Ep.144 The Wanderer
Air Date: 2010-01-21
After failing to bring back Sasuke, the Leaf ninja start heading back to the Hidden Leaf Village. Tsunade, however, sends Katsuyu to inform them that the barrier of Mount Katsunagi of the Tsuchigumo Clan, which holds a powerful forbidden jutsu, is broken. While Kakashi and Team 8 head back to the Leaf Village, Team 7, lead by Yamato, must check out what events are taking place.
Ep.145 Successor of the Forbidden Jutsu
Air Date: 2010-01-28
Naruto, Sai, and Yamato escort Hotaru to the hidden village of the Tsuchigumo Clan. Upon arriving, however, the villagers don't seem so happy to see Hotaru. Elsewhere, after Utakata reflects upon the time he spent with her, he comes face to face with Akaboshi and his group.
Ep.146 The Successor's Wish
Air Date: 2010-02-04
As Naruto heads back to the Tsuchigumo Clan village, Akaboshi and his group find Hotaru with the help of Hotaru's uncle. Hotaru manages to escape but the ninja bandits surround her in the forest. Utakata comes to her aid and manages to take her and escape from the ninja bandits. Akaboshi and his group are about to chase after them until their boss arrives and reveals to them that Utakata is in the Hidden Mist Village's Bingo Book.
Ep.147 Rogue Ninja's Past
Air Date: 2010-02-11
Naruto, Sai, and Yamato arrive to save Hotaru and Utakata from the attacking ninja who they discover are Anbu from the Hidden Mist Village. Yamato attempts to negotiate alone with the head of the Mist Anbu, Tsurugi, and after their discussion, Tsurugi talks to Utakata alone. Tsurugi attempts to convince Utakata to return to the Hidden Mist Village but the latter refuses and remembers the horrible pain he suffered at the hands of his former master.
Ep.148 The Heir to Darkness
Air Date: 2010-02-18
Naruto and his team, along with Hotaru and Utakata, return to Mount Katsuragi to plan their next move. Tonbei reveals a way to remove the forbidden jutsu from Hotaru's body which would result in the jutsu losing it's power. Hotaru states that if a man named Shiranami returned, the clan would be restored. Naruto decides to look for Shiranami within two days. Little do they know, the man they are looking for is actually the one after the forbidden jutsu. Meanwhile, Utakata wonders if Tsurugi spoke the truth about his master.
Air Date: 2010-02-25
Naruto manages to find Shiranami's location but he discovers that the Shiranami he found was actually the ninja bandits disguised as him. Hotaru finds the real Shiranami where the latter convinces Hotaru not to have the forbidden jutsu removed, and takes her back to the Tsuchigumo Village. After Naruto is saved by Utakata from the ninja bandits, the two return to the Tsuchigumo Village, where they find that Shiranami has everyone in the village under his control.
Ep.150 The Forbidden Jutsu Released
Air Date: 2010-03-04
While the rest of Team Kakashi holds back the possessed villagers and the ninja bandits, Naruto and Utakata go to save Hotaru. When they find her, they discover that Shiranami has activated the jutsu and Hotaru is also under Shiranami's control. Can Naruto and Utakata stop Shiranami and save Hotaru before the forbidden jutsu is fully charged?
Ep.151 Master and Student
Air Date: 2010-03-11
After the peformance of the forbidden jutsu, Hotaru is horrified to see the damage the jutsu has done. Shiranami then notices the forbidden jutsu overflowing with chakra and the fact that it would destroy itself along with Hotaru. While Naruto chases the fleeing Shiranami, Utakata tries to save Hotaru using the hidden power within him. Can Utakata save Hotaru?