As the preliminaries to the third phase of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But with his signature fighting techniques suddenly off-limits, how can Sasuke possibly prevail? And even if he manages to survive the violent brawl, Orochimaru's curse is threatening to change Sasuke forever!
- Number 64: Lord Hokage's Message...!!
- Number 65: Life-and-Death Battles!!
- Number 66: Sakura's Advice
- Number 67: Unholy Gifts!
- Number 68: Blood of the Uchiha
- Number 69: The Deadly Visitor!!
- Number 70: The One Who Dies!!
- Number 71: The Insurmountable Wall...!!
- Number 72: Rivals...!!