"Run, Kankurō" (疾走れカンクロウ, Hashire Kankurō) is episode 7 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
In Konoha, Tsunade is prepared to give Team Kakashi a B-ranked mission. Shizune, however, offers a D-rank mission of walking someone's dog, as she doesn't believe Naruto should go on dangerous missions outside of Konoha as he possesses the Nine-Tailed Fox inside of him. As a compromise, Tsunade decides to give them a C-rank mission of escorting a gold convoy. Naruto returns to his apartment, which is dusty and filled with cobwebs. Glad to be back at home, he dusts off an old picture of Team 7 and tells himself that he will bring Sasuke back home.
In Sunagakure, Deidara manages to catch an unconscious Gaara with his clay bird and flies outside of the village. Kankurō chases down the Akatsuki member in an effort to rescue his brother, while Baki orders a Suna shinobi to send word to Konoha. The shinobi sends his message via Takamaru, a carrier bird for the Sand. Back in Konoha, Shikamaru wakes up early to escort Temari to the village's gate, so she can begin her journey back to Suna. Kakashi, who spent the whole night rereading Icha Icha, quickly assembles his team dossier and goes down to meet with Naruto and Sakura, who are to be assigned their first mission as Team Kakashi. After encountering the two, Kakashi notices Takamaru flying above the sky.
As Kankurō manages to catch up to the two Akatsuki members, Sasori tells Deidara to go ahead with Gaara while he fights Kankurō. Kankurō attempts to attack a fleeing Deidara using his three puppets; Karasu, Kuroari and Sanshōuo. However, Sasori seems very familiar with Kankurō's techniques, destroying Kuroari and Sanshōuo without breaking a sweat, allowing Deidara to escape.
|Role||Seiyū||English Voice Actor|
|Naruto Uzumaki||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko||Maile Flanagan|
|Sakura Haruno||Chie Nakamura||中村 千絵||Nakamura Chie||Kate Higgins|
|Kakashi Hatake||Kazuhiko Inoue||井上 和彦||Inoue Kazuhiko||Dave Wittenberg|
|Temari||Romi Park||朴 璐美||Paku Romi||Tara Platt|
|Kankurō||Yasuyuki Kase||加瀬 康之||Kase Yasuyuki||Michael Lindsay|
|Baki||Joji Nakata||中田 譲治||Nakata Jōji||Sam Riegel|
|Deidara||Katsuhiko Kawamoto||川本 克彦||Kawamoto Katsuhiko||Roger Craig Smith|
|Sasori||Yutaka Aoyama||青山 穣||Aoyama Yutaka||J.B. Blanc|
|Shikamaru Nara||Shotaro Morikubo||森久保 祥太郎||Morikubo Shōtarō||Tom Gibis|
|Suna shinobi||Hideo Watanabe|
|Suna boy||Keiko Nemoto||根本 圭子||Nemoto Keiko|
|Suna mother||Shiho Hisajima||久嶋 志帆||Hisajima Shiho|