Vengeful Strike! The Bracken Dance!

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"Vengeful Strike! The Bracken Dance!"
Shukaku Ultimate Defence
(執念の一撃!早蕨の舞, Shūnen no Ichigeki Sawarabi no Mai)
Episode data
Previous "Showdown: Gaara vs. Kimimaro"
Episode Naruto #127
Next "A Cry on Deaf Ears"
Arc Sasuke Recovery Mission
Manga Naruto Chapter #216, Naruto Chapter #217
Japanese March 30, 2005
English December 29, 2007
Dance of the Clematis: FlowerDance of the Clematis: VineDance of the Seedling FernDesert SuspensionDesert WavePrison Sand BurialUltimately Hard Absolute Defence: Shield of Shukaku
"Vengeful Strike! The Bracken Dance!" (執念の一撃!早蕨の舞, Shūnen no Ichigeki Sawarabi no Mai) is episode 127 of the original Naruto anime.


Recognising the potency of Gaara's attack and the strength of his defences, Kimimaro hardens a bone around his arm into the shape of a large drill. This being his strongest weapon, Kimimaro charges at Gaara, though Gaara's final defence proves too much for it and it shatters. Calling upon the sand in the ground, Gaara pulls Kimimaro deep underground, confining him there until his eventual death. As Kimimaro sinks, he creates a forest of bones to burst from the ground, which Gaara is able to help Lee avoid at the last second. As the two sit on the floating mound of sand, completely exhausted but relieved to have won, Kimimaro appears from one of the bones with his bone drill for a final attack. His disease gets the best of him at the last second, and he dies before he can finish Gaara and Lee. Elsewhere, Naruto has finally caught up to Sasuke.

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