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Volume 16
 Chapter 136
Chapter 136: "The Final Blow...!!" – Naruto’s punch wakes Gaara up, sending the Shukaku’s true self back into Gaara’s mind. However, Gaara still has the massive body of the Tanuki at his disposal and almost crushes Naruto to death. With both Naruto and Gamabunta near exhaustion, Naruto digs deep and begs for the last of the Kyuubi’s Chakra. Surging with power, Naruto delivers a killer headbutt to Gaara, scoring a KO as the monster dissolves into sand. Gamabunta and his child disappear as the boys fall to the ground, spent. Meanwhile, Sarutobi plans to resolve the stalemate he and Orochimaru are locked in.
 Chapter 137
Chapter 137: "The Shinobi of the Leaf...!!" Assured of his victory, Orochimaru suggests Sarutobi simply submit and die quietly. However, the counterattack has begun and the clans of Konoha fight back, driving away or defeating the Sound and Sand invaders. Although unable to completely seal Orochimaru’s soul, Sarutobi and the Shinigami settle halfway and seal up Orochimaru’s arms, permanently disabling his jutsus. As Orochimaru curses him, the last thing Sarutobi sees is not the devious traitor, but the student he once tutored and admired.
 Chapter 138
Chapter 138: "The Crumbling Leaf, End!!" – Orochimaru and his bodyguards make a sharp escape, with Kabuto taunting Kakashi and Gai as he leaves. Sakura is safe from Gaara’s trap, as he is completely tired out. However, Gaara notices Naruto still able to move, as the young leaf ninja tells him that his philosophy on life can be changed and that even Gaara doesn’t have to be alone. As Kankurou and Temari arrive to carry him away, Naruto’s words seem to sink in and Gaara has a change of heart, apologising to his siblings. However, the ending isn’t quite happy, as Konoha gathers around Sarutobi’s fallen body.
 Chapter 139
Chapter 139: "The Person's Name Is...!!" – Two mysterious men, one formerly of the village, pay a visit to the remains of Konoha. The entire village, ninjas and regular inhabitants, commune to pay their respects for the fallen leader. Jiraiya recalls his days with his teacher, while Kakashi visits the grave of his childhood friend, Obito. Even with Sarutobi’s death, Iruka speaks of the will that was passed from each of the Hokage title bearers, fueled by love for the village. Naruto decides that he will continue his quest and steps towards his goal of being a Hokage himself.
 Chapter 140
Chapter 140: "Proximity...!!" – While spying on bathing women, Jiraiya is approached by Sarutobi’s advisors. In Hidden Sound village, Orochimaru laments how one small detail would have made his ambition come true, but the person he wanted on his side exceeded even his power and made him leave “that organization”. Baki and another group find Kazekage’s corpse and discover Orochimaru impersonated him and duped them into starting the war. Back at Konoha, Jiraiya refuses to become the 5th Hokage, but suggests another person, who he will fetch. Elsewhere, Kurenai and Asuma run into an old acquaintance...
 Chapter 141
Chapter 141: "Uchiha Itachi!!" – Introduces Itachi and Kisame. The two men trespassing are Itachi, Sasuke’s older brother who murdered all but one of the Uchiha clan and Kisame, a Hidden Mist fugitive that killed a feudal lord. Kisame kicks a fight off with Asuma, while Kurenai provides an illusionary backup. However, Itachi reverses it onto her. As Kisame starts up a fierce water-based Jutsu, someone using the exact same thing cancels it out! Itachi then turns to see the copy ninja Kakashi with a kunai to his neck...
 Chapter 142
Chapter 142: "Kakashi Vs Itachi" – Kakashi and Kisame exchange fighting talk, angering the Mist ninja before Itachi steps up. A fast exchange of jutsus causes Kakashi to mention that Itachi is extremely powerful and not even trying. As if on cue, Itachi uses the Genjutsu skill, “Tsukuyomi”. Even Kakashi’s Sharingan cannot defend against it and he finds himself trapped in a world controlled by Itachi, who puts him through a living hell of being stabbed over and over for 3 days in an instant. Mentally crushed, Kakashi cannot fight back and guesses that Itachi has come for Sasuke. Itachi corrects him, telling him their target is Yondaime Hokage’s legacy...
