Shikamaru catches Hidan with his shadow and forces him to attack the immobilized Kakuzu. Kakuzu manages to free himself at the last moment, but Shikamaru uses Hidan to corner him. At the Leaf, Naruto nears the end of his new technique. Taking a break, Yamato informs him of the advantages and weaknesses of each chakra element over the other. He notes that Naruto’s Wind Element is weak against Sasuke’s Fire Element, but Naruto interprets this to mean that his Wind Element makes Sasuke’s Fire Element stronger. Meanwhile, Kakuzu uses the Element of Earth technique to protect himself. Kakashi uses the Blade of Lightning, which is naturally stronger than Earth, to overcome his defense.