This is the article on the episode. For the manga chapter, head to Contradiction.

"Paradox" (矛盾, Mujun) is episode 301 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


As the Fourth Division's attacks prove futile against the Third Raikage, he re-emphasises how they were to attack him. Temari and a few other tessenjutsu users attack the Third with the Wind Release: Cast Net technique which appears to have finally incapacitated the Raikage, but as shinobi from the Sealing Team move in to bind him, they are sent reeling. Spotting his former aide Dodai amongst the Allied Shinobi Forces' ranks, he steps forward and tells Temari a bit more about the Raikage and noted that they needed a more powerful Wind Release technique to attack him. Noting that there was not a more powerful Wind Release user amongst their ranks or even in the Alliance, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone arrives, announcing that he would be able to do the job. Leaping into action, Naruto forms a Rasenshuriken which after some manipulation, finally lands an attack on the Raikage which proves to be just as futile. Retreating as Kabuto Yakushi eradicated the Third's persona, Dodai instructed the Earth Release users to erect a wall which he himself fortifies. Telling his comrades to retreat nonetheless, his words fall on deaf ears as the Raikage breaks through the wall using his Hell Stab. As the division is set upon again, Naruto and Dodai discuss the legacy of the Raikage leading Naruto to want to know how the Third got the scar on his body which was noted to be the "ultimate shield". Needing to ask the Eight-Tails directly, Dodai creates a distraction which the Third chases, buying them time to contact Inoichi Yamanaka who patches them through to B. Upon hearing of the monstrous battle between the Third and the Eight-Tails, Naruto formulates a strategy using Sage Mode as his cloak had dissipated due to attempting to make a Tailed Beast Ball. Ultimately, the Third ends up stabbing himself with his One-Finger Nukite, and his body begins to disintegrate and he is eventually bound and sealed. Dodai surmises that in the end, no one person could have the strongest shield and spear, noting that in the end, the Third had the strongest spear. Naruto agrees, noting that Gaara probably had the strongest shield. Meanwhile on Gaara's battlefield, the division struggles to defeat the Second Mizukage.


  • The word for "paradox" is composed of characters for "spear" (, hoko) and "shield" (, tate), setting the theme for the episode.
  • The scene where the Third Raikage is confronting ten thousand shinobi, the group is composed of shinobi from the other four great nations.


RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Killer BHisao Egawa江川 央生Egawa HisaoCatero Colbert
Eight-TailsMasaki Aizawa相沢 まさきAizawa MasakiMatthew Mercer
Fifth Kazekage: GaaraAkira Ishida石田 彰Ishida AkiraLiam O'Brien
TemariRomi Park朴 璐美Paku RomiTara Platt
Inoichi YamanakaDaiki Nakamura中村 大樹Nakamura DaikiKyle Hebert
DodaiShinobu Matsumoto松本 忍Matsumoto ShinobuTodd Haberkorn
MatsuriMaya Sakamoto坂本 真綾Sakamoto MāyaLaura Bailey
YukataTomomi Nakatsuka中塚 智実Nakatsuka TomomiStephanie Sheh
Kabuto YakushiNobutoshi Kanna神奈 延年Kanna NobutoshiHenry Dittman
Second MizukageHideyuki Umezu梅津 秀行Umezu HideyukiJamieson Price
Third RaikageNaoki Tamanoi玉野井 直樹Tamanoi NaokiBeau Billingslea
Allied ShinobiKosuke Goto
Ryuichi Kijima
Taira Kikumoto
後藤 光祐
木島 隆一
菊本 平
Gotō Kōsuke
Kijima Ryūichi
Kikumoto Taira
Kyle Hebert
Matthew Mercer
Travis Willingham
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