Paradise Life on a Boat
The eleventh season of Naruto Shippuden (Part II of the by Kishimoto Masashi) began airing from July 28, 2011 to Dec. 29, 2011. Since Jan. 2, 2009 Viz Media and Crunchyroll have been subtitling Naruto: Shippuden. As the allies prepare for the Fourth Shinobi World War against Akatsuki led by the masked man Madara, Naruto is shipped off to Kumogakure. It is a filler arc documenting Naruto’s voyage to Kumogakure.
The season’s opening and ending themes:
1. Maiko’s “Lovers” (ラヴァーズ Ravāzu) (ep. 222-230)
2. tacica’s “newsong” (ep. 231-242)
3. Okamoto’s “Yokubō o Sakebe!!!!” (欲望を叫べ!!!!, “Shout Out Your Desires!!!!”) (ep. 222-230)
4. TOTALFAT’s “Place to Try” (ep. 231-242)
July 28, 2011 | ep. 221 & 222: Storage (Kurairi 蔵入り) & The Five Kage’s Decision (Gokage no Ketsudan 五影の決断)
Kabuto finds Madara, and the latter immediately tries to kill him. Kabuto surprises Madara by using the Reanimation Jutsu to revive Itachi, Sasori, Deidara, Kakuzu and Nagato. (the horror!!!) Kabuto sweet talks his way in: he will revive anyone he wants, in return for Sasuke’s body. Madara refuses, and Kabuto summons an unknown sixth casket. Madara sees this corpse, and is taken aback (most likely this is Senju’s body). This forces Madara to concede to this unseen body and accepts on condition that he will only get Sasuke’s body after the war. Meanwhile, Anko who is tracking Kabuto is led to Madara’s location on purpose.
The Fourth Shinobi World War declared by Uchiha Madara of the Akatsuki will meet head-to-head with the Five Nations. Currently, Akatsuki have the power of 7 bijuus. The remaining members will definitely be more powerful than Nagato. Soon, the Five Kages meet to discuss the impending war. Little does Tsunade know, that Naruto and Killer Bee will not be used in the war. However, before meeting, Shizune comes with an alarming news: Naruto has gone missing. Just as the search party is sent out, Naruto reappears and explains that he was summoned by the Great Toad Sage.
At Kumogakure, Tsunade discusses with Raikage about the two jinchuurikis. It is best to hide them. The point of the alliance is to protect the two of them. Therefore, the best place to hide them is in a secret location in Kumogakure: a place where A once trained B. As Tsunade agrees to this, she also asks the Raikage to get Killer B to show/teach Naruto how to control kyuubi. There maybe a point when they will need to rely on both their powers.
Back at Konohagakure, Naruto is told he will be sent on an S-Rank mission with Yamato to a “resort.”
Naruto’s secret S-rank mission sets sail from the only port in Land of Fire. However, before leaving with his team (of protectors: Yamato, Guy & Aoba), their recon boat is attacked by a giant marlin. The swordfish is a summoning creature left over from the previous world war and unable to depart. With the help of young Yusuke, who purportedly lost his father to the marlin, they manage to overcome the creature and allow it to return to from whence it came from.
Aug. 11, 2011 | ep. 224: The Merchant Ninja of Venice (Benisu no Shōnin 紅州の商忍)
On the way to Kumogakure, they are met with stormy seas. Guy falls ill from the roving waters and they decide to take shelter at a nearby island. Coincidentally, Sakura, Ino and Choji are there on a mission to gather medicinal herbs for the upcoming war. The collection includes mandra, ginseng, red newts, matte plant and more. With time on his hands, Naruto join the group is search of the herbs and lizard. The come up empty and soon enough, realize the reason for their unsuccessful mission. A trio of Ninja (Bando, Sada and Kiji), the Ninja of Benisu, have clearly wiped out the land. Since they come from a small village, they need to protect themselves and find ways to profit. In such, they have to collect as much of the herbs before the impending war.
Team Sakura eventually ends up at Hell’s Valley, the last place Tsunade tells them not to head to (if possible) to collect the mud elixir. They are stopped by poisonous geysers, but the Benisu Ninjas easily maneuver their way through. That is until they are attacked by giant salamander. Naruto ends up saving them, regardless of their earlier refusal to share their spoils without payment. In the end, the Benisu Ninjas too do not let the group return home to the Leaf Village empty-handed.
