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Volume 46
 Chapter 422
Chapter 422: "Kakashi VS Pain!!" - Konan envelopes a Leaf ninja in paper and inquires about Naruto's location. He happily declines to answer. Elsewhere other ninja are probing the Hungry Ghost Realm's absorption defenses. Hell Realm also interrogates a ninja who refuses to give up Naruto's location. At the admin building Tsunade summons Katsuyu. She tells her summon to break down into smaller clones, and then use her chakra to help heal people. Tsunade then reaffirms that she'll protect the village as Hokage. Elsewhere Chouza, Chouji and other ninja move through the village. A distance away, Kakashi lunges with Raikiri but Asura dodges. Kakashi remembers how the bodies share vision and ponders their strange nature. Asura suddenly forms two more faces on his head and removes his cloak, revealing four more arms and a saw-life blade sprouting from his back. Deva raises his arm and Kakashi is drawn through the air towards him. Kakashi finally grasps Deva's power and throws a chain around a beam to brace himself. He determines he can't win alone. He needs some reinforcements and to let others know what he discovered. He's shaken loose of the chain by Deva's ability and suddenly plunges into Asura's blade. His body disperses as a lightning clone, which electrocutes Asura. Deva suddenly retreats as two giant arms come crashing down. The left arm lifts revealing a crushed Asura. Chouza offers that one of them has been taken out. Chouza and Chouji return to normal size, while Kakashi emerges from nearby rubble. He offers he had a backup plan, but their assistance just saved him a lot of chakra...
 Chapter 423
Chapter 423: "Deva Realm's Ability!!" - Both Pain and Chouza compliment Kakashi's tactical skills. Kakashi states he may have figured out Pain's ability. Pain charges and the gathered ninja launch attacks in response. Kakashi throws an exploding charge for retreat. He determines all the attacks were blocked through some form of attraction and repulsion force, and that it appears to take a short interval to recharge. They can use that interval to plan their attack. A short time later Kakashi bursts from the ground below Pain. He's blown back and Pain comes to strike. Kakashi gives the signal and Akimichi roll in from either side. They're blown back but use the force to pull up a chain from the ground which binds Pain in place. Kakashi launches towards Pain's head with Raikiri but is suddenly blocked by a damaged Asura. Kakashi tears through Asura and watches on with Sharingan. At Myouboku, Fukasaku asks Naruto if he's ready to practice fusing. Naruto wonders if Konoha's okay with the threat of Akatsuki. Fukasaku dismisses it, saying the village has excellent ninja and that a frog would alert them if needed. In Konoha, a bloodied Kakashi is pinned in rubble while Pain stands triumphant. Pain offers that this Kakashi is no clone and that he must end things quickly. He picks up a nail and states Kakashi must know pain... Kakashi offers that he can't dodge and the nail is launched into Kakashi's head...
 Chapter 424
Chapter 424: "Determination!!" - Katsuyu's slugs begin healing the wounded, while an ANBU flanked Tsunade focuses herself to disperse her chakra. Underground, Danzou offers to his gathered Root that the commotion will allow him to act undetected. One of Root asks if they should help, Danzou says no. Some of the village will be saved, but the other's sacrifice will be necessary for him to become Hokage. At the interrogation headquarters, Inoichi and the rest of the team probe the Rain ninja Yuudachi’s mind, pulling out memories. Inoichi finally finds one of Yuudachi helping his partner Ryuusui deliver a corpse. Yuudachi figures it's a girl and wonders about the tower they take the bodies to, thinking it’s a shrine to the dead. Ryuusui offers that he heard a rumor Pain was inside. Yuudachi offers that there's no way that's true. Ryuusui unzips the body bag, revealing the unpierced form of Pain's most recent Animal Realm body. Konan thanks the men, and Ryuusui turns to greet "Angel". She tells them to bring the next one and we cut to the present. A weak Chouji calls out for his dad and Kakashi. At the interrogation, Tonbo offers that Inoichi is awesome at pulling out info. Mozoku tells him to cut the chatter and Shizune suddenly arrives, asking for all their data on Pain. Outside the Animal and Human Realm bodies arrive. Elsewhere Chouji looks over the fallen body of his father. He cries and Kakashi says there is time for tears later; Chouji has to tell Tsunade of Pain's powers. Don't let his father's sacrifice be in vain. A broken Asura offers that they're persistent and fires one remaining missile towards Chouji. Chouji thanks his dad and takes off in a run. Kakashi considers that if he uses it again his chakra will be zero and he'll die. Entrusting everything to Chouji and for the well being of Konoha, he forms Mangekyou and sends the missile away. Asura contemplates that Kakashi used that jutsu on the nail as well. A panting Kakashi considers that for him it's now over Obito and Rin...
 Chapter 425
Chapter 425: "Hatake Kakashi" - A dying Obito says he'll be Kakashi's eye and asks that he protect Rin. Kakashi asks for forgiveness as he wasn’t able to. He walks in blackness and states he'll be joining them soon. He comes across a fire and recognizes the man sitting by it. The man asks Kakashi to tell him how his life has gone. Kakashi says it will be a long story, but his father Sakumo says that's okay. In reality Kakashi slumps over in the debris while Asura falls apart. At Myouboku, Fukasaku attempts to fuse with Naruto but is sent flying by the Kyuubi. The toad explains how he was rejected, which causes an infuriated Naruto to ask why they even bothered training. Outside the interrogation headquarters, Animal Realm moves to summon. Inside Ino offers that the chakra transmitting sounds like her clan's techniques. Ibiki offers than Rikudou Sennin could supposedly use any jutsu. Suddenly the building is rocked and the gathered ANBU move to take action. Three ANBU utilize Earth, Wind and Lightning jutsu in an attempt to contain the giant dog summon. It bursts out and the ANBU decide to focus on the summoner instead. A giant rhino bursts into the interrogation head quarters, shocking those inside. Riding atop the beast, Animal sees the chakra receiver in Shizune's hand. The building is rocked again and Katsuyu's slugs are thrown clear. From within the slugs emerge those who were in the building. Above them stands the rhino and dog summons. Inoichi offers that he recognizes the woman atop the beast, but she was dead when he saw her last. Shizune considers how each Pain body can only use one type of jutsu and that the summoning body was taken out. Shizune tells Inoichi they should compile their information. Ibiki tells them to go, they'll handle Pain. Elsewhere amongst the rubble of Konoha, Konohamaru emerges from the shadows...
