Naruto (season 1)
|Naruto (season 1)|
Season 1 Cover
|No. of episodes||35|
The first season of the Naruto anime series is directed by Hayato Date, and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo. The episodes were released in North America by Viz Media, and on Europe and South America by Warner Bros. Television. Based on Masashi Kishimoto's manga series, the season follows Naruto Uzumaki living in the Hidden Leaf Village, attempting to gain everyone's respect and determined to become the next Hokage. He joins up with Team 7, a squad assigning to complete every missions.
The first season ran from October 2002 to May 2003 on TV Tokyo. It was also released with the English version from September 2005 to May 2006. It was shown on Cartoon Network's Toonami and YTV's Bionix programming blocks. In Japan, the season was collected in both VHS and DVD format. A total of twelve volumes were released by Sony Pictures Entertainment within 2003 from January 1 to December 3. Episodes from this season were released on nine DVD compilations by Viz Media between March 28, 2006 and February 20, 2007, with two compilations of thirteen and twelve episodes released for the first season. The first of these compilations was nominated at the American Anime Awards for best package design. In 2009, Viz released two other DVD boxes containing episodes 1-25 and 26-52, respectively.
Five pieces of theme music are used for the episodes; two opening themes and two closing themes in the Japanese episodes and single an opening theme and ending theme in the English ones. The two Japanese opening themes are "Rocks" (R★O★C★K★S?) by Hound Dog, used for the first twenty-five episodes, with the rest using "Haruka Kanata" (遥か彼方?, lit. Far Away) by Asian Kung-Fu Generation. The two closing themes are Japanese pop singer Akeboshi's "Wind" and "Harmonia" by Rythem, used for the first twenty-five and remaining episodes respectively. The opening and ending theme for the English airing is "Rise" by Jeremy Sweet and Ian Nickus, with an instrumental version played as the closing theme.
|No.||Title||Original airdate||English airdate|
|1||"Enter: Naruto Uzumaki!"
"Sanjō! Uzumaki Naruto!" (参上!うずまきナルト)
|October 3, 2002||September 10, 2005|
|For the first twelve years of his life, an orphaned boy named Naruto Uzumaki lived a life of enduring the apparent unsolicited hate from a majority of the villagers of the Hidden Leaf Village with a strong ambition to be acknowledged. Caught by his teacher Iruka Umino while defacing the Hokage monument, Naruto tells his teacher that he did it for attention and of his dream to become a Hokage to win everyone's respect. However, after failing to graduate from the Ninja Academy for the third year in a row for failing to use a clone jutsu, Naruto is approached by another instructor named Mizuki who talked him into stealing a scroll from the Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi that contained the jutsus of his predecessor. Iruka finds Naruto and protects him from Mizuki, revealed to have used the boy to get the scroll with the intent to give it to a nation he is to defect to. During the confrontation, Mizuki reveals the truth that Naruto is the host of the Nine-Tails, a fox-like monster that attacked the village twelve years ago and took the life of the Fourth Hokage who managed to seal the Nine-Tails within the newborn Naruto. Horrified of this revelation, Naruto ran off and only returned when Iruka, whose parents were killed by the Nine-Tails, refuses to accept Naruto as anything but his student. Touched by his mentor's words, Naruto defeats Mizuki using the Shadow Clone jutsu he learned from the scroll. Due to the act of saving his life and making an outstanding performance proving him worthy of being a ninja, Iruka allows Naruto to graduate.|
|2||"My Name is Konohamaru!"
"Konohamaru da kore!" (木ノ葉丸だ コレ!)
|October 10, 2002||September 10, 2005|
|While in an argument with Hiruzen over how he wanted to present himself on the photo of Ninja Registration Form, Naruto meets a boy attempting to attack the Third Hokage who is revealed to be his grandson Konohamaru Sarutobi. Following Naruto, who is the first person who does not see him as the Hokage's grandson, Konohamaru asks him to teach him the transformation jutsu that Naruto was using on Hiruzen: The Sexy Jutsu. In the process, Konohamaru reveals his own reasons to become Hokage and his desire to be seen as his own person. Eventually, the two are found by Konohamaru's mentor Ebisu, who sees Naruto as a bad influence with the confrontation ending with Naruto using Ebisu's hormones against him by combining his Sexy Jutsu and the Shadow Clone Jutsu to produce the overwhelming Harem Jutsu. Through Naruto's influence, Konohamaru is able to accept that he cannot follow in his grandfather's footsteps by his name alone.|
|3||"Sasuke and Sakura: Friends or Foes?"
