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<section begin=summary />The '''Chūnin Exam arc''' was included in Part I of the series, and comprised chapters 34 to 114 of the manga and episodes 20 to 67 of the ''Naruto'' anime. It introduced many of the secondary characters of the series and the first major villain, [[Orochimaru]], and set up the main plot for the rest of the series, with Sasuke obtaining a cursed seal from Orochimaru. This arc is preceded by the [[Land of Waves Arc]] and is followed by the [[Invasion of Konoha Arc]].<section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />The '''Chūnin Exam Arc''' was included in Part I of the series, and comprised chapters 34 to 114 of the manga and episodes 20 to 67 of the ''Naruto'' anime. It introduced many of the secondary characters of the series and the first major villain, [[Orochimaru]], and set up the main plot for the rest of the series, with Sasuke obtaining a cursed seal from Orochimaru. This arc is preceded by the [[Land of Waves Arc]] and is followed by the [[Invasion of Konoha Arc]].<section end=summary />
   
 
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=== First Phase ===
 
=== First Phase ===
[[File:Rookie9.jpg|thumb|right|Konoha's Rookie 9.]]
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[[File:Rookie9.png|thumb|right|Konoha's Rookie 9.]]
 
The first part of the exam (proctored by [[Ibiki Morino]]) was written, but it was not a test of knowledge as much as a test of information-gathering and willpower. The first nine questions were supposed to be obtained by cheating, where the genin must use any techniques to find out the correct answer without being caught. Naruto, who did not realise this, went into a traumatic state in which he felt that he would cause his entire team to be eliminated, as he did not know the answer to any of the questions. Sasuke realised that he, too, did not know the answers, but immediately activated his Sharingan to copy someone else's answers. Sakura, as a testament to her incredible intellect, answered all of the questions quickly (a feat which the examiner later said could not be accomplished at genin level). The last question was a do or die question: if one didn't answer, one's entire team failed the Chūnin Exams, but if one answered incorrectly, one would remain a genin forever. Naruto showed that he was not a quitter when he exclaimed that he didn't care if he stayed a genin forever, and that, even if that came to pass, he would still become [[Hokage]]. The genin who chose to answer the question all passed the first part of the Chūnin Exams — including Naruto, who didn't answer a single question on the written part of the exam.
 
The first part of the exam (proctored by [[Ibiki Morino]]) was written, but it was not a test of knowledge as much as a test of information-gathering and willpower. The first nine questions were supposed to be obtained by cheating, where the genin must use any techniques to find out the correct answer without being caught. Naruto, who did not realise this, went into a traumatic state in which he felt that he would cause his entire team to be eliminated, as he did not know the answer to any of the questions. Sasuke realised that he, too, did not know the answers, but immediately activated his Sharingan to copy someone else's answers. Sakura, as a testament to her incredible intellect, answered all of the questions quickly (a feat which the examiner later said could not be accomplished at genin level). The last question was a do or die question: if one didn't answer, one's entire team failed the Chūnin Exams, but if one answered incorrectly, one would remain a genin forever. Naruto showed that he was not a quitter when he exclaimed that he didn't care if he stayed a genin forever, and that, even if that came to pass, he would still become [[Hokage]]. The genin who chose to answer the question all passed the first part of the Chūnin Exams — including Naruto, who didn't answer a single question on the written part of the exam.
   
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[[File:Cursed Seal Chakra.jpg|thumb|left|Sasuke's cursed seal.]]
 
[[File:Cursed Seal Chakra.jpg|thumb|left|Sasuke's cursed seal.]]
While both Naruto and Sasuke were unconscious from the fight against Orochimaru, [[Sakura]] had to take care of them. It was there that Sakura's personality reached a turning point. As [[Kin Tsuchi]] of Team Dosu trapped her by roughly holding her by her hair, Sakura realised how pathetic her behaviour was, always [[Sasuke Uchiha|blindly prasing]] and [[Naruto Uzumaki|criticising others]], when she was the one who hadn't improved at all. She reflected on herself, thinking how she was always telling Naruto that she was better than him, when he had been the one who was consistently improving, and telling Sasuke she loved him when she couldn't even muster up enough strength to protect him as a team-mate, before she symbolically freed herself by cutting off her long hair with a [[kunai]], which she had initially kept long because it had been rumoured that Sasuke liked girls with long hair. She also decided to fight against the Oto genin, and resolved to no longer be dependent on her team-mates. At this point, [[Team 10]] arrived on the scene. [[Rock Lee]] fought the Oto ninja and used the [[Front Lotus]] on Dosu, who was saved by Zaku but admitted that the Lotus still almost killed him. [[Dosu Kinuta]], the leader of Team Dosu, mentioned that Neji could "see through them", but before Neji could attack, an awakened Sasuke intervened.
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While both Naruto and Sasuke were unconscious from the fight against Orochimaru, [[Sakura]] had to take care of them. It was there that Sakura's personality reached a turning point. As [[Kin Tsuchi]] of Team Dosu trapped her by roughly holding her by her hair, Sakura realised how pathetic her behaviour was, always [[Sasuke Uchiha|blindly praising]] and [[Naruto Uzumaki|criticising others]], when she was the one who hadn't improved at all. She reflected on herself, thinking how she was always telling Naruto that she was better than him, when he had been the one who was consistently improving, and telling Sasuke she loved him when she couldn't even muster up enough strength to protect him as a team-mate, before she symbolically freed herself by cutting off her long hair with a [[kunai]], which she had initially kept long because it had been rumoured that Sasuke liked girls with long hair. She also decided to fight against the Oto genin, and resolved to no longer be dependent on her team-mates. At this point, [[Team 10]] arrived on the scene. [[Rock Lee]] fought the Oto ninja and used the [[Front Lotus]] on Dosu, who was saved by Zaku but admitted that the Lotus still almost killed him. [[Dosu Kinuta]], the leader of Team Dosu, mentioned that Neji could "see through them", but before Neji could attack, an awakened Sasuke intervened.
   
