|Episode||Naruto: Shippūden #258 (Watch Online)|
|Japanese||April 12, 2012|
Rivals (ライバル, Raibaru) is episode 258 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
During the Chūnin Exams, Team 7 is ambushed by a ninja with snake-like abilities. Sasuke offers the scroll, but Naruto snatches it away, accusing Sasuke of being a coward and arguing that there's no guarantee the ninja will let them live. Orochimaru summons a snake and attacks Naruto, who draws on the Nine-Tails's chakra to defend himself and Sasuke. Sasuke, angered by Naruto's taunts, helps him fight Orochimaru. While travelling with Kabuto, they are ambushed by a group of illusory clones, and Naruto defeats them with his Shadow Clone Technique, luring out the Amegakure ninja group controlling the illusions and defeating them, surprising Sasuke with his strength. During the preliminary phase of the exam, Sasuke confesses his desire to face Naruto in combat, and later asks Kakashi to teach him the Chidori.
|Naruto Uzumaki||うずまきナルト||Uzumaki Naruto||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko|
|Sakura Haruno||春野サクラ||Haruno Sakura||Chie Nakamura||中村 千絵||Nakamura Chie|
|Sasuke Uchiha||うちはサスケ||Uchiha Sasuke||Noriaki Sugiyama||杉山 紀彰||Sugiyama Noriaki|
|Kakashi Hatake||はたけカカシ||Hatake Kakashi||Kazuhiko Inoue||井上 和彦||Inoue Kazuhiko|
|Genma Shiranui||不知火ゲンマ||Shiranui Genma||Hiroaki Hirata||平田 広明||Hirata Hiroaki|
|Anko Mitarashi||みたらしアンコ||Mitarashi Anko||Takako Honda||本田 貴子||Honda Takako|
|Kabuto Yakushi||薬師カブト||Yakushi Kabuto||Nobutoshi Canna||神奈 延年||Kanna Nobutoshi|
|Kusa ninja: Orochimaru||草忍・大蛇丸||Kusa shinobi: Orochimaru||Yuriko Yamaguchi||山口由里子||Yamaguchi Yuriko|
|Oboro||朧||Oboro||Ryūichi Kijima||木島 隆一||Kijima Ryūichi|
|Mubi||夢火||Mubi||Yōji Ueda||上田 燿司||Ueda Yōji|
|Kagari||篝||Kagari||Masao Harada||原田 正夫||Harada Masao|