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 Chapter 452
Chapter 452: "Closing in on Danzou!!" - Kakashi states it's not surprising, especially since Sasuke is a missing-nin and they are normally assassinated. Sakura and Naruto both declare they're going to speak with Danzou but Kakashi tells them to hold off, they'll only make things worse and possibly get thrown in jail. He explains to Naruto that since he is the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki, Danzou could easily restrict him to Konoha, which would prevent him from leaving to look for Sasuke. Elsewhere Danzou orders Sai to watch Naruto. Sai accepts the order and asks what he plans to do with Naruto. Danzou explains that Naruto's a hero to the village now, so he can't act against him with the Jounin approval vote coming soon. He explains that Naruto is a Jinchuuriki and he won't be as weak as Tsunade. A short time passes and Sai meets Naruto and Sakura. They ask Sai to tell them more about Danzou but he says he can't. This angers Naruto and Sakura but Sai says it's not that he's taking his side. He opens his mouth to show his tongue which bears a seal. He explains how Danzou placed the seal on Root members to prevent their revealing of secret information. He explains that this is how Danzou protected Konoha by hiding Root's generally bad actions done for the village. Sakura asks why Danzou went back on Tsunade's promise to not kill Sasuke and Sai is surprised, as he hadn't heard that. Suddenly a voice demands everything they know on Sasuke, it's Karui with her sword extended. Suddenly Naruto grabs Sai's short sword and knocks Karui's katana away. As he moves to strike her with his elbow, Omoi bends over and blocks the strike his sword hilt. Naruto forms Kage Bunshin and Karui flips over Omoi to attack. He warns his teammate not to cut them and she reverses her sword. Naruto's clone easily grabs the blade, surprising Karui. Sakura and Sai then move to strike. Karui dodges Sai's kick and Omoi turns to knock Sakura away. As Naruto moves to catch Sakura, Karui hits and disperses his clone. Naruto yells for them to reveal their intentions and Sakura recognizes their forehead protectors. Omoi demands to know about Sasuke and Sakura asks what it has to do with Cloud. Omoi yells that Sasuke attacked their village. Karui explains that he took their master and they don't know if he's alive any longer. Sakura asks why Sasuke would do that and Omoi asks why he should know Akatsuki's motives? Naruto asks what he means and Karui says that Sasuke is a member of Akatsuki. Naruto and Sakura are surprised and Omoi explains how the Raikage dispatched them to kill Sasuke. They'll get their revenge for their master. Naruto gathers himself and wonders just what happened with his friend...
 Chapter 453
Chapter 453: "The Night Before the Five Kage Summit...!!" - As Team Hawk travels, Tobi swirls into existence before them. Sasuke asks how Madara knew his location and the elder ninja says it's within his powers. Sasuke says they're through with Akatsuki but Tobi says not quite, they failed their mission and he's not happy about it. So they still must work for the group. Sasuke asks what if he says no, to which the man says they’ll have to fight. Sasuke charges Chidori and lunges at Tobi. He phases through the man, who says Sasuke’s current goal is useless anyway, Konoha was destroyed. Zetsu arrives and reveals Danzou is the new Hokage. Tobi says he figured as much. He states that Pain destroyed Konoha, and their actions have caught the attention of the Kage, who plan to meet. In Konoha, Sakura asks how Sasuke could be in Akatsuki. Karui calls her annoying and asks what the man is to her anyway? Sakura becomes emotional and Naruto asks if they're sure it was Sasuke. Karui confirms and demands to know why Sakura is crying, as they're the ones who lost Killer Bee and Yugito. Sai tells them to calm down, because if the kill order is official the village will provide the needed information. The Cloud duo state they simply want all the information they can get, they can't let what happened to their master pass. Naruto remembers his goal to avenge Jiraiya and asks if Killer Bee was a Jinchuuriki? He explains that he's one too and Akatsuki want the hosts alive, so there's still a chance to save him. The Cloud are surprised and Naruto suggests they try to find Bee before going after Sasuke. He says he'll help them and give information on Akatsuki. Sakura looks to Naruto for reassurance and he says to leave things to him. Karui asks Naruto his name. Elsewhere Suigetsu is surprised Naruto took out Pain. Zetsu says he's strong, stronger than Sasuke probably. Sasuke says he doesn't care; their goal is to head to the Kage Summit and take Danzou's head. Zetsu splits in two and states he'll lead them to the meeting place. The group leaves and Juugo asks if they can trust Akatsuki. Sasuke says he'll use Amaterasu if needed. And there's something else he wants to test. Zetsu congratulates Tobi and the elder expresses surprise at Nagato’s betrayal, as the Tensei jutsu was supposed to be reserved for he himself. He reveals that Sasuke may become more powerful than Nagato, but he doesn't plan to sync him with Gedou Mazou. Naruto has delayed their plans and there's no more need for caution, they'll fast track the "Eye of the Moon" plan. Elsewhere a voice calls for Kankurou to hurry and the man explains that he was delayed preparing his puppets. Matsuri tells the Kazekage to be careful and Ebizou tells Temari and Kankurou he's leaving the Kazekage's protection to them. Gaara tells them to move out and Kankurou questions Gaara's need for bodyguards...
 Chapter 454
Chapter 454: "The Five Kage Appear...!!" - Gathered Rock ninja big farewell to the Tsuchikage, and ask Kurotsuchi and Akatsuchi to watch after him. After complaining about his age, the Kage throws out his back trying to lift his pack. The huge Akatsuchi lifts the elder and his luggage and they set out. In Mist, the gathered ninja big farewell to the Mizukage and her attendants Ao and Choujuurou, a young Seven Swordsman member. In Cloud, the Raikage asks for word on Samui. His secretary says she will probably be in contact soon. He and his attendants Shii and Darui make ready to leave. Eager to head out, Raikage bursts through the window. Back in Konoha, Karui and Omoi interrogate Naruto at a secluded location. Naruto thinks over what Sasuke means to him and the village and states that he can't betray his friend. He remembers his father's and Nagato's comments on the cycle of hatred. His words infuriate Karui, and he attempts to explain how killing Sasuke will only cause the cycle to continue. Omoi asks what they should do with their hatred? Naruto declares they should take it out on him. Karui slugs Naruto and continues beating him to see if it will really make things better. Sai watches from a distance. In the Hokage tent, the gathered Root report on the members tracking Anko. They ask if they should kill her, Danzou says no. They must find Kabuto before she does. He thinks over his connection to Orochimaru and states Orochimaru's experimental data is important for his right arm and eye...
