Kakuzu sees the arrival of Team 7 as an opportunity to acquire more replacement hearts. Kakashi sends Sakura and Saya to help Shikamaru while the others fight Kakuzu. Naruto, wanting to demonstrate his new technique, insists that he will fight Kakuzu alone, to which Kakashi agrees. Meanwhile, Hidan approaches Shikamaru. Shikamaru uses the explosive seals he scattered earlier to stop and bind Hidan. Then, he exposes the pit he prepared earlier right under Hidan’s feet. After he sets fire to the cigarette, an image of Asuma appears before him in a cloud of smoke. Now, in revenge for his teacher, Shikamaru shoots the cigarette at Hidan, thereby setting off the explosive seals.