(サスケ失格…!?, Sasuke shikkaku…!?)
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|Arc||Chūnin Exam Arc|
|Anime||Naruto #63, Naruto #64|
The second match of the finals is scheduled to be between Sasuke and Gaara. Since Sasuke is missing the Third Hokage considers disqualifying him, but the Fourth Kazekage suggests postponing the match since so many members of the audience are looking forward to it. The fight between Shino and Kankurō is to take place but Kankurō, having expected the invasion of Konoha to begin before his match, forfeits so that he doesn't need to reveal his puppet's modifications. Shikamaru versus Temari takes place instead. When Shikamaru shows little enthusiasm, Temari attacks him.