 Chapter 455
Chapter 455: "Bond...!!" - Danzou directs two of his men to remain behind as his attendants and asks them to remove their masks. He then directs Root to watch Naruto in case Sai fails to carry out his orders and to keep the Jinchuuriki in the village. Elsewhere Karui continues beating a bruised and bloody Naruto. She yells that she won't stop until he tells her about Sasuke. She moves to hit again but Sai intercepts the blow. Naruto asks him to stay out of it, but his friend says there's no reason for him to get beaten for Sasuke's sake. Sasuke has done nothing but hurt him and if it were up to him... An impatient Karui moves to knock Sai out of the way but her arm is stopped by Omoi, who tells her to cool it. He states they said they'd help them find Killer Bee; that Naruto is not the type to go back on his word and sell out his friends. Omoi offers that he likes that in a person. Samui arrives and asks what's going on. Omoi reveals that Bee might still be alive but Samui says searching would be almost impossible. They'll tell the Raikage directly the information they have received. Naruto states he wants to talk to the Raikage but Karui is furious. Samui tells her to stand down and after hearing Naruto's name, recalls overhearing villagers speak highly of the young man. Samui explains that she can't let him see the Raikage in these insecure conditions and the Cloud take their leave. Naruto then asks Sai to take him to Kakashi. Some time later, Sai bandages up Naruto and asks if Sakura should look at him. Naruto says he doesn't have time and that he heals fast. He thanks Sai and Kakashi recalls his earlier talk with Sai. Sai asks if their bond is worth so much even after causing such pain? Kakashi states he knows Sai is supposed to be watching Naruto. Sai stumbles over his words in surprise and Kakashi says it's okay, he knows Sai is helping Naruto beyond how he is assigned in his mission, so he should know why Naruto and Sakura do it. In the present Naruto says he has to speak with the Raikage about getting him to forgive Sasuke. Yamato declares that Naruto shouldn't be leaving the village, that he was lucky the seal saved him last time and that he himself can't leave the village as it needs repair. Naruto reveals he met the Fourth and that he was the one who stopped his rampage. Kakashi offers that the Fourth must have left something in the seal. Naruto explains how Akatsuki's masked man was behind the Kyuubi attack and how he's probably using Sasuke. Kakashi states it's as Jiraiya feared and when it comes to Madara, he could believe about anything. Naruto remembers the name and asks who he is. Kakashi explains Madara's history, states they must tell the elders and asks Sai to tell Danzou. Kakashi asks what else the Fourth said, as fathers typically have things to say to their sons. Naruto smiles and says his father declared his faith in him. Kakashi gives him the thumbs up and says he and Yamato will go with him to the Raikage. Yamato is surprised and we move to the unmasked Root and Danzou travelling to the summit. The Root catch movement and Danzou says he'll handle it, as it's been awhile since he's fought. As masked ninja launch an attack from above, Danzou pulls down the bandage over his right eye to reveal and activated Sharingan...
 Chapter 456
Chapter 456: "Naruto's Departure...!!" - Danzou forms hand seals and quickly spins, unleashing a jutsu which cuts through the attacking ninja. He then lifts one of the fallen as a shield as numerous piercing weapons fly in and uses his Sharingan to calculate the enemy's number. In Konoha, Naruto is bandaged and prepped to leave. Kakashi asks Sai not to report Naruto's absence and states he has faith in him. Sai remembers Naruto's report on what the Fourth said and smiles. Danzou's Root report that the ninja were assassins from the Wood Country. Danzou offers that he was fine living in the shadows, but that won't work any longer, he'll have to act in the public now as well. Moreover, by making the summit go smoothly, the Jounin will have to approve of him. As Team Hawk travels on, Karin identifies something in the distance. Back in Konoha, Naruto and Konohamaru square off in an Oiroke challenge. Kakashi uses the distraction to quickly knock out the Root watching Naruto with Sharingan. Konohamaru admits defeat and Naruto reveals he learned Konohamaru used a Rasengan against Pain. He states he'll show him how to use a bigger one later and takes his leave. At the library, Team Samui gathers their data and head out. As they leave the building, they walk over Yamato’s tracking seeds which stick in their sandals. Yamato, Kakashi and Naruto then prepare to follow in pursuit. At an inn, Mizukage and her attendants rest. Choujuurou reports he's not feeling well and Ao chides the weakness of the current generation. The Mizukage says times have changed since the bloody days of the Fourth Mizukage. She then misinterprets Ao's statements yet again about her relationship failures. Elsewhere Tsuchikage and his attendants rest. Akatsuchi asks what the Iron Country is like, and his Kage explains how it is a land without ninja but it has a strong military of samurai. Team Hawk watches the samurai from a distance and Suigetsu reports on their defense. Sasuke asks Juugo to use animals to probe for a weakness. Inside the snowy fortress the Iron leader Mifune greets Gaara and his team. Some distance away Naruto sneezes at the cold weather and Yamato warns him not to give away their presence.
