edit"The Man Named Kisame"
Kisame breaks free
(鬼鮫という男, Kisame to Iu Otoko)
Episode data
Previous "Battle in Paradise! Odd Beast vs. The Monster!"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #251 (Watch Online)
Next "The Angelic Herald of Death"
Arc Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown
Manga Naruto Chapter #507, Naruto Chapter #508
Opening "Newsong"
Ending "By My Side"
Japanese February 23, 2012
English July 19, 2014
"The Man Named Kisame" (鬼鮫という男, Kisame to Iu Otoko) is episode 251 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


The after effects of Guy's Daytime Tiger are felt through the island; after explaining his technique to Kisame, Guy punches him. He brings the subdued Kisame back to land, where Yamato restrains him so that Aoba can gather intel on the Akatsuki. Using his Psycho Mind Transmission technique, Aoba sifts through Kisame's memories.

Back when Kisame was a Kirigakure shinobi, he was instructed by his superior, Fuguki Suikazan, who was one of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, to serve as a bodyguard for Kiri's Cypher Division. Fuguki explicitly instructed him to do whatever was necessary to prevent their intelligence and secret codes from being leaked to any enemies. Whilst serving as their guard, Miru, a kunoichi from the Cypher Division, asked him to come and eat with the others, while the rest rebuffed him as a cold, callous individual. Shortly after, Kisame sensed the presence of enemies, who were revealed to be the Konoha Torture and Interrogation Force, led by Ibiki Morino. As Ibiki's team began capturing wounded Kiri-nin alive, Kisame dropped explosive tags near them or impaled them with his sword to kill them, in order to prevent Konoha from gathering intelligence. After being cornered on a cliff, Kisame killed the remaining three, including Miru. With her dying breath, Miru asked why Kisame would do such a thing, and he explained that he had to do what was necessary to prevent an intelligence leak and that killing his comrades was his specialty. Kisame then jumped off the cliff to elude his own capture.

After reporting back to the village, Kisame discovered that Fuguki himself was leaking intelligence to their enemies and killed his own master as a result, as it was his duty to kill fellow Kiri-nin in order to prevent leaks. After killing Fuguki, he took the swordsman's Samehada blade for his own. The murder was witnessed by Yagura, the Mizukage, who commended him for his efforts. Kisame, however, was wary as he believed that Yagura would simply kill him whenever his usefulness ended and mused that he had no sense of identity and wondered what he could do to achieve peace, instead of being stuck in a cycle of killing and deceit. To his surprise, a man emerged from behind Yagura and offered him the chance to join him as a comrade in order to obtain true peace. Kisame was shocked to see that the man possessed a Sharingan, which he had been using to control Yagura. Knowing that the shinobi in front of him must be quite formidable to not only control a kage but also a jinchūriki, as Yagura held the Three-Tails within him, Kisame demanded to know who the man was. The man declared himself to be none other than Madara Uchiha, and emerged from the shadows in order to show his face and prove it.

Wanting to protect his leader's identity, Kisame bites through his tongue, disrupting Aoba's technique, and proceeds to break out of his wooden restraints. Knowing he is too weak to fight the shinobi before him, Kisame traps himself inside his Water Prison Technique and recalls when he first met Itachi when they were partnered together, and how Itachi told him that a man does not know his true nature until he reaches the end of his life. Realising that he would rather die in order to protect the Akatsuki, Kisame summons three sharks and commits suicide by allowing the sharks to devour him. Naruto and Yamato are shocked, while Killer B confirms via Samehada that it is not a trick and that Kisame has actually died. Remembering Nagato and Konan, Naruto states that even in the Akatsuki, shinobi would sacrifice their lives in order to protect their comrades. Guy remarks that it is an honourable thing for a shinobi to do so, and declares he would never forget Kisame so long as he lives.

Guy picks up the scroll containing the intel Kisame had gathered and opens it, only for it to be rigged. Naruto, Yamato, B, Guy, and Motoi are trapped in a water prison containing sharks while one of the sharks grabs the scroll and flees to the ocean, escaping.


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
Kisame Hoshigaki 干柿鬼鮫 Hoshigaki Kisame Tomoyuki Dan 檀 臣幸 Dan Tomoyuki
Madara Uchiha うちはマダラ Uchiha Madara Naoya Uchida 内田 直哉 Uchida Naoya
Itachi Uchiha うちはイタチ Uchiha Itachi Hideo Ishikawa 石川 英郎 Ishikawa Hideo
Fourth Mizukage: Yagura 四代目水影・やぐら Yondaime Mizukage: Yagura Miyu Irino 入野 自由 Irino Miyu
Fuguki Suikazan 西瓜山河豚鬼 Suikazan Fuguki Minoru Hirota 広田みのる Hirota Minoru
Ibiki Morino 森乃イビキ Morino Ibiki Taiten Kusunoki 楠 大典 Kusunoki Taiten
Cypher Division 暗号部 Angōbu Yukari Oribe 織部ゆかり Oribe Yukari
Shinobu Matsumoto 松本 忍 Matsumoto Shinobu
Ryūichi Kijima 木島 隆一 Kijima Ryūichi
Taira Kikumoto 菊本 平 Kikumoto Taira