 
The [[Cursed Seal of Heaven|cursed seal]] on Sasuke had by now started to take effect, and, in a state of insanity and murderous intent, Sasuke defeated [[Zaku Abumi]] of Team Dosu, going as far as to dislocate his shoulders for no other reason than to cause him pain. Before he could do any more damage to anyone else, however, Sakura hugged Sasuke, crying and begging him to stop, allowing Sasuke to regain control of the Seal. Dosu left with his team-mates, wondering why Orochimaru had sent him to kill Sasuke if he had known that Sasuke would have the cursed seal. [[Team 7]] still managed to make it past the second stage by defeating [[Team Oboro]] of Amegakure, with a little help from [[Kabuto Yakushi]], a fellow ninja from Konoha.
 
The [[Cursed Seal of Heaven|cursed seal]] on Sasuke had by now started to take effect, and, in a state of insanity and murderous intent, Sasuke defeated [[Zaku Abumi]] of Team Dosu, going as far as to dislocate his shoulders for no other reason than to cause him pain. Before he could do any more damage to anyone else, however, Sakura hugged Sasuke, crying and begging him to stop, allowing Sasuke to regain control of the Seal. Dosu left with his team-mates, wondering why Orochimaru had sent him to kill Sasuke if he had known that Sasuke would have the cursed seal. [[Team 7]] still managed to make it past the second stage by defeating [[Team Oboro]] of Amegakure, with a little help from [[Kabuto Yakushi]], a fellow ninja from Konoha.
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The first matchup was Sasuke Uchiha against a member of [[Kabuto's Genin Team|Kabuto's team]], [[Yoroi Akadō]]. Before the fight started, Kakashi warned Sasuke that, if his cursed seal got out of control, he would have to intervene and stop the match to control the seal; this barred Sasuke from using any technique, as the seal responded to flows of chakra. The match started with Yoroi stealing Sasuke's chakra with his [[Chakra Absorption Technique|chakra absorption]]. The match seemed hopeless for Sasuke, until he heard Naruto's taunts. Next to him was Rock Lee, which gave Sasuke an idea. He used the [[Lion Combo]], a partial copy of [[Rock Lee]]'s Front Lotus, which had been captured by Sasuke's [[Sharingan]]. Yoroi was knocked unconscious, and Sasuke advanced to the next round. After the fight, Kakashi took Sasuke away to seal the cursed seal.
 
The first matchup was Sasuke Uchiha against a member of [[Kabuto's Genin Team|Kabuto's team]], [[Yoroi Akadō]]. Before the fight started, Kakashi warned Sasuke that, if his cursed seal got out of control, he would have to intervene and stop the match to control the seal; this barred Sasuke from using any technique, as the seal responded to flows of chakra. The match started with Yoroi stealing Sasuke's chakra with his [[Chakra Absorption Technique|chakra absorption]]. The match seemed hopeless for Sasuke, until he heard Naruto's taunts. Next to him was Rock Lee, which gave Sasuke an idea. He used the [[Lion Combo]], a partial copy of [[Rock Lee]]'s Front Lotus, which had been captured by Sasuke's [[Sharingan]]. Yoroi was knocked unconscious, and Sasuke advanced to the next round. After the fight, Kakashi took Sasuke away to seal the cursed seal.
   
Up next were [[Zaku Abumi]] and [[Shino Aburame]] of Konohagakure's [[Team 8]]. Zaku apparently only had one functional arm, but he bet that he could win regardless. Elsewhere, the cursed seal was sealed by Kakashi, but then Orochimaru showed up for Sasuke, asserting that all the genin he currently had at his command were disposable. As Kakashi readied his [[Lightning Cutter]], [[Shino]] commanded a multitude of insects to attack Zaku from behind, leaving the one-armed Zaku unable to defend himself with [[Decapitating Airwaves|his unidirectional technique]]. Zaku then revealed he could use both arms, but it was too late. The insects had blocked the tubes in Zaku's arms, bulding up the chakra he was trying to use and making the arms explode, thus ending the fight. Orochimaru left, saying that Sasuke would be his someday.
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Up next were [[Zaku Abumi]] and [[Shino Aburame]] of Konohagakure's [[Team 8]]. Zaku apparently only had one functional arm, but he bet that he could win regardless. Elsewhere, the cursed seal was sealed by Kakashi, but then Orochimaru showed up for Sasuke, asserting that all the genin he currently had at his command were disposable. As Kakashi readied his [[Lightning Cutter]], [[Shino]] commanded a multitude of insects to attack Zaku from behind, leaving the one-armed Zaku unable to defend himself with [[Decapitating Airwaves|his unidirectional technique]]. Zaku then revealed he could use both arms, but it was too late. The insects had blocked the tubes in Zaku's arms, building up the chakra he was trying to use and making the arms explode, thus ending the fight. Orochimaru left, saying that Sasuke would be his someday.
   
The match with [[Misumi Tsurugi]] against [[Kankurō]] of Sunagakure's [[Sand Siblings]] began. Misumi quickly used [[Soft Physique Modification]] to restrain Kankurō and threatened to snap his neck, until it was revealed that the Kankurō Misumi was fighting was just a [[puppet]]. The real Kankurō was disguised, controlling the puppet with the [[Puppet Technique]]. He used the puppet, [[Crow (puppet)|Crow]], to crush Misumi's bones, defeating him.
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The match with [[Misumi Tsurugi]] against [[Kankurō]] of Sunagakure's [[Sand Siblings]] began. Misumi quickly used [[Soft Physique Modification]] to restrain Kankurō and threatened to snap his neck, until it was revealed that the Kankurō Misumi was fighting was just a [[puppet]]. The real Kankurō was disguised, controlling the puppet with the [[Puppet Technique]]. He used the puppet, [[Karasu]], to crush Misumi's bones, defeating him.
   
 
The fourth match, Sakura versus [[Ino]] of Konohagakure's [[Team 10]], was particularly meaningful, as the two were rivals. The match dragged on for a very long time, since they seemed to be quite on par, until Ino tried to [[Mind Body Switch Technique|possess]] Sakura's body to force her to forfeit the match; however, Sakura's will expelled Ino from her mind. Exhausted and out of chakra, they both went for a final attack, hitting each other at the exact same time and rendering each other unconscious. Hayate declared that neither of them would move on to the next round.
 
