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The '''Sasuke Retrieval Team''' was an emergency-response team formed because of [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s defection from [[Konohagakure]] to [[Otogakure]]. Because of the [[A-rank]] nature of the mission, the retrieval team would ordinarily have been composed of [[chūnin]] and [[jōnin]], however, because Konoha was still suffering from a loss in manpower due to the attempted [[invasion of Konoha|invasion]], the [[Fifth Hokage]] was only able to send minimal forces. She handed leadership of the squad to [[Shikamaru Nara]] — making it his first mission since being promoted to chūnin — and allowed him to recruit as many [[genin]] as he liked within half an hour. The team's mission was the basis for the [[Sasuke Retrieval Arc]].
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The '''Sasuke Recovery Team''' was an emergency-response team formed with the purpose of stopping [[Sasuke Uchiha]] from defecting to [[Otogakure]].
   
For the purpose of the mission Shikamaru after careful analysis came up with a strategy he thought would best fit the strong points of the team he had. The formation for pursuing Sasuke and his escorts, the [[Sound Four]], was designed to be able to react to an enemy attack from any angle as quickly as possible. The members were organised in this order:
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==Formation==
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Although [[Konohagakure]] emerges victorious from the [[Konoha Crush]], the village suffers numerous causalities during the failed invasion. In order to keep up its previous [[mission]]-load and thereby avoid appearing weak, most of Konoha's [[chūnin]] and [[jōnin]] are given increased workloads that take them away from the village, leaving Konoha itself greatly understaffed. For this reason, when Konoha is made aware that [[Sasuke Uchiha]] has joined forces with [[Orochimaru]], the [[Fifth Hokage]] is unable to assign the personnel appropriate to the mission's [[A-rank]] nature. Her only option is [[Shikamaru Nara]] - only recently promoted to chūnin - and whatever [[genin]] he can assemble in half-an-hour.
   
* Kiba and Akamaru, who would lead the group, track Sasuke's scent and check out the enemies' scent to evade booby traps as they have the most familiarity with the [[Land of Fire]]'s terrain. Kiba had to be looking straight ahead. With the help of Akamaru, Kiba would be good to watch up front if an enemy did a frontal attack.
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The Hokage recommends [[Naruto Uzumaki]] to Shikamaru. Shikamaru also insists on recruiting [[Chōji Akimichi]] over Naruto's protests. When Naruto recommends [[Shino Aburame]], [[Kiba Inuzuka]] appears and explains that Shino is away on a mission; Kiba and his partner, [[Akamaru]], volunteer in Shino's place. [[Rock Lee]] overhears about the mission and, unable to accompany them himself, recommends [[Neji Hyūga]]. [[Sakura Haruno]] approaches the team as they leave Konoha, but Shikamaru refuses her assistance, explaining that her own attempts to convince Sasuke to stay failed the night before and that the only remaining option is use of force, a task Sakura is unsuited for.
* Shikamaru, who would be able to give orders quickly based on how any situation encountered by Kiba unfolded. Shikamaru had to look ahead too, but with a wider range than Kiba and Akamaru.
 
* Naruto, who has quick reaction was in the middle. With his [[Shadow Clone Technique]] he would be able to aid the front or the rear in an emergency. Naruto had to be watching left.
 
* Chōji, being the bulkiest in the group, would be the final blow after a surprise attack. Chōji had to be watching right.
 
* Neji, who would take care of the rear thanks to the [[Byakugan]]. Neji would be watching the back and taking care of any blind spots in the formation.
 
   
[[File:Formation For The Sasuke Retrival Squad.PNG|thumb|left|The Sasuke Retrieval Team formation strategy.]]
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[[File:Formation For The Sasuke Retrival Squad.PNG|thumb|The Sasuke Recovery Team formation strategy.]]
Before departing, Shikamaru stated that he refused to take [[Sakura Haruno]] with him, because he heard that she failed to persuade Sasuke from leaving, and that bringing her will only hinder the team.
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To follow Sasuke's trail, Shikamaru devises a travel formation to take special advantage of each member's unique skill-set in the case of an ambush:
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#Kiba and Akamaru would lead the group, tracking Sasuke's scent and using their familiarity with the [[Land of Fire]]'s terrain to spot booby traps. Both look straight ahead.
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#Shikamaru would follow behind Kiba, quickly providing orders as the situation calls for it. He also looks ahead, but with a wider range than Kiba and Akamaru.
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#Naruto would be in the middle, ready to react to any threats with his [[shadow clone]]s. He watches the left.
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#Chōji, the physically strongest, would deliver the final blow during any surprise attacks. He watches the right.
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#Neji takes the rear, watching their backs and any other blindspots in their formation with his [[Byakugan]].
   