 Chapter 143
Chapter 143: "Yondaime's Inheritance!!" – Jiraiya spied on Orochimaru after he left Konoha and discovered he joined an organization that Itachi was also part of, “Akatsuki”. Akatsuki split into pairs after Orochimaru left and have done very little so far, but Jiraiya revealed to Kakashi that Akatsuki may want the Kyuubi inside Naruto. As Kakashi confirms this, Itachi asks Kisame to execute him. Before he can, Gai arrives and saves Kakashi. Although Kisame wants to fight, Itachi orders a quick retreat before they get in too deep. Meanwhile, Jiraiya asks Naruto to accompany him on a trip to meet a certain lady, with the promise of special training on the way.
 Chapter 144
Chapter 144: "A Young Pursuit" – As Jiraiya and Naruto set off, Jiraiya comments that Naruto reminds him of Yondaime Hokage. On a perch above them, the Akatsuki members discuss a strategy for getting Naruto and Jiraiya separated. Sasuke learns that Itachi returned and is chasing Naruto, deciding to follow him. In another town, Jiraiya flirts with a woman and leaves Naruto to practice his training. In a hotel, Naruto answers the door, ready to scold Jiraiya for not training him... and looks up into the eyes of Itachi.
 
Volume 17
Chapter 145 Chapter 145: "Memory of Dispair" – The Akatsuki pair attempt to abduct Naruto. Sasuke races to the scene, with the memories of Itachi surfacing again. Sasuke’s blood boils as he remembers leaving the house normally one day for the academy, only to return and find his entire clan dead. Upon seeing the corpses of his parents lying dead and Itachi standing over them, Itachi uses Tsukuyomi to project a torturous image into Sasuke’s head and shatters his mind. As Kisame begins to get trigger-happy and threatens to slice Naruto’s limbs off to make things easier, Itachi hesitates. Behind him stands his younger brother, Sharingan activated and with a blank face, uttering a cold greeting... “I’m going to kill you!”
Chapter 146 Chapter 146: "Hatred...!!" – The brothers lock eyes. Filled with regret and anger, Sasuke begins to produce a Chidori so powerful the skin begins to flake off his hand. The thrust is made… and parried effortlessly by Itachi, who breaks Sasuke’s wrist. Naruto prepares a technique but Kisame shreds up the Kyuubi’s Chakra, disabling Naruto’s ability to summon or go berserk. Displeased at the fact he tried to interfere, Kisame aims a slice at Naruto, but a toad in gauntlets blocks it. From nowhere, Jiraiya appears with the woman he was with earlier, slumped over his shoulder, declaring Akatsuki’s deception using her failed!
Chapter 147 Chapter 147: "My Fight!!" – Jiraiya places the woman, who was under an illusion, aside and confirms Akatsuki want Naruto, or more literally, the Kyuubi. Before he can deal with them, Sasuke demands his revenge against Itachi. However, Itachi totally outclasses him and forces Sasuke into another Tsukuyomi illusion, making him witness Itachi killing their parents over and over again in a loop that lasts 24 hours to Sasuke. As his sanity unravels, Jiraiya transforms the entire hallway into a slimy mass of pink flesh and tells the Akatsuki pair they are already inside his stomach...
Chapter 148 Chapter 148: "Itachi's Ability!!" – As Sasuke is carried to safety, Itachi whispers a final taunt to him. Jiraiya reveals he summoned the esophagus of a giant toad around them and they will die as food to him. As they approach the dead end and the muscular walls close in, Jiraiya sees the flesh was burned through by an unusual black fire that he seals up inside a scroll. However, Gai arrives and mistakenly attacks him, thinking him to be one of Naruto’s assailants. The unconscious Sasuke is to be taken back with Gai, while Naruto and Jiraiya continue their search, even though Naruto wants to find and take revenge on Akatsuki.
Chapter 149 Chapter 149: "Legendary...!!" – Introduces Tsunade. Gai offers Naruto a jumpsuit like his and Lee’s, which Jiraiya doesn’t approve of. Naruto accepts the fact that Akatsuki will always be breathing down his neck and begins to get curious about Tsunade, the person Jiraiya is after. Jiraiya tells him she is of the same elite sages as he and Orochimaru, but has a reputation for gambling and earned a nickname that everyone addresses her by- “The legendary sucker”. Despite being Jiraiya’s age, she can force her body to physically regress to any age, from teens to 30s. However, the trip is the secondary objective, with the main point being to toughen Naruto up against Akatsuki... as long as Naruto doesn’t train in Gai’s jumpsuit.
