"Hoshikage: The Buried Truth" (星影 葬り去られた真実, Hoshikage Hōmurisarareta Shinjutsu) is episode 181 of the original Naruto anime.
Akahoshi says that the mission for the Konoha shinobi is over, but Neji says that as the star has not been recovered, the mission will go on. Neji, Lee and Tenten reveal the truth about Akahoshi to the trainees. Naruto awakens and hears about Natsuhi and her husband seeing the horrors of the star training, and trying to steal the star. After they were caught, the Third Hoshikage agreed to end the star training if they left the village and watched from afar to prevent it from resuming. Natsuhi and her husband accepted, asking the Hoshikage to tell Sumaru that they had died. Akahoshi tracks down the star, and reveals that he assassinated the Hoshikage in order to resume the star training. He fights Natsuhi and absorbs his subordinates' chakra to grow stronger, but Naruto's team-mates and the star trainees arrive.
|Role||Seiyū||English Voice Actor|
|Naruto Uzumaki||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko||Maile Flanagan|
|Rock Lee||Yoichi Masukawa||増川 洋一||Masukawa Yōichi||Brian Donovan|
|Neji Hyūga||Koichi Tochika||遠近 孝一||Tōchika Kōichi||Steve Staley|
|Tenten||Yukari Tamura||田村 ゆかり||Tamura Yukari||Danielle Judovits|
|Natsuhi||Rica Fukami||深見 梨加||Fukami Rika||Kirsten Potter|
|Hotarubi||Rikiya Koyama||小山 力也||Koyama Rikiya||Brian Beacock|
|Sumaru||Daisuke Namikawa||浪川 大輔||Namikawa Daisuke||Matthew Yang King|
|Hokuto||Ayumi Tsunematsu||恒松 あゆみ||Tsunematsu Ayumi||Michelle Ruff|
|Mizura||Toko Aoyama||青山 桐子||Aoyama Tōko||Brian Beacock|
|Third: Hoshikage||Yoshito Ishinami||石波 義人||Ishinami Yoshito||Jamieson Price|
|Akahoshi||Mitsuru Miyamoto||宮本 充||Miyamoto Mitsuru||Kirk Thornton|
|Yotaka||Kunihiko Yasui||安井 邦彦||Yasui Kunihiko||Travis Willingham|
|Shisō||Koji Tobe||戸部 公爾||Tobe Kōji||Patrick Seitz|