Battle on the Bridge! Zabuza Returns!

Battle on the Bridge! Zabuza Returns! is an anime episode of Naruto that was released on 12/19/2002
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Battle on the Bridge! Zabuza Returns! - 橋上決戦!ザブザ再び!! (Kyōjō kessen! Zabuza futatabi!!)

Summary

Opening Theme-

"Rocks" by Hound Dog (Japan)

"Rise" by Jeremy Sweet and Ian Nickus (U.S. TV)

The episode starts Haku travels into the forest to collect herbs for Zabuza. While gathering herbs, he looks and sees Naruto lying on the ground, exhausted from training. Slowly walking over, he bends down, the birds flying away in fright.

Back at Tazuna's house the Sakura just wakes up. She sees the rest of team 7 and Tazuna's family are already gathered around the table and goes to sit down with them. Noticing Naruto wasn't there, Tazuna asks if Naruto stayed out training all night again. While Sakura speaks of how Naruto may already be dead from excessive chakara use, Sasuke quietly gets up and goes for a walk...

Back with Naruto, Haku gently wakes Naruto. Looking up, Naruto sees Haku and blushes. Quietly, he asks the questions "Who are you?" and "What are you doing?" Haku answers simply; "Picking Herbs." Naruto then starts ranting about him being a ninja, and the fact he was in the woods training the whole time. To be stronger, and to prove something to someone, he says. Haku then gently asks; "Are you doing this for someone else then? Or for yourself? Haku thinking back to when he was a kid, thinking about his time in the Mist country. Poor, and defenseless, Then tells Naruto how when you are protecting someone precious to you, that is when you are the strongest. And with that, he gets up and leaves.

Sakura and Kakashi come looking through the forest looking for Naruto and Sasuke, when suddenly a kunai hits the ground in front of them. Looking up, they see Naruto, at the very top of the tree. Standing there proudly, he exclaims he has finally made it up there! Suddenly, he slips and falls! Sakura screams, but his feet then stick to the bottom of the branch. Sakura, noticing it was a prank, screams at Naruto. When suddenly Naruto's feet actually do pop off and he starts falling. Then out of no where, Sasuke jumps up and saves Naruto. With that Kakashi comments; 'They truly have gotten better..."

The next day Naruto awakens to see all his teammates have left! He quickly gets out of bed, and jumps down asking were his teammates have gone. Learning they have left to go guard the bridge without him, he swiftly jumps out the door to go find them.

Back at the bridge, Zabuza appears and uses his mist concealment technique. Summoning many water clones, he closes in the group. Sasuke, then in one swift strike destroys them all. Acknowledging the fact Sasuke has gotten better, he talks to Haku; "It seems we have s suitable rival for you..." And with that, the episode ends.

Ending Theme-

"Wind" by Akeboshi

Characters & Voice Actors

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Zabuza Momochi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Steve Blum ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Unshou Ishizuka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Haku ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mayumi Asano ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Naruto Uzumaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Junko Takeuchi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kakashi Hatake ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Dave Wittenberg ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Kazuhiko Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sasuke Uchiha ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Noriaki Sugiyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Yuri Lowenthal ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Sakura Haruno ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Chie Nakamura ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Tazuna ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tsunami ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Inari ( x ) ( x ) ( x )

Credits

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Masashi Kishimoto Original Concept He is the creator, writer, and artist, of the successfully popular manga and anime series: NARUTO
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