The Assassin of the Mist!

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  • 9.8

    good episode

    By tenn99_23, Jun 24, 2008

    The episode begins as Naruto, Kakashi, Sakura, Sasuke, and Tazuna are traveling in a boat through the mist to Wave Country (Tazuna's home). As the mist clears a little, the travelers can see the big bridge that is under construction. Naruto cries out in amazement, and is immediately told to shut-up because they don't want to call attention to the boat. Kakashi then asks Tazuna who is after him, explaining that if Tazuna doesn't tell them, their mission will end when the boat reaches shore. Tazuna explains that a wealthy and super-dangerous shipping magnet by the name of Gato is after his life. This is because Tazuna is organizing the building of the bridge which interferes with Gato's shipping monopoly. Gato also sells a lot of illegal stuff and uses shinobi to take control of businesses and countries). Tazuna further explains that the reason he didn't pay for a B or A rank mission was because Wave Country is very poor. Tazuna says that if they abandon him now, he will die, and his daughter and grandson will be miserable and hate leaf ninjas so they agree to help. When the boat reaches land, Naruto and company begin to escort Tazuna home. As they walk, Naruto decides that it's his turn to act cool and he randomly throws kunai into the bushes, claiming he has protected them from danger (he looks like an idiot.) (Not sure if this is important ... but, Naruto almost hits this snowshoe rabbit. Kakashi realizes that it is not a normal rabbit and gets suspicious.) All of a sudden, Kakashi shouts at everyone to get down. They all duck just as Zabuza's weapon flies over their heads and into a near-by tree. Zabuza appears standing on his weapon. Naruto thinks that this is finally his chance to play the hero, but Kakashi tells him to get back, identifying their new enemy as Hidden Mist's Missing-nin, Momochi Zabuza. Kakashi says that against Zabuza's high skill level, he will need to use his Sharingan (a specialized eye that he hides under is leaf head-protector, that gives him the ability to read and copy techniques -- however (according to Sasuke) this ability only appears in a select few members of the Uchiha clan). Zabuza's goal is to kill Tazuna, so Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura surround Tazuna, and Kakashi and Zabuza prepare to fight. Zabuza jumps to the water and performs ninpou, hidden mist no Jutsu, and he seems to disappear into the mist. Kakashi tells them to be careful, Zabuza is known for his silent killing. As Kakashi gathers energy, Sasuke feels the immense powers of the two Jonins, and feels as if this much pressure could drive him crazy (it looked like Sasuke was ready to kill himself...I don't know...but I didn't like it). Anyway...Kakashi tells them not to worry, saying that he will protect them with his life. Suddenly, Zabuza appears behind Sasuke and Sakura and in front of Tazuna (he broke through their guard easily). Zabuza claims it's over and swings his weapon. Kakashi sees the attack coming and runs in, stabbing Zabuza with a Kunai. Water - not blood - leaks out, and the wounded Zabuza turns out to be a water clone. The real Zabuza appears behind Kakashi and attacks him with his weapon, appearing to cut him in two. However, this Kakashi turns out to be a water clone as well (Kakashi had copied Zabuza's technique). The real Kakashi appears behind Zabuza, holding a kunai to his throat. He instructs Zabuza not to move, and the episode ends as Kakashi proclaims that the fight is over.moreless

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  • 8.9

    The Assassin of the Mist! (1-7) Second Episode of the Wave Country Mission arc.