"Shukuteki!? Sasuke to Sakura" (宿敵!?サスケとサクラ)
|October 17, 2002||September 17, 2005|
|Once graduated from the Ninja Academy, having drank some milk before meeting up with his former classmates, Naruto is to be assigned to be a member of a three-person squad before under going a test to obtain the rank of Genin. Naruto's team mates happen to be Sasuke Uchiha, his long-time rival and Sakura Haruno, whom he has feelings for though instead she has feelings for Sasuke. Knowing of Sakura's feelings for Sasuke, Naruto formulated a scheme to dispose of his rival and pose as Sasuke to get close to Sakura. But at the last second, Naruto is forced to go to the bathroom while the real Sasuke somehow escapes and runs into Sakura while searching for Naruto. After expressing disgust toward Sakura when she blames the youth's stupidity on not having parents, Sasuke finds Naruto after he was forced to ditch a guilt-driven Sakura to go to the bathroom again with their confrontation short-lived. Meanwhile, Naruto's stomach pains revealed to be result of him having drank long-expired milk, Hiruzen briefs an instructor on Naruto and his team mates.|
|4||"Pass or Fail: Survival Test"
"Shiren! Sabaibaru enshū" (試練!サバイバル演習)
|October 24, 2002||September 24, 2005|
|As their class mates get to meet up with their Jonin instructors who will deem them genin, Team 7 are forced to wait for theirs. Eventually, with Naruto setting up a trap, he and his group meet their instructor: Kakashi Hatake. Appearing to be a slacker, Kakashi takes the day to let his students each introduce themselves and tell of their desires with Naruto stating his dream to become Hokage while Sasuke states his intent to restore his clan by killing someone. With the introductions over, Kakashi tells Team 7 that their test will begin tomorrow and that they are not to eat before then. The next day, forcing Team 7 to wait for him while revealing himself to be a skilled fighter, Kakashi explains the rules of the test that the students must attempt to take one of two bells from his person with two having a likely chance to pass while the remaining child will be sent back to the academy. While Sasuke and Sakura hide themselves away as the test begins, Naruto makes the bad move to face Kakashi with his Shadow Clone jutsu countered by Kakashi and then falling for a snare. Taking advantage of Kakashi lecturing Naruto about falling for obvious traps, Sasuke seemingly takes out the instructor with shuriken and kunai knives.|
|5||"You Failed! Kakashi's Final Decision"
"Shikkaku? Kakashi no Ketsuron" (失格?カカシの結論)
|October 31, 2002||October 1, 2005|
|After his sneak attack failed, Sasuke attempts to fight Kakashi before being buried up to his neck in earth. From there, Kakashi subjects Sakura to a genjutsu of Sasuke bleeding to death before dealing with Naruto when he decides to help himself to everyone's lunches. Once the time of the test is up, Naruto is tied up to a pole, Kakashi deems all members of Team 7 utter failures as he reveals that his test was unpassable because the three lacked skills in team work. From there, Kakashi explains the essential need for ninja groups to work as a unit while stating his own ideal that while ninja who break the rules are scum, those who abandon their friends are worse than scum. From there, Kakashi offers to give Team 7 one final chance and leaves them with one order to follow: not to feed Naruto. However, knowing that they need Naruto at full strength for what Kakashi has in store for a make-up test, Sasuke and Sakura fed Naruto. Having watched the entire event, Kakashi dramatically appears before them. As Kakashi apparently prepares to punish them all, Sakura stands up to him explains that they gave Naruto food because he's a member of their team. Ultimately, finding a group who actually met his test's standards, Kakashi reveals Team 7 have passed his test and accepts them as his students.|
|6||"A Dangerous Mission! Journey to the Land of Waves!"
