Season 3 Episode 27

Formation! The Sasuke Retrieval Squad!

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Oct 26, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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Episode Summary

Shikamaru's first mission as a Chunin is to bring back Sasuke. Tsunade warns him that Orochimaru's men are probably guarding him and tells him he has 30 minutes to "collect as many talented Genins as you can think of, and leave the village". Before he leaves the office, however, she says that she has someone that she would like to recommend. The person she recommends is...Naruto.moreless

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  • Shikamaru being brilliant as always!

    Even though not much happened in this episode, everything that built up to the fifteen minute mark was great. With such little time to form a team and only genins available in his selection pool, it was rather intriguing that he came up with such an excellent plan. Though what killed it was Sakura's crying. I dunno, at least in this anime crying has just become way too normal. I thought I was going to see the last of it with Sasuke and Gaara, but it carred on to Sakura. Spent way too much time wasting time on Sakura wanting Sasuke back so badly.moreless
  • The team is formed

    Another great episode in the show. Sasuke has left the village with the four Sound Ninjas. He has knocked out Sakura after she tried to persuade him to stay. Izumo and Kotetsu come across Sakura on a bench where Sasuke had left her. They report to Tsunade what has happened. She calls for Shikamaru to come to her office since he is now a Chuunin and tells him about the situation. She tells him to form a team of Jounin and make sure to include Naruto. After several funny scenes, the team is formed and include Naruto, Kiba, Chouji, and Neji.moreless
  • The Sasuke Retrievel Arc Begins...

