"She of the Beginning" (はじまりのもの, Hajimari no Mono) is episode 459 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
Throughout the world, people's chakra is drained and channelled through the roots of the God Tree. The chakra is absorbed into Madara, transforming him into Kaguya. Kaguya senses the Yin and Yang powers in Sasuke and Naruto, and flings them away with her hair. She confirms with her Byakugan that they are reincarnations of Asura and Indra. Kakashi asks Kaguya her intentions, but she deems it pointless to explain to shinobi who tamper with chakra, ignorant of its meaning. Not wishing to damage the world with more fighting, Kaguya teleports everyone, including herself, to a lava-filled dimension. While she hovers above, Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, Sakura and an unconscious Obito begin falling towards the lava. Sasuke saves himself by summoning Garuda to fly on it, then has Garuda catch Naruto. Kakashi saves Obito by pinning him to a wall with a kunai, and saves himself by pinning one end of an opened scroll to a wall with a kunai and hanging onto the other end like a rope with Sakura in his arms.
Kakashi surmises that they aren't in a genjutsu, but in an entirely different dimension. Sasuke explains to Naruto that he and him must not be killed or else the world will end because only they can seal Kaguya away. Suddenly, Kakashi's "rope" gets burned, causing him and Sakura to fall. As Naruto catches them with a chakra arm, Kaguya seizes the moment by shooting hair needles at them. Sasuke activates Susanoo, blocking most of the hair needles, but a few strike Garuda's tenketsu, causing them all to fall. Naruto manages to activate his flight ability and catches his comrades with chakra arms. Intent on reuniting chakra once again, Kaguya releases a wave of chakra fists. Naruto manages to briefly counter her attack, but is overpowered, however, it creates an opening for Sasuke to attack with his Susanoo. Kaguya counters his attack, shattering Susanoo. After Sasuke teleports to Naruto, Naruto creates a floating platform from a Truth-Seeking Ball for Sasuke. Kaguya then appears behind Naruto and Sasuke, and paralyses them as they turn to see her crying face. As Kaguya thinks of her sons, Black Zetsu manifests from her and begins covering them and absorbing their chakra. Black Zetsu tells them about his role as Kaguya's will and as a manipulator of the history of shinobi from the moment he was born, just as Kaguya was first sealed.
- There are some errors shown in this episode:
- Naruto is at times depicted with seven Truth-Seeking Balls, despite only possessing six.
- In one scene, Sasuke is depicted without Sharingan activated in his right eye.
- During the clash against Naruto, Kaguya's lipstick disappears.
- Despite Sakura's forehead protector falling in the lava, it appears when Sasuke says he had not intended to save Sakura or Kakashi.
|Role||Seiyū||English Voice Actor|
|Naruto Uzumaki||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko||Maile Flanagan|
|Sasuke Uchiha||Noriaki Sugiyama||杉山 紀彰||Sugiyama Noriaki||Yuri Lowenthal|
|Sakura Haruno||Chie Nakamura||中村 千絵||Nakamura Chie||Kate Higgins|
|Kakashi Hatake||Kazuhiko Inoue||井上 和彦||Inoue Kazuhiko||Dave Wittenberg|
|Hashirama Senju||Takayuki Sugo||菅生 隆之||Sugō Takayuki||Peter Lurie|
|Tobirama Senju||Kenyu Horiuchi||堀内 賢雄||Horiuchi Ken'yū||Jamieson Price|
|Hiruzen Sarutobi||Hidekatsu Shibata||柴田 秀勝||Shibata Hidekatsu||Steve Kramer|
|Minato Namikaze||Toshiyuki Morikawa||森川 智之||Morikawa Toshiyuki||Tony Oliver|
|Madara Uchiha||Naoya Uchida||内田 直哉||Uchida Naoya||Neil Kaplan|
|Zetsu||Nobuo Tobita||飛田 展男||Tobita Nobuo||Travis Willingham|
|Kaguya Ōtsutsuki||Mami Koyama||小山 茉美||Koyama Mami||Cissy Jones|