 Chapter 426
Chapter 426: "Naruto and Konoha!!" - The Hell Realm grabs two Leaf by their throats and demands to know Naruto's location. A spectral face enshrouded in flames forms but the Leaf refuse to answer. Suddenly tongue-like protusions extend from their mouths, while two hands extends from the mouth of Hell's giant spectral head. It grabs onto the two "tongues" causing one of the men to collapse, Hell pronounces the other man truly did not. Konohamaru watches from the shadow, he turns to flee and runs into the wall, drawing Hell's attention. Ebisu lands between them and hopes that Konohamaru escapes. Elsewhere Animal's giant summons stand over the interrogation crew and Shizune. They decide to head for the code breaking office and leave Animal for Ibiki and the ANBU. Inoichi and the others bolt and the Human Realm moves to follow. At Myouboku, Naruto trains in an effort to gather natural energy while moving. Fukasaku says it's impossible but Naruto refuses to give up. Seeing the code on the toad's back, he states it was also meant for him. Jiraiya was his master who never gave up, and he inherited his nindo. Back in Konoha, Konohamaru debates what to do. Ebisu is held by the throat while Hell interrogates him. Ebisu thinks back to how Konoha viewed Naruto. First with distrust, then beginning to respect all his accomplishments as a ninja and finally as a comrade who they would give their life for. Ebisu smiles and says he has no intention of telling Akatsuki anything. Konohamaru hears this and thinks back to a lesson Naruto once taught him. Ebisu hopes to himself that Konohamaru ran away and Hell moves to kill him. Suddenly kunai plant in his arm, freeing Ebisu. Konohamaru then yells out his intent to fight...
 Chapter 427
Chapter 427: "Reunion" - Ebisu demands to know why Konohamaru didn't run. The young man explains his promise to challenge Naruto for Hokage, so he can't run from his path. Hell Realm charges and Konohamaru forms a hand seal. At Myouboku Naruto turns toad-like and is hit by Fukasaku. The toad says he can't keep up, what Naruto's trying doesn't even make sense, it's like looking left and right at the same time. Suddenly Naruto has a revelation. In Konoha, Tsunade senses the status of the fallen, including Kakashi. She punches down a stone protrusion in frustration. Chouji arrives and explains Deva's powers. She orders the ANBU to have Katsuyu spread the word and tells Chouji to rush Chouza to the hospital, as he still might live. Chouji cries and then asks about Kakashi. Tsunade remains silent and tells him to hurry. At the morgue, Hungry Ghost removes the chakra piercings from the former Animal body. A Gatsuuga attack bursts into the room. As the dust clears, the Animal body falls from the wall, having been used as protection. Kiba then points out Pain's location on the ceiling to his mother. Elsewhere bugs eat through Konan's paper. Before her stand the Aburame, Shibi tells his son Shino to give it his all. Elsewhere in the Fire Country, Team Gai stops to rest. Gai points out the ill omen of birds flying away from Konoha and they leave to rush home. In Konoha, Tsunade continues dispersing her healing chakra to the fallen. The ANBU come to attention as Deva jumps to the roof. Tsunade recognizes the man, who offers a greeting to her as the last of the Sannin...
 Chapter 428
Chapter 428: "Conversation!!" - Konohamaru moves to retreat but is pinned to the wall by Hell. Ebisu jumps to help but is kicked away. Hell asks Naruto's location but the Genin says he doesn't know. Konohamaru then sees the arms which extend from the spectral face mouth grab his spirit. He remembers back to Naruto training him about rotation and power and misinterpreting it as an expansion of the Sexy Jutsu. In the present, the Genin poofs away, causing Hell to turn in surprise to receive a Rasengan to the chest from the original Konohamaru. He's sent flying into the wall and Ebisu wonders when Konohamaru learned the jutsu. The young man yells confidently that he's a proud member of the Sarutobi clan and named after the village, so Pain shouldn't forget it. On the Hokage building roof, Tsunade recognizes Deva as Yahiko. He asks Naruto's location and warns that war and strife are on the horizon. Tsunade says they're trying to destabilize the world. Deva warns her to stop being high and mighty, that as god he demands to know. Tsunade offers that he's wrong about one thing; he'll never get what he wants. Deva retorts that Konoha can't protect Naruto forever, but Tsunade replies he doesn't understand, Naruto is no pushover. Elsewhere Shizune, Inoichi and Ino determine that the piercings act as chakra receivers, giving life to corpses. And to transmit the chakra, the real Pain must not be that far away. Suddenly Human lands among the group and a bomb drops, causing everyone to scatter. As the dust clears Human holds Shizune by the head. He warns them not to move or he'll kill her. As he probes her mind he finds his target, stating Myouboku. On the Hokage roof Deva closes his eyes and then announces the same revelation, stunning Tsunade...
 Chapter 429
Chapter 429: "Know Pain" - Pain offers he has no reason to stay. The ANBU suggest they let him go so they can regroup and help the village. Pain turns and identifies the chakra at his opponent's feet, saying they know his power, but it's still meaningless, war brings death to everyone. He states once they know true pain, then they can understand peace. He then launches himself into the air. Elsewhere Human holds Shizune's spirit and Sakura heals the wounded. At Myouboku the toads notice that the name of Kousuke, the toad Danzou killed, disappeared from their scrolls. Fukasaku wonders if Konoha is under attack. In Konoha, Animal terminates her summons and flees the village. High above Konoha, Deva raises his arms. Outside the village, Animal summons the others. Konan asks what's happening and Pain explains that he is going to use his jutsu. At Myouboku, Fukasaku wishes luck to a toad travelling to Konoha to find Shima. The ninja in the village begin to regroup and the toad arrives through a water basin portal. Fukasaku says that Shima is near Konoha and that they along with Naruto will summon something powerful. The toad finds Shima and moves to summon while she offers that she understands her part. Konan tells Nagato not to do it, as it will shorten his life. The Pain bodies collapse leaving Deva alone above the village. Shima jumps to summon while Tsunade and the ANBU rush onwards. Suddenly a massive gravity wave is unleashed at the center of Konoha, sending rubble and debris up as it expands outwards to Hokage Mountain and the outer wall. From within the rubble emerges a slug, which expels Sakura. She looks at the destruction in shock and yells for Naruto to quickly return. As the dust clears, a scroll and cloth can be seen. High above, Deva looks to the barren waste below at a puff of smoke at the center of Konoha...
