Asuma is mortally wounded by Hidan’s jutsu, and the Akatsuki have the rest of the Hidden Leaf in a bind. Just then, reinforcements arrive, led by Ino and Choji. They manage to come to the aid of their comrades, and once again, the Akatsuki find themselves confronted by the Hidden Leaf. But a mysterious figure suddenly interrupts them and the Akatsuki disappear. It seems they have barely avoided another battle, but Asuma’s wounds are deep and his end seems near.