Ep.480 Naruto and Hinata
Air Date: 2016-10-20
A young Naruto Uzumaki is isolated by the villagers who blame him for the Fourth Hokage's death, and he spends his time sitting in the Hokage Monument. After catching fish for dinner, he meets the Third Hokage, who tells him that compared to one person, the world is small, which gives Naruto a different view of the world. A young Neji is told by his father that his duty will be to protect Hinata. When they first spar, she tells him about her displeasure in fighting and Neji tries to convince her otherwise. After the Hyuga Affair, Hinata runs away after seeing Neji cry and meets Naruto, who takes her home and advises her not to cry.
Ep.481 Sasuke and Sakura
Air Date: 2016-10-27
A young Sasuke Uchiha asks Itachi to spend time with him, but Itachi declines and leaves for a mission. Their parents tell Sasuke they will be leaving the next day, but Sasuke decides to stay home with Itachi, who spends their time alone training with Sasuke. After dinner, they sleep outside and Itachi tries to teach the meaning of their clan symbol to Sasuke, who simply says he will surpass him. By morning, Itachi has already left. A young Sakura Haruno spends her time in a makeshift hideout to hide her forehead and avoid bullying. She meets Ino, who helps her fix her bangs and offers her encouragement. Sakura later tells her parents she made a friend. She tells Ino about her crush on Sasuke, much to Ino's jealousy. When Sakura tries to confess, Sasuke asks who she is, and she flees in frustration.
Ep.482 Gaara and Shikamaru
Air Date: 2016-11-03
A young Gaara is hated by his father and isolated by his siblings, who play in the sandbox with Gaara until their father separates them. During dinner, Gaara asks his uncle about his mother and how to feel happy. His uncle replies that the moon makes him feel better when he is sad, and Gaara agrees that the moon makes him feel happy. A young Shikamaru is bored in class lectures and wants to sleep but is punished along with Naruto and Choji by Iruka for interrupting class. They bond as they stand in the hallway and later hang out after school. Shikamaru criticises Naruto for defending Hinata from bullies and the boys later laugh at Ino for getting rejected by Sasuke.
Ep.483 Jiraiya and Kakashi
Air Date: 2016-11-10
A young Jiraiya wonders the meaning of dreams as he struggles to surpass Tsunade and Orochimaru during Hiruzen's training. Years later, during the Second Great Ninja War, Jiraiya asks his friends what their dreams are. He is pleased with Tsunade's dream of peace but is dismayed at Orochimaru's reply that dreams are meaningless. Jiraiya decides to pursue a dream of achieving peace. A young Kakashi Hatake meets with Obito and Rin after a training session with Hiruzen and declines eating dinner with them afterwards. He goes home to prepare himself dinner until his friends show up and offer him company, which Kakashi accepts.
Ep.484 The Exploding Human
Air Date: 2016-12-01
A Konoha villager, Tadachi, is attacked by two people, one of them uses red eyes to put him under genjustu. Kakashi, Sakura and Naruto discuss about Konoha villagers disappearing when the village is attacked by the missing villagers, including Tadachi. Since they are "exploding humans" upon being injured, Naruto and Shikamaru restrain them and Hinata knocks them unconscious. Kakashi has Sai notify Sasuke of the events and for him to return to the village because his visual prowess is needed. Meanwhile, Sasuke feeds a group of stray cats and encounters exploding humans attacking a bamboo village. When he asks what is happening, he is mistaken as an enemy by Iou, Chino, and Nowaki. Chino tries to use her Water Release but Sasuke's Grand Fireball Jutsu repels the water. Iou orders her to keep attacking but Chino declines because of how strong Sasuke is. Sasuke uses his Sharingan to free the victims, surprising Chino that Sasuke is a Uchiha. Chino tells Sasuke that she and Nowaki are wandering shinobi who perform entertainments. Iou's daughter turns into an exploding human and kills herself. Later, Sasuke realizes via Sharingan Genjutsu that someone with a kekkai genkai is responsible for the exploding humans.
Air Date: 2016-12-08
Sasuke informs Kakashi of the exploding humans and he wants to investigate independently. After the funerals of the victims, Sasuke heads to Orochimaru's hideout to get information on Fushin. Chino and Nowaki want to go with him and he relents after remembering Itachi. Chino asks him about Konoha and if he will revive the Uchiha clan but Sasuke keeps quiet. After meeting with Yamato to verify his intents are for the sake of Konoha, Sasuke speaks to Orochimaru, who says he will need to find Oyashiro first because he is a kekkei genkai collector. Karin, Suigetsu, and Jugo come in and Karin quarrels with Chino and then Suigetsu. When Sasuke leaves with Orochimaru, Karin speculates that Sasuke refuses to stay in Konoha because his Sharingan and Rinnegan earn him enemies. Traveling via boat, Sasuke wonders how Orochimaru can travel so freely despite his crimes. Orochimaru retorts that Sasuke and Kabuto are no different themselves but are unlikely to ever be evil again. Arriving at the Coliseum, Orochimaru explains it is where wealthy citizens use their shinobi in battles to win contests. Chino says that Sasuke should help the shinobi. To Sasuke's dismay, Orochimaru signed Sasuke up as a contestant against Futsu because Oyashiro wants to capture Sasuke. Just as the battle begins, another exploding human appears.
