This is the article on episode 257 of Naruto: Shippūden. For episode 172 of Naruto: Shippūden, head to Meeting.

"Meeting" (出会い, Deai) is episode 257 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


A young Naruto paints the houses and shops throughout Konoha as a prank and runs away, while hearing the villagers complain about who would be responsible to cover the damages and how Naruto does not have any parents to complain to. Later that day, when the Third Hokage comes to his house to give him his allowance, Naruto asks him who his parents were and what were they like, stating that all he knows is that they died during the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox's Attack. The Hokage refuses to answer him, telling Naruto that it wouldn't bring back the dead and thus would be meaningless conversation.

A few years later, while in the Academy, Naruto meets Sasuke Uchiha and is continuously defeated by him. During one spar, Naruto realises that Sasuke's eyes are filled with hatred, albeit not for him. Shortly after that, he finds out that Sasuke is the only survivor of the Uchiha Clan Downfall. After graduating, Naruto and Sasuke are placed on Team 7, along with Sakura Haruno, where Sasuke proclaims that his goal is to destroy someone in order to restore the Uchiha clan while Naruto shares his dream about becoming the Hokage. The three manage to pass Kakashi's bell test and officially become genin. As they head to the Land of Waves for their first mission, they are attacked by two enemies, with Kakashi seemingly being killed, leading Sasuke to fight the two and save Naruto's life. Dismayed that he was scared and weak whereas Sasuke handled the conflict coolly, Naruto stabs his own hand with his kunai, proclaiming an oath on his wound that he would never be so weak as to let someone save him ever again.


  • In this episode, Naruto didn't attack Kakashi before he could start the bell test.
  • The Academy scene in this episode when Sasuke defeats Naruto, was taken from chapter 538. This episode, however, does not chronicle the events of that chapter.


RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
Sasuke UchihaNoriaki Sugiyama杉山 紀彰Sugiyama NoriakiYuri Lowenthal
Kakashi HatakeKazuhiko Inoue井上 和彦Inoue KazuhikoDave Wittenberg
Iruka UminoToshihiko Seki関 俊彦Seki ToshihikoQuinton Flynn
Ino YamanakaRyoka Yuzuki柚木 涼香Yuzuki RyōkaColleen O'Shaughnessey
Demon Brothers: MeizuToshiaki Kuwaharaくわはら 利晃Kuwahara ToshiakiDan Woren
Third Hokage: Hiruzen SarutobiHidekatsu Shibata柴田 秀勝Shibata HidekatsuSteve Kramer
Konoha citizensShinobu Matsumoto
Ryuichi Kijima
Noriko Miyashita
Mariko Higashiuchi
Yukari Oribe
松本 忍
木島 隆一
宮下 典子
東内 マリ子
織部 ゆかり
Matsumoto Shinobu
Kijima Ryūichi
Miyashita Noriko
Higashiuchi Mariko
Oribe Yukari
Steve Kramer
David Lodge
Skip Stellrecht
Liam O'Brien
Kate Higgins
Dorothy Elias-Fahn
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