Naruto: Shippūden - Painful Decision

Title: Naruto: Shippūden - Painful Decision

Series Identifier: Episode 201

Format: TV/Video


  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Anime

Conversation Topic:

  • Betrayal
  • Finding Oneself/Identity Development
  • Standing up for others
  • Standing up for oneself
  • Sacrifice for others
  • Taking responsibility for one’s actions

Relatable Experience:

  • Acceptance
  • Clarity/Understanding
  • Making Others Worry
  • Guilt


  • Sai watches Sakura and Naruto punish themselves, making themselves hurt, because they have imposed a demand upon themselves that they must rescue Sasuke. Sai lives with a curse that limits his behavior and he comes to realize that what Sakura and Naruto are doing self-imposing a “curse” upon themselves that causes them great pain. Sai shares this insight with Sakura and she realizes that it’s true, especially in Naruto’s case. Sakura feels guilty because she believes Naruto’s demands of himself are based on a promise Naruto made to Sakura many years ago.


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