The Invisible Dancers
(忍び舞う者たち, Shinobimau Mono-Tachi)
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|Arc||Shinobi World War Arc|
Taka and Orochimaru arrive in Konohagakure as they continue their journey to their destination, sensing Naruto Uzumaki's chakra as they press on at Sasuke Uchiha's behest. Meanwhile on the battlefield, everyone looks on in shock at the shroud that had surrounded Hinata Hyūga, which a wounded C comments on. Advising Naruto of what had happened, Kurama commended Shikaku Nara's analysis of its chakra before telling Naruto, who had gotten the gist of the situation, that using some shadow clones would be fine. Dispersing the clones around the battlefield, Naruto begins tapping the shinobi on the battlefield, thus transferring Kurama's chakra which envelops them in the same manner it did Hinata. Moving to attack once again, the Ten-Tails' tail is rebuffed by Hinata, which leads Hiashi to marvel at the fact that she had used that simple technique, to such devastating effects. Also noticed by Madara Uchiha, Obito Uchiha nonetheless sends out several more of the beast's tails to attack the shinobi which are subsequently blocked by Chōji Akimichi and several other enlarged members of the Akimichi clan. Signalling to his team-mates, Ino Yamanaka and Shikamaru Nara prepare their techniques while remembering the final words their fathers had left them with. Just as Obito was about to fire off several wooden projectiles, Ino is able to take control of the Uchiha once again and veer the attack off-course. Following through with an attempt to instead crush the shinobi with its tail, the beast's body is bound by Shikamaru and several other Nara who boldly declare that their clan wasn't to be underestimated. With Rock Lee mourning the loss of his close friend and comrade, Might Guy and Tenten try to comfort him. Decrying Guy's words as nothing more that the prolonging of a curse, Kakashi and Naruto rebuff Obito's sentiments, and Naruto tells the Uchiha that shinobi were meant to endure and that even if remembering your friends was a curse, he did not care as he wanted to keep the real Neji Hyūga in his heart forever.