Naruto gathers his friends and tells them that he will defeat Sasuke alone. Meanwhile, the Elders of the Leaf officially nominate Kakashi to become the next Hokage.
In Mount Myoboku, Gerotora, Fukasaku, and the Great Lord Elder are debating whether to give Naruto the key to the Tetragram Seal left behind by Jiraiya, an act that could unleash the Nine Tails.
At Mount Myoboku, Naruto prepares to store Gerotora within himself, but hesitates as it also holds the potential risk of unleashing the Nine Tails on the world.
The denizens of the Leaf Village ready themselves for the coming of the Fourth Great Ninja War.
Tsunade sends out Naruto under the guise of a top-secret mission to keep him hidden away from the Akatsuki. Unfortunately, Naruto, Yamato, Gai, and Aoba are stuck at the pier due to a report of a monster attacking ships.
During their voyage, Naruto, Yamato, Gai, and Aoba stop at an island to recover from severe seasickness. There, they unexpectedly meet up with Sakura, Ino, and Choji, who are on an assignment to gather medical herbs for Tsunade.
Naruto's ship is stranded at sea due to heavy fog, when another ship suddenly appears.
Pirates living on an island resembling a battleship open fire on Naruto's ship.
Going after Guy, who was whisked away by a giant bird, Naruto, Yamato, and Aoba arrive on an island where they spot a young woman.
Guy recalls the time when he and Lee celebrated Lee learning the Hidden Lotus technique.
Making a stop at a nearby port to stock up on supplies, Naruto buys a rare mushroom from a vegetable merchant. But soon after they set sail for their next destination, Naruto and the other crewmembers find their ship infested with poisonous mushrooms.
Naruto's Shadow Clones turn against their master after feeling mistreated and overworked.
As he prepares for the coming war, Shikamaru begins to feel the pressure of shouldering the lives of his friends. To help ease his mind, Shikaku sends his son on a mission to Mokuzu Island where Shikamaru meets up with Naruto.
Hinata's father Hiashi summons the Hyuga clan to discuss the role they will be playing in the upcoming Fourth Great Ninja War.
Naruto and the others encounter a thief who claims that he is Naruto Uzumaki of the Hidden Leaf. The real Naruto easily takes care of the imposter and hands him over to a ninja who was after the thief.
Konohamaru is eager to fight alongside his senior ninja in the coming war, but his young age prevents him from being assigned to the battlefield.
Naruto meets two kunoichi ninja named Shizuka and Tokiwa from the Nadeshiko village who are seeking the student of Jiraiya.
At the Ninja Academy, Shino recounts the time when he failed to capture a wanted thief.
Tenten is helping out Lee's training to enhance his Eight Inner Gates.
While taking a walk through the Leaf Village, Sai comes across some kids who remind him of Sakura and Naruto.
Ino, Choji, and Shikamaru run into Kosuke, an elderly genin who they saved in a previous mission.
Kiba trains hard to catch up to Naruto, who is now hailed as the hero of the Leaf Village, but with little success. Feeling desperate, Kiba asks Kakashi if he could train him.
As the Leaf ninja's ship heads toward their final stop for supplies before entering the Land of Lightning, Yamato warns the crew to stay alert for enemies who could mimic both the appearance and chakra of their closest allies.
During his final stop for supplies on an island in the Land of Water, Naruto runs into Akatsuchi and Kurotsuchi of the Hidden Stone, who are on an assignment to deliver a letter from the Tsuchikage addressed to the Mizukage.