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"A Feeling of Yearning, a Flower Full of Hope"
Sakura Choosing A Flower For Sasuke
(切ない想い 願いを込めた一輪, Setsunai Omoi Negai o Kometa Ichirin)
Episode data
Previous "The Summoning Technique: Wisdom of the Toad Sage!"
Episode Naruto #55
Next "Live or Die: Risk it All to Win it All!"
Arc Chūnin Exams (Arc)
Manga Naruto Chapter #92, Naruto Chapter #93
Airing
Japanese October 22, 2003
English October 21, 2006
Debut
Characters
Jutsu
Teams
"A Feeling of Yearning, a Flower Full of Hope" (切ない想い 願いを込めた一輪, Setsunai Omoi Negai o Kometa Ichirin) is episode 55 of the original Naruto anime.

Synopsis

Jiraiya continues to peek at girls in bikinis playing in a waterfall while Naruto practises the Summoning Technique, although he still can't summon a frog, only managing to summon a tiny tadpole. Sakura sits in her bedroom, still worried about Sasuke. Meanwhile, the Third Hokage has a meeting with the jōnin regarding Hayate Gekkō's body found near Kikyō Castle. They discuss Orochimaru's involvement, although the Hokage concludes that they do not have any information regarding to the latter. He also expresses his trust to the shinobi that if Otogakure and Sunagakure invade Konohagakure, they would assemble and fight.

Sakura goes to Yamanaka Flowers to buy flowers for Sasuke, where Ino is in charge of running the shop. After deducing that Sakura is there to buy flowers for Sasuke, Ino decides to visit him as well. Ino picks a rose and Sakura picks two daffodils; one for Sasuke and the other for Rock Lee. On their way, they hear Chōji eating loudly. Peeking through an open window, they spot Asuma Sarutobi and Shikamaru, who are seated with Choji. In exchange for training with Shikamaru everyday, Asuma has been treating Choji to barbeque. In the woods, Neji is shown training with Tenten. During his training, Neji collapses after having used too much chakra. Team Kurenai trains in the woods too, to prepare for Shino's match. Elsewhere, The Three Sand Siblings and Baki secretly discuss their invasion plans.

Meanwhile, Naruto continues to practise his Summoning Technique while Jiraiya peeks at the bikini-clad women. At the hospital, the nurse permits Ino and Sakura only five minutes of visitation due of Sasuke's condition; however, Sasuke and his clothes are missing. Kakashi is undergoing the Cliff Climbing Practice, and after nearly falling to his death, activates the First Gate. Kakashi uses his increased strength to make it to the top of the rock, only to see Sasuke waiting there for him. Back at the hospital, Lee is also missing from his bed. Sakura spots Lee outside, performing his push-ups. Sakura recalls Ino telling her that Lee's injuries were severe to the point that he would never be a shinobi again. After completing 199 out of 200 push-ups, Lee collapses. Lee later wakes up in his hospital bed and notices a daffodil, realising that someone had come to visit him earlier.

Back at the waterfall, Jiraiya stops peeking once the he realises the girls are gone and are not coming back. He tells Naruto to call it a day, but Naruto protests, using his Sexy Technique to convince Jiraiya to continue training him. On his last attempt, Naruto once again summons a tadpole, much to Jiraiya's irritation. However, Naruto claims that he is improving, as this tadpole possesses legs.

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