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Anime Guide: Season 4 (Episodes 79-104)
Tsunade Season Four of the series started in Spring of 2004. The series was finally finishing up its longest story arc, Sasuke's brother reappeared as part of an evil new organization and Konoha undertook a search for a new Hokage.

Kisame
The Music


Opening Four: "GO!!!" by Flow

Episodes: 78-103

Note: This Opening changed as the season progressed.
- Ep. 90: Anko, Shizune and Tsunade added to bath scroll.


Opening Five: "Seishun Kyousoukyoku" (Youth Rhapsody) by Sanbomasutaa (SamboMaster)

Episodes: 104-128

Note: This Opening changed as the season progressed.


Closing Five: "Ima Made Nandomo" (Many Times Until Now) by Za Masumisairu (The Massmissile)

Episodes: 78-89


Closing Six: "Ryuusei" (Shooting Star) by TiA

Episodes: 90-103


Closing Seven: "Maunten•a•googoo•tsuu" (Mountain•a•gogo•two) by Kyaputen Sutoraidamu (Captain Stridum)

Episodes: 104-115
The Story Arcs
Episode 68-80: Konoha Invasion (Cont.)




Episode 79: "Rimitto bucchigiri! -Hikari to Yami- ~ Way Beyond the Limit! -Light and Darkness-"

Airdate: 04/14/2004 Chapters covered: 136, 137

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Gamabunta and Naruto Henge into Kyuubi to help Gamabunta grab ahold of Shukaku. When he finally grabs ahold, Naruto moves to awaken Gaara and end his Shukaku form. Pushing to protect his friends, Naruto uses the power of the Kyuubi to burst through Gaara's sand attacks and awaken him. A nearly unconcious Naruto and Gaara then fall back to the ground below.




Episode 80: "Sandaime yo, tokoshieni......!! ~ The Third, Everlasting......!!"

Airdate: 04/21/2004 Chapters covered: 138, 139

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Gaara begins to grow afraid of Naruto's power. Naruto tells Gaara that they are alike, they faced similar scorn while growing up and that his close friends helped him push through his loneliness. Temari and Kankurou arrive to pick up Gaara and retreat. Elsewhere Sandaime's struggle with Orochimaru comes to an end, unable to pull out his full soul, he seals his arms instead and dies. Orochimaru then flees with his bodyguards. With Sand and Sound defeated, in the days after Konoha gathers to pay respects to their fallen comrades.
Episode 81-85: Akatsuki Introduction


As Konoha rebuilds, this mini-arc focuses on the return of Sasuke's brother Itachi to Hidden Leaf. This is one of the shorter arcs in the series, which segues into the next "Search for Tsunade" arc.

In the following summaries, Orange = Filler.





Episode 81: "Asagiri no kikyou ~ Homecoming of the Morning Mist"

Airdate: 04/28/2004 Chapters covered: 140, 141

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Two mysterious figures have entered Konoha and are dining. Asuma and Kurenai happen across Kakashi at this location and with unspoken orders pursue the two men. Asuma and Kurenai stop them, and they reveal themselves to be Uchiha Itachi and Hidden Mist missing-nin Hoshigaki Kisame. They begin to battle and when things begin to turn against the Leaf ninja, Kakashi arrives to lend assistance. Elsewhere Jiraiya offers to track down fellow Sannin Tsunade and offer her the job of Hokage.




Episode 82: "Sharingan tai Sharingan ~ Sharingan VS Sharingan"

Airdate: 05/05/2004 Chapters covered: 142, 143

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Kakashi moves to stop Itachi but Itachi is too much even for Kakashi. We learn that the two men have come for the Kyuubi in Naruto. Itachi moves to end the confrontation and uses a special Sharingan jutsu, the Tsukuyomi, to trap Kakashi within his own mind. Though it spanned seconds, Kakashi went through days of torture. He passes out but Guy arrives to save them just in time. Itachi and Kisame then flee. Elsewhere Jiraiya and Naruto get ready to being their journey to find Tsunade.




Episode 83: "Oo, nooo! Jiraiya no jonan, Naruto no sainan ~ Oh, nooo! Jiraiya's Women Trouble, Naruto's Misfortune"

Airdate: 05/12/2004 Chapters covered: 143, 144

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In a village outside of Konoha, Jiraiya and Naruto stop to rest and gather information. When Sasuke overhears that his brother has returned and is after Naruto, he chases after them. Jiraiya gets distracted by a woman and Naruto goes to the hotel room alone. A knock at the door later on brings ill tidings for Naruto, because there stands Kisame and Itachi.




Episode 84: "Unare Chidori Hoero Sasuke! ~ Roar Chidori Howl Sasuke!"

Airdate: 05/19/2004 Chapters covered: 145, 146

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Kisame and Itachi move to capture Naruto, but Sasuke arrives to attack his brother in a crazed frenzy. Itachi easily swats him away and mocks his growth. We then get a flashback to the night of the Uchiha clan massacre and how Itachi taunted Sasuke to grow. Itachi then uses Tsukuyomi to make Sasuke relive the massacre over and over again. When Kisame moves to injure Naruto, Jiraiya suddenly arrives to save him.