 Chapter 430
Chapter 430: "Naruto Returns!!" - As the dust clears, Naruto stands atop Gamakichi who is atop his father. A Sennin mode Naruto wears a red jacket with black flames and the toad contract scroll. Flanking Gamabunta are Gamaken and the stand destroyer toad. Pain plummets to land on the ground. Naruto asks where they are and Shima arrives, revealing they're in Konoha. The others can't believe it until they see Hokage Mountain. She explains that she feels the same presence as when she fought with Jiraiya. A shocked Naruto focuses his mind in determination. In the rubble, Katsuyu clones emit more ninja, including Iruka, Shiho, Shikamaru and Shikaku. Elsewhere Chouji, Chouza and Kakashi emerge. A Hyuuga asks Hinata if she's okay and states he can't let anything happen to her while Hiashi and Hanabi are away. Tsume tends to Kiba and Tsunade also emerges from the rubble. She sees the destruction and promises Pain will pay. A nearby ANBU notices Tsunade's Souzou Saisei mark missing, having been used to disperse her remaining chakra to the fallen. Pain sees Naruto and offers that the young man just saved him a trip. Sakura watches from a distance and a nearby Hyuuga reveals the figure beyond is Naruto. Outside Konoha, Hell Realm calls upon his spectral head, which consumes the destroyed Asura Realm body. Its mouth opens to emit a revived Asura. Konan asks why Pain is taking such foolhardy steps. Animal answers that it's his justice and is then flung back into Konoha by Asura. Konan ponders that focusing his chakra to Deva increased the jutsu's power, but now the others revived slower than before. She says she's returning to check on him and disperses. Animal arrives and summons the other Realms to stand with Deva. Tsunade yells out that Pain trampled on their ancestors treasure and dreams, and he'll pay for this. He retorts that she somewhat understands pain now but she is no longer needed. Asura quickly moves to strike her down but it is sent crashing into the earth in pieces by a Rasengan wielding Naruto. Tsunade sees Minato and Jiraiya in Naruto and the young man offers that she can rest, no need to sully her hands with this ilk. Sakura asks what happened and the Hyuuga reveals Naruto took out a Realm with a single blow, which surprises her. Gamabunta asks Fukasaku if he saw those familiar forms and the elder toad says he did, Naruto has surpassed the previous generation. Naruto grits his teeth and yells that he will wipe out Pain once and for all...
Chapter 431 Chapter 431: "Naruto's Great Eruption!!" - Pain considers how Deva will take awhile to regain power, so he moves three Realms to the front and one to his rear. Naruto calls for Gamakichi to take Tsunade to safety. Naruto asks for no interference and she gives Naruto a Katsuyu slug to relay information. The toad elders jump to land on Naruto's scroll and the young man asks Tsunade about Kakashi's whereabouts, as he can't sense him through natural energy. Tsunade remains silent and Naruto understands. Animal summons her giant rhino which charges at a determined Naruto. Gamakichi brings Tsunade to Sakura, and the young woman lets her master know she's done well. As the dust of the rhino impact clears, Naruto remains in place holding its horn, unfazed by the beast's power. He hurls the beast over his shoulder into the air. Animal summons her bull and dog beasts which also charge. The toad elders jump and unleash a paralyzing song blast. Naruto forms two clones and two gigantic Rasengan's in their palms. Each impacts a beast and sends it flying. Fukasaku calls to the toad giants and they hurl into the air to cut and beat down Pain's summons. Naruto charges Hungry Ghost and Katsuyu states he absorbs jutsu. Hungry Ghost moves to impale Naruto as the young man in turn moves to strike him. They both dodge but Naruto's natural energy extends from his body to send the Realm flying. The three giant toads finish off the summons and Hungry Ghost flies into the ground unconscious. Deva watches on in confusion, as he thought Hungry Ghost had avoided the attack. Fukasaku watches on in appraisal, as Naruto is using natural energy to extend his reach and power. Naruto stands and draw in energy, forming a hand seal he states he'll end it with his next move...
Chapter 432 Chapter 432: "Rasen Shuriken Once Again!!" - Naruto forms Kage Bunshin and Pain offers that the young man became a sage like their sensei Jiraiya. And because they shared a sensei they should understand each other, Jiraiya wanted peace as well. Naruto yells for him to get real and holds aloft Rasen Shuriken. He states the destruction around him isn't peace. Pain offers that Naruto simply doesn't understand, his death will bring peace. Naruto yells again for Pain to stop the idiocy and hurls the Rasen Shuriken towards the Realms, revealing its new freedom of movement. As it flies through the air, Human throws Animal out of the way and is cut through as the disk expands in size. Animal quickly summons the giant bird which impacts the ground near Naruto. A short distance away Shikamaru asks what the commotion is. His father states that Naruto knows Senjutsu now and they best stay out of his way. Beneath Gamabunta the dog summon splits and attacks the two other giant toads. The toad elders state they have to cut the Rinnegan connection and Pain determines Naruto is running out of his sage chakra. Fukasaku tells Gamabunta his plan and Shima expels a dust cloud to engulf the Deva and Hell Realms. Animal suddenly finds herself in blackness and Gamabunta moves to stab the other two Realms. They retreat and Deva tries to determine Animal and Naruto's location. In the blackness, Naruto strikes Animal with double Rasengans. Gamabunta suddenly expels air and spits out Naruto and a defeated Animal. The giant summons disperse, leaving Deva, Hell and a tired non-Sennin mode Naruto...
 
Volume 47
Chapter 433 Chapter 433: "Senjutsu's Failure...!?" - Naruto figures he has four Rasen Shuriken left now that Sennin Mode is over. Pain charges and Shima tells her husband they should fuse with Naruto. Fukasaku says it doesn't work, but they found something which does. Naruto hurls his scroll away as Deva moves to face him. They exchange blows and Naruto tells the others to stay back. Fukasaku unfurls the scroll and quickly uses its summoning seal. A Sennin Mode Naruto is suddenly transported from Myouboku Mountain. As Pain moves to stab Naruto with his chakra pike, the Naruto clone disperses, sending its gathered energy back to the original Naruto. Naruto breaks the pike and kicks Deva away. Fukasaku explains that Naruto left behind two Sennin Mode Kage Bunshin for later summoning. Naruto hurls another Rasen Shuriken at Deva. Before it impacts, Hungry Ghost intercepts and seals away the attack. Naruto is surprised, as he thought the body was dead. He looks to Hell and sees the Enma head. Naruto discusses with Katsuyu that Hell must be able to revive the others, while Hungry Ghost can absorb and Deva can repel, but he strangely hasn't in some time. Hungry Ghost stands before Deva, while Hell moves to Deva's rear. Naruto forms double Rasengans and has his clones hurl smoke bombs. Out of the smoke flies another Rasen Shuriken. As Hungry Ghost moves to absorb it, the attack disperses to reveal it was a transformed Naruto. As Naruto grabs and brings down Hungry Ghost, another Rasen Shuriken comes flying in behind him towards Deva. Deva repels the attack and gloats that his strength has returned. Suddenly from above, the original Naruto comes smashing down into Hell with double Rasengans, taking him out and surprising Deva...
