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 Chapter 360
Chapter 360: "C4 Karura" - A haggard looking Deidara regrets that he didn't get to use the jutsu to kill Itachi but decides that's okay anyway. Sasuke looks on and tries to grasp the new attack, for before him stands a gigantic Deidara. Sasuke begins to flee also and Deidara states he shouldn't run, not that it does him much good anyway. Deidara forms a hand seal and the giant inflates and pops. Sasuke is confused but he catches the eye Deidara with his Sharingan. Deidara yells in glee that he's won. Suddenly animals in the surrounding area begin to disintegrate. Sasuke himself looks in horror as chunks of his body begin to break down, eventually causing his whole body to disintegrate. Deidara yells that this was a masterful work and Tobi thinks over the technique's abilities. The jutsu uses tiny microscopic bombs which disperse into the air when the giant Deidara pops. The tiny bombs enter the body and then explode, destroying the body from within. Deidara states he should thank Itachi and moves his hair from away his left eye. He raises his arms in victory but is frozen in place while a curse seal level two Sasuke jumps and pierces him from behind with Chidori. Sasuke offers that Deidara has used most of his chakra, which has slowed his movement. He reveals he can't see the bombs, but the Sharingan can gives color to the chakra carrying them. Deidara weakly asks then if the scene he saw earlier was Genjutsu. Sasuke says yes and states he won't kill him until he reveals Itachi's location. Deidara states he does indeed have to thank Itachi... Suddenly a hand bursts from the bird below to grab Sasuke ankle, it's Deidara! The one pierced with Chidori turns to clay. Deidara says he fell to that Genjutsu years before and it won't happen again. He thinks over how hard he worked to train his left eye to counter Sharingan. He then yells in glee for Sasuke to take this C4 attack!...
 Chapter 361
Chapter 361: "Weak Point...!!" - Deidara emits a second C4 bomb from his mouth which inflates and envelopes Sasuke. Deidara himself squirms out and jumps away, boasting that now Sasuke is out of chakra and can't free himself. Inside Sasuke uses his Sharingan to get a better look at the micro-bombs. Deidara flies through the air and winces at his injuries and sees that he can't model art anymore due to his low chakra. Inside Sasuke looks into his body to see the movement of the bombs and suddenly bursts out of the C4 prison with Chidori. Deidara is surprised but mocks Sasuke's weakened condition. As Sasuke flies toward Deidara with Chidori, Deidara activates his bombs and the two men fall to the ground below. Deidara looks up to see the snakes from Sasuke's wing disintegrate and he yells in glee that he won. Suddenly a normal Sasuke appears from behind and slams a hard fist into Deidara's cheek, sending him flying. Deidara is confused, realizing he wasn't caught in Genjutsu. He then asks… could it be? Sasuke says yes. Deidara didn't hide his hand seals well enough, a deadly mistake against a Sharingan user who can read them at any speed. Deidara used Earth element seals, which are weak to Lightning. Sasuke explains he turned the C4 bombs into duds with his Lightning, which also hurt his body too. Deidara asks when Sasuke figured out his art's one weak spot. Sasuke explains he began to grasp it early in the fight, as the bombs hit with Chidori Senbon didn't explode. That gave him a theory. It was unclear at first whether the bombs which landed near Tobi were stopped due to the Senbon or due to Deidara stopping them. However, the land mines were set to automatically explode. For that reason he threw his sword into the ground. Not to check if there was a mine, as there actually was, but to see if it would be disabled by Lightning chakra. Deidara yells in anger as to how he could even see the mines? A morbid looking Sasuke responds that his eyes give color to chakra, didn't he mention that already?...
 Chapter 362
Chapter 362: "Ultimate Art!!" - Deidara angrily asks Sasuke what if he was wrong about being able to disable the mine? Sasuke replies that he would have had to use his other option. Deidara is surprised he still had unrevealed jutsu. He moves to stand but falls. Sasuke asks where Itachi is and Deidara sends out clay snakes in response. Sasuke disables the snakes with lightning and then collapses to his knees as well. Deidara gloats that he can tell Sasuke is out of chakra too and even if he himself can't move, he can still win. Sasuke merely stares on and Deidara yells both Sasuke and his brother have such cocky demeanors with eyes that disrespect his art. Sasuke states he could care less and his Sharingan disappears. Deidara rips off his shirt revealing a chest mouth which has been sewn up. He removes the stitches and then feeds the maw some clay. Black veins emerge all over his body and he gleefully states that this is his ultimate art... self-destruction. He will become a work of art, in an explosion which will scar the earth like nothing before. He states it will be worthy of praise and then silently offers Tobi an apology. He states the explosion will cover an inescapable 10 kilometers. He yells for Sasuke to show his fear. Sasuke moves to flee but stumbles. The dark veins begin to increase and Deidara yells to Sasuke to fall in despair and awe because his art... is a bang! Suddenly an enormous, sculpted explosion rips through the countryside, destroying everything in its path...
 Chapter 363
Chapter 363: "Sasuke's Death...!!" - For miles around people stare in wonder at the explosion. The Leaf and Team Sasuke members react in surprise and then move toward the blast. Karin tries to find Sasuke's chakra and fails. Zetsu watches on also and figures Tobi died in the explosion along with Deidara. Suigetsu recognizes that's where he was supposed to meet Sasuke. He pulls out a scroll with a snake on it, which begins to fade. Elsewhere Zetsu tells the gathered Akatsuki that Deidara died. Itachi asks who took him out, Sasuke or the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki? Zetsu says Sasuke, but he died too. Itachi is silent and the leader states he should be grateful that Deidara eliminated a hindrance. Kisame states they're forgetting someone and Zetsu states Tobi's apparently dead too. Kisame states he was good at running, but it must have been too big an explosion to escape. The leader states men of Tobi's level are easy to find but not so of Deidara. He states he's going to mourn and leaves. Elsewhere Suigetsu unrolls the scroll and places blood from a vial on it. Suddenly a charred Manda is summoned. Suigetsu is surprised Manda was controlled and then notices the snake was under Genjutsu. Sasuke emerges and then collapses. Suigetsu asks who he fought and Manda angrily accuses Sasuke of using him with those eyes of his. He states how dare he and then dies. Suigetsu states Sasuke should be nicer to animals. Revealing the Manda summoning tattoo on his forearm, Sasuke states he had no choice. Karin and Juugo then arrive. Karin states she was worried and Suigetsu surmises Sasuke summoned Manda to take the brunt of the blast and then traveled with him through space-time back from where he came. Sasuke states his opponent was an Akatsuki who was much stronger than he thought. Suigetsu says they should rest and Karin accuses him of being weak since he beat Orochimaru. Sasuke says that's another story, as Orochimaru was already weakened when he fought him. In the large industrial city, a figure calls for "Pain" the Akatsuki leader. Pain is revealed as a Hidden Rain missing-nin with numerous facial piercings. He rises and joins the female Akatsuki member. Before them stands a mysterious figure in the shadows. Pain asks what happened to Sasuke and the figure states everything is going well. Sasuke's Sharingan showed growth and it will soon surpass Itachi's. Pain asks of the Kyuubi. The figure states Pain should capture him and as the leader failure is not an option...
