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.
Slipping past the riot, Sasuke arrives at Jugo's cell. But Jugo refuses to be released, even going as far as to say he rather die a lonely death than to leave the hideout.
More than ten years ago, the rule of the Five Great Shinobi Nations was destabilized, throwing the world into a conflict later to be known as the Third Great Ninja War.
Obito ignores Kakashi's order to continue with the mission and leaves to save Rin, who was kidnapped by the Rock ninja. But the enemies detect Obito's arrival and defeat him. Kakashi arrives at the last minute and saves Obito.
After hunting down the Four Tails, Itachi and Kisame are summoned by the leader of the Akatsuki. The leader announces the death of Orochimaru to the gathered members and the possibility of his killer, Sasuke, setting his sights on the Akatsuki.
Under Kakashi's command, the Leaf ninja set off to find Itachi. Using Kakashi's ninja hounds, they gather as much information as they can on Itachi.
Upon encountering one another, Sasuke and Deidara engage in battle. After exchanging a few blows to test Sasuke's strength, Deidara conjures up his specialty clay dragon and wages long-range attacks against Sasuke from high above.
Determined to destroy the Sharingan to rid himself of the taste of defeat he received from Itachi, Deidara unleashes his biggest attack, the C4 Karura.
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