The squad pursued the Sound Four and Sasuke for some time, growing smaller as its members broke up into one-on-one fights with the Sound Four and then their fifth member, [[Kimimaro]]. Chōji and Neji both ended up near death after defeating their opponents, [[Jirōbō]] and [[Kidōmaru]]. Kiba and Akamaru were nearly killed by [[Sakon]] and [[Ukon]], but were saved by the timely intervention of [[Kankurō]]. This situation was repeated with Shikamaru being saved by [[Temari]] from [[Tayuya]]. Naruto engaged Kimimaro in battle for a while but was not a match for him. Though unofficially a member, [[Rock Lee]] would later join the group in time to save Naruto from Kimimaro and allow him continue pursuing Sasuke. [[Gaara]], in turn, saved Rock Lee, and both were then saved by Kimimaro's succumbing to disease. When Naruto faced off with Sasuke the battle ended in Sasuke's favour, but he chose not kill Naruto. In the end, the mission was a failure, as Sasuke successfully joined up with [[Orochimaru]].
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==Mission==
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The Recovery Team finds Sasuke's escorts, the [[Sound Four]], resting after an encounter with the [[Konoha Special Mission Platoon]]. As they approach the Sound Four's location, they narrowly avoid several booby traps and setting off a security measure meant to detect intruders. Shikamaru devises a plan where they deliberately alert the Sound Four to their presence, lowering their guard by appearing incompetent. While they Sound Four apprehends them, Kiba detonates a [[smoke bomb]], allowing Shikamaru to capture the four with his [[Shadow Imitation Technique]]. The plan works, but Shikamaru did not account for the presence of [[Ukon]]: Ukon attacks Shikamaru, forcing him to release the others and enabling [[Jirōbō]] to [[Earth Release Barrier: Earth Prison Dome of Magnificent Nothingness|imprison them]].
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The Recovery Team is able to escape from Jirōbō's prison. Jirōbō, who stayed behind to make sure the rest of the Sound Four wouldn't be followed, blocks all their attempts to give chase. Chōji volunteers to fight Jirōbō so that the others can go on ahead and, after they're gone, eventually succeeds in killing Jirōbō, but he's too exhausted by the fight to rejoin the team. When the others catch up with the remaining Sound Four they try to get close by [[Transformation Technique|impersonating]] Jirōbō, but the ruse is discovered and they are captured by [[Kidōmaru]]'s webbing. Neji is uniquely able to neutralize Kidōmaru's webs, so he volunteers to deal with him while the others continue the pursuit. Before they go, Neji warns that their team will probably continue needing to be split up like this. Neji, like Chōji, eventually kills Kidōmaru and, like Chōji, cannot rejoin the team afterwards because of injuries he sustained.
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The rest of the Recovery Team is able to overtake and block the progress of [[Tayuya]], [[Sakon]], and Ukon. Naruto and Shikamaru are able to secure the coffin that Sasuke is being transported in, but Kiba and Akamaru and Sakon and Ukon are separated from their teams. Naruto attempts to escape with Sasuke while Shikamaru deals with Tayuya, but Sasuke is taken from him by [[Kimimaro]], another of Orochimaru's subordinates. Naruto goes after him, but Sasuke emerges from the coffin soon afterwards and begins traveling towards Orochimaru alone. Naruto cannot follow until Rock Lee arrives to help, keeping Kimimaro distracted. Despite brief successes in their respective fights, Kiba, Shikamaru, and Lee are nearly killed by their opponents, saved only by the timely arrival of the [[Three Sand Siblings]], whose backup was requested by the Hokage. [[Kankurō]] kills Sakon and Ukon, [[Temari]] kills Tayuya, and [[Gaara]] keeps Kimimaro at bay until he dies of a preexisting illness.
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Naruto follows Sasuke to the [[Valley of the End]], the border point between the Lands of Fire and [[Land of Sound|Sound]]. When he can't convince Sasuke to return to Konoha, the two engage in combat. In the end, Naruto is unwilling to kill Sasuke and loses consciousness. Sasuke, despite several attempts during the battle to kill Naruto, spares him and continues on to Orochimaru. His progress is slow due to fatigue from the battle, but he eventually reaches his destination, rendering the Recovery Team's mission a failure.
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==Aftermath==
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The Hokage eventually sends Konoha's [[Medic Corps]] after the Recovery Team to provide aid to its members. Chōji, left near-death from his use of the [[Three Coloured Pills]], is cured by the Hokage with help from the [[Nara clan]]'s medicinal research. Neji, despite severe injuries, is fully healed due to constant care with the [[Healing Resuscitation Regeneration Technique]]. Kiba and Akamaru are treated by [[Hana Inuzuka]]; though both will have long recovery periods, neither has life-threatening injuries. Shikamaru, whose only injury was a self-inflicted dislocated finger, contemplates giving up the shinobi life because of how disastrous the mission went, but is convinced to use it as a learning experience instead by [[Shikaku|his father]].
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Naruto is recovered by [[Kakashi Hatake]]; Kakashi considers following Sasuke, but Naruto needs his attention and a rainstorm masks Sasuke's scent anyway. Once he's better, Naruto opts to leave Konoha to train with [[Jiraiya]], intent on improving his abilities enough to bring Sasuke home.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* The Sasuke Retrieval Squad had their own splash page in the manga, in [[The Shinobi of Konohagakure…!!|chapter 188]].
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* Even though he was away from the village at the time and couldn't possibly have helped, [[Shino Aburame]] remains bitter even years later that he wasn't invited to join the team. He believes Sasuke would have been stopped had he been present.<ref>Chapter 394, page 17</ref><ref>Chapter 395, page 5</ref>
* In Part II during their search for Sasuke as part of the [[Eight Man Squad]], it was revealed that [[Shino Aburame]] held a grudge about not being on the team, even though he was away on a mission with his father at the time.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 394, page 17</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 395, page 5</ref>
 