Chapter 434 Chapter 434: "Naruto VS Deva!!" - Deva looks on and grasps Naruto's actions. Naruto and his clone charge but Deva raises his arms and sends them flying. The clone disperses and the real Naruto gathers himself. The three toad giants jump to attack and Pain launches himself out of the way. Katsuyu explains Deva's powers to Naruto and the five second delay. Fukasaku suggests they try Genjutsu. The toad giants move to strike again and are launched flying by Shinra Tensei. Fellow villagers watch on and do not interfere. Hinata moves to help but a fellow clan member suggests she stay back to not get in Naruto's way. Fukasaku explains that it will take awhile for him and Shima to prepare, and that Naruto's remaining Sennin Mode clone will only give him 5 minutes of Sennin power. Shima asks why he didn't make more and her husband explains that focusing the Sennin chakra isn't easy and creating more clones now will also interfere with the process. Deva looks to his fallen bodies and states that no one has given Pain that much trouble before. However, he states, that will end. As he raises his arm Naruto is drawn through the air towards him. Hungry Ghost punches Naruto in the chest and holds him in place. The elder toads continue focusing and Hinata watches on in worry. Deva explains that he won't kill Naruto and the young man offers that he shouldn't be underestimated... but he stops to suddenly feel his power leaving him. Hungry Ghost draws out the Sennin chakra, returning Naruto to normal. Deva then voices his success at capturing the Kyuubi...
Chapter 435 Chapter 435: "Banshou Tenin" - Naruto ponders how he can't move but then considers how that works in his favor. Focusing, he draws in natural energy for Senjutsu chakra which Hungry Ghost quickly absorbs, causing him to turn into a toad-like stone. Naruto pulls himself forward; breaking through Hungry Ghost’s arms. Deva contemplates the risk involved in Senjutsu chakra and Naruto says it's down to just one. Deva says not quite. Katsuyu offers that the Realms are just puppets being manipulated from afar. The toad sennin finish their preparations but before they can move Deva lifts his arm and draws Fukasaku through the air. Naruto moves to stop him but the toad elder is quickly impaled on Deva's chakra spike. Elsewhere Ino and her father bring Shizune's body to Shikamaru's group. Miles beyond Konoha the toad giants lay defeated. Gamabunta curses himself, as all his bones are broken. Back in Konoha, Shikamaru offers that they can't let Shizune's death be in vain; they have to find Pain's real body. Shikaku wonders if they should proceed more slowly but Inoichi says no. Shikaku asks if he could trace the enemy's chakra but Inoichi states he was unable. Pain flings aside the body of Fukasaku and Naruto moves to strike. Pain draws in an off balance Naruto and smashes him into the ground. Deva then stabs a spike through Naruto's hands to pin him to the ground. Naruto senses a vision of Rinnegan and Deva asks the Kyuubi if he’ll now be more agreeable. Shima watches on crying and Naruto yells out to ask why Pain is doing this. Deva offers that there are always reasons, which may only become clear after the fact. But this time he may as well speak. A distance away Shikamaru states they have to gather all the information they can, even if they have to carry all the bodies out for examination. Inoichi is suddenly struck with a realization and begins to tell the others...
Chapter 436 Chapter 436: "Peace" - Inoichi explains how the corpse of Animal was taken to the tallest tower in Hidden Rain. She must have had the chakra receivers implanted there; and being the tallest tower, it would be the best place to transmit signals. Therefore, the real Pain must be at a very high point nearby. The others voice their understanding and Shikamaru suggests they go search. Deva explains that his goal is peace through justice. Naruto calls the plan idiotic, as he destroyed his sensei, friends and village. Pain asks Naruto what he wants, and Naruto says he wants to defeat him to bring peace. Pain says that is noble, as his friends and village were also destroyed as the battleground for the other shinobi countries. Deva offers that he wants the same thing Jiraiya did, and that he himself is like Naruto, wanting to find justice against the ones who harmed his friends. He offers that Naruto knows pain, but if revenge is justice, it just begets more revenge. It's an endless cycle of hatred that's gone throughout time for the ninja. Naruto recalls Jiraiya explaining how he hoped to end hatred and bring an understanding between peoples, and that it might be left to Naruto to if he couldn't accomplish it. Deva asks Naruto how he would approach the hatred and the young man states he has no answer. Deva explains that he formed Akatsuki to end the cycle; he would use the Bijuu to create a weapon capable of leveling a country. Naruto is stunned and Deva goes on to explain that people will be shocked by the pain into peace, but over time the wounds would heal and the weapon would be used again. We cut to an older weakened Nagato hooked into a walking mechanical chair, with Konan looking on. Nagato explains that though the cycle will continue, within it will be periods of peace. He begins to cough and Konan warns him not to overdo it. He looks on with Rinnegan eyes and states he can see the peace he so desperately wants...
Chapter 437 Chapter 437 "Confession" - Deva offers that a world where everyone understands each other is foolish and impossible, but Naruto yells that he's wrong. Deva replies that all Naruto does is talk, unable to back up his words. Hinata watches from a distance while elsewhere Shikamaru and Shiho remain behind while the others split into two groups to find Pain's source body. Outside Konoha, Team Gai continue their journey home and Neji, with his Byakugan, sees Gamabunta. Deva impales Naruto with more chakra spikes and explains that he missed the vital organs. Shima yells for Naruto to not give up, as Jiraiya and her husband believed in him. Deva knocks her back and moves to collect Naruto. From behind rushes Hinata, who forces Deva to retreat backwards. Hinata states that she won't let Pain lay a hand on Naruto. Naruto yells out to know why she came, as she's no match for Pain. Hinata explains that she knows that, she's here of her own free will. She explains that she use to cry and give up, but Naruto showed her the way to be a better person. She was always chasing him, hoping to catch him and be able to walk alongside him confidently. And now, she's not afraid to die protecting him, because she loves him. Naruto is stunned and watches as Hinata charges Deva. She moves to strike but Deva forces her into the ground with Shira Tensei. He forms a spike and Naruto yells out desperately for him to stop. Deva impales Hinata and states it's just like when his own parents were killed before his eyes, the cycle of hatred continues. Naruto looks on as the rage builds inside him. An explosion of dark chakra explodes, revealing a four-tailed Naruto. Deva asks Naruto if he hates him, and the young man cries out. Two more tails generate and a skeletal Kyuubi form begins to encase Naruto. Deva asks how anyone can understand each other with such events, but in any case, his pain is still greater...
