Naruto Shippuden Episode 26
"Puppet Fight: 10 vs 100!"edit十機vs百機 (Jukki vs Hyakki)Episode dataPrevious"Three Minutes Between Life and Death"EpisodeNaruto: Shippūden #26 (Watch Online)Next"Impossible Dream"ArcKazekage Rescue MissionMangaNaruto Chapter #272, Naruto Chapter #273MusicOpening"Hero's Come Back!!"Ending"The Way to you all"Air datesJapanese August 23, 2007English March 10, 2010DebutCharactersMonzaemon Chikamatsu
JutsuRed Secret Technique: Performance of a Hundred Puppets
Sealing Technique: Lion Closing Roar
Three Jewels Suction Crushing
White Secret Technique: The Chikamatsu Collection of Ten Puppets
White Secret Technique: The Chikamatsu Collection of Ten Puppets: Heaven Attack
Water Stream Shooters
"Puppet Fight: 10 vs 100!" (十機vs百機, Jukki vs Hyakki) is episode 26 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
Naruto Shippuden Episode 26
A large chunk of the original stories in the Naruto series involved young students learning the skills they would need to be successful shinobi, including the endlessly quotable Naruto Uzumaki, but NarutoShippuden is where the stakes are raised. Most episodes involve life-or-death fights, and those stakes, not knowing if a beloved character would make it out alive, are part of what keeps the audience invested in the story. In addition to this, characters learn more, grow more, and have much more intricate fights in Naruto Shippuden. The best episodes of the series truly reflect the emotional growth of the main characters as well as showcase some of the coolest fighting in the franchise.
When Pain came to Konoha, it created a memorable arc. Not only did the series seemingly lose Kakashi, but Naruto appeared to be bested by a dangerous enemy. In this episode, Pain and Naruto come to something of a standstill as the former explains his motivations. While most of the episode in the long-running Naruto arc focuses on the talk between Naruto and Pain, other characters aren't completely abandoned. Shikamaru Nara and Inoichi Yamanaka have the B plot of the episode as they track down the real Pain while his Six Paths are otherwise occupied. Despite the episodes that feature mostly slow speeches, this one keeps the audience on the edge of their seat.
Because Naruto spent the bulk of his childhood being ostracized by his village and constantly having to prove himself as more than the nine-tailed fox inside of him, this episode could have acted as his happy ending. It lands among the best Naruto Shippuden episodes solely because Naruto is finally seen by the village the way he always wished: respected and as a hero. Naruto isn't just welcomed back to the village after he defeats Pain, he's carried around and cheered. It's a turning point for the way he was treated by others in the franchise.
Fans of Naruto fight sequences were in for a treat with the arc surrounding Pain. This episode is one of the best of Naruto Shippuden since it isn't just Naruto throwing whatever he has at an enemy or talking him to death, he actually gets to strategize a little. The episode is also a peek into how Naruto's mind works as he battles Pain and realizes just which of the Paths of Pain he needs to take out first. Even though he couldn't sustain Sage Mode throughout the episode, fans can't completely count him out.
This episode goes a long way toward making Itachi a fan favorite. Sasuke, after all, ends up defecting from Konoha and wanting revenge against the village he thinks betrayed his brother. This episode reveals the truth to Sasuke, however, that Itachi was protecting the village and his little brother all along. Itachi saying goodbye to his brother is heartbreaking for Sasuke, but it provides a big leap forward in the story for the audience and allows Itachi's character arc in Naruto to be better understood. Knowing the truth allows Sasuke to move on.
Flashback episodes became a big part of the Naruto franchise as it continued. Some of them clarified story ideas, while others were filler episodes meant to flesh out little-known characters. One of the best Naruto Shippuden episodes gives fans a look at just what happened the night Naruto was born. Focused on Fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze's point of view during the night, the episode shows him getting Naruto to safety just after his birth and then battling a mysterious masked stranger. The audience knows that the masked stranger was Tobi, but Minato didn't, adding to the tension of the episode as he fights to save the village from someone who could control the nine-tailed fox.
