Both Naruto and Sasuke notice that they are being watched. Sasuke is confronted by Tobi, who distracts Sasuke while Deidara strikes. Naruto, on the other hand, is greeted by Kabuto, who then gives the former a black book containing information about Akatsuki. Asked why, Kabuto replied that Naruto was his “mastermind” and the gesture was his thanks. When asked what Naruto owed such gratitude to, Kabuto began to describe how Naruto was always trying to draw a line between himself and the Nine-Tail sealed within him, just as Kabuto was always trying to gain independence from serving the others. Following Naruto’s example, Kabuto decided to become strong enough to eliminate the need to serve anyone again. To that end, he fused with the remains of Orochimaru’s body, making half of his body Orochimaru.