Season 2 Episode 37

A Mistake from the Past: A Face Revealed!

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Jan 27, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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A Mistake from the Past: A Face Revealed!
Naruto and Sakura continue to catch up to Sasuke. At the same time, Sasuke catches up to Temari, Kankuro, and Gaara. Temari tries to stall Sasuke long enough for Kankuro to get Gaara to safety, but Sasuke doesn't have time to waste on her. Meanwhile, the Third Hokage continues his battle with Orochimaru, and is ready to use a move that not even he knows.moreless

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  • Sasuke fights a girl

    The first half which had Sasuke fighting against Temari was pretty good, at least enough to keep my attention. Nothing out of this world but for just a normal fight it was pretty good, better than the disappointing Neji vs. Naruto fight at least. The second half of the episode was marred by the flashback of when Sarutobi caught Orochimaru dead in his tracks and optioned not to kill him. Sure it elaborated on Orochimaru's plans but it was deeply unnecessary to really go into exact depth into that one scene. On the other hand how it ended had me admittingly a little bit teary eyed. Seeing all the faces of Konoha that the third Hokage remembers as he is growing up with it ending at Konohamaru was for some reason, emotional.moreless
  • We learned about a past mistake by the 3rd Hokage.

    Naruto, Sakura, and Pukkan are still following Sasuke. Sasuke has stopped and has to fight Temari. Sasuke knows he cannot waste any time or chakra fighting her. They have a breif and furious battle in which Sasuke defeats her and takes off after Gaara and Kankuro. Temari hopes that she bought them enough time by delaying Sasuke. Meanwhile the 3rd Hokage is having trouble holding his own against the 1st and 2nd Hokage that Orochimaru summoned from the dead. The 3rd Hokage actually had a chance to kill Orochimaru in the past, but could no bring himself to do it. Now he must...moreless
  • Naruto, Sakura and Pakkun track Sasuke while Sasuke has already catched up to Garra, Kankuro and Temari. Temari plans on Stalling Sasuke meanwhile Kankuro and Garra get out of there.

    Naruto, Sakura and Pakkun track Sasuke as they're supposed to, while Sasuke has already cached up to Garra, Kankuro and Temari. He has now cached up and lets see what will happen next. Temari plans on stalling Sasuke meanwhile Kankuro and Garra get out of there. Sasuke, as skilled as he is, defeats her quickly because he knows he has to get to Garra and defeat him as well. Orochimaru reveals in this episode that he wants to steal Sasuke's body. The Third Hokage regrets not killing Orochimaru. If only he had killed him. The Third prepares for his last attack to try and defeat Ororchimaru. In general, this episode had a lot of action and great fights which is why it was a good episode.moreless
  • Wow! In a way, Naruto and the gang trained under the 1st and 2nd Hokages!

    Sasuke Uchiha has finally caught up to Gaara! Gaara may be an evil brute, but Temari's still his big sister. She distracts Sasuke while Kankuro gets Gaara to safety. She throws everything she's got at him, even a paper bomb or two. She tries to get him to wear down his chakra. In the end, Sasuke defeats Temari, but decides not to kill her. He resumes his chase for Gaara. At the battle with Orochimaru and Lord Hokage, Orochimaru reveals that he wants Sasuke Uchiha's body. Lord Hokage goes into a flash back. One day, he and some other elite ninja discovered Orochimaru messing around in a lab. Lord Hokage questions him, saying that several missing Genin, Chunin, and even Jonin were last seen with him. Orochimaru says that he kiiled them and stole their faces. Lord Hokage has a chance to kill him, but declines. His memory goes to the village he must protect and shows the villagers. It's revealed that the 1st and 2nd Hokages trained the 3rd, who trained the Sanin, Jiraiya, Lady Tsunade, and Orochimaru, Jiraiya trained the 4th Hokage, who trained a kunoichi named Rin, Obito Uchiha, a relative of Sasuke's, and even Kakashi. Kakashi, of course, is training Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura. Lord Hokage uses most of his strength to build shadow clones, and goes for the final attack.moreless
  • one of the coolest ones

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    L E T H I M G O. See you all later...moreless
Katsuhiro Kitagawa