Air Date: 2016-12-15
Several Exploding humans appear but Sasuke and Yamato save several of them from exploding. Sasuke is nearly attacked by someone and saves Chino from being killed and Yamato departs when the child ends. Oyashiro asks to talk with Sasuke and explains that Fushin was a shinobi he won at the Coliseum but he left with the other shinobi Oyashiro collected. When asked if Fushin had red eyes, Oyashiro says someone from Fushin's group did and Sasuke suspects Fushin has a partner and attacked the village to get to Sasuke. Oyashiro explains the owner of the kekkai genkai is from the Chinoike clan, which was persecuted by the Uchiha clan at command of the Land of Lightning. Sasuke heads to Hell Valley with Chino and Nowaki, and saves more people from exploding. Sasuke is attacked but sees it is not Fushin but a Lightning Group member named Karyu. He tries to attack Sasuke but is knocked down and tries once more to fight Sasuke, who easily defeats him. Karyu, afraid, agrees to surrender and Sasuke scans his memories to confirm his suspicions. Sasuke discovers that Karyu was hired to pose as the person responsible for the Exploding Humans, who is Nowaki. Sasuke asks him to reveal his true appearance, which Nowaki does and reveals himself to be Fushin.
Ep.487 The Ketsuryūgan
Air Date: 2016-12-22
Sasuke and Fushin fight, with Fushin's Typhoon Release overpowering Sasuke's Susanoo. Sasuke wins by jumping in the hole of the funnel and hitting Fushin. However, Sasuke's attempt to get information fails and Fushin escapes. Traveling to Hell Valley, Sasuke finds Chino waiting for him and she reveals herself as the sole survivor of her clan. In a backstory, Chino was kidnapped by Oyashiro when she was too young to remember her parents and discovered her Ketsurygan through training. At the Coliseum, she fought and won against Fushin, whom she befriended due to their loneliness of being ostracized. After finding out about her clan, Chino escaped with Fushin and a few others, becoming the Lightning Group to help the Bamboo village. However they came into conflict with the Hidden Mist village, which caused the Bamboo villagers to betray them. Two of their comrades died and Karyu left, and Chino and Fushin arrived at Hell Valley to find her clan was destroyed. Two Hidden Mist shinobi attacked them but were turned into Exploding Humans by Chino, who vowed revenge.
Ep.488 The Last One
Air Date: 2017-01-05
Chino and Sasuke battle but Sasuke proves to be superior against Chino's blood dragons. She cuts his arm and reveals she will turn him into an Exploding Human, but Sasuke uses his Sharingan to prevent this and Chino is left defeated. She cries out how jealous she is of him for having people who loved him despite his past and asks why he protects Konoha despite its role in the Uchiha clan's downfall, and Sasuke replies he has a friend who shares his pain. Fushin arrives to protect Chino but she tells him to stop and surrenders. As they are sent to jail, Sakura and Hinata heal the last Exploding Human victim. The Mizukage offers Chino, Fushin, and Karyu to work for her to atone for Kirigakure's betrayal. Sasuke returns to the Coliseum to free all the shinobi and the Raikage arrives with his entourage to arrest the shinobi owners for illegal gambling. The Raikage tells Sasuke he is glad he didn't kill Sasuke when Naruto pleaded for Sasuke to be spared. Orochimaru and Oyashiro have a conversation, with Oyashiro revealing to have the Ketsuryugan, being Chino's father, and he killed his clan. Sakura talks about Sasuke making significant atonements. Sasuke receives a letter from Naruto, who says Sasuke protecting the village is like the Konoha Police Force. Remembering when he told Itachi it was his childhood dream of joining, Sasuke decides to return to Konoha.
Ep.489 The State of Affairs
Air Date: 2017-01-12
Shikamaru works at a desk job but is bored and is only doing it until Naruto becomes Hokage. At a Shinobi Union meeting, Shikamaru and other village ambassadors discuss the decline in shinobi assistances, and Temari suspects Shikamaru is hiding something. When he reports to Kakashi, Shikamaru reveals suspicions the Land of Silence is responsible for the increase of missing-nin and Konoha is investigating it, Gavin already sent Sai to spy. However Sai's reports sound suspicious and Kakashi wants to send Shikamaru in to assassinate or capture the leader, Gengo, with the help of two Anbu, Ro and Soku. Shikamaru has dinner with Ino and Choji, and visits the graves of his father and Asuma, and is greeted by Mirai and her mother. By morning, Shikamaru gets ready to leave and meets with Naruto for a moment before arriving at the village gates.
Ep.490 Dark Clouds
Air Date: 2017-01-19
Shikamaru, Soku, and Ro arrive at the Land of Silence. They try to disguise themselves to get to the checkpoint but find it is heavily guarded and Soku's desire to persevere causes their first plan to collapse. They head to Sai's last location, which is an inn and Shikamaru tries to get information by playing shogi with a villager. Soku is dismayed that shinobi are viewed as disposable pawns for citizens. She lets out her frustration as she talks to a busboy Komori and considers defecting Konoha, which strains her from Shikamaru and Ro. She goes to the checkpoint to prove her worthiness and sees that Komori is a member of Gengo's unit, as he wanted to see Soku's ability himself. Shikamaru and Ro try to stop her but she seemingly kills them. Once past the checkpoint, Soku knocks out Komori and meets with Shikamaru and Ro, who had been out under a fake death trance, to guide them inside Gengo's fort, Tobari.
Air Date: 2017-01-26
Shikamaru wakes up from nightmares and shows Rō the little intel they have on Gengo. Hinoko reunites with Rō and Shikamaru and informs them that how no one knows anything about Gengo or Fushū Castle. They go around Tobari and find a Konoha missing-nin, Minoichi, who they cornered to learn more of Gengo. Later that night, Gengo appears for a public speech and reveals a restrained Sai, which the crowd asks for his death. As Gengo's words begin to affect them, Shikamaru and Rō create a diversion to try to save Sai, but he retaliates, having been entranced by Gengo. Gengo's words affect Rō and Hinoko, and tries converting Shikamaru but he strangles himself with his own shadow.