Asuma’s funeral is held in Hidden Leaf Village amid deep sadness. Shikamaru is the lone absentee, unable to get over the loss. Choji too is disconsolate. As each member of Team 10 deals with Asuma’s death, the question they ask themselves is “What must we do next?” Each comes to the same resolve--to stop and capture the Akatsuki. Tsunade adamantly opposes Team 10’s determination to set out on this mission. But an unexpected person offers to help.