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Volume 25
 Chapter 218
Chapter 218: "Brothers of the Leaf!!" As Naruto stands on the head of one statute in the Fire Country, Sasuke stands on the other in Sound. Naruto demands Sasuke tell him why he is running away, asking him what made him this way. Sasuke tells Naruto his life with the Leaf is over, that they should not have come for him. Sasuke then turns away from Naruto and begins to walk away. Such behavior only enrages Naruto who leaps across the divide and knocks Sasuke down onto his back. Naruto slugs his teammate and demands to know why he is going to such an evil man, but Sasuke says he doesn't care. Naruto doesn't want to hear it though, and yells he will do whatever it takes to stop him from going any farther.
 Chapter 219
Chapter 219: "The Future and the Past" – As Naruto hovers over his comrade, they both recall their fight on the hospital roof. Naruto says he didn't want that fight, but Sasuke rises and grabs Naruto by his collar, holding him off the ground. With a quick motion, he releases his grip and strikes Naruto launching him off the statue into the river. Sasuke marvels at his new power. Naruto emerges from the water and the two Genin launch themselves at each other. Sasuke dodges Naruto's punches and kicks his former comrade off into space. A fast Kage Bunshin chain keeps Naruto from falling far below. Naruto uses the Kage Bunshin chain to swing and kick Sasuke into the cliff face. Rising from the dust, Sasuke quickly jumps and strikes Naruto sending him hundreds of feet to the water below. Sasuke reflects that his dreams don't lie in the present, they remain in the past, before his clan was murdered by his brother Itachi.
 Chapter 220
Chapter 220: "Older Brother [Itachi] and Younger Brother [Sasuke]" – We return approximately 7 years to the past, on the day before Sasuke was entered into the Ninja Academy. In the woods around Konoha, Uchiha Itachi practices his kunai throwing. Sasuke watches on in wonder at his brothers' skill and usage of the Sharingan. Sasuke tells his brother to help him with his training but Itachi says it would be better saved for another day. After hurting his ankle, Sasuke is carried around on his brother Itachi's back. Walking back into town, the two brothers speak of the Leaf police force and its ties to their clan. The boys meet their father and return to their compound. Their father tells Itachi their new mission is important and will get him admitted to the ANBU. Itachi says he won't go on the mission, which angers his father. When Itachi states that the mission is on the day of Sasuke's Academy entrance ceremony and a relative needs to be present. His father states he will go, leaving Itachi to fulfill his duty by going on the mission.
 Chapter 221
Chapter 221: "A Distant Brother" – The Academy ceremony ends and Sasuke is finally on his way to becoming a real ninja. Sasuke's father tells him to become a good shinobi like his brother. While in class, his classmates whisper that Sasuke is probably awesome like the other Uchiha. Sasuke returns to the compound and begins to train. He overhears his father congratulating Itachi for being accepted into the ANBU. Sasuke begins to push himself harder to meet his father's standards. Becoming first in his class, his father continues to state that hopefully Sasuke will become a fine shinobi like his brother, never fully acknowledging him as doing good in his own right. Late at night Sasuke awakes to hear his family arguing. Sasuke's father demands to know why Itachi can't come to the clan meeting the next day. Itachi states he has a secret mission so his father tells him to come to the meeting afterwards. Two days later Sasuke and Itachi talk about the strength of the shinobi. With Itachi stating that for them to remain strong, they have to continue living together, even if it means hating each other. A noise at the door startles the two ninja, three men have arrived demanding to know where Itachi is...
 Chapter 222
Chapter 222: "Suspicious of Itachi" – Three men have arrived from the Konoha Police Corps. They want to know why Itachi could not be at the clan meeting. They state another was missing, Itachi's friend Shisui who apparently killed himself. They present Itachi with Shisui's suicide note and state that it could have been easily forged by a Sharingan user. The men turn to leave but Itachi becomes enraged by their toying investigation. Asking if they really are investigating him, they reply yes and that if he betrays the clan he will be punished. Itachi strikes and knocks the men to the ground. They reply Shisui was watching Itachi because of his weird behavior since joining the ANBU. As his father arrives, Itachi states he has lost all hope for the clan, because of the way they fail to reach their maximum. They are too bound by laws and their imagination. His father demands Itachi stand down and threatens him with arrest. Bowing to the pressure, Itachi drops to his knees and begs forgiveness. His father tells the police he will look after his son but Itachi seems changed...
