Sasuke and Shiore engage in combat. After a long and difficult battle, Sasuke seemingly ends the battle with his Fire Release: Dragon Fire Technique to incinerate Shiore. However, the shinobi survives with his face partially melted off, revealing another face underneath. The shinobi reveals himself to be Orochimaru and then extending his neck, bites Sasuke and leaves behind a cursed seal; wishing Sasuke luck in surviving, he leaves. Anko finds Orochimaru and attacks him, intent on killing her former sensei for his crimes, even at the potential cost of her own life, although she fails and Orochimaru escapes.