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The cover for the first DVD collection, which was nominated for best package design at the American Anime Awards.

This is a list of episodes of the Naruto anime series, covering the first two seasons of the series. The episodes are directed by Hayato Date and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo.[1] The episodes were released in North America by Viz Media and on Europe and South America by Warner Bros. Television. They are based on the Naruto manga series by Masashi Kishimoto and adapt the first through tenth volumes of its source material over fifty-one episodes. Episode 26 was a Filler episode.

The first season ran from October 2002 to March 2003 in Japan, with the second following it from April to October 2003.[2] Both seasons were shown on TV Tokyo. The English airing of the first season was from September 2005 to January 2006.[3] The second season was aired from October 2005 to September 2006.[4] Both were shown on Cartoon Network's Toonami and YTV's Bionix programming blocks.[5][6]

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 Rokusu?) 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 twenty-seven 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.

The two seasons were released on four DVD compilations by Viz Media, with two compilations of thirteen and twelve episodes released for the first season,[7][8] and two compilations of thirteen and fourteen episodes released for the second season.[9][10] The first of these compilations was nominated at the American Anime Awards for best package design.[11]


Season 1: 2002-2003

EP# 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 9, 2005
After failing to graduate from the Ninja Academy for the third year in a row, Naruto Uzumaki is approached by Mizuki, an instructor at the Academy, who instructs him to steal a scroll with a special technique. Iruka Umino finds Naruto and protects him from Mizuki, but in the process Mizuki tells Naruto the reason nobody seems to like him; The Nine-Tailed Fox Demon that attacked the village twelve years ago was defeated when The Fourth Hokage sealed the Demon inside Naruto, giving his own life in the process. Using the special technique from the scroll, Naruto defeats Mizuki, and Iruka allows him to graduate. 
2 "My Name Is Konohamaru!"
"Konohamaru da kore!" (木ノ葉丸だ コレ!) 
October 10, 2002 September 9, 2005
Naruto befriends Konohamaru, the Third Hokage's grandson, and teaches him one of his techniques. 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
To officially obtain the rank of Genin, Naruto is put into Team 7 with Sakura Haruno and Sasuke Uchiha. As the three mingle, it becomes clear that Naruto likes Sakura but loathes Sasuke, Sakura is infatuated with Sasuke but dislikes Naruto, and Sasuke ignores them both. 
4 "Pass or Fail: Survival Test"
"Shiren! Sabaibaru enshū" (試練!サバイバル演習) 
October 24, 2002 September 24, 2005
Team 7 meets their Jōnin team leader, Kakashi Hatake, who administers the Genin qualification test. Naruto's clumsy head-on assault is easily defeated by Kakashi, and Sasuke steps in to fight Kakashi. 
5 "You Failed! Kakashi's Final Decision"
"Shikkaku? Kakashi no Keturon" (失格?カカシの結論) 
October 31, 2002 October 1, 2005
Sasuke attempts to fight Kakashi, and although he performs much better than Naruto, he is defeated. Kakashi then defeats Sakura by trapping her in a genjutsu while she tries to win Sasuke's affection. Meanwhile, Naruto sneaks to the two lunches and gets caught by Kakashi. Kakashi lectures the three on their inability to work together and forbids them from feeding Naruto. Despite this, Sasuke says they should feed Naruto. Sakura ends up doing this, and Kakashi reappears, passing them for their realization that protecting one's friends is more important than following the rules. 
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 missions, they are assigned to escort Tazuna back to the Land of Waves. The group is attacked by two enemy ninja. While Naruto panics, Sakura does her best to protect Tazuna and Sasuke deals with the attackers efficiently, taunting Naruto in the process. 
7 "The Assassin of the Mist!"
"Kiri no ansatsusha!" (霧の暗殺者!) 
November 14, 2002 October 15, 2005
After the attack, Tazuna admits that the mission is much more dangerous than originally intended, but after Team 7 hears of Tazuna's desire to build a bridge to save the impoverished Land of Waves and the threat from the wealthy criminal mastermind Gato, they agree to go through with the mission regardless for humanitarian reasons. The group is soon stopped by Zabuza Momochi, an opponent dangerous enough for Kakashi to reveal his Sharingan eye. 