   
 
== References ==
 
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Sasuke Recovery Team
Sasuke Recovery team
Sasuke Recovery Team (サスケ奪回チーム, Sasuke Dakkai Chīmu)
Debut
Manga Volume #21, Chapter #182
Anime Naruto Episode #110
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
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The Sasuke Recovery Team was an emergency-response team formed with the purpose of stopping Sasuke Uchiha from defecting to Otogakure.

FormationEdit

Although Konohagakure emerges victorious from the Konoha Crush, the village suffers numerous causalities during the failed invasion. In order to keep up its previous mission-load and thereby avoid appearing weak, most of Konoha's chūnin and jōnin are given increased workloads that take them away from the village, leaving Konoha itself greatly understaffed. For this reason, when Konoha is made aware that Sasuke Uchiha has joined forces with Orochimaru, the Fifth Hokage is unable to assign the personnel appropriate to the mission's A-rank nature. Her only option is Shikamaru Nara - only recently promoted to chūnin - and whatever genin he can assemble in half-an-hour.

The Hokage recommends Naruto Uzumaki to Shikamaru. Shikamaru also insists on recruiting Chōji Akimichi over Naruto's protests. When Naruto recommends Shino Aburame, Kiba Inuzuka appears and explains that Shino is away on a mission; Kiba and his partner, Akamaru, volunteer in Shino's place. Rock Lee overhears about the mission and, unable to accompany them himself, recommends Neji Hyūga. Sakura Haruno approaches the team as they leave Konoha, but Shikamaru refuses her assistance, explaining that her own attempts to convince Sasuke to stay failed the night before and that the only remaining option is use of force, a task Sakura is unsuited for.

Formation For The Sasuke Retrival Squad

The Sasuke Recovery Team formation strategy.

To follow Sasuke's trail, Shikamaru devises a travel formation to take special advantage of each member's unique skill-set in the case of an ambush:

  1. Kiba and Akamaru would lead the group, tracking Sasuke's scent and using their familiarity with the Land of Fire's terrain to spot booby traps. Both look straight ahead.
  2. Shikamaru would follow behind Kiba, quickly providing orders as the situation calls for it. He also looks ahead, but with a wider range than Kiba and Akamaru.
  3. Naruto would be in the middle, ready to react to any threats with his shadow clones. He watches the left.
  4. Chōji, the physically strongest, would deliver the final blow during any surprise attacks. He watches the right.
  5. Neji takes the rear, watching their backs and any other blindspots in their formation with his Byakugan.

