"The Mysterious Curse of the Haunted Castle" (怪奇 呪われた幽霊城, Kaiki Norowareta Yūrei-jō) is episode 194 of the original Naruto anime.


When the daimyō's wife, Kayo of the Land of Honey went missing, Naruto was sent on a mission to find her with Hinata and Kiba. Upon arriving at the princess' last known location, they found a large castle and decided to investigate, much to Naruto's disapproval due to his fear of the supernatural. Soon after entering, the team began finding all kinds of strange things happening like people in pictures moving and books flying. Soon it became clear that the castle was not what it appears. It was later discovered that fifty years ago the ruler of the castle, Kōza Kubisaki, placed a "curse" on the castle so all who entered it would be devoured. Hinata then used her Byakugan to discover that the castle was somehow alive. After discovering this, the castle appearance changed to what appeared to be the insides of a giant creature. They were able to discover that the creature was actually a giant chameleon summon that had been carrying out its dead master's orders for over fifty years. Through the surprising help of the spirit of Kōza they were able to find the summon's summoning scroll and destroy it, causing the summoning to disappear. Naruto and his team were barely able to escape with Kayo and her men. Afterwards, Naruto and his team surmised that Kōza simply wanted their help to finally let the summoning go home.


  • This episode is also known as the Lady Daimyō Search Mission.
  • In the English dubbed version, when Naruto trips over one of the dead samurai, he yells out "Zoinks!". This is a familiar yell of Shaggy, from the Scooby-Doo cartoon series that deals with many supernatural mysteries. The episode itself is very similar to the series in many aspects.
  • Naruto was able to throw the Rasengan, making it a projectile weapon. Only Boruto would eventually achieve this.


RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Kiba InuzukaKosuke Toriumi鳥海 浩輔Toriumi KōsukeKyle Hebert
Hinata HyūgaNana Mizuki水樹 奈々Mizuki NanaStephanie Sheh
ShizuneKeiko Nemoto根本 圭子Nemoto KeikoMegan Hollingshead
KayoYumi Hikita引田 有美Hikita YumiWendee Lee
SamuraiMitsuaki Hoshino星野 充昭Hoshino MitsuakiTroy Baker
MaidYumi Fukamizu深水 由美Fukamizu YumiMary Elizabeth McGlynn
BodyguardKentaro Ito伊藤 健太郎Itō KentarōPeter Doyle
Kubisaki castle creepy voiceAtsushi Imaruoka伊丸岡 篤Imaruoka AtsushiLex Lang
Fifth Hokage: TsunadeMasako Katsuki勝生 真沙子Katsuki MasakoDebi Mae West
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