Season 7 Episode 5

Follow My Lead! The Great Survival Challenge

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Apr 19, 2008 on TV Tokyo

Episode Recap

The young students from the ninja academy gather around a post board, excited about the day's events; Konohamaru and his two sidekicks are psyched. However, Uzumaki Naruto is one un-happy ninja, who has just been informed by Tsunade that they will be going on a 'survival' mission with the ninjas-to-be. Almost everyone's there, including Neji, Tenten, Lee, Ino, Chouji, Shino, Kiba, and Hinata.

Finally, after bribing Naruto into believing that helping the students will help him become a better Hokage, the genins are assigned their groups; Naruto's group consisting of Konohamaru, Moegi, and Udon. They discover from Iruka-sensei, that their mission is to safely arrive at Mount Takamuri and will last for two days and one night. They are given maps and are instructed not to stray from the designated route. There will be a scroll awaiting them, and they are to take it before returning to the village.

Everyone, except Naruto's group leaves, as he is 'securing food' for their mission. Neji and Chouji both demonstrate ways to secure a safe mission, which completely astound their young charges. After traveling for quite some time, Konohamaru and co. begin to think that they're completely lost and each of them take turns in attempt to find their way to Mount Takemuri. Sadly, after a few interesting encounters, they find themselves back at square one, again. A brief glimpse of everyone's group is shown, some being humorous, while others helpfully teaching the students the ways of the shinobi. Finally, Naruto's group manages to catch up a bit closer to the others, and Iruka-sensei along with the other chuunins launch a simulated attack.

Naruto, Konohamaru, Moegi, and Udon give all except for Shikamaru a nose bleed, due to their 'technique'. The all-time favorite technique of Jiraiya; the Sexy-Jutsu! After being trapped in the rain, Naruto and co. give up on trying to build their camp and continue their trek on what Naruto dubs a 'short-cut'. Meanwhile, trouble brews elsewhere, and it is decided that the mission will be canceled. Apparently the village of Konoha will take a direct attack by the morning. No other information is revealed.

All the groups have been notified and returned to the village, except for Naruto's group, whom they find has taken a dangerous route. Naruto and his companions find refuge in a small cave inside the mountain, but unfortunately for them they've lost most of their food and camping supplies. After some light brawling, the young ninjas listen as Naruto tells them how important teamwork is to a ninja and his mission. Each discover what a 'survival' mission is all about.

They each munch on some of Naruto's angel cake, waiting for the storm to subside. Shikamaru and Iruka-sensei are chasing up the mountain, in an attempt to find Naruto and his group before they find themselves in even more danger. However, it seems they arrive a little too late, because Naruto can never stay out of trouble for too long. They encounter somewhat of a rockslide and Naruto must rely on his charges to help him. Eventually, the chuunins come to their aid, and Naruto blasts out of the rubble with his 'Rasengan' attack.

The episode comes to a close with Naruto finding himself in Hokage's office suffering another lecture. It seems his young charges are not as loyal as he thought, although they do know the meaning of teamwork. Together they team-up on Naruto, who suffers even more of the angry Tsunade's wrath. The episode ends, as the Fifth chases Naruto from the building, demanding that he 'get back there, or else!