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Volume Fifty-Two Manga Summary
Naruto: VOLUME 52
Title: Sorezore no Dainanahan!! ~ Here's Team 7!!

Chapter 484: "Here's Team 7!!" - Sakura heals an unmoving Karin, who voices a silent plea cursing Sakura for crying, as it's making her cry as well. A distance away, Sasuke chides Kakashi as being unworthy of the Sharingan. Elsewhere Naruto rushes onwards through the forest, considering the advice about how to handle Sasuke given to him by Itachi, Gaara and the Raikage. With their words in mind, he affirms he won't make a decision until he sees Sasuke again. Below the bridge, Sasuke unleashes a Susanoo arrow. The water explodes and Kakashi concludes the attack was so fast he could only warp it away with Kamui. Kakashi asks if that's Susanoo and Sasuke offers disbelief Kakashi could awaken the Mangekyou. Kakashi pleas again for Sasuke to look in his heart, as it can't be totally dark. Sasuke drops his guard and gets a flash of the Konoha Genin. Sasuke yells out that he only sees them laughing, ignorant of the sacrifice Itachi made. He yells that all he hears in their laughter is ridicule, but he'll change it to screams of anguish. As Kakashi watches on, Susanoo grows, gaining armor to resemble Itachi's version. On the bridge, Karin offers that Sasuke has grown so dark that she doesn't recognize him anymore. Sasuke suddenly grabs his eyes in pain and the Susanoo shudders, returning to its skeletal form and then nothing. Sasuke looks on with dim vision, attempting to focus. On the bridge, a healed Karin sits and asks the absent Sakura what she plans to do. Sasuke wipes at his eyes and Kakashi looks on wondering why Sakura came back. Behind Sasuke, on the underneath side of the bridge, Sakura maneuvers with kunai in hand. Thinking that she can't let Kakashi carry the burden she launches herself to stab Sasuke in the back. While she moves, she attempts to affirm herself and thinks back over her promise with the others and her own history with her former teammate. She suddenly stops with the kunai inches away from Sasuke's back, as her drive to kill him fails her. Sasuke quickly turns and grabs her by the throat. Kakashi rushes on, cursing himself that this had to happen during his Mangekyou recovery time. Sasuke grabs the kunai from Sakura's hand and moves to kill her. Before he can do so, Sakura is safely removed from his grip into the protective arms of a kunai grazed Naruto, who turns to make eye contact with Sasuke...

Sasuke & Naruto

Chapter 485: "Close... Yet So Far..." - As the two men lock eyes, Kakashi charges and forces Sasuke to retreat. Kakashi offers that Naruto was an unexpected but welcome arrival. Naruto reminds Sasuke that Sakura was part of Team 7, but the other says he's not part of that team any longer. Naruto explains that he heard about what happened with the Uchiha from Tobi, and he understands why he's doing it. Sasuke tells him to shut it, as he told him once before he would never know his loss. An angered Sakura yells that Naruto still considers him a friend and has faith in him. Sasuke proclaims that he just killed Danzou, and it was like a weight was lifted by helping cleanse the Uchiha name. And he'll realize Konoha's dreams of wiping the Uchiha from everyone's memories by killing every last one of them. Kakashi ponders that Naruto and Sakura don't yet understand how the hatred of the previous era has shaped the Uchiha and Sasuke, but they will in time. Naruto forms a clone but Kakashi tells them to retreat. He offers that the poison kunai Sakura was using wouldn't have been enough anyway, he should handle things. On the bridge, Karin affirms that she's done with Sasuke for good. Down below, Sasuke charges Chidori and approaches his former comrades. Naruto asks Kakashi if he plans to kill Sasuke. His former sensei does not answer, causing Naruto's clone to grab and hold him. Naruto himself charges Sasuke with Rasengan and the two men move to connect their strikes. In an alternate plane, Naruto and Sasuke stand staring at each other. Naruto explains that he grew up hated because of the Kyuubi and wanted revenge. One wrong move and he could have ended up like Sasuke is now, but he found people who cared for him. Naruto explains how he saw they were similar, he was jealous, but he also wanted to be just like Sasuke. In the end, he's glad they met. Sasuke warns him again that he'll kill him and everyone in the village. So, Sasuke explains, he has a choice, Naruto can kill him or be killed. Naruto says he'll be neither, as the attacks explode he offers that he'll...

