Asuma admits that he hasn’t smoked in a long time, but claims it’s not because of fear of the battle with Akatsuki, though he has been pondering how they should proceed. In Hidden Leaf, Naruto and his shadow clones have difficulty combining the Element of Wind and Rasengan. The process is so depressing that some clones lose control of the Nine-Tailed’s chakra. Yamato suppresses them. Somewhere in the meantime, Hidan waits for Kakuzu outside the exchange point to finish his job. Asuma appears and attacks him, but Hidan blocks the attack. Before Hidan can strike back, Shikamaru captures him with his shadow, giving Izumo and Kotetsu a chance to strike. They believed they could kill him, but Hidan only asked who they were.