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Deeply hurt mentally and physically, Sasuke is taken back to the Hidden Leaf Village by Guy. If only the medical specialist Tsunade were there... But before the real journey begins, Jiraiya lets Naruto enjoy a local festival, because from here on out the journey is all about training to use a very special jutsu.
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Outside of Otofuku Town, Jiraiya leaves the injured Sasuke in the care of Might Guy while he and Naruto go in search of Tsunade. Guy asks Jiraiya to be sure to return Tsunade, and Naruto interrupts saying they absolutely will return her. With a look of pride, Guy tells Naruto he likes kids with guts. He reaches into his vest to give him a gift that he says is what makes Rock Lee stronger. What he pulls out is a green leotard. Jiariya is dumbstruck, but Naruto is overjoyed. Jiriaya wonders why Guy could remember to carry that but not a mirror. They make their farewells to go in their separate directions, and Jiraiya tries to talk Naruto out of wearing the leotard by showing him how dorky Guy looks as he's walking away.
Elsewhere, Tsuande is outside another city with her pet pig and female attendant, Shizune. She's shocked to see Lady Tsunade has selected a popular gambling hall to visit. On the road, Naruto can't help remembering when Jiraiya announced that the Akatsuki are after him, and Itachi saying that he was there number one priority. Stopping, he asks Jiraiya why the Akatsuki are trying to abduct him. He knows Jiraiya has the answer. he tells him that it's not him but the Nine-tailed Fox sealed inside of him. Naruto doesn't understand why someone would want something so horrible. Jiraiya admits that it's a terrible demon that people fear, but the Akatsuki's complete purpose is unknown. Though, they may be hoping to comtrol the incredible amount of chakra it possesses He tries to comfort Naruto about being wanted by such dangerous people by telling him that he will protect him, but he's interrupted as Naruto says that he'll just have to get stronger. He calls for they to get on the search of Tsunade and get in some training.
Tsunade stops outside a gambling parlor and Shizune is shocked to see it has the highest antes of all the places they have passed. She tells Shizune not to worry and goes in. As Jiraiya and Naruto walk, Naruto finally realizes that this beautiful woman he wanted to research might be Tsunade. He wonders that is she's one of the legendary Sannin that she must be in her 50s. In the gambling town, Tsunade enters the room filled with people making bets. Shizune clinging to her robes in fear. One of the men inside recognizes her as she steps in and presents the suitcase filled with cash. She asks for it all to be converted to chips. One man asks the other who this woman is. He tells him that she's famous. That she's well known as.... Back at Naruto, he asks Jiraiya what kind of woman Tsunade is. He answers that she's an unpleasant type. She's a famous gambler who is known far and wide. This makes Naruto think tracking her should be easy given how legendary she is, but while Jiriaya admits she is legendary. The famous alias she holds is known as "The Legendary Sucker". She's terrible and gambling and always loses. Jiraiya still thinks finding her will be tricky. She hates growing old so much that he uses a special jutsu that hides her age. Though in her 50s she probably still looks the same as when she was in her 20s. Though, Jiraiya has recently heard that she's been in the practice of changing the appearance of her age from 30s to 40s and even teens. All to keep her out of the sight of those she owns money to. Jiraiya remembers how much she loved to gamble, but had neither luck nor skill. Now Naruto is more confused how he intend to find her. Jiraiya can only say they will have to really work hard to gather information. Naruto becomes frustrated at not knowing how long it will take, but he's told that all their travel time with be dedicated to his training. Excited, Naruto puts his back down to pull out the green leotard for his training. Jiraiya shoots down the idea beause he doesn't want to be seen walking around wearing one of those.
Later that same day, Naruto is excited to start his training. He's told that the training wont mean anything if he can't also gather information on Tsunade. They then comes to another town that's in the middle of a festival. Looking around at the festivities, Naruto says this is his first time at such a thing. Jiraiya tells him to have some fun before they start training. Naruto pulls out his stuffed Gamachan wallet. Jiraiya comments on his fat wallet, and Naruto explains he's been saving from his missions. before he can leave, Jiriaya takes Naruto's wallet from him and gives him 300 ryo from it. He tells Naruto to beware the Shinobi's Three Taboos of temptation that bring ruin to the ninja. They are booze, women, and money. Naruto complains that they can hardly apply to his since he's a minor and can't drink and he still doesn't completely understand women. Even with money he's been good about saving, and Jiraiya shouts out for him not to underestimate the desire of money. It can have a powerful effect that even Tsunade can't seem to escape. Naruto also points out that Jiraiya also falls under the temptation of women frequently, as well. While he goes to investigate, he gives Naruto his bags and tells him his Summoning Frogs can track his scent.