Chapter 438 Chapter 438: "The Broken Seal" - Sakura recognizes the chakra and the Hyuuga clan member explains how Hinata tried to help. As Naruto rages, tendrils emerge from his chest to try to contain him. Reaching down he raises the Hokage necklace and crushes it, freeing him from its binding. He charges and Deva moves to redirect him backwards. Naruto stays in place, having anchored himself to the ground with his tails. The blast rebounds, sending Deva flying backwards instead. A weak Hinata calls out for Naruto. He doesn't hear her as he begins to draw in and compress chakra. Deva directs a chunk of rubble into Naruto before the blast is completed, causing it to prematurely explode. The Hyuuga clan member states he can see six tails, leaving Sakura stunned. She quickly directs everyone to retreat. Elsewhere Katsuyu suggests the same to Shikamaru's group, revealing that Hinata fell trying to save Naruto. Inoichi then wonders where Yamato is. Elsewhere Anko, Sai and Yamato attempt to track Kabuto. Yamato is suddenly shaken and is alerted to the breaking of Naruto’s protective barrier seal. He quickly alerts the others that they must return. Back in Konoha, the dust clears and half of Deva's cloak is torn away. He marvels at the Kyuubi's power and then quickly turns to flee. Naruto gives chase and the Hyuuga reports their movement. Sakura states they have to use this opportunity to save Hinata and find some way to stop Naruto. As Deva rushes through the forest, Naruto follows in pursuit. Nagato reports that Deva is close enough, and the Realm in turn prepares to use a new jutsu...
Chapter 439 Chapter 439: "Chibaku Tensei" - Konan tells Nagato he's in no shape to use the jutsu but he tells her to let him concentrate. Deva creates a black sphere in his palms which is launched into the air. Suddenly the surrounding countryside begins to be sucked around the sphere. Naruto fires a blast but the sphere continues pulling in debris. As the ground shakes, Naruto is quickly sucked into the growing mass as well, totally enveloping him. Konan says there was no need to go that far, but Nagato says he had to, it was the Kyuubi. And in any case, it pales in comparison to the moon Rikudou Sennin made. Within his mind Naruto questions how it came to this; that it hurts so much. The sphere begins to rumble as Deva watches on. In the fox prison, Naruto questions what he should do. Kyuubi tells Naruto he should give up his body and destroy everything; he'll then be free of the pain. Naruto rips open his jacket and the seal on his stomach begins to twist and coalesce. Blood begins to pour out into the water below. Elsewhere Yamato sees an 8 appear on his hand. From out of the rubble sphere emerges a skinless eight-tailed Kyuubi and Deva watches on in disbelief. In the prison Kyuubi directs Naruto to remove the seal and the young man rises to obey. Yamato sees a 9 appear on his palm and desperately questions why it is happening. As Naruto grips the seal on Kyuubi's prison an arm reaches out to stay his hand. A stunned Naruto looks to the figure before him, as the Fourth Hokage turns to pull Naruto away from the seal. Minato explains that if eight-tails are formed, he was made to appear to Naruto. He offers that he never wanted to see the Kyuubi again, but in the scheme of things, seeing his grown son made it worth it…
Chapter 440 Chapter 440: "Speaking with the Fourth!!" - Deva concludes he'll need to make a more powerful Chibaku Tensei. Inside Naruto, the Kyuubi yells out at Minato's presence. Minato tells Naruto he'll have to be careful around the fox and the young man asks how he knew his name. Minato says because he named him of course, he's his son. A slow smile fills Naruto's face and a tear begins to form. Minato suggests they speak elsewhere and a quick snap of the fingers transports them to an empty plane. Naruto wipes his tears away and Minato concludes that Sarutobi didn't tell him, to keep everything about the Kyuubi a secret. If anyone knew Naruto was his son, there could be trouble. He apologizes but Naruto slugs him in the stomach, demanding to know how he could implant the Kyuubi in his own son. He offers that he doesn't know whether to be happy or enraged. He begins to cry and Minato asks Naruto how old he is now. Naruto says 16 and his father offers his sorrow at making his life hard. Naruto clears his tears away and says he'll deal with it, he's the son of the Fourth Hokage. Minato smiles and explains that he sealed the Kyuubi in him because as his son, he felt Naruto could use it. He also realized someone was controlling the fox, and without a special power, there would be no way to combat him when he attacks the village again. Naruto offers that Konoha was already destroyed and Minato says he saw what happened from within Naruto, and about Jiraiya as well. Naruto asks if Pain used the Kyuubi before but his father says no, it was the masked Akatsuki member. Naruto remembers Tobi and Minato states that the man saw through everything and he's using Pain now to further his goals. Naruto asks why this is happening and Minato offers that as long as ninja villages exist, the strife will continue and so will the pain. That very hatred was responsible for Jiraiya's death and his teacher entrusted him with finding a way to end it. The young man states he can't forgive Pain and asks what he should do. Minato offers that he doesn't know, Naruto will have to figure it out himself. Naruto yells that if Jiraiya couldn't figure it out either, how could he? He's stupid and not a great ninja. Minato reaches out to comfort Naruto and belay his fears, he confidently states that Naruto will find the answer, he believes in him as a father. Minato reveals his chakra is fading, but he has enough to restore the seal on Naruto's stomach. He touches the seal and it reforms. He begins to fade away and offers that Konoha can be rebuilt and that he is counting on Naruto. Naruto stares on in confidence and thanks his father. Rubble clears away from the sphere and watching down from above is a determined Sennin Mode Naruto...
Chapter 441 Chapter 441:  "Rasen Shuriken Vs. Shinra Tensei - As Deva wonders if Naruto found a way to control the fox, Nagato himself begins to cough blood. The sphere of rubble collapses and Naruto senses that his remaining Kage Bunshin at Myouboku dispersed while he was in the fox form. Katsuyu climbs from within Naruto's jacket and expresses her relief that she survived. Deva reconsiders Kyuubi's power and Naruto himself is suddenly scared that he harmed the other villagers when he lost control. Katsuyu says everyone is okay and Naruto is relieved. Back at the village, Team Gai arrives and calls for a medical ninja for Hinata and Shima. Deva offers that it's time he ends this and asks Naruto if he finally understands someone else’s pain. A defiant Naruto demands to talk to the real Pain and Deva offers his amusement at them figuring it out. He states the time for talk is over and from his experience, Naruto will only be able to use two of the Rasen Shuriken while in Sennin Mode, and if he fails, Deva will beat him down and take him prisoner. Naruto offers he'll have to find the real one and Katsuyu asks how. He states he has a plan and moves to face the onrushing Deva. Deva tries to impale Naruto but the young man grabs the rod, breaks it and kicks Deva back into a nearby boulder. He quickly stabs himself with the shard and traces Nagato's chakra back to a nearby mountaintop. Nagato realizes he's been found and Deva gathers himself. Naruto forms two Kage Bunshin and a Rasen Shuriken. He hurls a smoke bomb and the shuriken flies out. As Deva uses Shira Tensei to disperse it, a second shuriken hidden in its shadow flies in to hit during his five second recharge period...
