Season 3 Episode 6

An Impossible Choice: The Pain Within Tsunade's Heart

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM May 26, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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Naruto continues his training of the Rasengan, having mastered the stages of spin and power. The final stage proves to be the most difficult: control. Meanwhile, Orochimaru and Kabuto accost Tsunade and ask her to restore Orochimaru's arms. If she restores Orochimaru's arms, he promises to use his Rebirth of the Impure World Kinjutsu to revive her lost lover and little brother.moreless

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  • Okay class, third lesson, retain it!

    Jiraiya takes Naruto onto the third step; retain the formed chakra into a compressed state in order to concentrate its damage into a single point. For Naruto it is the hardest step but unfortunately for him, him and Jiraiya are running low on time in their search for Tsunade. Although Jiraiya and Naruto spent a lot of time asking around, some of the random things they did in this episode were pretty fun to watch, like the gambling for information scene and Naruto making his frog wallet fat again. Though in another location, Orochimaru makes a deadly tradeoff to Tsunade that pierces the heart. Orochimaru is wickedly clever and cruel; the timing of his proposal is psychologically witty taking advantage of Tsunade's broken heart. A well done episode overall.moreless
  • Naruto must learn the third step in the jutsu as they search for Tsunade.

    Naruto has just mastered the second step in his new jutsu when Jiraiya says they need to leave and find Tsunade. Naruto protests that now that he has the first two steps down, he wants to know the last lesson. Jiraiya agrees and blows up a balloon. Jiraiya holds the balloon in his hand and shows Naruto what is going on inside the balloon with his other hand. He is compressing his chakra into a small ball inside the balloon without popping it. He tells Naruto he must be able to accomplish this to finally master the jutsu. Naruto tries and tries....moreless
  • Naruto tries to master the 3rd and final step to learning the Rasengan. Orochimaru makes a deal with Tsunade that makes Tsunade consider restoring his arms.

    So Naruto has to try and master the third step to doing the Rasengan which is actually doing the Rasengan with the combination of the first and second step of mastering it. I thought that it was going to take Naruto some time to master the Rasengan. He didn't master it in this episode which I would have expected because it was hard for Naruto. Orochimaru makes a deal with Tsunade about restoring his arms. I knew that she wouldn't do anything like that to him because of what he had done to the Third Hokage. The deal for Tsunade made her reconsider what she had to do. I don't know if I would have reconsidered it, probably not but she did. Orochimaru made the deal that if she restored his arms he would make her little brother, Nawaki, and the person that she loved, Dan, alive with his jutsu. This episode showed how much she wanted those 2 people alive and the determination of Jiraiya to find Tsunade and Naruto to master the Rasengan.moreless
  • Tsunade's brother and lover in exchange for healing Orochimaru's arms

    And so begins the mind numbingly long "Hey Let's Go See If We Can Find Lady Tsunade To Be The 5th Hokage Because I Don't Want To Do The Job Myself And There's Nothing Good On TV" saga!!!!! OK, so it's not as long as the Chunin Exam, but still. Well, I guess I posted that statement a little late, considering that the saga started at the episode, "A New Training Begins: I Will Be Strong!" Anyway, Naruto is still taking on the Rasengan in stage 3, combining the spinning chakra and the power. Meanwhile, Orochimaru and Kabuto track done Tsunade so that she can heal Orochimaru's arms. Oro offers to bring back Nawaki and Dan, her brother and boyfriend respectivley, from the dead in exchange for her services. Tsunade secretly has no intention of helping him, as he murdered their former sensei, Lord Hokage. But she pretends to consider it anyway. She doesn't tell Shi zune ( won't let me say her name all together :roll: ) this, and the latter gets all worried that Tsunade will side with Orochimaru. Kabuto tells Tsunade that she has one week to come up with an answer, and he and Orochimaru leave.moreless
  • I liked this episode a lot.

    Jeez, it's been a while since I have watched this episode. But I saw it two weeks ago on Toonami so here it goes a review. Basically Naruto figures out that keeping the power in balance for a while is hard in a balloon. The main reason I thought this episode was awesome cuz Tsunade was in it a lot and the combat between (Tsunade's assistant, they censor out the word for some reason...) and Kabuto was stellar even though it was small. I think she's the only person who has used senbon since Haku. So it was a really good episode the next one will probably be even better. That's my review.moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Tsunade: Orochimaru, you were always this twisted, even when we were kids. Come on, you know what kind of gal I am. Don't kid with me. (Tsunade hits the wall behind here and it blows apart) Or shall I kill you where you stand!
      Kabuto: She's strong and terrifying. I better keep my eye on her.

    • Tsunade: Get outta here!
      Kabuto: You're the only one who can cure Lord Orochimaru's arms. You know that.
      Tsunade: I'm warning you.
      Kabuto: We're not asking for charity, we can make a deal here.
      Tsunade: I'm going to count down from five. I suggest you leave before I'm done. Otherwise I'll have to make you.
      Kabuto: Please try to remain calm. This could prove beneficial for both of us.
      Tsunade: 5..4..3..2..and 1.
      Orochimaru: I'm offering to bring your dear little brother and your beloved back to life. (Tsunade stops) Does the fact that you haven't chased us off yet mean that we have a deal?

    • Naruto: You're cuter when you're chubby, froggy, yes you are.

    • Jiraiya: If we don't hurry, there's no telling where that wayward woman will scamper off to next.

    • Kabuto: This assistant... She's powerful.

    • Orochimaru: Anything that has form, must one day decay...even men. But I don't really need to tell you that, now do I? After all, you let the two most dear to you march off to their deaths.

    • Kabuto: Surely you must realize how serious these wounds are. There isn't anyone who can cure him of his affliction. Except, of course, for the Legendary Sannin and medical genius, Lady Tsunade. Only you can do this.

    • Jiraiya: It looks like I'm simply holding an ordinary balloon, doesn't it?
      Naruto: What do you mean "looks like"? That is all you're doing, you pervy weirdo.

    • Orochimaru: In addition to grabbing all I desire, this time around, I'm going to grind the Hidden Leaf Village into dust.

    • (After Tsunade smashes a brick wall with just her fist)
      Kabuto: (Thinking) She's strong...and scary. I bet she's single.

      ~Japanese version

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