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"The Soul Living Inside the Puppet" (傀儡に宿る魂, Kugutsu ni Yadoru Tamashī) is episode 319 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

Somewhere in the forest near the battlefield, the Fifth Division led by Mifune is confronted by reincarnated Kimimaro and Chiyo. Kimimaro quickly charges them getting rid of several units of the battalion, which Mifune gives orders to shy away from such a dangerous adversary. Chiyo enters the battle using a samurai as a puppet attacking Mifune who defends himself nearly about to kill an ally. Fortunately, Kankurō arrives in time cutting the chakra threads controlling the samurai, avoiding his death, Chiyo seems surprised with Kankurō's presence, realising the puppet that Kankurō brought with him begins feeling guilty and thinking of her sins towards Sasori, recalling the past and the influence she had on his life choices. While looking back at Sasori's childhood memories, after his parents' death, Chiyo kept a link with him through Komushi, Sasori's best and only friend that would die due to a defective intervention carried out by Sasori, later becoming a human puppet fulfilling a request by Komushi's mother. Returning to battle, Chiyo starts fighting with Kankurō, promptly gathering more samurai to assault Sasori and Kankurō, which he blocks by summoning Mother and Father, shocking Chiyo by positioning both puppets in a familiar way to her. Kankurō realises that she did not overcome the guilt through her chakra threads, going to the past memories again he states that Sasori entrusted the Mother and Father puppets to him for future generations much to the surprise of Chiyo who starts having more memories of Sasori's early life and time with his parents. She admits that the puppets are in good hands and falls inert much to Kankurō's despair, but it was just window dressing, and she continues with investing over him.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
KankurōYasuyuki Kase加瀬 康之Kase YasuyukiDoug Erholtz
ChiyoIkuko Tani谷 育子Tani IkukoBarbara Goodson
SasoriTakahiro Sakurai櫻井 孝宏Sakurai TakahiroJohnny Yong Bosch
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
Sasori (child)Akiko Yajima矢島 晶子Yajima AkikoJohnny Yong Bosch
KomushiDaisuke Sakaguchi阪口 大助Sakaguchi DaisukeTodd Haberkorn
MifuneKatsumi Cho長 克巳Chō KatsumiKirk Thornton
Sasori's fatherShinobu Matsumoto松本 忍Matsumoto ShinobuCrispin Freeman
Komushi's motherYuko Inoue井上 祐子Inoue YūkoMegan Hollingshead
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