The Chūnin Exams Begin!


The Chūnin Exams Begin!” (中忍試験、開始!, Chūnin Shiken, Kaishi!) is episode 395 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

Arriving in Amegakure, Kakashi reveals his identity, and says that he wishes to speak to Hanzō. Entering Hanzō’s fortress, Kakashi gives him the message sent by Suna and Konoha. Unbeknownst to him, Hanzō is actually dead, and is merely Konan in disguise. Telling Pain of the Chūnin Exams co-hosted by the two villages, the Akatsuki leader orders Konan to send a few genin teams to join. Tsunade receives Amegakure’s response that they will join the Chūnin Exams, though suspect they might have a secret agenda, and orders Shizune to keep a close watch on the Ame genin.

Elsewhere in Takigakure, Shibuki meets with Fū, regarding the invitation of the Chūnin Exams sent by Konoha and Suna, and ultimately agrees for her to participate, but warns her to be cautious. Meanwhile in Sunagakure, Gaara speaks to Kankurō, and reveals his intention to supervise the exams, while also wanting to make amends with the rebels against him, much to Kankurō’s dismay. Back in Konohagakure, Tsunade informs the jōnin of the impending Chūnin Exams, and asks for them to recommend their respective genin pupils. Asuma recommends his team to take part (excluding Shikamaru), and Ino invites Sakura to join because they needed a three-man squad to qualify, but she turns down this request in the fear her non-combat skills may hinder Ino and Chōji’s chances. However, after realising her capabilities, Sakura decides to participate while Naruto reaches a new step in his training. Meanwhile, all of the genin from other villages participating enter Konohagakure, signifying the start of the Chūnin Exams.

Credits

Role Seiyū English Voice Actor
English Japanese Rōmaji
Naruto Uzumaki Junko Takeuchi 竹内 順子 Takeuchi Junko Maile Flanagan
Jiraiya Hochu Otsuka 大塚 芳忠 Ōtsuka Hōchū David Lodge
Sakura Haruno Chie Nakamura 中村 千絵 Nakamura Chie Kate Higgins
Shikamaru Nara Shotaro Morikubo 森久保 祥太郎 Morikubo Shōtarō Tom Gibis
Chōji Akimichi Kentaro Ito 伊藤 健太郎 Itō Kentarō Robbie Rist
Ino Yamanaka Ryoka Yuzuki 柚木 涼香 Yuzuki Ryōka Colleen O’Shaughnessey
Shiho Shiho Hisajima 久嶋 志帆 Hisajima Shiho Laura Bailey
Kakashi Hatake Kazuhiko Inoue 井上 和彦 Inoue Kazuhiko Dave Wittenberg
Fifth Hokage: Tsunade Masako Katsuki 勝生 真沙子 Katsuki Masako Debi Mae West
Shizune Keiko Nemoto 根本 圭子 Nemoto Keiko Megan Hollingshead
Asuma Sarutobi Jurota Kosugi 小杉 十郎太 Kosugi Jūrōta Doug Erholtz
Pain Kenyu Horiuchi 堀内 賢雄 Horiuchi Ken’yū Matthew Mercer
Konan Atsuko Tanaka 田中 敦子 Tanaka Atsuko Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Hanzō of the Salamander Ikuya Sawaki 沢木 郁也 Sawaki Ikuya Richard Epcar
Fifth Kazekage: Gaara Akira Ishida 石田 彰 Ishida Akira Liam O’Brien
Kankurō Yasuyuki Kase 加瀬 康之 Kase Yasuyuki Doug Erholtz
Ryoko Shiraishi 白石 涼子 Shiraishi Ryōko Kari Wahlgren
Kegon Daisuke Nakamura 中村 太亮 Nakamura Daisuke Liam O’Brien
Yōrō Sho Okumura 奥村 翔 Okumura Shō Kirk Thornton
Shibuki Isshin Chiba 千葉 一伸 Chiba Isshin Brian Beacock
Ame shinobi Kosuke Goto
Shinobu Matsumoto
後藤 光祐
松本 忍
Gotō Kōsuke
Matsumoto Shinobu

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