"Jūyō ninmu! Nami no Kuni e chō-shuppatsu!" (重要任務!波の国へ超出発!)
|November 7, 2002||October 8, 2005|
|After Team 7 completes a few miscellaneous D-ranked missions, Naruto relentlessly asking Hiruzen for a higher level mission, they are assigned to escort a bridge builder named Tazuna back to the Land of Waves. But on their way, Team 7 is ambushed by the Demon Brothers, two chunin from the Hidden Mist Village in the Land of Water. Though it appeared they killed him as they go after Team 7 and Tazuna, the Demon Brothers learned that Kakashi was aware of their presence and faked his death to catch them off guard while seeing his students in action. While applauding Sasuke for holding off the Demon Brothers and Sakura for guarding Tazuna, Kakashi expresses disappointment in how Naruto poorly handled the situation and got himself poisoned. But refusing to quit the mission, with Sasuke's taunting getting to him, Naruto uses a kunai to stabs his hand to bleed out the poison while making a promise to never back down. Though Kakashi decides to have Naruto's self-inflicted wound dealt with, he is amazed by the boy's rapid healing while wondering if it is the Nine Tails's doing. Elsewhere, a man named Gato confronts Demon Brothers' boss for his subordinates' failure to assassinate Tazuna. Threatening Gato with his large sword, the figure decides to handle the job personally.|
|7||"The Assassin of the Mist!"
"Kiri no ansatsusha!" (霧の暗殺者!)
|November 14, 2002||October 15, 2005|
|On the way to the Land of Waves, with Kakashi threatening to abandon the mission if he does not provide an adequate explanation for lying about the mission's difficulty level, Tazuna reveals desire to build a bridge to save the impoverished Land of Waves from the wealthy crime lord Gato. Hearing his story, Team 7 agree to go through with the mission regardless for humanitarian reasons. However, once on the bridge, the group is ambushed by Zabuza Momochi, a rouge ninja from the Hidden Mist Village who works for Gato. Refusing to hand Tazuna over, Kakashi is forced to reveal a strange eye. The former confused on how Kakashi gained it, Sasuke and Zabuza both recognize the strange eye as the Sharingan. While Team 7 protects Tazuna, Kakashi engages Zabuza with the two using clones to distract the other to get them from behind.|
|8||"The Oath of Pain"
"Itami ni chikau ketsui" (痛みに誓う決意)
|November 21, 2002||October 22, 2005|
|Kakashi is eventually caught off guard and is captured in a Water Prison Jutsu. With Kakashi deposed of, Zabuza creates a water clone to go after Team 7 and Tazuna. Though Kakashi tells his students to run, Naruto remembers the promise he made to himself of not backing down and decides to fight to save Kakashi and keep Tazuna alive. With Naruto using his transformation skills with Sasuke's expertise with a Fuma Shuriken, the two youths succeed at forcing Zabuza in a position to release Kakashi in order to dodge Naruto's kunai.|
|9||"Kakashi: Sharingan Warrior"
"Sharingan no Kakashi" (写輪眼のカカシ)
|November 28, 2002||October 29, 2005|
|Once freed from Zabuza's Water Prison Jutsu, Kakashi easily defeats enemy by using his Sharingan to replicate many of Zabuza's water-based attacks while messing with his head. At the last second, Zabuza is seemingly killed by a young masked hunter ninja from the Hidden Mist Village. Naruto is angry and jealous that someone so young could easily defeat an opponent that gave Team 7 so much trouble, but Kakashi says that there are many ninja younger than Naruto yet stronger than himself. The hunter-nin leaves with Zabuza's body, and Kakashi then collapses from fatigue as a result of using his Sharingan for too long.|
|10||"The Forest of Chakra"
"Chakura no mori" (チャクラの森)
|December 5, 2002||November 5, 2005|
|Brought to Tazuna's home to recover from his fight with Zabuza, Naruto meeting the bridge builder's grandson Inari, Kakashi awakens while realizing that were numerous inconsistencies with Zabuza's death and the actions of the masked youth not destroying the body on the spot. Expecting that they would face Zabuza again, Kakashi decides to take Team 7 to the woods to teach them chakra control by having them walk up a tree by infusing chakra into their feet. While Sakura got it on the first try, both Naruto and Sasuke had to attempt it numerous times with Kakashi seeing Naruto asking Sakura for advice. Elsewhere, revealed to be Zabuza's follower, the masked youth known as Haku tends to Zabuza's wounds as the swordsman intends to settle things with Kakashi once fully healed within a week's time.|
|11||"The Land Where a Hero Once Lived"
"Eiyū no ita kuni" (英雄のいた国)
|December 12, 2002||November 12, 2005|
|While Naruto and Sasuke try to outdo each other in their Tree Climbing Practice, Sakura accompanies Tazuna and astonished by the poverty and fear in the Land of Waves. Following dinner, Sakura asks about Inari staring at the torn family photo on the wall before the boy runs off with his mother Tsunami chasing after him. Tazuna then explains that the man torn from the picture, named Kaiza, was once a hero in the Land of Waves who Inari looked up to. When Gato arrived, Inari is traumatized when he saw Kaiza executed by Gato's men to serve as an example of anyone who gets in Gato's way. Moved by the story, Naruto resumes his training with the intent to show Inari that there are still heroes in the world.|
|12||"Battle on the Bridge! Zabuza Returns!!"
