December 5, 2011
Konoha continues to fight off Pain while the Interrogation Corp fights off Pain's new Animal Path, which barrages them with an assortments of animal summonings. Ibiki Morino tries to torture Pain only to fail due to the corpse not feeling any sort of pain. Meanwhile, Naruto attempts to merge with Fukasaku, so that he can move in Sage Mode while Fukasaku gathers Nature Energy for him. However, Fukasaku is rebuffed by the Nine Tailed Fox, forcing the duo to find an alternate method for Naruto to enter Sage Mode in battle.