Chapter 150 Chapter 150: "Start of the Training...!?" – Naruto and Jiraiya arrive at a lively city to look for Tsunade. Naruto plans to go shopping, but Jiraiya warns him about 3 Shinobi vices – women, alcohol and money. Confiscating his wallet and giving him a limited amount to spend, the two split up. Naruto stumbles upon Jiraiya, who is drinking with female company and with his empty wallet nearby... the resulting argument annoys a Hidden Stone missing-nin, who threatens them. Jiraiya then tells Naruto to watch closely as he creates a swirling ball of Chakra that sends the criminal spiralling! As he and Naruto leave, Jiraiya buys a load of water balloons to help Naruto learn the move he just used...
Chapter 151 Chapter 151: "Chance...!!" – Naruto has difficulty learning the move, which involves using Chakra to spin the water inside the balloon and burst it. Jiraiya mentions that it is among the hardest to learn, taking even the 4th Hokage, who invented it, 3 years to fully perfect it. Naruto is unable to figure out the secret behind it and Jiraiya refuses to tell him, insisting that figuring it out himself is the only way to use it right. Naruto then sees a cat toying with a balloon and after watching it, gains inspiration. Jiraiya is woken up by water in his face and Naruto standing over him with the remains of a burst balloon in his hand.
Chapter 152 Chapter 152: "Second Stage" – Naruto realizes that his Chakra needed to go in all directions, not just one. Jiraiya is impressed at the variation Naruto uses, employing two hands to start the swirling. However, the training advances to a harder level, breaking a rubber ball without the guidelines of water to feel the Chakra’s direction. The technique is to improve Chakra control by slowly adding power bit by bit. Naruto’s best efforts only cause the ball to make a small hole and deflate slowly as too much power is added too fast. As Jiraiya returns, he decides to give a small hint and paints a miniature spiral in the palm of Naruto’s hand...
Chapter 153 Chapter 153: "Explorers!!" – Jiraiya tells Naruto that the reason he is having difficulty is a lack of focus. Showing Naruto the spiral he also has on his hand for learning it, he says that the Chakra needs a focal point and the spiral will help him to improve the technique. Back at Konoha, Sakura stays by Sasuke’s side, beside herself in grief. However, Sasuke is not the only one in pain as Orochimaru finds himself crippled and in agony. Kabuto reports that the woman that may provide a cure is in the same region as Naruto and Jiraiya. Jiraiya also learns Tsunade is close and both parties slowly get nearer and nearer to her...
 
Volume 18
Chapter 154
Chapter 154: "Arrived...!!" – Kabuto confesses to being a medical specialist like Tsunade, knowing of her past. Naruto finally cracks the second stage of training with help from an old lesson of Iruka’s. The Konoha head protector symbol comes from an old training method of holding a leaf on the forehead with chakra by focusing it into one spot. Naruto picks up on the idea and modifies the mark Jiraiya painted to look like the Konoha symbol. An explosion of energy signals that Naruto has passed the second stage! Jiraiya tells him he will explain the basics of the third stage on the way into the town as they go to find Tsunade. The lady in question is nervously admiring a castle with her aide, when the walls crumble… and atop a giant snake ride Kabuto and Orochimaru.
Chapter 155
Chapter 155: "The Third Step" – Jiraiya blows up a regular balloon and declares it to be the third part of the training. Naruto gazes at the unmoving balloon unimpressed, until Jiraiya shows him what’s happening inside it. The object is now to NOT pop the balloon. The first exercise was for speed, the second for power, the third for control. Naruto realises the difference between the third and second steps is titanic. Meanwhile, Kabuto and Orochimaru ask Tsunade to heal the wounds created by the sealing of Orochimaru’s arms. Already off-guard by the appearance of her old “friend”, Orochimaru applies pressure to Tsunade’s emotions...
