White Zetsu's ability to mimic people's appearances has wrought confusion and distrust within the Allied Shinobi Forces. Naruto arrives to assist, and using his sensory powers, he identifies all the disguised White Zetsu clones, changing the tide of the battle.
The reanimated shinobi appearing before Gaara and Ohnoki is revealed to be none other than Madara Uchiha himself…which raises the question of who the masked man claiming to be Madara really is.
The power of the reanimated Madara Uchiha far exceeds what the Allied Forces expected. Despite the difference in power, the Third Tsuchikage, Ohnoki, along with Naruto and Gaara, refuses to give up.
Naruto and Killer Bee face off against the masked man originally thought to be Madara Uchiha, in addition to the reanimated Jinchuriki. Naruto is shocked when he recognizes one of the Jinchuriki.
Naruto and Killer Bee take on the six Reanimated Jinchuriki, who've been equipped with the Rinnegan. Using his past experience from fighting the Six Paths of Pain, Naruto devises a plan to stop the Jinchuriki
Kakashi and Guy arrive in the nick of time to back up Naruto and Killer Bee. The fight intensifies even further when three out of the six Reanimated Jinchuriki enter Tailed Beast State, forcing Naruto and the others to throw in everything they've got.
Naruto finds himself inside Four Tails' inner world, where he promises to free Four Tails from Madara's control. Listening in on their conversation, Nine Tails recalls all the time he has spent sealed inside Naruto.
For years, Naruto was the target of Nine Tails' undying hatred. But their time together has made Nine Tails understand Naruto more than anyone. As Naruto continues to try and free Four Tails from Madara's control, Nine Tails begins to undergo a change.
Naruto uses up the last of his chakra trying to free the Tailed Beasts from Madara's control. When all seems lost, the Nine Tails finally acknowledges Naruto as its jinchuriki and offers its help.
The tide of battle is slowly shifting in the Allied Forces' favor, but many are uncertain that they really stand a chance against Madara Uchiha. To help boost their spirits, Shikaku orders Inoichi to send out a message to every member of the forces.
Suigetsu and Jugo's search for Sasuke leads them to one of Orochimaru's old hideouts where they come across his research data, which could tip the outcome of the Fourth Great War. Meanwhile, Sasuke finally sets out to settle his score with Naruto.
The Five Kage are outmatched by the real Madara Uchiha's devastating attacks. Just when Third Tsuchikage Ohnoki is about to give up, he remembers the words of the previous Tsuchikage.
Tsunade leaves her post as Medic Ninja to join the other Kage in fighting Madara. Meanwhile, Sasuke goes after Itachi and learns that his brother intends on stopping Kabuto's Reanimation Jutsu.
Sasuke and Itachi team up to stop Kabuto's Reanimation Jutsu. But Kabuto's new ability to use Nature Energy has made him a difficult target for the brothers to land their Susano'o attack.
Kabuto attempts to bring Sasuke over to his side by pointing out that they both are fighting for the same goal: to bring down the Leaf Village. But Sasuke quickly rejects him.
Kabuto's past is finally revealed. As child, a woman named Nonou raised Kabuto at an orphanage in the Leaf Village. One day, Danzo and Orochimaru visit the orphanage to provide financial aid under the condition that Nonou work as their spy.
Kabuto's quest to discover his true identity has led him over the years to collect, analyze, and use the abilities of all shinobi within him, including Kimimaro, the Sound Four and Orochimaru.
Itachi activates the Visual Jutsu Izanami to trap Kabuto's mind. Itachi then explains to Sasuke how Izanami was originally developed to keep the Uchiha from abusing the power of Izanagi.
The Five Kage watch helplessly as Madara activates his Perfect Susano'o to destroy them. Meanwhile, Itachi succeeds in undoing Kabuto's Reanimation Jutsu. Before fading away, Itachi reveals to Sasuke the truth behind the Uchiha massacre.
Thanks to Itachi, the Reanimation Jutsu is released, and all the Reanimated Shinobi are returned to their resting places. But to everyone's surprise, the real Madara still remains!
Suigetsu and Jugo finally catch up to Sasuke. In order to learn the truth behind the Leaf's actions, Sasuke decides to resurrect the one man who can help him find the answer—Orochimaru.
Having absorbed the chakras of all nine Tailed Beasts, the Gedo Statue begins its transformation into Ten Tails. Naruto, Killer Bee, Kakashi, and Guy try to destroy the Gedo Statue but are stopped by the masked man who is able to phase through all of their attacks.
Kakashi is disturbed to discover a strange connection between the masked man's Transportation Technique and his own Kamui Jutsu. Naruto throws everything he's got against the masked man and succeeds in shattering his mask. The identity of the masked man is finally revealed!
The identity of the masked man is revealed to be Kakashi's old friend Obito, previously believed to have died in the battle of Kannabi Bridge. Naruto and the others are further shocked when they learn that Obito has been working with Madara Uchiha for years to orchestrate Project Tsuki no Me.
After the Battle of Kannabi Bridge, Obito finds himself inside the hidden lair of Madara Uchiha, who saved the young shinobi's life. There, Obito works to rehabilitate his injured body in the hopes of being reunited with Kakashi and Rin. But when Obito learns that they are in danger, he leaves Madara's hideout to go help his friends and is forced to witness something he does not wish to see…
Obito watches in disbelief as Kakashi kills Rin. Unable to accept the harsh reality, Obito decides to carry out Madara's dream so that he can create an ideal world where Rin still exists. Taking on the name Madara Uchiha, Obito sets out to find Nagato, who possesses the Rinnegan necessary to accomplish project Tsuki-no-me.
Years ago, Yahiko, Nagato, and Konan form the Akatsuki to realize their dream of bringing peace to the Hidden Rain. ...
Danzo deliberately misleads Hanzo, telling him that the Akatsuki are attempting to sabotage the peace talks between the Hidden Rain and Stone. Believing his story, Hanzo sets up a trap to crush the Akatsuki for the sake of his people.