The Missed Target

Season 8, Ep 21, Aired 9/20/08
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  • Episode Description
  • The Missed Target from the TV Tokyo series Naruto aired originally on September 28, 2008 and is episode 199 of the ongoing anime. A giant bird drops many copies of a letter about the village to distract Naruto and his companions from discovering Genno's plans. While investigating at the Ninja Academy clues are found that lead toward more frightening possibilities.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Hayato Date

  • Maile Flanagan

    Naruto Uzumaki

  • Richard Cansino

    Izumo Kamizuki

  • Kate Higgins

    Sakura Haruno

  • Megan Hollingshead


  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • Part 3 of the Investigation

    By TanorFaux, Jan 01, 2013

  • Gennou's secret traps sure are a headache!

    By 28693, May 19, 2009

  • A trap is set.

    By stitch069917, Oct 02, 2008

  • This still doesn't make any sense...

    By DarkNinja1994, Sep 23, 2008

  • Yet another amazing filler

    By thinair13, Sep 03, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Naruto: (Shouts) Hey, did you find anything? Hinata: There are paper bombs all over the village, and they're all connected! Neji: Not just ten or twenty paper bombs either, but dozens of them...hundreds of them...too many to count! (Everyone gasps) The entire Leaf Village is a giant nest of paper bombs.

    • (Everyone is examining the target post at the Academy) Shikamaru: A triggering device hidden inside it, huh? Neji: Cleverly set to be activated by a direct hit on the target. Kiba: We were just lucky that none of those little snots were good enough to hit it before we got here. Tenten: It's a good thing that they hadn't had any more training. Shikamaru: We got lucky, that's for sure.

    • Naruto: (Spots Hinata and Sakura) There she is. Hey, Hinata! Sakura: What is it? Hinata: What's going on? Naruto: Hinata, you're the one I want. (Hinata and Sakura gasp not realizing that Naruto is just asking for her help and not asking her out on a date) Sakura: What the heck is wrong with you? You idiot, saying stuff like that right now! Hinata: I never knew. I don't know what to say. Naruto: I need you, Hinata. Hinata: Oh Naruto, I never knew you could be so impetuous. Naruto: (Gets frustrated and sees Neji) Never mind, I'll ask Neji. See ya! Hinata: Huh?!

    • Naruto: Look at them; they're really training. Remember when we were at the Academy? We used to skip class and hang out here all the time. It was the last place teachers ever thought of looking for us. It was great. I used to read manga here or take a nap. Choji: A nice quiet place to eat a snack. Lee: I would not boast about that. You could learn something from them. Look at them, training hard even when the teacher is not watching. The picture of the ideal student! (Starts to tear up) Such drive and dedication! It is inspiring to watch! I only wish I could go through training all over again with them! Naruto: Heh? Lee: We must not interrupt them. Let us be off!

    • Lee: Naruto. Naruto: Yeah? Lee: Those kids, the ones heading off to the practice hall just now. What do you think they're up to? Naruto: Don't know. Choji: I heard him say something about some kunai training. Naruto: That's right. Yeah, yeah, I think I heard something like that. Lee: A strange place indeed for kunai training.

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    Notes (6)

    • YTV Airdate: September 12, 2009

    • Original Title: Missing the Mark, The Visible Target

    • Original Airdate: August 30, 2006

    • At the site of the explosion there was a tunnel, hidden behind a fallen tree, that Gennou escaped through. This tunnel could only be seen with Neji's Byakugan and was made to naturally fill with dirt. Which meant that if it had been searched for a week later it could not have been found with the Byakugan.

    • Naruto asked Hinata to help him in manner that is sometimes used to ask someone out on a date. That is why Sakura got ticked off and Hinata was embarrassed.

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    Trivia (6)

    • Neji's Byakugan is supposed to only be able to see for a 50 meter radius, but is still able to determine that the whole of the village is mapped in explosive tags.

    • When Neji traces the thread from inside the dojo it splits off into three parts. One goes to the classroom upstairs and the other two head outside. But when Neji and Hinata trace the threads from outside only one is seen coming from the dojo.

    • When the wooden post is shown, after a kunai hits it, the leaf symbol surrounded by the circle, that is cut off on the sides, can be barely seen. But when another one of the kids throws a kunai at it, after Lee's advice, the post is shorter and wider then it orginally was and the leaf symbol, with the circle surrounding it, can be seen clearly seen without the circle surrounding it being cut off on the sides.

    • When Neji sees the post with his Byakugan, after tracing the thread attached to the explosive tag, there are two kunai in it. But when it is shown, after Neji tells Naruto that the post is the explosive device, when a kunai is thrown at it there are none in it.

    • When the Shadow Clone Naruto are collecting the papers the bird dropped watch when one lands in front of the screen, in front of the four people. If you look closely you can see that the background for this image is almost the exact same thing for episode 176 when Naruto was searching for his fake after the fake ate all Naruto's favorite ramen. Also, when all of them are in the air it is the same thing and when they are going across the roof tops.

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