"Preparing for Battle!!"
Chapter 017
(闘いの準備!!, Tatakai no Junbi!!, Viz: Preparations for Battle)
Chapter Info
Volume The Worst Client (#2)
Previous "Who are You?!"
Chapter Naruto #17
Next "The Training Commences"
Arc Prologue — Land of Waves
Japanese Weekly Shōnen Jump #9, 2000 (cover date: February 14, 2000)
"Preparing for Battle!!" (闘いの準備!!, Tatakai no Junbi!!, Viz: Preparations for Battle) is chapter 17 of the original Naruto manga.


Kakashi, suspicious about how the battle with Zabuza ended, tells Team 7 that Zabuza may still be alive as hunter-nin do not typically take a body elsewhere when destroying it. Since the masked boy did not only this but "killed" Zabuza with senbon, an unusual choice of weapon, the boy was probably saving Zabuza by putting him in a temporary death-like state. In case he is right, Kakashi decides to start training Team 7 to improve their chakra control for another encounter with Zabuza.