Welcome to the Village Hidden in the Leaves, where deadly serious ninja roam the land and the seriously mischievous Naruto Uzumaki causes trouble everywhere he goes. But when he steals the ancient scroll of sealing, he unleashes a rare power rarely seen in a 12-year-old boy!
On the way to becoming a ninja, Naruto must team up with his classmates, the pretty Sakura and the pretty serious Sasuke, whose only common bond is that they both hate Naruto. So Naruto tries to win Sakura over by pretending to be her life-long crush ...Sasuke!
The recently formed Team 7 (Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke) meet their instructor, Hatake Kakashi, and begin training to see if they pass to the next stage of ninja training. The three young ninja students meet Kakashi and they go off to train. Kakashi tells them to engage in the following exercise: try and take two bells away from him using their ninja knowledge...
With the threat of failure hanging over their heads, Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura try everything they know to pass the grueling survival test. But it will take some wise advice from Kakashi to teach these selfish ninja a thing or two about teamwork.
Naruto and his squad start their first ninja missions with boring and menial tasks. Weary and angry, Naruto vents his frustration at the Hokage. Amused by Naruto's excitement, he gives them a new mission, to protect a grumpy old man named Tazuna as he returns to his home!
Naruto and his squad arrive in the Land of the Waves and learn that an evil businessman named Gato has taken over the land. Zabuza Momochi appears, hired by Gato to kill Tazuna. Excited and ready to attack, Naruto can't wait to take on this powerful ninja assassin. Will he be up to the challenge?!
Kakashi has the upper hand in his battle with Zabuza. But the tide turns when Kakashi is trapped inside Zabuza's Water Prison! Kakashi urges the squad to flee, but Naruto remembers the pledge he made--to never run away again--and holds his ground!!
Recuperating at Tazuna's house, Kakashi is dissatisfied with the outcome of the battle. He concludes that Zabuza isn't dead and the young tracking ninja helped Zabuza escape! Kakashi decides to implement some interesting training that will allow Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura to better control their chakra!
Sakura goes into town with Tazuna and sees the hardships that the people of the Land of Waves suffer under Gato's rule. This is the reason Tazuna is risking his life to build a bridge that crosses the ocean. With a bridge that gives everyone access to other lands, people will no longer have to rely on Gato, who controls all imports. Meanwhile, Naruto and Sasuke continue to train, using chakra to climb a tree.
While Naruto concentrates on the training to control his chakra, a mysterious person suddenly appears before him. The person tells Naruto that as long as one has the desire to protect what he loves, there is no limit to becoming stronger. The mysterious figure echoes the sentiment inside Naruto and the two feel a sense of connection.
Once again, the time has come to fight Zabuza, and this time he's got company -- the tracking ninja who supposedly killed him. Zabuza and his companion take notice of Sasuke's abilities, and Sasuke in turn realizes the immense power that the masked ninja holds. As if they were meant to fight each other, Sasuke and the masked ninja begin to battle.
Sasuke finds himself in a pinch inside of Haku's Crystal Ice Mirrors, but Naruto comes to the rescue. But Sasuke has a plan to counter Haku's jutsu with attacks from both the inside and outside the Crystal Ice Mirrors, and Naruto's unexpected action ruins Sasuke's strategy. Eventually, both young ninja are trapped.
Naruto and Sasuke continue to receive punishing attacks from within Haku's Crystal Ice Mirrors. Naruto can no longer stand on his feet. But during the intense battle, Sasuke starts to realize the power of his own Sharingan and gradually starts to elude Haku's assault. Haku decides to finish them off immediately. Sasuke is caught off guard by Haku's action and uses his own body to shield Naruto...
Naruto finally explodes! His anger against Haku, who defeated Sasuke, unleashes the power of the Nine-tailed Fox. Naruto's chakra becomes so intense that even Kakashi and Zabuza, fighting in the distance, take notice. Haku is unable to do anything in the face of Naruto's hidden power.
Haku tells the hesitant Naruto to finish him off. Naruto strongly questions Haku's philosophy of existing only to fight and win. Meanwhile, the battle between Kakashi and Zabuza approaches its climax. Zabuza's movement is restrained by Kakashi's Summoning Jutsu. With victory within his grasp, Kakashi unleashes his most devastating maneuver.
Naruto and his team begin the first exam, a written test. The exam proctor is a special jonin (upper rank ninja) named Ibiki Morino, who is an infamous expert in interrogation. At the sight of Ibiki, the participants become nervous. The passage or failure of a team will depend on the combined score of the three members. Sasuke and Sakura are worried that if Naruto answers all of the questions wrong, they themselves will fail the test. The examination finally begins...
Rock Lee keeps fighting against the ferocious Gaara. Lee is weakened due to the use of his technique, Omote Renge, but his will is strong. In order to defeat Gaara, Lee would open the first gates, to be able to use a forbidden technique.