 Chapter 364
Chapter 364: "The Objective...!!" - Kisame states the amount of rain their area is receiving is strange. Itachi looks into the sky and Kisame wonders aloud how Itachi feels now. If he didn't know better he would believe there were tears hidden by that rain, since he's the last Uchiha. Itachi states he's not the last and in any case, the rain has stopped. Elsewhere at an inn a bandaged Sasuke rests. He asks what info they've gathered. Suigetsu says quite a bit, but not much on Itachi. The group looks for those with a special chakra. Juugo offers that the animals he spoke to say the Akatsuki hideouts give off an ominous chakra. Suigetsu is surprised animals can pick up chakra, but offers that's a given since it's just like Karin. Karin reacts badly to the insult, exploding Suigetsu's upper body with a powerful kick. Juugo begins to tremble as the two fight. An urge to kill rises and his body marks emerge. Suigetsu and Karin jump to subdue him and Sasuke uses Sharingan to calm him. They then react in surprise to see Sasuke has fallen asleep sitting up. At the explosion crater the Leaf arrive. Kiba offers that Sasuke's scent is weak and one of the nin-dogs states Sasuke is apparently traveling with three others. Naruto is eager to track them down but the dogs state they can't. Kiba closes his eyes and forms a hand seal, stating the scent dies here. Yamato offers that is probably because Sasuke was blown away or he used a time-space jutsu. Kiba says it is probably the latter and then states his nose is better than a nin-dogs, as he's found their scent. Kakashi thinks how far Kiba has developed. Naruto is excited and they move out. In the industrial city the shadow figure states that Naruto should not be taken lightly, he's growing powerful and has numerous comrades. He states Naruto alone took out two of Kakuzu's hearts. The kunoichi offers that it isn't a worry, Pain has never lost a battle. The figure states that's true and tells them to have the group collect the remaining Jinchuuriki. Pain says he knows and the figure grabs a cloak and takes his leave. The figure states the objective is about to finally be achieved. It begins to rain and lightning and he continues that things will soon be back to their original state. The lightning flashes and we see the figure is Tobi! He continues, stating the Sharingan's true power... his power, the power of Uchiha Madara! We close in to see the Sharingan through his mask hole; he then jumps away. The kunoichi looks at Pain and observes that the heavens weep yet again, and asks if he?...
 Chapter 365
Chapter 365: "Chasing Itachi" - Team Snake awaits Karin's return at the inn. She walks back plotting time with Sasuke when she is suddenly startled. Elsewhere the Leaf ninja rush onwards following Kiba's nose. Karin senses the high amount of chakra and realizes a tracking dog may be with them. Suigetsu is angered at the Karin's slowness and begins to head out. Just then she busts down the door onto Suigetsu alerting the group that they're being tracked. Sasuke asks Juugo if he has the maps for the Akatsuki hideouts, he says yes and they get ready to leave. Outside Sasuke is surprised at his healing power, attributing it to Orochimaru. Sasuke surmises the oncoming group is the Leaf and they should be ignored in favor of finding Itachi. And if it comes to it, Sasuke himself will take on Itachi while the others face the Leaf. Karin takes Juugo aside and asks if his bird friends can help her. She reveals Sasuke's battle robe, which she fawns over. She asks Juugo if his birds can take pieces of the robe in every direction, to make tracking difficult. Elsewhere Kiba announces that he's now having trouble finding the scent. Kakashi states they've been discovered, probably due to a chakra-sensing shinobi. Kiba states it would be impossible for him to follow the numerous scents, so Naruto takes the initiative, creating Mass Shadow Clones which head off in every direction. A short time later Team Snake arrives at one of Akatsuki's hideouts. Sasuke tells them to wait while he goes on. Elsewhere a Naruto sees a cloaked figure which Sharingan so he moves to hide. From the shadows steps Itachi, who asks Naruto to reveal himself...
 Chapter 366
Chapter 366: "Brothers" - Naruto asks if Itachi plans to capture him, Itachi says no, just talk. Two Narutos attack from behind but are taken out by Itachi. Naruto states he can't trust him. Itachi raises his hands and Naruto thinks back over how to attack Sharingan users. Itachi asks why he doesn't run. Naruto says he can number in the thousands and has no reason to run anyway, as capturing him will draw out Sasuke. Itachi asks why Naruto is interested in his traitorous brother. Naruto states that Sasuke is more his brother than Itachi's. He charges and Itachi dissolves into birds stating he just wants to talk. In Konoha, Jiraiya enters Tsunade's office and states he's found Akatsuki's leader. Shizune states they should quickly plan a surprise attack. Jiraiya says they should wait. He asks Tsunade out for a drink to talk it over. An angered Tsunade yells that she can't just leave in the middle of the day to drink, not when ninja are out on missions. We then cut to Tsunade and Jiraiya in a bar drinking sake. Jiraiya explains that the Akatsuki leader is in Hidden Rain. Tsunade offers surprise since Rain has strict borders, that it would seem difficult for one like him to move around. Jiraiya states that's the perfect reason to be there, in a place which strongly hides its secrets. He goes on to explain that the country has been in civil war and apparently the leader is leading one side. Tsunade offers that Rain's location makes it the battlefield of the surrounding countries. The constant strife and refugees have also increased over time. Jiraiya states that's why he needs to sneak in and find out the truth. Tsunade is surprised he'd go alone and Jiraiya states he'll be okay, he's a Sannin. Tsunade apologizes for putting him in difficult situations. Jiraiya laughs it off and Tsunade states Jiraiya was always meant to be the Fifth. Jiraiya retorts that he'd be a horrible Hokage. Tsunade states she knows he regretted not being able to stop Orochimaru and kept track of him for that reason. Jiraiya says that's no longer a problem. Tsunade says yes, she can't believe he's dead either. Tsunade begins to reminisce about their time with the Third and Jiraiya begins to joke about how much she's grown. He then offers that his role has changed in life. It's now to inspire the younger generation and that's something he'd gladly give his life for. Elsewhere Naruto asks why Itachi is there. Itachi offers that unfortunately he now has to go, as something has come up. He disperses and we cut to Sasuke walking through the Akatsuki cave. In the darkness he sees a figure and asks who it is. Soon Itachi and Sasuke are staring each other down intently, Sharingan to Sharingan...