 Chapter 223
Chapter 223: "Sasuke and His Father" – Lying in bed, Sasuke reflects on a strange change he saw to the tomoe in his brothers eyes. Waking the next morning, Sasuke's father asks his son how his schooling goes. Finally taking a real interest in his youngest son, the two head to the riverside. Sasuke's father shows his son a Katon jutsu, and Sasuke reflects that a clan member is only seen as an adult when he can manipulate fire. Sasuke fails at making any sizeable fire and his father reflects that maybe he is too young. Sasuke takes this to heart and trains hard. Shortly thereafter he asks his father to come down to the river, Sasuke releases a large Katon and his father walks away. Sasuke is downtrodden, but his father then states he is truely an Uchiha and for him to grow strong. He warns him not to become like his brother though. The next morning Sasuke awakes to ask his brother to help with his shuriken training. Itachi pops Sasuke on the head and tells him he doesn't have time. This makes Sasuke feel that maybe his brother is returning back to how he use to be...
 Chapter 224
Chapter 224: "That Day...!!" – At breakfast Sasuke asks his mother what his father really thinks of him. His mother tells him that Itachi will lead their clan one day so their father focuses on his development, but that in private all he can talk about is Sasuke. Sasuke sits with his father and asks him of the types of Sharingan. His father states there is one form, the Mangekyou which only a few have awakened under special conditions. Sasuke then leaves for classes. Returning late at night to the Uchiha compound, he arrives to find his clan slaughtered. Opening the door to his home, he stares in horror as his brother stands over the fallen bodies of their parents. Itachi activates his new power, the Mangekyou, which forces Sasuke to relive some of the past events. Itachi states he killed the clan to test his capacity but Sasuke yells that that is complete crap. Itachi then states that he left his brother alive to test his capacity as well. To live on hating him, to grow, gain power and the Mangekyou as well. The only thing Sasuke has to do is kill his closest friend...
 Chapter 225
Chapter 225: "Within the Darkness...!!" Sasuke asks his brother if he killed Shisui. Itachi says he did so to test his capacity. He tells his brother that a scroll in their clan shrine will reveal the true original purpose of the clan doujutsu. Itachi states if Sasuke follows his path there will be three people who could handle the Mangekyou. Itachi tells his brother to live on, cursing and hating him, to become just as strong. Only when they have the same eyes will they be equals. Sasuke awakes in the hospital and rushes back to his clan's compound. The buildings lie empty and he journeys to the shrine to read the scroll. Returning to class, Sasuke's classmates whisper about him being the only survivor. After class Sasuke returns to the waterfront where he and his father trained. Imaging his brother's reflection in the water Sasuke becomes enraged and jumps into the water, sinking into the dark depths Sasuke thinks that he will go as far into the darkness as he has to gain the power to kill his brother. We return to the present and Naruto has emerged from the water below. Naruto asks if Sasuke really intended to kill him, whether anything they did as a team meant something to him. Sasuke says it did serve a purpose, Naruto has become his closest friend...
 Chapter 226
Chapter 226: "To My Dear Friend...!!" – Naruto emerges from the water below at the base of the statues. Not being able to understand Sasuke's actions, he bolts across the surface of the water and up the side of the statue while Sasuke runs down to meet him below. The two begin to exchange punches and kunai and Naruto is knocked back below. Sasuke forms Chidori and Naruto forms Rasengan, and then the two launch themselves at each other, with both the hands of Rasengan and Chidori, connecting over the surface of the river.
 
Volume 26
Chapter 227 Chapter 227: "Chidori vs Rasengan!!" – As their hands collide, both are thrown backwards by the force of their powers. Both ninja are shaken by the explosion and each are surprised at their opponent. Sasuke activates his level one cursed seal and begins to attack Naruto. Naruto tries to avoid his attacks but Sasuke continues to pummel him. As the attack continues Naruto thinks back to how he always wanted to be like Sasuke. Unable to bring himself to fight back, Naruto begins to fill with the power of the Kyuubi. Sasuke then holds Naruto before him and charges a Chidori...
Chapter 228 Chapter 228: "Kakashi's Premonition" – Back in Konoha, Kakashi returns from a mission and learns of Sasuke's leaving. Ignoring orders to go on a new mission he sets off with his nin-dogs to track down the Genin. Back at the Valley of the End, Naruto further recollects of his and Sasuke's past as Sasuke removes his arm from Naruto's chest. As Sasuke goes to choke Naruto, he is blasted back by the power of Kyuubi. Filling with enormous power, the hole through Naruto's chest heals and Naruto states he will not let Sasuke go to Orochimaru.
Chapter 229 Chapter 229: "Bonds...!!" – Naruto uses his new chakra empowerment to lunge at Sasuke and beat him into submission. Pinning him to the cliff face, Naruto tells Sasuke he had no family and thought of him as a brother. For that reason he can not let their bond be broken, he will do everything he can to stop his friend from making a mistake. Recognizing Naruto as a fellow ninja, Sasuke finally puts on his headband and states he will break their bonds of friendship. With that statement he finally gains the final dots of the Sharingan.