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 prison of water. Despite Kakashi's insistence for the others to flee, Sasuke and Naruto try to free him. Using Naruto's transformation skills and Sasuke's expertise at shurikenjutsu, they succeed at deceiving Zabuza, forcing him to release his prison in order to dodge their attack. 
9 "Kakashi: Sharingan Warrior!"
"Sharingan no Kakashi" (写輪眼のカカシ) 
November 28, 2002 October 29, 2005
Kakashi and Zabuza resume their fight. Due to his Sharingan, Kakashi is able to take the upper hand and he defeats Zabuza by copying his own attack. Before Kakashi can finish him, a masked Kirigakure hunter-nin apparently kills Zabuza and leaves with him. Kakashi then collapses from fatigue. 
10 "The Forest of Chakra"
"Chakura no mori" (チャクラの森) 
December 5, 2002 November 5, 2005
Kakashi rests and recovers at Tazuna's home. Once he awakens, he concludes that Zabuza is alive, as there were numerous inconsistencies with the hunter-nin's actions. The hunter-nin is revealed to be Haku, a boy under Zabuza's wing. To prepare the group for their next fight, Kakashi continues their training by teaching them how to climb trees without using their hands. 
11 "The Land Where a Hero Once Lived"
"Eiyū no ita kuni" (英雄のいた国) 
December 12, 2002 November 12, 2005
Sakura, who easily finished the tree-climbing exercise, is left in charge of protecting Tazuna while Naruto and Sasuke continue their training. During dinner on one night, Sakura asks about a torn picture that Inari, Tazuna's grandson, had been looking at. Tazuna explains that the man in the missing portion of the picture was Kaiza, Inari's idol, and the hero of the village, who was brutally killed by Gato. Kaiza's death destroyed any hope or happiness the village had and caused Inari to loose faith in heroism. Naruto rushes off to continue his training with renewed determination. 
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
In the woods, Naruto encounters Haku. The two discuss their dreams, and Haku comments that one's strength is at its greatest when protecting a loved one. Sasuke and Naruto soon master tree-climbing, but Inari deems their training as pointless, enraging Naruto. The two engage in a heated dispute, which Kakashi resolves when he comforts Inari, revealing that Naruto wanted him to regain his hope and courage. The next morning, Kakashi, Sasuke, and Sakura escort Tazuna to work. Upon arriving at the bridge, they find Tazuna's workers unconscious and the air getting thicker with mist. Zabuza and a masked Haku reveal 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 Inari's mother. Inari attempts to stop them, but is saved when Naruto defeats them, and leaves to join the others at the bridge. Meanwhile, Sasuke fights Haku, his newfound speed giving him an advantage. To counter this, Haku traps Sasuke in a cage of 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
Naruto arrives and manages a sneak attack on Haku. Although Zabuza tries to attack Naruto, Haku asks to be the one to fight him, and Zabuza agrees. Trying to help Sasuke, Naruto enters the cage of mirrors, becoming trapped as well. 
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, though both are unsuccessful, leading Kakashi to believe that Haku has a kekkei genkai. He once again reveals his Sharingan. Zabuza reveals that he is able to counter the Sharingan through hiding himself in mist, and he lands a strike on Kakashi. 
16 "The Broken Seal"
"Kaihō sareta 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 attack. Soon after that Sasuke performs his own Sharingan to encounter Haku. Haku launches an assault on Naruto, but Sasuke dives in to sacrifice his life for him and Naruto thinks Sasuke has died in his arms. Naruto tries to avenge his death and unconsciously taps into the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox's (Kyuubi's) chakra and charges up to kill Haku, while Kakashi worries about his supernatural powers. 