 Chapter 367
Chapter 367: "Itachi and Sasuke" - Itachi asks if Sasuke has gotten taller and he replies that Itachi has not changed a bit. Itachi asks if he's going to scream and charge like last time. Sasuke replies that he knows nothing about him and in a flash he's behind Itachi. He extends his Chidori sword through Itachi's back and throws him into the air. Sasuke tells him that he could not grasp the hate that filled his heart and how strong it made him. Suddenly Chidori blades pierce outwards from the main blade in Itachi's chest. Elsewhere Tsunade vomits onto the ground and Jiraiya jokes that she can't hold her liquor. Tsunade warns Jiraiya to be careful, as he's facing a person who keeps Akatsuki in line on his own turf. She then states if she loses him too and trails off. Jiraiya laughs that he should be honored to get her tears, though it probably won't be as many as Dan got. Tsunade is not amused and Jiraiya jokes that she should bet everything she has on his death, since she always loses. He states women dumping men always make them stronger. They discuss relationships and Tsunade tells him to send a toad for her if he gets into trouble. Jiraiya states she can't leave Konoha; the Hokage has to stay to run things. She states there are other worthy Hokage candidates like Kakashi and Naruto eventually. Jiraiya approves of Kakashi but states Naruto has a long ways to go. She states that's surprising since Jiraiya himself increased his power so much. Jiraiya replies it was just like teaching Namikaze Minato again, and Tsunade states their resemblance is uncanny. Jiraiya replies that Minato was a once in a decade genius who was so driven that he was their Fourth Hokage in a flash. Jiraiya states he never had kids but if the Fourth had been his son, he would have bragged all the time. Tsunade smiles and states that makes her think of how different they are too. She offers that Naruto is more like his mother Uzumaki Kushina. Both he and she as a kunoichi from the former Whirlpool Country were alike in personality and Ninjutsu. Jiraiya happily recounts how big a tom boy the red-haired Kushina was. Tsunade states that she became a beauty when she grew up but Naruto still looks a lot like his father. Jiraiya states it's that very reason why he sees him in Naruto and why he now views Naruto like his grandson. He moves to leave and tells her to keep an eye on Root. In the cave Sasuke stands over Itachi's body. Itachi offers that Sasuke has gotten stronger and tells him to come alone to the Uchiha hideout. His body then turns into birds which fly away. In the Rain Country a small toad emerges from some water as rain falls. It opens its mouth and Jiraiya emerges. He states it was easier to get in than he thought, or at least appears to be easy. Elsewhere the female Akatsuki member asks Pain what's wrong, and he states someone with a powerful and dangerous chakra has disturbed his rain...
 Chapter 368
Chapter 368: "Intelligence Gathering" - Team Snake rushes to Sasuke's side and he states they were to stay back. Suigetsu states that Karin felt another chakra and she notices the feathers. They then move out. The rain falls in the industrial Rain Country city and a cloaked Jiraiya walks among the crowds. Elsewhere Pain states he's going to stop the rain and tells Konan, the Akatsuki kunoichi, to locate the intruder. Elsewhere two Rain missing-nin seek protection from the weather, they notice a sign for a new club offering cheap drinks and head in. A mustachioed bartender welcomes them and they ask for some sake. The first man asks to verify that it's not Sunday. The other says it's not, so something must be happening with lord Pain. The first comments that it's never rained on any other day. The other offers that Pain probably has a reason. The other is still surprised by the storm's strength. The other man tells him to suck it up, as Pain is sacrificing himself for the town. The bartender offers their drinks but they state there's nothing there. The bartender states it's their lucky day and suddenly transforms into Jiraiya. The two ninja jump backwards, pull kunai and demand an explanation. Jiraiya replies he'll ask the questions. From outside the bar the building morphs into a huge toad, which quickly shrinks and then jumps into the nearby river. Elsewhere Pain raises his arms, stops the Rain and tells Konan to proceed. She forms a hand seal and her body disperses into paper. The paper then begins to fold into butterflies which take flight. In the bar the two ninja are subdued by stomached lined walls. Jiraiya offers that they appear to be low ranking ninja. One of the Rain ninja asks Jiraiya who he is. Jiraiya reveals a feather and retorts that didn't he say he would ask the questions? He then states it'll be tickle torture unless they talk, and he wants to know about their leader Pain...
 Chapter 369
Chapter 369: "Concerning Pain" - Jiraiya tickles one of the Rain but the man refuses to talk. Jiraiya threatens to turn him into a frog and then continues to tickle. His partner yells not to underestimate them; they're true shinobi who won't betray their comrades. Jiraiya forms a hand seal and states he has no choice then. Placing his palm on the first ninja, the jutsu activates in a puff of smoke revealing a frog where the first Rain ninja once was. The second ninja freaks out and begins to spill. He states that Pain is a mysterious figure who is said to reside in the tallest tower in the city. He is rumored to be from the Fuuma clan and no one knows what he looks like. The ninja asks then if Jiraiya is from the old regime in Rain. Jiraiya says it doesn't matter and what does he mean by "old regime"? The Rain ninja recognizes Jiraiya as a stranger and states the truth of the matter is, that the rebels won and now control the country, all thanks to Pain. Jiraiya states surprise that he could beat Hanzou the Salamander, the powerful and well known leader of Rain. The Rain states it wasn't easy, as Hanzou had constant protection. Jiraiya asks how he was killed and the ninja replies that he already said he knows little. Jiraiya flashes back to a previous war. The Sannin, battle weary, stand amongst fallen shinobi. Before them on a large salamander is Hanzou. Hanzou states the Leaf will more than likely win in the end but he'll let the three of them live. Jiraiya yells that he can still fight but Tsunade tells him to shush. Hanzou recognizes their power and states they must take on the name of "Sannin" in exchange for him sparing their lives. In the present the Rain ninja offers that Pain's power is not of this world. He is a true, heartless shinobi. Pain not only killed Hanzou but Hanzou's family, friends and business associates, all as punishment, like a god. Elsewhere Pain touches a wall which opens a hidden portal. He then reclines on a bed marked "One" and closes his eyes. Five other beds containing figures in Akatsuki robes surround him. Quickly a figure on another bed opens his spiral eyes which resemble those of Pain and states it's time to find the intruder...
