With his dying breath, Kidomaru tells Neji that Sasuke’s Return Team is wasting his time, as Sasuke is fully committed to joining Orochimaru. Neji is convinced that Naruto can change Sasuke’s mind, and passes out entrusting the search for Sasuke to the rest of the team. The search team is beside the remaining Sound Four, while the Sound Four realize that their teammates are late. Elsewhere, Orochimaru agonizes over the Sonic Four’s tardiness, desperately trying to get Sasuke’s body to avoid the Third Hokage’s seal. When he can wait no longer, he instructs Kabuto to prepare an alternative. Kabuto has several prisoners who fight to the death with the promise that the winner will be freed.