Kakashi holds on to the hope that Obito can return to being the young man that he remembers. But Obito has abandoned the present as well as the memories of his friends and is determined to end the world!
Minato is filled with regret during his confrontation with Obito. He thinks if only he had recognised Obito as the Masked Man during the assault on the Hidden Leaf Village, he could have stopped the attack, and maybe Kushina would not have died.
The barrier is shattered, and Ten Tails appears! With unfathomable power in its attack, it sends shock waves through the air! Kurama takes the lead and tries to go on the offensive, but is helpless against Ten Tails' immense strength. Soon both Kurama and Gyuki exhaust their chakra and fade away.
The Allied Shinobi Forces begin their onslaught against Obito and Madara. But Ten Tails suddenly transforms and hurls powerful Tailed Beast Bombs toward distant towns. One after the other, the Tailed Beast Bombs find their targets. The shinobi wonder why Ten Tails is aiming so far away as one of the bombs heads toward HQ!
Naruto is overcome with grief over Neji's death, but Hinata's words restore his fighting spirit. Shikaku outlines his final strategy before he dies, in which Nine Tails will send its chakra to increase everyone's strength. United in their cause, Naruto and the shinobi set out to take on Ten Tails, determined that Neji and their comrades will not have died in vain!
After the end of the Third Great Ninja War, the Leaf Village is divided over who should become the next Hokage. Minato Namikaze is soon appointed as the Fourth Hokage, much to the annoyance of Danzo and Orochimaru. Meanwhile, Kakashi is haunted by the deaths of Obito and Rin, causing him to lose focus on his missions.
Kakashi becomes part of the ANBU Black Ops, an elite team of shinobi who are under the direct command of the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze. Although he is highly regarded by his peers, Kakashi's ruthless way of killing the enemy has earned him the nickname "Cold-blooded Kakashi."
At the Foundation, Kakashi meets a boy who uses Wood Style, a jutsu that only First Hokage Hashirama was capable of using. Kakashi goes to Third Hokage Hiruzen's library to seek answers and discovers records regarding Hashirama's cells.
Orochimaru is forced to flee the Hidden Leaf after Third Hokage Hiruzen exposes his illegal experiments. Danzo, fearing that Orochimaru's capture would lead to the exposure of his own involvement in the experiments, sends out one of his men to help the rogue ninja.
While pursuing Orochimaru, Kakashi wanders into a village inhabited by the Iburi Clan, a group of people with the unique ability to turn into smoke. Kakashi is soon captured and learns that the villagers all serve under Orochimaru.
Yukimi leaves the village to see the outside world, taking "Tenzo" with her. Kakashi tries to convince the two to return so that he can set a trap to capture Orochimaru, who is after Yukimi's blood. But Yamato, who has grown attached to Yukimi, abandons his original mission to protect his friend.
Danzo orders Tenzo to kill Kakashi and take his Sharingan. Reluctant at first, Tenzo decides to carry out his orders after learning that the Leaf Shinobi has come to be known as "Kakashi the Friend Killer".
After being saved by the target he was ordered to kill, Tenzo realises that the man known as "Kakashi the Friend Killer" is someone who values the lives of his comrades more than anyone. No longer wishing to kill Kakashi, Tenzo abandons the mission and returns to the Leaf Village, fully aware that his actions will stir up Danzo's anger.
Itachi Uchiha is inducted into Kakashi's unit as the youngest member of the ANBU Black Ops. Itachi's father, Fugaku, is pleased, thinking this will grant the Uchiha access to exclusive, top-secret Leaf intel. But Danzo, who wants intel on the Uchiha, orders Itachi to betray his family and clan by acting as a double agent.
Following the aftermath of the Nine-Tails incident, many on the Leaf Council voice suspicions that the Uchiha Clan were behind this tragedy. The Uchiha are then placed under 24 hour surveillance by the ANBU, which causes further tensions to arise.
Kakashi visits the Uchiha District and notices that the community seems more antisocial than the last time he visited. Meanwhile Itachi finds concrete evidence regarding the Uchiha Clan's coup against the Leaf. The fateful moment is fast approaching.
Hiruzen relieves Kakashi of his ANBU duties and assigns him a new position as a Jonin Leader. Reflecting on his past mistakes, Kakashi decides to use the same test that Minato once used to measure one's teamwork.
