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"Leaving the Village" (里抜け, Sato Nuke) is episode 444 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

Sasuke knocks Izumo and Kotetsu out on his way out of Konoha. He is intercepted by Kakashi, who asks what he is doing. Sasuke thanks him for his training, but explains he is unsatisfied with his progress, revealing he is going to train with Orochimaru, and incapacitates Kakashi with genjutsu. Upon waking up, Kakashi relays the information to Hiruzen, Minato, and Tsunade, herself informing the others about Jiraiya's intel regarding Orochimaru's imminent need for a new vessel. Sakura overhears their conversation. Minato wants to handle the situation internally as discreetly as possible, to avoid worsening the already delicate situation with the Uchiha, and orders a lockdown. The Konoha 11 meet up at the Academy at night, where Sakura and Shikamaru inform the others about Sasuke's departure. Naruto and Shikamaru sneak out of the village through a tunnel created by Kiba, and Naruto promises Sakura to bring Sasuke back. Neji notices someone else sneaking out as well. Kushina informs Minato that Naruto and Shikamaru have escaped the lockdown. Naruto and Shikamaru are attacked by Root Anbu members Anko Mitarashi, Sai, Hayate Gekkō, and Yūgao Uzuki. They are sent by Danzō to ensure no one interferes with Sasuke reaching Orochimaru. Team Guy intercepts the attack. As the fight goes on, Shikamaru realises these are not regular Anbu. Sasuke continues on his way to Orochimaru.

Trivia

  • There is an animation error when during the flashback of Naruto and his classmates back at the academy, the students wore headbands before they graduated.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Fifth Hokage: TsunadeMasako Katsuki勝生 真沙子Katsuki MasakoDebi Mae West
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Sasuke UchihaNoriaki Sugiyama杉山 紀彰Sugiyama NoriakiYuri Lowenthal
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
Kakashi HatakeKazuhiko Inoue井上 和彦Inoue KazuhikoDave Wittenberg
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
Neji HyūgaKoichi Tochika遠近 孝一Tōchika KōichiSteve Staley
Rock LeeYoichi Masukawa増川 洋一Masukawa YōichiBrian Donovan
TentenYukari Tamura田村 ゆかりTamura YukariDanielle Judovits
Hinata HyūgaNana Mizuki水樹 奈々Mizuki NanaStephanie Sheh
Kiba InuzukaKosuke Toriumi鳥海 浩輔Toriumi KōsukeKyle Hebert
Shino AburameShinji Kawada川田 紳司Kawada ShinjiDerek Stephen Prince
Minato NamikazeToshiyuki Morikawa森川 智之Morikawa ToshiyukiTony Oliver
Kushina UzumakiEmi Shinohara篠原 恵美Shinohara EmiLaura Bailey
Hiruzen SarutobiHidekatsu Shibata柴田 秀勝Shibata HidekatsuSteve Kramer
DanzōHiroshi Ito糸 博Ito HiroshiWilliam Knight
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