 
Volume 41
Chapter 370 Chapter 370: "Uneasiness" - In the bed chamber, a figure rises. Elsewhere Jiraiya asks what god’s plan is but the prisoner says he doesn't know. Jiraiya asks what then of Akatsuki, and the other replies he knows nothing of them either. Jiraiya warns him not to lie and threatens to turn him into a bug. The prisoner yells that he doesn't care, he's a loyal shinobi. Jiraiya says oh well, he was never good at interrogation and leaves to talk to "god". The wall opens and he exits to a toad statuary. Forming a hand seal he expels a toad with a scroll body. The toad states that Naruto's key... but Jiraiya says no, it's not for training. He is about to fight someone and wants to take care of some things. The toad unfurls and Jiraiya moves to press his seal for the storage release. He states that if something happens to him, to go to Naruto. The toad says that's insane, as his key matches Naruto's Hakke seal. Each year Naruto's seal weakens, and the Fourth left the key to reinforce Naruto's seal. Jiraiya states Minato left the key for Naruto. The toad states Naruto isn't ready, and that the last time they messed with the seal Jiraiya got injured. Jiraiya states the key was entrusted to him so he must have planned for Naruto to master the jutsu one day. The toad asks if Naruto even needs such a jutsu as he has no control over it and opening it completely would fully release the Kyuubi. Jiraiya replies that Minato had no choice and he wisely split Kyuubi's dark and light chakra so Naruto could use the light half for combating the dark. He then wonders why Minato sealed the Kyuubi in his son. The toad says he has no idea. Jiraiya says there was a purpose, and he bets the Fourth hoped Naruto would figure it out. The toad says he's over-thinking it but Jiraiya says there is more to the whole thing. The Kyuubi is a natural disaster but it wasn't an accident it attacked Konoha, someone summoned it. The toad says that's crazy, no one could do that. Jiraiya replies one could, Uchiha Clan founder, Madara. The toad laughs and states no way, as Madara was one of Konoha's founders over 60 years ago. Meanwhile at the Valley of the End, Tobi sits on the statue of Madara opposite Shodai Hokage. Jiraiya states this whole thing gives him a bad feeling...
Chapter 371 Chapter 371: "Old Friend" - Tobi wonders whether Sasuke will remain a snake or shed his skin to become a hawk. Elsewhere Team Snake rushes on and Karin states there are people with identical chakra all around them. Sasuke states they will push through. Naruto continues through the forest and sees Sasuke ahead. He yells out and is quickly dispatched by Sasuke's Chidori. The clone disperses in smoke and Sasuke states Naruto never gives up. Elsewhere Naruto receives the knowledge of the meeting and yells to the others to follow him. In Rain, the imprisoned Rain ninja emerges and tells the frog to return to Konoha and find Ibiki. The man walks off and hopes that they buy the disguise. Konan spies the man and returns to Pain. She states the intruder is Jiraiya. Pain offers his surprise that "Jiraiya-sensei" is here, but says it means nothing; he still needs to be killed. We see Pain is in a new body, another Rain ninja, this one with long hair, bigger piercings and the same circular eyes. He tells Konan to track him down. She offers to delay him until he gets there but Pain says no, she can kill him if she gets the chance. She disperses into paper and takes off. Soon the paper quickly advances on the disguised Jiraiya. It quickly envelops him and Konan takes form with a paper spear. She moves to strikes but Jiraiya slides out of the shadow of the figure and blows fire to stop her advancement. Konan states her recognition of the technique. Jiraiya states he hoped the bait would draw out Pain and offers surprise that it was her instead. He then tells Konan she has improved her jutsu and grown into a fine woman...
Chapter 372 Chapter 372: "The Crying Country" - Jiraiya states he thought she was dead. The Rain ninja offers that she's God's angel and tells her to kill the intruder. She orders him to leave and he runs off. Jiraiya asks who Pain is. Konan takes to the air with wings of paper and send sharp feathers towards Jiraiya. He rolls away, spits oil to pin her arms and then extends his hair to grab her. He states she always loved origami and was the kindest of the kids. He states he thought they were all dead but that was apparently a lie. He then asks which one is Pain. Konan asks if he regrets not listening to Orochimaru years ago. She then states they will make his plans come to pass. Jiraiya then understands who Pain must be, we then flashback to the Sannin returning from the war with Rain. A small light-haired child asks Jiraiya for food and he asks where the child’s parents are. The child states they were killed in the war. Jiraiya gives him some crackers and the child yells for the others to come out. Two other children emerge and they quickly finish the food. As the Sannin leave the children follow. The light-haired child asks them to teach them Ninjutsu. The young girl, Konan, folds the cracker paper into a flower as a thank you. Orochimaru offers that they should just kill them as they have nothing but pain in their future as orphans. Jiraiya tells Orochimaru he's crazy and states he'll take care of them for awhile. In a small shack Jiraiya and the children sit before a cooked fish. The light haired boy is excited but the dark haired boy begins to cry. The light haired boy, Yahiko, asks Nagato what's wrong. He states it reminds him of his family and Yahiko tells him to man up. Jiraiya states the war will end soon and hopefully by the time they're older the world will have peace. Yahiko says no way; the world has to first feel the pain they've felt. He offers that it always rains here, so it's like the country itself is a crybaby too. He states he will change that and asks Jiraiya to train them. A short time passes and Jiraiya thinks over Yahiko's words. Konan rushes in and yells for help. Outside Jiraiya finds a dead Rock Chuunin refugee and an injured Yahiko and Nagato. Yahiko states the man tried to take their money and food but Nagato... Jiraiya looks in surprise at Nagato, who looks on in shock with a set of familiar circular eyes...
Chapter 373 Chapter 373: "The Teacher and Student Era" - Jiraiya recognizes the eyes as the Rinnegan, one of the three legendary Doujutsu. The same eyes possessed by the Rikudou Sennin, the man regarded as the original modern shinobi. A tool Jiraiya once regarded as a myth, with the ability to create and destroy. Jiraiya states he will train them and the orphans are excited. Yahiko thanks Nagato for helping him and they all promise to become stronger. Later one night Jiraiya wakens to find Nagato outside crying. Nagato explains how he went berserk after seeing Yahiko hurt, and now he's scared of what he did. Jiraiya tells the boy that he saved his friend, and that's a good thing. By feeling hurt one knows how others can feel, which makes them human. Nagato asks how he can be like that and Jiraiya says it just comes with age. Nagato states he wants to protect his friends no matter what pain he has to feel. Several years pass and the trio manage to defeat one of Jiraiya's Kage Bunshin. Jiraiya states he's proud of them and now it's time for him to leave. Yahiko is sad and Jiraiya jokes that he doesn't want people to think he's a baby, does he? He tells Konan she'll grow into a fine woman and states they'll have tough times ahead. If they work together they can change things, and asks Nagato if he can recognize that they've now grown and matured. Nagato thanks Jiraiya and we return to the present. Jiraiya states he heard of them off and on years later, fighting in many dangerous battles. Konan states he has no idea of what they went through and Jiraiya agrees, but offers that Akatsuki's goals are still wrong. From above Pain warns that that's merely Jiraiya's opinion. Jiraiya offers that the man before him has changed but he still recognizes Nagato and his eyes. He asks what happened to them and Pain says it doesn't matter, as Jiraiya is an outsider...