Kabuto's past is finally revealed. As child, a woman named Nonou raised Kabuto at an orphanage in the Leaf Village. One day, Danzo and Orochimaru visit the orphanage to provide financial aid under the condition that Nonou work as their spy.
The Five Kage watch helplessly as Madara activates his Perfect Susano'o to destroy them. Meanwhile, Itachi succeeds in undoing Kabuto's Reanimation Jutsu. Before fading away, Itachi reveals to Sasuke the truth behind the Uchiha massacre.
Having absorbed the chakras of all nine Tailed Beasts, the Gedo Statue begins its transformation into Ten Tails. Naruto, Killer Bee, Kakashi, and Guy try to destroy the Gedo Statue but are stopped by the masked man who is able to phase through all of their attacks.
Kakashi is disturbed to discover a strange connection between the masked man's Transportation Technique and his own Kamui Jutsu. Naruto throws everything he's got against the masked man and succeeds in shattering his mask. The identity of the masked man is finally revealed!
The identity of the masked man is revealed to be Kakashi's old friend Obito, previously believed to have died in the battle of Kannabi Bridge. Naruto and the others are further shocked when they learn that Obito has been working with Madara Uchiha for years to orchestrate Project Tsuki no Me.
After the Battle of Kannabi Bridge, Obito finds himself inside the hidden lair of Madara Uchiha, who saved the young shinobi's life. There, Obito works to rehabilitate his injured body in the hopes of being reunited with Kakashi and Rin. But when Obito learns that they are in danger, he leaves Madara's hideout to go help his friends and is forced to witness something he does not wish to see.
Obito watches in disbelief as Kakashi kills Rin. Unable to accept the harsh reality, Obito decides to carry out Madara's dream so that he can create an ideal world where Rin still exists. Taking on the name Madara Uchiha, Obito sets out to find Nagato, who possesses the Rinnegan necessary to accomplish project Tsuki-no-me.
Years ago, Yahiko, Nagato, and Konan form the Akatsuki to realize their dream of bringing peace to the Hidden Rain. Starting out small, they gradually gain recognition and support from other shinobi, including Hanzo the Salamander. But Obito, disguised as Madara Uchiha, warns the three that their ideals will never be realised.
Danzo deliberately misleads Hanzo, telling him that the Akatsuki are attempting to sabotage the peace talks between the Hidden Rain and Stone. Believing his story, Hanzo sets up a trap to crush the Akatsuki for the sake of his people.
Naruto and Killer Bee take on the six Reanimated Jinchuriki, who've been equipped with the Rinnegan. Using his past experience from fighting the Six Paths of Pain, Naruto devises a plan to stop the Jinchuriki.
Kakashi and Guy arrive in the nick of time to back up Naruto and Killer Bee. The fight intensifies even further when three out of the six Reanimated Jinchuriki enter Tailed Beast State, forcing Naruto and the others to throw in everything they've got.
Naruto finds himself inside Four Tails' inner world, where he promises to free Four Tails from Madara's control. Listening in on their conversation, Nine Tails recalls all the time he has spent sealed inside Naruto.
For years, Naruto was the target of Nine Tails' undying hatred. But their time together has made Nine Tails understand Naruto more than anyone. As Naruto continues to try and free Four Tails from Madara's control, Nine Tails begins to undergo a change.
The tide of battle is slowly shifting in the Allied Forces' favor, but many are uncertain that they really stand a chance against Madara Uchiha. To help boost their spirits, Shikaku orders Inoichi to send out a message to every member of the forces.
Suigetsu and Jugo's search for Sasuke leads them to one of Orochimaru's old hideouts where they come across his research data, which could tip the outcome of the Fourth Great War. Meanwhile, Sasuke finally sets out to settle his score with Naruto.
Madara is prepping his new jutsu Limited Tsukuyomi, choosing Naruto as his test subject. Meanwhile, Naruto is spending his day off alone in his room. Thinking that Naruto is lonely, Lee suggests they all go to the bathhouse.
Naruto and the others finally regain their lost memories regarding Yota. Years ago, the Leaf Village kids came to befriend Yota, but the adults believed the young boy was a spy and took him away for questioning.
Kabuto reanimates an army of unknown shinobi led by Danzo's former bodyguard Torune to retrieve the ones he lost to the Allied Forces. But aside from Torune, the reanimated shinobi are all weak and are quickly sealed away.
During their battle against the White Zetsu, Shino's beetles detect the presence of another enemy. Leaving the fight to Kiba and the others, Shino goes to investigate and finds Torune preparing to unleash his forbidden jutsu.
