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"For My Friend" (友のために, Tomo no Tame ni) is episode 261 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

As Tobi prepares to unleash the White Zetsu Army on the Allied Shinobi Forces, Kabuto deploys his resurrected army to fight. Haku ponders why he is still alive yet unable to move his body as Zabuza explains that they have been resurrected and that he has no respect for any individual who summons the dead to do their bidding. Asuma is brought back to life as well, along with Dan Katō, Tsunade's former lover, to assist them, with Itachi and the jinchūriki of the tailed beasts tagging along as well.

Back at the Mountains' Graveyard hideout, Kabuto places Deidara, Sasori, Chūkichi, and Shin into a Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon. Sasori is dismayed about the Akatsuki having lost so many members and how Zetsu and Tobi are the only ones left alive. Meanwhile, Tokuma notices the White Zetsu Army mobilising and alerts Anko, who instructs the other members of the Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party to report the intel back to the Allied Forces while she provides a distraction. However, she is easily subdued and poisoned by Kabuto, while Deidara goes after her teammates.

In Kumogakure, fights break out between the shinobi as they find themselves unable to trust their newfound allies, with Konoha-nin blaming Suna for their involvement in the Konoha Crush that led to the Third Hokage's death while Kiri holds Iwa responsible for the Tragedy of Yosuga Pass. However, Gaara breaks up their fight and reveals to them that he once held the same anger and contempt that they do, and that he wanted to kill everyone in the world because of it, although he was saved by a certain someone. Gaara remembers his fight with Naruto and reveals to everyone that he was saved by the fellow jinchūriki, despite them being enemies, and that he made a friend. Gaara tells them that they must put aside their conflicts with the other villages as they share a common enemy now — the Akatsuki — who have attacked each one of their villages in some way, and that if any of them still harbour resentment towards Suna, then they may fight him after the war. He then asks them to provide him with strength to save the friend who once saved him, as the latter is the Akatsuki's target, and his speech boosts the troops' morale, causing them to apologise to one another and follow Gaara as the Fourth Shinobi World War begins.

As the Fifth Mizukage spearheads the Daimyō Protection Squad, Naruto and Killer B continue their training on the Island Turtle, with Naruto managing to successfully balance wooden blocks using his Nine-Tails Chakra Mode. However, B tells him that his training is not over yet and that there is one more thing he must do.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Killer BHisao Egawa江川 央生Egawa HisaoCatero Colbert
Kakashi HatakeKazuhiko Inoue井上 和彦Inoue KazuhikoDave Wittenberg
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
Fifth Hokage: TsunadeMasako Katsuki勝生 真沙子Katsuki MasakoDebi Mae West
Fifth Kazekage: GaaraAkira Ishida石田 彰Ishida AkiraLiam O'Brien
Fourth Raikage: AHideaki Tezuka手塚 秀彰Tezuka HideakiBeau Billingslea
Third Tsuchikage: ŌnokiTomomichi Nishimura西村 知道Nishimura TomomichiSteve Blum
Madara UchihaNaoya Uchida内田 直哉Uchida NaoyaNeil Kaplan
Kabuto YakushiNobutoshi Kanna神奈 延年Kanna NobutoshiHenry Dittman
SasoriTakahiro Sakurai櫻井 孝宏Sakurai TakahiroJohnny Yong Bosch
DeidaraKatsuhiko Kawamoto川本 克彦Kawamoto KatsuhikoRoger Craig Smith
Shikamaru NaraShotaro Morikubo森久保 祥太郎Morikubo ShōtarōTom Gibis
Chōji AkimichiKentaro Ito伊藤 健太郎Itō KentarōRobbie Rist
Ino YamanakaRyoka Yuzuki柚木 涼香Yuzuki RyōkaColleen O'Shaughnessey
Rock LeeYoichi Masukawa増川 洋一Masukawa YōichiBrian Donovan
Kiba InuzukaKosuke Toriumi鳥海 浩輔Toriumi KōsukeKyle Hebert
Hinata HyūgaNana Mizuki水樹 奈々Mizuki NanaStephanie Sheh
Shino AburameShinji Kawada川田 紳司Kawada ShinjiDerek Stephen Prince
Hana InuzukaEri Saito斎藤 恵理Saitō EriKari Wahlgren
Chōza AkimichiNobuaki Fukuda福田 信昭Fukuda NobuakiMichael Sorich
TentenYukari Tamura田村 ゆかりTamura YukariDanielle Judovits
TemariRomi Park朴 璐美Paku RomiTara Platt
KaruiYuka Komatsu小松 由佳Komatsu YukaDanielle Nicolet
KitsuchiMasafumi Kimura木村 雅史Kimura MasafumiPatrick Seitz
KurotsuchiHana Takeda武田 華Takeda HanaLaura Bailey
Anko MitarashiTakako Honda本田 貴子Honda TakakoLaura Bailey
TokumaManabu Sakamaki坂巻 学Sakamaki ManabuPatrick Seitz
MutaHidenori Takahashi高橋 英則Takahashi HidenoriNicolas Roye
KankurōYasuyuki Kase加瀬 康之Kase YasuyukiDoug Erholtz
Ittan/GariTakuji Kato加藤 拓二Katō TakujiD.C. Douglas
TangoTaira Kikumoto菊本 平Kikumoto TairaSpike Spencer
HohetoRyuichi Kijima木島 隆一Kijima RyūichiOrion Acaba
ZajiKengo Kawanishi河西 健吾Kawanishi KengoDerek Stephen Prince
KiriShinobu Matsumoto松本 忍Matsumoto ShinobuJ.B. Blanc
GanryūYasunori Matsumoto松本 保典Matsumoto Yasunori
Neji HyūgaKoichi Tochika遠近 孝一Tōchika KōichiSteve Staley
MatsuriMaya Sakamoto坂本 真綾Sakamoto MāyaLaura Bailey
YukataTomomi Nakatsuka中塚 智実Nakatsuka TomomiStephanie Sheh
Zabuza MomochiUnsho Ishizuka石塚 運昇Ishizuka UnshōSteve Blum
HakuMayumi Asano浅野 まゆみAsano MayumiSusan Dalian
Asuma SarutobiJurota Kosugi小杉 十郎太Kosugi JūrōtaDoug Erholtz
Dan KatōTakuma Suzuki鈴木 琢磨Suzuki TakumaRoger Craig Smith
Hizashi HyūgaKazuaki Ito伊藤 和晃Itō KazuakiJohn DeMita
ChūkichiMinoru Hirota広田 みのるHirota MinoruKyle Hebert
ShinTakashi Kondo近藤 隆Kondō TakashiWally Wingert