As the stone carver begins to carve Danzō's face in the Hokage Monument, he is told that Danzō is dead. Meanwhile, Kakashi takes Karin to the Konohagakure Intelligence Division to be questioned. Naruto gathers the Konoha 11 and tells them his decision to fight Sasuke alone, much to their frustration. After talking with the village's elders who agree that he should become Hokage, Kakashi wanders around Konoha, thinking about his future as a Hokage. Might Guy appears and challenges him to race. Kakashi ultimately wins the very close race and Guy congratulates him on becoming Hokage, claiming that from now on Kakashi will be too busy for their matches. However, Kakashi tells him that they will always be "eternal rivals" and that he is happy he is there, leaving Guy in tears. Later, as the Fire Daimyō is about to appoint Kakashi as the new Hokage, Guy bursts into the room and informs them that Tsunade has awoken from her coma. As the stone carver begins to carve Kakashi's head, he is once again stopped and informed that Tsunade will remain the Hokage, much to his frustration.
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At Mount Myōboku, Gerotora remembers Jiraiya's words and asks the Great Toad Sage if he should do as he said. The sage says to bring Naruto to him. At the Akatsuki hideout, Sasuke begins to recover from his transplant. In Konoha, Tsunade recovers by eating food and tells Shizune to call a war council meeting after she is finished. Meanwhile, Karin is being interrogated by Ibiki Morino in order to get information on Akatsuki, Sasuke, and Kabuto Yakushi. Though she wove a tale in which she was a victim of both Orochimaru and Sasuke, Ibiki saw through it immediately. Shikamaru attends the war council meeting and says to his father — who believed that Shikamaru was still too young to participate in the meeting — that he will remember every last detail. Fukasaku reverse summons Naruto to Mount Myōboku and takes him to see the Great Toad Sage so he could tell him his future. The great sage gives Naruto two predictions, the first being that he will meet an octopus, and the second that he will fight a young man with powerful eyes. The sage tells Gerotora to give Naruto the key to the Nine-Tails' seal. Gerotora asks Naruto to put his hand on the release square, Naruto hesitates.
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Kabuto kills several Takigakure shinobi and leaves a trail of bodies, leading Anko Mitarashi's team to Akatsuki's hideout. Naruto recalls all the times the Nine-Tails' hatred had taken control of him. He decides to accept the key and the Great Toad Sage tells Naruto where he can find the octopus from his vision. Fukasaku sends him back to Konoha. Meanwhile, Kabuto confronts Tobi and summons back the dead Akatsuki members. He tells Tobi that he wants to join forces with him and that he can increase Akatsuki military power with his summons. Tobi initially seems to decline his offer but Kabuto attempts to bargain with the revived Akatsuki members and finally blackmailing with another coffin, he agreed to co-operate. In return Kabuto wants Tobi to give him Sasuke Uchiha. Tobi agrees and they leave to prepare a strategy.
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Tsunade talks to a council and informs them about the Fourth Shinobi World War and warns others not to underestimate Akatsuki. In Land of Lightning another council is held about war, as Kisame spies on them from inside Samehada. B, paying no attention, was busy writing raps in his rhyme book. At the same time, when Naruto was just about to start eating at Ramen Ichiraku when he is reversed summoned away to Mount Myōboku without warning. Shizune informs Tsunade about Naruto's disappearance, and Tsunade orders some shinobi to search for him causing an uproar in the village. Three days later the Kage meet again to discuss how they should start pooling their resources. As the first matter of business, Naruto and Killer B are to be given constant protection. Tsunade objects since they would both be invaluable in the war with Akatsuki, but is forced to agree. Tsunade meets with A alone and asks him for a favour to let B teach Naruto how to control Nine-Tails. A says that the place where he is sending B and Naruto isn't just a hideout but a training ground. Tsunade returns to the village and informs Naruto that he's going on an S-rank mission to an island located in the Land of Lightning.
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Tsunade sends out Naruto under the guise of a top-secret mission to the Land of Lightning to keep him hidden away from the Akatsuki. Naruto leaves Konoha with Aoba, Yamato, Guy along with three other unknown shinobi. They are however, held up at the port due to a report of a monster attacking ships making people afraid to set sail. When Guy and Aoba go out to see if they can solve the problem, they encounter an aggressive giant marlin and a fisherman named Yūsuke who lost his father to the marlin and wanted to avenge him. On the next day, the ninjas give Yūsuke a boat and a fishing pole and Guy rowing the boat. After much struggle, Yūsuke finally catches the marlin with his own strength. After that Naruto and the others are finally able to set sail for the Land of Lightning.
