Kai slams open the door to Team Hasuchi‘s location with all his might and take a second to survey the situation. The Kage’s grandson Ryu lies broken and bleeding out in a slew of wires in the corner while Hasuchi is bleeding, but alive with her head under the foot of the only standing person in the room. Kai charges with a Meteor Thrust at the large green-haired man carrying an unbelievably large cleaver on his back. As he charges with Wuko at his side, he recognizes the man as Kitan the Butcher of the Eastern Kingdoms; a notorious fighter, self-proclaimed mind-reader and survivor of the brutal 30 year war, he was a foe to be reckoned with. Although he was already bleeding heavily, Kitan easily avoids Kai’s attack and proceeds to mock him within Kai’s mind; as Wuko attacks, he exclaims that he’s always wanted the executioner’s blade and will be happy to take it off their hands.
Not long after this exchange, Yasei arrives and immediately rushes to stabilize the dying Ryu. Noticing Yasei’s arrival, Kai triumphantly states in his mind, “Now it is time for me to reveal my ultimate technique!” “Oh yeah?” Kitan is interested in his next move. “Yes, you had might as well give up now that I have activated…the Tsukiyomi!” Kai activates his technique and Kitan closes his eyes in response. “I’ll get you yet!” Kai says lying in wait. Once Yasei finishes stabilizing Ryu, she aims to assist Kai by throwing up some water with a jutsu and attempting to freeze it into a mirror. Kitan, sensing this strategy within Yasei’s mind, responds by making a water dragon out of it to attack her, which she avoids.
Within the chaos, Squad A-1 arrives to assist, bringing news that the operation must come to a close swiftly if the plan was to be successful. It appears as though Kitan cannot read their minds, however, and has reached his limit. Yasei and Kane look away from the action and Kitan is forced to open his eyes to survive an attack from Kai. As he holds up his cleaver to avoid, a clone of Kai appears in his vision, smirking, “Keep your eyes on the prize.”
Days of Tsukiyomi torture, ice, shiruken and previous injuries from the fight weigh heavily on Kitan as the onslaught continues. Eventually, he is beaten to the ground unconscious. Before Kane’s clone kills him, he picks up Kitan’s cleaver and is filled with intense knowledge as the sword binds to him. Again, pressed for time, the squads high-tail it out of there, detonating the charges as they go.
Within the day of their arrival, the tide of battle had been effectively turned and 2,000 people had been killed at their hands. As the squads return back to base and the screams of soldiers fill the air, Kai and Yasei notice Arashi sitting on the fortifications, surveying the fiery inferno so intently that he could be mistaken for a statue.