The mystery behind the night of the Uchiha Massacre is revealed. Sasuke comes to realize his older brother Itachi's true intentions for the first time.
The Leaf Village Ninja fail to capture Itachi, and also lose track of Sasuke. Calling off their pursuit, the team is heading back to the village when an urgent assignment from Lady Tsunade comes in.
Successor of the Forbidden Jutsu
Naruto and his teammates are assigned to escort Hotaru, En no Gyoja's granddaughter, to the Tsuchigumo Clan's village located in the mountains.
The Successor's Wish
Hotaru parts with Naruto and his team. But the Magaki troops are one step ahead and threaten Hotaru.
Heir to Darkness
Hotaru is brought back to the fort in Mount Katsuragi and Naruto is outraged to learn the Forbidden Jutsu was embedded inside her.
Fearing for her safety, Naruto and Utakata work together to search for the missing Hotaru, leading them to the Tsuchigumo Clan's village.