it to wreak havoc. Sensing the tailed beast, the Third Hokage prepares to go into battle; Chōza, Shikaku, and Inoichi prepare to defend their village as well. Minato teleports to the village to defend it, and the fox fires a Tailed Beast Ball towards him. Using his Flying Thunder God: Guiding Thunder technique, Minato warps the Tailed Beast Ball to a safe distance away. He is immediately engaged in combat with Tobi, who attempts to use Kamui to send Minato elsewhere; however, Minato teleports to a safe location just in time. Tobi follows Minato there and praises his Flying Thunder God techniques, while Minato, realising that the masked man in front of him possesses a Sharingan strong enough to control the Nine-Tails while infiltrating the village undetected, suspects Tobi to be none other than Madara Uchiha, albeit immediately dismissing the thought since Madara was thought to be long dead.

Minato begins his assault on Tobi, who produces chains from his wrists, but is unable to land a successful hit due to Tobi's intangibility. Noting that Tobi would have to manifest physically in order to strike back, Minato throws one of his Flying Thunder God Kunai at Tobi's head while rushing towards him at the same time. Right as the kunai goes through Tobi's head, he materialises in order to grab a hold of Minato; however, Minato forms his Rasengan and teleports to the kunai's location behind Tobi, and manages to land a successful hit, marking him as well. Tobi is wounded from the attack, as his left arm begins to peel and fall off. Having branded Tobi, Minato is able to teleport to him right away and places a Contract Seal on him, wresting the Nine-Tails from his control.

Trivia

  • Team Tobirama as well as Torifu Akimichi were not present during the episode, in contrast with chapter 503.
  • In the manga, Minato glared at the Nine-Tails and Tobi, the masked man, after telling Kushina that Naruto was safe. In this episode, it happened when Kushina told him that Tobi's objective was to destroy Konoha.
  • Minato notices Tobi's Sharingan as the latter uses Kamui; however, it is a normal Sharingan eye and not the Mangekyō Sharingan. This goof also persists in the previous episodes up until the point where Tobi's true identity is revealed, at which point his Mangekyō Sharingan is shown whenever he uses Kamui.

Credits

Role Seiyū
English Japanese Rōmaji English Japanese Rōmaji
Fourth Hokage: Minato Namikaze 四代目火影・波風ミナト Yondaime Hokage: Namikaze Minato Toshiyuki Morikawa 森川 智之 Morikawa Toshiyuki
Kushina Uzumaki うずまきクシナ Uzumaki Kushina Emi Shinohara 篠原 恵美 Shinohara Emi
Nine-Tailed Fox 九尾の狐 Kyūbi no Kitsune Tesshō Ganda 玄田 哲章 Ganda Tesshō
Madara Uchiha うちはマダラ Uchiha Madara Naoya Uchida 内田 直哉 Uchida Naoya
Third Hokage: Hiruzen Sarutobi 三代目火影・猿飛ヒルゼン Sandaime Hokage: Sarutobi Hiruzen Hidekatsu Shibata 柴田 秀勝 Shibata Hidekatsu
Kakashi Hatake はたけカカシ Hatake Kakashi Kazuhiko Inoue 井上 和彦 Inoue Kazuhiko
Might Guy マイト・ガイ Maito Gai Masashi Ebara 江原 正士 Ebara Masashi
Shikaku Nara 奈良シカク Nara Shikaku Hiroshi Yanaka 家中 宏 Yanaka Hiroshi
Chōza Akimichi 秋道チョウザ Akimichi Chōza Nobuaki Fukuda 福田 信昭 Fukuda Nobuaki
Kurenai's Father 紅の父 Kurenai no Chichi Hiromu Kondō 近藤 広務 Kondō Hiromu
Itachi Uchiha うちはイタチ Uchiha Itachi Hideo Ishikawa 石川 英郎 Ishikawa Hideo
Biwako Sarutobi 猿飛ビワコ Sarutobi Biwako Ikuko Watanabe 渡辺 育子 Watanabe Ikuko
Taji タジ Taji Kayo Ishida 石田 嘉代 Ishida Kayo
Konoha's Shinobi 木ノ葉の忍 Konoha no Shinobi Taira Kikumoto 菊本 平 Kikumoto Taira
Toshiharu Nakanishi 中西としはる Nakanishi Toshiharu
Shinobu Matsumoto 松本 忍 Matsumoto Shinobu
Ryūichi Kijima 木島 隆一 Kijima Ryūichi
Kengo Kawanishi 河西 健吾 Kawanishi Kengo

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