Naruto Shippuuden Episode 122: Hide and Seek – The Search for the Elusive Uchiha

Alright!  Naruto's sure fired up for this search.  Are you?!?

Alright! Naruto's sure fired up for this search. Are you?!?

Well, the search is on.  Question is, will they find Itachi?  Sasuke?  Or…neither?

This is Penny (TsunadesTwin) with your weekly Naruto Shippuuden breakdown.  We now have Konoha, Sasuke and Akatsuki on the move for their respective targets.  This episode is definitely a “set up” episode where we are preparing for some real battle action.  The music, especially, was mysterious, disturbing and gave a sense of foreboding.  However, it gave a real sense that both Itachi and Sasuke were targets – with Sasuke being the primary one and Itachi as a means for access to the other.  So, how does it all stack up?

  • Itachi, as part of Akatsuki, is after Naruto for the Kyuubi within him.  However, Naruto and the Konoha Team of 8 want Itachi as bait to lure Sasuke back to Konoha. 
  • Sasuke with Team Hebi is on the manhunt for Itachi to exact revenge for the murder of the Uchiha clan.  We all know that Itachi has been expecting this to happen for a very long time…
  • Akatsuki, in the form of Deidara and Tobi, are after Sasuke for taking out Orochimaru, Deidara’s target.  We’ll see if there are any other gripes that Deidara has – and there usually are… 

Are there any other surprises?  Is anyone else searching and for whom?  Let’s get onto the action…

All searches must start somewhere.  This mission begins and ends in Konoha

All searches must start somewhere. This mission begins and ends in Konoha

We begin with our new Team of 8 led by Kakashi and Yamato.  Sakura is, of course, the worrywart who starts quoting rules, regulations and other crap about the wireless radios being out of range.  Well, of course, our brilliant Jonin has a solution:  his Ninken – 8 ninja hounds.  We have Pakkun and Bisquit but also have some others – including a Big Bull hound.  The plan:  two hounds for each team member except for Naruto.  Naruto has Yamato as backup, Hinata for her scouting abilities and Big Bull for his loud bark and his intimidating size – all to protect him from the legions that are after him for the Kyuubi.  The job is to gradually search the diameter of Konoha as, based on intelligence from Jiraiya, everyone from Akatsuki to Sasuke are somewhere in the Fire Country – in other words, they are heading for Konoha.

Listen to your team leader, Yamato.  Kakashi has a plan.  He ALWAYS has a plan...

Listen to your Team Leader, Sakura. Kakashi has a plan. He ALWAYS has a plan...even if he doesn't always agree with it.

Sakura is a rather feisty one who is running into some trouble with Bisquit.  Bisquit hits the nail on the head by calling Sakura’s bluff on her emotions for Sasuke.  However, it is short-lived as Sasuke’s scent is found and it is getting stronger as they head into town.

Sakura, your hound bagged a big one.  Reel him on in, girl!

Sakura, your hound bagged a big one. Reel him on in, girl!

As they progress into town, the scent grows stronger…then begins to fade to their disappointment.  Little did Sakura know, she passed by one person who is now closest to Sasuke – and did so by mere inches.

That is the closest you've been to Sasuke in three years!  Damn!  So close.

That is the closest you've been to Sasuke in three years! Damn! So close.

The members of Team Hebi are looking for any sign or hint of Itachi, which is where Karin almost met up with Sakura.  Suigetsu finds useful information with his butcher blade sword and Juugo is talking to his animal friends – and that nasty curse mark is activating again.

Team Hebi is moving in on Itachi...or are they?

Team Hebi is moving in on Itachi...or are they?

But one of the most bizarre meetings is one no one was expecting.  Yamato, Naruto, Hinata and their Big Bull hound escort are on the outskirts of Konoha.   All sense a strange chakra pattern behind them.  Yamato attacks as a precaution only to find…Kabuto.  Kabuto?!?  Yeah, we didn’t think we’d see or hear from him again but we do (and will).   And that maniacal laugh is back.  Whomever they have doing the voice for Kabuto is brilliant and has that laugh down pat.  Ewwwwwww scary!

I always love how these guys evade enemies so fast.  Note how Naruto jumps the highest.

I always love how these guys evade enemies so fast. Note how Naruto jumps the highest.

