Season 1 Episode 10

The Forest of Chakra

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Nov 05, 2005 on TV Tokyo
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With Zabuza gone things are now settling and Tazuna can go and build the bridge without fear. Or so everyone thinks. Kakashi believes something is wrong with Zabuza's death and teaches Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke a way to train so they could better use their chakra. Is Zabuza really dead?moreless

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  • going to be a good episode

    A peaceful scene of a waterside home, and inside this home we find Kakashi coming to and a woman asks how he is doing. The three Genin enter with Tazuna, happy to find Kakashi awake, they all wonder about the happenings of the past few days. As Kakashi thinks, he explains the job of the ANBU. It then pans to the masked boy and the body of Zabuza, as the boy goes to remove the bandages from Zabuza's face, he reaches up and holds the boys arm. Doing it himself, Zabuza's mouth is filled with sharp shark like teeth, and pulls out the two long needles from his neck.

    We find out that the boy is not really ANBU, and that him and Zabuza might have a more then "friendly" relationship with each other. The boy is rather feminine in appearance and talks to Zabuza in a very loving manner. Due to the injuries sustained, Zabuza won't be able to move much for a few weeks. It also it appears that Zabuza knows how to beat the Sharingan the next time he faces it. Getting a bad feeling, both Kakashi and Sasuke come to the conclusion that Zabuza is not dead and the boy was actually helping him to escape.

    Kakashi explains how first of all the bodies are destroyed on site, and secondly that the boy used a nonlethal weapon on him. Having said this, Naruto is ecstatic at the possibility of getting to prove his worth. Sakura is afraid due to Kakashi's condition. But he reassures her that they are going to go through training and that there growth is amazing, especially Naruto. It is at this point in the story that Inari, Tazuna's grandson, comes in and he states that the group is going to die by the hands of Gato and that there is no hope.

    Naruto being himself, proclaims his dream of one day becoming Hokage and that he is a super hero. Inari shoots him down, in doing so pisses Naruto off and Sakura has to hold Naruto back. Inari claims that if they don't want to die they should go home and then he heads out to watch the ocean. Naruto unsatisfied goes looking for him to yell at, and finds him in his room sitting on a table sobbing about his father and holding a picture. Coming upon this scene, Naruto lowers his head and walks away.

    The four Konoha ninjas gather in a small clearing in the forest. Kakashi in crutches, elaborates about their training and asks Sakura to educate them on what exactly Chakra is. She uses a scroll to explain that Chakra is the mix of energy from the body and the spirit, and by forming hand seals and "molding" the chakra you perform all of the techniques that you use. Kakashi praises her on her knowledge and Naruto and Sasuke agree that you can learn using your body instead of your brain. Finding out from Kakashi that because they do not understand the mechanics of what they do they cannot fully utilize their chakra. They will be training to learn how to better use their chakra by climbing trees.

    It sounded simple enough to Naruto and Sasuke, the three must climb the trees without using their hands. They must climb the trees by running up them. Kakashi demonstrates this by gathering chakra at his feet and then he proceeds to walk crutches and all up the tree until he is completely vertical. Looking on in amazement, the three prepare for their turns. He tells them by doing this they will strengthen their abilities to control the amount of chakra they use.

    He throws them each a kunai and tells them to mark how far they get. In his common attitude, Naruto states he is the best and charges ahead. The first time around Naruto goes nowhere and Sasuke gets a little more than half way to the first branch. Sakura goes all the way to the first branch with no problem at all. Upset that Naruto complimented her and Sasuke did not frustrates her, Kakashi toys with the boys to motivate them and Inari looks on from the distance.

    Back at the tree house from before we find Gato once again taunting Zabuza. Zabuza, lying in bed can do little to stop Gato and his thugs. As Gato walks up and tries to touch Zabuza's face the now unmasked boy grips his wrist and starts to crush it. The two body guards try to help but the boy swiftly stops them. They retreat and we learn from Zabuza that the boy's name is Haku.

    Zabuza was hiding a kunai under the blanket and needed no help but Haku was just being protective and the fact that they are hiding out from the real ANBU. Back at the training session, Naruto does little to improve, and Sasuke slowly gets better and better. Naruto then decides to ask Sakura for a few tips but for her not to tell Sasuke. Kakashi notices the power they both have and the fact that both have great talent.moreless
  • Kakashi trains his genin on chakra control.

    Our heroes have made it to Tazuna's house where Kakashi finally comes to. It seems that his sharingan takes a lot of chakra and he now needs time to recover. After a brief interruption by Inari (Tazuna's grandson), Kakashi tells everyone that Zabuza is still alive. Kakashi tells Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura that though he may be weak right now, he can still train them. He takes them to a nearby woods to train them on chakra control. He has Sakura explain how chakra works. He then tells the three genin that he wants them to climb a tree without using their hands. Thus begins a competition between Naruto and Sasuke.moreless
  • All about Chakra

    Wow, they finally take a rest from all of the fighting with the Demon of the Mist to actually train! Oh and protect Tazuna and all that :D! As Empoleon4 said in his review, this episode was all about tree climbing, but with no Hands. Look ma, No Hands! But really Kakashi recovers from his battle with Zabuza, and tells the kids and Tazuna that Zabuza is still alive. That's when he gives out the exercise! Even in the beginning, Sakura is able to climb the trees, and Kakashi is pleased. But it takes Naruto and Sasuke a whole night and they still can't do it. They remember what Kakashi said about to focus their chakra to a certain body part or area. If you took that the wrong way, then you are sick! Anyway the whole exercise leads Naruto and Sasuke to a frantic rivalry competition. Meanwhile Haku is healing Zabuza but he makes a quick recovery. So he turns out to be Alive! Also Sakura goes shopping with Tazuna only to realize how poor their village is, because of Gatomoreless
  • Team 7 begins to train.