The fourth match, Sakura versus [[Ino]] of Konohagakure's [[Team 10]], was particularly meaningful, as the two were rivals. The match dragged on for a very long time, since they seemed to be quite on par, until Ino tried to [[Mind Body Switch Technique|possess]] Sakura's body to force her to forfeit the match; however, Sakura's will expelled Ino from her mind. Exhausted and out of chakra, they both went for a final attack, hitting each other at the exact same time and rendering each other unconscious. Hayate declared that neither of them would move on to the next round.
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The eighth match brought a family rivalry to the forefront, as [[Hinata]] and [[Neji]] of the [[Hyūga clan]] battled. Kiba, being borne away on a stretcher, urged Hinata to forfeit. At first, Neji assaulted Hinata psychologically, using her fears to convince her that she had no possibility of winning. However, after being inspired by Naruto's courage, Hinata decided to fight to prove that she could be brave as well. They both fought using the Hyūga [[Gentle Fist]] style and the [[Byakugan]], a [[kekkei genkai]] which Kakashi asserted to surpass the Sharingan. While they initially seemed to the observers to be equally matched, Neji managed to interrupt Hinata's chakra flow in her arms, disabling her ability to use Gentle Fist. Hinata still tried to go on, and it was only the exam proctor’s intervention that stopped Neji from killing her. Hinata's bravery still managed to inspire Naruto, as he vowed to battle and win against Neji in the third exam.
 
The eighth match brought a family rivalry to the forefront, as [[Hinata]] and [[Neji]] of the [[Hyūga clan]] battled. Kiba, being borne away on a stretcher, urged Hinata to forfeit. At first, Neji assaulted Hinata psychologically, using her fears to convince her that she had no possibility of winning. However, after being inspired by Naruto's courage, Hinata decided to fight to prove that she could be brave as well. They both fought using the Hyūga [[Gentle Fist]] style and the [[Byakugan]], a [[kekkei genkai]] which Kakashi asserted to surpass the Sharingan. While they initially seemed to the observers to be equally matched, Neji managed to interrupt Hinata's chakra flow in her arms, disabling her ability to use Gentle Fist. Hinata still tried to go on, and it was only the exam proctor’s intervention that stopped Neji from killing her. Hinata's bravery still managed to inspire Naruto, as he vowed to battle and win against Neji in the third exam.
   
The ninth match pitted Lee against [[Gaara]] of Sunagakure's Sand Siblings. At first, none of Rock Lee's taijutsu attacks managed to penetrate or circumvent Gaara's [[Shield of Sand]], until Lee removed the weights he was wearing on his legs. The boost of speed was such that Gaara's sand couldnt follow Lee's movements, and Gaara was hit for the first time in his life. Lee then used his Front Lotus on Gaara, but in the end it was revealed that it had been a [[sand clone]]. Having no other way to end the match, and with Guy's permission, Lee then opened five of the [[Eight Gates|inner chakra gates]], the result being that Lee's strength was multiplied immensely for a short time, but also severely injured him. He then proceeded to continously beat Gaara with his [[Reverse Lotus]]. However, as Gaara fell to the ground, he dispersed his [[sand gourd]] as a cushion to break his fall. Gaara then used his [[Sand Binding Coffin]] to crush Rock Lee's left arm and leg. Might Guy jumped down to prevent Gaara from killing Lee, and regretted having taught Lee how to open the inner gates after learning from the [[medical ninja]] that Lee could no longer be a ninja due to his intense injuries. Gaara won the match.
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The ninth match pitted Lee against [[Gaara]] of Sunagakure's Sand Siblings. At first, none of Rock Lee's taijutsu attacks managed to penetrate or circumvent Gaara's [[Shield of Sand]], until Lee removed the weights he was wearing on his legs. The boost of speed was such that Gaara's sand couldn't follow Lee's movements, and Gaara was hit for the first time in his life. However, Gaara was revealed to be using [[Armour of Sand]] to keep Lee's attacks from working on him. Realising that his normal attacks will no longer work, Lee then used his Front Lotus on Gaara, but in the end it was revealed that it had been a [[sand clone]]. Having no other way to end the match, and with Guy's permission, Lee then opened five of the [[Eight Gates|inner chakra gates]], the result being that Lee's strength was multiplied immensely for a short time, but also severely injured him. He then proceeded to continuously beat Gaara with his [[Reverse Lotus]]. However, as Gaara fell to the ground, he dispersed his [[sand gourd]] as a cushion to break his fall. Gaara then used his [[Sand Binding Coffin]] to crush Rock Lee's left arm and leg. Might Guy jumped down to prevent Gaara from killing Lee, and regretted having taught Lee how to open the inner gates after learning from the [[medical ninja]] that Lee could no longer be a ninja due to his intense injuries. Gaara won the match.
   
 
The last match was [[Chōji Akimichi]] of Konohagakure's Team 10 versus Dosu Kinuta. Chōji was reluctant to battle, instead wanting to forfeit, but tried after being promised food by his sensei, [[Asuma Sarutobi]], if he won. Chōji entered the battle with prior knowledge of Dosu's [[Resonating Echo Drill|sound-based attacks]], and quickly used [[Human Bullet Tank]] to plug his ears from the Oto ninja's attacks; however, Dosu overcame this by transmitting his sound through the water in Chōji's body, thus defeating him.
 
The last match was [[Chōji Akimichi]] of Konohagakure's Team 10 versus Dosu Kinuta. Chōji was reluctant to battle, instead wanting to forfeit, but tried after being promised food by his sensei, [[Asuma Sarutobi]], if he won. Chōji entered the battle with prior knowledge of Dosu's [[Resonating Echo Drill|sound-based attacks]], and quickly used [[Human Bullet Tank]] to plug his ears from the Oto ninja's attacks; however, Dosu overcame this by transmitting his sound through the water in Chōji's body, thus defeating him.
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The fourth match was Temari versus Shikamaru. Both Temari and Shikamaru were excellent strategists, but Shikamaru was better. Although it appeared throughout the match that Shikamaru was using pointless attacks, he was actually five steps ahead, and managed to skilfully manipulate Temari into a position where he could attack from behind, using the tunnel which Naruto had dug during his match with Neji to stealthily extend his Shadow Imitation Technique. This took control over Temari's body, and forced her to imitate every one of Shikamaru's movements. Although Shikamaru could have won, he quit instead, saying that he was too low on chakra. His real reason for quitting, however, seems to be because he is incredibly lazy and saw no point in winning, which would only lead to having to fight in further matches. He also didn't want to hurt a girl.
 