Kabuto reanimates Fukai to attack Killer Bee and Motoi. Fukai warns Killer Bee to escape before being taken over by Kabuto. To everyone's surprise, Fukai releases Eight Tails' chakra and enters Tailed Beast State.
A reanimated Granny Chiyo attacks Kankuro and Mifune's team. Kankuro fights back by using the human puppet of Sasori. The sight of Sasori causes Granny Chiyo to recall the painful memories that led her grandson to create his human puppets.
White Zetsu's ability to mimic people's appearances has wrought confusion and distrust within the Allied Shinobi Forces. Naruto arrives to assist, and using his sensory powers, he identifies all the disguised White Zetsu clones, changing the tide of the battle.
Gaara leads the Fourth Company into battle against the previous Kage, including his father, the late Fourth Kazekage. The Fourth Kazekage attacks Gaara in order to determine if his son is truly worthy to be the current Kazekage.
The Fourth Company continue their fight against the reanimated Kage. Gaara and Ohnoki team up to hold off Second Tsuchikage Mu, while the remaining shinobi take on the Second Mizukage, who is willing to be sealed away.
Shikamaru, Choji, Neji, and Kiba find themselves up against some familiar faces from the past. The Sound Ninja Four have been brought back by Kabuto's Reanimation Jutsu, and they are ready to seek vengeance.
Three years ago, Leaf Anbu Yugao Uzuki lost her lover Hayate Gekko in battle. Unable to cope with his death, Yugao has since left the Anbu and joined the Medical Corps. Meanwhile, Kabuto has reanimated Hayate.
Kakashi assigns Sai to take over for the Sealing Corps, who are recovering from sealing the reanimated shinobi. But Sai is not sure if he can handle the responsibility. Soon afterwards, the Third Company is attacked by Jinin Akebino.
While investigating the village near Tonika, Kabuto confronts Naruto. An epic battle erupts as Kabuto uses the forbidden Reanimation Jutsu against Naruto. In the meantime, Dokku and the five survivors lie low at the village.
Naruto and Sakura decide to stay at Shiseru's house overnight to help watch over the survivors. Although the children cry and miss their deceased parents, Dokku and Shiseru try hard to bring everyone together as a new family.
Naruto makes his entrance onto the battlefield and uses his sensory powers to detect and destroy the transformed White Zetsu clones. During the battle, Shikaku updates Naruto with what they currently know on Madara.
With many of the shinobi away serving in the Fourth Great Ninja War, the Leaf Village is left with just the mothers and children to protect it. Konohamaru is eager to guard the village but is quickly discouraged by the adults who tell him to just go about his day as usual.
The Allied Shinobi Forces are on standby, ready to confront Madara's army of reanimated shinobi and 100,000 White Zetsu. But distrust still exists among the Allied Shinobi Forces, who were once sworn enemies until recently.
Kankuro's commando unit enters enemy territory to set up a stronghold for the Allied Shinobi Forces. They are immediately ambushed by the Akatsuki's own commando unit comprised of the reanimated Deidara and Sasori.
Kakashi and his unit devise a strategy to take on the Kekkei Genkai shinobi, but it's foiled by Kabuto, who uses the Reanimation Jutsu to summon the most powerful members of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist.
Naruto and the others encounter a thief who claims that he is Naruto Uzumaki of the Hidden Leaf. The real Naruto easily takes care of the imposter and hands him over to a ninja who was after the thief.
As the Leaf ninja's ship heads toward their final stop for supplies before entering the Land of Lightning, Yamato warns the crew to stay alert for enemies who could mimic both the appearance and chakra of their closest allies.
During his final stop for supplies on an island in the Land of Water, Naruto runs into Akatsuchi and Kurotsuchi of the Hidden Stone, who are on an assignment to deliver a letter from the Tsuchikage addressed to the Mizukage.
After a long voyage at sea, Naruto's ship finally arrives at the island of its destination. Before everyone can rejoice, a giant squid attacks the ship. Fortunately, the crew is saved by Killer Bee, the Eight Tails' jinchuriki host.
Tsunade sends out Naruto under the guise of a top-secret mission to keep him hidden away from the Akatsuki. Unfortunately, Naruto, Yamato, Gai, and Aoba are stuck at the pier due to a report of a monster attacking ships.
