|"Assemble! Allied Shinobi Forces!"|
|(集結! 忍連合軍!, Shūketsu! Shinobi Rengōgun!)|
|Previous||"The Artist Returns"|
|Episode||Naruto: Shippūden #256 (Watch Online)|
|Arc||Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown|
|Manga||Naruto Chapter #515|
|Japanese||March 29, 2012|
|English||August 23, 2014|
Using his Earth Release: Ultralight-Weight Rock Technique, Ōnoki carries the Island Turtle all the way to Kumogakure. Having completed his S-rank mission, Naruto decides to check out the situation on the surface and to find out why Yamato has not returned. However, Aoba tells him that Yamato is still conducting surveillance, and is saved from prolonged inquiries when Killer B offers to help Naruto hone his mastery over the Nine-Tails Chakra Mode.
At the Mountains' Graveyard hideout, Kabuto asks Tobi to extract information from Yamato without killing him, citing that he needs Yamato alive to further his experiments on Zetsu and the White Zetsu Army, as the latter two contain Hashirama Senju's cells like Yamato does. Tobi is vexed that Orochimaru discovered that secret while also noticing that Kabuto has discovered the cells' weakness — snake venom.
Unbeknownst to Tobi, the Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party are above the underground hideout, where Tokuma Hyūga uses his Byakugan and discovers, to his shock, that the White Zetsu Army consists of 100,000 members. Relaying this information back to team captain Anko Mitarashi, she decides to notify the Allied Shinobi Forces. As a result, the shinobi of chūnin status or higher from each of the Five Great Shinobi Countries as well as samurai from the Land of Iron arrive at Kumogakure to be mobilise into several divisions, with each of them receiving a new headband signifying their alliance.
Chōza and Tenten are placed into the First Division led by Darui of Kumo, a unit composed of combatants who specialise in mid-range combat. The Second Division, consisting of short-range fighters such as Hinata, Neji, Karui, and Kurotsuchi, are led by Kitsuchi, a jōnin from Iwagakure. Guy, Lee, and Sakura are positioned in the Third Division, a unit comprising of short and mid-range combat specialists, with Kakashi as the unit commander, while Chōji, Shikamaru, and Temari are stationed in the Fourth Division, tasked with long-range battling, with Gaara serving as the captain of the Fourth Division as well as the commander-in-chief of the Allied Shinobi Forces.
As a contingency to counterattack any disadvantageous circumstances in battle, a special battalion known as the Fifth Division is formed, consisting of members who specialise in hiden, such as Ino, Kiba, and Shino, led by Mifune. Kankurō is assigned as captain of the Surprise Attack Division, comprised of shinobi who are adept at ambush tactics, including Sai and Omoi. An Intelligence Division is spearheaded by Inoichi, while C is placed under Ao's command in the Sensor Division; last but not least, the Logistical Support and Medical Division is established under Shizune's supervision. With all nine battalions being formed, the Allied Shinobi Forces are officially mobilised and ready for battle.
Back at the Mountains' Graveyard hideout, Yamato is secured to Hashirama's Artificial Body, where the cells of the First Hokage contained within his body are transplanted to the White Zetsu Army. To supplement their troops, Kabuto uses the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique to call forth dead warfare aficionados to supplement their military force. Amongst the resurrected soldiers are the jinchūriki of the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh tailed beasts; the Fourth Kazekage, the Third Raikage and the Second Tsuchikage, Hanzō of Amegakure, Chiyo of Sunagakure, Hizashi Hyūga, Kimimaro of the Kaguya clan, Madara Uchiha, Zabuza Momochi, one of Kirigakure's Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, as well as his partner, Haku of the Ice Release; in addition, Deidara, Itachi, Sasori, Kakuzu, and Nagato, the former powerhouses of the Akatsuki. Satisfied with the infantry at their disposal, Kabuto and Tobi proclaim the Fourth Shinobi World War has officially begun.