The fourth match was Temari versus Shikamaru. Both Temari and Shikamaru were excellent strategists, but Shikamaru was better. Although it appeared throughout the match that Shikamaru was using pointless attacks, he was actually five steps ahead, and managed to skilfully manipulate Temari into a position where he could attack from behind, using the tunnel which Naruto had dug during his match with Neji to stealthily extend his Shadow Imitation Technique. This took control over Temari's body, and forced her to imitate every one of Shikamaru's movements. Although Shikamaru could have won, he quit instead, saying that he was too low on chakra. His real reason for quitting, however, seems to be because he is incredibly lazy and saw no point in winning, which would only lead to having to fight in further matches. He also didn't want to hurt a girl.
   
[[File:Chidori.jpg|thumb|left|Sasuke's Chidori.]]
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[[File:Chidori.png|thumb|left|Sasuke's Chidori.]]
 
Gaara versus Sasuke came around again. This was the battle that the crowd had been looking forward to. Sasuke arrived right on time as the match was about to begin (in the anime, Sasuke arrived late, but the waiting time was extended again because of the importance of the match). Sasuke demonstrated that his speed had vastly increased, to the point where the sand guarding Gaara could not keep up. Sasuke also demonstrated [[Chidori]], a technique he had learned from Kakashi and Kakashi's only original technique, to injure Gaara. Before the match could finish, however, a [[smoke bomb]] was set off in the Kages' box. Kabuto, who was actually working for Orochimaru, used the [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|genjutsu]] to put almost everybody in the crowd to sleep, and the [[Invasion of Konoha]] commenced.
 
Gaara versus Sasuke came around again. This was the battle that the crowd had been looking forward to. Sasuke arrived right on time as the match was about to begin (in the anime, Sasuke arrived late, but the waiting time was extended again because of the importance of the match). Sasuke demonstrated that his speed had vastly increased, to the point where the sand guarding Gaara could not keep up. Sasuke also demonstrated [[Chidori]], a technique he had learned from Kakashi and Kakashi's only original technique, to injure Gaara. Before the match could finish, however, a [[smoke bomb]] was set off in the Kages' box. Kabuto, who was actually working for Orochimaru, used the [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|genjutsu]] to put almost everybody in the crowd to sleep, and the [[Invasion of Konoha]] commenced.
   

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Please note that this is the Narutopedia's article on the story arc. If you are looking for the article on the kind of exams then you should head to Chūnin Exams.

The Chūnin Exam Arc was included in Part I of the series, and comprised chapters 34 to 114 of the manga and episodes 20 to 67 of the Naruto anime. It introduced many of the secondary characters of the series and the first major villain, Orochimaru, and set up the main plot for the rest of the series, with Sasuke obtaining a cursed seal from Orochimaru. This arc is preceded by the Land of Waves Arc and is followed by the Invasion of Konoha Arc.

Summary Edit

The Chūnin Exam Edit

Team 7 returned to Konoha to continue with their lives as regular genin. One day, whilst playing with Konohamaru, Udon, and Moegi, Naruto met three genin from Sunagakure, Gaara, Kankurō, and Temari, and learned that they were in Konoha to participate in the Chūnin Selection Exams. Meanwhile, Kakashi, Asuma and Kurenai all volunteered their teams for the exam as well. Naruto was thrilled at the possibility of becoming a chūnin.

First Phase Edit

Rookie9

Konoha's Rookie 9.

The first part of the exam (proctored by Ibiki Morino) was written, but it was not a test of knowledge as much as a test of information-gathering and willpower. The first nine questions were supposed to be obtained by cheating, where the genin must use any techniques to find out the correct answer without being caught. Naruto, who did not realise this, went into a traumatic state in which he felt that he would cause his entire team to be eliminated, as he did not know the answer to any of the questions. Sasuke realised that he, too, did not know the answers, but immediately activated his Sharingan to copy someone else's answers. Sakura, as a testament to her incredible intellect, answered all of the questions quickly (a feat which the examiner later said could not be accomplished at genin level). The last question was a do or die question: if one didn't answer, one's entire team failed the Chūnin Exams, but if one answered incorrectly, one would remain a genin forever. Naruto showed that he was not a quitter when he exclaimed that he didn't care if he stayed a genin forever, and that, even if that came to pass, he would still become Hokage. The genin who chose to answer the question all passed the first part of the Chūnin Exams — including Naruto, who didn't answer a single question on the written part of the exam.

Second Phase Edit

The second part of the exam (proctored by Anko Mitarashi) was a survival exam in the Forty-Fourth Training Ground, also known as "The Forest of Death". During this part, Naruto found himself in a desperate situation against Orochimaru, an S-rank missing-nin from Konoha so powerful that the Third Hokage later mentioned that there was nobody in Konoha that could fight him equally. It turned out that Orochimaru used to be one of the Third Hokage's pupils, also known as the Sannin. Naruto and Sasuke's reactions to the situation were a complete reversal of what had happened in the Land of Waves mission — Sasuke was frozen with fear while Naruto fought on fearlessly, at one point stopping Orochimaru's huge summoned snake in its tracks on his own (with the help of some demon fox chakra), and muttering to Sasuke, in a moment of glorious retribution that marked another milestone in their rivalry, "You're not hurt, are you… scaredy-cat?" Naruto eventually snapped Sasuke out of his panic. However, Orochimaru used the Five Elements Seal on Naruto, disrupting the flow of the demon fox's chakra, as well as Naruto's own.

However, Orochimaru was too much for Sasuke as well. In the end, Orochimaru put a Cursed Seal of Heaven onto Sasuke's neck, saying that Sasuke would eventually come to him for the power he needed to kill his brother, Itachi Uchiha. Orochimaru then left, sending his three genin, Team Dosu from Otogakure, to go after Sasuke.

Cursed Seal Chakra

Sasuke's cursed seal.

