Shikamaru quickly realizes that he doesn’t have enough chakra to immobilize the eight Hidden Sound Village ninja. Moreover, he realizes that he has missed one of the group members, and assumes that the ninth has kept his distance from the others in case of an ambush. He attacks the eight to confirm his suspicions, and the ninth protects them. Though he now knows the ninth’s whereabouts, Shikamaru lacks the energy to capture him as well. Accepting that he will die, Shikamaru waits until he can no longer contain the eight ninja. As soon as they are released, however, Asuma appears with the ninth in his arms and kills the remaining eight, thanking Shikamaru for holding out for so long. Meanwhile, Orochimaru strips the First Hokage and Second Hokage of their free will so that their memories won’t interfere with the fight against Sarutobi.