Naruto Episode 86: A New Training Begins: I Will Be Strong!
Naruto Episode 86 is one of the episodes of the original Naruto anime series. It follows the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. In this episode, Naruto and his mentor Jiraiya continue their search for Tsunade, a legendary medical ninja who might be able to heal Sasuke Uchiha, Naruto’s rival and friend who was badly injured by the rogue ninja Orochimaru.
The episode begins with Guy, another ninja from Naruto’s village, deciding to take Sasuke back to Konoha, the Hidden Leaf Village. He tells Jiraiya to hurry up and find Tsunade, as Sasuke’s condition is critical. Naruto adamantly states that they will find her and bring her back. Naruto’s determination impresses Guy, who bestows upon Naruto a green jumpsuit as a sign of respect and friendship.
Naruto and Jiraiya then resume their journey, but they are soon attacked by two mysterious ninjas who claim to be looking for Tsunade as well. They reveal themselves to be Kabuto Yakushi and Orochimaru, the same villains who attacked Sasuke and the Third Hokage in the previous arc. Orochimaru wants Tsunade to heal his arms, which were sealed by the Third Hokage’s final jutsu. Kabuto and Orochimaru easily overpower Naruto and Jiraiya, but they spare them for now, as they have other plans for them.
Naruto and Jiraiya manage to escape and reach a nearby town, where they finally locate Tsunade. However, they soon discover that she is not interested in returning to Konoha or healing anyone. She has lost her faith in the ninja world after losing her brother and lover in the wars. She also has a gambling addiction and a bad temper. She rejects Jiraiya’s offer to become the Fifth Hokage and insults Naruto’s dream of becoming the Hokage.
Naruto challenges Tsunade to a fight, but she easily defeats him with her superior strength and skill. She then makes a bet with him: if he can master a jutsu called the Rasengan within a week, she will give him her necklace, a precious heirloom that belonged to her grandfather, the First Hokage. But if he fails, he will have to give up his dream of becoming the Hokage. Naruto accepts the bet and begins his training with Jiraiya.
The episode ends with Orochimaru and Kabuto approaching Tsunade in a bar, offering her a deal: if she heals Orochimaru’s arms, he will revive her dead brother and lover using a forbidden jutsu called Edo Tensei. Tsunade is shocked and tempted by the offer, but she also senses something sinister behind it.
The next episode, Naruto Episode 87, continues the story of Naruto’s training and Tsunade’s dilemma. Naruto struggles to master the Rasengan, a powerful jutsu that requires precise control of chakra and rotation. Jiraiya explains that the Rasengan was created by the Fourth Hokage, Naruto’s father, and that it is a very difficult technique to learn. He also warns Naruto that Orochimaru and Kabuto are after Tsunade and that they might attack them at any moment.
Meanwhile, Tsunade listens to Orochimaru’s offer and asks for some time to think about it. She is torn between her desire to see her loved ones again and her loyalty to Konoha and the ninja world. She also feels guilty for abandoning her duties as a medical ninja and a Sannin, one of the three legendary ninjas along with Jiraiya and Orochimaru. She remembers how her brother Nawaki and her lover Dan died in the wars, and how she vowed to protect the lives of all ninjas as a way of honoring them.
Orochimaru gives Tsunade a week to decide, but he also secretly injects her with a poison that will paralyze her in three days. He hopes that this will force her to agree to his terms. Kabuto, however, is suspicious of Orochimaru’s motives and wonders if he is planning to betray Tsunade after she heals him.
The episode ends with Naruto making some progress in his training, but still far from mastering the Rasengan. He vows to prove Tsunade wrong and show her that he can become the Hokage. He also senses that something bad is going to happen soon.