Chapter 374 Chapter 374: "Growing into a God!!" - Pain moves to summon and a gigantic crustacean emerges from a nearby wall to spew water on Konan to remove the oil and force Jiraiya to retreat. Konan is freed and Pain orders her back. Jiraiya extends his hair to entangle the summon and force it to poof away in smoke. His hair continues on, eventually wrapping up Pain. Jiraiya states he has so much to ask, first Yahiko. Pain offers some recognition of that name, stating he died. Jiraiya can't believe the cold Pain was once the scared and determined Nagato. Pain explains how he's faced so much death and pain, which helped him grow, grow into a god. In this position he's learned so much, a simple human couldn't understand. And as God he'll end wars, by using the Bijuu to create a Kinjutsu powerful enough to wipe out one of the Five Great Shinobi countries. The use of such jutsu will cause such pain and suffering, that war cease and the world will grow like he did. Jiraiya can't believe that such a terrible joke could be dreamed up but Pain says it's his duty as a god of peace. Suddenly the hair impales Pain but he moves with a replacement jutsu. In an instant Pain stands atop a huge battle hardened chameleon. Pain offers that Jiraiya is just a child whose growth was stunted but the hermit laughs saying a mere kid is saying that to him? Jiraiya then launches a boast of his own sagely accomplishments and summons a frog underneath him. Jiraiya trips and chastises "Gamaken" for not holding steady. The huge battle-hardened toad says he's not the clumsy one...
Chapter 375 Chapter 375: "The Two Great Sennin...!!" - Jiraiya yells that they shouldn't delay and moves to wipe additional lines on his cheeks. The chameleon swallows Pain and turns invisible. Jiraiya states he's going into sennin mode by calling on the Two Great Sennin. He asks Gamaken for time to prepare and moves to create a barrier. Pain understands he'll be sensed if he steps inside the barrier and sends a giant multi-headed dog to attack. Gamaken and the beast exchange attacks, and the two Leaf notice that the dog grows a new head every time it is struck. Jiraiya ponders whether Pain has used some amplification jutsu on the summon. It charges again, splits and Gamaken moves to knock them away. As he jumps from building to building a giant bird comes flying in. Gamaken moves to defend with his shield and gets knocked to the city below. Jiraiya realizes he has no opportunity to attack and wonders why one who impossibly mastered all six chakra nature transformations now only uses summoning. He further wonders if Pain doesn't desire to fight directly. A giant ram stands before the two and Jiraiya asks to handle this alone. The ram charges and Gamaken disappears. In a puff of smoke the beast is sent crashing backwards. One voice asks why they're only called upon in the middle of such vicious fights, the other surmises that that is why Gamabunta is always mad. The male toad states little Jiraiya must have a reason. Jiraiya apologizes to the female "boss" toad. She is surprised because she thought Jiraiya never liked this form. He replies he had no choice, his foe has the Rinnegan. The mother toad is surprised but Jiraiya says it's true, and asks for them to lend him their power. From the shadows emerges an altered Jiraiya, with a toad on each shoulder…
Chapter 376 Chapter 376: "The Prophesized Child" - The elder father frog chastises Jiraiya for not being able to use Sennin mode by himself. Jiraiya apologizes and Pain thinks over how each Sannin has their own unique abilities. The frogs ask where Pain is and Jiraiya explains his invisibility. The frogs also question why Jiraiya is fighting him and he explains that Pain is a former student. The frogs theorize he must be the "prophesized" one and Jiraiya explains how Pain didn't grow into the person he hoped. The frogs agree they should kill him and state the clueless old frog didn't know what he was talking about anyway. The elder mother extends a snake-like tongue which quickly wraps around and reveals their invisible foe. The father toad follows with another attack which finishes off the Chameleon. It poofs away leaving Pain behind. The frogs see Pain's Rinnegan and state they do match the prophecy. We flashback to a younger Jiraiya learning from Bunta that the old toad sage wants to see him. Jiraiya is surprised and goes before the gigantic old toad. The toad sage becomes confused as to Jiraiya’s identity and the elder father and mother sitting before him try to straighten him out. The sage explains how he prophesized that Jiraiya would one day become a huge pervert and skilled shinobi. However, he would also take on a pupil who could lead a revolution of peace or destruction. And it will be Jiraiya's choice which will determine which fate will befall the world. Jiraiya asks the sage if he's ever been wrong and he says no, as he prophesized of Jiraiya's coming to their mountain as a young boy in the past. In the present Jiraiya wonders if the time for his choice has finally come. Pain looks on and summons two figures with piercing wearing Akatsuki cloaks. The elder mother toad states that Pain will cause the destruction of the world, and Jiraiya agrees that it's his duty to stop him!
Chapter 377 Chapter 377: "Sennin Mode!!" - The Sennin are confused about the appearance of two more Rinnegan users and the mother frog complains about the fight encroaching on dinner time. Jiraiya yells that it's time for full Sennin mode but the frogs strike back at him for yelling in their ears. The mother and father toads then get into a shouting match over dinner when suddenly one of the Rinnegan users charges. Jiraiya kicks him back which damages the Pain's eyes. He then follows up with a combo hot oil attack. The bigger Rinnegan user jumps in front of Pain and deflects the attack. The Sennin retreat up a wall and Jiraiya states they'll try close combat. He crouches and his body takes on an even more frog-like appearance. They charge at the big Rinnegan user with a huge Rasengan. The Rinnegan user takes the brunt of the attack and absorbs it into nothingness in his body. The father toad throw a smoke bomb and the Sennin move to strike, however their opponent blocks the attack with no trouble. Jiraiya launches from the smoke and lands behind Pain. He sends a barrage of hair needles but Pain summons a panda shield for defense. Jiraiya offers that their opponents are reacting to attacks from their blindsides with the perfect counter. The Sennin work out the truth of the matter, somehow all three men have the same eyes and see the same target from multiple points of view...
