Season 3 Episode 44

Vengeful Strike! The Bracken Dance!

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Dec 29, 2007 on TV Tokyo



  • Trivia

    • Tayuya's flute theme plays while Kimimaro first attacks in Cursed Seal Level 2.

    • When Kimimaro spits up blood before he is about to finish Gaara, the camera zooms in on Gaara and when it comes back to Kimimaro, the blood is gone

  • Quotes

    • Kabuto: Can it be? Kimimaro...
      Orochimaru: No matter. He's of no further use to me. All that matters now is that Sasuke is coming, and of his own free will, just as I foretold.

    • Gaara: I will bury you two hundred meters below the surface of the earth under pressure so great you won't be able to move a finger, imprisoned there until the end of time.

    • Kimimaro: You obey or you die. Which do you prefer?
      Sakon: How about neither one?!
      (Sakon, Tayuya, Kidomaru, and Jirobo attack him only to be defeated)
      Kimimaro: Pathetic! Is that the best you four can do? Now then, I'll ask you again, which do you prefer (Sakon and Tayuya bow down in obedience) Very well, we are now the Sound Ninja Five.

    • Kabuto: You were able to save one from oblivion, the youngest and most gifted of all the Kaguya.
      Orochimaru: Yes, his powers were so great that his own clan feared him, so much so that they kept him imprisoned and isolated for almost all of his young life.
      Kabuto: Such a waste it would have been to let him die.
      Orochimaru: Exactly! To have lost that rare Kekkei Genki of his, imagine to posses a bone structure of such density that it's an almost impervious defense, and even better of such adaptability, in offense, it becomes a weapon of extraordinary power.

    • Orochimaru: Kabuto, how much longer can Kimimaro last, do you think?
      Kabuto: Oh, he should be good for a while yet. I did everything for him that I possible could. Of course I'd be more confident of his treatment if I hadn't been working in the dark. I would have preferred more information. His medical history or the bloodlines of his clan, but that was a dead end. There are no bloodlines. The Kaguya clan is gone, except for him. Whatever they were exists only in Kimimaro now.

    • Kimimaro: This bone is my hardest, it will bore through you, defenses and all!

    • Gaara: You're the last of your clan, eh? Then your clan perishes today.

    • (Kimimaro hits Lee with his tail, but Gaara's sand absorbs most of the blow)
      Lee: (Thinking) That might have been the end if Gaara had not intervened. My body is still too weak. I am only a burden to him like this.

    • Lee: He is not your only opponent! I am here as well!

    • Gaara: I should have been killed.

    • Gaara: To feel so strongly for someone you would fight for them...and die for them. He and Naruto Uzumaki have that in common.

    • Gaara: You have someone you honor and revere so much that every hurt inflicted on them is inflicted on you as well, and the closer they are to you, the greater the pain.

    • Gaara: Perhaps the companionship of even an evil person is preferable to loneliness.

    • Gaara: (About Kimimaro) A tenacious opponent, but this time it's over. We won't be seeing him again in this life.

    • Kimimaro: (Telling Gaara as he is about to strike) I am not his pawn. He is the one, the only one who ever gave my life meaning! But how could the likes of you understand that!?
      (Begins to strike Gaara. Stops suddenly right before he hits Gaara)
      Lee: (Silently) He is dead.

    • Kimimaro: Is that all you can do with your ultimate defense? Is that all? I'm very disappointed.

    • Gaara: Orochimaru's brainwashed you well, you sad little pawn.

    • Gaara: He's just like Uzumaki Naruto.

      ~Japanese version

    • Kimimaro: It's not brainwashing! It's my own reasoning! What the hell would you ever know about it?!

      ~Japanese version

  • Notes

    • YTV Airdate: March 21, 2008

    • All of Kimimaro's dances are named after plants.

    • Kimimaro, throughout his fight with Gaara, kept thinking about how Orochimaru cared for him, and yet, ironically, Orochimaru tosses him aside as he says he is no longer useful to him.

    • In this episode, it is revealed that the Sound Five helped kill the Grass ninja before the Chunin Exams. It is also revealed that Kimimaro helped Orochimaru kill the Fourth Kazekage, which also shows how he killed him.

    • Original Airdate: March 30, 2005

    • Original Episode Title: Blow of Tenacity! Dance of the Seedling Fern
      Romaji Episode Title: Shuunen no Ichigeki! Sou Warabi no Mai
      Kanji Episode Title: 執念の一撃!早蕨の舞

    • Kimimaro didn't fall completely to his illness until before Orochimaru put his plan into action to destroy Konoha.

    • In Japan, this episode aired together with episode 128 in a 1-hour special.

    • Kimimaro dies from his illness right before he has a chance to kill Gaara.

    • Although it was never truly said, it appears that Kimimaro is suffering Tuburculosis, the "spitting blood" disease.

    • In the manga, Gaara found out about Kimimaro's blood limit earlier in the fight. In the anime he discovers it near the end.

  • Allusions