    By xCyaniiide, Feb 28, 2008

    This episode begins with Naruto, Kakashi, Sakura, Sasuke, and Tazuna traveling on a boat though the mist towards Wave Country, Tazuna's home. When the mist clears, they can see the bridge that is being build and Naruto cries out in amazement. he is immdetiatly told to shut up because they do not want to attract attention to the boat. Kakashi then asks Tazuna about the shinobi that are pursing him and says that if they do not know by the time the boat reaches the shore, they will leave. Tazuna then explains that a wealthy and super-dangerous shipping merchant named Gato is trying to assassinate him. This is because Tazuna is organizing the building of the bridge and when completed, it will ruin Gato's shipping monopoly. He tells then about how Gato is a black-hearted man who sells bundles of illegal goods and using shinobi to take control of businesses and counties that are necessary for his business to prosper. Tazuna further explains that the reason he didn't pay the full price for an A or B ranked mission is because the Land of the Waves is very poor. Tazuna tells them that if they abandon him now, he will die, and that his family will be miserable and hate the leaf ninja, successfully getting Team 7 to stay for the duration of the mission. When the boat reaches shore, Team 7 begins to escort Tazuna home. As they walk, Naruto decides that it is his turn to act cool, randomly throwing kunai into the bushes claiming that he protected them from danger. When Kakashi goes to investigate the bushes, he finds a snow hare, still with it's winter pelt. At once, Kakashi shouts for everyone to get down. Just as they all duck, Zabuza's (from the end of the previous episode) massive sword flies over their heads and smashes into a nearby tree. Zabuza then appears out of nowhere and stands on his weapon, lodged in the tree. Naruto thinks this is finally his chance to be the hero and save the day, but Kakashi steps in and tells him to back off. He identifies the new ninja as the Hidden Mist's Missing-nin, Momochi Zabuza. He then tells the rest of the team that against Zabuza's, he will have to use his Sharingan. He orders Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura to surround protect Tazuna at all costs. Zabuza then jumps into the nearby lake and performs a Ninpou Hidden Mist no Jutsu. He seems to disappear into the mist and it is now that Kakashi tells them to be careful for Zabuza is known for his skill at the silent kill. As Kakashi gathers his chakra, Sasuke fells the immense power of these two Jounins and feels as if this much pressure to act could drive him crazy. Kakashi tells him not to worry, saying that he will protect his comrades with his life. Suddenly, Zabuza appears behinds Sasuke and Sakura and in the front of Tazuna, breaking through their defense easily. Zabuza claims that he has won and beings to swing his weapon. Kakashi sees the attack coming and runs in, stabbing Zabuza with a kunai. Water leaks out of the body instead of blood and the wounded Zabuza turns out to be a simple water clone. The real Zabuza suddenly appears behind Kakashi and attacks him with his sword, appearing to cut Kakashi in two. It turns out though, that the Kakashi that was sliced in half was also a water clone, he copied Zabuza's Ninjutsu. The real Kakashi silently appears behind Zabuza, holding a kunai to his throat and telling him not to move. In my opinion, this episode was not all that bad. In the beginning, I was a bit disappointed, I though I was going to have to watch another filler episode. However, towards the end, when Kakashi and Zabuza begin their fight, things heat up. At the very end, I'm sure that almost everyone wanted to find out how this intense battle between two elite ninjas ended. Extra information - In this episode, we were introduced to the Sharingan. This is a special eye that is found only in select members of the Uchiha clan. It gives the owner the ability to use an various ocular-type jutsu that can read and copy opponents techniques.moreless

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  • 9.0

    Zabuza.. Pwns.

    By TheBunnySage, Jan 29, 2008

    The part when Naruto throws kunai randomly into bushes was funny and the bunny part was also cool and he's hugging it and stuff and Kakashi realizes that it's suspicious man Kakashi is awesomeee lol. The fight between him and Zabuza is just starting, I know, but it was still good. When Sasuke is all freaking out and everything that seemed strange from Sasuke but if that was me I would've been completely freaked as well. Kakashi should've ( or I think he did realize that ) the defense that team 7 used was futile. But whatever. Err, so, nice episode.moreless

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  • 8.9

    it was good episode...

    By kur4lvl4, Nov 15, 2007

    Team 7 learn what the true mission is and how dangerous it really is. They encounter Zabuza Momochi a member of the seven swordsman of the mist and who is also a Jonin. This episode was slow and steady in the beginning, not much action. Tazuna was basically explaining to team 7 about the people after him and about the bridge he is constructing with a few other people. The explanation that Tazuna tells is quite informative and interesting. After this, team 7 meets Zabuza and the episode starts to take a turn for some action. Kakashi explains Zabuza's way of fighting. This was a good episode because it explained more the mission and how dangerous it is. The mission seemed very hard to complete but it is hard to estimate how much because Kakashi and Zabuza had not yet started fightingmoreless

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  • 8.7

    Team 7 learn what the true mission is and how dangerous it really is. They encounter Zabuza Momochi a member of the seven swordsman of the mist and who is also a Jonin.

    By glostlover, Oct 14, 2007

    This episode was slow and steady in the beginning, not much action. Tazuna was basically explaining to team 7 about the people after him and about the bridge he is constructing with a few other people. The explanation that Tazuna tells is quite informative and interesting. After this, team 7 meets Zabuza and the episode starts to take a turn for some action. Kakashi explains Zabuza's way of fighting. This was a good episode because it explained more the mission and how dangerous it is. The mission seemed very hard to complete but it is hard to estimate how much because Kakashi and Zabuza had not yet started fighting.moreless

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  • 8.5

    great...

    By Vash767, Sep 30, 2007

    like I said this continues from my other one, the last episode review from me, ok so after being attacked by those chunin from the hidden mist village, they decide to go on with the misson. So they have a boat rower row them over to the Village. And once they get there they notice how poor they are. and how many homeless people there are. so they go through the village on there way to the bridge. when they get attacked by another ninja from the hidden mist village, His name is Zabuza momochi an assasain hired by a thug. Thats all for this episode see ya! :)moreless

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  • 9.0

    Action, yay!