Chapter 378 Chapter 378: "One on One...!!" - Jiraiya ponders how even Sennin mode may not be enough at his opponent's current level. The toads suggest retreat and the Sennin quickly escape to the pipes. They then ponder their next move and discuss how the Rinnegan allows all three men to share the same vision. This then allows them to cover all their blind spots without the need for chakra or hand seals. They then determine they will need to split up their foes. The father toad suggests their powerful musical Genjutsu but the mother refuses, offering she's embarrassed to sing. Unfortunately, they state it also gives away the singer’s location immediately. Jiraiya tells the toads to flee if things get dangerous but they decline, saying the world is at stake. Jiraiya then offers that he may have a plan. The toads begin their song and the Pains rush down the hallway towards them. Suddenly another Jiraiya emerges from behind to emit a huge fireball attack. The fat Pain moves to absorb it and is engulfed in flames. The damaged eyes Pain and the original rush on. Jiraiya launches a fireball at them and they jump up to avoid it. The blind Pain lands on the ceiling but is sucked into a summoned swamp. The original Pain falls towards Jiraiya and the Sannin gloats that it's one on one yet again...
Chapter 379 Chapter 379: "Jiraiya's Choice!!" - Jiraiya jumps and kicks Pain in the chest, knocking him away. The toads continue their song. Suddenly Pain awakes to find he and his two partners in a paralyzing cube. Jiraiya offers that he never lets down his guard no matter whom he fights, and states that Nagato lost his way. He explains how Nagato should have used his strength to overcome the pain. Jiraiya remembers the old sage toad’s words and then offers his goodbye to Nagato. A short time passes and Jiraiya finishes impaling the third Pain body. The toads cough and state the singing wore them out. Jiraiya tells them to rest, as he finally made his foretold choice. Suddenly Pain is behind Jiraiya, offering that he thought his sensei taught him never to let down his guard?... In an instant Jiraiya is knocked through the walls out to the lake. Jiraiya stands, revealing his left arm has been totally torn away. The toads yell in confusion and Jiraiya offers that the three faces are different from the previous ones. The toads wonder if the new opponents were summoned before their Genjutsu started. From the damage hole emerges the three new pierced Rinnegan opponents... and the three other impaled Pains, together identified as Pain Rikudou. The toads try to grasp what it means. Jiraiya states one of the new summons must have a resurrection jutsu to revive the three he just killed. The mother toad wonders whether he is even human. The originally revealed Pain offers that "Pain" is a term for all six of them. Jiraiya asks why they all possess the Rinnegan and suddenly comes to a realization...
 
Volume 42
Chapter 380
Chapter 380: "That Face...!!" - Jiraiya asks Pain what this means, that the original Pain among them is a grown-up Yahiko with Rinnegan. Pain offers that yes, Yahiko died and he remains. Jiraiya demands an answer and explains to the toads that one of the bodies is another of his students. The father toad asks if that means there are two prophesized children in the group. Jiraiya says no, but Nagato is not among their group, but Yahiko is, somehow with the Rinnegan. Jiraiya asks if he is Nagato or Yahiko. The men look on and the original states they are Pain. They all launch themselves towards Jiraiya and also offer that they are a god... In Konoha, Shizune comments on the constant rain and offers that Jiraiya will come back. Tsunade says no, but she'll bet on that because she always loses. Jiraiya acts tough and states when he comes back, he can act however he wants. Elsewhere Karin announces a powerful chakra is quickly approaching. The figure appears and Suigetsu recognizes the man. Kisame states Sasuke can go on alone. Sasuke says of course but Karin states if they defeat Kisame they can all go together. Sasuke says no, it will be him alone finding revenge. He then moves on. Suigetsu greets Kisame by name and he offers his surprise. Suigetsu asks if Kisame has forgotten him, the younger brother of Hoozuki Mangetsu? He asks Kisame if he wouldn't mind playing around while they wait. Kisame offers that Suigetsu is more troublesome than his brother, so how about he take care of that? Juugo asks why they aren't obeying Sasuke and Karin grows annoyed. At the top of a fortified hill Itachi sits before a painting of tails marked "fox". Itachi asks his younger brother just how much he can see with his Sharingan. Elsewhere Tobi greets the squads from Konoha and offers that numerical advantage is in their favor. Kakashi offers that the man before them wasn't in Kabuto's book. Tobi states he's new and Kakashi says they should be careful but they have the advantage. Tobi asks if he's being underestimated when suddenly another Naruto comes flying in with Rasengan. He slams it into Tobi's back but continues flying through his body when his target becomes intangible. Back at the compound Sasuke answers... What he sees?... he can see one thing... Itachi's death.
Chapter 381
Chapter 381: "True Nature...!!" - Jiraiya sits impaled atop a small island surrounded by a murky lake. Pain's haggard summoned body is collapsed on the ground after successfully penetrating Jiraiya's barrier to impale him. The toads ask if Jiraiya is okay. He says yes, but his chakra is disturbed. The father toad pulls out part of the spike and throws it away. The toads discuss the oddity of Pain and Jiraiya considers how Yahiko has the Rinnegan. He then thinks over his talk about growth with a young Nagato. The forehead protector of the Pain before him falls, and Jiraiya notices a large scar on his head. Jiraiya then suddenly remembers fighting this very same Fuuma clan member after receiving the prophecy. Jiraiya considers the Elder Sage Toad's statement that Jiraiya would travel the world. Jiraiya tells the toads to leave, as he's going to leave the barrier and verify something. He states this is the one chance to learn Pain's true nature and he'll do it even if it costs him his life. It was this choice that was prophesized by the toad sage. He tells the toads to take the known information to Tsunade; the father toad says his wife alone should do it. She tells him to be back in time for dinner and the husband promises their return. Jiraiya and father toad emerge from a toad in the water. The father toad summons a giant shuriken which is hurled at one of the Pains. The remaining five then appear and Jiraiya realizes he has indeed met them in the past. Just as he makes the realization as to who Pain is, one grabs his throat to choke him. Jiraiya coughs blood and the father toad screams out. The other Pains then jump in to help finish Jiraiya off...