17 "White Past: Hidden Ambition"
"Shiroi Kako - Himeta omoi" (白い過去·秘めた想い) 
January 30, 2003 December 31, 2005
Kakashi senses that Naruto has released the demon fox's chakra, and decides he to end the fight quickly. With his new power, Naruto overwhelms Haku. Haku's mask breaks away, revealing the boy Naruto had previously conversed with. Haku asks Naruto to kill him, as he cannot be of any more use to Zabuza- the only person that, to him, ever vallued him. Meanwhile, Kakashi summons a number of dogs to find and restrain Zabuza. With Zabuza immobilized, Kakashi prepares 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
In the village, Inari attempts to rally support amongst the villagers against Gato. Disapointed in the fear from the villagers, Inari sets out alone, explaining that he must be brave and says "I am my father's son." Elsewhere, Naruto agrees to kill Haku, who instead stops Naruto, and moves in the way of Kakashi's attack, saving Zabuza at the cost of his own life. Zabuza attempts to cut through Haku to reach Kakashi, but is soon overpowered by Kakashi. Before the battle can end, Gato arrives with his men, and reveals he will kill everyone present. 
19 "The Demon in the Snow"
"Zabuza yuki ni chiru. .." (ザブザ雪に散る...) 
February 13, 2003 January 14, 2006
After learning of Haku's death, Naruto berates Zabuza for his indifference. Zabuza rebuffs the remarks- labeling Haku as a weapon, however- Naruto is shocked when Zabuza begins to shed tears. "In the end, we shinobi are just people too, with flaws all to human". He asks to allowed to try and slay Gato as a final act To repent. In his final moments, Kakashi urges Naruto to keep watching out of respect for Zabuza. Frightened by the ninja's ferocity, the mercaneries panic and Gato is slain. Sasuke awakens, as Haku had not intended to kill him. The bridge is completed, and Team 7 leaves. 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
Team 7 were doing some small jobs. Naruto states that he will beat Sasuke in the missions, but end up getting into trouble, and is even saved by Sasuke from falling down a waterfall. As the missions for the day are finished, Sasuke leaves his two teammates. Sakura and Naruto meet Konohamaru and his new friends. After insulting Sakura, Konohamaru is forced to run for safety, but ends up running into Kankuro. Despite his sister Temari's advice, Kankuro threatens Konohamaru.Just as Kankuro was about to finish Konohamaru, Sasuke saves Him by pelting Kankuro with a rock. Kankuro prepares to counterattack, but is stopped by a command from his brother, Gaara, much to everyone's surprise. At the end it is revealed that the Chunin exams are coming soon. 
21 "Identify Yourself: Powerful New Rivals"
"Nanore! Arawareta kyōteki tara!!" (名乗れ!現れた強敵たち!!) 
February 27, 2003 January 28, 2006
Everyone present is startled by Gaara's sudden appearance. As the siblings walk away, they explain that they came to Konohagakure from Sunagakure to take part in the Chunin Exam, a test to promote them to the next ninja rank. Kakashi reveals that he has nominated Team 7 for the exams. As Team 7 proceeds to the site of the Chunin Exam, they meet Rock Lee and his teammates. Lee asks Sakura to be his girlfriend, and she refuses. Neji asks Sasuke for some personal information about himself, which Naruto sees that people are more interested in Sasuke that in himself, which makes him jealous. Sakura pulls the two away and leaves Team Guy. 
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
As they leave, Rock Lee appears again and challenges Sasuke to a battle, saying that he is the best Genin. Initially refusing, Sasuke changes his mind when Lee effortlessly defeats Naruto. Even Sasuke's Sharingan is no match for Lee's taijutsu. Before any serious harm can come to Sasuke, Lee's sensei and self-proclaimed eternal rival of Kakashi Hatake, Might Guy, appears and stops the attack. After assigning Lee a punishment, Guy leaves. Lee tells Sasuke that he is not the best and that the fight was meant to be a test for him, nut labels Sasuke as a target from then on. Lee leaves, and Naruto pressures Sasuke about not being able to defeat Lee. Sasuke is angered by this but calms down as Team 7 leaves. 
23 "Genin Takedown! All Nine Rookies Face Off!"
