Naruto’s search for Tsunade’s bow was short, but he placed many essential pieces of the puzzle in place, such as Akatsuki, Tsunade, and Rasengan.
Naruto reached a climax during the exciting and consequential arc of the Chunin Exam and the battle for Hidden Leaf Village that followed, but there was much more to come in the Quest for Tsunade. The third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi, was gone and the village needed a new one at the same time. Jiraiya, the wise toad, turned down the role, but offered to find someone else.
Search for Tsunade’s story was pretty short compared to Chunin’s exams and Sasuke’s recovery arc that followed, but it featured several key players in Naruto, and also gave Naruto his best jutsu. He was growing fast as a ninja and just in time. Naruto had more enemies than ever, and five main plot points in this story arc show just how high the stake would get.
When the Akatsuki organization was introduced
Orochimaru and his Sound ninja failed to destroy the Hidden Leaf Village, but the dust barely settled when two new intruders set foot in the battle-weary region. They were looking for Naruto Uzumaki, and they were soon revealed to be Itachi Uchiha, the clan’s assassin, and Kisame Hoshigaki, a shark-like brute with a peculiar sword.
These two characters put the Akatsuki organization on stage, and their insidious arrival would be repeated by Deidara and Sasori who ambushed Gaara in Hidden Sand Village two years later in Naruto shippuden. The Akatuski organization is here to stay, and not even the best jonin in the Leaf Village, including Kakashi Hatake, were able to stop them.
When Sasuke couldn’t kill Itachi Uchiha
Naruto was already on the road with Jiraiya, but Itachi and Kisame tracked them down with astonishing speed. Soon enough, Itachi used a genjutsu to divide the travelers, and he and Kisame cornered Naruto in his motel room. That’s when Sasuke arrived, firing a Chidori and pointing it directly at his killer brother.
Unfortunately, Sasuke was acting in blind rage and was not ready to face Itachi in this way. He was quickly defeated with a simple taijutsu, and Itachi’s Mangekyo Sharingan mentally tortured Sasuke just in case. Sasuke’s hatred was still not strong enough and he ended up in the hospital, promising to get stronger. some means necessary. Very soon, this would lead him to leave the Hidden Leaf Village and associate with Orochimaru.
When Naruto learned the Rasengan technique
Naruto made sure his time with Jiraiya was constructive. It was time to learn a new jutsu, and the instructor had just what he needs for a brute force fighter like Naruto: the Rasengan, a rapidly spinning chakra-hardened sphere. Naruto was surprised when Jiraiya demonstrated it to a third party and went to work learning how to use this technique on his own.
As simple as Rasengan’s technique (rotation, strength and control) is, it was difficult. Naruto dressed to the bone trying to dominate him, and even Tsunade who was aware of Naruto’s training was shocked when they clashed and Naruto used a rough version of the Rasengan in the fight. He was clearly gifted, and his sheer tenacity allowed him to master this A-rank jutsu just in time for the fight with Orochimaru and Kabuto Yakushi.
When Tsunade met Naruto Uzumaki
Although this Naruto arc was called Finding Tsunade, it wasn’t very difficult to find. Jiraiya just had to track down which casinos and gambling halls he had visited, and sure enough, Naruto’s group came face to face with Tsunade’s. She despised the idealistic Naruto, rejecting her dream of becoming a Hokage and refusing to take the title for herself. However, he refused to back down, defending his dream and urging Tsunade to believe in the title of Hokage.
This reunion delved deeper into Tsunade’s painful backstory when she lost her brother Nawaki and her lover Dan, who had also aspired to become the Hokage. The search has the potential to end badly, and Tsunade wanted nothing to do with her. But this ideological battle only spurred Naruto on, and soon, Tsunade would be convinced to see things his way. She just can’t say no to this star-eyed dreamer.
When Tsunade accepted the title of Hokage
Tsunade, Naruto, and Jiraiya fought Orochimaru and Kabuto shortly after that. This climax proved two things to Tsunade: that the Hidden Leaf Village has powerful enemies and that Naruto has the guts and strength to realize his dream of becoming a Hokage. And if a rambunctious 12-year-old has the things to become a great leader one day, then Tsunade certainly has, too. He decided to finally fulfill Dan and Nawaki’s dream.
She accepted the request to become the fifth Hokage of the Leaf Village, giving him a true leader and defender once again. Tsunade would continue to represent her people well in NarutoLater story arcs, such as when the five Kage teamed up against Madara Uchiha and Akatsuki. But his illustrious career in the Hokage began here, in the Search for Tsunade story arc. It sure beats losing all your savings playing dice.
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