Hey all... I rarely post here and lurk around mostly. I've been thinking how the arcs after the Pain arc (the Kage summit and beyond) dropped in quality and inevitably ended on a lackluster note. It's too bad Kishimoto didn't go in a different direction and retained the elements that was prevalent in Naruto and earlier in Shippuden. I was in the shower and thought of a completely better arc that would've been more awesome than the Kage Summit. Samui's team goes to Konoha as shown in the manga to bring a message to the Hokage from the Raikage. At the same time, unbeknownst to Samui's team, the Raikage covertly sent an elite squad of ninjas, led by the Raikage's grandson, to kidnap the Hyuuga clan's princess - Hinata. The Raikage found now to be the perfect opportunity after receiving word that Pain demolished Konoha whose military force is weakened and scattered. Samui delivers the message to Danzo, after finding out the current Hokage is incapacitated. The message asks for a meeting between Konoha and Kumogakure to discuss the situation regarding their last two jins and concerns related to Akatsuki. At the same time, the elite squad, led by the Raikage's grandson successfully kidnaps Hinata and flees. Minimal fighting ensues. Word of this reaches Danzo, Naruto, Team 7, and everyone else in Konoha who is relevant to the plot. Danzo is furious, has Samui's team arrested, and orders a rescue party be formed and sent after Hinata and her captors. Naruto finds out, wants to get involved, Kakashi admonishes him because he's the jin of the Nine Tailed Fox, and states that if he went then he'd be playing into Kumogakure and Akatsuki's hands by making himself an easy target. Kakashi tells him to stay in Konoha. Naruto feels he should go because Hinata saved him once in the Pain Invasion arc. Kakashi gets notified by Danzo's underlings that he is going to be one of the members selected for the rescue party. Kakashi groups up with Yamato and other familiar Konoha shinobi names. The rescue party leaves and starts chasing after the Kumogakure captors. Naruto, Sakura, Sai, Kiba, and Shino decides to trail the rescue party in order to chase after the Kumogakure captors too. In the forest, they tussle with Foundation agents and that puts up significant distance between Naruto and co. and the rescue party. Kyuubi talks to Naruto and offers his powers, Naruto declines, and they talk briefly. But this starts the long road towards earning Kyuubi's goodwill and friendship in later arcs. At the same time Sasuke and Team Taka is on their way to Konoha. Sasuke is on a mission to assassinate Danzo. Danzo finds out Naruto has broken rules by leaving Konoha without permission, he plans on setting out with Foundation agents after them. Obito intercepts Sasuke and co. Notifies them of Pain's invasion of Konoha. Tells him that security alert in Konoha is extremely high and it would be foolish of them to try to enter the Land of Fire right now. However, he offers to teleport them into Konoha, directly to the Foundation base so they could assassinate Danzo. Sasuke hesitantly accepts because he is suspicious of Obito's offer of help even though he failed to capture Bee. Zetsu sets off an alarm perimeter breach and kills a few Konoha shinobi to distract Konohagakure from the breach inside their village. Obito teleports into the village and warps Team Taka out of his box dimension. Sasuke and Team Taka kills Foundation shinobi and make their way underground. Karin senses Sasuke's darkness growing. Naruto and co. gets out of their tussle with Foundation agents as they're alerted to recall to the Foundation base immediately. The rescue party catches up with the Konohagakure captors, who dispatches a few strong shinobi behind to delay the rescue party while they escape to the boundaries of the Land of Lightning. Suigestu and Juugo is overwhelmed by the power of the Foundation agents and was forced to retreat (lost Sasuke in the midst of the chaos underground). Karin stays with Sasuke. Danzo orders his agents to put up a barrier jutsu around his place to prevent Sasuke from entering. Sasuke can't enter. Obito offers again to teleport him and Karin inside the barrier, where Danzo is. Sasuke accepts and Karin goes unwillingly. Obito teleports them. Sasuke is livid with rage and starts talking to Danzo while Karin stays her distance. Obito teleports back to the entrance to prevent Foundation agents from entering the place. Sasuke and Danzo exchange words and fights. Karin gets skewered at the end of the fight. Sasuke kills Danzo and sets off his sealing technique trap. Obito senses it and the camera shows a hall full of bloodied Foundation agent corpses. Obito teleports to save Sasuke and Karin. Obito and Zetsu leaves Konoha. Konoha shinobi arrives to the Foundation base and is shocked at the carnage and at the fact Danzo died. Obito brings Sasuke and Karin out, forcing Karin to heal Sasuke, then leaves. Sasuke thanks Karin and plans on finishing her off. At that exact moment, the Kumogakure captors along with Hinata runs into Sasuke. Raikage's grandson fights with Sasuke, recognizing him as a Konoha shinobi. Karin flees. A little later Suigestu and Juugo shows up and fights the rest of the captors. Asking where Karin is, Sasuke simply responds that Karin does not want to be in Team Taka anymore, much to Suigestu and Juugo's bewilderment. Sasuke kills the Raikage's grandson and goes partially blind. Sasuke collapses, Juugo and Suigestu carry him off to safety. The rescue party arrives, finds a shaking Hinata, with all of the Kumogakure captors murdered. Naruto and co. gets there shortly after. Hinata tells Naruto what happened and that Sasuke has descended into darkness. Naruto accepts it with great difficulty, and thinks "what the hell happened to you Sasuke?" From a distance, Obito is gleeful and turns around to Zetsu, saying that his plan worked... Sasuke acted exactly as he expected. Thanks to Sasuke, the relationship between Konoha and Kumogakure is permanently shattered. War is inevitable. Akatsuki shall take advantage of chaos to infiltrate Kumogakure to capture the Eight Tails. The Raikage is pissed off his grandson died in the capture mission and declares war on Konoha because they believe that Konoha is directly responsible for the death of the grandson, not knowing that Sasuke, a rogue ninja was responsible for it. Konoha tries to explain what happened but the Raikage had no time for their bullshit. The imprisonment of Team Samui is used as an opportunity to build relationships with Team 7 for a future arc. The fight between Bee and Kisame still happens. Kisame hides in Samehada and infiltrates the Cloud village. War breaks out between Konoha and Kumogakure. In the chaos, Akatsuki infiltrates Kumogakure and successfully captures Bee. Kumogakure finds out later in the war arc that Sasuke murdered the Raikage's grandson. Raikage realizes he made a mistake and calls for a ceasefire, which later turns into a peace treaty between both nations. Similar to Konoha and Sunagakure in part one. Maybe other nations would've been involved in the war arc, maybe not. Either way, Akatsuki now has eight bijuus and the Nine Tailed Fox remains. Future arcs is built on what happened. This would've been better than the Kage Summit to Great Ninja War Arc conclusion IMO.