    It is a full moon out tonight on a dark clear sky. Sasuke is having a flashback to when the Sound 4 tried to capture him by using force. Sakon was in half of his Stage 1 Curse Mark form. Sakon tells him them he mustn't lose sight of their purpose. They have Sasuke corned and Sasuke's Sharingan eyes widden with worry and probably fear. Then the flashback moves to a picture lying down on a drawer, the flashback moves onto a totally different scene. Sakura is behind Sasuke as he walks down the path that leads out of Konohagakure. Sakura pleads to him, "Don't leave me!" and Sasuke speeds behind her. He thanks her but then knocks her out. It it now the next day and two Leaf Village shinobi are carrying paper taht the 5th Hokage forgot to get earlier, at 4 in the morning! One of them spots Sakura sleeping on a stone bench on the same path Sasuke left. The ninja wakes her up and tells her if she stays like this, she's gonna catch a cold. Sakura still thinks Sasuke is there and screams, "Sasuke NO!" she realizes there is no one and remembers that he had said thank you, to her. The two ninja lead Sakura to the 5th Hokage's room in the Hidden Leaf Village. The camera stays on the monument of the Hokage faces, then shows the 5th sleeping in her office with paper sprawled all over her desk. The two ninja carrying the books and papers knock on the door waking Tsunade up, and the man (who woke up Sakura) is outraged taht they ahd to go get documents while she just took a nap. The other ninja butts in and tells Tsunade what happened. After the explaination, Tsunade is outraged. The man reasures her that this is no joke and from Sakura herself. Yeah Sakura... like she's some help. Tsunade is mad at herself for not seeing this coming. "He's making his move, NOW!" she tells herself and then remembers what Orochimaru had told her back in the village when Jiraoya was looking for Tsunade. She realizes that Orochimaru is after the Uchiha's powers. She orders the two shinobi to get her a special person. The scene changes and it is now at Shikamaru's house in the morning while Shikamaru and his dad are eating breakfast. Shikamaru's mom nags Shikamaru into eating his food quickly due to the fact that Shikaku has to get to a mission and they have to do morning training fast. The doorbell rings and shikamaru's mother wonders who could be here at such an early hour. She goes to answer it, while Shikamaru asks his father why he married a crab like his mother. Shikaku tells him its a good question and explains that even a crab like her has her gentle moments and those are the times when Shikakau fell in love. Shikamaru's mom returns to the table and tells Shikamaru that a messanger from the Hokage came to see him. Shikamaru is shocked. In the 5th Hokage's room, she tells Shikamaru what his mission is. to retrieve Sasuke. Shikamaru is shocked to hear he was abducted. Tsunade explains that Orochimaru wants himin his clutches. Shikamaru doesn't get why Sasuke would go to someone like Orochimaru. Tsunade just tells it straight, you need to retrieve Sasuke. Shikamaru thinks this is easy and believes that Sasuke isn't with any of the enemies. Tsunade adds taht Sasuke may be with Orochimaru's Sound 4. Shikamaru still wonders why Sasuke would do this, sicne beofre Shikamaru thought Sasuke was great. Shikamru realizes this is serious and wants a group specifically if Chuunin and Jounin. Tsunade denys that order since there are not much Jounin and CDhuunin for missions. She tells him to get a group of skilled Genin. As Shikamaru leaves he syas this whole thing is a drag/troublesome, but he'll do it because Sasuke is a comrad. That's when tsunade suggests he bring one specific Genin. Shikamaru is in Naruto's room and Naruto is shocked to hear what Sasuke did. Shikamaru complains that he's annoying. Shikamaru questions why Tsunade wnated him to take along Naruto. Meanwhile Naruto is questioning why Sasuke left. He calls him a jerk for doing something like that. He storms out of his bedroom and goes to get dressed. Shikamaru groans. When Naruto is ready, they go out to search for more Gnin. They arrive at a teammate's house and Shikamaru knocks on the door. Naruto questions whether this is a skilled Genin's house while shikamaru takes out a bag od chips to eat. Naruto is puzzled, but eats along with Shikamaru. As Shikamaru reaches for the last one, the door slides open and choji dashes out and shatches the potato chip from Shikamaru's hand. He syas he won't people have the last bite. Shikamaru explains to Naruto taht Choji has been on his team for a long time so they work well together. Naruto is outraged and believes they should've chosen someone better like Shino! Shikamaru complains that Naruto complains too much, what irony. as CDhoji is about to take his bite a shadowy figure races at him intending to bie his finger off or something. Choji won't let it take the last bie, so before it reaches him, he takes a bite. The figure was Akamaru, and it groan as it watches Choji eat the chip. Kiba is not far behind when there's Akamaru and he explains taht Shino is on some special mission with his father, so he can't make it. Shikamaru adds the two to the fleet of the Sasuke Retrieval Team. Kiba counts himself lucky since he was walking the dogs when they met him. Naruto asks if there are any more people, but Shikamaru says they're already late so they better go with what they've got unless they find another Genin on their way out. Meanwhile Neji is talking to Lee about his surgery. Lee explains that he will be okay in a few days and he need to take it easy for now. Neji understands and looks down to see Shikamaru, Naruto, Choji and Kiba & Akamaru. He walks down the stairs with Lee on his back, and is told what is going on. Shikamaru says, the more, the better. Lee looks down and is sad, why now of all times, he said to himself. Neji tells him to do what he wants to do. Everybody is shocked to see Lee walk away from this mission. Lee says that tomorrow he will try to walk up all the stairs by himself, Neji worries about Lee. But Lee reasures him that he's fine. The STF (Sasuke Retrievel Fleet) open the door that leads out of Konoha. Shikamaru says its time to go and is grateful that he has 5 of them. Naruto storms to the front of the group and tells everyone to follow him, but Shikamru reminds him that he is the leader. Naruto doesn't believe that Shikamaru is the best one for the job, but Kiba is tired of hearing this. He says he doesn't like Shikamaru as a leader, but its better than nothing. Choji adds that Shikamaru is the clear leader. After Neji talks as well, Shikamaru makes the group places. He tells the group that if they don't follow his orders then they're all gonna die. Kiba freezes in fear. Now he calls out the group places. He places Kiba and Akamaru in the front to smell out enemies, he is in second place to recieve notes from Kiba & Akamaru and to order the group from that area, next is Naruto since he can attack from in front and behind, then its Choji for a powerful assult after the front group's sudden moves. Lastly its Neji who will scope out the surrounding back area using his Byakugan. He also tells them what area they are responible for looking out for. Next Shikamaru checks all of their equipment. After he does that, Lee is amazed how fast he made a formation for a team he just picked up. Shikamaru also admits that he is not that close with Sasuke and he sort of dislikes him. But he will do anything to get him back safetly because Sasuke is a Konoha comrad. He is also responsible for the life of everyone of his teammates. Kiba and Choji are haoppy with Shikamaru and his decisions. Nehi checks all of thier equipment and Naruto continues to question why Sasuke left to go with Orochimaru, since Sasuke is already powerful. He doesn't get it. That's when Shikamaru tells the group to move out. Just as they are about to leave, Sakura comes in. Naruto asks her if she's okay. Shikamaru tells Sakura that she can't come along with them due to what the 5th Hokage said. The entire group is shocked to hear that she couldn't even stop Sasuke. Sakura cries down in the middle of the group and asks Naruto one thing. Bring Sasuke Back. She tells Naruto that he can only save Sasuke. Naruto brings out his happy side and says taht she must really care about Sasuke. A flashback rears its ugly head and shows the time when Naruto as Sauke was talking with sakura. Sasuke/Naruto asks her what she thinks about Naruto. Sakura says he purposely tries to make her feel bad because he toys with her emotions. End of flashback. Sakura is still crying but a smile with teeth on Naruto's face reappears. She once again asks him to bring Sasuke back and Naruto sticks out with thumb and syas he's gonna bring Sasuke back for and he bets it on his life. Then the Team leaves the Village on their way to get back Sasuke. Lee reasures Sakura that Naruto will get Sasuke back because he gave him the thumbs-up. Meanwhile Sasuke 9with the Sound 4) is told he has to do somthing. he repeatedly asks what it is, but everybody just smirks. Sakon finally tells him that he needs to die, just this once.moreless
  • Thunder's Review!

