"The Tactician's Intent" (策士・紅明の思惑, Sakushi - Kōmei no Omowaku) is episode 163 of the original Naruto anime.
The group talks at Mōsō's house. After that, they discuss that Kōmei, the village strategist and the son's potential rival for succession, may be behind the Cursed Warrior. To prove this, they try to visit the new feudal lord Sagi at a lake where he holds his lost memories of his sister Toki. The group protects the feudal lord from assassins and pursues the Cursed Warrior to its meeting with Kōmei, whereafter it is defeated, it is revealed that it and the previous Cursed Warrior were two different individuals. The group finds evidence that indicates that Kōmei may have been behind the second Cursed Warrior's appearance, and Kōmei is arrested.
|Role||Seiyū||English Voice Actor|
|Naruto Uzumaki||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko||Maile Flanagan|
|Neji Hyūga||Koichi Tochika||遠近 孝一||Tōchika Kōichi||Steve Staley|
|Tenten||Yukari Tamura||田村 ゆかり||Tamura Yukari||Danielle Judovits|
|Sagi||Tomokazu Seki||関 智一||Seki Tomokazu||Johnny Yong Bosch|
|Chishima||Takashi Mito||三戸 貴史||Mito Takashi||Sam Riegel|
|Mōsō||Katsuhisa Hoki||宝亀 克寿||Hōki Katsuhisa||Michael McConnohie|
|Kōmei||Aruno Tahara||田原 アルノ||Tahara Aruno||Paul St. Peter|