Season 2 Episode 44

Beyond the Limit of Darkness and Light

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Mar 17, 2007 on TV Tokyo



  • Trivia

    • When you first see Gai in this episode, he has bruises and a cut on his face. However, when you see him again, the bruises and the cut mark are gone.

    • When Naruto jumps to attack Gaara, two arms of sand grab and hold him. After Naruto headbutts Gaara the arms disappear, yet Naruto is still there, he doesn't fall for at least 10 - 20 seconds (Naruto time, not real time).

    • When Naruto jumps off of Gamabunta in the scene where Gamabunta is holding Shukaku back, he completely overshoots and misses Gaara. Yet, in the next scene where the screen gets a close-up of him, he appears to be coming straight down at Gaara.

    • When Naruto rips his jacket open, one panel later he is shown with his jacket zipped back up, then in the next panel his jacket is unzipped again.

  • Quotes

    • Sarutobi: (Thinking as he is dying) When the tree leaves dance, one shall find flames. The fire's shadow will illuminate the village, and once again, tree leaves shall bud anew.

    • Sarutobi: I will take away all the jutsu you hold so dear.
      Orochimaru: What did you say?! (Orochimaru sees the Reapers blade coming down to separate the part of his soul connected to his arm from him) Impossible! You wouldn't dare!

    • Gamabunta: A plain old head butt, huh? Well, he's not the most elegant fighter I've seen, but to dredge up the chakra he needed, worn out as he was. He might be the biggest knucklehead I've come across, but I haven't seen a kid with this much promise in ages.

    • Sarutobi: It was one of my first lessons. It's not until you've protected someone precious to you that the true strength of the shinobi can emerge.

    • Sarutobi: Do not underestimate the shinobi of this village!

    • Gai: It doesn't make any sense. I'm shocked that not just the Sound, but so many Sand Jonin would try to infiltrate.
      Kakashi: Well, think about it. That's why they call it war.

    • Gaara: I will wipe you from the face of the Earth. I will not cease to exist!

    • Sarutobi: There you have it. Your arms are useless to you now. And without those arms, you will never form another handsign. Ninjutsu is forever out of your reach!

    • Naruto: Let's go, you stupid tanuki!
      Gaara: Die!!!

      ~Japanese version

    • Naruto: Wake up! (Naruto punches Gaara in the face) You bastard!

      ~Japanese version

    • Sarutobi: I will hand down your punishment for drowning yourself in techniques...I will take away all the techniques you have!

      ~Japanese version

    • Gaara: I will kill you! My existence will not become void!

      ~Japanese version

    • Naruto and Gamabunta: (As Kyubi) You...the time of your death has come!

      ~Japanese version

    • Sarutobi: You are a fool, Orochimaru. I regret we can not die together, idiot apprentice.

      ~Japanese version

    • Sarutobi: When you protect something important to you...a ninja's true strength will manifest!

      ~Japanese version

    • Hiashi Hyuuga: Know now that Hyuuga is the stongest in Konoha!

      ~Japanese version

  • Notes

    • YTV Airdate: May 4, 2007

    • This was the first episode that had subtitles translating the Japanese intro in the American dub.

    • The fathers of Ino, Shikamaru, and Chouji were also called Ino-Shika-Cho, and were a squad together years before.

    • This episode marks the first time that Iruka narrates a preview for the next episode.

    • Original Airdate: April 13, 2004

    • Original Episode Title: Go Over the Limit! Light and Shadow!
      Romaji Episode Title: Rimitto Nucchigiri! ~ Hika to Yami ~
      Kanji Episode Title: リミットぶっちぎり!~光と闇~

    • This episode marks the first time Gaara actually fights physically while in his human state.

    • In this episode we see the relatives of:

      Shikamaru - Shikaku Nara (Dad)
      Hinata/Neji - Hiashi Hyuuga (Dad/Uncle)
      Kiba - Tsume Inuzuka (Mom), Hana Inuzuka (Sister)
      Chouji - Choza Akimichi (Dad)
      Ino - Inoichi Yamanaka (Dad)
      Shino - Shibi Aburame (Dad)

      Some of these relatives have made previous appearances.

    • The last thing Sandime Hokage sees before his eyes close forever is a vision of the young, pure Orochimaru he trained years ago.

    • Right before the 3rd Hokage dies, his life flashes before his eyes. It includes him as a child training under the 1st and 2nd Hokage; him as the sensei of the legendary three; Jiraiya as the sensei of the 4th Hokage; Sarutobi holding Naruto as a child; the 4th Hokage as the sensei of Obito, Kakashi, and Rin; Iruka as a child; and finally the Rookie 9.

    • In the manga when Naruto and Gamabunta transformed into Kyubi, they immediately grabbed onto Shukaku. In this episode, they appear to have a small scuffle before they grab him.

    • Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, dies.

    • Hokage destroys Orochimaru's arms, which prevents him from forming seals, which in turn prevents him from performing any jutsus

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