Episode 1: Kurenai's Decision, Team 8 Left Behind
Air Date: Oct 5, 2006
When a mysterious girl paints a picture of Konoha, Naruto notices and realizes that the picture is under a stormy sky. He points out that the sky is clear, until clouds soon cover the sky. When the girl shows lightning striking the Hokage’s place, it happens! The girl is soon apprehended by the ANBU, who tell Naruto that what he has seen is not important. Meanwhile, Kurenai announces that she is leaving Team 8! For what reasons has Kurenai decided to leave, and how are the current events involved?
Episode 3: Kurenai's Top-secret Mission~ A Promise With The Third
Air Date: Oct 5, 2006
Naruto gets to talk to Yakumo about Kurenai and her. Yakumo then reveals that Kurenai didn’t want her to become a shinobi, but she wanted to prove to her parents that she could become a jounin. Naruto then learns that the Third Hokage and Kurenai planned to seal her powers.
Episode 4: Genjutsu Or Reality? Those Who Control The Five Senses
Air Date: Oct 19, 2006
Naruto and the group take Kurenai and Yakumo back to Konoha, but when they get there, the entire village is in ruins. After dropping Kurenai and Yakumo off at the hospital, everyone leaves to investigate. After looking around, Shino figures out that what they are seeing isn’t real. Elsewhere, Naruto is told they are in Yakumo’s genjutsu. Can everyone escape from Yakumo’s grasps, and what is her purpose for all of this?
Episode 7: The Enemy Is "shinobazu"
Air Date: Nov 9, 2006
Rock Lee and Naruto are bonding by fighting each other to a draw near a river (Lee vs. 100 of Naruto’s Shadow-Clones) when Sakura comes to tell them they have a mission. Naruto, Sakura and Lee are assigned to guard Gantetsu, a captured rogue ninja. He was part of a gang called known as Shinobazu. The Leaf ninjas will help to transport him to the capital village of the Forest Country, where he will be tried for his crimes. They quickly discover that this will not be an easy mission.
Naruto learns that the captain of the guard, Todoroki, has a personal grudge against Gantetsu. Meanwhile, the rest of the Shinobazu gang prepares to attack. They dig a huge trench, diverting part of the river into the forest. One of them uses a chakra-infused wire to cut the ship in half. The top half, with Sakura and Rock Lee, continues to drift downriver. Meanwhile, the bottom half, with Naruto, Gantetsu and Todoroki, is drawn into the new channel. The gang, led by Shura Sanjuro, lands on the bottom half and demands that Gantetsu be turned over to him. Naruto declines, of course.
Episode 8: The Forest Of Bewilderment
Air Date: Nov 16, 2006
With the ship split in half, Naruto, Todoroki, and Gantetsu are separated from Sakura, Lee, and the escort group. Now Naruto must face the other three Shinobazu that Gantetsu was with. Things aren't looking good for the Naruto and Todoroki when the leader of the Shinobazu attempts to kill them. After barely escaping they end up in the forest that the base of the Shinobazu is located. Can Naruto lead them out or will they have to trust Gantetsu to lead the way?
Episode 9: Memory Of Flames
Air Date: Nov 30, 2006
This episode starts with a flashback to The Forest of Bewilderment where Todoroki attacks Gantetsu. When Naruto tries to stop him, he reveals to Naruto that Gantetsu killed his brother and his family five years ago. However, Todoroki does not know that Akio, his little brother, is still alive. Todoroki tells Naruto through a flashback how his home burned, how his parents were killed by the Shinobazu, and how he saw Gantetsu holding Akio hostage as the house burned. The house collapsed around all three of them, and that was the last time Todoroki saw Akio. After the fire,Todoroki trained for years so that he might find Akio and kill the Shinobazu, because his brother's bones were never found, unlike his parents', in the wreckage of his burned house.
Episode 10: Each One's Way
Air Date: Dec 7, 2006
Naruto arrives to save Gantetsu and the kids but has trouble when Akio is kidnapped and Todoroki realizes his brother is alive. Will Naruto and Todoroki be able to save Akio?
Episode 12: Recovered Reality
Air Date: Dec 21, 2006
Naruto and Menma manage to get Tsunade to let them go find Menma’s memories. However, they are forced to go with Neji and Tenten guarding them. On the way, they come across a burned-down village. There, they greet the villagers and ask them what happened. Unfortunately, the villagers aren’t too happy to see them.
Episode 14: The Artisan Disappears - The Targeted Shukaku
Air Date: Jan 11, 2007
A Sand shinobi, Matsuri, has been abducted by a mysterious ninja. In order to bring them bring back, Gaara must accept the mystery ninja's challenge. Can Naruto prevent this challenge ending in catastrophe?
Episode 15: The Sand's Allies - The Leaf's Shinobi
Air Date: Jan 18, 2007
Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro are after the people who kidnapped Matsuri. Along the way, they are attacked by the enemy ninja. At the same time, the Konoha ninja try to pay back the favor they owe.
Episode 16: Counterattack Of The Sealed Sand Water Tiger
Air Date: Jan 25, 2007
Shikamaru and Ino arrive to help to help out Temari against Kyaku, while Kiba and Choji are helping Kankuro fight against. However, Naruto and Lee find that Gaara is doing okay by himself. All seems to be going well and the gang seems to be winning. Shitenshounin unleashes an attack that shoots out a light beam which hits the others swords. This is when Neji notices that they are forming a water barrier. The water effects Gaara as it destroys all his sand and weakens him, everyone else is okay. Everyone resumes there fight with the Konoha and sand wining and Gaara continues after Matsuri. Everything seems to be going well, but what is this ultimate weapon that is about to be released?
Episode 17: The Ultimate Weapon Is Revivied
Air Date: Feb 1, 2007
Even with his chakra so low, Gaara fights the Shitenshounin leader. When he fails and is trapped, Naruto arrives to try and rescue him. But when the leader of Takumi Village, Seimei, is revived, can Naruto save Gaara before Shukaku takes complete control of him?
Episode 18: Setting Off
Air Date: Feb 8, 2007
The time has finally come! Now that Jiraiya's returned, Naruto says his goodbyes and prepares to leave Konoha to begin his training.