While both Naruto and Sasuke were unconscious from the fight against Orochimaru, Sakura had to take care of them. It was there that Sakura's personality reached a turning point. As Kin Tsuchi of Team Dosu trapped her by roughly holding her by her hair, Sakura realised how pathetic her behaviour was, always blindly praising and criticising others, when she was the one who hadn't improved at all. She reflected on herself, thinking how she was always telling Naruto that she was better than him, when he had been the one who was consistently improving, and telling Sasuke she loved him when she couldn't even muster up enough strength to protect him as a team-mate, before she symbolically freed herself by cutting off her long hair with a kunai, which she had initially kept long because it had been rumoured that Sasuke liked girls with long hair. She also decided to fight against the Oto genin, and resolved to no longer be dependent on her team-mates. At this point, Team 10 arrived on the scene. Rock Lee fought the Oto ninja and used the Front Lotus on Dosu, who was saved by Zaku but admitted that the Lotus still almost killed him. Dosu Kinuta, the leader of Team Dosu, mentioned that Neji could "see through them", but before Neji could attack, an awakened Sasuke intervened.

The cursed seal on Sasuke had by now started to take effect, and, in a state of insanity and murderous intent, Sasuke defeated Zaku Abumi of Team Dosu, going as far as to dislocate his shoulders for no other reason than to cause him pain. Before he could do any more damage to anyone else, however, Sakura hugged Sasuke, crying and begging him to stop, allowing Sasuke to regain control of the Seal. Dosu left with his team-mates, wondering why Orochimaru had sent him to kill Sasuke if he had known that Sasuke would have the cursed seal. Team 7 still managed to make it past the second stage by defeating Team Oboro of Amegakure, with a little help from Kabuto Yakushi, a fellow ninja from Konoha.

Preliminaries Edit

Chūnin Examination Arena

The arena for Konoha preliminaries.

Seven teams managed to pass, which was more than twice as many as had been expected. To cut down the prevailing genin from the second exam, a preliminary round was staged before the third and final stage of the Chūnin Exams. The twenty-one people — or twenty, after Kabuto withdrew — were to be matched up with each other, in a fight that lasted until somebody gave in or was unable to continue fighting. The proctor of the third exam, Hayate Gekkō, did reserve the right to step in and stop the fight when he felt that there was a clear winner. Sakura at first attempted to tell the examiners that the cursed seal that Orochimaru had placed on Sasuke was seriously debilitating him, but Sasuke stopped her, and told her to mind her own business. At that point, Naruto stepped in to stand up for Sakura, but was swiftly silenced by Sasuke, who acknowledged Naruto by declaring that he was one of the people he wanted to fight. Later on, Naruto would return the sentiment.

The first matchup was Sasuke Uchiha against a member of Kabuto's team, Yoroi Akadō. Before the fight started, Kakashi warned Sasuke that, if his cursed seal got out of control, he would have to intervene and stop the match to control the seal; this barred Sasuke from using any technique, as the seal responded to flows of chakra. The match started with Yoroi stealing Sasuke's chakra with his chakra absorption. The match seemed hopeless for Sasuke, until he heard Naruto's taunts. Next to him was Rock Lee, which gave Sasuke an idea. He used the Lion Combo, a partial copy of Rock Lee's Front Lotus, which had been captured by Sasuke's Sharingan. Yoroi was knocked unconscious, and Sasuke advanced to the next round. After the fight, Kakashi took Sasuke away to seal the cursed seal.

Up next were Zaku Abumi and Shino Aburame of Konohagakure's Team 8. Zaku apparently only had one functional arm, but he bet that he could win regardless. Elsewhere, the cursed seal was sealed by Kakashi, but then Orochimaru showed up for Sasuke, asserting that all the genin he currently had at his command were disposable. As Kakashi readied his Lightning Cutter, Shino commanded a multitude of insects to attack Zaku from behind, leaving the one-armed Zaku unable to defend himself with his unidirectional technique. Zaku then revealed he could use both arms, but it was too late. The insects had blocked the tubes in Zaku's arms, building up the chakra he was trying to use and making the arms explode, thus ending the fight. Orochimaru left, saying that Sasuke would be his someday.

The match with Misumi Tsurugi against Kankurō of Sunagakure's Sand Siblings began. Misumi quickly used Soft Physique Modification to restrain Kankurō and threatened to snap his neck, until it was revealed that the Kankurō Misumi was fighting was just a puppet. The real Kankurō was disguised, controlling the puppet with the Puppet Technique. He used the puppet, Karasu, to crush Misumi's bones, defeating him.

The fourth match, Sakura versus Ino of Konohagakure's Team 10, was particularly meaningful, as the two were rivals. The match dragged on for a very long time, since they seemed to be quite on par, until Ino tried to possess Sakura's body to force her to forfeit the match; however, Sakura's will expelled Ino from her mind. Exhausted and out of chakra, they both went for a final attack, hitting each other at the exact same time and rendering each other unconscious. Hayate declared that neither of them would move on to the next round.

The fifth match was Tenten of Konohagakure's Team Guy against Temari of Sunagakure's Sand Siblings. The match was over quickly, as all the projectile weapons used by Tenten were completely countered by the Wind Release techniques used by Temari, who won without taking as much as a single scratch. Rock Lee jumped down to avenge Temari's treatment of Tenten, but Might Guy stopped what would have turned into a fight.

The sixth match, Shikamaru Nara of Konohagakure's Team 10 against Kin Tsuchi, was next, with Shikamaru aware that he was at a disadvantage, since Kin had seen him use his Shadow Imitation Technique in the Forest of Death without showing her own fighting style. Kin started by dodging the Shadow Imitation Technique and throwing senbon with and without bells, using strings to ring the bells from unexpected positions to divert Shikamaru's attention and attack him from behind. Shikamaru, however, managed to join her shadow with his, using the shadows of the strings she was holding. With Kin matching Shikamaru's movements, each drew a shuriken and flung it at the other. When it came time for them to duck, Shikamaru ducked successfully, but Kin, having previously retreated, banged her head against the wall and knocked herself out, which turned out to be the true goal of Shikamaru's battle strategy. Shikamaru emerged as the winner.

Kiba vs Naruto

Naruto vs. Kiba.

