The Jinchūriki's Tears
(人柱力の涙, Jinchūriki no Namida)
|Previous||Team Kakashi, Deployed|
|Episode||Naruto: Shippūden #9 (Watch Online)|
|Next||Sealing Jutsu: Nine Phantom Dragons|
|Arc||Kazekage Rescue Arc|
|Japanese||April 12, 2007|
|English||December 9, 2009|
The Jinchūriki's Tears (人柱力の涙, Jinchūriki no Namida) is episode 9 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
On the outskirts of the Sunagakure, the shinobi prepared to detonate the surrounding area, whilst elsewhere the elders were already making plans for a new Kazekage. When the meeting had just finished, someone rushed in and told them that Kankurō had been found. Sasori catches up to Deidara and the two were ready to make off with their target. After they were done with Deidara's target, Sasori had planned to go after his, even though he still had no idea where his target was. Kankurō is later found and brought back to Suna's hospital. While his wounds weren't serious, the main problem was the poison in his body and that no-one in the Suna knew how to negate it. En route to the Sunagakure, Team Kakashi spotted Temari, who joined them upon hearing what had happened to Gaara. During their journey to the Suna, Naruto thought back to when Itachi and Kisame had approached him to capture him for Akatsuki's purposes: extracting the power of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox within Naruto and using it for their own personal gain. Naruto picked up the pace, despite the others saying that they should stick together. He realised that the reason Akatsuki was after him and Gaara was because they only saw them as monsters due to the beasts within them. Naruto realised just how similar he and Gaara really were, and why they were only looked at as beasts. With tears of anger in his eyes, Naruto pressed on. Kankurō's condition had worsened, and his body was in such a weak condition that he could barely speak. Despite this, he was able to tell Baki about Sasori. Baki went to an information centre and told the two shinobi inside to inform the pursuit squad to retreat, while he went off to speak to "them". Baki approached and informed the two of Gaara's capture by Akatsuki and Kankurō's condition, but they were not particularly interested as there was not much the two of them could do in their state. As far as they were concerned, what happened was not their business, even though it would do Chiyo good to see her grandson, Sasori, again.