- In his brief début, Hoheto Hyūga is depicted with black eyes. Also, Kitsuchi's hair is depicted as part of his forehead protector instead.
|Naruto Uzumaki||うずまきナルト||Uzumaki Naruto||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko|
|Yamato||ヤマト||Yamato||Rikiya Koyama||小山 力也||Koyama Rikiya|
|Aoba Yamashiro||山城アオバ||Yamashiro Aoba||Kenjiro Tsuda||津田健次郎||Tsuda Kenjiro|
|Killer B||キラービー||Kirābī||Hisao Egawa||江川 央生||Egawa Hisao|
|Motoi||モトイ||Motoi||Daichi Endō||遠藤大智||Endō Daichi|
|Third Tsuchikage: Ōnoki||三代目土影・オオノキ||Sandaime Tsuchikage: Ōnoki||Tomomichi Nishimura||西村 知道||Nishimura Tomomichi|
|Akatsuchi||赤ツチ||Akatsuchi||Kenta Miyake||三宅 健太||Miyake Kenta|
|Kurotsuchi||黒ツチ||Kurotsuchi||Hana Takeda||武田 華||Takeda Hana|
|Anko Mitarashi||みたらしアンコ||Mitarashi Anko||Takako Honda||本田 貴子||Honda Takako|
|Tokuma||トクマ||Tokuma||Manabu Sakamaki||坂巻 学||Sakamaki Manabu|
|Ranka||ランカ||Ranka||Taira Kikumoto||菊本 平||Kikumoto Taira|
|Muta||ムタ||Muta||Hidenori Takahashi||高橋 英則||Takahashi Hidenori|
|Fifth Hokage: Tsunade||五代目火影・綱手||Godaime Hokage: Tsunade||Masako Katsuki||勝生真沙子||Katsuki Masako|
|Shizune||シズネ||Shizune||Keiko Nemoto||根本 圭子||Nemoto Keiko|
|Shikaku Nara||奈良シカク||Nara Shikaku||Hiroshi Yanaka||家中 宏||Yanaka Hiroshi|
|Fourth Raikage: A||四代目雷影・エー||Yondaime Raikage: Ē||Hideaki Tezuka||手塚 秀彰||Tezuka Hideaki|
|Samui||サムイ||Samui||Hikari Yono||よのひかり||Yono Hikari|
|C||シー||Shī||Kenji Fukuda||福田 賢二||Fukuda Kenji|
|Fifth Mizukage: Mei Terumī||五代目水影・照美メイ||Godaime Mizukage: Terumī Mei||Yurika Hino||日野 由利加||Hino Yurika|
|Ao||青||Ao||Tadahisa Saizen||西前 忠久||Saizen Tadahisa|
|Chōjūrō||長十郎||Chōjūrō||Kōki Miyata||宮田 幸季||Miyata Kōki|
|Fifth Kazekage: Gaara||五代目風影・我愛羅||Godaime Kazekage: Gaara||Akira Ishida||石田 彰||Ishida Akira|
|Kankurō||カンクロウ||Kankurō||Yasuyuki Kase||加瀬 康之||Kase Yasuyuki|
|Temari||テマリ||Temari||Romi Park||朴 璐美||Paku Romi|
|Madara Uchiha||うちはマダラ||Uchiha Madara||Naoya Uchida||内田 直哉||Uchida Naoya|
|Kabuto Yakushi||薬師カブト||Yakushi Kabuto||Nobutoshi Canna||神奈 延年||Kanna Nobutoshi|
|Zetsu||ゼツ||Zetsu||Nobuo Tobita||飛田 展男||Tobita Nobuo|
|Shikamaru Nara||奈良シカマル||Nara Shikamaru||Shōtarō Morikubo||森久保祥太郎||Morikubo Shōtarō|
|Chōji Akimichi||秋道チョウジ||Akimichi Chōji||Kentarō Itō||伊藤健太郎||Itō Kentarō|
|Omoi||オモイ||Omoi||Kunihiro Kawamoto||河本 邦弘||Kawamoto Kunihiro|
|Sai||サイ||Sai||Satoshi Hino||日野 聡||Hino Satoshi|
|Inoichi Yamanaka||山中いのいち||Yamanaka Inoichi||Daiki Nakamura||中村 大樹||Nakamura Daiki|
|Tenga||天画||Tenga||Shinobu Matsumoto||松本 忍||Matsumoto Shinobu|
|Mifune||ミフネ||Mifune||Katsumi Chō||長 克巳||Chō Katsumi|
|Sasuke Uchiha||うちはサスケ||Uchiha Sasuke||Noriaki Sugiyama||杉山 紀彰||Sugiyama Noriaki|