Naruto

Season 8 Episode 21

The Missed Target

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Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Sep 20, 2008 on TV Tokyo
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  • As the blueprints (and introductory letters?) rain down from the sky, Shikamaru orders his charges to collect them, which Naruto easily accomplishes with his kage bushin and Choji with his body modification. Shikamaru wonders what he had missed to not for

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    As the blueprints (and introductory letters?) rain down from the sky, Shikamaru orders his charges to collect them, which Naruto easily accomplishes with his kage bushin and Choji with his body modification. Shikamaru wonders what he had missed to not forsee this event.

    Tsunade recieves word that the Hidden Waterfall movements seem completely innocent and she recalls the Konoha ninja and nearly destroys the entire Hokage HQ with a single frustrated punch. Sakura and Ino then tell everyone that the body discovered is not Gennous, implying that he is still on the loose.

    In the forest, Neji and the others discover a pre-arranged tunnel in which Gennou escaped. Even his scent was covered.

    Putting it all together, Shikamaru concludes that it was no coincidence that Gennou's forged letter of introduction was discovered: it was all part of the plan and no one is safe. Ino notes that that they should check out the Academy, since it was the only blueprint missing, but Shikamaru is still wary, thinking that Gennou would have figured this disocvery into his timing as well. Hinata and Neji are put on trap-finding detail at the academy, but since they do not know what they are looking for, they have to go room by room. Naruto and Choji spend their time trying to convince ninja students to leave their classroom, but they refuse and called Naruto a medical ninja until Choji uses an expansion jutsu that threatens to crush everyone in the room. A few students leave the academy all together saying that they will try kunai throwing practice.

    Naruto remembers his days as an academy student, though his flashback includes him hanging out with friends. Lee is so impressed by the student's training determination that he burst into tears of emotion. Just then, Choji realizes that something is odd about the target, and Naruto just barely manages to intercept a kunai with his fanny pack before it triggers an apparent trap. He then runs to find Neji, but Neji has just discovered an exploding note buried inside the academy wall, triggered by a chakra fuse.

    Naruto encounters Hinata first and asks her to go out with him, which she and Sakura misinterprets. In a rush, Naruto spots Neji and says that he'll ask him instead.

    Naruto and Neji rush back to the post as Lee and Choji allow the students to practice some more... risking setting off the note in the academy if anyone gets a bullseye. One boy actually hits it, but it doesn't stick, with the tip dull. Another throws one true, but Neji arrives in time to warn Lee, who uses his speed to catch it a few centimeters short of hitting the bullseye dead on.

    Shikamaru arrives on the scene and speculates that it was no accident that the kids got the idea to practice on the target right then: Gennou must have used a jutsu on them to make them think to do so. While everyone talks around her, Hinata silently glances over at Shino who automatically senses her distress and turns around to ask what's wrong. She sees another trail which led to her and Neji's discovery that the chakra fuses split out to connect more explosive notes in nearly every building in the village.
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