Season 3 Episode 4

Keep on Training: Pop Goes the Water Balloon!

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM May 12, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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Jiraiya gives Naruto the task of rotating the water in a balloon until it pops. Naruto is confident that he will accomplish this stage of the training by night, but soon learns it's not as easy as expected.

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  • Training training trainin!

    The best parts of shounens are its fights, characters, and adventures, but another really satisfying aspect about them is the progress the characters make in order to be capable fighters. Naruto is unique in that it has an entire science dedicated to its chakra system; no other shounen fighting system is as deep except for Hunter X Hunter, Bleach is a couple notches down. Here Naruto is still training to pop the balloon and finally succeeds. Jiraiya brings him to the next exercise that is basically the same only this time, he has to pop a rubber ball. The training Naruto goes through isn't the only thing that made this episode a great watch. Naruto watches on as he sees a kid and father share a popsicle and wishes something similar from Jiraiya; to supervise his training. Instead Jiraiya options to go clubbing. How Naruto reacted to this was really mature; he hid his feelings even though it was evident he wanted someone looking out for him and continued his training. It ended perfectly with Jiraiya sharing a popsicle with Naruto.moreless
  • Naruto begins his training on a new jutsu.

    Jiraiya instructs Naruto to use the chakra in his hand to pop a water balloon. Naruto tries and tries, but can only make the water spin inside the water balloon. Jiraiya then asks Naruto which way he is spinning his chakra. Naruto says to the left, but Jiraiya looks at Naruto's hair and tells him that he should be spinning it to the right because that is his natural chakra flow. Naruto tries that, but continues to spin the water and not burst the balloon. One morning Naruto notices the cat, Whiskers, playing with the water balloon. The cat bats the balloon around until it pops. "That's it" Naruto says.....moreless
  • Naruto tries to pop the water balloon with his chakra.

    Naruto tries to pop the water balloon. He tries to do it quickly. He also asks Jiraiya for some tips but Jiraiya tells Naruto that he is not taking care of Naruto but simply teaching a technique. Naruto is just a kid and he just wanted tips on the technique but what Jiraiya said was sort of true. Naruto tried even harder to pop the water balloon without Jiraiya's help and I don't really blame him. The episode went very well with Naruto very determined to pop the water balloon and learning that the fourth Hokage created that technique and took him 3 years.moreless
  • Naruto takes on the Rasengan!

    As their search for Tsunade continues, Jiraiya teaches Naruto the Rasengan. But unfotunatley, the orange dork isn't making any progress, and bugs the Pervy Sage for tips. Then Uzumaki decides that he'll master the jutsu in 3 days. Jiraiya laughs at him, and informs him that the 4th Hokage, creator of the Rasengan, took 3 years to develop it. Well, Naruto should be able to do it in 3 days, because Yondaime was his father, plus he has Kyuubi's chakra inside him. And also, if he is the son of Yondaime AND Lady Tsunade (not at all likely, just a little theory I have ^_^), he should be able to pull it off in no time. Jiraiya goes on to explain that popping the water balloon in only the first step, there are two more to come, then he leaves Naruto to his training.moreless
  • Good ol' Jiraiya, you just had to do this to Naruto, didn't you?

    Jiraiya really pushed Naruto this episode. It was kinda cute how Naruto kept training as much as he could. When he felt bad, he just pushed harder. But once again, his main drive is to be Hokage. I really enjoyed how he just didn't give up. And he used his resources as well to find out a god idea on how to pop the balloon. Using the cat's strategy was ingenious! An all around good episode with humour written into it, as well as some angst. I really feel for Naruto when he saw the boy with his father. And then when Jiraiya gave him the popsicle...

    A very cute episode, but I am hoping that the training fillers will end soon and we can get into more action.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The mark that Jiraiya draws on Naruto's palm is the same as the marks on the pink kimono worn by Haku in episode 12 when he meets a sleeping Naruto in the forest while picking herbs.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (6)

    • YTV Airdate: June 29, 2007

    • Original Airdate: June 9, 2004

    • Original Episode Title: Will Power! Break the Water Balloon!!!
      Romaji Episode Title: Konjyou!!! Warero Mizufuusen!
      Kanji Episode Title: 根性!!!割れろ水風船!

    • If the hairs on a ninja's head grow rightward, then that ninja spins chakra clockwise, and visa versa.

    • Jiraiya instructs Naruto to go through three phases to fully learn an A-rank ninja technique. The First Phase requires the bursting of a water balloon which focuses largely on learning how to spin chakra within a medium. In this case it is a water balloon. The Second Phase requires the bursting of a rubber ball. This is much harder than the first since the ninja can't imagine the twirling directions of Chakra. This phase requires power. The Third Phase is unknown at this point. This technique took the fourth Hokage three years to complete.

    • To break the water balloon, Naruto used his left hand to hold the ball and directed his chakra into the ball to churn the water in one direction, and he used his right hand to churn the water in many different directions.


    • Dub Episode Title: Keep on Training: Pop Goes the Water Ballon!

      The English title is a pun derived from the children's song "Pop Goes the Weasel".

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