edit"Their Backs"
Futari no Senaka
(二人の背中, Futari no Senaka)
Episode data
Previous "The Cursed Puppet"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #409 (Watch Online)
Next "The Hidden Plot Set Into Motion"
Arc In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths
Japanese April 23, 2015
English October 10, 2017
"Their Backs" (二人の背中, Futari no Senaka) is episode 409 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


As Chōji, while under the control of Saya's Puppet Imitation Technique, charges at Sakura, Ino takes over her foe's control over her team-mate and charges at Team Saya instead. Mamushi and Sana manage to avoid the attack, but Saya takes the full blow, what was later revealed to be a Body Replacement Technique. Taking the look of her puppet, Saya manages to regroup with her allies, claiming that she doesn't care about the Chūnin Exams anymore and that she wants revenge. As Team Asuma head toward the main tower, Sakura begins thinking about how weak she was before and that she always needed Naruto and Sasuke to protect her. At the same time, Jiraiya is seen training Naruto, asking Gerotora to weaken the seal on Naruto's belly. As the seal weakens, the boy falls under the control of the Nine-Tails, manifesting four tails and attacking his master. After the fight, the two are seen laying in hospital beds, with Naruto apologising about what he had done to Jiraiya, only for him to say that it wasn't his fault. As Jiraiya asks whether the boy will give up, Naruto tells him that he won't, even if it'll seem impossible. Meanwhile, Sana uses her Sandstorm Technique to stop Team Asuma in their tracks. As the team realises that the sandstorm is unnatural and that someone is after them, Saya uses her Cursed Sand Puppet Technique to create sand dolls in order to attack and confuse her foes, with Sana using her Sand Cloak Technique to disguise Mamushi as one of the creations. As Chōji fends off the dolls, one of them turns out to be Mamushi, who uses his snake to poison both him and Ino. Sakura, recalling her surgery and the request to Tsunade for an acceptance in the Chūnin Exams, manages to replenish her chakra and finish off her foes in one blow. She then removes the poison from her allies and thanks them for letting her join their team.


Role Seiyū
English Japanese Rōmaji English Japanese Rōmaji
Sakura Haruno 春野サクラ Haruno Sakura Chie Nakamura 中村 千絵 Nakamura Chie
Chōji Akimichi 秋道チョウジ Akimichi Chōji Kentarō Itō 伊藤健太郎 Itō Kentarō
Ino Yamanaka 山中いの Yamanaka Ino Ryōka Yuzuki 柚木 涼香 Yuzuki Ryōka
Fifth Hokage: Tsunade 五代目火影・綱手 Godaime Hokage: Tsunade Masako Katsuki 勝生真沙子 Katsuki Masako
Naruto Uzumaki うずまきナルト Uzumaki Naruto Junko Takeuchi 竹内 順子 Takeuchi Junko
Jiraiya 自来也 Jiraiya Hōchū Ōtsuka 大塚 芳忠 Ōtsuka Hōchū
Kurama 九喇嘛 Kurama Tesshō Genda 玄田 哲章 Genda Tesshō
Gerotora ゲロ寅 Gerotora Jin Urayama 浦山 迅 Urayama Jin
Saya サヤ Saya Megumi Han 潘 めぐみ Han Megumi
Mamushi マムシ Mamushi Eiji Takeuchi 竹内 栄治 Takeuchi Eiji
Sana サナ Sana Mariko Higashiuchi 東内マリ子 Higashiuchi Mariko
Nurse 看護帥 Kankoshi Kōsuke Gotō 後藤 光祐 Gotō Kōsuke