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|Sasuke vs. Danzō…!!|
|(サスケVSダンゾウ…!!, Sasuke Bāsasu Danzō…!!)|
|Previous||Battle of the Death inside the Water Prison!!|
|Volume||51 (Read Online)|
|Next||Everyone of Team 7!!|
|Japanese||April 30, 2010 ISBN (978-4-08-870033-5)|
|English||June 7, 2011 ISBN (978-1-4215-3498-5)|
Sasuke vs. Danzō…!! (サスケVSダンゾウ…!!, Sasuke Bāsasu Danzō…!!) is volume 51 of the Naruto manga.
- His Resolve as the Hokage…!! (火影としての覚悟…!!, Hokage Toshite no Kakugo…!!)
Sai's ink clone tells Naruto about Konoha's resolution to personally eliminate Sasuke. Although Sakura agrees, she could not bring herself to tell Naruto and forbade her escorts from bringing it up. Sai speculates that, due to Sakura's feelings for Sasuke, she plans to kill him herself to not only repent for relying on Naruto for so long, but to make sure Sasuke doesn't sink any lower on the path of darkness. Naruto contemplates all of this, but is interrupted by the arrival of Gaara, who tells them what happened at the Kage Summit, including the actions of Sasuke. Gaara encourages Naruto to give up on Sasuke if he truly wishes to become Hokage. Elsewhere, Tobi confronts Danzō as he returns to Konoha.
- Madara Shows His True Worth!! (マダラの真骨頂!!, Madara no Shinkotchō!!)
Gaara leaves the Konoha ninja. Before he goes he informs Kakashi that he and the other Kage will treat Kakashi as the new Hokage because of Danzō's actions, and he repeats his recommendation for Naruto give up on Sasuke. Elsewhere, Danzō prepares for a battle with Tobi. While he does so, Fū Yamanaka and Torune fight Tobi, but are unable to strike him. They try to hit him at a time when he is solid, but their attacks pass through him and they are ultimately sent away. With them gone, Tobi brings Sasuke and Karin to Danzō, offering to let Sasuke kill him. Danzō accepts the challenge, revealing an arm filled with Sharingan.
- Sasuke vs. Danzō…!! (サスケVSダンゾウ…!!, Sasuke Bāsasu Danzō…!!)
Kakashi prepares to chase after Sakura, knowing that she is currently no match for Sasuke. As Naruto thinks about everything everyone has told him about Sasuke, he begins to hyperventilate and passes out. Elsewhere, Sasuke asks Danzō if it is true that Konoha ordered Itachi to kill the Uchiha clan. Danzō attacks him but is caught by Sasuke's Susanoo. Danzō admits it, then curses Itachi for putting so much importance in Sasuke, even going so far as telling Sasuke a secret that he was supposed to die with. Sasuke crushes him in anger. Despite his apparent death, Danzō appears behind Sasuke and offers to end their conversation.
- Don't Talk about Itachi (イタチを語るな, Itachi o Kataruna)
Sasuke tries attacking Danzō with Susanoo again. Danzō once again appears to die, only to appear elsewhere unharmed. Even Amaterasu does not seem to affect him. Tobi and Karin study his actions to try and determine what he is doing, eventually noticing that the Sharingan eyes on Danzō's arms steadily close. Danzō congratulates Sasuke for, with his Mangekyō Sharingan abilities, earning the status as Itachi's brother. Sasuke is enraged by Danzō's mentioning Itachi and only becomes more determined to kill him. After surviving additional attacks, Danzō is faced by Itachi.
- Sasuke's Susanoo…!! (サスケの"須佐能乎"…!!, Sasuke no "Susanoo"…!!)
Danzō recognises Itachi as a product of Sasuke's genjutsu, though it's vastly inferior to the older brother's Tsukuyomi. He restrains Sasuke and tells him as much, which makes Sasuke angry enough to finally complete his Susanoo. Susanoo fires an arrow at Danzō, who is forced to use the Wood Release abilities that he gained from the implanted DNA of Hashirama to avoid the attack. Since this means he would have died, Sasuke assumes Danzō is now vulnerable and attacks again, only for him to once again survive the attack after seeming to die. Tobi conduces that Danzō is using Izanagi.
- Izanagi (イザナギ, Izanagi)
Izanagi is an illusion that completely alters one's reality so long as one has Sharingan to sacrifice to blindness. Sasuke continues to attack Danzō who, after using Izanagi to survive the attacks, tries to kill Sasuke before he runs out of Sharingan. Once down to his last Sharingan, Danzō clashes blades with Sasuke in a final attempt to finish each other off. They stab each other.
- Sacrifice (犠牲, Gisei)
With both Sasuke and Danzō wounded, the battle is over. Although Danzō believes Izanagi protected him from harm, thus making him the victor, he finds that he has been hurt; Sasuke used a genjutsu to make it look like Izanagi was still active. Karin heals Sasuke's wounds. Badly injured, Danzō loses control of the First Hokage's DNA that allows him to use Wood Release and he is forced to remove his arm. Determined not to lose, Danzō takes Karin hostage to buy his escape. Although Karin thinks that Sasuke will try to save her, Sasuke instead stabs through Karin, fatally wounding both her and Danzō.
- Danzō Dies!! (ダンゾウ死す!!, Danzō Shisu!!)
Karin collapses. Danzō staggers towards Sasuke and Tobi, thinking about how he could never reach the same level as Hiruzen Sarutobi, namely by becoming Hokage. He settles for dying with honour just as Hiruzen did by trying to take Sasuke and Tobi with him. They escape his last attack and Sasuke expresses his desires to continue on to Konoha. As Sakura nears Sasuke's location, she tries to incapacitate her escorts so that she can face him alone, but is stopped by Sai.
- One More Time… (もう一度…, Mō Ichido…)
Naruto wakes up and learns that Kakashi has gone to stop Sakura. He tries to follow, but is stopped by Yamato. Naruto accepts that he cannot go and asks to rest some more, but only takes the opportunity to go anyway. Elsewhere, Sakura manages to knock out Sai and her other escorts. Sai is able to inform Kakashi of her success before passing out. Meanwhile, Tobi advises Sasuke not to go to Konoha since his eyes are on the verge of blindness. He adds that it would be a good idea to finish off Karin. Tobi leaves and Sasuke prepares to kill Karin. He is interrupted by Sakura, who asks to join forces with him.
- Teacher and Student Once More!! (再びの師弟!!, Futatabi no Shitei!!)
Sakura tries to convince Sasuke to let her accompany him, even if it means destroying Konoha. He agrees if she will finish off Karin. Sakura approaches her and tries to come up with a good way to kill Sasuke, but Karin alerts her to Sasuke's own attempts to kill her. She is saved by Kakashi. Kakashi, as Sasuke's teacher, offers to kill him so that Sakura doesn't need to, remembering how Hiruzen had to do the same with Orochimaru. Sakura heals Karin while Kakashi makes one last attempt to convince Sasuke to give up on revenge. He refuses, so they prepare for battle.