Asuma is mortally wounded and collapses. Shortly thereafter, Ino, Chōji, Aoba and Raidō appear as the team's backup. Hidan and Kakuzu prove to be a match for them too, but they're ordered back to the hideout by their "leader" to seal the Two-Tails. They retreat, warning the group that they will return. Ino tries to treat Asuma with her medical ninjutsu, but fails, as Hidan's attacks had damaged his vital organs. Ino and Chōji burst into tears. Right before he dies, he leaves his students with advice. To Ino, he says not to be beaten by Sakura in ninja skills or romance. He jokes with Chōji, telling him "to try to go on a diet". And to Shikamaru, he whispers who the "king" in Konoha is. After smoking his last cigarette, he dies, and Ino screams, not being able to heal her sensei.