Japanese title: Kodoku (孤独)
At the Fire Temple, Chiriku explains to Team Kakashi that the hidden tombs hold the guards of the Land of Fire’s feudal lord. At one time Chiriku and Asuma were members of that organization. Team Kakashi learn about a terrible incident caused by the Twelve Ninja Guardians. Meanwhile, as Naruto watches the young monks training, he notices a strain in the relations between Sora and the other monks.