Sasuke and the Grass ninja engage in combat. After a long, difficult battle, Sasuke seemingly ends the battle with a blast of fire to the ninja's face. However, the ninja awakens with his face partially melted off, revealing another face underneath. Extending his neck, he bites Sasuke and leaves behind a cursed seal. The ninja reveals himself to be Orochimaru, wishes Sasuke luck in surviving, and leaves. Anko finds Orochimaru and attacks him, intent on killing her former sensei for his crimes, even at the potential cost of her own life; unfortunately she fails, and Orochimaru escapes.