Four days after the start of the second stage of the chuunin exams, Team 7 has recovered from the battles with Orochimaru and Team Dosu. The stage is almost at an end and the team still needs a second scroll, so Naruto offers to open the scroll they already have in order to use it to make a forgery of the second one. He is stopped by Kabuto, who has participated in several past exams before and warns them that anyone who opens the scroll before the second stage is complete will lose consciousness. Naruto thanks him for his timely intervention. Separated from the rest of his team, Kabuto begins to leave to go in search of his comrades, but Sasuke asks him to fight him.