Ibiki Morino explains who Orochimaru is and why he might have attacked. He receives a report that the Three Giant Snakes have appeared at the village’s borders, and that the shinobi of the Hidden Sand have invaded the village. The ninja of Konoha react and begin to defend the village. In the stadium, a few conscious ninja notice the protective barrier and want to help the Third, but are forced to fight the Otogakure ninja who managed to infiltrate the village earlier. Since Sakura is not caught in the genjutsu, Kakashi protects her. He tells her to wake Naruto and Shikamaru for a vital mission. Meanwhile, Orochimaru is encouraged that he finally has the opportunity to kill the Third Hokage. The two prepare for battle.