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


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.


Role Seiyū
English Japanese Rōmaji English Japanese Rōmaji
Kankurō カンクロウ Kankurō Yasuyuki Kase 加瀬 康之 Kase Yasuyuki
Chiyo チヨ Chiyo Ikuko Tani 谷 育子 Tani Ikuko
Sasori サソリ Sasori Takahiro Sakurai 櫻井 孝宏 Sakurai Takahiro
Sakura Haruno 春野サクラ Haruno Sakura Chie Nakamura 中村 千絵 Nakamura Chie
Sasori (Child) サソリ (幼少期) Sasori (Yōshōki) Akiko Yajima 矢島 晶子 Yajima Akiko
Komushi コムシ Komushi Daisuke Sakaguchi 阪口 大助 Sakaguchi Daisuke
Mifune ミフネ Mifune Katsumi Chō 長 克巳 Chō Katsumi
Sasori's Father サソリの父 Sasori no Chichi Shinobu Matsumoto 松本 忍 Matsumoto Shinobu
Komushi's Mother コムシの母 Komushi no Haha Yūko Inoue 井上 祐子 Inoue Yūko
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