Chapter 442 Chapter 442: "The Final Gamble!!" - Neji wonders why Hinata did it and Sakura ponders Hinata’s love for Naruto. She continues to heal Hinata and a short distance away Shima holds her dead husband. Katsuyu explains that Naruto suppressed the Kyuubi chakra and Gai suggests they go help. Katsuyu says no, Naruto has a plan and they'd be in the way. Elsewhere, as the second Rasen Shuriken flies towards Deva, rubble to his sides transforms back into two Narutos. They jump to pin Deva but he impales them and flips out of the way of the attack, which impacts a boulder and unleashes its fury. Deva lands on a spire of rubble overlooking the battlefield and counts down the recharge time. He contemplates that Naruto is now finished since he used two shuriken. Suddenly the rocks around the base of the spire transform into Narutos which launch themselves towards Deva. As they come within inches of Deva the recharge finishes and Deva blasts them back. The original Naruto creates clones to brace him from Shira Tensei and Deva yells out that Naruto is another fool without answers and that he should give up. Naruto remembers Jiraiya's words that it would be up to Naruto to bring an understanding between people if he couldn't do it. He also remembers the faith Kakashi and his father had in him. As Shira Tensei ends, Naruto uses his remaining two clones to assist. As one helps him form Rasengan the other grabs onto him. Deva determines he's safe, as Naruto can't throw that version. But the clones hurl Naruto through the air and he yells out a cry which echoes the literary character for which he's named: Pain should give up on trying to make him give up. Naruto quickly closes the distance and strikes his Rasengan home, right into Deva's chest...
 
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Chapter 443 Chapter 443: "Meeting!!" - As Deva is sent flying into the rubble below, Naruto falls to the ground. Nagato informs Konan of Deva's defeat. Naruto removes a piercing from Deva and remembers the man's words on attaining justice through pain and that merely understanding one another isn't enough. Naruto stabs his palm with the piercing and thinks over his fallen comrades and Pain's belief in the rule of hatred. Katsuyu suggests Naruto wait for help but he says he'll handle it alone. Elsewhere Hinata thanks Sakura and Katsuyu reveals Naruto defeated the last Pain. The others are surprised and Hinata is relieved. Neji suggests they go to help over Katsuyu's objections. Outside Konoha Naruto rushes through the trees and is joined by Shikamaru's group. They ask Naruto if he defeated Pain but he replies it doesn't matter. He asks that they let him proceed alone, as he wants to talk to Pain by himself. Inoichi yells that talking won't solve anything. Naruto rhetorically asks if they should just kill Pain, his men and any villages that get in their way? Will that resolve the situation? He explains that he doesn't forgive Pain but Inoichi doesn't like it. Shikaku calms his friend and suggests they let Naruto go, he's the one who beat Pain and he has his reasons. Naruto says his thanks and leaves. Shikaku remembers his son's words that Naruto has a way about him, which makes one want to walk at his side. Further ahead, Sennin Mode Naruto stops at a large tree made of paper sheets. Peeling it open reveals Nagato and Konan. The kunoichi moves to defend but Nagato asks her to stand aside. Naruto asks if Nagato is the original and the decrepit figure offers that peace has finally arrived...
Chapter 444 Chapter 444: "The Answer" - Naruto looks on and imagines the deaths of Jiraiya and Kakashi. Nagato asks the young man if he hates him and wants his revenge. Konan offers that killing Nagato won't change anything. Naruto contemplates the cycle of hatred and Nagato states that Naruto could give him no answer, his only role now is as a sacrifice to bring peace. He fires a chakra spike from his chair which impales an unfazed Naruto. The man gloats that he can control Naruto easily now but the young man stares back intently with combination of Sennin and Kyuubi eyes. Naruto explains that he came to talk and to see how he would feel when he saw Nagato in person. Removing the spike, he trembles with rage and states he can't forgive the man. Konan is shocked Naruto could resist the chakra and watches as Naruto charges Nagato. She moves to intercept but Naruto stops, and states that Jiraiya had faith that he could change the world, but he just wanted his sensei's approval. In the end, it's not easy to do. Nagato offers that Jiraiya's dreams were idealistic nonsense. Even if Naruto finds his justice in killing him, he's not God, that still won't fix the world's problems. Naruto looks on and offers that he knows Nagato was once Jiraiya's student, and he can't understand how he became the man before him. So he'd like to hear Nagato’s story, in return he’ll give the answer Nagato desires. Wanting to hear it, Nagato accepts. The first source of pain was his parent's death. He reveals how during the war two ninja entered his home looking for food. When his parents tried to sneak everyone out, Nagato accidently alerted the ninja to their presence. Nagato's father tried to stall the men but was quickly killed. His mother then fell trying to defend him. The ninja were shocked to see they weren't enemy ninja, but actually civilians. Seeing the Leaf forehead protectors, the frightened and crying Nagato had his pain grow into rage, which caused the young boy to scream out with Rinnegan eyes...
Chapter 445 Chapter 445: "Top of the World" - Nagato awoke to see the Leaf ninja dead. Adult Nagato then explains that his parents died due to Konoha's war, and it's a pain which still hurts. And when that pain turned to hatred, his powers emerged. He continues his story, telling how he buried his parents and ran out of provisions. When he collapsed with hunger a small dog found him. He and the dog Chibi tried to beg for food but had no luck. He eventually collapsed but a young girl offered him a loaf of bread. Nagato shared the bread with Chibi and was brought in by Konan to her dwelling. Yahiko was angry but eventually they became friends. As orphans they stole what they could to survive, and in the end, Yahiko never gave up hope, dreaming of one day taking over the world. From that position he could change things. Young Nagato felt Yahiko would be like a god and wondered if he'd be able to end war. Before Yahiko could respond the three were sent to the ground by an explosion. Chibi no longer moved and the trio warily looked over a ridge to a battle below, where Hanzou and the Sannin fought. Though the dog stopped breathing, Yahiko implored them to make a hasty retreat. Back in their cave hideout, Nagato cried as he held on to Chibi. An angry Yahiko proclaimed that if the world could not end the wars, he'd have to become its God and do it himself. It was then that Yahiko's dream became Nagato's as well.
