Naruto

Season 1 Episode 21

Identify Yourself: Powerful New Rivals

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Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Jan 28, 2006 on TV Tokyo
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After the three ninjas take their leave, Sasuke realizes he has a powerful rival out there. The next day, Kakashi announces that he has recommended all of them for the Chuunin Exams. While Naruto and Sasuke are pleased, Sakura is afraid of letting everyone down. Also, someone decides they aren't ready and decides to test their abilities.moreless

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  • All nine rookie genin are recommended for the Chunin exam.

    10
    As the episode begins, Gaara and Sasuke learn each others names and where each is from. Naruto continues to make a fool of himself and becomes even more jealous of Sasuke. Meanwhile the Third Hokage has asked who will allow their students to take the Chunin Exam. The three jounin trainers (Kakashi, Asuma, and Kurenai) have recommended all nine of their rookie genin for the exam. Iruka thinks that they are making a mistake in allowing their students to take the exam. He wants proof that they can handle it. Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke all face different tests to see if they can handle the exam.moreless
  • Chuunin Exams.

    7.2
    When Kakashi enlists Sakura, Sasuke and Naruto for the Chunin exams Iruka doesn't think that they are ready to take it. Iruka proves himself wrong by using a few tricks individually on Sakura, Sasuke and Naruto. I thought it was interesting how Iruka was in process of seeing if Sasuke, Sakura and Naruto were ready for taking the Chunin Exams. When Sasuke, Sakura and Naruto are turning in their applications and Sasuke was explaining the genjutsu and was about to fight with the person that didn't want to let him in was a great part of the episode. I liked this episode because of all of the jutsu and tricks.moreless
  • Iruka doesn't believe that Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura are ready for the Chunin Exams. Kakashi letsIruka prove himself wrong. Sauke, Sakura and Naruto go to the Chunon exams andshow a few people how good they are but just a little.moreless

    9.1
    When Kakashi enlists Sakura, Sasuke and Naruto for the Chunin exams Iruka doesn't think that they are ready to take it. Iruka proves himself wrong by using a few tricks individually on Sakura, Sasuke and Naruto. I thought it was interesting how Iruka was in process of seeing if Sasuke, Sakura and Naruto were ready for taking the Chunin Exams. When Sasuke, Sakura and Naruto are turning in their applications and Sasuke was explaining the genjutsu and was about to fight with the person that didn't want to let him in was a great part of the episode. I liked this episode because of all of the jutsu and tricks.moreless
  • The Chunnin Exam saga begins.

    8.9
    Okay, it started out with Gaara telling Kankuro that he should attack little kids. Kankuro said that she was the one who started this mess. He told him to shut up or he'll kill him. Sakura told them that they should enter another's village without permission. The sand villages told her that they have passes for the Chunnin exams. In the Hokage's office, the Hokage told the Jonins who to nominate for the Chunnin exams. The Jonins nominate all the 9 rookies. Iruka argued that they're not ready to go and they'll by killed. He did a little test on the 9 rookies. He disgues himself as a Rain Ninja and attack them. They all past. They rpove Iruka that they aren't rookies anymore. So let the Chunnin exams begin.moreless
  • This episode was superb.

    9.1
    This was one of my favorite episodes that didn't really have any fighting in it. I really loved it when Iruka tested Sakura, because at first I thought she was going to like really cry but she's real tough cuz she stood up for herself and saw through the genjutsu. One thing that could've been better though is that they should've shown all of the rookie nine's tests with Iruka, I would really want to see Hinata's. They also could've shown more of Sasuke's, but I think they wanted to do like testing Naruto's ninjutsu, Sakura's genjutsu, and Sasuke's taijutsu. Like they could've done that with teach squad, maybe not. So it was a superb episode.moreless
Brian Donovan

Brian Donovan

Rock Lee

Recurring Role

Dave Wittenberg

Dave Wittenberg

Kakashi Hatake

Recurring Role

Liam O'Brien (V)

Liam O'Brien (V)

Gaara

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When "Sasuke" asked Sakura to take a walk with him, his shirt was blue. When they are seen walking in the woods a few minutes later his shirt is black.

    • When Neji asked for Sasuke's name, he told him that it was common courtesy to give your own name first. But Sasuke didn't have a problem with that when he demanded that Gaara identify himself when Sasuke didn't introduce himself first.

    • When Sakura's depressed, after Naruto does his little fantasy dream, and Sasuke's thinking, "I hope I get to fight that guy..." Sakura stops walking and you see the three from behind. From behind, Naruto's little swirly thing on his sleeve is supposed to be on the left, but it's on the right arm.