"Kechirase raibaru! rūkī nainu zenin shūgō" (蹴散らせライバル!新人9人全員集合) 
March 13, 2003 February 11, 2006
The remaining Genin receive their exams to become Chunin. Upon arriving at the location of the first part of the exams, Team 7 meets with Team 10 members Ino Yamanaka, Shikamaru Nara, and Choji Akimichi, as well as Team 8 members Shino Aburame, Hinata Hyuga, and Kiba Inuzuka. The group is befriended by exam veteran Kabuto Yakushi, who offers the nine information on their competitors. His remarks about the Land of Sound, however, touch a nerve with the Sound Genin present, and is attacked as such. Before the fight can progress, Ibiki Morino and several Chunin appear. 
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 the first phase of the exam will be a written test. Cheating results in the deduction of points, which in turn eventually leads to that person and their team being ejected. Everyone present realizes that cheating is necessary to pass the test, and many are ejected for cheating, while others use their unique abilities to successfully cheat. Naruto, unable to answer any of the questions, puts 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"
"Deta-toko shōbu! funbari dokoro 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
The last question is revealed to be a choice - stay and risk the chance of being disqualified forever from the exams, or leave and automatically fail. Many teams leave, but Naruto gives an inspiring monologue that gives the remaining teams the courage to stay. Ibiki reveals that the question itself was a test, and those who stayed automatically pass. The remaining Genin are left to the next instructor, Anko Mitarashi, who takes them all to the Forest of Death
26[12] "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
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. 

Season 2: 2003

EP# Title Original airdate English airdate
27[12] "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. All teams will be given one scroll (either heaven or earth), with the objective being to take the other scroll from another team and proceed to the castle in the centre of the forest and the next stage of the exams. The proctor hands out scrolls and opens the forest gates. As they enter, Naruto's team is attacked almost immediately. 
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
Sasuke drives away the attacking Rain Genin. A powerful gust of wind then separates Naruto from his team. Just as he reorients himself, Naruto is swallowed by a giant snake. In the meantime, Sasuke and Sakura are disabled by a Grass ninja. Before they even fight, Sasuke and Sakura have visions of their own deaths upon looking into his eyes, paralyzing them with fear. Regaining his composure, Sasuke flees with Sakura. The ninja pursues them, but Naruto, having killed the snake, 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 is willing to sacrifice their scroll to ensure their survival. Before he can do so, Naruto takes the scroll from him, believing that the real Sasuke would never willingly give up. Meanwhile, three corpses are discovered by the Chuunin Ninjas, bringing back dark memories for Anko. Naruto begins fighting the Grass ninja and his snakes, tapping into the demon fox's chakra in the process. The ninja, recognizing Naruto as the demon fox's container, seals the demon fox's chakra with a second seal, rendering him unconscious. Naruto's efforts, however, rejuvenate Sasuke with determination, and he prepares to battle the Grass ninja. 
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
Sasuke and the Grass ninja engage in combat. After a protracted battle, Sasuke sends a blast of fire to the ninja's face. However, the ninja awakens with his face partially melted off, revealing another face underneath. Extending his neck, he bites Sasuke and leaves behind a cursed seal. The ninja reveals himself to be Orochimaru, and leaves. Anko finds Orochimaru, her former teacher, and unsuccessfully tries to kill him. 
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
Sakura takes care of her teammates, both of whom are still unconscious from Orochimaru's attack. The three Sound Genin that attacked Kabuto in the test room, sent by Orochimaru to kill Sasuke, observe their target from a distance, and eventually approach Sakura. Despite Sakura's best efforts, the Sound Genin evade her obstacles and prepare to attack. Rock Lee appears to protect Sakura. Though he holds his own for a while the fact that his weights were slowing him down and that he was outnumbered makes it so he is knocked out. 
32 "Sakura Blossoms!"
"Sakura saku! Ketsui no ushiro sugata" (サクラ咲く!決意の後ろ姿) 
May 7, 2003 May 6, 2006
With Lee unconscious, Sakura fights by herself. One of the Sound Genin, Kin Tsuchi, takes hold of her hair and ridicules her for spending so much time on her looks, and Sakura cuts her hair to free herself from Kin's grasp. Freed, Sakura battles Zaku Abumi, though he quickly gains the advantage. Moved by Sakura's determination, Team 10 attacks the Sound Genin. 