Chapter 446 Chapter 446: "I Just Want to Protect Them" - Yahiko chided Nagato for crying, saying nothing would ever change if he continued. To change things, he needs to be strong and learn ninjutsu. The trio found the Sannin and though Nagato didn't trust the Leaf, he eventually saw Jiraiya was different. Soon after, they were attacked and he killed a ninja when his Rinnegan activated. Jiraiya decided to train them, which Nagato believed was to help him control his Rinnegan. Jiraiya eased his doubts and he grew to accept his new teacher. Jiraiya explained how hate affects us and how knowing others pain allows them to grow. And the answer you find due to that pain is up to you. Nagato explains that like Naruto, Jiraiya also hadn't found an answer. But unlike them, Nagato immediately knew, he would protect his friends no matter what pain he faced. Jiraiya wondered how to find peace, and he felt Nagato's Rinnegan may hold the key. He explained how long ago the world was racked by war, but a lone monk appeared who taught of chakra and the way of ninshuu. This later developed into ninjutsu, but it was meant to be used to bring peace. Rikudou Sennin was hailed as a savior who hoped people could one day understand each other, and Jiraiya felt he might be reborn in Nagato himself. So he entrusted Rikudou Sennin's hopes with the young man who bore his eyes. After Jiraiya left, the trio gathered followers under Yahiko, who sought to gain peace without military action. Hanzou approached the group in the hopes they could broker a peace between the warring nations. They agreed and their naiveté got Yahiko killed. Hanzou was afraid they would gain control of Hidden Rain, so he allied with Danzou of Konoha, who wanted help becoming Hokage. Hanzou captured Konan and threatened to kill her unless Nagato himself killed Yahiko. Konan pleaded for them to just run but Yahiko ignored her. He asked Nagato to kill him but he was horrified. Nagato gathered himself and picked up the kunai Hanzou threw. He then watched in shock as Yahiko grabbed his arm and forced him to drive the kunai into his chest. Stunned, Nagato watched as his dying friend begged him and Konan to live on, as he could change the world. That was his second pain, and though he thought he had grown, nothing had changed from when his parent's died. His answer was worthless.
Chapter 447 Chapter 447: "To Believe In" - Hanzou orders his troops to kill Nagato, who remembers Yahiko's dreams of becoming a god. As kunai fly in, Nagato raises his arm and repels them. He jumps towards Hanzou but the Rain leader retreats leaving Konan behind. As Nagato reaches to lift her up, paper bombs raises from the ground to encircle his legs. He retreats with Konan as the bombs activate. As the dust clears, Nagato stands but his legs are wrecked. He tells Konan to stand clear and stares intently at Hanzou. The Rain leader finally notices Nagato's eyes and compliments him as being no ordinary kid. The Leaf Root jump to attack and Nagato summons Gedou Mazou, a huge statue resembling the one he later uses to seal the Bijuu. Konan pleads for him to stop but the statue beast crawls from the earth and extends black chakra rods into Nagato's back, causing his body to wither. A spectral dragon emerges from the statue's mouth and flies through the surrounding ninja, drawing out and capturing their souls. They collapse and Hanzou offers his surprise that Nagato was really the leader and had the Rinnegan. As the dragon flies towards Hanzou, he Shunshins away in full retreat. The rods holding Nagato break away, leaving Nagato the same gaunt man before Naruto now. He finishes his story by explaining how he broke from his village and led their gang from that day on. He explains that he lost many friends, and how the Fire Country is complicit in war for the sake of "peace". War that is built on the sacrifices on the lower shinobi countries. The act of living causes hatred, so there will be no peace. He offers that Jiraiya's hopes were a fantasy and asks Naruto for his answer. Naruto reaches into his jacket and withdraws Jiraiya's Gutsy Ninja book. He states that Nagato is probably right, as he still hates him. However, Jiraiya believed in Naruto. And for that reason he will believe in what Jiraiya believed. That is his answer and the reason he won't kill Nagato...
Chapter 448 Chapter 448: "Memento...!!" - Nagato questions what they should do then, sit there and wait for peace to happen? He can't believe in Jiraiya, as there will never be real peace in the cursed world they live in now. Naruto retorts by saying he will break the curse and find the peace. He won't give up. Nagato recognizes the words and Naruto acknowledges their source as the book in his hand. A book written to change the world. Naruto explains how the book is dedicated to a pupil who inspired Jiraiya, the young Nagato. The man wonder if it's a coincidence and Naruto states the main character's name is... We cut to Nagato's memories. Jiraiya is eating ramen and Nagato asks to speak with him. Jiraiya says he has writer's block and can take a break. Nagato asks if he remembers their talk about the world's hatred. He states he doesn't know how to reach it but he will break the curse and he will find the peace. He won't give up. Faith that it can be accomplished is better than any plan. Jiraiya offers that he might be right and is suddenly struck with an idea for a story. Looking at the fish cakes in his ramen, he ponders what to name his character. Time passes, and we see the trio try to cope with Jiraiya's leaving. They return to their house and Nagato finds a finished copy of Jiraiya's book. Reading through the story, Nagato imagines himself in the role of the titular character fighting against the ninja from a foreign village. The main character states the foreign ninja should give up on trying to make him give up and that he'll find peace. He states his name is... Naruto. Nagato is shaken and Naruto explains that Naruto's name was precious to Jiraiya, he can't disrespect it. He'll become Hokage and he'll make the peace, for Hidden Rain too. Believe in him. Nagato considers both Yahiko and Naruto's words and his time together with his parents and Jiraiya. He offers that he was joking earlier when he said they should understand each other because they studied under the same master but Naruto is odd, as he reminds him of a younger version of himself. Nagato couldn't believe in Jiraiya or himself but Naruto chose a different path and he can see a different future through him. Removing his arms from the chair, Nagato declares he will believe in Naruto...
