"User of the Scorch Release: Pakura of the Sand!" (灼遁使い! 砂隠れのパクラ, Shakuton Tsukai! Sunagakure no Pakura) is episode 285 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


In a flashback, Sunagakure celebrates a victory over Iwagakure and recognised Pakura as their hero. Maki, Pakura's student, wanted to train with her despite being tired from the previous skirmish and Pakura praises Maki for her fighting spirit and resolve. After their training session, Pakura advised Maki to be strong so she can protect her loved ones and the village. Meanwhile, at a meeting of the Seniors they discuss a truce with Kirigakure despite the conditions of the truce being against in their favour and notes that they would have to use Pakura again, to solve the issue. Later, Suna mourns the death of Pakura and vows to destroy Iwagakure in order to avenge her death. In a present time, the Third Division struggles to fight the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist as well as Gari and Pakura. Monga manages to incapacitate Gari, but is killed by Pakura, who confronts Maki and blames Sunagakure for turning her into a sacrifice during a doubtful truce with Kirigakure. Ruka intervenes their argument that Kiri had no longer its bloody and vicious reputation under the new leadership of the Fifth Mizukage. Pakura continues her attack and Maki tells to Pakura that Allied Shinobi Forces will improve its relations and might change the future then she begs Pakura to remain the hero that she died as to the village. Still sceptic, Pakura attempts to attack but she is stopped by Omoi and Zaji. In their successful coordinated attack, they manage to incapacitate Pakura but Gari arrives. Gari targets Maki but Pakura corners Gari with her flaming orbs and tells Maki to flee. After fleeing, Gari and Pakura have their personalities erased once more. As the group successfully retreat to the forest, Maki goes off on her own to pray.


RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
MakiMariko Higashiuchi東内 マリ子Higashiuchi MarikoMary Elizabeth McGlynn
OmoiKunihiro Kawamoto河本 邦弘Kawamoto KunihiroOgie Banks
Monga of the RockKenichiro Matsuda松田 健一郎Matsuda Ken'ichirōSkip Stellrecht
Ruka of the MistSeiko Yoshida吉田 聖子Yoshida SeikoCherami Leigh
ZajiKengo Kawanishi河西 健吾Kawanishi KengoDerek Stephen Prince
PakuraYukari Oribe織部 ゆかりOribe YukariCarrie Keranen
Fuguki SuikazanMinoru Hirota広田 みのるHirota MinoruChristopher Corey Smith
GariTakuji Kato加藤 拓二Katō TakujiD.C. Douglas
Fourth KazekageMasahiko Tanaka田中 正彦Tanaka MasahikoCrispin Freeman
Suna senior statesmenShinobu Matsumoto
Taira Kikumoto
Manabu Sakamaki
松本 忍
菊本 平
坂巻 学
Matsumoto Shinobu
Kikumoto Taira
Sakamaki Manabu
Ogie Banks
Sean Schemmel
Spike Spencer
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