    What happens in this episode of Naruto is when Sakura awakens, she informs Tsunade of Sasuke's defection. Unable to send higher ranking ninja after Sasuke, Tsunade orders Shikamaru Nara to assemble a team of genin under his lead to go after Sasuke. He selects Naruto, Neji Hyuga, Choji Akimichi, and Kiba Inuzuka, and quickly devises the optimal formation for the group. Before they leave, Sakura pleads to Naruto to make sure to bring Sasuke back. Naruto promises to do so, and the group sets out. Great episode it was don't you think? I don't like to see Sakura cry, but that was the only part I didn't like. This review is over! Thunder was here!!!moreless
  • The Sasuke retrieval squad!

    Two of the leaf village ninja find Sakura lying on a bench in the early morning. They ask her what had happened. word quickly gets to Tsunade that Sasuke has left the village in search of power from Orochimaru. She requests Shikamaru to come to her office for an important mission. She gives him 30 minutes to gather the best genin in the village to retrieve Sasuke before he gets to his destination. Shikamaru brings Naruto, Choji, Kiba and his dog Akamaru, and Neji. Rock Lee is upset that he is unable to go but wishes them good luck anyway. Sakura pleads for Naruto to bring Sasuke back. Can Naruto keep this promise?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Shikamaru: For as long as I've known him, Sasuke and I haven't exactly been close buddies. In fact, I don't really like him at all. All the same, Sasuke's a ninja belonging to the Hidden Leaf Village. He's a comrade, and I'll put my life on the line to help him. That's the way of our village. I know I usually seem like a pretty lazy guy, but not today, because now I'm responsible for your lives too.
      Kiba: Wow, I never thought I'd see Shikamaru act like a Chunin. Very impressive!

    • Lee: (Thinking) Even though he has just assembled this team, he has already created the best formation for them.

    • Kiba: I guess sometimes it pays to get up early and walk the dog.

    • Shikamaru: Choji and I have been on the same team for a long time, so asking him was a no-brainer.

    • Shikamaru: This whole thing's a drag, but I do know the guy, so I just can't let it go. Well, that's just the way it is, I guess.

    • Shikamaru: (Thinking) Ugh, this is going to be a real pain in the neck. What happened to Sasuke anyway? I used to look up to him and now he's joined up with the bad guys. This really stinks.

    • Shikamaru: What does Sasuke have to gain by talking to someone as depraved as Orochimaru?

    • Tsunade: (Thinking) So that's what that wretch is after, he's going for the Uchiha's powers.

    • Shikamaru: Hey, dad.
      Shikaku: What is it?
      Shikamaru: What on earth made you decide to marry such a crabby woman like mom?
      Shikaku: That's a good question. Even a crab like your mom can be gentle sometimes. She has her moments.
      Shikamaru: That's the reason?

    • Tsunade: (Thinking) I can't believe it, he's already making his move!

    • Izumo: It's four in the morning. The Fifth Hokage is a real slave driver. She forgot these papers, she should go get them.