During their voyage, Naruto, Yamato, Gai, and Aoba stop at an island to recover from severe seasickness. There, they unexpectedly meet up with Sakura, Ino, and Choji, who are on an assignment to gather medical herbs for Tsunade.
Making a stop at a nearby port to stock up on supplies, Naruto buys a rare mushroom from a vegetable merchant. But soon after they set sail for their next destination, Naruto and the other crewmembers find their ship infested with poisonous mushrooms.
As he prepares for the coming war, Shikamaru begins to feel the pressure of shouldering the lives of his friends. To help ease his mind, Shikaku sends his son on a mission to Mokuzu Island where Shikamaru meets up with Naruto.
The Kage respond to Madara's declaration of war by forming the Allied Shinobi Forces, with the Raikage as their leader. Meanwhile, Sakura arrives in the Land of Iron to speak with Naruto, but her confession surprises him. Elsewhere, Kisame appears before Killer Bee and his master as an unwelcome guest.
Killer Bee engages in a deadly battle against Kisame, who has come to capture the Eight Tails. Kisame reveals to Killer Bee that his weapon, Samehada, possesses the ability to rob and convert enemy chakra into the wielder's own strength. Now infused with more strength, Kisame shows his true power as the Tailless Tailed Beast. Elsewhere, while in pursuit of Danzo, Ao falls into Foo's deadly trap.
Naruto learns from Sai that Sakura intends to kill Sasuke with her own hands. The Sand arrives to brief the Leaf Ninja about what happened at the Five Kage Summit. Gaara then tells Naruto his own decision and asks what action Naruto will take as Sasuke's friend. Meanwhile, Madara appears before Danzo.
Kakashi decides to go after Sakura to stop her, while Yamato and Naruto are ordered to return to the Leaf Village. But Naruto, tormented by the recent string of events, collapses from hyperventilation. Meanwhile, Sasuke confronts Danzo and, after seeing the many Sharingan embedded in his enemy's right arm, angrily questions if Danzo is truly the one who ordered Itachi to kill the Uchiha Clan.
Danzo's uncanny jutsu prevents Sasuke from landing a clean hit on his enemy. As Karin attempts to analyze Danzo's jutsu, Madara recognises it as Izanagi, the Uchiha's forbidden Visual Jutsu and ultimate genjutsu technique that enables the user to control the space between fantasy and reality.
Danzo believes he's won the battle against Sasuke. Little does he realize, Sasuke placed him under genjutsu before they last exchanged blows. Not knowing his Izanagi has already expired, Danzo finds himself severely wounded and beginning to lose control over the First Hokage's cells inside of him. Still determined to survive and achieve his goal, Danzo decides to take Karin as a hostage.
Having tracked down Sasuke's whereabouts with Kiba's nose, Sakura attempts to put her allies to sleep and carry out the task of killing Sasuke herself. As Sakura heads toward Sasuke, she begins to recollect her fond memories of Team 7.
Memories from his childhood course through Naruto's mind as he rests to recover from his hyperventilation. Now realising what it means to gain something dear and then lose it, Naruto sneaks out of the inn to follow behind Sakura and Kakashi to find Sasuke.
Sakura tells Sasuke that she wishes to desert the village and join him. A skeptical Sasuke tells Sakura he will believe her if she can finish off Karin. When Sakura hesitates to do so, Sasuke attacks her with Chidori but is stopped by Kakashi, who has arrived in the nick of time.
Naruto reproaches Sasuke for attempting to kill Sakura. Then Sasuke reveals that he killed Danzo with his own hands. He goes on to declare his intent to purify the Uchiha Clan's name by annihilating the Hidden Leaf, whom he holds responsible for dishonouring the Uchiha Clan. Naruto, ignoring Kakashi's order to leave with Sakura, charges toward Sasuke with his Rasengan.
Years ago at the Final Valley, Sasuke told Naruto about high-level shinobi being able to understand one another just by trading blows. Having become a high-level shinobi, Naruto is now able to understand Sasuke's heart, and he tells Sasuke to direct all of his hatred towards him.
Killer Bee returns to the Hidden Cloud Village to the delight of Omoi and Karui. He has brought Kisame's sword, Samehada, with him. Bee believes the sword has taken a liking to him but is unaware that this is all just part of the Akatsuki's plan. Meanwhile, Sai informs the Leaf Shinobi of Danzo's fate.