During their voyage, Naruto, Yamato, Guy, and Aoba stop at an island to recover from severe seasickness. There, they unexpectedly meet up with Sakura, Ino, and Chōji who are on an assignment to gather medical herbs under instruction of Tsunade for the upcoming war. Ninja from Benisu Island are also collecting medical herbs and have taken almost all of the herbs on the island, which they intend to sell on for money to fund their village. After an encounter in a cave on the island where Naruto saves the Benisu ninja and offers them the service for free, they decide to give Konoha half of the herbs they collected in gratitude.
Naruto's ship is stranded at sea due to heavy fog, when another ship suddenly appears.
While sailing towards the Land of Lightning, Naruto Uzumaki and the others are attacked by pirates who wanted to sink their ship and loot the wreckage. Thanks to some fast thinking on Yamato's part and the early warning by one of the sensor-type shinobi however, the ship is saved and they dock in an underground cavern. There they find a burial ground and a journal telling of the plight of the native islanders at the hand of the wicked Gataro and his men. Hearing this, Naruto vows revenge for the deceased and comes up with an ingenious strategy on how to escape the giant geyser that they were trapped in. Using Naruto's strategy the Konoha shinobi and crew were able to escape the island and put Gataro and his men out of commission.
While on their voyage to the Land of Lightning, a giant bird swoops down and kidnaps Guy. The team pursues the bird and are led to a volcanic island. Upon arrival, Aoba spots a mysterious girl watching them and decides to pursue her while Yamato and Naruto search for Guy. During their search, Naruto and Yamato encounter many giant creatures, including the bird that kidnapped Guy. They eventually locate the bird's nest where they find Guy, who was actually kidnapped to babysit the bird's chicks. Meanwhile, as Aoba pursues the girl, he discoverers the animals on the island are actually bred to be used by shinobi as summons, as well as for research dedicated to developing the ultimate summon. He continues to follow her, and she leads him inside the volcano to find a huge monster asleep inside an abandoned research lab. Using a mind reading technique, he discovers the monster was too powerful to be contained and had devoured many of the islands summons, as well as the researchers, before going to sleep.
When the Leaf ninjas' ship once again gets caught in a storm, Guy once again comes down with a severe case of seasickness. As Naruto consoles him, Guy remembers the time when he drunkenly humiliated himself in front of Lee by getting into a fight in a bar. The morning after the fight, Lee didn't remember a thing, so Guy determined to give Lee some "special training" based on the bar's menu in order to keep it that way.
The group stops at a nearby port to stock up on supplies and prepare to enter an area devoid of fish of the sea and wind that takes two weeks to be crossed. In the hold, a mushroom purchased by Naruto from a vegetable merchant begins to multiply and to absorb the chakra of Yamato. After resisting for a long time without food, Naruto and Guy taste the mushrooms, but they poison them and push them to act in a violent manner. Without alternatives, Naruto calls Gamatatsu and asks him to bring him Shima's food, composed of insects. All aboard eat and regain strength, even managing to defeat the pirates when they come to look for valuable cargo.
After having braved a storm, four of Naruto's shadow clones rebel against Naruto, taking him hostage, take control over the ship and force the crew to stop on an island. Naruto's clones were going to kill him, but he wakes up and realises it was all just a dream of one of his clones. It was caused when a shadow clone was released, after saving Naruto from a falling rope pulley, and its memories returned to the real Naruto. Naruto then realises the worth of his clones and releases them.
Shikamaru begins to feel the pressure of shouldering the lives of his friends in the upcoming Fourth Shinobi World War. To help ease his mind, Shikaku sends his son along with Tenten on a mission to Mokuzu Island to replenish supplies. On the island, Shikamaru meets up with Naruto's group. Soon after they set sail, the fog around the area gets thicker and they encounter reef systems, a huge rock and a whirlpools again and again. Shikamaru figures that their ship is sailing through the bay in circles and tells Naruto and the others to sail straight for it and get swallowed up. The criminal on seeing the ship wrecked arrives at the spot with his gang to loot the wreckage. Having stored the ship in Tenten's scroll, they proceed to defeat the criminals.
Hinata’s father Hiashi summons the Hyuga clan to discuss the role they will be playing in the upcoming Fourth Great Ninja War.