 Chapter 457
Chapter 457: "The Five Kage Summit, Opens...!!" - Juugo reports on a poorly guarded area and Sasuke informs Zetsu he'll need to come along to identify Danzou. Elsewhere Danzou receives an ink bird update from Sai and continues on his way. Suigetsu debates Karin on the best way to attack Danzou. Sasuke warns Zetsu not to lie to him and Karin reveals she can tell when people lie. Raikage continues his journey and then stops to meet Samui's team. Naruto, Yamato and Kakashi then arrive to Karui's surprise. Raikage asks if the Hokage sent Kakashi but the man says no, Naruto would like to speak to him. Naruto tells them not to go after Sasuke; he doesn't want Sasuke to be the cause of more bloodshed between Cloud and Leaf. Raikage listens and then tells his people they're leaving. Naruto falls to his knees and begs them not to do it; revenge consumed Sasuke and made him a different person. He doesn't want to lose more people to the same thing. Back in Konoha, Sai remembers speaking with Naruto about the feelings he has for Sakura. He asks Naruto why he doesn't tell her, and the young man says he can't, because he can't keep his promises. Sai ponders that he can't just stand by either. Raikage states he'll kill Sasuke and it'll be up to Naruto to make sure the violence goes no further. Yamato offers that Konoha stood by and accepted Hyuuga Hizashi's death when they didn't have to, so Kumo still exists today due to Konoha's good graces. Kakashi explains that Naruto isn't skilled in such matters, but he's begging for the sake of both countries. The Raikage says a ninja should not bow, but respect actions and strength. The history of life has been a history of war; only the strong survive. Akatsuki are criminals and if Sasuke is with them the whole world will be after him as well. Begging for mercy for criminals for the sake of friends is not friendship. He tells Naruto to think things over, as the world has no place for such fools. They take their leave and Kakashi moves to help Naruto up. Back in Konoha Sai enters Tsunade's tent to speak with Sakura. Having successfully infiltrated the Iron compound, Team Hawk and Zetsu spy on Danzou from above. The Five Kage then gather in the meeting room and Mifune calls the summit to order.
Chapter 458 Chapter 458: "The Five Kage's Argument...!!" - Gaara offers to start and Tsuchikage snidely comments on Gaara's youth. Mizukage asks Gaara to continue and the Kazekage explains how he was a Jinchuuriki and almost died because of Akatsuki. He states Sand asked for help against Akatsuki but only Leaf responded. Tsuchikage replies that losing ones Jinchuuriki is an embarrassment best not shared with other countries. Gaara retorts that's old fashioned thinking, which annoys Tsuchikage. Mizukage comments that losing the Bijuu isn't the end, as it takes time to control them. Danzou offers that only Shodai Hokage, Madara, Killer Bee and the Fourth Mizukage Yagura could control the Bijuu. A furious Raikage smashes his table and demands an end to the useless talk. The attendants of the other Kage move in to defend their leaders and Mifune asks for the rude behavior to stop. The attendants retreat and Raikage yells that Akatsuki is composed of ninja from their villages. Looking at the Tsuchikage, he states he also knows some in this room have used Akatsuki. Gaara asks what he means and the Tsuchikage explains the benefits of using a mercenary group who wouldn't drain the village resources. Raikage says that's enough, Sand used Orochimaru, who may or may not have still been with the group; and they lost the Third Hokage and Gaara's father the Fourth Kazekage because of it. Eyeing Danzou he states he can't help but think that was due to someone's plotting. Furthermore Mist is also involved, as there are rumors Akatsuki started there. Mizukage is silent but then offers that yes, there are suspicions that the Fourth Mizukage was being controlled by some third party. Tsuchikage tells Raikage to calm down, as the whole reason countries used Akatsuki was because Cloud continued to build strength during peacetime. Danzou interjects that before the meeting falls apart, he must inform them that Uchiha Madara is probably leading the group. The others are surprised and Mifune suggests that Akatsuki acted during unsure times. However, the Five Kage have a rare opportunity to work together now against them under one authority he can select. In Konoha, Sai explains how Naruto is trying to save Sasuke for Sakura's sake. He doesn't know what promises Naruto made, but he knows Naruto loves her. Sakura remembers Naruto's promise and Sai explains that Naruto has been shouldering it since then. Sasuke causes Naruto to suffer... but Sakura herself does as well. Sakura cries and looks on in dismay. At the summit, Mifune offers that since the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki is the only host left, perhaps Danzou should lead the new alliance? The other Kage are stunned by the suggestion.
Chapter 459 Chapter 459: "Sakura's Decision!!" - The Raikage yells that Danzou can't be trusted but Mifune says there's no one else. He explains that Raikage lets his emotions run wild, Kazekage is too young, Tsuchikage too old and Mizukage can't be trusted due to Akatsuki's possible influence. Ao feels uneasy and tells Choujuurou to prepare for battle. He forms a hand seal and suddenly activates a hidden Byakugan under his eye patch. In Konoha, Ino cries and the Konoha 11 discuss handling Sasuke. Shikamaru resolves to talk to Sakura about their decision. In Tsunade's tent, Sai explains that everyone relies on Naruto too much. He can see the sadness in Naruto and the anger welling in his gut. He suggests they need to do something themselves. Shikamaru enters and agrees. He states he wants Team 7s permission to take care of the Sasuke situation. If Kumo is allowed to take out Sasuke, it will just cause the revenge cycle to continue. That's why he's asking Sakura's permission. Sakura remains quiet and asks him to say no more. Inside an inn in the Iron Country, Naruto rests and wonders why Sasuke hasn't come back to Konoha after finding his revenge. Has his hatred taken him over? He doesn’t understand his former teammate. Inside the summit building, Team Hawk notices Zetsu's sudden absence. Outside Zetsu confers with Tobi, who tells him to proceed. Back in Konoha, Sakura wipes away her tears and states she'll talk with Naruto. She's caused him the most pain, so she doesn't want to make any further mistakes. At the conference, Ao looks at Danzou and ponders what he sees. He asks to see underneath Danzou's bandages, as his arm, eye and chakra all match that of Uchiha Shisui. Ao explains how he fought Shisui once before, and that he himself took a Byakugan from a fallen Hyuuga. He states Shisui could get into the minds of others and control them. Raikage angrily asks if he's controlling Mifune but his question can't be answered, as Zetsu rises from the floor before them. The Kage recognize Akatsuki and Zetsu reveals that Sasuke is here with them...
