edit"The Ultimate"
The Ultimate
(極めし者, Kiwameshi Mono)
Episode data
Previous "As a Taijutsu User"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #401 (Watch Online)
Next "Escape vs. Pursuit"
Arc In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths
Japanese February 26, 2015
English July 4, 2017
"The Ultimate" (極めし者, Kiwameshi Mono) is episode 401 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


Shira accepts Lee's offer to fight him one on one. The two begin their battle, and as they exchange fierce attacks, both seem to be equally on par with one another. Observing the battle, Neji notes that Lee will sustain more damage due to Shira having a much superior physique. Eventually noticing that he is at a disadvantage, Lee attempts to open the Eight Gates, but finds that he cannot; Shira having blocked his tenketsu, therefore stopping his chakra flow. Shira then resorts to attacking silently, further putting the pressure on Lee. Remembering one of his training sessions with Guy, Lee is able to predict and counter Shira's moves. His tenketsu is ultimately released by Shira, and thus, Lee is able to open the Eight Gates once more. Shira activates the Seven Heavens Breathing Method, his own self-made equivalent of the Eight Gates, enhancing his lung capacity and his attacks to another level. Though both now seem evenly matched, Lee soon gains the upper hand after activating the Fifth Gate of Limit. Ultimately, this clash culminates in Lee's victory. Elsewhere, Gaara is informed by his subjects that Kegon and Yōrō are actually jōnin in disguise. Gaara orders them not to tell anyone else about this and begins to spy on Team Fū, using his Third Eye. However, to his shock, quickly found his sand eye, forcing him to cancel the technique. Gaara then realised the truth about the kunoichi.


Role Seiyū
English Japanese Rōmaji English Japanese Rōmaji
Fifth Kazekage: Gaara 五代目風影・我愛羅 Godaime Kazekage: Gaara Akira Ishida 石田 彰 Ishida Akira
Neji Hyūga 日向ネジ Hyūga Neji Kōichi Tōchika 遠近 孝一 Tōchika Kōichi
Tenten テンテン Tenten Yukari Tamura 田村ゆかり Tamura Yukari
Rock Lee ロック・リー Rokku Rī Yōichi Masukawa 増川 洋一 Masukawa Yōichi
Might Guy マイト・ガイ Maito Gai Masashi Ebara 江原 正士 Ebara Masashi
Shira シラ Shira Yūhei Takagi 高木 裕平 Takagi Yūhei
Yome ヨメ Yome Megumi Han 潘 めぐみ Han Megumi
Sen セン Sen Mariko Higashiuchi 東内マリ子 Higashiuchi Mariko
フウ Ryōko Shiraishi 白石 涼子 Shiraishi Ryōko
Totchi トッチ Totchi Daisuke Nakamura 中村 太亮 Nakamura Daisuke
Kun クン Kun Shō Okumura 奥村 翔 Okumura Shō
Examiner 試験官 Shiken-kan Kōsuke Gotō 後藤 光祐 Gotō Kōsuke

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    • Hawkeye2701 wrote: Tzao wrote: That's the problem with letting your opponent live and learn, or just pass on their intel, it was the s...
    • Seelentau wrote: How the hell would Gaara know about Fu's status as a Jinchuriki? Gaara should have guessed it when she says "...