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Naruto successfully breaks through the crystal labyrinth with his new jutsu and he and the rest of Team Kakashi come to Kakashi, Kiba, and Shino's aid, and rescue Hinata as well. Meanwhile, Kabuto, Guren, Yukimaru, and Gozu head to the lake that Kabuto and Yukimaru went to before. What could be in the lake that Orochimaru wants?moreless
Not wanting Kakashi and Team Kurenai to interfere with Orochimaru's plans, Guren traps them in a crystal labyrinth. Kakashi and Team Kurenai are then attacked by Guren's crystal clones. Meanwhile, Team Kakashi arrives on the scene and attempts to break through the crystal wall.
While Naruto continues to practice his Collaboration Jutsu with Gamatatsu, Kakashi, Kiba, and Hinata have a run-in with Guren's gang. Will Kakashi and Team Kurenai be able to defeat these strange foes?
While Naruto continues his training with Gamakichi and Gamatatsu, Yamato, Sakura, and Sai prepare to leave and back up Kakashi's group. As Guren and her gang prepare to intercept Kakashi's group, Yukimaru grows concerned for her safety and gives her a charm in hope of a safe return.
Kabuto assigns Guren to look after Yukimaru. Guren isn't all too happy about the assignment, and things only become worse when Yukimaru falls ill on a rainy night. Elsewhere, Kiba discovers the mystery of where the dog whistle is coming from, and Tsunade sends assistance to Kakashi and Team Kurenai.
Naruto runs into unexpected difficulties as he trains with Gamakichi and Gamatatsu. While Kakashi's group searches for Guren and her gang, Yukimaru seems to develop interest in Naruto.
Kabuto is up to something involving Yukimaru's abilities. While Naruto attempts to get along with his partner, Guren discovers the power difference between herself and Sasuke. What will happen when Naruto has an encounter with Yukimaru himself?
Kakashi leads Kiba, Hinata, and Shino on a mission to infiltrate Orochimaru's lair. What horrors and traps await them? Meanwhile, Sasuke ponders Orochimaru's interest in Yukimaru.