"Kyōjō kessen! Zabuza futatabi!!" (橋上決戦!ザブザ再び!!)
|December 19, 2002||November 19, 2005|
|Taking a nap after training in the woods, Naruto is waked up by who he thought was a girl. Eventually learning that the person is actually a boy, but unaware that he is the masked youth Haku, Naruto gets into an exchange of ideals and morals before the two part ways. Once found by Sasuke, Naruto resumes his Tree Climbing Practice into the evening until he and Sasuke finally make it to the top of their respective trees. Naruto and Sasuke return triumphantly to Tazuna's home, with Naruto cheerful, yet completely drained from the effort. Inari is disturbed at the sight of Naruto, thinking about Kaiza and as he gets into a heated dispute with Naruto who leaves while calling him a coward. Later that night, Kakashi tells a despondent Inari that Naruto understands the boy's pain from his own hardships. The next morning, deciding to let Naruto sleep in, Kakashi, Sasuke, and Sakura escort Tazuna to work. Upon arriving at the bridge, they find Tazuna's workers unconscious with Zabuza and a masked Haku revealing themselves.|
|13||"Haku's Secret Jutsu: Crystal Ice Mirrors"
"Haku no hijutsu - Makyō Hyōshō" (白の秘術·魔鏡氷晶)
|December 26, 2002||November 26, 2005|
|At Tazuna's house, two of Gato's thugs arrive to kidnap Tsunami. Inari musters his courage in an attempt to stop them, but is saved when Naruto defeats them. Before leaving to join the others at the bridge, Naruto apologizes to Inari for calling him a coward and acknowledges his bravery. On the bridge, as Kakashi engages Zabuza, Sasuke's newly gained speed gives him an advantage against Haku before the masked ninja traps him in his personal jutsu Crystal Ice Mirrors.|
|14||"The Number One Hyperactive, Knucklehead Ninja Joins the Fight!!"
"Igaisei nanbā wan, Naruto sansen!" (意外性No. 1, ナルト参戦!)
|January 9, 2003||December 3, 2005|
|Having arrived, with Kakashi preoccupied with Zabuza, Naruto attempts to help Sasuke by attacking the Crystal Ice Mirrors from the outside while Sasuke attacks from the inside. Unfortunately, oblivious to Haku's jutsu, Naruto enters the Crystal Ice Mirrors as he and Sasuke are forced to work together against Haku who sees that he must make an exception in his no killing policy.|
|15||"Zero Visibility: The Sharingan Shatters"
"Shikai zero no tatakai - Sharingan kuzushi" (視界ゼロの戦い·写輪眼崩し)
|January 16, 2003||December 10, 2005|
|Naruto and Sasuke both attempt to destroy the ice mirrors, their respective Shadow Clone and Fire Ball jutsus having no effect. Realizing that Haku's Crystal Ice Mirrors are actually an Ice-Style Kekkei Genkai, a bloodline trait, Kakashi decides to use his Sharingan to quickly end his fight with Zabuza. However, as Haku told him what Kakashi's methods during their last fight, Zabuza has the advantage as he uses his Hidden Mist jutsu to counter Kakashi's Sharingan and force the ninja to ponder his opponent's next move. Kakashi finally realizes that Zabuza will strike at Tazuna and Sakura and rushes to intercept as Zabuza as lands a strike on Kakashi from behind with his Kubikiribōchō sword.|
|16||"The Broken Seal"
"Kaihōsareta fūin" (解放された封印)
|January 23, 2003||December 17, 2005|
|Naruto and Sasuke are both injured severely from Haku's Crystal Ice Mirrors before the latter reveals his Uchiha lineage by revealing his clan's own Kekkai Genkai: The Sharingan. With Sasuke's Sharingan allowing him to track his incredibly fast movements, Haku deems him a bigger threat than Naruto and uses a volley of senbon to force Sasuke to take a hit meant for his team mate. Believing his teammate has died in his arms, Naruto is enraged as unconsciously taps into chakra of the Nine-Tails to heal his wounds while punching Haku.|
|17||"White Past: Hidden Ambition"
"Shiroi Kako - Himeta omoi" (白い過去·秘めた想い)
|January 30, 2003||December 31, 2005|
