|"A Rival Appears!!"|
|(強敵出現!!, Raibaru Shutsugen!!, Viz: The Enemies Return)|
|Volume||For the Sake of Dreams…!! (#3)|
|Previous||"Encounter in the Forest…!!"|
|Arc||Prologue — Land of Waves|
|Japanese||Weekly Shōnen Jump #14, 2000 (: March 20, 2000)|
Naruto returns to Tazuna's home after an intense day of training. Frustrated by all that Naruto is putting himself through, Inari yells at Naruto that he is too happy to free the Land of Waves from Gatō. Naruto tells him to grow up, and Inari storms out. Kakashi approaches Inari and tells him about Naruto's background; how he grew up without family or friends, but chose to not feel sorry for himself and solve problems his own way. The next day, the rest of Team 7 leaves Naruto behind so that he can rest and escort Tazuna to the bridge he is building. There they are met by Zabuza and Haku.