Kaguya Clan Leader
Kaguya Clan Member
Throughout the episode, the cuts on Lee's face appear and disappear.
It looks like Kimimaro is younger than Haku in the flashback, but really Haku is around Naruto's age.
Kimimaro: (Thinking back to his youth and first battle) What is it that I fight for? What am I? I knew none of these answers. I continued to fight.
Kaguya leader: (During flashback) The time has come for you to be of use.
Kimimaro: (Thinking) Someone needed me. That was all that got my body moving. That and the obvious of course, I had to fight to survive.
Naruto: Oh man, I can't see anything in here. The darkness is too thick.
(An apparition of Neji appears)
Neji: Sometimes your eyes are better than mine.
Neji: Sasuke is in the darkness now.
Neji: If you stay here too long, you'll never catch Sasuke.
Naruto: Neji?! You were right. You were right about all of it. What am I standing around here for? Just you wait! I'm gonna bring Sasuke home for sure if it the last thing I do!
Kimimaro (Thinking) I was put on this earth to protect Lord Orochimaru and his ambitions.
Orochimaru: Maybe, just maybe, there is no purpose in life. But if you linger for a little while longer in this world, you might discover something of value in it... Like how you discovered that flower, or how I discovered you one fateful night. Come, it's time to go.
Young Haku: His eyes were the same as mine, before I met Zabuza.
Orochimaru: What you're seeking is just below this ridge, child. Go on, have at it.
Kimimaro: (Thinking back to his youth) I don't mind the darkness. It was in the darkness in which I was raised.
Gaara: When I look at this guy, it reminds me of him.
Gaara: Uchiha. His eyes... Sasuke had the same eyes this guy does.
Lee: The same eyes?
Gaara: (Thinking) Seeking to prove the value of their own existence, eyes like that.
Kimimaro: Gaara of the Desert, rather a foolish nickname, isn't it? You're nothing without that sand of yours. (Thinking) Why else would you go through the trouble of lugging it around?
Lee: (Thinking) Nothing is wasted in his movement. His level of Taijutsu is considerable.
Kimimaro: You are Gaara of the Desert. You wield sand, hence the name.
(Lee charges Kimimaro, but Gaara uses his sand to trip him and he falls into it)
Lee: (Muffled) I've got sand in my mouth!
Young Kimimaro: I'm alone again.
Gaara: Orochimaru's brainwashing? You're pathetic.
Kimimaro: No! You're wrong!
Orochimaru: (From Kimimaro's memories) There probably isn't any meaning in life. Perhaps you can find something interesting to do while you are alive. Like how you found that flower. Like how I found you.
Kimimaro: If I can't be of any use, then there's no reason for me to live.
Gaara: What an annoying guy!
Rock Lee: This is my fight. You be my backup! (Gaara trips Lee) Agh, there is sand in my mouth.
Gaara: You're not doing anything in that condition.
YTV Airdate: March 14, 2008
Gaara has two new techniques: Sand Tsunami and Sand Shower.
Original Airdate: March 16, 2005
Original Episode Title: Battle of the Strongest! Gaara vs. Kimimaro
Romaji Episode Title: Saikyou Taiketsu! Gaara VS Kimimaro
Kanji Episode Title: 最強対決！ 我愛羅VS君麻呂！
Zabuza and Haku are seen in Kimimaro's flashbacks. This is Zabuza's first appearance since episode 19, and Haku's first appearance since episode 80 (from Naruto's flashback).
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