|After using his new power to punch Haku while dispelling his mirrors, Naruto regains control of his himself when Haku's mask breaks away, recognizing him as the boy he previously conversed with. Asking Naruto to kill him as he failed Zabuza, revealing that he inherited his ability from his mother, Haku reveals that he once lived in the Land of Water where people with Kekkei Genkai are forced to conceal their powers out of fear of persecution. When Haku's father learned of his power, he killed Haku's mother and forced Haku to subconsciously invoke his powers to kill his father and the angry mob. Some time after, Haku was founded by Zabuza and trained to hone his skills to be of use to the swordsman. Meanwhile, having sensed Naruto only released a fraction of the Nine Tails's chakra, Kakashi summons a number of dogs to find and restrain Zabuza. At that time, Haku manages to convince Naruto to kill him before seeing Kakashi about to finish Zabuza off with his Lightning Blade.|
|18||"The Weapons Known as Shinobi"
"Shinobi to iu na no dōgu" (忍という名の道具)
|February 6, 2003||January 7, 2006|
|Though he agrees to kill Haku, Naruto instead witnesses Haku sacrificing himself to protect Zabuza from Kakashi's Lightning Blade. Unfazed by his apprentice's sacrifice, Zabuza continues attacking Kakashi while Tazuna accompanies Sakura to Sasuke's body. Eventually, Kakashi manages to disable Zabuza's arms. But before the battle can end, Gato arrives with his men with the intent to kill everyone present with Zabuza included. Meanwhile, disappointed in the villagers are attempts to rally their support for the bridge, Inari sets out alone but finds a crowd waiting for him outside.|
|19||"The Demon in the Snow"
"Zabuza yuki ni chiru..." (ザブザ雪に散る...)
|February 13, 2003||January 14, 2006|
|Now fired by Gato, Zabuza no longer sees a reason to fight Kakashi while unfazed at his former employer kicking Haku's corpse around. Though Zabuza sees Haku as nothing more than a tool, he is moved by Naruto's words as he tearfully acknowledges Haku's sacrifice. With Kakashi telling Naruto not to interfere out of respect, Zabuza is allowed to redeem himself as a ninja. With only a kunai in his mouth, enduring multiple stabs and beatings, Zabuza manages to break through Gato's men and kills the crime lord before collapsing as Gato's forces retreat when villagers arrive. Soon after, Team 7 are relieved to discover that Sasuke is still alive as the senbon were laced with a sleeping drug. Honoring Zabuza's dying wish to place him by Haku, Kakashi assures his former enemy that he and Haku will go to the same place. Soon after he and Team 7 give the two rouge ninjas a burial with Zabuza's Kubikiribōchō as a grave marker, Naruto express his distain for the notion that ninjas should strive to become merely tools and declares that he will find his own Ninja Way. As Team 7 leave for the Hidden Leaf, Tazuna proclaims to the village that the bridge will be called the Great Naruto Bridge to signify the strength that Naruto gave Inari, who in turn gave to the whole town.|
|20||"A New Chapter Begins: The Chunin Exam!"
"Shinshō totsunyū! Chūnin Shiken dattebayo" (新章突入!中忍試験だってばよ)
|February 20, 2003||January 21, 2006|
|After their adventure in the Land of Waves, Team 7 has returned to doing odd job missions with Naruto's rivalry with Sasuke is making matters worst to the point that Kakashi decides to call it a day and sends his students home. After Sasuke takes his leave, Naruto and Sakura meet up with Konohamaru and his friends Udon and Moegi. As antics ensue with him making Sakura mad, Konohamaru accidentally bumps into two foreign ninja. Despite advice from his older sister Temari, Kankuro threatens to kill Konohamaru. After somehow tripping Naruto, Kankuro was about to hurt Konohamaru when Sasuke pelts the ninja with a stone. Just as Kankuro is about to attack Sasuke, he is stopped by his younger brother Gaara as Temari explains that they are ninja from the Hidden Sand Village in the Land of Wind who have arrived for the Chunin Exams.|
|21||"Identify Yourself: Powerful New Rivals"
"Nanore! Arawareta kyōteki tachi!!" (名乗れ!現れた強敵たち!!)
