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!
火影の伝令...!! (Hokage no denrei...!!)
命懸けの戦い!! (Inochigake no tatakai!!)
サクラの勧告 (Sakura no kankoku)
異端なる能力!! (Itan naru nōryoku!!)
うちはの血!! (Uchiha no chi!!)
恐怖の訪問者!! (Kyōfu no hōmonsha!!)
死ぬのは...!? (Shinu no wa...!?)
高すぎる壁...!! (Takasugiru kabe...!!)
An art mistake at the end of Ch. 65 shows Orochimaru wearing a Leaf Village forehead protector.