    I liked this episode not so much but you could say that it was okay. When Kakashi finally concludes what had happened to Zabuza and who the hunter-nin really is, I felt a sudden urge to think and collect every little piece of information I knew about each person. When Kakashi teaches the team about balancing their chakra onto their feet just enough to climb a tree without any hands, I was sort of curious of how things would turn out. Sakura seemed to be in total control of her chakra and Sasuke was just in the middle but Naruto was just a complete mess until he asked Sakura what she did and asked Sakura not to tell Sasuke what he had asked. Sasuke needed a suggestion too but when he asked Naruto what he had asked, Naruto did not want to help and so Sasuke and Naruto have wanted to defeat each other at everything. That was a good moment because of the intensity of Naruto and Sasuke wanting to beat each other.moreless
  • we learn about chackara

    well this episode was like average theres alot of info about chakra here too which at some parts its kinda boring and hard to understand at some points but this episode was good cause it taught me alot about chakra though i would have LOVED this episode if it had just alittle more action in this episode im not saying i hate this episode or thnik its so boring im just saying it would have been better if it had alot of action like the last episode then i would have rate it a 10/10 but now i give it a 8.2/10 preety good episodemoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Before Haku gets a chance to cut Zabuza's bandage mask, he pulls it down himself. He sits up, and his face is covered again. Then, while he pulls out the needles, it is down again.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Sakura: (Speaking to Naruto about Chakra) All right, Naruto. I'll explain it so that even you can understand.

    • Naruto: (Going upstairs to find Inari) Who does that brat think he is? I'm going to put him in his place right now! (Hears crying coming from Inari's room) Huh? He's crying?

    • Naruto: This Gato or Blato or whatever he's called is no match a real hero like me.
      Inari: There's no such thing as a hero. You're just full of stupid ideas.
      Naruto: What'd you say?!

    • Naruto: Hey! You're good at this. How 'bout some advice?
      Sakura: Uh...
      Naruto: But, please don't tell Sasuke I asked. Please! Please! Please!

    • Gato: Demon of the Hidden Mist... (Laughing) More like "Coward of the Hidden Mist".

    • Kakashi: Here's the truth: Zabuza is still alive.
      Naruto, Sakura, and Tazuna: Huh?!

    • Kakashi: Naruto...
      Naruto: Huh?
      Kakashi: You've grown the most!

    • Inner Sakura: Are you trying to get us all killed? Cha!

    • Haku: First, I'll cut the bandage and drain some of the blood.
      Zabuza: (Grabs Haku's arm,comes back to life) That's enough! I'll do it!
      Haku: So, you've already come back to life.
      Zabuza: Haku, you're brutal!
      Haku: You're the one who's brutal Zabuza. If you keep pulling them out like that, you really will be finished.
      Zabuza: How long do you plan on wearing that phony mask? Take it off! Haku: I have good memories of this mask. And it was quite useful for tricking that ninja. If I hadn't intervened, you'd be dead now. That much is certain.
      Zabuza: Putting me in a temporary death state is fine, but not through the pressure points in my neck. Cruel as usual. I think you enjoy it.
      Haku: It was the only sure way. And I wouldn't want to mark up your flawless body, you'd complain about that even more. The neck is more vulnerable. There's no layer of muscle, so I can go strait into the pressure points. There's no point in trying to move, you'll be down for a week. All though, if you're stubborn like you usually are, you'll probably be moving in half the time.
      Zabuza: You're so innocent, and clever at the same time. Strange combination. That's why I keep you around.
      Haku: I'm just a kid. What else would you expect?

    • Kakashi: All right! Training starts now! First, we will begin with a review of Chakra, the ninja's basic source of power. Understanding Chakra is essential.
      Sasuke: We know that.
      Naruto: Yeah. A long time ago, we learned about, uh, catra!
      Kakashi: Chakra!

    • Haku: Next time, will you be alright?
      Zabuza: Next time...I'll see right through his Sharingan.

    • (On their first tree-walking attempt, Sasuke makes it a decent way up the tree, while Naruto quickly crashes back to the ground.)
      Kakashi: That's about what I expected from Sasuke...and Naruto.

    • Kakashi: (Watching Naruto whispering to Sakura) He's catching on. From now on, he'll get stronger and stronger. How strong? After all, Naruto possesses more Chakra than Sasuke...In fact, the amount of Chakra he possesses is greater than my own...

    • Kakashi: Not only does Sakura understand Chakra, she knows how to control and maintain it as well. We talked about someone becoming Hokage one day, didn't we? Seems like Sakura's got the best chance of that, wouldn't you say? And as for the great Uchiha clan...maybe they're not so great after all.

    • Naruto: This'll be easy! Remember, I'm the one who's grown the most!
      Kakashi: Yes, but that's no reason to brag.

      ~Japanese version

    • Kakashi: Ready?
      Naruto: I'm more than ready! This will be no big deal all the way! Believe it! Remember what you said, sensei: I'm the one who's grown the most!
      Kakashi: You're certainly the one who talks the most. Now get focused and do it!

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