"The Targeted Tailed Beast" (狙われた尾獣, Nerawareta Bijū) is episode 411 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


Asuma, Kurenai and Guy are seen observing the sandstorm, noting that postponing the Chūnin Exams was a wise decision. As the three approach the desert, they are stopped by Sunagakure shinobi. The jōnin try to deceive their way through, only for Suna shinobi to respond that the second rounds of the Chūnin Exam is under their village's jurisdiction. Despite their efforts, a large cloud of sand provides the jōnin easy coverage and they quickly run through into the desert. Meanwhile, as the other teams are safely waiting for the sandstorm to subside, Kankurō and Temari, alongside other Exploration Group members, manage to rescue many genin and lead them out to safety. At the same time, a shinobi enters Gaara's office in hopes of reporting the events that are happening in the desert, only for him to notice that the Kazekage had left a sand clone in his place. Meanwhile, the real Gaara encourages Team Matsuri to continue their way through the Chūnin Exams. As the three head on, they hear a strange melody and realise that the terrain is not in their favour for an enemy attack. Hōichi animates their shadows, strangling the three in order to call out Gaara. With the jinchūriki's arrival, Hōichi sets his plan in motion and uses his sealing technique to latch on to Shukaku in order to pull him from the inside its jinchūriki. As the Kazekage orders Matsuri, Yukata and Mikoshi to leave, the three decide to head out to the central tower to get help. Despite that, Yukata quickly collapses, leaving Matsuri to go on ahead alone, with Mikoshi staying with Yukata. Meanwhile, a carefree notices a tailed beast's chakra calling for help and rushes to Gaara's aid. As the kunoichi touches the chain, she gets electrocuted. Realising that the kunoichi is also a jinchūriki, Hōichi decides to test the power of his seal and tries to extract her tailed beast at the same time. As the sandstorm subsides, Neji informs Lee and Tenten, who are encouraged to head out to the direction of the tower, that they hold two heaven scrolls, noting that he didn't have a chance to tell his team-mates due to the recent events. Neji then uses his Byakugan to scout the surrounding area, catching the sight of a weary Matsuri. The three genin then run to the kunoichi's aid, with Lee mistaking Neji's intents and asking if he wants to steal the scroll from a shinobi in danger, only to be corrected by Tenten. As they approach Matsuri, she tells them that Gaara's in danger and asks them to go and help the Kazekage in battle.


RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
Fifth Kazekage: GaaraAkira Ishida石田 彰Ishida AkiraLiam O'Brien
Neji HyūgaKoichi Tochika遠近 孝一Tōchika KōichiSteve Staley
TentenYukari Tamura田村 ゆかりTamura YukariDanielle Judovits
Rock LeeYoichi Masukawa増川 洋一Masukawa YōichiBrian Donovan
KankurōYasuyuki Kase加瀬 康之Kase YasuyukiDoug Erholtz
TemariRomi Park朴 璐美Paku RomiTara Platt
Ryoko Shiraishi白石 涼子Shiraishi RyōkoKari Wahlgren
TotchiDaisuke Nakamura中村 太亮Nakamura DaisukeLiam O'Brien
KunSho Okumura奥村 翔Okumura ShōKirk Thornton
MatsuriMaya Sakamoto坂本 真綾Sakamoto MāyaLaura Bailey
YukataTomomi Nakatsuka中塚 智実Nakatsuka TomomiStephanie Sheh
MikoshiKengo Kawanishi河西 健吾Kawanishi KengoRobbie Daymond
HōichiYo Tokinaga時永 洋Tokinaga YōBrian Beacock
Might GuyMasashi Ebara江原 正士Ebara MasashiSkip Stellrecht
Asuma SarutobiJurota Kosugi小杉 十郎太Kosugi JūrōtaDoug Erholtz
Kurenai YūhiRumi Ochiai落合 るみOchiai RumiMary Elizabeth McGlynn
ShukakuHiroshi Iwasaki岩崎 ひろしIwasaki HiroshiKirk Thornton
Suna shinobiRyuichi Kijima木島 隆一Kijima RyūichiRobbie Daymond
Exploration groupMinoru Kawai
Kosuke Goto
河合 みのる
後藤 光祐
Kawai Minoru
Gotō Kōsuke

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