Chapter 460 Chapter 460: "Sasuke Surrounded...!" - The attendants react in surprise and Danzou thinks it's impossible. In an instant, Raikage has Zetsu by his neck and demands to know Sasuke's location. Zetsu offers that they’ll regret it but before he can continue speaking, Raikage snaps his neck. Mizukage warns him not to kill again, as they can get information out of Sasuke, but Gaara explains that Akatsuki aren’t the type to give up secrets. Mifune orders his men to look for Sasuke. Raikage moves to leave and asks Ao to watch Danzou. He then smashes the wall and leaves with his attendants. Elsewhere Mifune's men make preparations to find Sasuke. Karin is suddenly alerted to their change in pattern and Juugo figures it was Zetsu. One samurai spots something suspicious and moves to attack. Elsewhere, snow falls on the inn and Tobi greets Naruto from the window seal. Naruto attacks with Rasengan, which fails to connect. As Tobi points that out he's quickly enveloped by wooden bindings. Yamato tells Naruto to stay still and Tobi acknowledges Kakashi's speed. With Raikiri in hand, Kakashi declares that he won't let Madara get his hands on Naruto. The bound man states that Kakashi obviously learned the truth, but his attacks won't work on Madara. Yamato offers that Madara has to be physical to attack Naruto, but that also allows him to be captured. Madara laughs, stating that he just wants to talk. He asks Naruto why Nagato turned against him. Naruto yells that it doesn't matter, what about Sasuke? Madara offers that Sasuke is consumed in the world's hatred. In the Iron Country, the samurai finds an empty cloak pinned to a wall. He is quickly struck from behind. Above, the rest of Team Hawk hide and Suigetsu promises to make Zetsu pay. Below numerous samurai arrive to face Sasuke. The samurai charge chakra into their swords and Sasuke tells them to come, as he's angry and won't go easy on them. They launch attacks which Sasuke deflects. Juugo tells Karin to find Danzou, as he will handle the samurai. Karin is suddenly hit by a change in Sasuke's chakra. As Sasuke coldly cuts through the samurai, Suigetsu wonders why Sasuke told him to not kill anyone. A worried Karin tries to make sense of the change in Sasuke, as his chakra is more powerful and stranger than when he was in his level two form. Elsewhere Raikage and his attendants rush on and identify chakra disappearing below them. Levels below, the samurai recognize Sasuke is not alone and Karin feels something large approaching. Suddenly the ceiling collapses downwards sending rubble below. As the dust clears, a Raiton enveloped Raikage warns the young Sasuke to fear his anger...
Chapter 461 Chapter 461: "Hidden Cloud VS 'Hawk'!!" - Sasuke charges and pulls his sword. Raikage's attendant Darui emits a water wall in defense and then a Raiton into the soaked Sasuke. Sasuke retreats and shrugs off the attack, confirming Cloud's info on Sasuke's abilities. Juugo warns Sasuke that they're facing Raikage and two Jounin; while nearby a samurai radios for assistance. Shii emits a blinding flash which Raikage uses to smash into Sasuke. Juugo cries out but Sasuke tells him it's only Genjutsu. As the illusion breaks, Raikage and Darui stand above Sasuke to strike. Juugo blocks Darui's blade and Suigetsu moves to stop Raikage, but he fails. Raikage's arm breaks the head cleaver in two, forcing Hawk to retreat. Sasuke tells them to stop interfering, which annoys Suigetsu. Darui asks Shii to continue searching for other members of Sasuke's squad, which causes Karin to hide her chakra. Juugo says they have to take out Cloud's chakra detector Shii and he steps up to do it. Back in the conference room, Mifune asks Ao for confirmation that the Doujutsu has ended. Ao says yes. Danzou offer his surprise that a Byakugan was taken, which causes Ao to offer that he himself won't be disposed of easily. Mizukage offers she'll fight if needed, as the Doujutsu just used resembles the one used on the Fourth Mizukage. Mifune chastises Danzou, stating Ninjutsu is forbidden and that he probably would have been chosen him anyway. Danzou explains that they simply waste too much time; a unified ninja world needs to happen before Akatsuki crushes them. Tsuchikage offers that dreams take time, and that even with good intentions, such actions destroy trust. Thinking back to his father, Gaara offers that if that's the way the world is, there's no hope for them. They have to share and trust one another. That by ignoring ethics, you're simply giving up. Tsuchikage acknowledges Gaara's skill with words but states the young man still has a lot to learn about running a village. He offers that Gaara can ask him any questions on that. Gaara says there is one thing, when did everyone throw themselves away? Tsuchikage is shocked by the rebuke and Mizukage smiles at Gaara's honesty. Temari asks Gaara what they should do about Sasuke? Tsuchikage's attendants ask what they should do next. Kurotsuchi offers that she wants to see the man who took out Deidara. Tsuchikage tells them to do what they want, but to stay out of Raikage's way. The Root ask Danzou for permission to retrieve Sasuke's Sharingan. Ao tells them they're not going anywhere and Danzou asks his Root to stand down. Elsewhere a full level two Juugo yells out that he'll kill the Cloud. Suigetsu asks if Juugo will be able to tell friend from foe. Seeing the men before him, the Raikage yells for them not to push their luck...
