|Next||The Black Transformation…!!|
|Arc||Hidan and Kakuzu Arc|
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden #83, Naruto Shippūden #84|
Shikamaru catches Hidan with his shadow and forces him to attack an immobilised Kakuzu. Kakuzu is able to free himself at the last moment, but Shikamaru uses Hidan to drive him into a corner. In Konoha, Naruto nears completion of his new technique. While taking a break, Yamato tells him that all elemental affinities are naturally strong and weak to other elements. He points out that Naruto's Wind Release is weak against Sasuke's Fire Release, but Naruto reinterprets that as his Wind Release making Sasuke's Fire Release stronger. Meanwhile, Kakuzu uses an earth-based defence to protect himself. Kakashi uses his Lightning Cutter, which is naturally strong against earth, to pierce through the defence.