Naruto, still impaired by the Five Elements Seal, was matched up with Kiba of Konohagakure's Team 8 in the seventh match. The fight went poorly for Naruto at first, especially after Kiba's ninken, Akamaru, joined the fight and transformed into Kiba with the Beast Human Clone technique. Naruto made a comeback by transforming in a layered fashion into Akamaru and then Kiba, so that, when Kiba attacked Naruto, the second Transformation (as Kiba) gave way to the first (as Akamaru), leading Kiba to attack Akamaru (still affected by Beast Human Clone). Kiba then focused on attacking intensively to keep Naruto from counter-attacking, until Naruto accidentally broke wind, which stunned Kiba, whose sense of smell was magnified a thousand times at the time. Naruto then beat Kiba by using shadow clones to perform a new technique, the Naruto Uzumaki Combo.

The eighth match brought a family rivalry to the forefront, as Hinata and Neji of the Hyūga clan battled. Kiba, being borne away on a stretcher, urged Hinata to forfeit. At first, Neji assaulted Hinata psychologically, using her fears to convince her that she had no possibility of winning. However, after being inspired by Naruto's courage, Hinata decided to fight to prove that she could be brave as well. They both fought using the Hyūga Gentle Fist style and the Byakugan, a kekkei genkai which Kakashi asserted to surpass the Sharingan. While they initially seemed to the observers to be equally matched, Neji managed to interrupt Hinata's chakra flow in her arms, disabling her ability to use Gentle Fist. Hinata still tried to go on, and it was only the exam proctor’s intervention that stopped Neji from killing her. Hinata's bravery still managed to inspire Naruto, as he vowed to battle and win against Neji in the third exam.

The ninth match pitted Lee against Gaara of Sunagakure's Sand Siblings. At first, none of Rock Lee's taijutsu attacks managed to penetrate or circumvent Gaara's Shield of Sand, until Lee removed the weights he was wearing on his legs. The boost of speed was such that Gaara's sand couldn't follow Lee's movements, and Gaara was hit for the first time in his life. However, Gaara was revealed to be using Armour of Sand to keep Lee's attacks from working on him. Realising that his normal attacks will no longer work, Lee then used his Front Lotus on Gaara, but in the end it was revealed that it had been a sand clone. Having no other way to end the match, and with Guy's permission, Lee then opened five of the inner chakra gates, the result being that Lee's strength was multiplied immensely for a short time, but also severely injured him. He then proceeded to continuously beat Gaara with his Reverse Lotus. However, as Gaara fell to the ground, he dispersed his sand gourd as a cushion to break his fall. Gaara then used his Sand Binding Coffin to crush Rock Lee's left arm and leg. Might Guy jumped down to prevent Gaara from killing Lee, and regretted having taught Lee how to open the inner gates after learning from the medical ninja that Lee could no longer be a ninja due to his intense injuries. Gaara won the match.

The last match was Chōji Akimichi of Konohagakure's Team 10 versus Dosu Kinuta. Chōji was reluctant to battle, instead wanting to forfeit, but tried after being promised food by his sensei, Asuma Sarutobi, if he won. Chōji entered the battle with prior knowledge of Dosu's sound-based attacks, and quickly used Human Bullet Tank to plug his ears from the Oto ninja's attacks; however, Dosu overcame this by transmitting his sound through the water in Chōji's body, thus defeating him.

Finals Edit

After the preliminary match-ups, there was a one-month period in which the remaining genin could prepare themselves. Various dignitaries were also invited to watch the main matches. During this month, Naruto met Jiraiya, another Sannin, for the first time. Jiraiya agreed to be his sensei, and was the one who taught him most of the advanced techniques he learned during that time.

Under Jiraiya, Naruto improved his chakra control by practising walking on water, learned how to call upon the demon fox's energy at will after Jiraiya used Five Elements Unseal to cancel Orochimaru's Five Elements Seal, and how to use the Summoning Technique to call the giant toad, Gamabunta, to his aid, but was so exhausted after completing his training that Gamabunta carried him to the hospital.

Also, during the month of training, Dosu, who was trying to sneak up on and kill Gaara, was ripped to shreds by him. Hayate was murdered by Baki, the jōnin of the Sand Siblings, after he overheard Baki talking with Kabuto about their plans to invade Konoha. Gaara also attempted to assassinate Lee in the hospital on the day before the finals, but was stopped by Naruto and Shikamaru. Gaara revealed his past, which led to Naruto's realising that they had similar histories of prejudice, before Guy stepped in and forced Gaara to leave.

Neji Fighting Naruto

Naruto vs. Neji.

Due to the fact that Hayate Gekkō was murdered during the one month break, Genma Shiranui became the proctor for the final exam. The first match was Naruto against Neji. Naruto's fight with Neji in the first match of the finals was a very dramatic one. During the fight, Neji lectured Naruto much as he had done with Hinata during the preliminaries, telling Naruto that failures remained failures and that this could not change. Naruto eventually won the battle through a combination of the demon fox's power sealed within him and sheer belief in victory. In the process, he changed Neji's outlook on life, and inspired him to create his own fate, thus forming another important bond. Naruto was able to make Neji understand that destiny could be changed, and they became good friends from that point on.

The second match, which featured Sasuke versus Gaara, was moved to be the last, as Sasuke hadn't arrived yet. Normally he would have been disqualified on the spot, but his match had been highly anticipated — in fact, some of the crowd commented they had mostly come just to see him fight, forcing the Third Hokage to give in to the Kazekage's request to postpone the match.

The third match, which featured Shino versus Kankurō, was given to Shino on default, since Kankurō forfeited to "keep his techniques a secret" before the invasion was launched.

The fourth match was Temari versus Shikamaru. Both Temari and Shikamaru were excellent strategists, but Shikamaru was better. Although it appeared throughout the match that Shikamaru was using pointless attacks, he was actually five steps ahead, and managed to skilfully manipulate Temari into a position where he could attack from behind, using the tunnel which Naruto had dug during his match with Neji to stealthily extend his Shadow Imitation Technique. This took control over Temari's body, and forced her to imitate every one of Shikamaru's movements. Although Shikamaru could have won, he quit instead, saying that he was too low on chakra. His real reason for quitting, however, seems to be because he is incredibly lazy and saw no point in winning, which would only lead to having to fight in further matches. He also didn't want to hurt a girl.