|February 27, 2003||January 28, 2006|
|Encountering the Sand Siblings, Team 7 learns that the three are ninja who have come from the Hidden Sand Village to participate in the Chunin Exams to be promoted to Chunin-level ninja. Elsewhere, meeting with Hiruzen on the matter, Kakashi, the Third Hokage's son Asuma Sarutobi, and Kurenai Yuhi all nominated their students for the Chunin Exams to Iruka's disbelief. Though Iruka challenges their decision as he believes Naruto and the others are not ready for the exam, Kakashi explains to Iruka that they are no longer students. The next morning, Kakashi gives Team 7 the application forms for the Chūnin Exams with Sasuke and Naruto up for it while Sakura is uncertain. Later, each member of Team 7 is attacked by a mysterious ninja that they defeated in a one-on-one fight. The figure is revealed to be Iruka, who reports to Kakashi of accepting his choice. Later, while making their way to site of the Chunin Exam, Team 7 meets Rock Lee and his teammates Neji Hyuga and Tenten. Though they leave to make their way to where the exams are, Team 7 is being followed by Lee who intends to issue an challenge to Sasuke.|
|22||"Chunin Challenge: Rock Lee vs. Sasuke!"
"Kiai hyaku-nijū pāsento Nau de rokku na chōsenjō!" (気合い120% ナウでロックな挑戦状!)
|March 6, 2003||February 4, 2006|
|Following Team 7, revealed to have a crush on Sakura, Lee challenges Sasuke to a battle. Feeling neglected in his team-mates' shadows, Naruto's attempt to fight Lee himself only ended with him being easily knocked out. Now interested to face an opponent calling himself the strongest Genin, Sasuke accepts his challenge but finds himself powerless against an opponent who use taijutsu. Lee was about to finish the fight with his Shadow of the Dancing Leaf attack when a large turtle named Ningame appears. Soon after, as Naruto thinks Ningame is his mentor's, Lee's actual mentor Might Guy appears on top of Ningame with Team 7 a bit taken back by Guy's tough love and motivative speech to Lee. Upon noticing them, Guy reveals himself to be a rival of Kakashi's before taking his leave after giving Lee a punishment to perform. Before leaving, Lee reveals confesses that only used Sasuke to train himself against another. After Naruto pressures Sasuke over this turn of events, Team 7 reaches the room where the Exams are to take place.|
|23||"Genin Takedown! All Nine Rookies Face Off!"
"Kechirase raibaru! Rūkī nain zen'in shūgō" (蹴散らせライバル!新人9人全員集合)
|March 13, 2003||February 11, 2006|
|Before entering the Chunin Exam hall, Team 7 are greeted by Kakashi as he informs them that all of them were required to consent to take the exams before wishing them luck. Once inside, Team 7 meet up with their classmates: Ino Yamanaka, Shikamaru Nara, and Choji Akimichi of Asuma's Team 10 and Shino Aburame, Hinata Hyuga, and Kiba Inuzuka of Kurenai's Team 8. The Rookie Nine have a spirited discussion before they meet a exam veteran named Kabuto Yakushi who explains each of the village represented while giving Sasuke information on Gaara and Rock Lee. Though Kabuto intimidated the other Rookie Nine members by telling them that there are only elite genin among the individuals taking the exams, Naruto loudly proclaims that he will beat every ninja in the room to his friends' annoyance of being targeted by association. At that time, Kabuto is attacked by Team Dosu from the Hidden Sound Village for his earlier remark of their village. Although it appears that Kabuto dodged the attack, his glasses suddenly break and he becomes nauseated. Before the confronation escalates any further, the proctor Ibiki Morino and his team to commence the Chunin Exams.|
|24||"Start Your Engines: The Chunin Exam Begins!"
"Ikinari shikkaku? Chō-nankan no daiichi shiken" (いきなり失格?超難関の第一試験)
|March 20, 2003||February 18, 2006|
|As everyone takes their seat, Ibiki explains that the first phase of the exam will be a written test where the team with the most points continues to the next phase. Ibiki's assistants line the sides of the room to observe the genin to make sure they do not cheat, with team removed from the room if one member is caught cheating five times. With the exception of Naruto and Sakura, Sasuke and everyone realize that the real test is to subtly cheat through their unique skills. While Sakura is able to answer the questions, Naruto is the opposite as he feels he must place all his faith in the final question, which will be given fifteen minutes before the test's end.|
|25||"The Tenth Question: All or Nothing!"