Chapter 449 Chapter 449: "Flower of Hope" - Nagato calls out the name of his Tensei jutsu and Konan cries out to him. He silences her and says he now has access to a path he long ago gave up on. Naruto asks what the jutsu is and Konan explains that a Rinnegan user exists outside of life and death, and thus can control it. She watches on and ponders how Naruto was able to change Nagato. In Konoha, Hell Realm's Enma bursts from the ground, releasing the souls of the deceased from its maw which fly through the air into their original bodies. Fukasaku sits up and Shima rushes to his side. Sakura wonders what is happening, as she was confidant that the toad was dead. All around other formerly deceased individuals begin to move. Shizune stirs and Shikaku offers that Naruto apparently took care of things. At Myouboku, Gamabunta recovers and the Toad Elder reveals the prophecy has been fulfilled, surprisingly by both of Jiraiya's pupils. When Jiraiya refused to give up, he ensured his book really would change the world. Elsewhere Kakashi and Sakumo continue their talk. Sakumo offers he was surprised they both died so young, but not as young as Kakashi's mother. Kakashi explains that he understands why his father did what he did, breaking the rules for everyone's sake. For that reason, he's proud. His father gives his thanks and a beam of light suddenly strikes Kakashi. In the paper tree, Naruto demands to know what's happening. Katsuyu reveals the villagers are being revived. Remembering Jiraiya's promise to train the orphaned trio to atone, Nagato explains he can revive those killed when he came to Konoha to atone. At the campfire, Sakumo offers that Kakashi's time isn't done and gives his thanks for his son's forgiveness. He offers that his soul is finally at rest and he can move on to be with Kakashi's mother. Kakashi bolts upright in the ruined village, surprising Chouji. Nagato offers that war brings death and pain, and accepting the death of loved ones is hard, especially for those who haven't lived through war. One tries to find some meaning in the pain that never heals. He states that Naruto will have to face this. The nature of the book makes it seem like someone set it all up, but maybe it's the hand of the real God. He offers that his part is over and that Naruto can really... The paper tree disperses and a short time passes. Konan stands beside a body shrouded in paper, and begins to encase Deva in paper as well. Konan explains that Deva was created from Yahiko's corpse and she'll be taking both of her friends away. Naruto asks what she plans to do and she reveals she's done with Akatsuki. The dreams of her dead friends have been entrusted to Naruto, so she believes in him too. Hidden Rain will do their part as well to make that dream come true. The young man offers that his name, his never give up attitude and the pain of life were given to him by his master and fellow student. Konan draws together a paper bouquet and offers her wish that Naruto be a flower of hope that forever blossoms. Naruto smiles and remembers his promise to Jiraiya that he'll carry out his will if he is unable to. Elsewhere Sasuke tells his team to prepare themselves; they're heading to Konoha...
Chapter 450 Chapter 450: "The Jubilant Village!!" - As Naruto journeys back to Konoha he begins to collapse. Kakashi catches him and tells him he did a good job. They return to a large gathering of grateful villagers. Naruto is stunned and Katsuyu explains that she told everyone what happened. Villagers crowd around him and the toads watch from a distance. Hinata is happy that he's okay and Sakura comes to greet him. She slugs him for being rash but then embraces him and offers her thanks. His friends watch on and Iruka remembers Naruto's lonely days at the Academy and the striking difference to the love everyone feels for him now. Some distance away Zetsu watches and leaves to report to Tobi. An ANBU comes to Shikaku and reports his presence is needed. At the Akatsuki hideout, Zetsu reports of Pain's death and Konan's leaving. Tobi ponders that they'll need more pawns in order to properly sync with Gedou Mazou. He directs Kisame to find the Eight-Tails, as he has other pressing matters. Elsewhere in the Fire Country, the Cloud trio continue their journey to Konoha. Karui and Omoi begin to argue over the possibility of finding love in Konoha. Omoi offers his doubts that she would find a hot, rich man who could fall in love with her. She becomes furious and throws a rock which he manages to dodge. He then speculates about what would have happened if the rock she threw caused a chain of events resulting in an avalanche burying Konoha. She yells that no such foolish thing could happen, but then freaks out when they come upon a destroyed Konoha. Samui tells them to cool it and suggests they find someone in charge. In a tent, Kakashi, Naruto, Sakura and Shizune gather around a bed-ridden Tsunade in her natural form. Sakura states she's been unconscious since protecting the village. At the Fire Daimyou's palace, the Daimyou and his advisors meet with Danzou, Homura, Koharu, Shikaku and an ANBU. Homura states they will continue working with other villages to counter Akatsuki and the advisors say they'll have their support. Danzou offers that the matter of appointing the next Hokage needs to be addressed. The Daimyou asks if they can wait on Tsunade but Koharu offers that they don't know when she'll wake up and that she's partially responsible for Konoha's destruction. The Daimyou states he always liked Jiraiya but since he's dead, who? Danzou begins to speak but Shikaku declares it should be Kakashi. The Daimyou offers his appreciation for the man and his advisors debate Kakashi’s merits and his teaching lineage to the Third Hokage. Danzou angrily declares that the Third is the reason they're in this mess. He and his pupils’ failures led to many of the problems the village has faced. The village needs a strong leader who can resolve their problems and properly enforce their laws. And only he himself is capable of such a feat. The advisors offer it may be best but Shikaku voices his disapproval of Danzou's fanaticism. The Daimyou says he's heard enough, Danzou will be the Sixth Hokage...
Chapter 451 Chapter 451: "Disposing of Sasuke!!" - The Leaf dig through the rubble looking for salvage and discuss how the founders left them with more than just a village. Yamato slams his hand to the ground, causing numerous structures to rise and form out of wood. As the villagers cheer at his speed, the weakened man offers that it's not exactly easy. Naruto and Sakura rest on some timber and talk about Tsunade's status. They're greeted by a surprise, Tazuna and Inari who have come to help in the repair efforts. Tazuna offers that the Wave Country is prosperous due to their help, so they're returning the favor. He then asks where Sasuke is, causing Naruto and Sakura to go silent. Naruto offers that he got into a fight with Sasuke so he left, but he plans to get him to come back soon. The two carpenters take their leave and Naruto wonders where his friend now is. Elsewhere Team Hawk moves through a forest. Naruto remembers Sasuke's words that he never had any family connections, so he doesn't know that loss. Naruto remembers Jiraiya and offers that he now understands how Sasuke felt and of wanting revenge. He then remembers Pain's words on how only by sharing pain can you understand it. The young man offers that he never truly understood Sasuke until now. And though it may hurt, he wants to fight him for real, because he wants Team 7 together again. As Sasuke rushes onwards he remembers Itachi's words and his promise to kill the loved ones of anyone who rejects his way of life. Back in Konoha, Samui asks a Leaf ninja what happened, and the man explains how Akatsuki attacked. Karui gives a sigh of relief that she didn't actually cause the destruction. Samui then requests an audience with the Hokage. At the temporary camp for the messenger squad, a scroll requesting a meeting of the Five Kages arrives. Another squad member chimes in that they have a problem. Shizune explains to Samui that Tsunade's unconscious and that she can take the Raikage's letter for her. Samui says she'll need to speak with whoever is most senior then, as it's urgent. A voice then announces that Tsunade is no longer Hokage... he is. Shizune is shocked and Samui hands Danzou the letter. He reads the letter concerning Sasuke and Samui asks his answer. A short time later, Kiba rushes through the village and finds Naruto. He announces that Danzou is now Hokage, and he has given permission for Sasuke's disposal as a missing-nin.

Summaries by Leaf Ninja