The formation of the Allied Shinobi Forces is ratified by the Feudal Lords of the Five Great Nations. Each Kage returns to their village to prepare for the coming war. Meanwhile, Naruto has returned to the Leaf Village and asks Shikamaru to gather up his friends.
On his way home Naruto comes across a rock pasted with a peculiar talisman, which he tears off without thinking. That night, Naruto is surprised to find an amnesiac ghost standing near his bed. Meanwhile, an important meeting is being held at the Leaf Village regarding a new security plan.
Team 7 is after a group of thieves who have stolen the precious Golden Statue from the Feudal Lord's sister. Having spotted the thieves, Sakura attempts to contact Kakashi. But eager to take the credit for retrieving the statue themselves, Naruto and Sasuke move in on their own, only to fail and have Sakura taken away as hostage. To make matters worse, the enemy's jutsu has left Naruto's and Sasuke's hands completely stuck to one another.
Team 7 and Team 10 are assigned to help a village that is troubled by bandits. Kakashi and Asuma head out to find a secure passageway necessary to storm the bandit hideout, while the remaining genin stay behind. But when a hostage is taken right before their eyes, Shikamaru must come up with a plan to handle the situation.
Sasuke's jealousy of Naruto's tremendous growth in strength causes friction between the two. Tsunade decides to give them some time apart by assigning them separate missions. Naruto and Sakura are assigned to escort a girl named Naho, a relative of the Daimyo. But Naho strongly insists on having Sasuke as her guard. Meanwhile, while searching for a wanted shinobi who has entered the Land of Fire territory, Sasuke and Kakashi stumble upon a shocking discovery.
Team Samui of the Hidden Cloud arrive at the Leaf Village and are shocked to find it in ruins. Nonetheless, they carry out their orders to deliver the Raikage's official letter to the Hokage, when Danzo appears and announces that he is the new Hokage. The news of Danzo becoming Hokage and issuing orders to dispose of Sasuke reaches Naruto and Sakura. Outraged, the two decide to confront Danzo, only to be halted by Kakashi.
Karui and Omoi of the Hidden Cloud press Naruto to give information regarding Sasuke. Naruto realises they're motivated by wanting to save their captured master, but decides he cannot sell out his friend. Instead, Naruto offers himself as a punching bag for Karui and Omoi to abuse to their hearts' content. Meanwhile, Danzo summons his most skilled men from the Foundation to accompany him to the Five Kage Summit.
Kage from each nation set out to attend the Five Kage Summit. Also attending is Danzo, who intends to use this opportunity to firmly establish his position as the new Hokage. Meanwhile, Naruto, Yamato, and Kakashi follow Team Samui in the hopes of meeting the Raikage and asking him to spare Sasuke's life.
To prevent the cycle of hatred bound to occur should Sasuke be killed, Naruto goes to the Raikage and begs him to forgive Sasuke, but the Raikage quickly dismisses the request. Meanwhile, the Five Kage assemble in the Land of Iron to hold the Five Kage Summit Conference.
Mifune calls for the formation of the Allied Shinobi Forces to counter the Akatsuki and proposes the Hokage to lead them. Unbeknownst to all, Danzo is secretly manipulating Mifune using his Ocular Jutsu. Meanwhile, Sai reveals Naruto's actions to Sakura, going on to tell her that like Sasuke, Sakura is also causing Naruto to suffer.
Madara, who has taken an interest in Naruto, makes a sudden appearance before Naruto and reveals the truth behind Itachi's actions. Meanwhile, the samurai learn of Sasuke and his team Taka's entry into the Land of Iron, and battle ensues between the two groups. Sasuke searches for his target Danzo as he takes out the samurai one after another, when an enraged Raikage and his men stand in the way.
The truth behind Itachi's actions leaves Naruto, Kakashi, and Yamato in shock. Madara then goes on to reveal the eternal hate stemming from as far back as the rivalry between the two sons of the legendary Sage of the Sixth Paths and its relation to the Uchiha clan. Meanwhile in the Land of Iron, Sasuke and the Raikage are fighting a battle to the death when Gaara, the Kazekage, intervenes.
Having blocked the combined attacks of Gaara, Temari, Kankuro, and Darui with his Susanoo, Sasuke goes after Danzo. However, Danzo has fled the scene, and Sasuke finds himself confronted by the Mizukage and Tsuchikage.