"Detatoko shōbu! Funbaridokoro no jū monme" (出たとこ勝負!踏ん張りどころの10問目)
|March 27, 2003||February 25, 2006|
|Forty-five minutes into the written portion of the Chūnin Exams, Ibiki announces that it is time for the tenth and final question. But he ominously states that while their team would fail the exam if they do not take it, failure to answer it correctly would result in the participant being barred from future Chunin Exams. Fretting over the turn of events, Naruto refuses to accept give in to fear with his outburst putting the minds of those remaining at ease. Seeing no one else leaving, Ibiki reveals that the first nine were to their skills in intel gathering while the final question was to test their resolve. Passing Ibiki's test, the proctor amused to find Naruto passed his test without answering any question, the remaining Genin meet their next instructor, Anko Mitarashi the next day at the sight of the second phase of the exam: The Forest of Death.|
|26||"Special Report: Live from the Forest of Death!"
"Zettai hikken! Shi no Mori chokusen rupo! Konoha no gakkyū shinbun da kore!" (絶対必見!死の森直前ルポ!木ノ葉の学級新聞だコレ!)
|April 2, 2003||March 4, 2006|
|The episode is an anime-exclusive episode for Konohamaru and his classmates news report starring the Chuunin in training. Before the second exam can begin, Konohamaru and his friends pull the members of Team 7 aside for interviews, where they retell the storyline to this point. They discuss the Hokages, the Rogue Ninja etc.|
|27||"The Chunin Exam Stage 2: The Forest of Death"
"Daini shiken sutāto! Mawari wa minna teki darake!" (第二試験スタート!周りはみんな敵だらけ!)
|April 2, 2003||April 15, 2006|
|Anko briefs the candidates on their goal for the second portion of the exam that each team is given one of two scrolls: A Heaven Scroll and an Earth Scroll. Each teams must take an opposing team's opposing scroll and reach the tower in the center of the forest to continue. After being handed their scroll, Team 7 enters the Forest of Death the same time as the other genin teams.|
|28||"Eat or be Eaten: Panic in the Forest"
"Kū ka kuwareru ka! Esa ni natta Naruto" (喰うか喰われるか!エサになったナルト)
|April 9, 2003||April 15, 2006|
|A few minutes after entering the Forest of Death, Naruto leaves the team to relieve himself. But he is knocked out by a genin from the Hidden Rain Village who assumes his form to infiltrate Team 7. Luckily, seeing through the disguise, Sasuke drives away the attacking Rain Genin. While he and his team mates go over a password to identify themselves in such a situation, Naruto is separated from the others by a powerful gust of wind before being swallowed by a giant snake. In the meantime, Sasuke and Sakura are disabled by a Grass ninja named Shiore. Before they even fight, Sasuke and Sakura have visions of their own deaths upon looking into Shiore's eyes, paralyzing them with fear. Regaining his composure, Sasuke flees with Sakura as Shiore pursues. Luckily, having managed to kill the snake, Naruto arrives in time to save both of them.|
|29||"Naruto's Counterattack: Never Give In!"
"Naruto hangeki! Nigenēndattebayo!" (ナルト反撃!逃げねーんだってばよ!)
|April 16, 2003||April 15, 2006|
|Despite Naruto's timely appearance, Sasuke offers Shiore the scroll in exchange for their lives. Sasuke then throws the scroll to the Shiore but Naruto intercepts it. Naruto punches Sasuke during his attempt to convince him into giving the scroll up. Naruto accuses Sasuke of being an impostor as the Sasuke he knew would never be so weak and cowardly. Shiore summons a giant snake and engages Naruto, who uses the Nine Tails chakra to fight. Eventually, learning his opponent is the host of the Nine Tails, Shiore seals Naruto's ability to access the monster's power. As Naruto's unconscious body is saved by Sakura pinning it to a tree with a Kunai in mid air, Sasuke manages to muster the courage from Naruto's words to fight. Meanwhile, Anko learns of three faceless corpses found near the exams, one of them revealed to be Shiore, and recognizes that jutsu used to remove their faces.|
|30||"The Sharingan Revived: Dragon-Flame Jutsu!"
