|(サスケは…!?, Sasuke wa…!?, Viz: What About Sasuke…?!)|
|Volume||A Splendid Ninja…!! (#10)|
|Previous||"The Preliminaries Completed…!!"|
|Arc||Chūnin Exams (Arc)|
|Japanese||Weekly Shōnen Jump #36-37, 2001 (: August 20, 2001)|
With the preliminaries over, Kakashi leaves to check on Sasuke. The Third Hokage informs the finalists that they will compete in a month's time in a series of one-on-one matches. During this time they can recover from the past few days and prepare for their opponents, having had a chance to see everyone's abilities. Meanwhile, Orochimaru is concerned about Naruto's positive influence over Sasuke and as such the faster they tear both Naruto and Sasuke apart, the better with Orochimaru adding that he must dye Sasuke in his colors. He then instructs Kabuto to kidnap Sasuke for him, or kill Sasuke; whichever Kabuto prefers. Kabuto goes to Sasuke's hospital room and kills all of his Anbu bodyguards. As he holds a scalpel to Sasuke's neck, Kakashi appears and stops him.