Chapter 462 Chapter 462: "Sasuke's Ninja Way...!!" - Raikage charges and slams into Juugo. Suigetsu quickly moves to cut down Shii but Darui moves to intercept. Raikage keep Juugo pinned to the wall with a fist through his chest. He states Sasuke's Sharingan won't work. Shii admires his leader and considers how the Raiton chakra enveloping the Raikage gives him speed on par with the Yellow Flash, not even the Sharingan can keep up. The pinned Juugo create multiple cannons which he fires point blank into Raikage, obliterating everything caught in the blast. Shii is surprised Juugo survived the Raikage's initial strike. As he looks on he's quickly caught by Sasuke's Sharingan which pins him with Genjutsu. Juugo asks who's next and Karin compliments Juugo's usefulness. Her praise is challenged though when Juugo is knocked aside by a forearm smash from Raikage. At the inn, Naruto calls Madara a liar. Madara says it's no lie, Itachi died for Sasuke and Konoha. Kakashi questions why Sasuke wouldn't just return then after learning this. Madara offers that they don't know the real Sasuke, he's a true avenger. Naruto questions if Madara did that to him but the elder ninja says no. Madara declares that Sasuke is carrying out what's in his heart, vengeance for what Konoha did to the Uchiha and Itachi. Naruto questions why Sasuke turned to revenge? Madara reveals it was destiny, a curse passed through the generations, all because of the Rikudou Sennin. Kakashi says the man was just a myth but Madara says it was based on the truth. Rikudou preached peace but could never achieve it. He left his two sons with his power. He gave his eldest son his "eyes": chakra and spiritual energy. To his youngest, his "body": willpower and physical energy. The eldest son sought peace through power and the youngest through love. Rikudou chose the youngest as his successor which angered the eldest and caused the curse of hatred to begin. The feud continued through their descendants. The elder's descendants became the Uchiha and those of the youngest the Senju. Madara offers that his battle with Shodai was fate and he can see the Senju's will in Naruto. He both admired and hated Shodai more than anyone else. The qualities of the Senju and Uchiha are still alive today in Naruto and Sasuke, they were chosen by fate. Back at the summit, Juugo is motionless after being smashed into the wall. Sasuke charges with a Raiton infused sword but his cut bounces off the Raiton enveloped Raikage. As Sasuke forms Chidori and Raikage moves to face him, we hear Madara continue his speech: the Uchiha are fated for revenge, and Sasuke took it all upon him to inflict the Uchiha's hatred upon the world. It's his weapon, friend and strength. It's Sasuke's ninja way!
Chapter 463 Chapter 463: "Sasuke VS Raikage!!" - As Raikage moves to smash Sasuke's face with his elbow, the young man uses Sharingan to avoid the attack and jab his Chidori into the Kage's chest. The Raikage compliments Sasuke's skill but the young Uchiha's hand barely pierces through his opponent's Raiton defense. With his opponent in close, Raikage quickly grabs Sasuke, lifts him over his head and then smashes him head first into the ground. As the dust clears from the rubble, spectral ribs protect Sasuke from impact. Raikage lets Sasuke go, while Darui sees to Shii. As the bones of Susanoo begin to take shape around Sasuke, the Raikage acknowledges the young man's Mangekyou by furthering increasing his own power. Shii explains how he can't move due to the Genjutsu, while samurai reinforcements enter the area. Darui asks his comrade if he notices Sasuke's eye change and Shii says yes. He offers that the Raikage plans to counter it by increasing his Raiton and speed level. Karin continues to watch from above and marvels at the Raikage's Bijuu level of chakra. Elsewhere Madara tells Naruto that the young man will have to fight Sasuke at some point, or rather he'll make Sasuke fight Naruto and prove the Uchiha's existence. Naruto yells that Sasuke isn't Madara's toy. Madara counters by saying Naruto won't be able to change Sasuke's mind like he did Nagato. Naruto yells to not include Nagato in the same company as Madara himself, as Nagato had good ideals, even if he carried them out in the wrong way. Kakashi asks why Madara needs the Bijuu then if he just wants proof? Madara offers that he just wants to achieve a perfection of form, which confuses the Leaf. Madara says they'll talk again and takes his leave by swirling out of existence. Back at the summit, blood pours from Sasuke's eyes as he forms Amaterasu on the Raikage. The other will have nothing to do with it though, and quickly moves his body out of the way. The flames continue on and envelope a nearby samurai. In an instant, Raikage is charging Sasuke from behind. As he goes to chop, the Amaterasu flames ignite on the Susanoo bones. Karin considers how a perfect defense will defeat superior speed and Shii marvels at Sasuke's high level of control. As Sasuke confidently watches on, the Raikage smashes through the burning flames into Sasuke's neck, sending him into the ground. Darui offers surprise that the Raikage is willing to sacrifice his arm. As the flames spread on his arm, the Raikage moves to land a leg drop onto the vulnerable Sasuke.
Chapter 464 Chapter 464: "The Power of Darkness...!!" - As Sasuke creates an Enton shield of Amaterasu, sand quickly forms between Raikage's leg and the flames below. As Raikage retreats back to his attendants, his arm still burns with flames. Temari and Kankurou quickly move to save the samurai engulfed by Amaterasu. Gaara tells the samurai to stay back, as this is a battle among ninja. Raikage demands an answer and Gaara states he saved the man from further harm. He also wants to talk to Sasuke. Raikage chops off his forearm to keep the flames from spreading and asks Shii to stop his bleeding so he can fight again. Shii begins healing his Kage and marvels at Sasuke's power. As a bloody Sasuke looks on with Mangekyou, Gaara tells Sasuke his eyes are still the same. We flash back to the time Gaara talked to Sasuke before the third Chuunin test about the desire to kill those who caused their loneliness. Sasuke is silent and Gaara says it's not too late for him. Sasuke asks what he has there? Temari and Kankurou tell Gaara to give it up, he can't change Sasuke. Gaara reveals to Sasuke that they are alike, they walked through darkness but had a chance to see the path to the light. Sasuke replies that he closed his eyes long ago and only darkness is before him. Kankurou warns his brother not to make it personal. As Gaara removes sand from his gourd, he states he knows. Karin quickly takes her chance to locate Danzou, which in turn is felt by Root member Fuu. Danzou says they'll remain and escape in the confusion. Ao warns them he felt it too and not to try anything. Elsewhere, Tsuchikage's attendant Kurotsuchi watches as Gaara's sand attack is stopped by Sasuke's Enton. Raikage demands Shii hurry and Darui moves to assist the Sand siblings. All four unleash attacks forcing Sasuke to utilize both eyes. As the dust of the resulting explosion clears, the dark spectral form of Susanoo protects Sasuke. The Uchiha states that his absolute defense is even better than Gaara's. Karin is shocked that Sasuke's chakra is completely different and Gaara ponders if this is the power of darkness? Sasuke replies that only those who can control both Mangekyou eyes can use Susanoo...
