Naruto refuses to give up and stop trying to use the Sage Mode. Unwilling to betray Jiraiya’s hopes, he plans to find an alternative option to merge with Fukasaku. Meanwhile, Konohamaru watches as Naraki’s Way pokes the two Leaf ninja for information on Naruto’s whereabouts. Konohamaru tries to sneak away to avoid being caught, but accidentally attracts attention himself. At this point, Ebisu intervenes to buy time for Konohamaru to escape, but he is instantly defeated. Despite his once disapproving attitude toward Naruto, Ebisu refuses to tell Naraki Path where he is. Before Paine can kill Ebisu, Konohamaru, without escaping, demands to fight him.