One good turn deserves another…until the next payment is due.
Aug. 18, 2011 | ep. 225: The Cursed Ghost Ship (Norowareta Yūreisen 呪われた幽霊船)
With time on their hands, Yamato begins to tell urban legends of ghostly magnitudes to Naruto. His myth comes true when black crows, a dense fog and a tattered ghost ship appear before them, much to the horror of Naruto.
Yamato and Aoba board the ship to look for survivors. Perturbed, Naruto follows, but not quite closely. He ends up bumping into a sole crew of the ship – a young boy named Hishaku. Just like Naruto who envisions himself being the Hokage one day, Hishaku too strives to be the Captain of the ship. When Yamato and Aoba arrive, Hishaku relays the events leading up to the crew’s demise. They were attacked by a giant crab, the size of a small island.
Just then, the giant crab appears and not only attacks the ship, but kidnaps Yamato. Naruto sends Aoba back to their ship with Hishaku for reinforcement while he battles the over-sized crustacean. In the end, the giant crab is taken down with Yamato and Hishaku’s help. As Hishaku thanks Naruto for avenging his crew, he slowly disappears – much to the dismay and horror of a petrified Naruto!
Aug. 25, 2011 | ep. 226: Battleship Island (Senkan no Shima 戦艦の島)
Stop the fillers!! :p
Their journey to Kumogakure is a perilous track. Not only is the storm impeding their arrival, but they are suddenly attacked with paper bombs. Their ship sinks, but Yamato quickly turns it into a submarine. Pirates, lead by Gataro, from a battleship island claim their loot, including Naruto’s headband. The Leaf ninjas get steered into an underground cavern. There, the find the indigenous islanders dead after decades of oppression and slaughter from the tyrannical pirate. Naruto, unable to swallow such injustice, vows to avenge them and to reclaim his precious headband. Hatching a laughable plan, the team catches the bandits, exacts retribution for the islanders and recovers the headband.
On the stormy seas, Guy is snatched up by a large bird and the rest follow in suit to a “summoning island.” There, they discover massive creatures and a girl who lead Aoba to a journal of the island. The previous researchers of the island created the ultimate summoning animal, but upon realizing the magnitude of their folly, tried to seal it unsuccessfully. Soon, the ninjas realize that the girl is only an embodiment of her thoughts, since she and the rest of the research team were eaten by the animal. With her remaining thoughts and Naruto’s Rasenshuriken, the animal falls into its fiery grave in the crater of the volcano.
Sept. 8, 2011 | ep. 228: Fight, Rock Lee (Tatakae Rokku Rī 闘えロックリー)
After a night of drunken stupor, Guy and Lee end up in bed together, but forgetting everything else that led them there. As Guy slowly recalls the events that led them there, he sets Lee on a “visualization” training to hamper his memories. Guy makes up training from the restaurant’s menu: Yakitori for Crane stance, which results in them being attacked by the bird, eel for snake fist, which lands them in quick sand, Mapo tofu for Eagle Claw fist. They land in a boat, which acts as a springboard for Lee’s Drunken Fist as both master and pupil end up with seasickness. Lee soon remembers his destruction of the restaurant because of protecting Guy from a drunkard.
Sept. 22, 2011 | ep. 229: Eat or Die! Mushrooms from Hell! (Kuu ka Kuwareru ka! Odoru Kinoko Jigoku 食うか食われるか!踊るキノコ地獄)
The sailing team finally stops to restock as they prep for their next leg into the Sea Route of Silence, a stretch of ocean said to have no living creature. With his load, Naruto is stopped by a merchant who sells him a “magical” mushroom. The team deports only to have Yamato’s chakra erode, and their food and water supply annihilated by that single mushroom. In hunger, Naruto and Guy ravish the growing mushroom population, only to be poisoned. Naruto finally summons Gamatatsu to bring Shima’s insect meal for the crew. With renewed strength, they eventually bring the pirates to justice as they board their ship in an attempt to raid the “fallen crew.”
