The servant sends word to the Hidden Leaf Village for aid and the young man, Utakata, leaves with the girl, Hotaru. The anime only season follows attempting to destroy the Forbidden Jutsu. Archived from on April 21, 2016. Utakata, who had found a note left by Hotaru and was looking for her, arrives and drives the bandits away with his Tailed Beast's chakra. Hotaru's body starts to overflow with natural chakra and Shiranami tries to escape but is defeated by Naruto. The season would make it's English television debut on 's block and premiere from February 4 to March 25, 2017.
Hotaru encounters Shiranami, who captures her and takes her to the Tsuchigumo village. However, they manage to free themselves. Utakata leaves to speak with Tsurugi, but Tsurugi and the rest of the Anbu encounter a dog with Rinnegan eyes. Archived from on November 19, 2010. Utakata and Naruto arrive but are held back by Shiranami's binding jutsu. Archived from on February 2, 2017. Archived from on January 5, 2010.
Utakata then uses his beast to consume and stops the flow of chakra. Finally, Shiranami gathers all the energy he requires and releases the Fury Jutsu. On January 2, 2009, and began providing the series' episodes. Meanwhile, Team 7 struggles with the bandits and villagers and is unable to advance. .
Later Hotaru is hurt leading Naruto to find out that the Forbidden Jutsu is engraved into her back. Utakata and Hotaru land in a secluded place where Hotaru shows him something on her body. Meanwhile, Team 7 fights the bandits and defeat them. The English dubbed version of the season aired on from February 4 to 16, 2013. Archived from on July 13, 2016.
Back in the Leaf, Tsunade tells Shizune of a clan named the Tsuchigumo and an elder named En no Gyoja who developed a forbidden jutsu, which the Leaf are to prevent the theft of. The seventh season aired from January 21 to March 11, 2010 on in Japan. Katsurugi and listens in on a conversation between Tonbei, Hotaru, Utakata, and Team 7. Archived from on January 5, 2010. Archived from on March 1, 2017. Team 7 finally reach Hotaru's village and they leave her in their care, but senses something troubling and heads back to the village, suspicious of the villagers' attitude toward Hotaru.
Naruto and Utakata track Shiranami and Hotaru to the village, but are attacked by the villagers and the bandits, who stall them until Team 7 arrives. Elsewhere Team 7 tricks Hotaru into staying as her bodyguards until they reach her village. He takes control of her and the villagers and takes her with him to unseal the Forbidden Jutsu. Utakata saves her, and the bandit's leader shows that Utakata is being hunted for 50 million ryo. Suddenly Mist Tracker Ninja attack Utakata and take Hotaru hostage. After reminiscing about the past, Utakata wakes up to come across the ninja bandits and fights them until he is cornered by their barrier jutsu which soon explodes. Utakata didn't mean to kill his master; it is realized that while trying to separate the tailed beast from him, it came out and killed Utakata's master.
In the end, Team 7 leaves and Hotaru and Utakata start their travels, but Utakata is ambushed by Pain and defeated, using his last strength to blow bubbles to tell Hotaru to live on. Shiranami asserts that Hotaru is nothing but a vessel to collect the natural chakra energy that will release the jutsu. They tell Hotaru that Utakata killed his former master. They are trapped and Hotaru escapes into the forest, but the bandits catch up to her. Tonbei suggests that they should remove the Forbidden Jutsu from Hotaru for her safety, but Hotaru suggests searching for Shiranami, another person who could use the jutsu. Naruto soon arrives with Yamato and Sai.
Naruto leaves to go search for him and it is revealed that the bandit leader is Shiranami. . . . .
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