|(我愛羅vs…, Gaara Bāsasu…)|
|Volume||Volume #9 (#9)|
|Previous||"Crossing the Limit…"|
|Arc||Chūnin Exams (Arc)|
|Anime||Naruto #47Naruto #48|
Naruto tries to attack Neji for being so merciless to his own cousin. He is stopped by Lee, who states that this is not the right time for a clash between a "genius" and a "failure". Hinata is rushed away to have her injuries healed. Naruto takes some of her spilled blood and swears upon it in front of everyone that he will defeat Neji. As the participants of the ninth match are being picked, the four remaining contestants ready themselves. Gaara and Lee are selected and both enter the arena, glad to have the chance to fight each other.