While Ebisu trains Naruto on how to walk on water in a hot spring, he spies somebody trying to peep on women in a hot spring. Ebisu attacks him, only to be defeated quickly. Since Naruto's teacher has been knocked out, Naruto demands that the stranger become his teacher instead, but he has other plans. Naruto's Sexy Jutsu may be just the thing to get this pervert's attention.
While Jiraiya attempts to teach Naruto the Summoning Jutsu, while doing research as well, Dosu learns the hard way why Gaara is so dangerous. Meanwhile, Baki and Kabuto secretly meet and reveal a sinister plot against Konoha. When Hayate discovers this dark secret, he attempts to warn the Hokage. However, he'll have to get through Baki first!
Naruto keeps training on his 'kuchiyose no jutsu' skills, with little improvement, while Jiraiya-sensei prefers to focus his attention on 'researching for his next book', sneaking, looking the young women. In a meeting with the Hokage, it is told about the murder of Hayate Gekkô, the possible implication of Orochimaru and the Otogakure, but the Third Hokage decide to keep running the Chûnin Exams. Sakura is worry about Sasuke-kun and the 'Ten no Juin' Orochimaru left him. She tries again to visit him at the hospital, but first she stops at the Yamanaka flower shop. ...
Naruto wakes up in the hospital, after three days of recovering. He meets Shikamaru there, who went visit Chôji. Meanwhile, Sakura go visit Lee, and notices there's no one in the hospital reception. She feel something strange after changing Lee's flowers, but she sees nothing, so she leaves to visit Naruto. But the awkward presence is still there, and is a real danger: Gaara.
The Second Part of the Chûnin Exams is about to begin. As every Genin who passed the first test is getting ready, Naruto feels really nervous. He meets Hinata who, timidly, wishes him the best. Naruto feels better, but as he get closer to the Arena, he finds some trouble to get on time.
Everyone is ready for the final part of the Chûnin Exams. Sasuke and Dosu hasn't arrived yet, so the referee, Jônin Genma Shiranui explains that if they don't arrive in time for their matches, they will be disqualified. This worries Sakura. First match is Naruto Uzumaki vs Neji Hyûga. Most audience members are betting for Neji, but Sakura and Hinata have faith in Naruto. Could the orphan boy, despised by most, defeat the talented and well trained member of the Hyûga Clan?
Naruto begins his assault with his Shadow Clones but Neji analyzes Naruto's actions and determines the real one. Unable to figure out why Naruto won't admit his defeat, he takes off his headband and reveal a mysterious mark on his forehead. Neji reveals the truth about his hatred towards the main family of the Hyuga Clan.
Naruto practices hard so he can win the necklace from Tsunade. Meanwhile, Tsunade is in a dilemma over Orochimaru's offer. Her hesitation to promptly refuse leads Kabuto to assume she'll take the offer.
Gripped by the desire to see Nawaki and Dan, Tsunade almost succumbs to Orochimaru's tempting offer. But seeing Nawaki and Dan's dreams carried on by Naruto, she breaks off the deal. Orochimaru is determined to heal his arm and focuses on exploiting Tsunade's weakness.
Orochimaru and Kabuto use a summoning jutsu to call forth a giant snake. Still drugged and unable to fully use his chakra, Jiraiya summons little Gamakichi. Naruto also attempts a summoning jutsu, but ends up with Gamatatsu, Gamakichi's younger brother. Meanwhile, Kabuto has defeated Shizune. Naruto approaches Tsunade who is trembling in fear! Seething with anger, Naruto pulls himself up and tries to attack...
Naruto's ninja way is to never go back on his word. Naruto is seriously injured by Kabuto and hovers on the verge of death. Tsunade places her last shred of hope in Naruto who shares Nawaki and Dan's dreams. Tsunade has a fear of blood, but through her desire to protect Naruto, she is able to overcome it.
Jiraiya, Tsunade and Orochimaru all release their summoning jutsu. And a fierce battle begins. Jiraiya and Tsunade join forces against Orochimaru. Despite her injuries, Tsunade desperately challenges Orochimaru. The toad, snake and slug engage!
Naruto and the others are assailed by Ruiga, the first evil ninja, who can draw water from the earth to use as weapons. They are nearly overcome by his attack when Naruto suddenly discovers a way to reverse the odds of their battle!
The masked ninja and Naruto fall into the depths of the Valley. While tending to Naruto's wounds, the masked ninja tells him the reason for stealing the star. - This Episode is part of Season 4, Volume 2
Naruto and Shino are given a mission to provide security during the Kagetsu family funderal, but they soon realize that the real mission is to help the eldest son carry out the man's unusual last will and testment! - This Episode is part of Season 4, Volume 2
ANBU Black Ops puts Naruto under retro-hypnosis to extract Genno's motives. Without much success, Hidden Waterfall Village will be conducting maneuvers close to the village borders. - This Episode is part of Season 4, Volume 3
Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura officially register for the Chunin Exam. In this examination, three ninja form a team, and in order to pass, not a single member is allowed to fail. Teamwork becomes absolutely vital for success in this test. - This Episode is part of Season 1, Volume 2