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"An Old Nemesis Returns" (宿敵との再会, Shukuteki to no Saikai) is episode 265 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

Receiving intel from headquarters that enemy troops were travelling underfoot, Mifune redeploys his division to support the others. Elsewhere, Sai, Zaji and Omoi of the Surprise Attack Division launch an aerial attack using explosive tags on a group of reincarnated shinobi that they located, but the enemy recover from the damage quickly. Responding to the threat after protecting Zabuza, Haku launches an aerial attack on the three shinobi using one of his mirrors. Seemingly in peril, the three shinobi are saved by the Third Division who had seen Zaji's signal flare. Confronting Zabuza once again, Kakashi Hatake speaks to him and Haku about Naruto and his growth. This reunion, however, is cut short in its niceties as Kabuto Yakushi — who had just drained Anko Mitarashi of the remaining dregs of Orochimaru's chakra — eradicates their personalities as he prepares to have them attack. As the battle gets under-way, Zabuza covers the battlefield in a thick mist under the cover of which the reincarnated shinobi attack. Cautioning his troops before they attack, Kakashi tells them to get into the Manji Formation in order to protect each others' backs. As the battle wages on, Pakura uses her Scorch Release kekkei genkai to essentially mummify the shinobi she attacks while Gari, who had engaged in battle with Tajiki, uses his Explosion Release to blow him to bits. Seeking reprisal, another Kumo-nin attempts to attack Gari and is almost killed by Haku if not for Might Guy and Rock Lee intercepting the young man's attack and repelling him. Intending to keep the upper hand in the battle, Kabuto uses Gari and Pakura to summon the previous generation of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist much to the shock of the onlooking Third Division.

Trivia

  • When Kakashi is remembering when he fought Zabuza in the beginning of the episode, Zabuza's sclerae are shown black as if he was resurrected back then.
  • There are some inconsistencies between the flashbacks and what was shown originally:
    • Originally, Zabuza requested Kakashi to place him by Haku's side. In this episode, Zabuza approached Haku instead as he was dying.
    • Originally, Haku did not wear lipstick. In this episode, he has pink lipstick during flashbacks.
    • The scene when Gato kicks Haku's face was not shown originally. In this episode's flashback, the kicking scene is shown.
    • The scene where Haku steps in front of Naruto while he rushes toward Kakashi and Zabuza never happened originally.
      • Originally, Haku was beat and bleeding during his and Naruto's conversation. In this episode, he is unhurt.
    • While Gari performs his Explosion Release: Landmine Fist, he is shown to have a right sleeve.
    • Haku is briefly shown with normal sclearae instead of the black one common for all brought back by Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
Kakashi HatakeKazuhiko Inoue井上 和彦Inoue KazuhikoDave Wittenberg
Might GuyMasashi Ebara江原 正士Ebara MasashiSkip Stellrecht
Rock LeeYoichi Masukawa増川 洋一Masukawa YōichiBrian Donovan
SaiSatoshi Hino日野 聡Hino SatoshiBenjamin Diskin
OmoiKunihiro Kawamoto河本 邦弘Kawamoto KunihiroOgie Banks
ZajiKengo Kawanishi河西 健吾Kawanishi KengoDerek Stephen Prince
MakiMariko Higashiuchi東内 マリ子Higashiuchi MarikoMary Elizabeth McGlynn
MifuneKatsumi Cho長 克巳Chō KatsumiKirk Thornton
GatōNaoki Bando坂東 尚樹Bandō NaokiFred Tatasciore
Kabuto YakushiNobutoshi Kanna神奈 延年Kanna NobutoshiHenry Dittman
Zabuza MomochiUnsho Ishizuka石塚 運昇Ishizuka UnshōSteve Blum
HakuMayumi Asano浅野 まゆみAsano MayumiSusan Dalian
GariTakuji Kato加藤 拓二Katō TakujiD.C. Douglas
PakuraYukari Oribe織部 ゆかりOribe YukariCarrie Keranen
ShinobiRyuichi Kijima
Taira Kikumoto
Shinobu Matsumoto
木島 隆一
菊本 平
松本 忍
Kijima Ryūichi
Kikumoto Taira
Matsumoto Shinobu
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