Naruto wakes up as Kakashi carries him back to Konoha, allowing him to hear about the fates of the rest of the Sasuke Retrieval Team. Tsunade is hard at work trying to save Chōji from the side-effects of the Three Coloured Pills. Kiba and Akamaru, though badly injured, are expected to make a complete recovery. A team of medical-nin is hard at work trying to regenerate Neji's wounds. Shikamaru, having only suffered a dislocated finger, is hit hardest by what happened to his team. He considers giving up on being a ninja since he wasn't able to protect his friends. His father, Shikaku, points out that even if he quits his friends will continue to be put in dangerous situations, but when they are Shikamaru will not be able to help them. Tsunade informs them that the all members of the team will be fine and that Naruto has also been safely recovered. However, since Sasuke escaped, the mission was a failure. Elated that nobody died under his command, Shikamaru vows to not fail again.