The thirty-one episodes of the sixth season of the anime series Naruto: Shippuden are directed by Hayato Date and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo. They are based on Part II of the Naruto manga series by Masashi Kishimoto. The sixth season began airing on June 11, 2009 on TV Tokyo in Japan, and finished on January 14, 2010.  The English dubbed version of this season began on January 12, 2013, on Neon Alley.  They are centered around Sasuke Uchiha's quest of revenge against his older brother Itachi for their clan's destruction. It also features two arcs focusing on Kakashi Hatake and Jiraiya's backstories. The season is referred to by its DVDs as the chapter of Master's Prophecy and Vengeance (師の予言と復讐 Shi no Yogen to Fukushū ) released by Aniplex.
The seven DVD volumes were released in Japan between January 13, 2010 and July 7, 2011. Limited edition of Seventh DVD of "Master's Prophecy and Vengeance" comes with special DVD Behind the Scenes of Uchiha containing interview mixed with footage from episodes. Episodes 119-120 were released on separate on December 16, 2009 under the title of Kakashi Chronicles: Boys' Life on the Battlefield (カカシ外伝～戦場のボーイズライフ～ Kakashi Gaiden ~Senjō no Bōizu Raifu~ ).
On January 2, 2009 Viz Media and Crunchyroll began providing subtitled Naruto: Shippuden episodes.
This season uses five musical themes: two opening themes and three ending themes. "Hotaru no Hikari" (ホタルノヒカリ, "Glow of Fireflies") by Ikimono-gakari is used as the opening theme from episode 113 to episode 128, continuing its usage from the previous season. It was replaced in episode 129 with "Sign" by Flow. The first ending theme is "Shinkokyū" (深呼吸, "Deep Breath") by Super Beaver used for only the first three episodes of the season. "My Answer" by Seamo was used as the ending theme for episodes 116-128. It was replaced in episode 129 by "Omae Dattanda" (おまえだったんだ, "It Was You") by Kishidan and ran until episode 141. It was replaced by "For You" by Azu in episode 142. The third feature movie, Naruto Shippūden The Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire, which is based on the Naruto: Shippuden series, was released on August 1, 2009. The broadcast versions of episodes 119 to 124 include scenes from the movie in the opening themes, while still retaining the music "Hotaru no Hikari" by Ikimono-gakari.
|No.||Title||Original airdate||English airdate|
|113||"The Serpent's Pupil"
"Daija no dōkō" (大蛇の瞳孔)
|June 11, 2009||January 12, 2013|
|The time for the Reanimation jutsu is coming and Orochimaru's body is reaching its limit. Kabuto and Orochimaru discuss Sasuke's growth during the Chunin Exams. After practicing his ninja techniques, Sasuke makes a sudden attack on Orochimaru, having nothing else to learn from him. Orochimaru reveals his true form, a giant white snake, and makes his attempt to take Sasuke's body. Sasuke uses his Cursed Seal to counter it. Meanwhile, Tsunade discovers the Three-Tails is taken by Akatsuki.|
|114||"Eye of the Hawk"
"Taka no hitomi" (鷹の瞳)
|June 18, 2009||January 12, 2013|
|Orochimaru reminisces about the memories of his past, how he became interested in reanimation and the Sharingan. Orochimaru begins the ritual to take over Sasuke's body. Later on, Kabuto arrives to see Sasuke standing over Orochimaru's snake corpse, and from the Sharingan, he finds out what happened: Orochimaru had failed in possessing Sasuke's body, as Sasuke manages to reverse Orochimaru's Jutsu and absorbs Orochimaru into his body. Sasuke then leaves his hideout to find his own path.|
"Zabuza no daitō" (再不斬の大刀)
|June 25, 2009||January 12, 2013|
|Sasuke frees Suigetsu Hozuki from his hydro capsule, and requests his services. Suigetsu responds that he would gladly give them, on condition that he helps him find Zabuza's sword. They fail to find the blade at his grave, but learn that it is in the possession of a man named Tenzen Daikoku. Sasuke uses Tenzen's guarded fortress to test Suigetsu's combat abilities, and Suigetsu gets the blade without much effort. As promised, Suigetsu joins up with Sasuke, and goes with him to the Southern hideout.|
|116||"Guardian of the Iron Wall"
"Teppeki no bannin" (鉄壁の番人)
|July 2, 2009||January 12, 2013|
