Introduction -- The leaf village was generally a very beautiful place. Colorful and peaceful, residents of the great village hustled and bustled about, going about their daily routines, though, but not Hyosuke Yamanoue. Hyosuke smiled softly as he continued neatly packing things into his sling bag. All of it was things he deemed important. After all, today was the day that he would meet his sensei for the first time. He already knew who some of his team was, one of them having been in his class. Hyosuke cast a glance at the lemur on a bed in the sun near his window. "Chiko." He said just loud enough for the lemur to hear him. Its ear twitched, showing that it heard Hyosuke. Hyosuke waited another moment, finishing up packing his small bag and fastened it around himself. He paused, looking in the mirror before deciding he looked good enough. "Chiko, I'm going." Hyosuke didn't even wait for the lemur to chitter nor get up as he approached the door, holding out his arm for the lemur to climb on. As he opened the door, Chiko jumped onto his arm, running up until he was around Hyosuke's neck. "Well, let's go meet our team and sensei, hm?" Hyosuke couldn't hide the excitement in his voice as he closed his room door. -- Elsewhere, a blonde-haired woman was nearly drunk when she bolted up right. "No!" She yelped, disturbing the peace that was the small bar. Pulling on her mesh shirt sleeve, she spun around on the chair. "Jeez, I'm gonna be late." Running a hand through her hair, she looked around the bar. It seemed as if everyone had let their guard down once again and gone back to their own conversations. "Late for what, Ritsu?" The bartender asked, polishing a glass. "I'm gonna be a sensei." Ritsuko bragged, pointing a thumb at herself. "But I can't be late!" She downed the rest of her drink in one go and dropped a few bills onto the counter. "See ya!" She ran out of the bar, disappearing in a puff of smoke. When she touched down, Ritsuko was closer to her apartment, once more and she was just outside the door. Unlocking it, Ritsuko quickly went in, grabbing things and stuffing them into a scroll before she left her home again, intent on getting to the meeting place before her new students. OVERVIEW (Move your mouse to reveal the content) OVERVIEW (open) OVERVIEW (close) -- Nearly 100 years after the passing of the Naruto generation, a new generation arises, as well as new problems. The newest genin on the block--Arita Marako, Maiko and Yamanoue Hyosuke have their work cut out for them if they want to be the best. And it doesn't look like their way to the top will be a cake-walk either. With danger at every corner and a semi-mysterious sensei who seems to be out to kill them (occasionally) will these three prevail or sink under the pressure of being a ninja in this world that doesn't seem to accept them? -- The Takakumo Arc is the very first Arc of Part I of Naruto: Shadow of the Beast. In this arc, Team Four goes to the small fishing village of Takakumo with the premise of a 'special mission' which turns out to be a D-Rank mission to help an old man with his farm, however the more time they spend there, the more they realize that something isn't right. It all culminates to Marako's kidnapping and a fight between him and his new rival, a young boy named Mamoru Koriyama. Cast List (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Cast List (open) Cast List (close) Team Four (Team Bakuhatsu Ban-Ban) Akera Ritsuko [Jonin Sensei; 26; Alive] Maiko [Genin; 16; Alive] Arita Marako [Genin; 12; Alive] Yamanoue Hyosuke [Genin; 13; Alive] Chiko [Animal Companion to Hyosuke; 4; Alive] Team One [Konoha] Motoyasu Kishara [Jonin Sensei] Yone Kai [Genin] Miyazawa Kyojo [Genin] Takashita Shino [Genin] Team Two [Konoha] Otaka Komine [Jonin Sensei] Akera "Kichi" Kichirou [Genin] Jirahara Minoto [Genin] Lebroy Suni [Genin] Team Three [Konoha] Kagami Tetsuo ??? ??? ??? Kages Hokage: Uzumaki Hiro Raikage: Mizukage: Kazekage: Tsuchikage: EXTRA CHARACTERS Konohagakure Seika Yamanoue [Hyosuke's Mother] Yamanoue Family Sousuke [Sensei Friend of Ritsuko] Arita Shizi [Marako's Father] Arita Kurimu [Marako's Mother] Takakumo Sophie Yamanoue (Hyosuke's Cousin) Hyosuke's Aunt Miyako and Uncle Shinsuke Ayako (Takashi's daughter) Old Man Takashi [Deceased] VILLAINS Takakumo Arc Mr. Arc Kage-sensei Kōriyama Mamoru LOCATIONS Yama Mountain: The Mountain separating Konohagakure from Takakumo Village. It is hard to traverse if one does not know the terrain. The actual mountain's name is lost to history and has ironically been become "Yama Mountain" to those who live around it. Takakumo Village: A small, close-knit fishing village that's big on the agricultural front. For two years, it went unnoticed that it was under the control of a local gang.