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Standing over Naruto, Sasuke attempts how impressed he was in his opponent's last act before his headband fall off.Refusing to follow the same path as his brother and also remembering what Naruto means to him, Sasuke decides to gain power his own way and heads to Orochimaru.Naruto rebukes his offer, saying that he needs to focus on saving his friend first.
Eavesdropping on them and reluctant to enter until Tsunade arrived to check up on Naruto, Sakura resolves to hide her sadness to cheer her team mate up as he apologizes to her for not keeping his promise.
With Naruto and Sasuke at their peaks of power, the two prepare their final attacks: Naruto's Nine-Tails chakra infused Rasengan and Sasuke's Curse-Mark enhanced Chidori collide and forming a dome around the two boys as they exchanged numerous blows before Sasuke slashes Naruto's chest.
With the last of his strength, Naruto succeeds leaving a deep scratch on Sasuke's headband.
Though seeing the boy's intent foolish, Jiraiya decides to help Naruto and agrees to train him when he is ready.
Elsewhere, as Sasuke arrives to Orochimaru's lair to become his apprentice, the Akatsuki assemble to discuss the new turn of events while their leader tells them that their mission is more vital.
Naruto's Rasengan and Sasuke's Chidori clash, though neither is capable of overpowering the other.