 
Volume 50
 Chapter 465
Chapter 465: "The Summit Attacked!" - Shii yells for everyone to retreat as the Susanoo specter swipes its sword at the surrounding pillars. With the pillars gone, the room begins to collapse around the ninja and samurai below. Leaving Suigetsu and Juugo behind, Sasuke uses Susanoo to grab Karin and move out of the way. He asks if she found Danzou and demands she guide him there. Karin is surprised by Sasuke's coldness. Down below, Raikage knocks away a chunk of falling rubble, while Gaara protects everyone around him with his sand. Raikage moves in pursuit and Gaara ponders what Naruto would have done. Suigetsu reforms himself from the rubble and a weakened Juugo extends some of his body into a fallen samurai. The samurai's armor falls empty while Juugo's body repairs its damage. Elsewhere Ao announces Sasuke's arrival and the gathered attendees look to see Sasuke standing on the ceiling. Mifune jumps and trades sword strikes with Sasuke, complimenting his skills. In the melee, Danzou and his Root escape. Ao goes in pursuit and the Mizukage tells him not to follow Danzou too far. Tsuchikage states his back hurts and offers he'll sit this one out. Sasuke calls for Karin and as they move to chase Danzou, globules of dissolving liquid fly through the air and cover the exit. A confident Mizukage explains that Akatsuki used Hidden Mist and they will pay for their actions. Choujuurou watches and smiles at the Mizukage's Youton Bloodline ability. Mizukage compliments Sasuke's looks but offer they'll be an unfortunate waste...
 Chapter 466
Chapter 466: "The Battle Behind Closed Doors!!" - A jealous Karin yells at the Mizukage while Choujuurou considers he must do his part to protect his Kage. The Mizukage asks the Tsuchikage to get out of the way so he and Akatsuchi jump to the ceiling. She unleashes another torrent of dissolving lava towards a partially Susanoo protected Sasuke. Choujuurou unsheathes his sword and activates it, causing a hammer head to form. He smashes the hammer into the Susanoo rib cage, knocking Sasuke through the wall behind him. Mizukage quickly moves to follow. As Sasuke gathers himself, he winces at the extreme pain Susanoo causes. The Mizukage tells Sasuke they're alone and points out how all paths are now blocked. She reveals she can use Earth, Fire and Water and combine them with her bloodline limit abilities. She combines Fire and Water in a jet of boiling vapor which envelops Susanoo and begins to melt it. She offers that it's unfortunate Sasuke has to die and the young man looks at the acidic mist eating his skin away. Mizukage looks down at herself in shock, as others in the conference room do as well. Karin looks to the Zetsu body as organic growths soon emerge from their clothing. Zetsu forms on the Mizukage and chides the Kage's ability to sense his jutsu in action. The Kage feel their chakra draining away and as Zetsu moves to touch Sasuke, the young Uchiha's chakra reserves are replenished. He takes the chance to smash back into the conference room with Susanoo. Tsuchikage offers that it appears it's now up to him to take care of things. Akatsuchi emits an earthen golem to remove the plant material, while the Tsuchikage uses a jutsu to quickly rid himself of Zetsu. He offers his surprise that Sasuke managed to kill Deidara and says he has nothing against the young man, but everyone wants him dead. Creating a Dust element block, he smashes into Sasuke, eliminating the young man's chakra from Karin's senses. Gaara and Raikage arrive and Kankurou moves to remove the Zetsu growths from the conference attendants. Raikage asks where Sasuke is, and when Tsuchikage explains he killed him, the Raikage grows angered. A voice chimes in that he'll still have his chance, as Madara swirls into existence carrying an unconscious Sasuke. Madara introduces himself and offers that he'd like to explain his Eye of the Moon plan...
 Chapter 467
Chapter 467: "Declaration of War" - Sai asks Kiba to start tracking Naruto as soon as they enter the Iron Country. Kiba says he knows and offers to Lee that Sakura seems prepared for the worst. Lee agrees and their four man cell continues on their journey while trying to avoid Root. At the Iron Country inn, Naruto sits quiet. He ponders Madara's comments and offers that he'll just have to speak with Sasuke directly. At the Summit, the attendees shed themselves of Zetsu. Raikage immediately charges to punch Madara but phases through him. As Raikage turns, Sasuke is sucked away elsewhere through the elder ninja's time-space power. Raikage demands Sasuke be returned and Madara says he might if they listen. Madara quickly sends Karin away as well to heal Sasuke. She soon finds herself in an alternate realm with an unconscious Sasuke. The attendees relent and state they will listen. Madara offers that he wanted Sasuke to improve his skills and hopefully take them hostage so his plan could more easily go forward. Tsuchikage questions why one of his skills isn't doing it by himself? Madara explains that the battle with Shodai Hokage left him a shell of a man. Shii asks if the plan will return him to strength. Madara says in some fashion, but that's not all. Everything will become one through him. Tsuchikage asks what he means and Madara explains that a secret stone marker was left behind in Konoha under the Uchiha Compound. The marker was left by the Rikudou and reveals his secrets. More of the marker can be read based on what eyes one possess; from Sharingan to Mangekyou to Rinnegan. Tsuchikage declares the Rikudou was a myth but Madara says no. Rikudou became a god because he once saved the world from a monster, part of which was once sealed in Gaara. It was a fusion of all the Bijuu, the ten-tailed Juubi. Gaara is surprised and Temari questions if such a beast existed. Madara says it did, the nine Bijuu are nothing more than the Juubi divided. Kankurou states he doesn't like where the conversation is headed asks if that is why Akatsuki has been gathering the Bijuu. Madara explains that to protect the world, the Rikudou developed a jutsu which sealed the Juubi inside him, making him a Jinchuuriki. As his life neared its end, Rikudou split the Juubi's power and dispersed it, then sealed the Juubi's body away in the moon itself. Mifune questions what Madara plans to do with the beast. Madara explains that he'll seal it within himself, then project the most powerful Genjutsu on the moon, the Mugen Tsukuyomi. With that jutsu he'll be able to unite and control everyone on Earth through he himself. The Kage voice their objections stating that won't be real peace, but Madara asks how the world fared under them? There is no such thing as hope and to avoid war, they should give him the Hachibi and Kyuubi. Raikage asks what he means and Madara explains that they failed in capturing the Raikage's brother. Raikage is stunned and Darui offers that he had a feeling. Raikage yells that Killer Bee will feel his wrath whenever he finds him. Gaara declares he won't let Madara have Naruto. Mizukage agrees and Raikage says he won't give up his brother. Madara offers that he doesn't have much power himself, but he does have the captured Bijuu. Gaara affirms that they won't give up on hope. Madara says fine, he officially declares a start to the Fourth Ninja War!...
