Despite the Leaf ninja rescue attempt, Naruto and Guren do not return. Frustration builds among the group, but as Three Tails wakes from its sleep, the Sealing Team makes a second attempt at the Four Corner Sealing Barrier.
Kabuto plots to have Three Tails crush the Leaf ninja by sacrificing Yukimaru’s power and life. Controlled by Yukimaru, the Three Tails’ awesome power is about to break free from the seal when an unexpected ally saves Shizune’s sealing team.
Kabuto finally appears before Naruto. Learning that Orochimaru used Guren’s and Yukimaru’s feelings for his own purposes, an enraged Naruto enters battle against Kabuto.
The Leaf ninja fall back and tend to their wounds. The battle has left everyone with serious injuries. Shizune examines Yukimaru, who is in a coma, but his body is no longer able to control the Three Tails.
Orochimaru agonizes in pain at his hideout, now requiring level-ten medications just to sustain his body. Even with excruciating pain Orochimaru is preparing for his transference ritual, and Kabuto can feel Orochimaru's further potential.
Orochimaru sheds his old body and transforms into a white serpent. As he attacks Sasuke to obtain his body, Orochimaru remembers the time he found the slough of a white snake in front of his parents' grave.
Sasuke has defeated Orochimaru. He then frees Suigetsu, a man trapped inside a water tank, and tells the man to join him.
Sasuke and Suigetsu visit the southern hideout to recruit their next member, Karin. Suigetsu is surprised at the hideout's low security level but is told that no prisoners can escape thanks to Karin's abilities.
Sasuke and his team head for the northern hideout to recruit their next member, Jugo. On the way, Karin explains that the northern hideout is a site for conducting horrific human experiments.
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