Chapter 156
Chapter 156: "Business" – Introduces Shizune. Kabuto and Shizune overreact to Orochimaru’s words, with Tsunade herself displaying monstrous strength threatening Orochimaru. Tsunade counts down 5 seconds before she kills him, but at zero, he offers to resurrect Tsunade’s boyfriend and her younger brother from the grave. Naruto and Jiraiya get closer and closer to Tsunade by checking gambling establishments, with Naruto shifting their luck in exchange for information as well as a hefty win. Tsunade is overcome by Orochimaru’s offer, asking him what he plans to do once his arms are cured. Unable to lie, he reveals his plan to finish what he started with Konoha.
Chapter 157
Chapter 157: "And the Answer is...!?" Horrified, Shizune begs Tsunade not to comply. Orochimaru departs, leaving Tsunade shaken up, offering them one week to decide. Jiraiya and Naruto arrive to find everyone already gone, but catch up to Tsunade and Shizune later in a pub. Confusion and surprise follows as Tsunade confirms she met Orochimaru, that Konoha wants her to bear the title of Godaime Hokage after Orochimaru killed Sandaime. Naruto takes the news in the worst manner, unhappy with Tsunade becoming the next Hokage and even more so learning that Orochimaru was the murderer of Sandaime. Jiraiya becomes the second of Tsunade’s old comrades to give her a tough choice… and one that contradicts Orochimaru’s.
Chapter 158
Chapter 158: "I Won't Forgive You...!!" – Tsunade declines to be the new Hokage, even though she is actually Shodai’s granddaughter. As Tsunade continues to voice her opinion on the Hokage title, Naruto becomes enraged. The two step outside for a fight. With one finger, she sends Naruto flying back. Naruto’s face gives her a flashback to her brother and boyfriend’s words. As she becomes distracted thinking about them, Naruto gets back up and begins to spin chakra in his hand. Tsunade is too distracted and unprepared as Naruto leaps at her!
Chapter 159
Chapter 159: "The Wager...!!" – Tsunade has no time to evade, but splits the ground beneath Naruto to make him lose balance. However, she recognises the technique he used as the Rasengan, specifically Yondaime’s trademark. After mocking both Jiraiya and Naruto, the two decide on a bet. If Naruto can master the Rasengan in a week, Tsunade will hand over her necklace, a keepsake of Shodai and expensive enough to buy three entire mountains. If not, Tsunade will take every penny Naruto has. The two groups split, with Jiraiya trying to discourage Tsunade from taking Orochimaru’s offer over sake while Shizune accompanies Naruto back to a hotel with a request...
Chapter 160
Chapter 160: "The Necklace of Death...!!" – Introduces Nawaki and Dan. Shizune attempts to discourage Naruto, saying the necklace is cursed. Tsunade strolls down memory lane, remembering the death of her younger brother, Nawaki, after she gave it to him on his 12th birthday. Her proposal for each team to carry a medic was agreed upon by a man called Dan, who would later become her boyfriend and receive the necklace. Shortly after, Dan was injured and died even while Tsunade tried to heal him with hands saturated in his blood. Shizune explains Tsunade’s past to Naruto at the same time, but Naruto simply leaves to train.
Chapter 161
Chapter 161: "Tsunade's Decision!!" – Naruto still has difficulty creating the self-sustaining ball of whirling chakra Jiraiya used, only managing to produce a crude spiral that vanishes seconds later. Tsunade is still in a state of confusion over which of her comrades to accept, especially with Orochimaru needing two living people as sacrifices for Edo Tensei... Time passes and with one day to go, Naruto still can’t use Rasengan correctly. Shizune sees the area where Naruto had been training and gasps at the demolished trees. Jiraiya has another drink with Tsunade, however, he doesn’t notice Tsunade slipping a powder into his sake, taking another gulp...
Chapter 162
Chapter 162: "The Heart That Can't Resist...!!" – Jiraiya is discovered in a bad state the next morning. Shizune’s pleading for Tsunade to not meet Orochimaru are answered with violence. As Shizune wakes Naruto, Jiraiya stumbles in on them, feeling awful thanks to Tsunade’s drug. As the three leave to stop Tsunade, Shizune tells them of Orochimaru’s plan. Jiraiya decides that if she tries to heal Orochimaru, he may have to stop her with lethal force. As Tsunade reaches the rendezvous point, she tells Orochimaru that she will only heal him if he does not attack Konoha. He agrees with her condition and slowly stretches his right hand out towards her...


Summaries by Leaf Ninja