Chidori

Sasuke's Chidori.

Gaara versus Sasuke came around again. This was the battle that the crowd had been looking forward to. Sasuke arrived right on time as the match was about to begin (in the anime, Sasuke arrived late, but the waiting time was extended again because of the importance of the match). Sasuke demonstrated that his speed had vastly increased, to the point where the sand guarding Gaara could not keep up. Sasuke also demonstrated Chidori, a technique he had learned from Kakashi and Kakashi's only original technique, to injure Gaara. Before the match could finish, however, a smoke bomb was set off in the Kages' box. Kabuto, who was actually working for Orochimaru, used the genjutsu to put almost everybody in the crowd to sleep, and the Invasion of Konoha commenced.

Chapters Edit

# English title Kanji title Romaji title
34 Intruders?! 侵入者!? Shinnyūsha!?
35 Iruka vs. Kakashi?! イルカVSカカシ!? Iruka Bāsasu Kakashi!?
36 Sakura's Depression!! サクラの憂鬱!! Sakura no Yūutsu!!
37 The Worst Compatibility…!! 最悪の相性…!! Saiaku no Aishō…!!
38 Start…!! START…!! Sutāto…!!
39 The Challengers!! 挑戦者たち!! Chōsensha-Tachi!!
40 The First Exam!! 第一の試験!! Daiichi no Shiken!!
41 The Whispers of Demons…?! 悪魔の囁き…!? Akuma no Sasayaki…!?
42 Everyone's Respective Battles…!! それぞれの闘い…!! Sorezore no Tatakai…!!
43 The Tenth Question…!! 第10問目…!! Daijūmonme…!!
44 The Natures Tested for…!! 試された資質…!! Tamesareta Mono…!!
45 The Second Exam!! 第二の試験!! Daini no Shiken!!
46 The Password is…?! 合言葉は…!! Aikotoba wa…!!
47 Predator!! 捕食者!! Hoshokusha!!
48 That Goal is…!! その目的は…!! Sono Mokuteki wa…!!
49 Coward…!! 臆病者…!! Okubyōmono…!!
50 I Will…!! 私が…!! Watashi ga…!!
51 The Beautiful Wild Beast…!! 美しき野獣…!! Utsukushiki Yajū…!!
52 The Conditions for Using!! 使用の条件!! Shiyō no Jōken!!
53 Sakura's Decision!! サクラの決意!! Sakura no Ketsui!!
54 Sakura and Ino サクラといの Sakura to Ino
55 All-Out War…!! 全面戦争!! Zenmen Sensō!!
56 The Power Granted…!! 与えられし力…!! Ataerareshi Chikara…!!
57 Ten Hours Earlier 10時間前 Jūjikan Mae
58 Eyewitnesses…!! 目撃者…!! Mokugekisha…!!
59 The Tragedy of Suna!! 砂の惨劇!! Suna no Sangeki!!
60 Last Chance…!! ラストチャンス…!! Rasuto Chansu…!!
61 The Path That Should Be Followed…!! 進むべき道…!! Susumubeki Michi…!!
62 Trapped Rats…!! 袋のネズミ…!! Fukuro no Nezumi…!!
63 One More Face もう一つの顔 Mō Hitotsu no Kao
64 The Hokage's Message…!! 火影の伝令…!! Hokage no Messēji…!!
65 Life and Death Battles!! 命懸けの戦い!! Inochigake no Tatakai!!
66 Sakura's Advice サクラの勧告 Sakura no Kankoku
67 A Heretical Ability!! 異端なる能力!! Itannaru Nōryoku!!
68 Blood of the Uchiha!! うちはの血!! Uchiha no Chi!!
69 A Dreadful Visitor!! 恐怖の訪問者!! Kyōfu no Hōmonsha!!
70 The One Who Dies is…?! 死ぬのは…!? Shinu no wa…!?
71 A Wall Too High…!! 高すぎる壁…!! Takasugiru Kabe…!!
72 Rivalry…!! 拮抗…!! Kikkō…!!
73 A Declaration of Defeat…?! 敗北宣言…!? Haiboku Sengen…!?
74 The Sixth Match and…!! 第六回戦…そして!! Dairoku Kaisen… Soshite!!
75 Naruto's Growth…!! ナルトの成長…!! Naruto no Seichō…!!
76 Kiba Turns the Tables!! Naruto Turns the Tables?!! キバの逆転!!ナルトの逆転!!? Kiba no Gyakuten!! Naruto no Gyakuten!!?
77 Naruto's Clever Scheme!! ナルトの奇策!! Naruto no Kisaku!!
78 Neji and Hinata ネジとヒナタ Neji to Hinata
79 The Hyūga Clan 日向一族 Hyūga Ichizoku
80 Crossing the Limit… 限界を超えて… Genkai o Koete…
81 Gaara vs.… 我愛羅vs… Gaara Bāsasu…
82 Lee's Secret!! リーの秘密!! Rī no Himitsu!!
83 The Absolute Defence: Crumbled?! 絶対防御・崩壊!? Zettai Bōgyo: Hōkai!?
84 The Genius of Hard Work…!! 努力の天才…!! Doryoku no Tensai…!!
85 Now, for Sure…!! 今こそ…!! Ima koso…!!
86 A Splendid Ninja…!! 立派な忍者…!! Rippana Ninja…!!
87 The Preliminaries Completed…!! 予選終了…!! Yosen Shūryō…!!
88 Sasuke…?! サスケは…!? Sasuke wa…!?
89 Naruto's Wish…!! ナルトのお願い…!! Naruto no Onegai…!!
90 Whaddabout My Training?! 修業どーすんだ!? Shūgyō Dō Sunda!?
91 Desiring Apprenticeship?! 弟子入り志願!? Deshiiri Shigan!?
92 Konoha and Oto and Suna and…!! 木ノ葉と音と砂と…!! Konoha to Oto to Suna to…!!
93 Passionate Feelings… Everyone!! 熱情…それぞれ!! Netsujō… Sorezore!!
94 The Key…!! 鍵…!! Kagi…!!
95 A Chance Encounter…!! 邂逅…!! Kaikō…!!
96 The Unexpected Visitor!! 突然の来訪者!! Totsuzen no Raihōsha!!
97 A Reason for Continuing to Exist…!! 在り続ける理由!! Aritsuzukeru Wake!!
98 A Proud Failure!! 誇り高き失敗者!! Hokoritakaki Shippaisha!!
99 The Final Selection Begins…!! 本線、開始っ…!! Honzen, Kaishi…!!
100 Prepared for an Honourable Defeat…!! 玉砕覚悟…!! Gyakusai Kakugo…!!
101 One More…!! もう一つの…!! Mō Hitotsu no…!!
102 A Bird in a Cage…!! 籠の中の鳥…!! Kago no Naka no Tori…!!
103 Failure!! 落ちこぼれ!! Ochikobore!!
104 The Power to Change…!! 変える力…!! Kaeru Chikara…!!
105 The Great Flight!! 大いなる飛翔!! Ōinaru Hishō!!
106 Sasuke Disqualified…?! サスケ失格…!? Sasuke Shikkaku…!?
107 The Guy with Zero Motivation!! やる気ゼロの男!! Yaruki Zero no Otoko!!
108 A Plot Leading to Victory…?! 勝利への伏線…!? Shōri e no Fukusen…!?
109 Tree Leaves, Dancing…!! 木の葉、舞い…!! Konoha, Mai…!!
110 At Last…!! いよいよ…!! Iyoiyo…!!
111 Sasuke vs. Gaara!! サスケVS我愛羅!! Sasuke Bāsasu Gaara!!
112 Sasuke's Taijutsu…!! サスケの体術…!! Sasuke no Taijutsu…!!
113 The Reason He was Late…!! 遅刻の理由…!! Chikoku no Riyū…!!
114 Assault…!! 強襲…!! Kyōshū…!!