Sasuke & Naruto

Chapter 486: "Fist" - The attacks explode, sending both men flying backwards. Kakashi catches Naruto, while Zetsu arrives to protect Sasuke. He reveals he was sent by Madara to monitor Sasuke. Naruto announces that he now knows for sure what to do. Elsewhere Madara ponders that he'll need to collect the Rinnegan before the war breaks out and Zetsu's clone emerges to fill him in on the current predicament. Kakashi asks Naruto what he means and the young man stares intently at his former teammate. Madara swirls into view and chides Sasuke for not resting. He notices Naruto and says they can fight properly later. Zetsu creates clones and offers that they should take the Kyuubi, but Madara offers that Zetsu is not a good match up for Naruto, Sasuke can handle it later. He then directs Zetsu to rejoin his black half and find Kisame. Naruto walks forward and announces he has something to say. Madara motions for them to go but Sasuke asks for him to wait. Naruto asks if Sasuke remembers what he said at the Valley of the End, how first class ninja could see what is in their opponent's heart by just exchanging blows once? Naruto offers that he saw what was in Sasuke's heart, but did Sasuke see what was in his? If they fight, they'll both die. Naruto explains to Sasuke that if he attacks Konoha, Naruto will shoulder his hatred and die with him. Sasuke demands to know why he would do that? Naruto says it's because they're friends, and they can see what is in the other's heart with fists alone. He offers that he's not giving up on Sasuke, but he's not going to bother trying to change his mind with words. And if they both die, they'll be free of the burden of “Uchiha” and “Kyuubi”. Sasuke retorts that he doesn't plan to die and doesn't want to understand. Kakashi tells Naruto not to throw his life away, but Naruto offers that he can't become Hokage if he can't even save one friend. He'll fight Sasuke...


Chapter 487: "The Battle Begins...!!" - Sasuke chuckles, offering that he'll kill Naruto first. Sakura chastises herself for being too weak to carry out her plans, and concludes she must believe in both Naruto and Sasuke. Kakashi tells Sakura to take care of his body, as he'll take out Madara with his Mangekyou. Madara says that would be useless and that it's time to go. Looking towards Naruto with dim vision, Sasuke tells Madara he wants to speak with him. The Akatsuki swirl away and Naruto offers that he'll be ready. At the Akatsuki base, Sasuke declares that he wants Itachi's eyes. Madara says that's to be expected with Sasuke's extensive Susanoo usage. He then asks what changed Sasuke's mind? Sasuke affirms that he wants to destroy Naruto at full power, as it’s the only way to reject everything Naruto stands for. Back at the bridge, Sakura internally thanks Naruto... who suddenly fall unconscious with a foamy mouth. Sakura and Kakashi realize it’s from the poison kunai which grazed Naruto's cheek. With an antidote administered, Sakura apologizes to Naruto. Kakashi hoists Karin onto his back and warns her not to try anything. She asks why she would even bother and then mulls over finally meeting Naruto. At Kumo, Raikage and Killer Bee are happily greeted by a gathering of Cloud ninja, including a crying Omoi. Omoi asks what the thing on Bee's back is, and the Jinchuuriki explains that it's a Mist Seven Sword that's taken a liking to him. Back at the battlefield where Kisame died, White and Black Zetsu bury Kisame’s body. Black Zetsu affirms that he recorded the battle and White asks where Samehada is. Black explains that the Hachibi took it and White asks if that means... In Kumo, inside Samehada's mouth lurks a hidden Kisame. Kisame calculates that he'll have to be very careful from here, remembering how Madara ordered him to hunt the Hachibi carefully. Madara directs him to use White Zetsu's perfect clone making abilities to act as a diversion. This will give him the chance to sneak into the Lighting Country. Kisame contemplates that he never would have guess Samehada would betray him, but it made it easier for him to sneak in anyway. The Zetsus offer that the Cloud sensor ninja can't detect Kisame, probably because Samehada always used Kisame's chakra. White Zetsu offers that it wasn't easy switching places with Kisame, and the Black directs them to remerge and feed. Elsewhere, ninja from Waterfall rush an industrial hallway. They desperately look back to locate their pursuer. Snakes quickly dart out to encircle them and the cloaked figure offers that he's still getting use to his new powers. With Orochimaru-style eyes and scaled skin, Kabuto smiles and offers that it's probably time to move...

