"As a Taijutsu User" (体術使いとして…, Taijutsu Tsukai Toshite…) is episode 400 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


Lee reveals when he exchanged fists with Shira, he felt that both of them are alike, notably that they both lack skill in ninjutsu and genjutsu. Sen tells Lee and the others that Shira was not allowed to enter the Academy when he was a child because of this reason, as he was deemed unfit to be a shinobi. Despite this, Shira trained hard on his own, which eventually caught the attention of Sen and Yome. One time during training, Shira accidentally destroyed a boulder, which was there to prevent sand erosion. Gaara, then the newly appointed Kazekage, eventually noticed this, and met Shira. As Shira apologised and revealed that he cannot use ninjutsu and genjutsu, Gaara tested his strength by attacking him with his sand. Impressed by the youth's display, Gaara declared to Shira that he will be a shinobi from that day forth, and abolished the rule established by his father. After hearing Shira's story, Lee is overfilled with contempt for the men that treated Shira harshly, and runs off to pursue them. While en route, Lee remembers his own painful childhood. Confronting Goji and his team-mates, Lee tells them to apologise to Shira for their harsh words. However, the men refuse, and Lee is caught in yet another genjutsu. As Neji and Tenten arrive to his rescue, Lee attempts to finish off what he started. Shira intervenes, and states he has only himself to blame having not trained hard enough. Not only that, Shira goes as far as to handing over his scroll to Team Goji, but his offer is declined, and instead, they offer their scroll to Shira. As Team Goji departs, Lee asks for a fight with Shira, which he accepts.


RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
Fifth Kazekage: GaaraAkira Ishida石田 彰Ishida AkiraLiam O'Brien
Neji HyūgaKoichi Tochika遠近 孝一Tōchika KōichiSteve Staley
TentenYukari Tamura田村 ゆかりTamura YukariDanielle Judovits
Rock LeeYoichi Masukawa増川 洋一Masukawa YōichiBrian Donovan
Might GuyMasashi Ebara江原 正士Ebara MasashiSkip Stellrecht
ShiraYuhei Takagi高木 裕平Takagi YūheiRay Chase
YomeMegumi Han潘 めぐみHan MegumiErin Fitzgerald
SenMariko Higashiuchi東内 マリ子Higashiuchi MarikoMichelle Ruff
Suna shinobiKosuke Goto
Shinobu Matsumoto
Kengo Kawanishi
Yo Tokinaga
後藤 光祐
松本 忍
河西 健吾
時永 洋
Gotō Kōsuke
Matsumoto Shinobu
Kawanishi Kengo
Tokinaga Yō
Keith Silverstein
Kirk Thornton

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    • Rachin123 wrote: Somehow every time Temari's used her wind attack and he was in the range of the attack he did not get one cut or noth...
    • A decent episode. Too many predictable and cliche moments.
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