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 the Sound Genin, each using their unique techniques to battle. However, the Sound Genin regain the advantage, as Sasuke awakens, engulfed in Orochimaru's cursed seal. Sasuke, empowered by the seal, easily defeats Zaku, but Sakura stops him before he can kill either of the Sound Genin. The Sound Genin leave a scroll and retreat. 
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"
"Nozoki mi genkin! Maki mono no himitsu" (のぞき見厳禁!巻き物の秘密) 
May 28, 2003 May 27, 2006
Kabuto Yakushi, 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 teammates of the Rain Genin 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. 
36 "Clone vs. Clone: Mine Are Better Than Yours"
"Bunshin taiketsu! Ore ga shuyaku dattebayo!" (分身対決!オレが主役だってばよ!) 
June 4, 2003 June 3, 2006
The team realizes they are in another genjutsu. In order to draw out the assailants, Naruto disguises several of his shadow clones as his teammates and fights the enemy clones all night. When the Rain Genin believe that Team 7 exhausted from combat, Kabuto, Sakura, and Sasuke corner them. After a brief struggle, Naruto knocks out the enemies and takes their scroll, at which point they head to the tower and meet with Kabuto's team. Unknown to Team 7, Kabuto submits all of the data he gathered on them to Orochimaru. 
37 "Surviving the Cut: The Rookie Nine Together Again!"
"Daini shiken toppa! seizoroi rūkī nainu!" (第二試験突破!勢ぞろいルーキーナイン!) 
June 11, 2003 June 10, 2006
Team 7 opens its scrolls inside the tower, summoning Iruka to inform them that they made it in time. He observes their growth, then allows them to enter the main room, where they meet with the other passing teams: Team 10, Team 8, Team Guy, Gaara's team, Kabuto's team, and the Sound Genin. The Third Hokage briefly speaks about the exams and leaves Hayate Gekko in charge. 
38 "Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination!"
"Gōkakusha nibun ni ichi!? Ikinari shiai dattebayo!!" (合格者二分の一!?イキナリ試合だってばよ!!) 
June 18, 2003 June 17, 2006
Hayate reveals that an unusually large number of Genin got through the second stage of the exam. A series of one-on-one preliminary matches will be held to reduce the number of people. Kabuto drops out immediately upon the notice, blaming his withdrawal on an injury sustained from an earlier part of the test. The preliminary matches begin with Sasuke Uchiha versus Yoroi Akado
39 "Bushy Brow's Jealousy: Lions Barrage Unleashed!"
"Geji mayu jerashī! "Shishi Rendan" Tanjō" (ゲジまゆジェラシー!「獅子連弾」誕生!) 
July 2, 2003 June 24, 2006
Sasuke fights Yoroi, but is handicapped by his inability to use chakra due to the danger of activating the cursed seal. Yoroi's ability to absorb chakra gives him an advantage, but Sasuke uses a new taijutsu technique, the Lion Combo, and manages to suppress his cursed seal in the process. Kakashi takes him to an isolated location to hinder the cursed seal, only to be confronted by Orochimaru as he finishes. Back at the tower, Shino Aburame and Zaku Abumi begin the next match. 
40 "Kakashi and Orochimaru: Face-to-Face!"
"Isshokusokuhatsu!! Kakashi vāsasu Orochimaru" (一触即発!!カカシVS大蛇丸) 
July 9, 2003 July 1, 2006
Kakashi threatens to kill Orochimaru, a threat that Orochimaru takes lightly. Despite this, Orochimaru leaves, with Kakashi terrified at his foolishness. Meanwhile, Shino and Zaku Abumi continue their match, with Shino ultimately winning his match through the use of his destruction bugs, leaving Kankuro and Misumi Tsurugi to fight next. 
41 "Kunoichi Rumble: The Rivals Get Serious!"
