The Leaf Village is left in ruins in the wake of Pain's assault on the village. While cleaning through the remains of Ninja Academy, Iruka finds an old pillar and recognizes it as a memoir from Naruto's early years at the academy.
Naruto spends his days competing with Sasuke, the academy's star student, only to screw up and be the laughingstock of the class. Due to the childhood trauma of losing his parents to the Nine-Tailed Fox, Iruka finds it difficult to interact with Naruto as his student.
Naruto takes up his classmates' dare to venture into the forest and retrieve an item from the dead enemy ninja, unaware that the forest is still dangerous.
An emergency council is held before the Feudal Lord of the Land of Fire. The topic is to discuss plans to rebuild the Leaf Village, and Danzo strongly urges the council to select a new Hokage to replace Tsunade.
The Leaf ninja work to rebuild the Hidden Leaf Village. While helping with the restoration, Naruto and Sakura are reunited with two old friends—the carpenter Tazuna and his grandson Inari from the Land of Waves.
Team 7 stops in a town for some rest, where they encounter a man named Tsukado who is out to avenge the death of his relative.
Gaara, recalling a past mission carried out with the Leaf's Team 7, points out that the Leaf Village has Naruto with them.
Naruto visits Sakura, who is caring for Tsunade. Sakura recalls an incident that took place three years before, in which she collapsed from symptoms that resembled a disease caused by a mysterious virus.
enten and Neji head for the Leaf Ninja Tool Research Lab to procure ninja tools necessary for rebuilding the Leaf Village.
Condor, the ostrich previously captured by Team 7, now lives in a forest with baby ostriches. Since his last escape, Condor has trained himself to become a ninja ostrich.
After accidentally finishing off Lee's last special youth drink, Naruto asks Guy to make more, only to learn one of its key ingredients, the Jofuku Flower, is out of stock. Naruto is determined to get the Jofuku Flower for Lee's sake.
Jiraiya takes Naruto to a village in the hopes of teaching him how to counter the Sharingan's genjutsu attack.
Naruto and Jiraiya attempt to save a village from Kandachi, a former right-hand man to Hanzo of the Hidden Rain.
Granny Cat requests that Sasuke and Team 7 collect the last cat paw print necessary to complete the "Paw Encyclopedia."
Naruto is assigned to a team led by jonin Hayama to patrol the north border of the Leaf Village. One of his teammates is Kosuke, an old man who has been a genin for over fifty years, earning him the title "Eternal Genin."
A beautiful kunoichi spy named Hanare is captured for attempting to gather intel on the Hidden Leaf.
During the Chunin Exam, Neji rests in the medical room, having lost to Naruto. Just as Tenten comes in to check up on him, they see the Leaf Village attacked by Orochimaru and his men.
On his way home Naruto comes across a rock pasted with a peculiar talisman, which he tears off without thinking. That night, Naruto is surprised to find an amnesic ghost standing near his bed.
Team 7 is after a group of thieves who have stolen the precious Golden Statue from the Feudal Lord's sister.
Team 7 and Team 10 are assigned to help a village that is troubled by bandits.
Sasuke's jealousy of Naruto's tremendous growth in strength causes friction between the two. Tsunade decides to give them some time apart by assigning them separate missions.