    By titiembe, Aug 26, 2007

    The part when Naruto throws kunai randomly into bushes was funny and the bunny part was also cool and he's hugging it and stuff and Kakashi realizes that it's suspicious man Kakashi is awesomeee lol. The fight between him and Zabuza is just starting, I know, but it was still good. When Sasuke is all freaking out and everything that seemed strange from Sasuke but if that was me I would've been completely freaked as well. Kakashi should've ( or I think he did realize that ) the defense that team 7 used was futile. But whatever. Err, so, nice episode.moreless

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  • 8.0

    Introduction of Sharingan and Zabuza.

    By Antonius86, Aug 01, 2007

    This episode is the first enemy encounter in the series. The enemy is known as Zabuza, the assassin hidden in the mist. I got to say, he looks really cool with the really huge sword he is carrying around.



    Kakashi will reveal his Sharingan eye under his headband with explains how it works in the battlefield. This is quite informative and is really important to know for the future.



    As the fight started, you can see how good Kakashi can be in battle, I got to say, with the Sharingan, he can copy Zabuza's Jutsu in an instant. Giving him the advantage to counter act Zabuza's attacks.moreless

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  • 10

    Naruto has a large and colorful cast of characters, running a gamut of detailed histories and complex personalities, and allowing many of them their fair share in the spotlight; they are also seen to grow and mature with the series,

    By martbrahim, Jun 21, 2007

    Recovering from their recent victory over the Demon Brothers, we find our group on a small boat shrouded by the heavy mist. As they slowly go towards their destination, the oarsmen remark that soon they will see the bridge. Soon a huge monolith appears before them in the shape of an unfinished bridge. Naruto cries out only to be hushed by the oarsman so as not to be caught by an unseen enemy. Kakashi then asks Tazuna what the real situation is. Tazuna tells them that a rich business man, named Gatoh, wants to monopolize the Country of the Wave and stop the flow of free trade. Gatoh has hired a bunch of rouge ninjas to get the job done. Tazuna then explains that he lied because they were too poor to afford a B rank mission and he begs the group to please help him. Kakashi decides, indifferently, that they will help Tazuna and the Country of the Wave. After they land the group head to Tazuna's house and Kakashi remains on the look out, knowing that this time around the enemy will be much stronger. As the group heads to Tazuna's, Naruto decides to take the initiative and be overly cautious. Naruto charges ahead and tosses a kunai into the distance startling the group, then after being reprimanded both Naruto and Kakashi sense something. Naruto tosses another kunai this time, almost hitting a poor little snow rabbit. As the others look over the poor rabbit, Kakashi understands that the fur should not have been white due to the season. He then tells the group that they are being followed. Sensing the new enemy very close to them, Kakashi prepares himself and then Zabuza strikes. Knowing before hand who Kakashi is, it's a big advantage to Zabuza and he throws his sword towards Kakashi. Kakashi tells everyone to duck and they all hit the dirt, the sword sticks to a tree and Zabuza appears standing on the handle. Kakashi recognizes him right away as the exiled ninja from the Hidden Village of Mist, Kakashi calls back the others knowing this is a fight they can not win in the state he is in now and reaches for his head protector. Zabuza, knowing who he is, calls him Kakashi the Sharingan user, and Sasuke seems surprised to hear this. With everybody in a state of bewilderment, Kakashi tells them to protect Tazuna and don't interfere with the fight. Kakashi then lifts the left side of his head protector to reveal a closed scared eye, and then opens it revealing a red eye with 3 dots almost like a pinwheel. Then Sasuke explains that the Sharingan is a special Doujutsu or Eye Technique that has the power to see through all Ninjitsu's, Taijitsu's, and Genjitsu's. Sasuke also explains that the Sharingan has one other ability. Zabuza explains that it can also copy any move Kakashi fights against. Kakashi is well known and Zabuza refers to him as Copy Kakashi, having supposedly copied 1000 juts. As an eerie mist rolls settles, the battle is underway. Zabuza is standing on the surface of a pond and preforms the mist concealment technique, and disappeares in the now heavy fog. Kakashi then explains that Zabuza was part of the ANBU squad of the Hidden Mist Village. He is known as the silent killer. As the mist thickens, Kakashi becomes hidden in it as well, then Zabuza starts talking about which ways to be killed to make them uneasy. Kakashi then builds up chakra and clears out some of the mist but also sends chills down Sasuke's spine because of the intense killing intent of the two. Kakashi notices Sasuke's uneasiness and tells him everything will be alright, he will never let his comrades die again. Zabuza then appears in between them, explaining that there is no one to save them. Just as Zabuza swings the sword, Kakashi springs forward and the sounds of an attack hitting, but it turns out that the Zabuza Kakashi attacked was awater clone and the real Zabuza was right behind Kakashi. Zabuza swings and catches Kakashi off guard splitting him in two, but just as the blood start flowing it turns to water and the real kakashi is behind Zabuza with a kunai to his neck. In the time it took for Zabuza to do the mist concealment, Kakashi had copied Zabuzas clone technique and now has the upper hand.moreless

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