Chapter 488: "The Villages" - On TV monitors, the five feudal lords of the great shinobi nations debate signing off on the ninja village alliance. The Water lord is hesitant, but finally relents when the other nations authorize the joint force. Tenga, who administrated the taping of the meeting, declares the force approved. Elsewhere Kakashi shows where he stashed their sleeping comrades, and directs Sakura to apologize profusely when they waken. Naruto walks over to Lee and promptly collapses to sleep beside him. Sakura yells at him, but Karin offers that she's the one who poisoned the kunai which affected him. Sakura is shamed into silence but smiles. In Suna, Kiri and Tsuchi the Kages return and are greeted with news of the feudal lords approval. Back in the forest, Kiba yells about everyone being selfish. Naruto tells him to quit whining but Kiba retorts that Naruto has been whining since Sasuke left the first time. Sai chimes in with his own view point and soon the young men are trading verbal barbs. Looking at Naruto, Karin considers how Naruto is the exact opposite of Sasuke, so warm and bright. She's suddenly shaken by a sense of evil deep inside Naruto. Three cloaked figures arrive, and ask Sai what happened. Sai identifies them as Root and states that with their tongue seals gone, it can only mean Danzou is dead. For that reason Root should talk with their new Hokage. Back in Konoha, Shizune calls out Tsunade's name from her side. Some time later, the Leaf rookies discuss Naruto's decision to fight Sasuke alone. Shikamaru asks Naruto if he's trying to protect Sasuke, but Naruto says no. The others chime in demanding to know why he couldn't have taken out Sasuke but Naruto says it's not that easy, he couldn't defeat Sasuke at his current level. He states he's the only one who can face Sasuke, and he can only explain it when the time is right. Sakura wonders what he is hiding and Naruto excuses himself to get some ramen. Elsewhere in the village, Koharu and Homura acknowledge to Kakashi that they need a leader going into the alliance, so they'll accept his appointment as Kage. Kakashi accepts and a short time later he stands before the Fire Daimyou. The lord begins his official declaration but is suddenly interrupted by a runner bringing urgent news. Back in Konoha, Shizune and fellow medical ninja cry. Shizune moves to embrace Tsunade and the newly awakened and rejuvenated Hokage chides Shizune for squeezing too hard. At Akatsuki's base, Madara warns that Sasuke will need time to recuperate and asks if he's in pain? With bandages over his eyes, Sasuke smiles and states he can feel Itachi's power flowing into his own, making him stronger...

