The Naruto Shippuden anime is going through a stretch of original material... also known as filler. After only four prior filler eps in 2012, November 1st brings the two episode special "Hidden Story," followed by Kakashi versus two of the 7 Swordsmen in Naruto Shippuden episode 288, “Danger: Jinpachi and Kushimaru!” Then, to celebrate 500 episodes of Naruto anime, the Chikara (Power) filler arc kicks off November 22nd.
The six-episode story features Kabuto as the main villain along with and a few characters brought back via Edo Tensei.
After the discussion among the five Kages, each village is busy preparing for the war. One day, Hokage receives a report saying that all villagers of some village were massacred. Tsunade sends away Yamato, Sakura, Sai and Naruto to investigate the massacre and find out the murderer. The village is located in a small country bordering the Land of Fire called “Hall”. The village is brutally devastated and suddenly Kabuto shows up before the team. Using Edo Tensei (Impure World Reincarnation), Kabuto summons several deceased ninjas including Itachi, Sasori, Deidara, and even Konoha’s ninjas—Asuma and Hayate! How will Naruto and his friends deal with such a severe situation? What is hidden in “Hall”? And what does Kabuto’s appearance have to do with the ancient mysterious “Chikara”?