|"Taka and Akatsuki"|
|(“鷹”と“暁”, "Taka" to "Akatsuki")|
|Volume||Handing Down Senjutsu…!! (#44)|
|Next||"What is Left Behind"|
|Arc||Fated Battle Between Brothers|
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden #142Naruto Shippūden #152|
Naruto is called to Tsunade's office. There, he finds Team 7 and a number of toads waiting for him. Fukasaku informs him of Jiraiya's death. Elsewhere, Taka has a meeting with Akatsuki. Sasuke states his intentions to kill the leaders of Konoha responsible for the Uchiha's destruction. Akatsuki volunteers to help, but only if Taka captures the Eight-Tails while they handle the Nine-Tails. Afterwards, Tobi speaks with Zetsu, glad to be rid of Itachi at last. He admits that the losses the organisation has suffered have been severe, but that they were worth it to gain Sasuke's loyalty.