Chapter 230 Chapter 230: "Time of Awakening!!" – Sasuke states that he recognizes Naruto's strength, and that by breaking their bonds he can gain more strength. He states that Naruto can still not scratch his forehead protector though. Using his completed Sharingan, Sasuke is able to predict Naruto movements, avoid his attack and counter attack. As Naruto begins to fall to Sasuke's strikes, the Kyuubi inside Naruto calls him weak and states he should be thanking the demon. New power begins to well in Naruto and he grows even more feral in appearance, with his emanating chakra taking on the form of a fox.
Chapter 231 Chapter 231: "A Special Power!!" Seeing Naruto's change, Sasuke finally understands why his brother was after him. Naruto charges and begins to strike out at Sasuke, who can only barely predict and avoid the strikes. Thinking he avoided a punch, an arm of chakra extends from Naruto to punch Sasuke. Sasuke tries to retaliate with a katon jutsu, but the flames are held back by Naruto's enormous chakra. Naruto uses his new chakra arms to strike Sasuke over and over, finally punching him into the cliff wall. Unfazed by the strikes, Sasuke states the punches meant nothing and activates the second level of his cursed seal.
Chapter 232 Chapter 232: "Valley of the End" – Naruto goes to strike Sasuke again and knocks him into the cliff face, causing a huge explosion. As the dust settles a strange limb has protected his body. From Sasuke's back, wings have emerged to provide protection. Sasuke tells Naruto this is where their battle ends. Each ninja then forms an extreme and potentially perfected version of their special attacks. Sasuke's Chidori crackles with black energy and Naruto's Rasengan forms a large perfect sphere. Both ninja then launch themselves at the other to strike a final blow.
Chapter 233 Chapter 233: "The Worst Conclusion...!!" – The two powerful jutsu connect, with Naruto striking and scratching Sasuke's forehead protector and Sasuke hesitating to not fully strike Naruto with his Chidori hand. As a huge dark sphere of power grows outwards from their location, Kakashi feels the emense chakra and tries to hurry to their location. As the surrounding water is pushed away a blinding light envelops Naruto and Sasuke. A short time later Sasuke stands over a defeated apparently dead Naruto, with both young men having returned to their original forms. As rain begins to fall, Sasuke clutches his chest and his scratched forehead protector slips from his head to land beside Naruto. Kakashi and Pakkun finally arrive at the Valley of the End to find Naruto lying on the ground and Sasuke missing...
Chapter 234 Chapter 234: "The Day of Separation...!!" – Kakashi arrives at the Valley of the End to find Naruto unconscious and Sasuke gone. We then see Sasuke walking through the woods thinking about his past and the requirements to gain Mangekyou. Sasuke reaffirms his existance and thinks that he will not be his brothers puppet and kill his closest friend. When Pakkun states he can no longer trace Sasuke's scent because of the rain, the Leaf ninja head back to Konoha. As they walk into the distance, a mysterious figure emerges from the ground wearing the cloak of Akatsuki.
Chapter 235 Chapter 235: "Mission Failure...!!" – As Kakashi carries an unconscious Naruto back to Konoha, Leaf medical-nins appear to let Kakashi know they have gathered the fallen Genin. Back in the Konoha hospital, critical healing is applied to Neji, Choji and Kiba. Because of their skill and efforts, all three are saved from death. In the waiting area Shikamaru tells Temari he was worthless as a leader and that he is going to give-up his position. His father scolds him and says he is no man to let his friends die under the poor leadership on another. With that fear in mind, Shikamaru promises to do better next time.
 
Volume 27
Chapter 236
Chapter 236: "The Promise That I Could Not Keep" – In Konoha hospital Shikamaru and Tsunade speak of the need for medical-nins on four man mission squads. Outside Sakura hears of the groups return and rushes inside to see them. Stopping outside Naruto's hospital room door, she hears Naruto state he failed her and let Sasuke get away. Feeling inadequate in her own abilities, Sakura decides to get training from Tsunade to help Naruto bring Sasuke back next time.
Chapter 237
Chapter 237: "Fool...!!" – At the fallen ninja memorial Kakashi chastizes himself for not being able to have seen Sasuke's leaving and helped him better. As we travel back to Naruto's hospital room, Jiraiya appears on a toad outside his window. Jiraiya tells Naruto Akatsuki is still after him but won't appear again for three years. He then tells Naruto that he is now his apprentice and to give up trying to get Sasuke to return. Naruto stubbornly refuses and agrees to train under Jiraiya for the next three years.