Sept. 29, 2011 | ep. 230: Revenge of the Shadow Clones (Kage no Gyakushū 影の逆襲)
It’s the fifth day of the storm on the ship. Everyone’s beat and Naruto is forced to call upon his clones to protect the ship. After the passing of the storm, the weary Naruto tries to release his clones, but the remain. Worse, they revolt against him and take control of the ship. Taking him hostage, the clones force them to land to release the rest of the crew. The “victimized” Naruto returns to sea with his clones who promptly put forth their demands. Soon the rest of his crew left on land rescue him, as he soon realizes it is but a dream. With that quick lesson, Naruto is taught the worth of his clones.
Oct. 6, 2011 | ep. 231: The Closed Sea Route (Tozasareta Kōro 閉ざされた航路)
Shikamaru is given the duty of leading his friends in war. Knowing that one wrong move will lead to the death of his friends, he begins to doubt his abilities. Seeing his son losing his confidence, Shikaku sends Shikamaru (and Ten Ten) out to rendezvous with Naruto at Mokozuku Island, their refueling port. Leaving the harbor, the fellow ninjas are met with obstacles of reefs, giant rocks and a massive whirlpool. As Guy, Yamato and Naruto counter with their jutsus, their luck and chakra soon run out as they are caught in a vicious repetitive cycle. Shikamaru tries to help with his shadow technique, but Naruto tells him that they only way they can escape his genjutsu is for Shikamaru (the brains) to think of an escape route for them. Sailing straight into the whirlpool, they feign their deaths. In truth, Shikamaru stores the ship in Ten Ten’s scroll and stops the actual pirates who suddenly appear to claim their spoils.
Oct. 13, 2011 | ep. 232: The Leaf Village Girls-Only Club (Konoha no Joshikai 木ノ葉の女子会)
The war preps continue. The Hyuga clan gather to decide their roles on the battlefield. Neji is assigned by Hyuga Hiashi (Hinata’s father) not only the frontlines, but as the leader of the clan, instead of Hinata, the natural heir of the clan. The returning Ten Ten and Shikamaru tells Hinata they met Naruto at sea. Doubly sadden, Hinata goes out to practice her skills, determine to hone her technique to make herself worthy of her next meeting with Naruto-kun. Seeing this, Ten Ten holds a girls only get-together at a BBQ restaurant. Not to be outdone, the boys too have their own meeting at the same restaurant. There they reminisce their Chuunin exam, the lost of Sasuke and his subsequent failed retrieval. Through all of this, Naruto prove to all of them how willing he is to go all out for a friend, protecting them and proving himself. This time, with the impending war, it is time for the friends to finally return the favor and protect him instead. Meanwhile, the infuriated and exhausted Tsunade crashes the “party,” happy to see the children having each other and one last hurrah before the war. At least they still have each other to talk to. She has no one, not even Orochimaru.
Oct. 20, 2011 | ep. 233: Enter Imposter Naruto? (Sanjō – Uso? Naruto 参上 嘘?ナルト)
The seafarers find a Naruto impostor on land, who uses his “hero” reputation to steal.
Oct. 27, 2011 | ep. 234: Naruto’s Favorite Pupil (Naruto no Manadeshi ナルトの愛弟子)
Team Ebisu: Konohamaru, Udon and Moegi want to be part of the war. Sakura makes them stock medical supplies. Tsunade tells them no. But Shikamaru wisely tells that to think about who the “King” is that they truly need to protect. Soon Temari from the Sand Village visits Tsunade with a message. On her way home, Konohamaru stops her to challenge her. Their sparring quickly turns into an all out battle, until Shikamaru steps in. It dawns on Konohamaru that if everyone left for the war, the village will be left unprotected. It is then their job, as the younger generation, to protect the village and the next generation. Thus, the “King” that needed protection was the people of the village.
Jiraiya once visited a village of female ninjas. There he promised the leader that he would marry her (and propagate) if he defeated her. However, their match ended in a tie. Now, the daughter of said ninja, Shizuka, together with her attendant, Tokiwa, haunt down Naruto for him to fulfill that promise.
Nov. 10, 2011 | ep. 236: Friends You Can Count On (Nadeshiko no Kunoichi 撫子のくノ一)
Shino, part of Team Kurenai / 8, was once doubtful of himself because of his weak taijutsu. However, his teammates Kiba and Hinata were there for him, not only encouraging him, but training with him to hone his short-range fighting skills.
