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Chibi Naruto Uzumaki Naruto Shippuden Sweatband
Manufacturer: GE Animation
In Part II, Naruto receives less attention than he does in Part I. As other characters begin to receive additional development and the plot begins to cover multiple incidents across large distances, Naruto's role in the story considerably lessens. Upon his return to Konoha, Naruto begins to deal more actively with the Akatsuki threat. He first saves Gaara from Akatsuki's clutches, and later proves instrumental in the downfall of Kakuzu. Still, Naruto most actively dedicates himself to finding and retrieving Sasuke. He and the rest of his team briefly locate Sasuke prior to his confrontation with Kakuzu, but Sasuke's rapid development provides an opponent the team cannot handle. After creating his new jutsu, Naruto and company try once again to find Sasuke. Though they almost succeed in this attempt, even running into Sasuke's brother, Itachi, they ultimately lose his trail and are forced to return home. After learning that Jiraiya has been killed by the Akatsuki leader, Pain, Naruto trains extensively and later defeats all six of Pain's controlled bodies, and he convinces the real one that he will find true peace.