|The second member of Sasuke's team is revealed to be a woman named Karin. After Sasuke and Suigetsu arrive at the Southern Hideout, Sasuke requests that Karin comes with them. Despite her hesitations and quarrels with Suigetsu, Karin ultimately accepts after remembering her very first encounter with Sasuke. Sasuke orders Suigetsu to release the prisoners, and after that, they set off to recruit the final member of the team - Jugo.|
|117||"Jugo of the North Hideout"
"Kita ajito no Jūgo" (北アジトの重吾)
|July 9, 2009||January 14, 2013|
|While approaching the hideout, Karin explains that Jugo has abnormal homicidal impulses, and is the original carrier of the enzyme used to create Orochimaru’s Curse Mark. Upon arriving there, Sasuke and his team are attacked by a massive number of rampaging prisoners, who they manage to suppress. Later on, Sasuke is attacked by Jugo, but he expresses that he only wishes to talk with him. In the meantime, Naruto and Sakura find out that Sasuke has killed Orochimaru.|
|July 23, 2009||January 14, 2013|
|While fighting with Sasuke, Jugo remembers how he met his friend - Kimimaro, and what he experienced with him. After being told that Kimimaro has died for his sake, Jugo agrees to go with them, believing that Kimimaro lives on within Sasuke. After informing his newly formed team that his goal is to kill Itachi Uchiha of the Akatsuki, Sasuke names their group "Hebi" ["Snake"]. In the meantime, Naruto decides to go after Itachi in hopes of finding Sasuke.|
|119||"Kakashi Chronicles ~ Boys' Life on the Battlefield ~ Part 1"
"Kakashi Gaiden ~ Senjō no bōizuraifu ~ Zenpen" (カカシ外伝～戦場のボーイズライフ～前編)
|July 30, 2009||January 14, 2013|
|Around 17 years ago, during the Third Great Ninja War, the future Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, assigns 13 year old Kakashi Hatake, Obito Uchiha, and Rin, a medical ninja, on a mission to destroy Kannabi Bridge. As they head off, Kakashi unveils his new Jutsu: Chidori, which Minato notes is incomplete. That night, Minato tells Obito about how Kakashi's father committed suicide after being disgraced. The next day, Minato leaves and Rin is later kidnapped. Kakashi refuses to save her, but Obito ignores him and heads off on his own.|
|120||"Kakashi Chronicles ~ Boys' Life on the Battlefield ~ Part 2"
"Kakashi Gaiden ~ Senjō no bōizuraifu ~ Kōhen" (カカシ外伝～戦場のボーイズライフ～後編)
|July 30, 2009||January 14, 2013|
|Obito finds Rin, but is attacked by a Stone Ninja. Kakashi arrives and loses his left eye trying to save Obito. To help Kakashi, Obito is able to awaken his Sharingan. They both then rescue Rin, but the cave they're in collapses in on them, crushing Obito's right side. Obito decides to donate his left Sharingan eye to Kakashi and asks him to protect Rin. Kakashi then protects Rin from the enemy ninja before losing consciousness. They're later saved by Minato who helps them complete their mission and destroy Kannabi Bridge.|
|August 6, 2009||January 19, 2013 |
|After capturing the Four-Tailed Jinchūriki, Itachi and Kisame are summoned by their leader and told about Orochimaru's death. They are then warned about Sasuke's movements and that he may be coming after Itachi. Later, after sealing the Three-Tailed and Four-Tailed Beasts, Deidara and Tobi set out targeting either Naruto or Sasuke. Meanwhile, Hebi gathers supplies at an abandoned Uchiha warehouse and Kakashi assembles Team Kurenai, led by himself, to set out with Team Kakashi, led by Yamato, to capture Itachi.|
|August 13, 2009||January 19, 2013|
|As Naruto and the others set off with Kakashi's ninja hounds, Hebi scatters to look for information on Itachi. Sakura walks past Karin as Hinata, Yamato and Naruto run into Kabuto, who gives them a book with information on the Akatsuki. He then reveals that in a search to find himself, he has transplanted Orochimaru's remains into himself. He then leaves to track down Sasuke. Elsewhere, Sasuke is confronted by Tobi and Deidara and prepares for a battle with them.|
|August 20, 2009||January 19, 2013|
|Sasuke asks where Itachi is and slices through Tobi, as Deidara retreats to a distance. Tobi gets back up unharmed as Deidara retaliates with his chakra-level 1 (C1) explosives. Sasuke escapes with a simple replacement jutsu forcing Deidara to use one of his C2 creations, the C2 Dragon. Working with Tobi, they forced Sasuke to use the Curse Mark. In the end, Sasuke defeats their combos, and Deidara is left with no choice but to use his trump card that was meant for Itachi, the C4 Karura.|
