Sasuke arrives at Orochimaru’s base and makes it clear that his only interest is gaining power. Sakura makes rapid progress in her medical training. Kiba tells Shino about the mission he missed. Neji trains to overcome the blind spot of his Byakugan with his uncle. Hinata arrives with tea. Neji asks her if she will see Naruto when he leaves for training. Kiba and Shino arrive, and Kiba tells him how Hinata fainted when she saw Naruto completely bandaged up. Chouji recovers his stomach with a meal, but expresses his desire to start training. Lee trains nonstop. Shikamaru says goodbye to the Kindred Trinity of Sand as they leave Konoha. Naruto has lunch with Iruka before leaving for three years of training with Jiraiya. Hinata looks after him, vowing to become stronger, too. Elsewhere, Akatsuki meets and decides to accelerate their plans.