Episode 85: "Oroka naru ototo yo  Urame, nikume! ~ Foolish Younger Brother, Detest, Hate!"

Airdate: 05/26/2004 Chapters covered: 147, 148

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Jiraiya moves to capture the two men by transforming the surrounding walls into the summoned esophagus of a toad, Itachi and Kisame bolt and Itachi uses another special Sharingan technique to burn themselves free. Guy arrives to take the injured Sasuke back for medical treatment. Kisame and Itachi reflect that they can get Naruto again later. Naruto and Jiraiya then head off again in search of Tsunade.
Episode 86-96: Search for Tsunade


Naruto and Jiraiya continue their search for Tsunade and Jiraiya makes good on his promise to teach Naruto a special new move.

In the following summaries, Orange = Filler.





Episode 86: "Shugyou kaishi  Ore ha zettee tsuyoku naru! ~ Training Begins, I'm Definately Going to Become Strong!"

Airdate: 06/02/2004 Chapters covered: 149, 150

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Jiraiya and Naruto continue on their journey and stop at a town holding a festival. Jiraiya leaves Naruto on his own and when Naruto gets into trouble, Jiraiya finally reveals the Rasengan technique. Jiraiya then takes Naruto outside of town and gets him started on learning the technique.




Episode 87: "Konjou!!! Warero mizu fuusen ~ Guts!!! Popped Water Balloon!"

Airdate: 06/09/2004 Chapters covered: 151

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Naruto continues his goal to pop the water balloon. Jiraiya tells Naruto it took the Fourth Hokage 3 years to master the technique. As the days pass on Naruto grows weary, but upon seeing a cat at play, he learns how to finish the first stage of training...




Episode 88: "Konoha maaku to hitaiate ~ The Leaf Mark and The Forehead Protector"

Airdate: 06/16/2004 Chapters covered: 152, 153, 154

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After passing the first stage, Jiraiya gives Naruto a rubber ball and asks that he now pop it as well. Naruto thinks back to his days at the Ninja Academy and how Iruka taught Naruto and his classmates how to focus their chakra.




Episode 89: "Hamon ~ Ripple"

Airdate: 06/23/2004 Chapters covered: 155, 156, 157

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Orochimaru tracks down Tsunade to make a proposal for her to heal his arms. Elsewhere Jiraiya continues his search and Naruto begins the third and final stage of Rasengan training.




Episode 90: "Ikari bakuhatsu! Yurusaneeattebayo ~ Anger Explosion! I Won't Allow That"

Airdate: 07/07/2004 Chapters covered: 157, 158

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Jiraiya and Naruto finally track down Tsunade and Jiraiya makes her the offer of Hokage. Naruto was unaware that was the real proposal and challenges Tsunade's merits. The two go outside to fight and Tsunade is surprised by Naruto's ability to use a partial Rasengan.




Episode 91: "Shodai Hokage no isan  Shi wo yobu kubikazari ~ The First Hokage's Inheritance, The Necklace Which Brings Death"

Airdate: 07/14/2004 Chapters covered: 159, 160

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Tsunade quickly dispatches Naruto, she makes him a bargain though that if he can master the Rasengan in a week, which will give him her necklace in return. Tsunade then begins to consider the offers from her former teammates.




Episode 92: "YES ka NO ka! Tsunade no kaitou ~ "YES or NO! Tsunade's Answer"

Airdate: 07/21/2004 Chapters covered: 161, 162, 163

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Tsunade thinks over Orochimaru's offer, to heal his arms in return for granting life back to her two loved ones. Tsunade thinks over her brother and boyfriend and how much she misses them, and watches as Naruto continues to learn the Rasengan. She then sits to drink with Jiraiya and slips him a drug and then goes to meet Orochimaru.




Episode 93: "Koushou Ketsuretsu! ~ Negotiation Breakdown"

Airdate: 07/28/2004 Chapters covered: 163, 164

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Tsunade stands ready by Orochimaru but Kabuto interrupts their deal. Tsunade planned to kill Orochimaru and now she is determined to finish Orochimaru once and for all! Jiraiya, Naruto and Shizune arrive to find Tsunade and Orochimaru gone. Elsewhere Kabuto tries to fight against Tsunade, when he appears to be getting the upperhand, Naruto's team finally arrives.




Episode 94: "Kurae! Ikari no Rasengan ~ Eat This! The Rasengan's Anger"

Airdate: 08/04/2004 Chapters covered: 165, 166, 167

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Naruto moves to fight Kabuto but he is outmatched by his opponent. Jiraiya and Orochimaru begin to do battle, but both are hampered by their impairments. Naruto finally grabs uphold of Kabuto and prepares to unload a near complete Rasengan with the help of a Kage Bunshin.