 Chapter 468
Chapter 468: "Hachibi and Kyuubi" - Madara offers that they'll meet again on the battlefield and swirls out of existence. Tsuchikage asks what they should do and Gaara says an alliance is needed to oppose the power of the captured Bijuu. Raikage states that he opposed an alliance before, but he's not letting Akatsuki get their way any longer. Tsuchikage asks what they should do about Konoha. Raikage says Danzou showed his true colors, and once Konoha learns of it, they'll not support him. Gaara states he'll tell a Leaf ninja he trusts, Kakashi. Tsuchikage recognizes him as the son of the White Fang. Remembering Kakashi's words when Naruto prostrated himself, Raikage offers that Kakashi appears trustworthy. Shii states they must search for Bee quickly and the Raikage directs him to dispatch a search party. Darui offers they should let Samui's team know as well. The group then discusses whether to put the Hachibi and Kyuubi on the front lines or protect them. Gaara offers that protecting them is the most important thing, and the group decides the war may be a play to try and lure the Jinchuuriki out. Raikage then offers that his brother is too unpredictable on the battlefield anyway. Gaara states that Naruto is the same, leaving Temari and Kankurou to offer exasperated agreements. Raikage states Cloud will provide them with info on his brother, and asks them to inform him if he's found, as his brother will only listen to him. He then reveals to the others that he met Naruto and Kakashi on the way to the Summit, and states they still may be close by. Choujuurou shyly interjects that they should be careful of one of the remaining Akatsuki, Kisame. He reveals that his seniors warned him that with his sword, Kisame wields as much power as a Jinchuuriki. Tsuchikage questions if they shouldn't use the Jinchuuriki onto the battlefield anyway. Mifune chimes in to state the whole alliance is a risk, but Madara appears to be taking one too. He state his forces will also stand along with them. Downstairs Suigetsu and Juugo debate where to go, with Suigetsu saying he has an idea. Elsewhere, in a forest a man stands atop a huge sword by a giant raccoon. Belting out enka he explains that it's an expression of one's heart and soul. Killer Bee attempts an excited rhyming verse and throws up the horns gesture. Sabu offers that Bee lacks the passion to sing enka. The giant badger Ponta is alerted and Sabu asks what it is. Back at the Iron Country inn, Naruto meditates and ponders that he'll never find Sasuke in the current manner, he has to use Sennin Mode and focus on extending his time limit if he's to have any luck. He starts to go into Sennin Mode and Yamato tells him to come in out of the weather. Sakura and her team arrive and she announces she has something to talk about with Naruto. Elsewhere Sabu asks who the man is and Bee explains that he's from Akatsuki. Bee states he'll quickly take care of this. Kisame tells Bee that he wasn't easy to find, and that Samehada is hungry for his chakra. The Akatsuki offers that Bee shouldn't worry though, Kisame won't kill him...
 Chapter 469
Chapter 469: "Sakura's Confession!!" - As Bee raps about his ability to destroy Kisame, Ponta moves to attack. Elsewhere Ao sheds his Zetsu spore and some distance away so do Danzou and his men. The Root discuss laying a trap for their pursuer. As Ao rushes on, a puppet moves to attack. Ao catches a thrown scythe and launches it back into the puppet. A curse mark on the puppet fades away and Ao suddenly finds himself looking out at his own body from within the puppet. Fuu, now in Ao's body, explains the body-swap jutsu. Elsewhere Torune carries Fuu's body and Danzou states he'll explain their next move when Fuu arrives. At the Summit, Mifune states that he was hasty before in judging Raikage, and he believes that he should lead the alliance. He points out that Raikage is calmer now that his brother is fine and that he's the only one who can control Killer Bee. Gaara and the Mizukage state they are fine with that choice, and Raikage says it all lies on Tsuchikage, who is the only one to have fought Madara before. Tsuchikage accepts, stating that old grudges won't mean much if the world is destroyed. He formerly declares the alliance and states they now have to inform their Daimyous. At the inn, Naruto asks Sakura to repeat herself. Lee and Yamato are shocked while the others watch silently. Sakura declares that she loves Naruto and that she was crazy to every care about Sasuke. Naruto blushes but then composes himself, asking her why now? Sakura explains that she came to her senses; Sasuke is a criminal so Naruto doesn't have to chase him any longer. Naruto asks if something happened, and she states everything is just clear to her now. Thinking back, Naruto recalls all the times Sakura worried and became emotionally wrought over Sasuke. She embraces Naruto and explains that as Sasuke got further away, Naruto always remained by her side encouraging her. Naruto is a hero who everyone loves, including her. She watched him grow from a prankster into something wonderful, while Sasuke’s crimes continued and he became unrecognizable. Naruto remains silent and Sakura explains that he brings her peace, she loves... Naruto quickly breaks the embrace and tells her to stop it. Sakura asks what the problem is, and offers that everyone says a woman's heart is prone to change. Grasping her by the shoulders, Naruto declares that he hates people who lie to themselves...