    • Naruto: Well gosh, Sakura, you must really care about Sasuke, huh?
      (Sakura gasps)
      Naruto: I get it. I can see that deep down this must be really painful for you. I know you must be suffering.

    • Choji: Even for a bag of potato chips, I refuse to let anyone to have the last bite.

    • Shikamaru: (Thinking about his mom) From the second I get up it's nag, nag, nag.

    • Sakura: Naruto...This is the only favor I will ever ask of you...Bring...Bring Sasuke back. I couldn't convince him...I couldn't stop him. I'm sure the only person who can stop him...I'm sure the only person who can save him is... Naruto...only you!
      Naruto: You really love him, huh? I understand very well the pain you are going through.
      Sakura: Naruto... Thank you...
      Naruto: Sakura...I will bring Sasuke back for sure! This is the promise of a lifetime!

      ~Japanese version

    • Shikamaru: Sasuke isn't a close friend of mine. I don't even like him. But, he is the same as us; a ninja from the Hidden Village of Konoha. He is our comrade. That is why we will put our lives on the line to bring him back. This is the way of Konoha. It's troublesome, especially for me, but...I'm responsible for all of you.
      Kiba: Heh... Now you're beginning to sound like a chuunin.

      ~Japanese version

    • Naruto: All right! Everyone follow me!
      Shikamaru: Uh, know I'm the squad leader, right? This is so troublesome...
      Naruto: Will it really be all right to let you lead us? You don't seem very reliable...

      ~Japanese version

    • Shikamaru: This is going to be troublesome, but I can't just forget about someone I know. Well, something has to be done.

      ~Japanese version

    • Chouji: I will not let you have the last potato chip!

      ~Japanese version

    • Shikamaru: Why did you marry such an overbearing woman?

      ~Japanese version

  • NOTES (15)

    • In the manga, Neji joined the team after Rock Lee recommended him. In the anime, Neji joined the team after they encountered him with Lee discussing the success of Lee's operation.

    • The English dub version has the title of the episode on the bottom of the screen with no dialogue.

    • Tsunade is referred to as Lady Hokage by the villagers, except for Naruto, Shizune, and Jiraiya.

    • YTV Airdate: October 26, 2007

    • Original Airdate: November 24, 2004

    • Original Episode Title: Konoha Five + Woof!
      Romaji Episode Title: Konoha Gonin Shuu Wan!
      Kanji Episode Title: 木ノ葉五人衆+ワン!

    • Shino was also sought to come along, since he is just as good as thinking ahead and could use his bugs to search for Sasuke, however, Shino was already on a different mission with his father.

    • Rock Lee wanted to come along, but due to just getting done with the operation, his body wasn't ready to be in action.

    • Shikamaru's formation is as follows...

      -Kiba will lead the group, using his and Akamaru's ability to smell any form of scent. This way, they can tell if they are on the right path and any sense of danger ahead can be warned out to the others.

      -Shikamaru is second in the line. This gives him the best place to hear Kiba's warnings and also gives him the ability to command the team in an easy position.

      -Naruto is in the middle, since he has quick reactions and Shadow Clones. If something were to happen, Naruto could jump to the back or to the front and be ready without really trying.

      -Chouji is second to last and is meant to be brute force if something were to happen. While not great in taijutsu, he is strong and can provide great defense when ready.

      -Neji is last, using his Byakugan to view the surrounding areas as far as he can. Since he's a skilled fighter, he's capable of holding his own if attacked, but is mainly used to scout out any signs of Sasuke, Sound Four, or possible ambushes.

    • Shikamaru originally wanted a team of chuunins and jounins to go on this mission, which shows the importance of it.

    • The team Shikamaru pulls together to go rescue Sasuke consists of: Naruto, Neji, Kiba, Choji, and himself.

    • This episode was shown in a 1-hour long broadcast along with episode 111, in both Japan and the U.S.

    • In the manga, Rock Lee didn't take the surgery quite yet, but in the anime he had already taken it.

    • Sakura seems to finally realize just how Naruto feels about her after hearing him say that he understands exactly the pain she's going through because of Sasuke's rejection. She flashes back the time Naruto changed into Sasuke and talked with her in the park, she recalls calling him "Just Annoying" at the time, but realizes that is no longer true.

    • The names of the two Jounins who are always popping up are revealed to be Izumo and Kotetsu.


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