Season 9 Episode 4

Genjutsu or Reality?

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Unknown on TV Tokyo



  • Trivia

    • Hinata was able to survey the whole village of Konoha with her Byakugan, but unless her ability is a lot stronger than Neji's, she should not be able to see beyond 50 meters.

    • This is the only episode where Orochimaru's theme music is used out of context or reference to Orochimaru so far. This happened during the scene where Naruto initially finds out he is trapped in a genjutsu.

  • Quotes

    • Sakura: Where... Where are we?
      Naruto: You gotta get up. Come on, hurry, old man Unkai is wounded.
      Sakura: Unkai? (Sees Unkai) What happened?! These burns are awful!
      Naruto: The old man here is the only reason we were able to break free of Yakumo's genjutsu. You shoulda seen it.
      Unkai: That's not true. Actually we were all driven out. Yakumo does not care about us, her only target here is Kurenai Yuuhi.

    • Unkai: Within the confines of Yakumo's genjutsu, she'll often call down lightning or start fires and our human minds perceive those phenomenon to be real. Our brains are turned against us causing actual damage to the body.
      Naruto: So Grandma's mansion...(Has flashback of the lightning strike) That was Yakumo's power too?
      Unkai: And that's not all, if she were feeling so inclined, she could kill anyone she chose to.

    • (Shino calls on his bugs, but they act as if nothing is wrong)
      Shino: What? Kiba muzzle Akamaru. Hinata stop using the Byakugan.
      Hinata: Huh?
      Kiba: Why? What is it?
      Shino: None of this is real. We're caught in the middle of one big jutsu.

    • Sakura: Hey, we're looking for medicine, remember? Snap out of it will you?
      Naruto: Sorry, I'm just worried about Kurenai-sensei, that's all.
      Sakura: All the more reason to keep looking.
      Naruto: That's not what I meant. She came to eliminate her. You know, Yakumo.
      Sakura: Eliminate?
      Naruto: Oh... Uh... Never mind. (Laughs nervously) I just spaced out there for a second, sorry.

    • Shino: Let's go have a look around the village.
      Hinata: Right.
      Kurenai: Make sure you act as a team, okay? And I don't care what you find out there, I want you back here in thirty minutes.
      Kiba: Got it.
      (Hinata and Shino leave but Kiba hesitates)
      Kurenai: What? What is it?
      Kiba: (Chuckles) Aw nothin'. Just feels good to be gettin' orders from you again, you know.

    • Naruto: (Thinking) Why would the Third have tried to eliminate Yakumo? There's no way that could be true. But if it is, if Kurenai-sensei did carry out that kind of mission, that would explain why she's acting so weird. Nah, that's crazy. It couldn't be.

    • Naruto: No way! There's just no way the Third would try to get rid of Yakumo like that! But, if there's the slightest chance that Kurenai-sensei accepted a mission like that, then... But then again, that might explain why Kurenai-sensei's been acting so weird. No, that just can't be true!

      ~Japanese version

    • Naruto: Why is there magma in a place like this?
      Unkai: That is an illusion created by our brains through Yakumo's genjutsu. Even though this is an illusion, your brain would decide that the magma is real and your flesh would burn if you jumped into the magma. That is Yakumo's ability.

      ~Japanese version

    • Sakura: What's with you, Naruto? The medicine room is over here!
      Naruto: Well, I'm worried about Kurenai-sensei.
      Sakura: That's why we need to hurry and get the medicine!
      Naruto: That's not it, Kurenai-sensei going to finish off Yakumo.
      Sakura: Finish her off?

      ~Japanese version

  • Notes

    • YTV Airdate: October 10th, 2009

    • Original Airdate: October 19, 2006

    • Original Title: Genjutsu or Reality? Those Who Control the Five Senses

    • Nearly 50 percent of this episode is not animated (done in freeze frame with just talking) or repeated animation (such as the talk between Shino and Hinata), making it one of the least originally animated episodes yet. Most episodes are about 30% non original animation, although some other do come close (such as during the fights with the Sound Five during the Sasuke Retrieval arc).

    • Everyone is caught in Yakumo's genjutsu.

  • Allusions