Alliance Ninja

Chapter 489: "The Brink of the Great Ninja World War...!!" - Gerotora asks Oogamasennin if he should really be given to Naruto as Jiraiya wished. The great toad sennin asks that Naruto be brought before him for a future foretelling. In Konoha, Karin cries to her interrogators about how she was exploited by Orochimaru and Sasuke. Some of the interrogators express sympathy but Ibiki asks that she cut the crap and warns his men to not fall for her tears. Karin stops her crying and offers that she'll talk in exchange for food. At the Hokage residence, Shizune warns the famished Tsunade to slow down in her eating, but the Hokage continues to power through her meal. Kakashi enters and explains how he was close to becoming Hokage, but surmises he wasn't fit for the position anyway. He goes on to explain that Madara is behind Akatsuki and Tsunade directs everyone to prepare for the alliance. At Ichiraku, Naruto happily exclaims hearing that Tsunade has recovered. Sakura smiles and Teuchi says such news means the ramen is on the house. Later at the war planning session, Tsunade and the council directs the gathered ninja on how to prepare for the upcoming conflict. Shikaku offers to Shikamaru that he feels his son is still too young but he'll need to pay attention. Shikamaru offers that he's ready and memorizing everything. At Ichiraku, Teuchi sets down a bowl and Naruto happily thanks him for his meal. He suddenly poofs away and begins to gulp down his meal. The taste shocks him into noticing he's now at Shima's dinner table. The toad exclaims happiness that Naruto finally likes her worm soup. Naruto asks why he's there and Fukasaku explains how he reverse summoned Naruto so he could see the great sennin. A short time later Naruto greets the toad who asks who he is again? Naruto explains who he is and the sage apologizes. He declares that Naruto will meet an octopus and then battle a young man with powerful eyes. Naruto interjects that he knows about the latter part and the toad sage asks if he knows what he is? Naruto offers that he's prepared and the great toad states that he also foresaw Gerotora being given to Naruto. Gerotora reluctantly accepts the decision and unfurls himself for Naruto. Naruto asks what the scroll is and the toad explains how it's a seal which could fully release the Kyuubi, and it's the key to finishing "that jutsu" if he wanted. Elsewhere Anko and her team inspect the fallen bodies of the Waterfall ninja killed by Kabuto. They debate why he would leave the bodies behind and Anko wonders aloud who he will go after next. Elsewhere Kabuto offers that he thought he should first greet Tobi, or should he call him Madara? Madara voices surprise that he was found, but Kabuto offers that he has been a spy for numerous villages and people. Madara offers that should be expected then, since he was Sasori's spy and a traitor to Akatsuki. He jumps to attack so Kabuto retreats and form hand seals. Suddenly five coffins spring from the ground before him and Madara exclaims surprise at the jutsu known only to Orochimaru and the Second Hokage. From the coffins steps the resurrected cloaked forms of Nagato, Deidara, Kakuzu, Sasori and Itachi. Kabuto offers that he perfected Edo Tensei and is doing it now just for Madara as a sign of his power and trust. Madara asks him why use it if not to fight? Kabuto declares he would like to join forces...

Chapter 490: "The Truth of the Kyuubi!!" - Madara asks what's in it for him and Kabuto explains how his forces will be bolstered with the resurrected Akatsuki members. Madara asks what Kabuto wants and the man answers that he wants Sasuke, to help answer his questions about Ninjutsu. Madara asks what happens if he declines, which causes Kabuto to call forth another coffin, the unseen contents of which surprises a disbelieving Madara. Madara asks how he managed such a feat but Kabuto answers that Madara knows, but to rest easy, he hasn't told a soul. Madara laughs and calls Kabuto shrewd. Not wanting to further hamper his plans, he agrees on one condition, giving up Sasuke only after his plan is complete. Kabuto accepts and reseals the sixth coffin. Elsewhere Anko and her team continue to track Kabuto’s trail of corpses and debate whether they're being led into a trap. Anko asks a Hyuuga team member to scan ahead. He does so and is surprised to reveal he found Kabuto and also Madara nearby. They ponder if Kabuto lead them to Madara and Anko declares they have to inform Konoha immediately. At Myouboku, Fukasaku asks Naruto why he hasn't touched the scroll seal yet. Gerotora offers further explanation, stating the Kyuubi's power works on two levels, chakra and mind. When chakra is pulled out, some of the Kyuubi’s will comes along as well. When too much power is drawn, the fox’s willpower will fill Naruto's heart with darkness. So Naruto has to have a strong enough will to fully overcome the Kyuubi's. Currently only a little chakra is released through the seal, but the scroll key can unlock the full thing. And should the Kyuubi's will totally take over, it would be reborn. The two toads then discuss how Jiraiya attempted to tweak the seal when he was training with Naruto, which failed and caused Naruto to lose control. Naruto offers that it also happened when he fought Orochimaru; he lost control and hurt Sakura. From that point on he swore to use his own power. But when he saw Hinata also get hurt, he totally lost control until the Fourth closed the seal again. He concludes though that he can't escape who he is and that he’ll need the Kyuubi's power to fight Sasuke. Thinking back to his dad, Naruto reaches out and touches the key, promising that he's now ready to learn how to control the seal. Naruto offers that he's all theirs now and it's time to find the octopus. In Kumo, plans are made in a meeting for the coalition and Bee writes in his notebook. With Samehada leaning next to his table, he debates new lyrics for his rhymes, pondering how well -tebayo would work as an ending. From his hidden location, Kisame remarks happily that he now knows Kumo's strength thanks to Bee's stupidity. Bee decides the "-tebayo" sucks while Shii concludes his organizational statements. Raikage approves of the plan and directs his ninja to dispatch word to the other villages; they'll conduct a joint meeting with them in three days time...

