Naruto

Season 2 Episode 36

An Unrivaled Match: Hokage Battle Royale!

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Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Jan 27, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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An Unrivaled Match: Hokage Battle Royale!
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A battle of kings has begun as Orochimaru has summoned the bodies of the First and Second Hokage, using a forbidden technique. They have no choice but to fight. Now the Third Hokage not only has to deal with Orochimaru, his student and one of the Legendary Sannin, but two of the greatest Hokages of all of Konoha as well. Meanwhile, Sasuke finally catches up with the Kankuro, Gaara, and Temari. Will the Third be able to beat the these killing puppets? And, what will become of Sasuke?moreless

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  • A satisfying battle.

    9.0
    When you think of great Naruto fights, the first that come to mind are Naruto vs. Sasuke, Rock Lee vs. Gaara, Rock Lee/Gaara vs. Kimimaro, and Shikamaru vs. Temari. No one seems to ever mention Sarutobi vs. Orochimaru which is rightfully up there with those fights. The number of twists this episode had within the fight was just draw dropping; the forbidden techniques, converting chakra into life elements creating trees, plus it delivers on aesthetic value with great hand to hand combat between the second and first hokage against the third. In addition the episode ended with those plot twists that makes you want to desperately watch the next episode.moreless
  • The battle between Hokage begins.

    10
    Sasuke is following Temari, Kankuro, and an injured Gaara when Temari decides to leave traps to slow Sasuke down. She uses a combination of tripwires and paper bombs. Sasuke barely evades the traps and keeps going. Sakura, Naruto, and Pukkan hear the explosions and keep going to catch them. Meanwhile, Orochimaru has used a forbidden Reanimation Jutsu to bring the First and Second Hokages to life. We learn from the ANBU members watching outside the battlefield that this jutsu requires the sacrifice of living people for it to work. The battle between Hokage begins and it does not look good for the 3rd Hokage....moreless
  • Third Hokage battles the Second and First and Orochimaru.

    8.1
    This is an interesting battle because we see the First Hokage, Second Hokage and Orochimaru battle the Third Hokage. I wanted to see how the battle would end but it doesn't end in this episode because there is more to be done. Orochimaru reveals the face of a girl under his skin which is part of his immortality jutsu. That was little bit freaky but that is how Orochimaru gets his immortality, by using the body of another to expand his life. Overall this episode went very well and to see the First Hokage and Second Hokage fight The Third Hokage was awesome.moreless
  • As Sasuke quickly catches up to the Sand Genin,the 3rd Hokage is facing his former sensei as they are brought to life before his eyes. The only catch is that Sarutobi must battle these two former Hokage to the death!moreless

    9.9
    This episode definitely has a different feel to it than the others in the series. It seems as though it's darker and more ominous of what is inevitably going to come.There wasn't one joke in the whole thing but I think that is what made it so good! Even as we see that Orochimaru is no longer in the body he was born with and that Old Man Hokage is a very worthy adversary to both Hokage as they are summoned to the world of the living, it always kept me captivated in what was coming next. It also helped us learn about the previous Hokage of the Land of Fire. This episode, though not a special season finale or anything, will always have a special place in my heart.moreless
  • Holy crap!!

    10
    A HOKAGE BATTLE! Two vs One!!...!!! The, well, old but amazing power of the third hokage is revealed, against two of the previous hokages. Obviously it was an awesome fight, the frame-rate was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect, dark, mysterious, and legendary. It real shows what a hokage battle is like, and thats where the problems start. This was a hokage fight, so a little more could have been expected. Atleast there wernt any flashbacks though. But an awesome episode in all. Definately one of the best episodes and one of the reasons to watch this amazing show, Naruto. Real Wickedmoreless
Colleen O'Shaughnessey

Colleen O'Shaughnessey

Ino Yamanaka / Konohamaru

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

Kankuro

Kate Higgins

Kate Higgins

Udon

Recurring Role

Jamieson Price

Jamieson Price

First Hokage

Recurring Role

Peter Lurie

Peter Lurie

Second Hokage

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Sarutobi places exploding tags on the 1st and 2nd Hokages, watch carefully. You can see that it showed in the first panel that the tag was on the 2nd's thigh. When the tag explodes, the tag is show on his left arm.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sakura: What was that?
      Pakkun: Tripwire traps. They're certainly not making Sasuke's job easy for him.

    • Third Hokage: You're no longer human, you're a demon!

    • Orochimaru: (Taunting) What is it, sensei? You look a little out of breath. Long day? You poor thing, all you really want is to take a long quiet nap, isn't it?

    • ANBU Platoon Leader: Unbelievable! I never dreamed I would live to see this, Hokage-level combat!

    • Orochimaru: So a pesky newcomer has arrived, that old monkey, Enma.

    • ANBU Ninja: What the devil kind of jutsu is that?
      ANBU Platoon Leader: A forbidden one. It's a summoning jutsu called Reanimation. Normally a summoning jutsu requires the blood of the one casting it; but I've heard that this jutsu, which summons the dead to the world of the living, demands the sacrifice of a living body to be used as a vessel for the dead soul.

  • NOTES (11)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Orochimaru's weapon, called the "Grass Long Sword" in the dub, is in fact the Kusagani "grass-cutter" a magic sword that was supposedly found, by the God Susannoo, in the tail of the original Orochi (an eight-headed serpent). This weapon was one of the three Japanese Imperial Treasures and according to some is supposedly now kept in a Shinto Shrine in Japan (though this one is often considered to be a fake). Others believe that the sword was lost during the battle of Danneoura (the end of the Gempei war) when the young emperor committed suicide by jumping into the sea.

    • In Chinese legend, Sun Wukong was the King of the Monkeys who knew transformation skills. He wore tiger skin clothes and carried an indestructible Golden Rod. This is what Enma is most likely based off of.

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