Episodes Edit

# Episode Title Japanese Airdate English Airdate
20 A New Chapter Begins: The Chūnin Exam! 20 February 2003 21 January 2006
21 Identify Yourself: Powerful New Rivals 27 February 2003 28 January 2006
22 Chūnin Challenge: Rock Lee vs. Sasuke! 6 March 2003 4 February 2006
23 Genin Takedown! All Nine Rookies Face Off! 13 March 2003 11 February 2006
24 Start Your Engines: The Chūnin Exam Begins! 20 March 2003 18 February 2006
25 The Tenth Question: All or Nothing! 27 March 2003 25 February 2006
26 Special Report: Live from the Forest of Death! 2 April 2003 4 March 2006
27 The Chūnin Exam Stage 2: The Forest of Death 2 April 2003 15 April 2006
28 Eat or be Eaten: Panic in the Forest 9 April 2003 15 April 2006
29 Naruto's Counterattack: Never Give In! 16 April 2003 15 April 2006
30 The Sharingan Revived: Dragon-Flame Jutsu! 23 April 2003 22 April 2006
31 Bushy Brow's Pledge: Undying Love and Protection! 30 April 2003 29 April 2006
32 Sakura Blossoms! 7 May 2003 6 May 2006
33 Battle Formation: Ino–Shika–Chō!! 14 May 2003 13 May 2006
34 Akamaru Trembles: Gaara's Cruel Strength! 21 May 2003 20 May 2006
35 The Scroll's Secret: No Peeking Allowed 28 May 2003 27 May 2006
36 Clone vs. Clone: Mine are Better Than Yours! 4 June 2003 3 June 2006
37 Surviving the Cut: The Rookie Nine Together Again! 11 June 2003 10 June 2006
38 Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination! 18 June 2003 17 June 2006
39 Bushy Brow's Jealousy: Lions Barrage Unleashed! 2 July 2003 24 June 2006
40 Kakashi and Orochimaru: Face-to-Face! 9 July 2003 1 July 2006
41 Kunoichi Rumble: The Rivals Get Serious! 16 July 2003 8 July 2006
42 The Ultimate Battle: Cha! 23 July 2003 15 July 2006
43 Killer Kunoichi and a Shaky Shikamaru 30 July 2003 15 July 2006
44 Akamaru Unleashed! Who's Top Dog Now? 6 August 2003 22 July 2006
45 Surprise Attack! Naruto's Secret Weapon! 13 August 2003 29 July 2006
46 Byakugan Battle: Hinata Grows Bold! 20 August 2003 5 August 2006
47 A Failure Stands Tall! 27 August 2003 12 August 2006
48 Gaara vs. Rock Lee: The Power of Youth Explodes! 3 September 2003 19 August 2006
49 Lee's Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu! 10 September 2003 26 August 2006
50 The Fifth Gate: A Splendid Ninja is Born 17 September 2003 2 September 2006
51 A Shadow in Darkness: Danger Approaches Sasuke 24 September 2003 9 September 2006
52 Ebisu Returns: Naruto's Toughest Training Yet! 1 October 2003 16 September 2006
53 Long Time No See: Jiraiya Returns! 8 October 2003 30 September 2006
54 The Summoning Jutsu: Wisdom of the Toad Sage! 15 October 2003 7 October 2006
55 A Feeling of Yearning, a Flower Full of Hope 22 October 2003 21 October 2006
56 Live or Die: Risk it All to Win it All! 29 October 2003 28 October 2006
57 He Flies! He Jumps! He Lurks! Chief Toad Appears! 5 November 2003 4 November 2006
58 Hospital Besieged: The Evil Hand Revealed! 12 November 2003 11 November 2006
59 The Final Rounds: Rush to the Battle Arena! 19 November 2003 18 November 2006
60 Byakugan vs. Shadow Clone Jutsu! 26 November 2003 18 November 2006
61 Ultimate Defence: Zero Blind Spot! 3 December 2003 18 November 2006
62 A Failure's True Power 10 December 2003 18 November 2006
63 Hit it or Quit it: The Final Rounds Get Complicated! 17 December 2003 25 November 2006
64 Zero Motivation: The Guy with Cloud Envy! 24 December 2003 2 December 2006
65 Dancing Leaf, Squirming Sand 31 December 2003 9 December 2006
66 Bushy Brow's Jutsu: Sasuke Style! 14 January 2004 16 December 2006
67 Late for the Show, but Ready to Go! The Ultimate Secret Technique is Born! 14 January 2004 23 December 2006

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