Nov. 24, 2011 | ep. 237: Ah, My Hero Lady Tsunade! (Aa, Akogare no Tsunade-sama ああ、憧れの綱手様)
Even though adoring Tsunade for her strength, and abilities as a medic inn, Ten Ten realize she can never be like the Fifth Hokage. Instead, she discovers her own unique style of fighting, distinct only to her.
A strolling Sai encounters 3 children, two of whom remind him of Naruto and Sakura. Even though they started off on the wrong foot, they soon became comrades and friends. Naruto taught him about trusting and relying on each other. Even when Sasuke was not turning back, Naruto never broke his promise to bring him back. Their friendship showed him what true friends are, bonds that can never be broken.
Dec. 8, 2011 | ep. 239: The Legendary Ino-Shika-Cho (Densetsu no Inoshikachō 伝説の猪鹿蝶)
Team Asuma: Ino-Shika-Cho meets Maruboshi Kosuke, the eternal genuine, who reminds them of when they saved him while they were still children. But that is not the first time Kosuke has been saved by a Ino-Shika-Cho team. During the Invasion of Konohagakure, at the Chuunin Exam, their fathers were tasked with checking the power balance of the approaching participants and “viewers.” Lesson for the day: a great shinobi isn’t made in a day. Their fathers didn’t become awesome overnight, and neither did they do it alone.
Dec. 15, 2011 | ep. 240: Kiba’s Determination (Kiba no Ketsui キバの決意)
Kiba mops around the village, wondering how a dead-last student like Naruto becomes the hero of the village. But instead of wallowing in self-pity, he begins to train himself. He even seeks out Kakashi to train him, who summons his ninken, led by Pakkun, to train Kiba and Akamuru. Kiba quickly loses his cool and patience, but the dogs show that even when Naruto was down, he still kept going out of sheer determination. With that, Kiba surpasses the hounds and declares never to give up again.
Dec. 22, 2011 | ep. 241: Kakashi, My Eternal Rival (Kakashi, Eien no Raibaru yo カカシ、永遠のライバルよ)
In Konohagakure, Tsunade meets with Kakashi: the Kazekage has suggested that Kakashi leads the war as a commander. But Kakashi needs a partner, and quickly names Guy as his counterpoint. Simultaenously, they receive an SOS message tortoise from Guy. Kakashi immediately heads out to sea.
At sea, Yamato and Aoba warns Guy to be wary as they approach another country, that there are shinobis capable of the transformation jutsu: changing one’s appearance and copying the chakra of the intended. A Kakashi or a Tsunade may not be who it seems. As the rest rests, and Guy stands watch, Kakashi appears. Guy immediately remembers Yamato’s warning. Could this be a copy? How can he test him? Guy then asks for their win-loss record. Kakashi replies that it is 51-50 in his favor, which Guy quickly scoffs. Aha! it’s an impostor!
A fight ensues, which awakens Yamato and Aoba. Seeing Kakashi senpai, they think Guy has gone mad and side with Kakashi instead. As the confusion clears, with Kakashi telling the rest that Guy’s member is the size of an acorn, Kakashi learns that the tortoise was really sent by accident. Whether it be a real or a mistake SOS, they will be there for each other.
Dec. 29, 2011 | ep. 242: Naruto’s Oath (Naruto no Chikai ナルトの誓い)
Team Naruto makes a final stop to refuel on the little island of the Land of Water. At the same time, Akatsuchi and Kurotsuchi of the Hidden Stone are sent as messengers from the Tsuchikage to meet with ninjas from the Hidden Mist Village. Unfortunately, the two are attacked by rouge ninjas from the Hidden Mist, led by Ganryuu. Fortunately, Naruto and Chojuuro (of the Hidden Mist) come in time, but not before injuring Akatsuchi.
Ten years ago, the Cloud Village hid a document. The Stone and the Hidden Mist collaborated to retrieve it. As the group of Hidden Mist ninjas retrieve the document, they were waylaid by the Stone and attacked. Suiren, Ganryuu’s love, was killed protecting him and the idea of peace between villages.
Naruto resolves to stop this bitter feud and misunderstanding, and even go as far as to protect Ganryuu as Kurotsuchi attacks him. It is revealed that the reason for the Stone messengers was for the Tsuchikage to apologize for the trespass a decade ago. Crisis averted, Naruto’s team returns to sea as the Land of Lightning’s ship approaches them to welcome their arrival.