"Kakashi Hatake, the Hokage" (火影はたけカカシ, Hokage Hatake Kakashi) is episode 219 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
As the stone carver begins to sculpt Danzō's face onto the Hokage Rock, he is notified by his assistant that Danzō has died. Meanwhile, Kakashi takes Karin to the Konohagakure Intelligence Division to be questioned. Naruto gathers the Konoha 11 and tells them his decision to fight Sasuke alone, much to their frustration. He refuses to explain why, simply asking them to trust him.
Homura and Koharu, the village elders, agree with Suna's recommendation that Kakashi become their next Hokage. Kakashi wanders around Konoha thinking about his future as Hokage and looks at Minato's face on the monument. Just then, Might Guy appears and challenges him to race. Kakashi ultimately wins the race, albeit very closely, and Guy congratulates him on becoming Hokage, claiming that from now on Kakashi would be too busy for their challenges. However, Kakashi tells him that they will always be "eternal rivals" and that he is happy he is there and would need Guy's help running the village, leaving Guy in tears.
Later, the members of the Land of Fire, including the Fire Daimyō, as well as the Konoha Council, hold a meeting to officially appoint Kakashi as the next Hokage. The daimyō is unsure about whether to appoint Kakashi as the sixth or the seventh Hokage, as he had appointed Danzō as the sixth earlier, although Danzō did not formally take office. Koharu protests that Danzō should still be recognised as the sixth, while Homura shakes his head. In the end, the daimyō makes his decision, only for Guy to burst into the room and inform them that Tsunade has awoken from her coma. The elders decide to have Tsunade resume her role as Hokage in order to present a stabilised front, relieving Kakashi. As the stone carver begins to carve Kakashi's face, he is once again stopped and informed that Tsunade will remain the Hokage, much to his frustration.
- In the previous episodes, Karin's clothes were torn and bloody on her back. In this episode, her clothes are clean.
- In the manga, the ninja who interrupted Kakashi's meeting with the feudal lord was not Guy, it was an unknown character not seemingly of great importance to the plot.