 Chapter 470
Chapter 470: "Killer Bee VS Kisame" - Sakura asks if Naruto is saying she's lying. She offers that if Naruto doesn't like her back, he should just say it. Naruto replies that's it's just weird she came all the way for that reason. She yells that of course she'd come, Naruto has been putting himself in danger and she's worried for him. Naruto is silent but then offers that it all sounds like an excuse. Sakura says he doesn't know anything; Sasuke is a criminal so Naruto can forget his promise. Naruto offers he knows why Sasuke is seeking revenge; he loved his family and can't let it go. Kiba asks why Sasuke joined Akatsuki then. Naruto says the truth is... but Kakashi stops Naruto. The other Leaf are confused and we flash back to see Kakashi and Naruto speaking after Madara left. Kakashi suggests they keep the information about the Leaf elders wiping out the Uchiha a secret until they gather more evidence. In the present, Naruto says he's going to continue but not because of the promise he made to Sakura. Kiba quietly asks Sakura if they should tell Naruto the truth. Sakura stomps his foot and announces they're returning home. Sakura's team turns to leave and she silently apologizes to Naruto. Some distance away a second Sai watches the team depart. As they walk Sakura asks a favor of Kiba, she wants to find Sasuke. Elsewhere the Kage travel with their attendants. Kurotsuchi asks why they just don't kill the Hachibi and Kyuubi, as it would ruin Madara's plan and weaken Cloud and Leaf. Kurotsuchi then states that Tsuchikage doesn't sound like himself. Recalling Gaara's words about when he lost his way, Tsuchikage reveals that he finally remembered how he was before he became a hard-headed old man. Elsewhere Ponta is sent onto his back and Kisame calls him weak for such a big bear. Sabu jumps down with his giant axe and states Ponta is a raccoon, now feel his passion! Remembering Sabu's earlier teachings, Bee writes down that now is apparently the time for passion. Kisame charges Sabu but is quickly forced to dodge as a Raiton-charged pencil comes flying at his eye. He turns to attack Bee, who dodges. He quickly deduces that the Raiton greatly increased the penetrating force, more than a Fuuton would. As Sabu attacks from the front, Bee charges from the rear with Raiton infused daggers. One pierces Kisame's shoulder but the other is deflected by Samehada. Both men are confused why the knives didn't pierce well. Bee goes into his tailed form and head-butts Kisame. The Akatsuki member smiles back and Bee asks what he did to his chakra. Sabu yells out that the sword is absorbing it. Samehada tingles with excitement and Kisame states that his sword likes the taste of octopus chakra. Bee retreats and all the bandages fall away from Samehada. Flaring out, the scales expand excitedly. Kisame announces his name and asks them to remember it...
Chapter 471 Chapter 471: "Hachibi, Version 2!!" - A mouth emerges at the end of Samehada and chirps in excitement. Bee emits ink from his mouth and jots down Kisame's name. Bee enters his tailed cloak form and asks Kisame if he knows that octopi eat sharks? Bee charges with his sword but is parried by Samehada, forcing him to quickly jump out of the way as it consumes his chakra. Kisame offers that the shark will eat the octopus this time around, and Bee determines that the sword is only able to eat away six of his cloak tails at one time. He considers that if the current cloak doesn't work, he'll have to try the next version. In a snowy forest, Mizukage and Choujuurou track the signs left by Ao. Some distance away, Fuu is unable to remove Ao's eye due to a Mist barrier jutsu. Fuu offers to the nearby puppet contained Ao that if he removes Ao's eye, he'll lose his own eye in his original body as well. Fuu offers that he'll do anything to weaken Kiri. He then states he has another idea to get the eye. He sets up a scythe and states he'll bind Ao's body and then jump towards it. Before he kills himself he'll release the jutsu, resulting in Ao's head being cut off. Ao offers that Fuu should be careful, if Fuu releases control of Ao's body too soon, Ao may avoid the scythe and then come after his head. Ignoring the advice, Ao jumps. Elsewhere Kisame reveals that he's never see Samehada get this size before. Hachibi asks to be let out but Bee says no, it would prove dangerous to Sabu and Ponta and alert everyone to where he is. Hachibi asks if he'll use version 2 then? Bee says yes and thanks Hachibi, as he'll need the Bijuu's chakra. Bee is quickly enveloped by an eight-tailed dark chakra cloak giving him the appearance of the Hachibi itself. Kisame asks if it's Bijuu mode? Looking on, Sabu think that's not the case, it's Hachibi's power in human form. Soon the skeletal outline of Hachibi takes shape around Bee. Bee moves to strike with Rariatto and Kisame muses on how wild his sword is getting. As bee charges Kisame realizes he can't absorb everything and takes the hit from Bee straight on. As he is flung backwards, Samehada absorbs a lot of the chakra, returning Bee to his version 1 multi-tailed form. With his chest crushed, Kisame admits that Bee got him. As he reaches out to Samehada, the sword begins to stretch out in kind. The wound on his chest closes and Kisame reveals that he gets stronger in proportion to how strong his opponent is. Sabu asks then if Kisame uses his opponent's chakra to convert into his own stamina? Kisame says that's why they call him the Bijuu without a tail. He forms a hand seal and emits a huge gush of water from his mouth which quickly drowns Sabu and Bee. Kisame's body begins to contort and change as Samehada continues to merge with his body. He gloats that as his opponents tire, he gets stronger. Sabu yells that Bee has to take the sword away from Kisame. Kisame smiles and in the huge sphere of water the finned shark-form Akatsuki states they'll have to trying removing it from his body...

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