The Ultimate

The Ultimate” (極めし者, Kiwameshi Mono) is episode 401 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


Shira accepts Lee’s offer to fight him one on one. The two begin their battle, and as they exchange fierce attacks, both seem to be equally on par with one another. Observing the battle, Neji notes that Lee will sustain more damage due to Shira having a much superior physique. Eventually noticing that he is at a disadvantage, Lee attempts to open the Eight Gates, but finds that he cannot; Shira having blocked his tenketsu, therefore stopping his chakra flow.

Shira then resorts to attacking silently, further putting the pressure on Lee. Remembering one of his training sessions with Guy, Lee is able to predict and counter Shira’s moves. His tenketsu is ultimately released by Shira, and thus, Lee is able to open the Eight Gates once more. Shira activates the Seven Heavens Breathing Method, his own self-made equivalent of the Eight Gates, enhancing his lung capacity and his attacks to another level. Though both now seem evenly matched, Lee soon gains the upper hand after activating the Fifth Gate of Limit. Ultimately, this clash culminates in Lee’s victory. Elsewhere, Gaara is informed by his subjects that Kegon and Yōrō are actually jōnin in disguise. Gaara orders them not to tell anyone else about this and begins to spy on Team Fū, using his Third Eye. However, to his shock, Fū quickly found his sand eye, forcing him to cancel the technique. Gaara then realised the truth about the kunoichi.


Role Seiyū English Voice Actor
English Japanese Rōmaji
Fifth Kazekage: Gaara Akira Ishida 石田 彰 Ishida Akira Liam O’Brien
Neji Hyūga Koichi Tochika 遠近 孝一 Tōchika Kōichi Steve Staley
Tenten Yukari Tamura 田村 ゆかり Tamura Yukari Danielle Judovits
Rock Lee Yoichi Masukawa 増川 洋一 Masukawa Yōichi Brian Donovan
Might Guy Masashi Ebara 江原 正士 Ebara Masashi Skip Stellrecht
Shira Yuhei Takagi 高木 裕平 Takagi Yūhei Ray Chase
Yome Megumi Han 潘 めぐみ Han Megumi Erin Fitzgerald
Sen Mariko Higashiuchi 東内 マリ子 Higashiuchi Mariko Michelle Ruff
Ryoko Shiraishi 白石 涼子 Shiraishi Ryōko Kari Wahlgren
Totchi Daisuke Nakamura 中村 太亮 Nakamura Daisuke Liam O’Brien
Kun Sho Okumura 奥村 翔 Okumura Shō Kirk Thornton
Examiner Kosuke Goto 後藤 光祐 Gotō Kōsuke Richard Cansino

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