Deep within the Forest of Death - the second stage of the
Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams - Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura
are still reeling from Orochimaru's attack... and now they
must battle this unrelenting monster's minions, the
mysterious Sound Ninja. As the fight rages on, Sasuke
struggles with the strange force growing inside of him -
spreading like an infection from the curse-mark Orochimaru
burned into his neck - that could leave him dead... or send
him on a bloodthirsty quest for power. And time is running
out for the student ninja to collect the scrolls they need
to pass the test!
Special Note: This chapter included a character
popularity poll done in Japan.