Kabuto is one of Konoha’s Most Wanted.  So, of course, Yamato comes in as an ANBU law enforcer – almost.  Kabuto merely wants to talk to Naruto.  Question is, why?  Well, Kabuto has had a “come to Jesus” awakening of sorts.  He has suffered a bit of an identity crisis and has been struggling of what to do about it all.  During his soliloquy, we find out a bit more about the mysterious Kabuto Yakushi – of how he was an orphan treated like a spy for much of his life.  We see why he was so devoted to Orochimaru – stability and purpose.  Oro gave him a place among his flock and meaning (ok, being the assistant mad scientist to the Sannin body butcher Orochimaru isn’t exactly what I have in mind for the meaning of life but if it works for him…).  And, he thanks Naruto for making him think about all of this and tosses him a mere token of “thanks” – a book that has all the information that Oro had on Akatsuki. 

A gift from Kabuto to Naruto:  a intelligence book on Akatsuki.  Now, what does Kabuto want?

A gift from Kabuto to Naruto: a intelligence book on Akatsuki. Now, what does Kabuto want?

Hinata and Yamato are absolutely baffled by all of this – there is no clue as to Kabuto’s intentions.  Although one thing is clear:  he will be back to cause a ruckus later.  But, before that he reveals that in order to find his version of “the meaning of life” he transplanted Oro’s remains into his own body and is tranforming into a KabutOro.  What?!?  Man, this guy is absolutely out of his mind!

Ok, it's official.  You are absolutely, positively insane, Kabuto.  Why...?  Nah, forget it.

Ok, it's official. You are absolutely, positively insane, Kabuto. Why...? Nah, forget it.

Naruto, in a flash of brilliance, attacks KabutOro with Yamato backing him up – good thing they’ve worked together a lot as their timing shows.  Yamato traps him only…to have that maniacal laughter sound out again and KabutOro escape.  All are stunned and wondering, “What the hell just happened?”

Meanwhile, Deidara and Tobi have appeared and, of course, that means things get complicated from here.   Things always get complicated when these two Akatsuki lovebirds join in on a project. 

Heh heh heh.  This should be a blast!  (Sorry, couldn't resist the pun...)

Heh heh heh. This should be a blast! (Sorry, couldn't resist the pun...)

Deidara wants Sasuke but…Deidara has not clued his partner, Tobi as to who exactly they are after.  Well, after one rather short flight on some of his rather artistic bombing birds, Deidara finds his target…but who is it?  Tobi sure wants to know!

Akatsuki going in for the kill.  However, who is the target?  Or, will they become targets themselves?

Akatsuki going in for the kill. However, who is the target? Or, will they become targets themselves?

Sasuke knows he is being followed and finds that it is Akatsuki that is tailing him.  Tobi appears…only to get frightened of Sasuke’s scary face.  Now, I don’t know about you all but somehow this is tough to believe that Tobi will, ultimately, become important to Sasuke later on…

Oh, Tobi.  You sure know to say just the wrong words at the wrong time.  Sasuke's liable to have your head for that!

Oh, Tobi. You sure know to say just the wrong words at the wrong time. Sasuke's liable to have your head for that! (Note the subtitle)

Deidara appears from behind and it appears he had blasted Sasuke off to the stratosphere.  Much to Deidara’s frustration, Sasuke survived with a little help from Manta, Oro’s Snake summons.  Once Tobi mentions Itachi’s name, Sasuke’s facial expression flinches and the Deidara/Sasuke battle begins with a huge staredown:  Sharingan vs. Akatsuki.  The next episode is “Clash” and I think we are going to get one. 

Wow!  This was one of the best episodes I’ve seen in a while and it promises to continue.  I’ll see you all next week with a write up of “Clash.”

Upcoming Episodes:

Naruto Shippuuden episode 123: “Clash” (Gekitotsu) air date of August 20, 2009

Naruto Shippuuden episode 124: “Art”  (Geijutsu) air date of August 27, 2009

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 125:  “Disappearance”  (Shōshitsu) air date, September 3, 2009

See you all next week!

–Penny

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~ by 綱手-Tsunades Twin on August 13, 2009.

2 Responses to “Naruto Shippuuden Episode 122: Hide and Seek – The Search for the Elusive Uchiha”

  1. Oro-Kabuto is going to make one hell of a villain when he gets control of the Oro DNA inside him. Personally i think that he will always struggle to be himself and not be fully taken over by Oro.

  2. wow this is one of the best episodes. The next naruto episode is something i am looking forward to because it really is a fight. thanks for the episode’s breakdown.

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