The Third Hokage congratulates the participants who passed the selection process. The final fights will take place in a month. They will take place in front of a large audience, so the contestants need to prepare well. Meanwhile, Orochimaru and Kabuto discuss their plans. Orochimaru knows that Kakashi has sealed Sasuke’s cursed seal, but that won’t help disarm it as long as the boy has darkness living in his heart. He orders Kabuto to kidnap Uchiha, as he wants to separate him and Naruto because of the latter’s influence on Sasuke. Kabuto infiltrates the room where Sasuke lies, disarming all the guards. He reaches for the boy with his scalpel, but Kakashi disarms him in time.