Katsuhiro Kitagawa

Gai's Turtle

Kate Higgins

Kate Higgins

Sakura Haruno

Liam O'Brien (V)

Liam O'Brien (V)

Gaara / Kotetsu Hagane

Maile Flanagan

Maile Flanagan

Naruto Uzumaki

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Kurenai Yuuhi / Orochimaru in Grass ninja disguise

Michael Lindsay

Michael Lindsay


Tom Fahn

Tom Fahn

Anbu Ninja

Guest Star

Peter Lurie

Peter Lurie

(Second Hokage)

Recurring Role

Michael McConnohie

Michael McConnohie


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sarutobi: (Thinking) So, it's just as the Fourth Hokage said. This is the Reaper, the face of death, invisible to all but the one who casts the jutsu.

    • (Flashback to the past)
      Enma: Sarutobi! Kill him while you have the chance.
      (Orochimaru gets away)
      Enma: Sarutobi, why?!
      Sarutobi: I couldn't do it.
      (Back to the present)
      Sarutobi: Now I'll correct my mistake and bury you once and for all!

    • Third Hokage: (Thinking of the past and a younger Orochimaru) Those eyes, always with malice and ambition just behind them almost hidden. I had seen it. I had seen it and pretended not to notice.

    • Kankuro: Oh jeez!
      Temari: If it isn't Sasuke Uchiha.
      Sasuke: This is as far as you guys go.
      Kankuro: (Thinking) Oh man! Gaara where are you when we need you? You picked a lousy time to be out of commission. This Uchiha kid is trouble.

    • (talking to Pakkun)
      Naruto: What!? This is no time to be talking about hair products!
      Sakura: (In a shocked state) I smell like a dog. (Leaps drearily from tree to tree)
      Naruto: (Blaming Pakkun) Look what you've done. Sakura! (Chases after her)

    • Pakkun: Sasuke has stopped. We have quite a distance to him though.
      Naruto: (Thinking) So you've caught up with him, Sasuke. Okay!
      Pakkun: (Thinking) This scent...
      Naruto: What's wrong?
      Sakura: Did something happen to Sasuke?
      Pakkun: I didn't notice until now, but... You... (Looking at Sakura) ...use the same shampoo as me. This scent is floral green... I'm sure of it!
      Naruto: Hey...!
      Pakkun: But, but my hair is much glossier.
      Naruto: Don't bring up something stupid like that in such a serious situation!
      Sakura: I use the same thing as a dog...?
      Pakkun: I'm sorry.
      Sakura: Same thing as a dog... Same thing as a dog...
      Naruto: Sakura?
      Sakura: Same thing as a dog... Same thing as a dog... Same thing as a dog...
      Naruto: Sakura? Wait!
      Pakkun: Hey! Don't go ahead of me!

      ~Japanese version

  • NOTES (10)

    • Poland Airdate: May 16, 2008

    • YTV Airdate: March 16, 2007

    • The Third Hokage had a chance to kill Orochimaru years ago, but he let Orochimaru get away because he couldn't do it due to still seeing him as his pupil.

    • In this episode, we find out Orochimaru's intentions for Sasuke: To train Sasuke in his ways and make Sasuke the perfect vessel for his soul to move into.

    • In this episode we see who trained whom in Konoha. We see the First and Second Hokages trained the Third. The Third trained Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru. Jiraiya trained the eventual Fourth Hokage. The Fourth trained Kakashi, Obito, and Rin. Orochimaru also trained Anko.

    • Original Airdate: February 25, 2004

    • Original Episode Title: Hokage's Mistake - The true face under the mask
      Romaji Episode Title: Hokage no Ayamachi Kamen no Shitano Sugao
      Kanji Episode Title: 火影の過ち 仮面の下の素顔

    • Orochimaru did all the things in the past because he wants to master every technique and understand the truths of the world.

    • Several Genin, Chunnin, and even ANBU member turned up missing in the village and because Orochimaru was acting weird they decided he was the culprit. And by what the Third Hokage and the ANBU members found, he was behind the disappearances.

    • Sasuke used the Substitution Jutsu and an exploding tag, which was attached to the log he used, to defeat Temari.


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