|August 27, 2009||January 19, 2013|
|As Deidara's C4 Karura detonates, Sasuke perishes. Believing to have won, Deidara drops his guard, only to be pierced by Sasuke's Chidori. After being asked how he had survived, Sasuke reveals that he was never harmed and that Deidara was under his genjutsu. Deidara tries to kill Sasuke, but is misled by his Sharingan again. Both combatants collapse and Sasuke deactivates his Sharingan. Angered at being mocked, Deidara unveils his final attack, turning himself into a living bomb and detonating himself in an attempt to kill Sasuke.|
|September 3, 2009||January 21, 2013|
|Upon noticing the blast, Suigetsu summons Manda and finds out that Sasuke had used him to escape. Unable to survive, Manda dies from his wounds and Zetsu informs the remaining Akatsuki of the death of Deidara and Tobi. Naruto and the others get to the crater, and using Kiba's tracking skills they begin to track down Sasuke's scent. Meanwhile, the Akatsuki leader, Pain and his partner, Konan, are then ordered to capture the Nine-Tailed Jinchūriki by a mysterious man, Tobi, who reveals his identity to be Madara Uchiha.|
|September 10, 2009||January 21, 2013|
|Jiraya arrives in Konohagakure and tells Tsunade that he has information regarding Pain's location. In the meantime, Karin senses that they're being followed and asks Jugo to help her throw off their pursuers. As Hebi departs, Naruto encounters Itachi. After talking, Itachi departs, having more pressing matters to attend to. Meanwhile, Jiraiya and Tsunade discuss Naruto's parents, Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki, and the Foundation before Jiraiya departs for the Hidden Rain Village.|
|127||"Tales of a Gutsy Ninja ~Jiraiya Ninja Scroll~ Part 1"
"Dokonjō ninden ~Jiraiya ninpōchō~ Zenpen" (ド根性忍伝～自来也忍法帖～前編)
|September 24, 2009||January 21, 2013|
|Back in the times of the Third Hokage's youth, the young, soon-to-be Sannin are assigned to Hiruzen Sarutobi's platoon. Being fascinated by Sarutobi’s summoning jutsu, Jiraiya tries it himself, only to teleport himself to Mount Myoboku. There, Jiraiya trains under Fukusaku and meets the Great Lord Elder who has a vision of his future. Afterwards, Jiraiya goes on a journey with the goal to fulfill his destiny, meeting many strange characters on the way.|
|128||"Tales of a Gutsy Ninja ~Jiraiya Ninja Scroll~ Part 2"
"Dokonjō ninden ~Jiraiya ninpōchō~ Kōhen" (ド根性忍伝～自来也忍法帖～後編)
|September 24, 2009||January 21, 2013|
|Due to the Third Great Ninja War, Jiraiya, Tsunade and Orochimaru are sent to the Hidden Rain Village, where they are named the "Legendary Sannin" by Hanzo of the Great Salamander. While in the village, Jiraiya meets with Yahiko, Nagato and Konan who request help from him. Jiraiya accepts and proceeds to train them before returning home. He is later informed that all three children were killed. Some time later, Jiraiya trains Minato, who together with Kushina, names their unborn son "Naruto" after the main character in Jiraiya's first book.|
|129||"Infiltrate! The Village Hidden in the Rain"
"Sennyū! Amegakure no Sato" (潜入! 雨隠れの里)
|October 8, 2009||January 26, 2013|
|Jiraiya successfully infiltrates the Village Hidden in the Rain, where he wanders around town and speaks to the inhabitants about their leader, Pain. Unsuccessful in gathering information, he captures two lower ninja of the city in a frog's stomach, who end up telling him that the mysterious Pain had defeated the former leader of Rain, Hanzo, whom the Sannin together couldn't defeat. Meanwhile, Pain orders Konan to search for the intruder and she folds herself into origami butterflies.|
|130||"The Man Who Became God"
"Kami to natta Otoko" (神となった男)
|October 8, 2009||January 26, 2013|
|Pain changes into a new body and tells Konan to confront Jiraiya, their former sensei. Pain soon arrives himself and discusses his personal ideology and the Akatsuki's goals with Jiraiya. He reveals that the collection of the Tailed Beasts is in order to create a Forbidden Jutsu weapon that will be able to destroy entire nations in an instant, so that the world will be able to "mature" and develop an aversion for war. Pain then summons a crab to attack Jiraiya, which is defeated before Jiraiya summons a giant frog named Gamaken.|
|131||"Honored Sage Mode!"
