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"The Demon in the Snow" (ザブザ雪に散る…, Zabuza Yuki ni Chiru…) is episode 19 of the original Naruto anime.

Synopsis

Gatō tells Zabuza that he planned to betray him from the beginning and orders his men to kill the missing-nins. Zabuza tells Kakashi that their fight is over, and Kakashi agrees. Gatō kicks Haku's dead body, which infuriates Naruto, but Zabuza is unfazed, saying he only used Haku as weapon just as Gatō used him. Naruto cannot accept this and begins to cry, saying that Zabuza is precious to Haku and gave everything so that Zabuza could accomplish his goals. Moved by Naruto's tears and words, Zabuza reveals that he is crying as well and acknowledges Haku's sacrifice. Without the use of his arms that have been immobilised by Kakashi, Zabuza borrows Naruto's kunai, taking it in his teeth, and he charges at Gatō. Zabuza is stabbed multiple times by Gatō's thugs but still manages to kill the mob boss despite severe injuries. Meanwhile, the rest of Team 7 are relieved to discover that Sasuke is still alive, having been purposely spared any lethal injuries by Haku. Gatō's men are scared away by the villagers of the Land of Waves who arrive to defend Tazuna and their village. Afterwards, a wounded Zabuza requests that Kakashi place him beside Haku. Before dying, Zabuza says that he wants to go to the same place as Haku, and Kakashi says that he believes they'll go to the same place together, seeing Zabuza's change of heart on the end. Team 7 bury the two ninja in a peaceful place, leaving Zabuza's sword, Kubikiribōchō, as a marker for his grave. Naruto is unsatisfied with the prevailing notion that ninjas should strive to become merely tools, and he declares that he will find his own ninja way. He says goodbye to Inari, and the team returns to Konohagakure. After their succeeded mission, Tazuna decides to name the finished bridge the Great Naruto Bridge.

Trivia

  • In the manga, when attacking Gatō, Zabuza cuts his head off, rather than slashing him up and pushing him into the sea.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Sasuke UchihaNoriaki Sugiyama杉山 紀彰Sugiyama NoriakiYuri Lowenthal
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
Kakashi HatakeKazuhiko Inoue井上 和彦Inoue KazuhikoDave Wittenberg
TazunaTakeshi Aono青野 武Aono TakeshiKirk Thornton
TsunamiMisa Watanabe渡辺 美佐Watanabe MisaCindy Robinson
InariShizuka Ishikawa石川 静Ishikawa ShizukaMona Marshall
GiichiRyuji Mizuno水野 龍司Mizuno RyūjiWally Wingert
GatōNaoki Bando坂東 尚樹Bandō NaokiFred Tatasciore
Gatō's subordinatesKissei Kumamoto
Toshitaka Shimizu
Mizuki Saito
隈本 吉成
清水 敏孝
斉藤 瑞樹
Kumamoto Kissei
Shimizu Toshitaka
Saitō Mizuki
Wally Wingert
Steve Blum
Yuri Lowenthal
Robbie Rist
Tom Gibis
Zabuza MomochiUnsho Ishizuka石塚 運昇Ishizuka UnshōSteve Blum
HakuMayumi Asano浅野 まゆみAsano MayumiSusan Dalian
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