Killer Bee

Chapter 491: "Jinchuuriki Confined!!" - At Myouboku, Gerotora crawls down the throat of a gagging Naruto. As tears and drool flow, Naruto finally manages to swallow the key scroll toad. Naruto asks Oogamasennin for a hint about finding the octopus, and the elder offers that he'll be found at a solitary island, a paradise for all manner of creatures. Naruto imagines a tropical resort and happily affirms his understanding. Fukasaku forms a hand seal and Naruto instantly returns to his seat at Ichiraku, surprising fellow patrons. The patrons recognize Naruto and ask for autographs. Naruto blushes and offers that he's not used to that type of reaction. Teuchi smiles at the villager's change in opinion towards Naruto and interjects that they'll get nothing until Naruto can finish his ramen. Naruto exclaims happily that he can finally eat and we advance in time three days to the Kage meeting. Raikage offers that everyone arrived early and Gaara says such haste is needed. Tsuchikage asks Tsunade if she's still capable of acting at Hokage at her age and she questions such words coming from him. Mizukage suggests Tsunade is a welcome presence over Danzou. Mifune calls the meeting to order and Tsunade reveals they may have found Akatsuki's base but need more information. Raikage offers that they're also gathering intel, which Mizukage suggests would go better if they unify those forces. Tsuchikage suggests that should work and asks where they should hide the Jinchuuriki? Tsunade and the Raikage are thrown by such a suggestion and the Hokage demands to know why they shouldn't use their full strength? Gaara offers that the war is to protect the Jinchuuriki and reminds her that the decisions will be made by majority. This angers Tsunade but Gaara reminds her that he knows Naruto; he'll do stupid things for his comrades which is a problem. Tsunade finally accedes to the position and Tsuchikage offers that she still has fire in her after all. The Raikage suggests they hide the two Jinchuuriki in the Lightning Country, since it has not given rise to any Akatsuki, on an isolated island where he and Bee train. A short time passes and Naruto, Yamato and several other Leaf travel by boat through a foggy sea. Naruto explains to Yamato the octopus prophecy and offers approval at being sent on a secret mission to a paradise like the elder foretold. Yamato ponders that Naruto doesn't yet realize the true nature of the trip and a Cloud ninja announces they have arrived. As the fog clears Naruto smiles in excitement... which is suddenly shattered by the jagged peaks, roars and skeletons he sees on the violent island before him. The Cloud offers that it's like their Forest of Death; it's a refuge for the animals that live there. Naruto angrily yells to the elder that this is no paradise. As the Cloud begins to offer a warning, gigantic tentacles rise from the water around them. Naruto raises his arms in amazement and asks for direction but Yamato identifies the beast as a squid. Naruto is confused and the Cloud ninja warns this was what they should watch out for. Naruto begins to count the tentacles and Yamato warns that it's not the right number, they should take it out. Naruto says they should make sure, as squid have ten tentacles and octopi eight. He's soon grabbed by a tentacle and flung into the air. Suddenly Hachibi locks tentacles with the creature and raps that the squid should watch himself. The Leaf are thrown by the new arrival and Naruto happily announces it has the correct number of arms. The Cloud identifies Killer Bee and Yamato is shocked at his appearance. Emerging from Hachibi, Bee rhymes that the fools are late!