"Raibaru gekitotsu! Otome gokoro wa honki mōdo" (ライバル激突!オトメ心は本気モード) 
July 16, 2003 July 8, 2006
Kankuro easily wins his battle against Misumi by tricking him into attacking Karasu, Kankuro's puppet. In retaliation, Karasu snaps Misumi's neck, though he survives due to his ability to contort himself. The fourth match is between Sakura and Ino Yamanaka. After the two exchange insults, they have flash backs from when they were kids. They then decide to take the battle seriously. 
42 "The Ultimate Battle: Cha!"
"Besuto batoru wa shānnarō!!" (ベストバトルはしゃーんなろー!!) 
July 23, 2003 July 15, 2006
Sakura and Ino are evenly matched, and Ino tries a desperate move, her Mind Body Switch Technique. She succeeds and takes control over Sakura's body. As she prepares to force Sakura to forfeit, Naruto cheers Sakura on and inadvertently awakens Inner Sakura, who forces Ino out of her body. Both drained of their chakra, the rivals knock each other out, resulting in a double knockout, and eliminating both from the finals. 
43 "Killer Kunoichi and a Shaky Shikamaru"
"Shikamaru tajitaji!? Kunoichi-tachi no atsuki tatakai" (シカマルタジタジ!?くの一達の熱き戦い) 
July 30, 2003 July 22, 2006
The next match is between Temari and Tenten. Tenten's weapon summonings are negated by Temari's wind-based attacks, and she is defeated. Shikamaru Nara and Kin Tsuchi are chosen for the next match. Although Kin ensnares Shikamaru in a genjutsu, he captures her in his Shadow Imitation Technique. He forces her to knock herself unconscious. The next combatants are revealed to be Naruto and Kiba Inuzuka. 
44 "Akamaru Unleashed! Who's Top Dog Now?"
"Akamaru sansen!! Makeinu wa docchi da?" (赤丸参戦!!負け犬はどっちだ?) 
August 6, 2003 July 29, 2006
Due to Kiba fighting with his dog, Akamaru, Naruto is at a disadvantage. Although he takes advantage of Kiba's overconfidence, Kiba and Akamaru consume special pills that double their chakra. With a combination of efforts, they overwhelm Naruto. 
45 "Surprise Attack! Naruto's Secret Weapon!"
"Hinata sekimen! Kankyaku anguri, Naruto no oku no te" (ヒナタ赤面! 観客あんぐり, ナルトの奥の手) 
August 13, 2003 August 5, 2006
Using the Transformation Technique, Naruto tricks Kiba and manages to knock Akamaru unconscious. Naruto, however, is still at a disadvantage due to Kiba's pill-enhanced chakra and superior speed. Kiba's onslaught ends when Naruto accidentally flatulates into Kiba's face, stunning him due to his enhanced sense of smell. Naruto then finishes the battle with barrage of shadow clones. 
46 "Byakugan Battle: Hinata Grows Bold!"
"Byakugan kaigen!! Uchiki na Hinata no daitan ketsui!" (白眼開眼!!内気なヒナタの大胆決意!) 
August 20, 2003 August 12, 2006
The next match is Hinata Hyuga against Neji Hyuga, her cousin from the branch house of the the Hyuga clan. Neji intimidates and berates his cousin, and she seems ready to forfeit. Tired of his taunts, Naruto cheers Hinata on, giving her the strength to fight back. Hinata and Neji fight each other using Gentle Fist style, which uses bursts of chakra to damage the opponent's internal organs. 
47 "A Failure Stands Tall!"
"Akogare no hito no me no mae de!!" (憧れの人の目の前で!!) 
August 27, 2003 August 19, 2006
Neji reveals that he had been toying with Hinata, and he disables her ability to use chakra with the Gentle Fist style. Hinata, inspired by Naruto, refuses to give up. She tells Neji that she believes that he is suffering more from fighting his destiny. Angered, Neji attempts a fatal blow, but four observing Jonin halt him. Hinata collapses into cardiac arrest shortly after, and Naruto vows to avenge her. 
48 "Gaara vs. Rock Lee: The Power of Youth Explodes!"
"Gaara funsai!! Wakasa da! Pawā da! Bakuhatsu da!" (我愛羅粉砕!!若さだ!パワーだ!爆発だ!) 
