"Three Minutes Between Life and Death" (生と死の三分間, Sei to Shi no Sanpunkan) is episode 25 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
Sakura manages to destroy the Third Kazekage puppet using her Chakra Enhanced Strength. She then uses the strength to lift a boulder off of Chiyo's remaining arm and uses her medical ninja expertise to heal the damage. Sasori wonders how Sakura is able to move, and remembers when he left Kankurō alive to die from the poison. He wonders whether anybody from Sunagakure could have analysed the poison and made an antidote but claims that not even Chiyo would have been able to do it. However, upon watching Sakura heal Chiyo, he remembers that she is from Konohagakure, a nation led by the world's most renown medic-nin, Tsunade. Realising she cooked the antidote and not wanting to risk losing any more human puppets, Sasori disrobes and reveals the secret to his eternal youth - that he himself is a puppet. Having equipped himself with various weapons along with his special brand of poison, he launches his attack against Sakura and Chiyo.
Outside, Naruto is still angrily chasing Deidara. Deidara believes that Sasori will berate him from dragging the situation out, and needing to get rid of Kakashi, he forms crickets out of his explosive clay to kill Kakashi. He manages to separate Kakashi and Naruto, but Kakashi creates a shadow clone that bears the brunt of the detonation caused by the crickets. Deidara believes Kakashi to be dead and halts his flight, ready to engage Naruto, only for Kakashi to show up. Deidara flees once more, but before Naruto can continue his pursuit, Kakashi stops him. He tells Naruto that he is a close-combat fighter while Deidara is a long-range fighter. To top it off, Deidara infiltrated Suna and took out Gaara all on his own. Kakashi tells Naruto that the only way he could beat Deidara is if he had a long-range fighting specialist on his team, long-range ninjutsu or the intelligence of someone like Shikamaru. As Kakashi fits under all three categories, Kakashi devises a strategy for the duo to defeat Deidara together. As they resume tailing Deidara, the latter spots Kakashi in tow preparing and closing his Sharingan.
|Role||Seiyū||English Voice Actor|
|Naruto Uzumaki||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko||Maile Flanagan|
|Sakura Haruno||Chie Nakamura||中村 千絵||Nakamura Chie||Kate Higgins|
|Kakashi Hatake||Kazuhiko Inoue||井上 和彦||Inoue Kazuhiko||Dave Wittenberg|
|Chiyo||Ikuko Tani||谷 育子||Tani Ikuko||Barbara Goodson|
|Sasori||Takahiro Sakurai||櫻井 孝宏||Sakurai Takahiro||Johnny Yong Bosch|
|Deidara||Katsuhiko Kawamoto||川本 克彦||Kawamoto Katsuhiko||Roger Craig Smith|