Chapter 492: "Greetings" - Killer Bee lands on the deck with Samehada in tow and Naruto offers his thanks which ends in his traditional "dattebayo". Bee looks to his lyric book and to the crossed out "-tebayo". He offers a rhyme about being wary of Naruto, who in turn has second thoughts about Bee's weird nature. The Kumo ninja explains how Bee developed enka rap and another ninja named Motoi greets them from shore. From within the ship, Aoba assists a seasick Guy. A short time later the Leaf and Cloud are ashore and a gigantic gorilla roars at them. Bee tells the beast to calm down and exchanges fist bumps with him. The Kumo ninja explains how Bee tamed all the wild animals; he also reveals the island has a barrier which will alert them if anyone appears. Naruto asks who the guy is anyway? Motoi reveals that he's Killer Bee, the Hachibi Jinchuuriki who learned to control his Bijuu and its power on this very island. A short time later Naruto knocks on the door to Bee's living quarters. Bee answers and asks if Naruto wants an autograph. Naruto demands the man train him, explaining that he's the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki. Bee says he's on vacation, why waste it training? Naruto affirms that they're both Jinchuuriki and the he needs his help. Bee states Naruto has the right attitude, but is he a bad enough guy to handle it? Naruto fumbles out a rap asking for help which Bee offers isn't bad. He then states they need to exchange fist bumps first and Naruto happily does so. He offers another rap which realizes too late insults Bee. Bee remains silent and Naruto changes tactics. Forming a hand seal, he transforms into a harem of girls which drape themselves over Bee. The Hachibi Jinchuuriki remains silent and slams the door, leaving a frustrated Naruto behind. Naruto pounds on the door again, wondering if he has the wrong octopus. Motoi finally answers and Naruto asks why Bee won't train him, since he and Bee are both Jinchuuriki. Motoi reacts harshly to what he sees as Naruto's insolence, but Naruto says he knows what Bee went through, he just wants to know why he won't help him. Motoi offers that Bee sees Naruto for who he really is, and asks if Bee greeted him. Naruto says they exchanged fist bumps. Motoi smiles and says he'll take Naruto to where Bee trained. Yamato appears and says he should come along too since he's a Mokuton user. They arrive at the Waterfall of Truth and Motoi directs Naruto to sit on a stone before it. Yamato asks if this is to train the Bijuu, but Motoi offers that part is later. He directs Naruto to close his eyes, so he can see who he truly is. Naruto does so and a voice from the falls asks about the nerve of those Leaf ninja who asked for his autograph, acting like they were his friends. Naruto opens his eyes in shock to see another Naruto with a darker nature emerge from the falls...