The four Kage are startled by the sudden appearance of Madara Uchiha. Having sent Sasuke away to safety using the Transportation Technique, Madara unveils to the Kage his Project Tsuki no Me. By resurrecting the monster Ten Tails and becoming its Jinchuriki Host, Madara plots to bring the entire world under his Genjutsu control. When the four Kage refuse to hand over the two remaining Tailed Beasts, Madara declares war, and the Fourth Great Ninja War begins.
The Leaf ninja work to rebuild the Hidden Leaf Village. While helping with the restoration, Naruto and Sakura are reunited with two old friends, the carpenter Tazuna and his grandson Inari from the Land of Waves. Having heard of the Leaf's crisis, the two rushed to help rebuild the village. The joyous reunion stirs Naruto to recall an incident that took place shortly after their mission in the Land of Waves.
As Naruto and Sakura celebrate their reunion with Inari and Tazuna, they recall an incident that took place three years ago, shortly after their mission in the Land of Waves. Having completed a D-rank mission to bring back a runaway ostrich, Team 7 stops in a town for some rest, where they encounter a man named Tsukado who is out to avenge the death of his relative.
News of the Leaf Village's destruction has reached the Sand Village. Kankuro and Temari worry about their allied nation's well-being, but Gaara, recalling a past mission carried out with the Leaf's Team 7, points out that the Leaf Village has Naruto with them.
Naruto visits Sakura, who is caring for Tsunade. Sakura recalls an incident that took place three years before, in which she collapsed from symptoms that resembled a disease caused by a mysterious virus, one that turns a ninja's chakra into fever. The village records indicated that Naruto, the last person Sakura came into contact with, had visited the village where the plague was said to have originated.
Tenten and Neji head for the Leaf Ninja Tool Research Lab to procure ninja tools necessary for rebuilding the Leaf Village. The two recall their last visit to the research lab, where they met an absentminded ninja tool researcher named Iou and his assistant Shoseki.
Condor, the ostrich previously captured by Team 7, now lives in a forest with baby ostriches. Since his last escape, Condor has trained himself to become a ninja ostrich, capable even of human speech. Condor tells the baby ostriches the history of his battles with Naruto.
Rock Lee is still hospitalised following his injuries in the Chunin Exam. After accidentally finishing off Lee's last special youth drink, Naruto asks Guy to make more, only to learn one of its key ingredients, the Jofuku Flower, is out of stock. Hearing the destination of their next mission is where the plant can be found, Naruto is determined to get the Jofuku Flower for Lee's sake.
In order to bring back Sasuke and to learn to defend himself against the Akatsuki, Naruto sets out on a journey to train under Jiraiya. Jiraiya takes Naruto to a village in the hopes of teaching him how to counter the Sharingan's genjutsu attack. There, the two meet Tanishi, a young boy whose family Jiraiya befriended years ago.
Naruto and Jiraiya attempt to save a village from Kandachi, a former right-hand man to Hanzo of the Hidden Rain. But their plan is thwarted by Tanishi, who reveals their identities in fear of the Rain ninja's wrath. A furious Kandachi summons the Conch King to attack Naruto and Jiraiya.
Granny Cat requests that Sasuke and Team 7 collect the last cat paw print necessary to complete the Paw Encyclopedia. For this D-rank mission the team head out without Kakashi, only to learn their target is a big shot called Nekomata who rules the ninja cats from behind the scenes. In order to infiltrate Nekomata's impenetrable fortress, Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura devise a secret plan.
Naruto is assigned to a team led by jonin Hayama to patrol the north border of the Leaf Village. One of his teammates is Kosuke, an old man who has been a genin for over fifty years, earning him the title Eternal Genin. Setting up camp near the border, the team stays alert for possible enemy attack. However, the number of enemy forces turns out to be more than what they have anticipated.
A beautiful kunoichi spy named Hanare is captured for attempting to gather intel on the Hidden Leaf. The Leaf Intel Division interrogates Hanare to learn who sent her, but to little avail. When Inoichi scans Hanare's mind, he is surprised to find an image of a young Kakashi.
During the Chunin Exam, Neji rests in the medical room, having lost to Naruto. Just as Tenten comes in to check up on him, they see the Leaf Village attacked by Orochimaru and his men. Rushing back to the spectator stand, the two find the Elder of the Hyuga clan injured, and learn that Hinata has been kidnapped by two Hidden Cloud ninja. Neji, along with Tenten, Kiba, and Akamaru, sets out on an A-rank mission to retrieve the Byakugan and rescue Hinata.