Episode 95: "Godaime Hokage  Inochi o kaketa tatakai! ~ The Fifth Hokage, The Battle She Bets Her Life On"

Airdate: 08/11/2004 Chapters covered: 168, 169

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This episode aired with episode 96 in a one hour "Legendary Sannin Run Riot" special. To Tsunade's surprise the Rasengan connects sending Kabuto flying backwards. Though he tried to use his medical techniques to counter it, it still deal damage to him. When he sees Tsunade moving to summon, he jumps to Orochimaru's side to help him summon as well. Jiraiya moves to summon and three huge animals are suddenly brought into the battle.




Episode 96: "San sukumi no tatakai ~ Three-way Battle"

Airdate: 08/11/2004 Chapters covered: 170, 171

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This episode aired with episode 95 in a one hour "Legendary Sannin Run Riot" special. The three summons begin to do battle with Gamabunta and Katsuyu eventually getting the upperhand. Tsunade then begins to unleash all her pent up rage on Orochimaru, pummeling him into submission. He and Kabuto decide to flee. The team returns to the city to relax and Tsunade and Naruto begin to argue. She challenges him to fight but when they go outside, she instead wishes him luck on his journey to become Hokage.
Episode 97-106: Tsunade Returns and the Tea Country


Tsunade returns to Konoha and begins to heal those injured in the past months. Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke then head to the Tea Country in the first filler arc of the series.

In the following summaries, Orange = Filler.





Episode 97: "Naruto no yuke muri chin douchuu ~ Naruto's Strange Steamy Journey"

Airdate: 08/18/2004 Chapters covered: -

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On their way back to Konoha, the group stops at a hot springs to rest. While there, two men track down Tsunade after a long period and seek to take the Hokage necklace to settle her debts. Naruto feels bad for the men and attempts to help them. Shizune impersonates Tsunade and attempts to send them away, but Tsunade arrives to reveal she already settled the debt.




Episode 98: "Ninja wo yamero! Tsunade no tsuukoku ~ Stop Being a Ninja! Tsunade's Announcement"

Airdate: 08/25/2004 Chapters covered: 172, 173

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Konohamaru learns that a new Hokage has been picked and takes the news very badly. Tsunade arrives in Konoha and visits the various injured ninja to help them. Unfortunately she has grim words for Lee, surgery is possible but there is a large risk to his life!




Episode 99: "Hi no ishi wo tsugu mono ~ The Person Who Inherits the Will of Fire"

Airdate: 09/01/2004 Chapters covered: -

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Konohamaru takes offense at Tsunade replacing his grandfather. He begins to lay traps for her to prove she is not a worthy successor. Tsunade easily avoids harm and manages to gain the respect of Konohamaru at the same.




Episode 100: "Nekketsu shitei no kizuna  -Otoko ga ninpou wo tsuranuku toki- ~ Hot-Blooded Teacher and Student Bond -The Times a Man Must Follow His Way of the Ninja-"

Airdate: 09/08/2004 Chapters covered: 179, 180

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Lee thinks back over his past and his desire to become a ninja. He remembers his sensei's rivalry with Kakashi and how he inspired him to do his best. Lee then goes before Tsunade and tells her he is prepared to rely on her abilities to heal him!




Episode 101: "Mitai, Shiritai, Tashikametai Kakashi-sensei no sukao ~ Want to See, Want to Know, Want to Confirm Kakashi-sensei's True Face"

Airdate: 09/15/2004 Chapters covered: -

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The first half of this episode comes from a gag short Kishimoto made for the fan book. Team 7 begins to debate what Kakashi's face looks like under the mask. They offer him food but the interruption of Ino causes them to miss Kakashi eating. Team 7 then goes to a hot springs and three brothers seek revenge against Kakashi for stopping their hitting on a woman in the past.




Episode 102: "Iza shin ninmu  Giri to ninjou to Chakoku o sukue! ~ Now a New Mission; Save Dignity, Kindness and the Tea Country!"

Airdate: 09/22/2004 Chapters covered: -

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Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke are assigned to go to the Tea Country by themselves to help protect a runner in a shrine race. They travel to the country and meet Idate, a fast young man sponsored by the area boss. The group goes to the starting ceremony but are shocked when Idate runs away from the track when the race begins!




Episode 103: "Naruto gekichin!? Inbou uzumaku oounabara ~ Naruto Sinking!? Conspiracy in the Swirling Mighty Deep"

Airdate: 09/29/2004 Chapters covered: -

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The Team pursues Idate and learns he has an alternate sailing path to get further head. While at sea, the group is attacked by the Rain genin Team 7 fought in the second Chuunin Exam test. The group manages to defeat their opponents, but the ship burns down and they have to swim ashore.




Episode 104: "Hashire Idate! Arashi woyobu haran no Nagitou!! ~ Run Idate! Troubles from the Stormy Nagi Island!!"

Airdate: 10/13/2004 Chapters covered: -

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Idate is taunted by his former sensei Aoi. Idate remembers back to when Aoi tricked him into stealing the legendary Raijin sword. Idate betrayed Konoha and then fled after his older brother Morino Ibiki tried to help him.
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