Being dead doesn't stop Madara Uchiha from being stronger than nearly everyone else in the series. This episode allows fans to see just what he can do. Right in the middle of the Fourth Shinobi World War, a reanimated Madara Uchiha takes on the Fourth Division himself, and it cements Madara as one of the most powerful Naruto characters. Naruto doesn't have enough chakra left at this point in the fight to use the nine-tailed fox to fight him, so this means dozens of other shinobi go up against Madara instead - and lose. The fighting is intense and impressive to watch.
If you're reading this you likely skipped episode 28 and therefore didn't die of boredom. Glad you could make it, this week features a top 1% episode in #26 which this series was in dire need of at this point.
Also we forgot to remind you guys last week but there's an extra episode tacked onto the schedule this week because it's the last one of the arc so go ahead and wrap this arc up because discussion on episode 32 will be included here.
Naruto is a staple anime series and one of the greatest shonen classics out there. Throughout its long run, there have been some amazing and unforgettable episodes. From iconic fights to heartfelt moments, the series has plenty for fans to enjoy.
Though it feels almost impossible to choose the best episodes of the series, there are some that shine above all the rest. They are so good they have the audience coming back to watch them again and again. These are the episodes everyone talks about. They make fans laugh, cry, and inspire them in ways never thought possible.
One of the first examples of how Sakura has changed since the early days of Naruto is when she and Chiyo face off against Sasori. The gripping fight between them and the Akatsuki member keeps fans at the edge of their seat, the stakes high with Gaara's life on the line. This episode showcases Sakura's strength in ways the audience has never seen, putting her full power on display. Though it is only a taste of how strong she will become, it is a great episode to rewatch and see just how far Sakura has come since her childhood.
This episode is a fan favorite for many reasons. It is one of the first times Naruto encounters someone like him, comparing the two Jinchuriki's lives. He realizes how lucky he is to have his loved ones in his life. If he hadn't had them, he may have ended up just like Gaara, filled with hate and anger. This is one of the early moments of the series where Naruto is able to reach the heart of someone lost and suffering, and fans rejoice when they see Gaara's redemption. The episode sets the precedent for future Jinchuriki encounters throughout the series, with many finding new light in their lives after meeting Naruto, just as Gaara has.
The Chunin Exams arc is filled with amazing fights that fans remember for years to come. One of these iconic showdowns is between Naruto and Neji during the Chunin Exams finals. From the start, Neji looks poised for victory, but Naruto is unwilling to give up. His persistence and fighting spirit bewilder Neji, who is sure that no one can ever escape their fate. This episode is crucial for Neji, showing him that no one is tied down to destiny. It opens his eyes and changes him for the better, creating a life-long friendship between him and Naruto.
When things look bleak during Naruto's battle against Pain, Hinata rushes to his aid. He implores her to stand down, saying the battle is his to fight, but she refuses. Fans of Naruto and Hinata have waited for this episode for years and are exuberant when Hinata finally tells Naruto her true feelings. This episode brings a new start to Naruto and Hinata's relationship and is the turning point for them. Though it takes time still for Naruto to return her love, her confession is the beginning of their eventual relationship and life together.
When Rock Lee first appears, he seems goofy and strange. None of his fellow genin seem to take him seriously. His match with Gaara proves that Lee can accomplish incredible feats, especially considering he uses taijutsu alone. "Lee's Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu" is the first taste of what he can really do. It also gives the audience a closer look into Lee's life and the struggles he's faced that brought him where he is now. This episode is one of Rock Lee's finest moments and is a perfect example of what a brilliant Shinobi he is.
This episode is the most unforgettable of the entire arc, with the long-drawn-out battle with Zabuza and Haku coming to a sad end. Zabuza's change of heart in his final moments touches fans as he looks over his life with regret. This moment sticks with fans, as well as Team 7, serving as a lesson for the up-and-coming ninjas.
The battle between Sasuke and Itachi has been anticipated since the beginning. Sasuke had been fighting his entire life, preparing for the moment he could take his revenge on his traitorous brother. Fans watch in awe as the two go up against each other, but no one is prepared for how it ends, especially Sasuke. In Itachi's final moments, he reverts to the softer, kinder brother Sasuke knew as a child. He pokes his forehead one last time, leaving the younger Uchiha shocked and confused. This episode is the beginning of Itachi's redemption in Sasuke's eyes and brings a twist that no one could have expected. 041b061a72