The Tactician's Intent
(策士・紅明の思惑, Sakushi - Kōmei no Omowaku)
|Previous||The Cursed Warrior|
|Next||Too Late for Help|
|Arc||Land of Birds Arc|
|Japanese||December 7, 2005|
|English||May 3, 2008|
The Tactician's Intent (策士・紅明の思惑, Sakushi - Kōmei no Omowaku) is episode 163 of the original Naruto anime.
The group talks at Mōsō's house. After that they discuss that Kōmei, the village strategist and the son's potential rival for succession, may be behind the Cursed Warrior. To prove this, they try to visit the new feudal lord Sagi at a lake where he holds his lost memories of his sister Toki. The group protects the feudal lord from assassins, and pursues the Cursed Warrior to its meeting with Kōmei, where after it is defeated, it is revealed that it and the previous Cursed Warrior were two different individuals. The group finds evidence that indicates that Kōmei may have been behind the second Cursed Warrior's appearance, and Kōmei is arrested.