When Shikamaru raises his right arm, to show the 8 Sound ninja what he used to fake Pakkun's paw prints, the Sound ninja do not copy his movements even though they are caught in the Shadow Possession Jutsu.
Sound Ninja: His foot prints are irregular. Anxiety is probably increasing his fatigue. Hmm? (The sound ninja can't move. They're caught in Shikamaru's Shadow Possession Jutsu)
Shikamaru: Oops, sorry. I was supposed to be the guy who didn't want to get involved, but I guess I'm not quite what you expected, am I?
Naruto: (Speaking about Shikamaru) He's lazy and always complaining, but he would never betray us.
Sakura: (Thinking) When did Shikamaru become this dedicated? Be careful, Shikamaru.
Shikamaru: Besides, our enemy is a special unit that was specifically put together just for this operation. And what are the four of us? A fool... (Naruto glares) A Kunoichi with no particular talent... (Sakura glares) A mutt... (Pakkun growls) And, me the shirker who doesn't even want to be here!
Shikamaru: I wanted to grow up, marry a girl who is neither pretty nor ugly, have two children, a girl then a boy, retire when my daughter gets married and my son is a successful ninja, die of old age before my spouse. Just a plain old regular life.
Pakkun: Hey, you guys! Increase your speed.
Naruto: What is it? Did you find Sasuke?
Pakkun: No. Two platoons, a total of eight people, are behind us. No, I sense another one... So nine guys are coming after us.
Shikamaru: Hey, man... Already? You've got to be kidding.
Poland Aidate: May 15, 2008
Jetix UK Airdate: July 6, 2007
YTV Airdate: March 2, 2007
The Shadow Possession Jutsu was once called the Shadow Paralysis Jutsu in the past.
With the airing of this episode, the English dub of the anime officially surpassed the English version of the manga being released in the American Shonen Jump by Viz.
Original Airdate: February 11, 2004
Original Episode Title: Coward No. 1! It's Troublesome, But I've Got to Do It!!
Romaji Episode Title: Nige Koshi No.1 Mendokusee gayarukkyanee!!
Kanji Episode Title: 逃げ腰NO.1 めんどくせーがやるっきゃねえ!!
When the eight Sound ninja stopped, one of them would mark a tree. This mark would keep the nine on the trail of the eight ninja in order to prevent any ambushes.
Two platoons plus one, to stop any ambushes on the platoons, which total nine people, are following Naruto's group.
Asuma's weapons are called "cestuses", a combination of daggers and brass knuckles.