MissionEdit

The Recovery Team finds Sasuke's escorts, the Sound Four, resting after an encounter with the Konoha Special Mission Platoon. As they approach the Sound Four's location, they narrowly avoid several booby traps and setting off a security measure meant to detect intruders. Shikamaru devises a plan where they deliberately alert the Sound Four to their presence, lowering their guard by appearing incompetent. While they Sound Four apprehends them, Kiba detonates a smoke bomb, allowing Shikamaru to capture the four with his Shadow Imitation Technique. The plan works, but Shikamaru did not account for the presence of Ukon: Ukon attacks Shikamaru, forcing him to release the others and enabling Jirōbō to imprison them.

The Recovery Team is able to escape from Jirōbō's prison. Jirōbō, who stayed behind to make sure the rest of the Sound Four wouldn't be followed, blocks all their attempts to give chase. Chōji volunteers to fight Jirōbō so that the others can go on ahead and, after they're gone, eventually succeeds in killing Jirōbō, but he's too exhausted by the fight to rejoin the team. When the others catch up with the remaining Sound Four they try to get close by impersonating Jirōbō, but the ruse is discovered and they are captured by Kidōmaru's webbing. Neji is uniquely able to neutralize Kidōmaru's webs, so he volunteers to deal with him while the others continue the pursuit. Before they go, Neji warns that their team will probably continue needing to be split up like this. Neji, like Chōji, eventually kills Kidōmaru and, like Chōji, cannot rejoin the team afterwards because of injuries he sustained.

The rest of the Recovery Team is able to overtake and block the progress of Tayuya, Sakon, and Ukon. Naruto and Shikamaru are able to secure the coffin that Sasuke is being transported in, but Kiba and Akamaru and Sakon and Ukon are separated from their teams. Naruto attempts to escape with Sasuke while Shikamaru deals with Tayuya, but Sasuke is taken from him by Kimimaro, another of Orochimaru's subordinates. Naruto goes after him, but Sasuke emerges from the coffin soon afterwards and begins traveling towards Orochimaru alone. Naruto cannot follow until Rock Lee arrives to help, keeping Kimimaro distracted. Despite brief successes in their respective fights, Kiba, Shikamaru, and Lee are nearly killed by their opponents, saved only by the timely arrival of the Three Sand Siblings, whose backup was requested by the Hokage. Kankurō kills Sakon and Ukon, Temari kills Tayuya, and Gaara keeps Kimimaro at bay until he dies of a preexisting illness.

Naruto follows Sasuke to the Valley of the End, the border point between the Lands of Fire and Sound. When he can't convince Sasuke to return to Konoha, the two engage in combat. In the end, Naruto is unwilling to kill Sasuke and loses consciousness. Sasuke, despite several attempts during the battle to kill Naruto, spares him and continues on to Orochimaru. His progress is slow due to fatigue from the battle, but he eventually reaches his destination, rendering the Recovery Team's mission a failure.

AftermathEdit

The Hokage eventually sends Konoha's Medic Corps after the Recovery Team to provide aid to its members. Chōji, left near-death from his use of the Three Coloured Pills, is cured by the Hokage with help from the Nara clan's medicinal research. Neji, despite severe injuries, is fully healed due to constant care with the Healing Resuscitation Regeneration Technique. Kiba and Akamaru are treated by Hana Inuzuka; though both will have long recovery periods, neither has life-threatening injuries. Shikamaru, whose only injury was a self-inflicted dislocated finger, contemplates giving up the shinobi life because of how disastrous the mission went, but is convinced to use it as a learning experience instead by his father.

Naruto is recovered by Kakashi Hatake; Kakashi considers following Sasuke, but Naruto needs his attention and a rainstorm masks Sasuke's scent anyway. Once he's better, Naruto opts to leave Konoha to train with Jiraiya, intent on improving his abilities enough to bring Sasuke home.

Trivia Edit

  • Even though he was away from the village at the time and couldn't possibly have helped, Shino Aburame remains bitter even years later that he wasn't invited to join the team. He believes Sasuke would have been stopped had he been present.[1][2]

References Edit

  1. Chapter 394, page 17
  2. Chapter 395, page 5

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