Though disappointed, Naruto runs off into the festival and realizes he's hungry.He goes from stall to stall ordering a variety of foods and candies. Some time later, Naruto is overstuffed with food from eating too much. he lays back in the grass and thinks of the people back home at the Hidden Leaf Village. Now, he feels the need to work off some of that food. Naruto goes out to have some fun and uses his ninja training to win at the different games. He fails miserably at goldfish catching, and is stopped form cheating by using any jutsu. The owner points to the sign forbidding the use of ninja arts in the game.
He goes on to buy a festival mask and trips as he tries to walk and wear it. Some of the possession in Jiraya's bag falls out. Among those is Jiraya's bank book. he's astounded at all the zeros. Now, he's only frustrated ad thinks Jiraiya should be treating him. Reaching into his pocket, he only has enough money left for a single stand. Thinking of Jiraiya, he runs off to get some grilled squid for the both of them. Looking around for hi ninja master, he eventually hears Jiraiya's laughter coming from within a hostess club. Looking inside, he finds Jiraiya both drunk and surronded by beautiful young ladies. He notices Naruto and asks if he's already had his fill of the festival. When Naruto gets a look at the table, he finds his once fat wallet completely empty. Jumping in Jiraiya's face he ask him to repeat those Shinbi Taboos. That he's violated all three at once. He starts beating Jiriaya about the head with the grilled squid using his savings. So violent is his swinging that one slips from his hand and it strikes the clean white coat of a dangerous looking guy who just entered the club. The subordinate of the man shouts at Naruto for messing up his bosses suit. he demands Naruto pay for the cleaning and calls for 100,000 ryo. Naruto is shocked at the cost and even Jiriaya is doubtful. The boss warns Jiriaya to not be so rude. The minion of the boss brags that his boss used to be a chunin from the Hidden Stone Village, and that he was legendary. When he asks, "a legendary what"" The boss loses his temper and threatens Jiraiya. Jiriaya sees this as the perfect time to show off the jutsu he will be teaching him. He holds out his right hand and swirling ball of blue chakra appears. The thug boss and attacks and Jiraiya punches the ball into the man's gut. In an instant he's blown away as if struck by a whirlwind, knocked across the street with his subordinate. Naruto is amazes and Jiraiya catches a ball in his hand. he walks out to the stall they crashed in, remarking that they were both so weak since he was even holding back. Only now does this boss realize who he just faced. he hands over his own wallet to pay for the stall that these he just demolished. Jiraiya apologizes as he hands the man the money and asks to buy all the balloons and water balloons from the game. Looking to Naruto, he announces that it's now time for training.
Outside of town, Jiriaya passes an excited Naruto a water balloon. He asks Naruto what he remembered of the jutsu he just saw. He can only describe it as a strong spinning. Jiraiya holds a water balloon in his unmoving hand, but the water inside can be seen shifting wildly. the reaction increases until the balloon pops on it's own. Jiraiya explains that with the tree climbing he learned to focus chakra on a specific point of the body.The walking on water exercise was to learn how the steadily release charka at a certain amount. This water balloon exercise is about learning to create a stream of chakra. The first step to this jutsu is to focus chakra to his hand, like with tree climbing; step two is to steadily release the charka, as with the walk on water technique; and finally you push and churn the water in the balloon with chakra. Naruto says that he's suppose to steadily churn the water with his hand and get it to steadily grown faster till it pops. Jiraiya is impressed that he has the idea.
"Ima made Nando mo (今まで何度も)" by the Mass Missile
|Itachi Uchiha||Sharingan (flashback)|
|Naruto Uzumaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Jiraiya ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Might Guy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Sasuke Uchiha ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Tonton ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Tsunade ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Shizune ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Itachi Uchiha ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Kurama ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Kisame Hoshigaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Kakashi Hatake ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Sakura Haruno ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Masashi Kishimoto||Concept Artist||He is the creator, writer, and artist, of the successfully popular manga and anime series: NARUTO|
|Hayato Date||Director||Hayato Date is the famed anime director who has directed the entire Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series.|