"Hatsudō! Sennin Mōdo" (発動! 仙人モード)
|October 15, 2009||January 26, 2013|
|Jiraiya and Gamaken begin their battle against Pain, who has hidden himself using camouflage. Jiraiya uses a barrier jutsu to try and find him while preparing to enter Sage Mode. Meanwhile, Pain assaults Jiraiya with a barrage of animal summons, such as a multiplying dog, a rhino, a bird and a bull, and Jiraiya finally enters in Sage Mode, after sending Gamaken back home. He summons Lord Fukasaku and Lady Shima, who find Pain and destroy his chameleon. Pain then summons two more bodies.|
|132||"In Attendance, the Six Paths of Pain"
"Pein Rikudō, kenzan" (ペイン六道、見参)
|October 22, 2009||January 26, 2013|
|Jiraiya blinds one of the new Pains, and Lord Fukasaku suspects that all three share the same eyes and vision, while Jiraiya realizes that each of the bodies has only one specific purpose. Jiraiya stalls for time while Lord Fukasaku and Lady Shima prepare a powerful genjutsu to defeat the bodies and are successful in doing so. As Jiraiya leaves, another Pain ambushes Jiraiya destroying his left arm. As Jiraiya looks up he sees six Pains, including the three that were killed. He stands horrified wondering just who and what Pain is.|
|133||"The Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant"
"Jiraiya gōketsu monogatari" (自来也豪傑物語)
|October 29, 2009||January 28, 2013|
|Jiraiya kills one of the Pains only to realise he's fought him before. Lady Shima leaves on Jiraiya's request, before Jiraiya realizes that he has met all of the Pains before. He learns Pain's secret, but his throat is crushed before finally being impaled by the remaining Pains. As he begins to die, he remembers Naruto's determination and forces himself awake, where he writes a message on Lord Fukasaku's back. Pain then blasts him into the ocean, where Jiraiya dies happy, knowing that Naruto will live in his place.|
"Utage e no izanai" (宴への誘い)
|November 5, 2009||January 28, 2013|
|While Naruto's team continues their search for Sasuke, Sasuke meets Itachi in a cave, fights an illusion and is told to come to the Uchiha hideout. On their way, Sasuke's team is intercepted by a shadow clone of Naruto, which Sasuke easily dispatches. The real Naruto quickly sends his team after Sasuke, but they are stopped by Tobi. Meanwhile, Team Hebi is confronted by Kisame who won't let anyone but Sasuke pass. Sasuke carries on while his team, specifically Suigetsu, faces Kisame.|
|135||"The Longest Moment"
"Nagaki toki no naka de..." (長き瞬間の中で...)