Chapter 238
Chapter 238: "The Day of Setting Off!!" – At Orochimaru's compound Sasuke has finally arrived and demands Orochimaru train him. Three months later we see Sakura's growth under Tsunade as she is able to revive a dead fish. Throughout the village the Konoha Genin reflect on their desire to train and get stronger. Naruto has one last meal with Iruka and then sets off determined to get stronger. We then travel to a dark cavern where all the members of Akatsuki have gathered. Plotting amongst themselves the members agree that if they capture Kyuubi in three years, the can accomplish their goals. This ends the present plotline of Naruto Part One.
Chapter 239
Chapter 239 (Gaiden 1): "Mission Start...!!" – Introduces Uchiha Obito, Rin and the Fourth Hokage. This begins the first chapter of the Hatake Kakashi side-story flashback, which takes place approximately 13 years before the start of the Naruto series during a war with Hidden Rock. At a meeting to hear their new mission, Kakashi receives gifts for advancement to Jounin from his teammate Rin and his Jounin sensei, the man who will become the Fourth Hokage. His other teammate Obito has forgotten a gift and becomes annoyed at Kakashi. Kakashi dismisses Obito as useless but Obito says once he awakens his Sharingan he will surpass Kakashi. The Fourth Hokage tells his team their mission so they travel through the Grass Country. Spied on from the Trees beyond by a ninja from Hidden Rock, Kakashi activates his new move the Chidori.
Chapter 240
Chapter 240 (Gaiden 2): "Teamwork!!" – Kakashi bolts away to attack their hidden foe. Faced with numerous Kage Bunshin, Kakashi cannot find the original ninja. The Rock-nin uses the mayhem to attack a defenseless Obito. But the quickness of the Fourth Hokage rescues Obito and then he instantly transports in the blink of an eye using his Shunshin Jutsu (Instant Body Technique) to the location of their foe. The Rock-nin is shocked to have faced "Konoha's Yellow Flash" and fallen to him so easily. Kakashi calls Obito a coward and Obito later asks the Fourth why Kakashi acts the way he does. The Fourth Hokage tells him of how Kakashi's legendary father killed himself after the village looked down on him for rescuing his teammates rather than completing his mission.
Chapter 241
Chapter 241 (Gaiden 3): "A True Hero" – After Rin uses her abilities to heal one of Kakashi's wounds, the Fourth Hokage tells the team they are now splitting up. Kakashi then leads his team further into Rock territory to destroy their objective bridge. Two Rock-nin appear and ambush the trio; they manage to capture Rin and flee. Obito tells Kakashi he is going after Rin but Kakashi says they should complete their mission. Obito yells at Kakashi telling him his father was a true hero when he protected his precious friends. Obito then goes off on his own to save Rin.
Chapter 242
Chapter 242 (Gaiden 4): "Crybaby Ninja" The Fourth Hokage arrives to help outnumbered Leaf-nin in battle by using his Shunshin ability to take out their large number of opponents. Elsewhere in the Grass Country, Kakashi reflects on Obito words. Obito himself finds Rin's location but he is snuck up on by an invisible Rock-nin. Kakashi arrives to save Obito but gets his left eye slashed in the process. Obito is scared and begins to cry but he reaffirms himself and finally activates his Sharingan. Using it he sees his invisible attacker and kills him.
Chapter 243
Chapter 243 (Gaiden 5): "Present" – Kakashi bandages his eye and the two Leaf ninja approach a cave to save the weakening Rin from the remaining Rock ninja. Using their skills they strike the Rock-nin and save Rin. The Rock-nin manages to cause a cave-in though and Obito is crushed under the rubble when he saves Kakashi from being hit. Knowing his life is over he tells Rin to remove his eye and give it to Kakashi to replace his damaged one. Obito tells Kakashi he is a great ninja and that he can become Kakashi's eye and help them all live on. A short time passes and Kakashi emerges from the rubble a holder of the Sharingan.
Chapter 244
Chapter 244 (Gaiden 6): "Heroes of the Sharingan" – When Kakashi emerges he strikes out against the Rock-nin and manages to kill him using his fully perfected Chidori. Rock ninjas arrive and cause a further cave-in, forcing Rin and Kakashi to leave Obito behind as the rubble envelops him. Angered, Kakashi goes to fight his opponents but he passes out from a lack of chakra. Rin uses the Fourth Hokage's gift to Kakashi, a special Shunshin kunai, to bring the Hokage to their location to save them. Kakashi awakens to find their enemies defeated. The Fourth Hokage apologizes for not getting there more quickly. The remaining team members cherish their memories of Obito and go on to destroy the bridge.


Summaries by Leaf Ninja