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"True Kindness" (本当の優しさ, Hontō no Yasashisa) is episode 273 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

Confronting Kakuzu once more, Ino Yamanaka, Shikamaru Nara and Chōji Akimichi learn that Dan Katō and Asuma Sarutobi have been resurrected to fight on the side of the Akatsuki. Izumo Kamizuki and Kotetsu Hagane manage to sneak up behind Kakuzu and restrain him so that Team Asuma can seal him, but he manages to escape. Shikaku Nara orders the new generation of Ino-Shika-Chō to deal with Asuma while Darui aids Izumo and Kotetsu in battling Kakuzu and despite Izumo's protest, claiming this to be too cruel, they eventually agree. Out of the three, Chōji is most hesitant at confronting his former teacher while Ino and Shikamaru realise that they are the only ones who can defeat their teacher because they knew him best. Asuma attempts to give advice to three shinobi on how to defeat him before involuntarily burning them alive. When the smoke clears, he finds his three students standing opposite him. Shikamaru and Ino begin to fight in earnest but Chōji is tormented by the happy memories of his sensei, as well as his kind personality preventing him from attacking Asuma. Tenten meanwhile uses the Bashōsen which she found it and destroys Kakuzu's lightning mask. As Ino and Shikamaru try to boost Chōji's will to fight to no avail, Asuma even calls Chōji "fatso" in an attempt to enrage him. Chōji, infuriated then prepares himself to punch Asuma.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Shikamaru NaraShotaro Morikubo森久保 祥太郎Morikubo ShōtarōTom Gibis
Chōji AkimichiKentaro Ito伊藤 健太郎Itō KentarōRobbie Rist
Ino YamanakaRyoka Yuzuki柚木 涼香Yuzuki RyōkaColleen O'Shaughnessey
Asuma SarutobiJurota Kosugi小杉 十郎太Kosugi JūrōtaDoug Erholtz
Shikaku NaraHiroshi Yanaka家中 宏Yanaka HiroshiJonathan Fahn
Kotetsu HaganeTomoyuki Kono河野 智之Kōno TomoyukiLiam O'Brien
Izumo KamizukiTomohiro Tsuboi坪井 智浩Tsuboi TomohiroRichard Cansino
DaruiRyota Takeuchi竹内 良太Takeuchi RyōtaCatero Colbert
Chōza AkimichiNobuaki Fukuda福田 信昭Fukuda NobuakiMichael Sorich
TentenYukari Tamura田村 ゆかりTamura YukariDanielle Judovits
KakuzuTakaya Hashi土師 孝也Hashi TakayaFred Tatasciore
DanTakuma Suzuki鈴木 琢磨Suzuki TakumaRoger Craig Smith
Allied Shinobi Forces' ShinobiRyuichi Kijima
Shinobu Matsumoto
Taira Kikumoto
Yukari Oribe
木島 隆一
松本 忍
菊本 平
織部 ゆかり
Kijima Ryūichi
Matsumoto Shinobu
Kikumoto Taira
Oribe Yukari