The Gosunkugi Capture Mission (五寸釘捕縛任務, Gosunkugi Hobaku Ninmu) spans on episodes 159 and 160 of the Naruto anime. This arc is preceded by the Kurosuki Family Removal Mission and the Academy Student Lead Mission and is followed by the Cursed Warrior Extermination Mission.


Sazanami, the bounty hunter.

When word that a notorious thief known as Gosunkugi of the Land of Stone was making his way towards the Land of Fire reached Konoha, Tsunade assigned Naruto, Kiba, and Hinata to capture the man. Along their way, they met a bounty hunter by the name of Sazanami who was also after Gosunkugi. After quickly dispatching Naruto and his friends, Sazanami managed to find Gosunkugi but was quickly defeated. He was saved by Konoha shinobi. It was later while treating the man's wounds that Naruto and his team found out the man was actually another wanted man by the name of Tokichi. Tokichi explained that he was framed for murdering a family that Gosunkugi actually killed. Deciding to help Tokichi clear his name, they worked together track down Gosunkugi again. Gosunkugi and Tokichi himself were captured by another bounty hunter and handed over to the authorities. The bounty hunter was an honourable man and helped clear Tokichi's name. For Naruto and the others, this meant they failed their mission as someone else captured Gosunkugi.


# Episode Title Japanese Airdate English Airdate
159 "The Bounty Hunter from the Wilderness" 9 November 2005 19 April 2008
160 "Hunt or Be Hunted?! Showdown at the O.K. Temple!" 16 November 2005 26 April 2008
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