Chapter 382
Chapter 382: "The Real Choice" - Jiraiya lays face down with spikes driven into his back. As blood run out he weakly thinks that he has to tell them who Pain is. He wonders if he is to fail here and begins to lose consciousness. Jiraiya flashes back to when he was younger. He sits before Hokage Mountain at various stages of his life writing in a book. He considers that a shinobi's life is evaluated not by how they lived, but by all they did before they died. Based on that though, his life was a failure. He was rejected by Tsunade, was unable to prevent Orochimaru from leaving and could not protect his master and student. Compared to the Hokage, his life was a waste. He believed that even though he failed in life, he could make up for that with some accomplishments. But he couldn't even do that, he failed at stopping Pain and Akatsuki. Jiraiya states the Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya wasn’t worth anything. But a voice offers that isn't true. We cut to the Fourth Hokage's home. Minato holds Jiraiya's book and states it's great. Since it's based on Jiraiya's adventures, it's like an autobiography. An embarrassed Jiraiya offers that it didn't sell and he should probably just focus on his erotic novels. Minato offers that he liked how the hero never gave up, just like his sensei. And he hopes his own child is like the title character, so would Jiraiya mind if he uses that name? Jiraiya is shocked and states he simply thought of the name while eating ramen... A pregnant Kushina offers that "Naruto" is a fine name. Jiraiya laughs feeling unworthy and asks if that means he's the godfather. Minato states there's no one better than such a skilled and unique shinobi. Jiraiya thinks over his time with Naruto and the young mans strength and dedication. He considers how Naruto was like that hero and how he lived up to his parents dreams. We then cut to the Sannin battle, atop a snake Jiraiya and Orochimaru battle. Orochimaru offers that the true measure of a shinobi's life is based on how many jutsu they mastered. Jiraiya says no, a ninja is one who endures and has a strong spirit. He then considers Naruto, since he never went back on his word or gave up, neither will he as his master. Jiraiya regains consciousness and begins to stir; thinking that the pupil’s way should be the master's too. The father toad is shocked at how Jiraiya willed himself back to life. Pain asks Jiraiya if his heart did indeed stop? Jiraiya looks to the father toad and the summon offers his understanding. The toad slips out of his robe to the ground before Jiraiya. Jiraiya activates chakra on his finger and begins to write on the toad's back. The toad suddenly understands and Jiraiya considers that his true choice was whether to give up. He won't. He realizes that Naruto was the child of prophecy and he now leaves everything to him...
Chapter 383
Chapter 383: "Last Chapter, And Now...!!" - Tobi kicks Naruto in the face and mocks his abilities. Naruto flies into one of his clones and then lands in water below. Hinata is alarmed but Sakura tells her Naruto will be fine, just keep an eye on their enemy. Yamato and Kakashi figure Tobi is just playing with them. The Pains see numbers on father toad’s back and figure it’s a secret code. One Pain fires his forearm at Jiraiya and the toad, destroying the land they were on. The toad disappears while Jiraiya's body sinks into the depths. Jiraiya thinks that his tale may have a better conclusion now and what a fine end for him. But what to call the sequel to the book he wonders?... "The Tale of Uzumaki Naruto” would work nicely he decides. Jiraiya disappears into the murk and in Konoha Tsunade rests and tries to drink her worries away. She looks on forlorn and watches a toad jump into the water. Elsewhere Naruto bursts from the water and Tobi asks what new game should they play? Naruto says they don't have time for this. Shino states they have to finish pursuing Sasuke. Kiba replies that since Shino wasn't around the last time they went after Sasuke, he's expecting a lot of him this time around. Yamato says they should move to formation B and everyone acknowledges. Back in Rain, Pain contemplates that if not for his secret, he would have lost that battle. Zetsu emerges and states Pain sure took his time, his other half interjects that he was fighting Jiraiya after all. Pain states that Madara directed him to capture the Kyuubi and he can come watch. Zetsu then gets into an argument with himself about which fight to watch next. Elsewhere Itachi replies "His death"?... well lets see how good those eyes are then.
Chapter 384
Chapter 384: "Two Roads..." - Itachi and Sasuke cross weapons and move to counter the other's moves. Itachi throws an off balance Sasuke across the room and the younger Uchiha forms Chidori. He runs towards Itachi but then slams his fist into the ground, sending Chidori Nagashi current through the floor. Itachi jumps to avoid the attack but is suddenly run through by an airborne Sasuke. Sasuke pins him to the ground with his Kusanagi sword and Itachi acknowledges his growth. Sasuke states that at the end he has a question for his brother. Itachi raises his hand to point to another Itachi still reclining in the chair. The pinned Itachi disperses into crows. The reclining Itachi states even though it's not over Sasuke can go ahead with his question. Sasuke says no, he'll say it again... and suddenly the reclining Itachi is stabbed through the back of the chair by another Sasuke. A shocked Itachi recognizes he was speaking to a Genjutsu. Sasuke retorts again that he'll ask the question when the battle with his bastard of a brother is over...
Chapter 385
Chapter 385: "The Secret of the Mangekyou...!!" - Sasuke remembers Itachi's words after the clan massacre, concerning the true purpose of their Doujutsu and the three remaining Sharingan users. Sasuke demands to know who the third individual is so he can kill him. Itachi ponders why. Sasuke explains how the third person must not have been killed and have actually helped with the massacre. Itachi acknowledges Sasuke's surmise and states that man is Uchiha Madara. Sasuke then remembers the Kyuubi's words. Itachi states Madara was a village founder and the first Mangekyou Sharingan user. Sasuke yells that's impossible, as he would be long dead. Itachi retorts he can't make Sasuke believe and Sasuke says he's tired of the lies. Itachi explains that truth is relative to the individual but their reality may not correct. That goes for how Sasuke refuses to believe Madara is alive and how he saw Itachi as a caring older brother when they were young. Sasuke remembers their time growing up and offers that he was so little then; he could not believe that horrible reality was true. However, it did happen and his eyes see the truth now including this Genjutsu. Suddenly Sasuke turns from the chair to hurl Chidori towards another reclining Itachi. Itachi says that's typical behavior, yelling and making threats, of course this time he might be able to back them up. Sasuke asks if this means he's done playing. Itachi says Sasuke still doesn't have the same eyes as he, ignoring his previous command to meet again only when they share the same eyes. Sasuke yells for him to try his Mangekyou against him now, or is his capacity now too much? Zetsu emerges from a wall and comments that the two brothers haven't moved an inch, carrying out their fight in Genjutsu so far. Itachi explains that the moment Mangekyou awakens, the journey into darkness begins. Sasuke asks him to explain and Itachi states that with every use a Mangekyou user's eyesight diminishes. Sasuke offers that in exchange for controlling the Kyuubi, one will go blind. Itachi is impressed that Sasuke actually read the scrolls in the clan's secret shrine. Itachi rises and walks towards Sasuke, who in turn asks who Madara is. Itachi states Madara is the only man to tame the Kyuubi. The man who acted as his personal mentor and accomplice. The only man to learn the Sharingan's final secret. The invincible immortal, Uchiha Madara...
