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"The Successor" (後継者, Kōkeisha) is episode 468 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
Hagoromo chooses Asura as his successor, to the surprise of all. Indra asks why Hagoromo did not chose him. Hagoromo received word the village Indra was sent to is almost destroyed, and asks how Indra performed his task. He responds he did the same as Asura, giving the village water and destroying what was left of the God Tree, and that he did it alone. Hagoromo reveals that after Indra left, the villagers began fighting over the water rights, almost destroying the village. Hagoromo commends Indra for his Sharingan, and asks him to support Asura in upholding Ninshū.
Indra leaves, followed by two of people loyal to him. That night, by themselves, Indra's followers think they should appeal to Hagoromo. Indra thanks them, and kills them. A feast is held to celebrate Asura's appointment. Taizō and Kanna discuss about Indra and Asura. Asura questions Hagoromo's decision, and Hagoromo explains how Indra's Sharingan has impaired his ability to understand others, unlike Asura. Hagoromo asks Asura to join forces with Indra, and imparts Asura with power. Indra attacks the celebration, denouncing love as the way to shape Ninshū, seeing cooperation as a sign of weakness. Hagoromo and Asura note his Mangekyō Sharingan. Indra attacks, but Asura is able to withstand his attack, surprising him. Indra uses Susanoo. Hagoromo and the other Ninshū followers join Asura. Asura blocks one of his attacks with Truth-Seeking Balls. After sharing of their chakra, Asura begins using Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands, and defeats Indra. Indra escapes, vowing to never acknowledge Asura and Ninshū. Hagoromo recounts how Indra began a sect that emphasises power, and how Black Zetsu tampered with the Stone Tablet he left behind to warn about the Sharingan. As he dies, Hagoromo tells Asura of Indra's visit the night before, when he vowed to reincarnate until love-led Ninshū ceases to be. Hagoromo finishes his story to the four Hokage.
- Asura's method of teaching the people of the village he visited to find water themselves rather than just giving it to them like Indra did is an allusion to the proverb "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime".
|Role||Seiyū||English Voice Actor|
|Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki||Mitsutaka Tachikawa||立川 三貴||Tachikawa Mitsutaka||Doug Stone|
|Asura||Oki Sugiyama||杉山 大||Sugiyama Ōki||Chris Hackney|
|Indra||Takashi Kondo||近藤 隆||Kondō Takashi||Robbie Daymond|
|Futami||Kenji Nojima||野島 健児||Nojima Kenji||Lucien Dodge|
|Kanna||Natsuki Aikawa||相川 奈都姫||Aikawa Natsuki||Erica Lindbeck|
|Taizō||Ryuichi Kijima||木島 隆一||Kijima Ryūichi||Bryce Papenbrook|
|Indra's followers||Shogo Nakamura|