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"Sakura Blossoms!"
Sakura cut hair
(サクラ咲く!決意の後ろ姿, Sakura Saku! Ketsui no Ushiro Sugata)
Episode data
Previous "Bushy Brow's Pledge: Undying Love and Protection!"
Episode Naruto #32
Next "Battle Formation: Ino–Shika–Chō!!"
Arc Chūnin Exams (Arc)
Manga Naruto Chapter #53, Naruto Chapter #54
Airing
Japanese May 7, 2003
English May 6, 2006
Debut
Jutsu
Resonating Echo Drill
"Sakura Blossoms!" (サクラ咲く!決意の後ろ姿, Sakura Saku! Ketsui no Ushiro Sugata) is episode 32 of the original Naruto anime.

Summary

With Rock Lee unconscious, Sakura has to defend herself and her team-mates. One of the Otogakure genin, Kin Tsuchi, takes hold of her hair and insults her for spending so much time on her looks. This remark spurs her into cutting her hair to free herself from Kin's grasp. Freed, Sakura battles Zaku Abumi by using several substitutions, slashing him with a kunai, and pinning him to the ground while biting him to immobilise his other arm, though he quickly gains the advantage. Zaku then proceeds to beat Sakura's head until she begins to bleed. Unknown to Sakura, Team Asuma is watching from a distance while Ino remembers their childhood memories. Team Asuma runs to Sakura's aid before Zaku can kill Sakura, Ino stating that she promised never to let Sakura show her up.

Trivia

  • This is the second episode rated TV-14-V in uncut format.

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