|November 19, 2009||January 28, 2013|
|As Sasuke approaches the Uchiha hideout, Itachi recalls his past with his little brother and the assassination that he carried out after joining the Anbu and being under close watch for his suspicious activities. When Sasuke arrives, he declares that his eyes have shown him Itachi's death and the fated battle between the two brothers begins. Itachi's illusions deceive Sasuke as he explains that he conspired with Madara Uchiha, the Leaf's founder and the first to awaken the Mangekyo Sharingan, when he killed their clan.|
|136||"The Light & Dark of the Mangekyo Sharingan"
"Mangekyō Sharingan no hikari to yami" (万華鏡写輪眼の光と闇)
|November 19, 2009||January 28, 2013|
|As Zetsu watches on, Itachi explains to Sasuke the secret behind the Mangekyo Sharingan, and the history of the Uchiha clan. Besides being able to tame the Nine-Tailed Fox, the Mangekyo will eventually rob the user of his eyesight and the only way to overcome this obstacle is to steal the Sharingan eyes of that person's sibling. Sasuke retaliates against Itachi's assaults, but he is eventually pinned to a wall and has one of his eyes seemingly stolen by Itachi.|
|November 26, 2009||February 2, 2013|
|As Itachi moves in to take his remaining eye, Sasuke manages to overcome the Tsukuyomi he was placed under. With Genjutsu now useless, the brothers switch to Ninjutsu, with Sasuke gaining the upperhand. Itachi then unleashes Amaterasu, however Sasuke uses a Substitution Jutsu to escape the flames. Itachi berates Sasuke, claiming he now has no chakra left, but Sasuke reveals that he had come prepared, and has one last technique left that would make his dream of killing Itachi a reality.|
|December 3, 2009||February 2, 2013|
|Sasuke summons his Lightning jutsu, Kirin, and directs it at Itachi. However, Itachi rises again and reveals his final Mangekyo technique, Susano'o. With Sasuke weakened, Orochimaru is able to break free from his restrictive chakra and attempts to take Sasuke's body. However, Itachi retaliates by sealing him away into another dimension, ridding Sasuke of the Curse Mark. Out of jutsu, Sasuke is left at Itachi's mercy, but at the last second, Itachi taps Sasuke on his forehead and collapses onto the ground, dead.|
|139||"The Mystery of Tobi"
"Tobi no nazo" (トビの謎)
|December 10, 2009||February 2, 2013|
|The leaf ninja continue to fight Tobi, but all of their attacks manage to phase right through him. Zetsu arrives to inform Tobi of the outcome of the Uchiha match, and Madara drops his goofy persona in order to leave the fight and collect the brothers' bodies. Sasuke wakes up in a cave and Madara approaches him, introducing himself. An Amaterasu is unleashed from Sasuke's eye, but Madara recovers from it and mentions how in-depth Itachi's plans were. Sasuke asks what he means, and Madara tells him that Itachi was trying to protect him.|
|December 17, 2009||February 2, 2013|
|Madara tells Sasuke about the history of the Uchiha and how they and their rivals, the Senju clan, led by the future First Hokage, Hashirama Senju, once made a pact to unite the two clans as one and to make the first hidden village, Konoha. Afterwards, the Senju spied on and secretly discriminated against the Uchiha, forcing Madara, their leader, to leave and try to exact revenge upon them. Years later, the Uchiha were planning a coup d'etat on the village and Itachi was chosen by the village leaders to spy on the clan from the inside.|
|December 24, 2009||February 4, 2013|
|Madara continues by informing Sasuke that Itachi was a double-agent who was assigned to leak intel on the Uchiha back to the village. He then contacted Madara to help him undertake his mission of exterminating the Uchiha clan. They succeeded in their mission, although Itachi couldn't bring himself to kill Sasuke. Some time later, Sasuke reminisces on Itachi's final words to him, before breaking down into tears. He then changes his team's name to Taka and declares, with his new Mangekyo Sharingan, that their goal is to destroy Konoha.|
|142||"Battle of Unraikyo"
"Unraikyō no tatakai" (雲雷峡の闘い)
|January 7, 2010||February 4, 2013|
|The Konoha teams decide to head back home as Sasuke remembers that he saw Itachi crying after the massacre. He then states that he cannot rebuild the Uchiha clan in the same way that Itachi had envisioned. Madara, happy that he can use Sasuke for himself, assigns Taka the task of capturing the Eight-Tails while Akatsuki hunts the last two. Taka tracks down the host, Killer Bee, to the Land of Lightning and engages him in battle. Bee manages to overpower Jugo and Suigetsu before Sasuke steps up to fight him one-on-one.|
|143||"The Eight-Tails vs. Sasuke"
"'Hachibi' tai 'Sasuke'" (「八尾」対「サスケ」)
|January 14, 2010||February 4, 2013|
|Sasuke fights Killer Bee and is injured by his swords. Karin heals him, and Sasuke, Suigetsu, and Jugo then begin a combined assault on Bee until he decides to use the Eight-Tails' power. Sasuke is injured and revived again by Jugo, who regresses in age as a result. All healed, Sasuke unleashes Amaterasu on Bee in desperation, finally able to subdue him. Meanwhile, two Cloud ninja watch the fight from a cliff, and they notice the Uchiha crest on Sasuke's back. They rush the news to Bee's big brother, the Raikage.|