"Heir to Darkness" (闇の後継者, Yami no Kōkeisha) is episode 148 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


Naruto is enraged upon seeing the seal upon Hotaru's back, remembering how he was treated during his childhood for being a jinchūriki. Back at Mount Katsuragi, Naruto pressures Tonbee and asks how he could have allowed En no Gyōja to have sealed the Tsuchigumo clan's forbidden technique within his own granddaughter. However, Hotaru reveals that she had specifically asked for it, since it was her grandfather's wishes to use the kinjutsu to restore the clan to its former glory and that a student must obey his or her master's wishes. Utakata shuns her for her opinion, remembering being strapped down and attacked by his own master, Harusame. Tonbee decides that for the sake of the clan and for Hotaru's safety, he will remove the seal from her back, thus rendering the forbidden technique useless; he adds that En no Gyōja would never have sealed the kinjutsu on her back if there was no way to undo it, prompting that no master would do such a thing. As Utakata muses whether Tsurugi's words regarding his master Harusame's intentions, the group is unaware that they are being spied by Shiranami, the leader of the four bandits, who has heard their entire conversation. After Hotaru refuses to have the seal removed, she is slapped by Utakata and flees; Naruto, Utakata and Sakura follow her while Sai, under personal instructions from Yamato, stays behind.

At En no Gyōja's grave, Naruto and Utakata convince Hotaru to return and have her seal removed. Hotaru, nonetheless, finds another alternative — she reveals that her grandfather's very first pupil, Hāto, had a son named Shiranami who possessed even greater skill than his father, and that if Shiranami received the clan's forbidden technique then their hopes for clan restoration would not be lost. Shiranami, who is eavesdropping on their conversation, is surprised to hear his name being spoken. Naruto, understanding what it feels like to have a power sealed within the body and being hunted because of it, promises Hotaru that he will find Shiranami.

Naruto uses his Multiple Shadow Clone Technique to travel through various villages until he finds a man who knows where Shiranami lives. In Konoha, Tsunade and Shizune receive word through Sai's ink bird, who relays the situation to them. In order to prevent the clan's forbidden technique from being used by another nation, Tsunade agrees for Konoha to protect and give Hotaru refuge while the seal is either removed or passed down to Shiranami.

Meanwhile, Utakata decides to leave Mount Katsuragi and drifts through mid-air in his bubble, wanting to lure Tsurugi out so that they may talk. The Kiri hunter-nin spot Utakata and decide to intercept him, only to find their path blocked by one of Pain's multi-headed dogs.


RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
SaiSatoshi Hino日野 聡Hino SatoshiBenjamin Diskin
YamatoRikiya Koyama小山 力也Koyama RikiyaTroy Baker
UtakataKenichi Suzumura鈴村 健一Suzumura Ken'ichiMichael Sinterniklaas
HotaruMegumi Toyoguchi豊口 めぐみToyoguchi MegumiKari Wahlgren
TonbeeShozo Sasaki佐々木 省三Sasaki ShōzōKirk Thornton
ShiranamiTakeshi Kusao草尾 毅Kusao TakeshiMatthew Mercer
Fifth Hokage: TsunadeMasako Katsuki勝生 真沙子Katsuki MasakoDebi Mae West
ShizuneKeiko Nemoto根本 圭子Nemoto KeikoMegan Hollingshead
En no GyōjaGoro Sanada真田 五郎Sanada GorōNeil Kaplan
TsurugiTadahisa Saizen西前 忠久Saizen TadahisaJamieson Price
Kiri Hunter-ninTaira Kikumoto菊本 平Kikumoto TairaOgie Banks
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