In Naruto: Shippuden, Jiraiya died in episode 133 titled The Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant, after finding out the true identity of the leader of the Akatsuki.
Naruto: Shippuden is the second instalment in the Naruto franchise. The show premiered in 2007 after the conclusion of Naruto, which aired between 2002 and 2007.
Naruto: Shippuden’s premise is, “Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, adolescent ninja who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage, who is acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.”
Since the instalment was a coming-of-age story, one of the most difficult deaths in the series for protagonist, Naruto, and fans alike, came in episode 133 when his mentor and fan-favourite character, Jiraiya died after discovering the true identity of the Akatsuki leader.
Moreover, Jiraiya is one of the only characters that did not come back to life after his death.
Is Naruto: Shippuden different from Naruto?
Naruto: Shippuden followed after the conclusion of Naruto, for which the premise was, “Naruto Uzumaki, a mischievous adolescent ninja, struggles as he searches for recognition and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the village’s leader and strongest ninja.”
By 2007, Naruto had shaken off the stigma of having the Nine-Tailed Beast, hence, Shippuden was his coming-of-age story from adolescence to adulthood.
Simply put, Naruto details how Naruto was eventually welcomed into the Hidden Village and Shippuden is based on his hero’s journey to becoming the Hokage of Konoha.
What episode does Jiraiya die in Naruto: Shippuden?
Jiraiya, also known as the Toad Sage, was one of Konohagakure’s Sannin. In the anime manga series he was lauded over his toad summoning abilities which earned him the title, the “Toad Sage.”
But he was also known as Pervy Sage, a name he took pride in. This name was derived from the fact that Jiraiya was notorious for being a peeping tom when women were taking a bath, which he took pride in.
However, it was his mentor-mentee relationship with protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki, that captured the hearts of fans. Not only was Naruto his mentee, but he was also his godson.
As such, Jiraiya was one of the first people to help Naruto work on controlling his Nine-Tailed Beast and perfecting his Rasengan technique, which eventually translated into his success. Moreover, Jiraiya authored books in which he shared his knowledge in the hopes of helping others.
As such, when the Hidden Lead was in search of information about the Akatsuki, Jiraiya decided to investigate the whereabouts of the Akatsuki leader. Upon discovering their location, Jiraiya was surprised to find out that the leader was Pain, or Ngato, another one of his former mentees.
Their reunion was bittersweet, as the two got embroiled in a battle to the death in the episode titled The Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant. In this episode, Pain kills Jiraiya by impaling him with his pain chakra rods. From the six chakra rods, the fatal rod was the one impaled in the back of his neck.
But Jiraiya did not die before leaving a clue about the identity of the Akatsuki leader.
What message did Jiraiya leave for Naruto?
By the time he died, Jiraiya had left his series of books for Naruto to help him navigate growing up, almost as if he knew he would not live long enough to do so himself.
However, his death in episode 133 of Naruto: Shippuden served as a plot device. This is because with his last dying breath, Jiraiya encrypted a message that he sent with his toad friend, Fukasaku. This message was integral to the Hidden Leaf Village figuring out the identity of Akatsuki.
It eventually led to their demise as Naruto and Pain faced off. Their face-off was a six-episode long duel with many filler episodes starting in episode 163 and ending with episode 169.
Does Jiraiya come back to life?
Jiraiya is one of the Naruto characters that does not come back to life after his death. But in the third instalment of the series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, fans were spoiled in episode 129 when Boruto and Sasuke time travelled back to when the first generation was still young.
This episode featured Jiraiya, who by the end of the time travelling twentieth anniversary episode, figured out the identity of Boruto and his connection to Naruto.
Is Naruto: Shippuden on Netflix?
While Naruto: Shippuden is available on Netflix, if you are looking for a more comprehensive paid subscription video-on-demand platform on which to watch Shippuden, Naruto, and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, then it is advisable that you get a Hulu subscription instead. Additionally to offering all three instalments of the franchise, viewers can choose whether they want to watch the series with dubbing or subtitles.