Season 3 Episode 12

The Fifth Hokage! A Life on the Line!

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Jul 07, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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Episode Summary

Naruto finally lands a Rasengan into Kabuto's stomach, but not before Kabuto damages Naruto's muscles and severs the chakra line to his heart, meaning Naruto's certain death. Tsunade saves Naruto, only to have to protect him again from Orochimaru. Orochimaru is set on killing Naruto, but Tsunade keeps getting in the way!moreless

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  • I want more Gamatatsu nao!

    An average episode akin to episodes like this in past Naruto arcs. A person who is unable to release their full strength, important character makes that person realize his or her strength and all of a sudden they stop being depressed and kick ass. As a sociology major and psychology minor, I'd wish that manga authors would put more thought into the realism between character interactions and behaviours. Didn't think Tsunade's case was handled realistically. So this is a shounen story, nothing has to be can have all the magic and flying dragons you want, realistic and likable characters are what win in the long run. You know who saves the day though in this episode? Gamatatsu! I just love this little guy's comments. He absolutely made me laugh in this episode with his 10 second screen time.moreless
  • Here comes Part 2 of my 5-Part Review Special!....

    Announcer: Welcome back to the Naruto Top Five countdown! At number 4...Numero quatro...We have...In a word...A flashback episode. Yes, there are at least several flashbacks of Lady Tsunade in this episode. Nonetheless, this one slam-packed with fists of fury that we've come to love of almost every Naruto Episode that ever aired. At number 4: From Season 4...It's Episode 18!...The Fifth Hokage! A Life on the Line! In this episode, Naruto has successfully knocked Kabuto down for the count. The problem is...Kabuto has inflicted major damage upon Naruto's heart. Now, Lady Tsunade must protect Naruto with her life before the evil Orochimaru guts him open like livestock! Jiraya also tries to help, but it seems that Orochimaru is getting the best of him as well. And as for Tsunade's assistant...Well...She's seen her better days. How will our strong heroes defend against Orochimaru and Kabuto when they're all worn out from the battle as it is?moreless
  • Jiraiya and Orochimaru fight. Tsunade tries to keep Naruto alive. At the end Orochimaru summons Manda, Tsunade Summons Katsuyu and Jiraiya summons Gamabunta.

    So Jiraiya and Orochimaru fight but not much of the fight was shown. Tsunade finally accepted being the 5th Hokage and then tried to save Naruto because Kabuto had damaged some of his muscles and he, Naruto, was about to die. It was relieving knowing that Naruto was alive thanks to Tsunade and that she accepted being Hokage because she was fit for the job. So Orochimaru summoned Manda, Tsunade Summoned Katsuyu and Jiraiya summoned Gamabunta at the end of the episode. There was a little bit of worrying in this episode because Naruto could have died but he didn't. It was a great episode.moreless
  • Tsunade and Naruto - full of surprises!!

    The episode begins where the last one left off. Naruto attacks Kabuto with his Rasengan and knocks Kabuto into a boulder. Before Kabuto is knocked back, he hits Naruto in the chest and severs his heart from his chakra. Kabuto gets up and starts to move toward Naruto, but falls down due to extent of his injuries. Tsunade tries to heal Naruto and starts to cry due to the flashbacks of her brother and fiance. The nine tail fox sees the darkness closing in around him and when he feels Tsunades tears, he helps Naruto recover. Orochimaru sees this and charges at Naruto to kill him. Tsunade blocks his attack and saves Naruto. She is several times with Orochimaru's sword -in-mouth attack and looks like she is beaten. But when all looks lost she performs a special Jutsu and recovers and attacks Orochimaru.moreless
  • The battle heats up!!!!!

    Ooh! This fight just keeps getting better and better! This is what happened. Naruto just hit Kabuto in the stomach with the Rasengan, and Kabuto can't heal himself now. However, he also managed to land some blows on Naruto, and he collapses as well. Tsunade overcomes her fear of blood, and does what she can to save the little orange monkey. She is successfull, and Naruto wakes up a bit to get the necklace Tsunade promised him. He falls asleep, and she places the necklace around his neck, hoping that he will become Hokage some day, just like Dan and Nawaki wanted to be. Orochimaru gets it into his mind that Naruto could become a threat in the future (And he does! ^_^) and tries to murder him in cold blood. Tsunade puts herself in the way of his attack, wanting Naruto so much to be able to fulfill his dream, since Nawaki and Dan weren't able to. Orochimaru asks why Tsunade would risk her own life to save Naruto's, and she replies that it is her duty as the 5th Hokage. Now Orochimaru is steamed. He summons Manda, The Snake King, while Jiraiya and Tsunade summon Gamabunta, The Toad King, and Katsuyu, The Slug Queen.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (22)

    • (Orochimaru kicks Tsunade out of the way)
      Orochimaru: Such brave talk, but ;ook at you, still trembling all over. Poor thing, you just can't shake your fear of blood can you? You see how pointless it all is? All for the sake of an obnoxious little boy you don't even know. For the sake of a worthless village you left behind years ago.
      Orochimaru: (Sees Tsunade's hand stops trembling) What? (Tsunade gives him a hard kick to the chin) No! You stopped the trembling. How?
      Tsunade: I finally remembered something. I've been chosen as the Fifth Hokage of the Leaf Village.

