(サスケは…!?, Sasuke wa…!?)
|Previous||The Preliminaries Completed…!!|
|Arc||Chūnin Exam Arc|
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. He 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.