"Yomigaere Sharingan! Hissatsu: Katon Ryūka no Jutsu!" (蘇れ写輪眼!必殺·火遁龍火の術!)
|April 23, 2003||April 22, 2006|
|After a protracted battle with the mysterious ninja posing as Shiore, Sasuke traps Shiore and creates a new jutsu on the spot in the heat of battle to incinerate his attack. However, Shiore is still alive with his face partially melted off to reveal part of Shiore's true face. After extending his neck to inflict Sasuke with a mark, the ninja introduces himself as Orochimaru. Burning the scroll he possessed, Orochimaru leaves while promising Sasuke that he will look for him. Anko eventually finds Orochimaru, her former teacher, and unsuccessfully tries to kill him while learning that his target was Sasuke and that any interference in the Chunin Exams to remove the youth from the proceedings will end terribly for the Hidden Leaf Village.|
|31||"Bushy Brow's Pledge: Undying Love and Protection!"
"Geki mayu puratonikku! Boku wa shinu made anata o mamoru!!" (激まゆプラトニック!僕は死ぬまでアナタを守る!!)
|April 30, 2003||April 29, 2006|
|After the ordeal with Orochimaru, Sakura managed to move her team mates under a tree to tend to their wounds through out the night. Sakura is unaware that her team are being watched by Team Dosu, who placed an explosive tag on a squirrel that Sakura wards off without knowledge of it being made a bomb. Soon after, the Sound Genin makes their presence known as they reveal their intent to kill Sasuke while dealing with the numerous traps that Sakura prep to defend her team mates. Luckily, having been guided by the squirrel after saving it, Lee arrives to protect Sakura with his last breath. As the battle ensued, Lee uses the Front Lotus on Dosu before the impact is cushioned by Zaku Abumi and Lee knocked out.|
"Sakura saku! Ketsui no ushiro sugata" (サクラ咲く!決意の後ろ姿)
|May 7, 2003||May 6, 2006|
|With her team mates and Lee all unconscious, Sakura is forced to fight on her own before one of the Sound Genin, Kin Tsuchi, grabs the girl by her hair and proceeds to give her a bloody beating. This causes Sakura to remember her past with her own rival Ino Yamanaka and remembers why she grew her hair so long. She then focuses on being a strong ninja rather than just an attractive one, cutting her hair to free herself from Kin's grasp before attacking Zaku. Moved by Sakura's determination, Ino and the rest of Team 10 come to Sakura's aid.|
|33||"Battle Formation: Ino-Shika-Cho!"
"Muteki no fōmēshon! InoShikaChō!!" (無敵のフォーメーション!いのシカチョウ!!)
|May 14, 2003||May 13, 2006|
|Team 10 battles Team Dosu, each using their unique techniques to battle. However, though Ino uses her Mind-Transfer jutsu on Kin, the Sound Genin regain the advantage before Sasuke suddenly awakens. Empowered by Orochimaru's Curse Mark, Sasuke is rendered a cruel and sadistic monster as he easily defeats Zaku while crippling his arm. Terrified by Sasuke's extremely cruel brutality, Sakura stops him before he can kill and instruct fatality on either of the Sound Genin. Deciding they stand no chance, Dosu leaves a scroll so he and his team can retreat without further harm.|
|34||"Akamaru Trembles: Gaara's Cruel Strength!"
"Akamaru bikkuri! Gaara, Kyōi no Jitsuryoku" (赤丸ビックリ!我愛羅, 驚異の実力)
|May 21, 2003||May 20, 2006|
|As Team 7, Team 10, and Team Guy recover, Team 8 witnesses Gaara mercilessly kill a team of Rain Genin. Although Gaara prepares to turn his attention to Team 8, his siblings persuade him to leave them alone. Gaara's team beats the previous record for getting to the tower by a gigantic margin, and none of them are even remotely injured.|
|35||"The Scroll's Secret: No Peeking Allowed"
"Nozokimi genkin! Makimono no himitsu" (のぞき見厳禁!巻き物の秘密)
|May 28, 2003||May 27, 2006|
|Kabuto, separated from his team, accompanies Team 7 to the tower in the center of the forest. Along the way, the group encounters a disorienting genjutsu set by the Hidden Rain Gennin group whose member Sasuke had earlier defeated. By the time they realize that they are not getting any closer to the center of the forest, they are attacked by a number of clones.|
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