Chapter 493: "Dark Naruto!!" - Naruto asks who the man is, and the dark figure replies that he's him. Naruto states he didn't create a clone but the figure says he's the real Naruto, the true self in Naruto's heart. Naruto calls the talk nonsense but the figure reveals he's Naruto's inner hatred, his darkness. And he made one mistake so far, catching the eye of the Kyuubi. Naruto recalls Gerotora's words that the Kyuubi can hijack the hatred in one’s heart. Naruto grasps the figure's nature and the dark Naruto charges. The two exchange blows and Naruto declares the man an imposter. Elsewhere Bee pushes a giant bear out of a sumo ring and chides the creature for being too soft. Hachibi asks Bee why he didn't help the Jinchuuriki. He himself has no love for the Kyuubi, but the kid had potential. He offers that he himself was wild back in the day until he met Bee and even compared to back then, Bee... Bee tells him to shut it and offers that Naruto insulted rap and anyway... We cut back to Naruto who regains his feet as his darker self does the same. Equal in strength, Naruto tries a different approach. He creates a mass of Kage Bunshin; however the darker one does the same, annoying the original Naruto. Yamato asks Motoi what's going on, as Naruto still sits unmoving before the falls. Motoi reveals that the falls reflect one’s inner self in their mind, causing Naruto to fight himself internally. Naruto suddenly wakens and explains to Yamato what he saw. Motoi reveals that Naruto must beat the inner darkness to be able to use the Bijuu's power. Naruto asks how he's supposed to fight someone he's evenly matched with and wonders if Bee would help if asked. He asks Motoi if he can talk about Bee's past, as it may give some training hints. Motoi says he's not comfortable with such talk, but since controlling the Bijuu is important to stabilizing the world, he'll do so. He explains that Bee was made a Jinchuuriki when he was young and the villagers hated and feared him. However Bee didn't get depressed, he always remained cheerful, tried to express himself and appeal to people. He had so much pride because his older brother was the Raikage. He explains how making Jinchuuriki from friends or relatives of the Kage would help ensure their loyalty to the village. So Bee probably wanted to become a great Jinchuuriki for his brother's sake. Bee managed to complete his training at the falls in an instant and Motoi states that he regards him as a hero. Yamato offers that it's nice to hear Bee is beloved. Naruto asks if Motoi can speak to Bee about helping out but the Cloud ninja says he cannot, as he tried to kill Bee. Naruto and Yamato are shocked and ask that didn't he just say he respected Bee? Motoi is silent and Naruto demands to know what happened. Motoi relents for another Jinchuuriki's sake and says the incident was thirty years ago...

Chapter 494: "Killer Bee and Motoi" - Motoi explains how the Hachibi Jinchuuriki could not control the Hachibi, as it would run rampant forcing Sandaime Raikage to subdue it at the cost of removing it from its host. The battles against it cost many lives, including Motoi's father. Yamato asks if that means Bee killed his father? Motoi says no, he and Bee were just boys then. But the village's drive to make use of the Bijuu caused them to select Bee as the next host. After becoming the Hachibi Jinchuuriki, the always smiling Bee tried to remain friendly but Motoi gave him the cold shoulder. Though they were once friends, Motoi states he grew to believe the Hachibi was uncontrollable and blamed it for his father's death. Hidden in robes he attempted to stab Bee in the back with a kunai, but Bee turned and the blade was knocked away by of the swords sheathed on Bee's back. Motoi explains how Bee moved to fist bump but he himself just ran in fright. Bee probably knew it was him and Motoi couldn't bring himself to talk to him again. Over time he watched Bee and he saw how the village also grew to hate and fear him. This hurt Bee and he's never been able to talk to him about his attempt on his life. He's telling Naruto now because he's a Jinchuuriki too. Naruto is shaken with the thought that Motoi is just using him, so he excuses himself. Sitting alone, Naruto thinks back to how he was shunned, but then later praised after defeating Pain. He remembers Gaara's past and eventual rise to Kazekage. He then ponders the favor Kumo now has for Bee and how he's never consciously considered the negative thoughts voiced by the darker version of himself. As Naruto wonders if they actually do trust him a voice screams out. From the sea before him the squid emerges carrying Motoi. Yamato arrives and Naruto looks on while gathering himself. Suddenly he yells out for the Octo-guy to stop, as Motoi trusts and depends on him. Yamato and Motoi are silent in confusion. Yamato yells out to clarify that the monster before them is the squid from earlier, not the Hachibi. Naruto apologizes, thinking that Motoi may have been angered for spilling Motoi's secret. Yamato moves to subdue the beast with wood, while Naruto forms Rasengan. Before he can attack, Hachibi arrives and frees Motoi. A short time later a morose Motoi asks Bee if he knew all along that he tried to kill him, and yet Bee saved him anyway? Bee raises his arm for a fist bump and smiles saying he had no clue... Moved by Bee's compassion to not let anything get him down, Motoi extends his fist to bump and begins to cry.