    • The dub made Kakashi use the same excuse for being late as he did in the last episode. In the original, Kakashi said he got lost the first time, and the second time he said he got lost on the path of life. In the dub, he uses the path of life excuse both times.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Disguised Examiner: So you noticed the Genjustu, huh?
      Sasuke: Go ahead, tell them Sakura. I'm sure you saw it before anyone else did.
      Sakura: Huh?
      Sasuke: You have the sharpest eyes and the best analytical skills on our squad, you must have seen this coming a mile away.
      Sakura: I must have?

    • (Naruto and Lee bowing their heads, facing the wall)
      Lee: A weirdo?
      Naruto: No one wants to know my name.

    • Naruto: Chunin Exam? I've never heard of any Chunin Exam, believe it!
      Temari: Oh, I believe it. You obviously have no clue.

    • (In Naruto's thoughts)
      Hokage: I have to accept it: Naruto's better than an old geezer like me, so I'll just retire and let him be Hokage.
      Naruto: Yay!

    • Kakashi: This is all voluntary; it's up to each of you. If any of you don't feel ready, you can wait till next year.
      Naruto: ALL RIGHT!!! Kakashi-sensei, you rock!
      (Naruto jumps on Kakashi)
      Kakashi: Hey! Don't slobber on my vest!

    • Sakura: Argh!!! Why? Why? Why? I'ts always the same! He sets the time, then we have to wait hours for him!
      Naruto: It's not fair!
      Sakura: What about my feelings? I rushed here so fast, I didn't even have time to blow-dry my hair!
      Naruto: And I didn't even have enough time to brush my teeth or change my underwear!
      Sakura: You, uh... didn't? Thats really disgusting, Naruto.
      Sasuke: (Thinking) First thing in the morning and they're already driving me nuts.

    • Iruka: Are you trying to destroy them?
      Kakashi: Well, they're always complaining about not being challenged enough. Maybe wiping out on the exams will teach them a lesson. A little pain is good.
      Iruka: Wha-what did you say?
      Kakashi: Oh, nothing fatal, of course, but seriously, Iruka, relax. I understand how you feel, and know it's personal, but...
      Kurenai: Alright, Kakahsi, you've said enough.
      Kakashi: No, Kurenai! Iruka needs to hear this! I know this is hard but, they are no longer your students; they're mine!

    • Iruka: Hold on! Just a minute! With all respect, the nine names that were just given were all my students at the academy. I know their skills and abilities. They all show great promise, but it's too soon. They need more experience before they are tested. If they try now, they're sure to fail the exam!
      Kakashi: When I became a Chuunin, I was six years younger than Naruto is now.
      Iruka: Naruto is nothing like you!!!

    • Naruto: Hey, Konohamaru, do I seem uncool or something?
      Konohamaru: Well, compared to Sasuke, yeah, you're pretty lame.

    • Sasuke: Hey! You! Identify yourself!
      Temari: (Blushing) You mean me?
      Sasuke: No, him. The guy with the gourd on his back.
      Gaara: My name is Gaara of the Desert, and I'm curious about you, too. Who are you?
      Sasuke: I am Sasuke Uchiha.
      Naruto: Hi there! I bet you're dying to know my name, right?
      Gaara: I couldn't care less.

    • Gaara: You're an embarassment to our village. Have you forgotten why we came all the way here?
      Kankuro: I know. I mean, they challenged us. They started the whole thing, really. See, here's what happened...
      Gaara: Shut up...or I'll kill you!

    • Mysterious Ninja: Hurry up and get the scroll!
      Naruto: Yeah, right! And what happens if I say no?
      Mysterious Ninja: Then I guess you dont care what happens to the girl!
      Naruto: What girl? All I see is two dummies: you, and the one next to you made of straw!

    • Neji: Hey, you. Over here! What's your name?
      Sasuke: It's common courtesy to give your own name before you ask someone else's.
      Neji: Hey, you're a rookie, right? How old are you anyway?
      Sasuke: I'm not obliged to answer.

    • Sasuke: So this is the big, bad Chuunin Exam? What a freak show!

    • Lee: My name is Rock Lee. You are Sakura, right? Please be my girlfriend! I vow to protect you with my life!
      Sakura: Definitely...not.
      Lee: Why?
      Sakura: Because you're a weirdo!

  • NOTES (11)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • According to Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto, he based Rock Lee on the late martial artist, Bruce Lee. In addition, both fighters share the same birthdate: November 27th.

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