    • (Orochimaru goes in for the kill with his sword in his mouth, but Tsunade blocks his blow with her body)
      Orochimaru: (Thinking) She's torn to ribbons and she can still move that quickly? (Mocking aloud) You really are determined. I'm impressed.
      Tsunade: Didn't I make it clear enough, you fool? I meant what I said. I will die before I let you touch him.

    • Tsunade: From now on, I'm gambling everything too. I'm putting my life on the line.

    • Orochimaru: Why would you, one of the Sanin, risk your life to save a lowly Genin?
      Tsunade: By saving him I'm saving my home, the Village Hidden in the Leaves.
      Orochimaru: You really think you're protecting the village?
      Tsunade: You see this boy, this lowly little Genin, has been chosen by fate to be Hokage someday.

    • Orochimaru: Tsunade, you are the one person I wouldn't want to kill. Listen to me, if that brat is allowed to live, it will mean more trouble than you and your friends could ever imagine. Stay out of my way!
      Tsunade: No, you listen to me. If I do nothing else, I will protect this boy.

    • Gamatatsu: How 'bout it, Gamakichi? Do we have to wait for the kid to croak before we get our snacks? I'm getting hungry.
      Gamakichi: Zip it, or I'll make sure you definitely croak!

    • (Kabuto starts to walk toward Tsunade and Naruto, but all of a sudden he cannot move)
      Kabuto: (Thinking) Why? No! (Falls to the ground) I never thought... Even with my healing powers... The damage was to great! And now, I haven't enough chakra left.

    • Tsunade: How can you be standing after that?
      Kabuto: I focused my chakra at the point of impact. Before he'd even hit me, I started healing myself. You see now why Lord Orochimaru values me so highly? Not only for my skills and knowledge of jutsu, but, most of all, for my recuperative powers.

    • (Naruto hits Kabuto with the Rasengan)
      Jiraiya: (Thinking) Well, well. The kid actually did it.
      Orochimaru: (Thinking) A child mastering a jutsu like that? It's unheard of!
      Tsunade: (Thinking) It's impossible! But he did it! He actually mastered the Rasengan in one week!

    • Tsunade: Shut up! You'll be dead soon anyway, I'll see to it personally.

    • Orochimaru: That boy doesn't seem to be too well.
      Jiraiya: Tsunade is a medical specialist. You don't have to worry, Naruto will be fine. Besides, you're fighting with me. You shouldn't have time to look away.
      (Orochimaru looks away again)

      ~Japanese version

    • Tsunade: One last time... I want to put my hopes in you...just one last time.
      (Puts necklace on Naruto)

      ~Japanese version

    • Naruto: I... I won't die until I become Hokage!

      ~Japanese version

    • Shizune: P-Please wait! I will heal those wounds! Please don't open those seals!
      Tsunade: Ninpo Sozo Saise!
      Orochimaru: (Thinking) What is this technique?! (Talking) It seems I'm not the only one who has been developing new techniques. Exactly what is this technique?

      ~Japanese version

    • Orochimaru: (Thinking) Can this be? Who knew something like this could happen? When that kid get's into the red zone, it can be quite troublesome. That means, the best chance to kill him is now!
      (Orochimaru dives off snakes back then catches Jiraiya's leg when he follows)
      Jiraiya: Shit!
      Tsunade: (Thinking) He's after him!

      ~Japanese version

    • Tsunade: Because Hokage is your dream.
      (Heals Naruto's hand)
      Tsunade: Just one... Just one... Just one more time... I wanted to have faith in you.

      ~Japanese version

    • Kyubi: Dark...very dark...Why is it getting so dark? Why is my power being engulfed by darkness? Why?
      (Teardrops fall)
      Kyubi: What is it?

      ~Japanese version

    • Jiraiya: That Naruto... looks like he did it...
      Orochimaru: That Nine-Tails kid, when did he learn that technique?
      Tsunade: Don't tell me... Don't tell me that he only one week... The Rasengan...

      ~Japanese version

    • Jiraiya: This is for Sarutobi!

    • Orochimaru: Why would you protect that boy at the cost of your own life? Why would you want to fight for the sake of Konoha?
      Tsunade: The reason why is... I am the Fifth Hokage!!!

    • Naruto: ...I won...the bet...

    • Kabuto: It's too late for Naruto. Not even you can save him....
      Tsunade: SHUT UP! I'll be killing you soon enough!

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