September 3, 2003 August 26, 2006
The next set of matchups is Rock Lee against Gaara. At first, Lee's Strong Fist taijutsu is ineffective against Gaara's wall of sand that automatically rises to protect him. Lee then removes the heavy leg weights he was wearing, drastically increasing his speed and allowing him to bypass Gaara's defense. Lee then uses his Primary Lotus, but only succeeds in destroying a clone made of sand. 
49 "Lee's Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu!"
"Nekketsu ochikobore! Tsuini Sakuretsu, kindan no ōgi!" (熱血落ちこぼれ!遂に炸裂, 禁断の奥義!) 
September 10, 2003 September 2, 2006
Gaara reappears and attacks Lee, who is weakened from using his Primary Lotus again. Lee recovers by opening the Second Gate, shocking the Jonin observers in the audience. He then proceeds to open the third and fourth gates, shocking Gaara. 
50 "The Fifth Gate: A Splendid Ninja is Born!"
"Aa Rokku Rī! Kore ga otoko no ikizama yo!!" (嗚呼ロック·リー!これが男の生き様よ!!) 
September 17, 2003 September 9, 2006
Lee's increased speed overwhelms Gaara's sand defenses. Lee opens the Fifth Gate and uses his most powerful attack, Hidden Lotus. Unfortunately for Lee, Gaara survives by softening his fall with sand and uses his sand coffin to crush Lee's left arm and leg. Gaara moves his sand to finish Lee, but Guy blocks the final attack. Lee, though unconscious due to the pain, rises to continue the battle, his desire to win fueling his broken body. At the end of the match Rock Lee is crippled to the extent that he is unable to fight again. Guy regrets teaching Lee such dangerous techniques, but vacates the ring for the final match between Choji Akimichi and Dosu Kinuta 
51 "A Shadow in the Darkness: Danger Approaches Sasuke"
"Yami ni ugomeku kage Sasuke ni semaru kiki!" (闇にうごめく影 サスケに迫る危機!) 
September 24, 2003 September 16, 2006
Despite having formulated a strategy beforehand, Choji quickly loses to Dosu, concluding the preliminaries. The nine qualifying Genin are assigned opponents, and they are all allowed to leave for a month of training before the finals. Elsewhere, Kabuto prepares to kidnap Sasuke under Orochimaru's orders, but he is stopped by Kakashi and is forced to retreat. Naruto later meets with Kakashi in hopes of training with him, but is given Ebisu as a replacement. 
52 "Ebisu Returns: Naruto's Toughest Training Yet!"
"Ebisu futatabi! harenchi wa watashi ga yurushimasen zo!" (エビス再び!ハレンチは私が許しませんぞ!) 
October 1, 2003 September 30, 2006
Naruto reluctantly agrees to train under Ebisu, and Ebisu tries to teach Naruto how to walk on water. As Naruto practices, Ebisu catches an old man (later revealed to be Jiraiya) spying on a women's bathhouse. As Ebisu rushes to apprehend him, Jiraiya knocks him out with a single hit, leaving Naruto without a tutor. 

See also


  1. ^ "Naruto staff" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Naruto story" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ "IGN: Naruto: Season 1". IGN. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  4. ^ "IGN: Naruto: Season 2". IGN. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Viz to Stream Naruto on Within 1 Week of Japanese Airing (Updated)". Anime News Network. November 17, 2008. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Canada's YTV to Premiere Death Note Anime in September". Anime News Network. July 19, 2007.'s-ytv-to-premiere-death-note-anime-in-september. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Naruto Uncut, Vol. 1 (DVD Box Set)". Viz Media. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Naruto Uncut, Vol. 2 (DVD Box Set)". Viz Media. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Naruto Uncut, Vol. 3 (DVD Box Set)". Viz Media. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Naruto Uncut, Vol. 4 (DVD Box Set)". Viz Media. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  11. ^ George, Richard (2007-02-13). "NYCC 07: Viz Anime Dominates Award Noms". IGN. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  12. ^ a b Episodes 26 and 27 originally aired together as an hour long special.


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