"Sand Alliance With the Leaf Shinobi" (砂の同盟国 木ノ葉の忍, Suna no Dōmeikoku - Konoha no Shinobi) is episode 217 of the original Naruto anime.


The missing-nin continue to flee as Gaara, Temari, and Kankurō give chase. At the same time, Shino, Hinata, and Neji are using their abilities to find the location of the Four Celestial Symbols Men. Temari encounters the first of the members (a woman that uses swords to produce wind) and leaves Gaara and Kankurō to chase after the other three members. Shortly after, Kankurō encounters another ninja that uses a three-bladed sword that can separate yet still be connected by a wire. Gaara leaves to chase the other two members. Gaara then finds himself a battle with a huge, robust man who has a spiked flail. The Four Celestial Symbols Men prepare to kill Temari and Kankurō; however, Shikamaru saves Temari with his Shadow Imitation Technique, and Kiba saves Kankurō.