It's no good, shoot! Kazu cursed his inability to make Shingen even budge. While he knew that his style of fighting revolved more around speed than it did strength, he didn't think that the force he struck with was so meaningless. When his body swooped in, his foot backed with the full force of momentum of his slide, Shingen's foot didn't give way the slightest inch. Instead, he stood firm, a brick wall unwilling to crumble. Having been caught off-guard by the sudden halt to his movement, Kazu hurriedly rolled to the side before getting enough footing to hop away. As a result, his retreat before Ayano began her Ninjutsu assault wasn't nearly as clean as he had intended for it to be, but it made do.
With the Konoha Genin's offense hopefully conquered, Shingen saw fit to show them the true difference in their power. While the initial demonstration took form in a small ball of energy, Kazu could feel how powerful it really was. As if to foreshadow what was to come, the very air around them seemed to grow thick and tense as the jinchuuriki amounted the chakra compactly into the palm of his hand. A chakra-cloak hand took it to the sky. What came next was something Kazu would never forget: his first demonstration of what frightening power looked like. He had seen godly achievements such as the speed of the Hokage and Kemurikage, or the strength of Faulkner or that bunny-hooded ANBU ... But never before had he witnessed such raw, cataclysmic power.
The sky was instantly painted red and yellow as an unfathomable explosion blocked it all from view. A terrifyingly loud boom followed, and Kazu grunted as his hands instinctively shot to his ears to cover them as quickly as he possibly could. Despite whatever stories he had heard through growing up of the world's most powerful shinobi, never before had he really comprehended it. His eyes drifted to each of his teammates. If he had the time to prepare, Kazu knew that he was capable of warping something like that away to another location. But, if he didn't have the time ... The thought ran a chill down his spine. And what of his allies? Did they possess the means to save themselves if they became the target of something such as that? He didn't know if they could.
And yet, despite how disheartening and worrying the display was, it didn't sway Kazu into backing down. In its own way, it pushed him onward. The young Uchiha was never one to back down from a challenge. If he were, he never would have gotten as far as he had so far. He wasn't stuck in some illusion-- he knew that there was still much, much further for him to go. Yet, his perseverance was what got him to where he was. Without it, he wouldn't have passed Kanari's tests. Without it, he wouldn't have figured out the formula for the Flying Thunder God Technique, and he wouldn't have been able to master it. As long as he kept pushing, he could go further. It would be difficult, back-breaking labor, but it was a challenge he was willing to tackle. As long as he didn't stop, he knew ... Someday, he would make a name for himself. Someday soon the village would hold his name in high-esteem. In order to achieve that, he couldn't quit.
Plus, he needed to ensure that his friends made it through this in one piece. If they were as determined as he was, willing to thrust themselves into the jaws of danger such as that display, then he needed to be ready to face that danger head-on in order to save those that he held dear. Ayano, Maia, Zan and Konan ... He knew them all to varying degrees, some more than others, yet they all deserved his hardest attempt to watch their backs. "Someday, Shingen ... Just you wait, you'll hear my name across the world too. Maybe then, once we're both famous, we can have a real match." Kazu spoke confidently, giving him a thumbs up as he moved onward.
Shortly after he made that decision, the ground began to rumble viciously. Kazu's crimson eyes quickly scanned the area, tracing the cause back to ... Ayano! Before long, trees and branches began to erupt from the ground, similarly to how they had back in the Chuunin Exams fight. This, however ... This was far worse. Back then, Kazu had been impressed with the size of Ayano's creation, but this was absurdly larger. As far as Kazu's eyes could trace-- forests and flowers. The sound of the metallic gates and buildings being broken apart mixed in with the sound of ground being torn asunder. It was insane. All of that came from his small teammate, from a ten-year old, innocent girl. Kazu stood in silence for a few moments.
"Ayano, what on earth was that?! What did you just do?!" Yet, by the time he had turned to say those things, Ayano was already on her way, moving forward towards the next battlefield without saying a thing to him or her teammates. "Wait, Ayano, hold on!" He called out, turning sharply to his remaining allies. "Zan, Konan, we gotta keep moving." Not knowing what else he could do in this situation, Kazu hurried forward to ensure that Ayano didn't get into trouble that she couldn't handle. Though, considering what she just did ... What was her limit? Was she actually that strong, that she cause so much havoc on a whim? These questions came to Kazu's mind as he followed, reaching into his pouches to consume three Military Ration Pills as he moved.