Season 2 Episode 45

The Third Hokage, Forever...

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Mar 24, 2007 on TV Tokyo

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  • The finale of Naruto and Gaara's duel


    is the emotional high point of the episode. Both were so much alike (being shunned for things beyond their control) and both wield powers of gods. In the end, Naruto chose the path of love and compassion, while gaara embraced his hatred. In the final moment, when the two warriors are lying on the ground, wasted, it is Naruto who has the strength to continue fighting. The scene where Naruto explains how he understands Gaara's pain is simply heartbreaking; in the end Naruto truly dodged the bullet thanks to Iruka's help and compassion, and transcended his pain. Gaara never had that compassion and felt hatred. This truly shows just how far Naruto has come from the beginning of the series and it also helps Gaara finally let of his anger and rage. All in all a great episode