Chapter 386
Chapter 386: "New Light...!!" - Itachi looks on with dimmed vision and says there is one final puzzle piece. A story of two competitive brothers who awakened their Sharingan and eventually obtained Mangekyou. Uchiha Madara and his younger brother had achieved something never before done and took control of their clan. Unfortunately as a side effect of the Mangekyou, Madara's vision failed him as his eyes were sealed away from the light. He tried to avoid this fate and failed, eventually plucking out his brother's eyes in desperation. Madara regained his vision and obtained a Mangekyou that would never disappear. Such an ability caused many sacrifices to happen within the clan over time. Using his power he joined with other clans, including the Senju of the Forest, led by the man who would become Shodai Hokage. Together they formed Konoha. Policy disputes arose and they did battle. Madara lost but still lives. He formed Akatsuki from behind the scenes and eventually directed the Kyuubi to attack Konoha. Itachi then states that Madara is a unworthy shadow of his former self; and the only one who can surpass him is he himself. He maniacally yells that Sasuke himself will be his chance to grow. Since the beginning, the Uchiha have killed their friends to develop Mangekyou and their siblings to make it eternal. He offers that their clan has been tainted with blood and once Sasuke is dead, he can go beyond the limits of his own capacity with his brother's eyes. Thus each brother is a spare, and that is why he left Sasuke live. A double-eyed specter begins to reach out for Sasuke's eye but he disperses the illusion. Sasuke removes his cloak and states it was all for this moment. Closing his eyes he thinks back over his pledge to kill Itachi. He opens his eyes and states it finally ends here...
Chapter 387
Chapter 387: "Reality...!!" - Itachi states that Sasuke has no chance since he alone possesses Mangekyou. He adds that Sasuke’s dream will never become reality. Sasuke unwraps bandages on his arms to reveal seals marked "blade". Sasuke replies that he'll use his hatred to turn his dream into reality; the reality, of Itachi's death. Sasuke moves his hands to the opposite wrists and summons shuriken which he launches at his brother. Itachi returns shuriken in kind and the torrents connect and deflect each other. Sasuke charges and pulls his sword and Itachi moves to attack with a kunai. The brothers use their free hands to stop the advancing blade arm of the other. Suddenly another Itachi appears from behind and launches kunai. Sasuke is amazed at the speed of Itachi’s Kage Bunshin use and a snake emerges from his cursed seal in defense. The brothers then break their holds and retreat backwards. Sasuke hurls a Chidori charges giant demon wind shuriken which slices through one of the Itachis. That Itachi bursts into crows and in the confusion the real Itachi charges Sasuke and kicks him back into a wall. In a flash he is pinning Sasuke to the wall to prevent him from using Chidori. Sasuke coughs in pain and Itachi reaches towards Sasuke's left eye to pluck it out. Itachi asks for forgiveness and states that his reality involves staying in the light. A yell then pierces the room...
Chapter 388
Chapter 388: "The Difference in Power...!!" - Sasuke screams out and Itachi reiterates that nothing can stand against his Mangekyou. Zetsu watches on and Sasuke looks at the blood in his hand from his wound. Itachi moves to take the other eye and Sasuke activates his level two seal, knocking Itachi back with his wing. Itachi puts Sasuke's eye in a container and states it was all due to the difference in their power and their eyes. Suddenly another Itachi grabs Sasuke from the back and the original Itachi reaches to remove Sasuke's other eye. Sasuke completes his level two transformation as Itachi reaches for the eye. Suddenly reality becomes a negative image and breaks down, leaving a normal Sasuke looking on with both of his eyes. He collapses to the floor and Zetsu debates what happened, deciding that Itachi won through Tsukuyomi. He then offers that Sasuke should now be immobilized. Suddenly Itachi falls to the floor grasping his eye, acknowledging that Sasuke broke his Tsukuyomi. Zetsu is confused and decides the technique was never used, as Sasuke broke it. He goes on to consider that there is no way Sharingan could stand up to Mangekyou. He counters by offering that Sharingan is just a weapon whose strength is dependant upon the one who wields it. Even a shuriken user could lose to a highly skilled person throwing a rock. It all comes down to ability, and Sasuke's has grown beyond what Itachi imagined. Sasuke stands and confidently states again, that no matter how much Itachi uses his eyes, his hatred will turn his dreams into reality. Itachi retorts that the same applies to him; the illusion of him removing Sasuke's eyes will come to pass as well. Zetsu sees that Itachi is serious now, and hopes that they can finally see Amaterasu. Down below Itachi forms a hand seal and closes one eye...
Chapter 389
Chapter 389: "Sasuke's Tide" - Zetsu ponders that the Genjutsu is over with now that Tsukuyomi was broken; so they'll move to Ninjutsu. He adds that if the left eye possesses the strongest Genjutsu in Tsukuyomi, then the right eye wields the strongest physical attack, Amaterasu. Itachi forms hand seals and Sasuke responds by summoning a giant shuriken. Zetsu is amazed that Sasuke’s speed is faster than Itachi’s hand seals. Sasuke hurls the shuriken with flies at chest level. Itachi ducks but within the floor shadow is another giant shuriken, which Zetsu recognizes as Shadow Shuriken no Jutsu. Itachi jumps to maneuver between the two disks but Sasuke pulls a wire to disconnect the blades of the shuriken, which come flying back towards Itachi. One blade impales Itachi's leg and Zetsu is confused by Itachi's sudden slowness. Itachi removes the blade and watches on in a dim haze. Itachi grabs his left eye and Sasuke recognizes the side effect of Tsukuyomi and considers how the tide of battle is turning in his favor. Zetsu ponders that the battle may have a clear winner but his other half thinks that may not be the case. Sasuke hurls a huge fireball and as Itachi jumps in the air to avoid it, he is met by a Chidori wielding Sasuke. Itachi emits fire as well to launch himself up through the ceiling. Sasuke uses his wing to deflect the flame and as they die down the brothers face off on the roof. Zetsu ponders that only a little damage is being taken by Sasuke so far. The brothers form seals and launch huge fireballs at each other. The strength of Sasuke's flame begins to push Itachi's back, so the Itachi focuses his right eye. As blood begins to come from it he calls upon Amaterasu and opens his eye. Suddenly a huge, tendril of black flames flies towards Sasuke...


Summaries by Leaf Ninja