Hidan and Kakuzu reluctantly left the battlefield, telling the Leaf ninja not to go anywhere. The members of the Twenty Squad gathered around Asuma, but Ino realized that his wounds were too severe to heal him herself. Shikamaru tries to rush him to the Hidden Leaf, but Asuma says his time is up. He asks only that his students listen to his last words. He asks Ino to keep an eye on Chouji and Shikamaru, and urges her not to lose any aspirations to Sakura. He asks Chouji to go on a diet, but not to let it cloud his good heart. He praises Shikamaru and secretly tells him the correct interpretation of the “king” figure associated with the past Shouji and Leaf analogy. After smoking his last cigarette, Asuma dies. Shikamaru finishes the rest of his cigarette, but complains that the smoke burns his eyes.