The New Chūnin Exams


The New Chūnin Exams” (新たなる中忍試験, Aratanaru Chūnin Shiken) is episode 394 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

As Sakura works on keeping a dying Naruto alive, Tsunade remembers back to the previous Chūnin Exams when the youth gave everyone hope. Tsunade arranges a meeting with Gaara to prepare for the new exams. Kankurō and Temari are unsure of Tsunade’s intentions and she reveals her motive behind it is to lure Akatsuki in the open. Gaara proposes the exams be held in Sunagakure, hoping to bring Akatsuki out of hiding, as well as exposing those who are staging a coup d’état against him. The first phase is then decided to be held in Konohagakure while the second phase is to be held in Sunagakure. Tsunade deploys her Anbu to deliver the invitations to the other villages as bait.

At Kumogakure, A is furious at Tsunade’s invitation, and wants to keep this a secret from B, although he already found out through Darui. Meanwhile in Kirigakure and Iwagakure respectively, Mei rejects the invitation after consulting with the elder, while Ōnoki also declines, suggesting that the Hokage might be plotting a war. Thus, all of Tsunade’s invitations are declined. Elsewhere, Kakashi approaches Amegakure, where he is to meet Hanzō face-to-face.

Trivia

  • The Kazekage’s garbs are once again miscoloured blue instead of green in this episode.

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
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
Fifth Kazekage: Gaara Akira Ishida 石田 彰 Ishida Akira Liam O’Brien
Kankurō Yasuyuki Kase 加瀬 康之 Kase Yasuyuki Doug Erholtz
Temari Romi Park 朴 璐美 Paku Romi Tara Platt
Kakashi Hatake Kazuhiko Inoue 井上 和彦 Inoue Kazuhiko Dave Wittenberg
Shikamaru Nara Shotaro Morikubo 森久保 祥太郎 Morikubo Shōtarō Tom Gibis
Kiba Inuzuka Kosuke Toriumi 鳥海 浩輔 Toriumi Kōsuke Kyle Hebert
Neji Hyūga Koichi Tochika 遠近 孝一 Tōchika Kōichi Steve Staley
Tenten Yukari Tamura 田村 ゆかり Tamura Yukari Danielle Judovits
Rock Lee Yoichi Masukawa 増川 洋一 Masukawa Yōichi Brian Donovan
Homura Mitokado Hikaru Miyata 宮田 光 Miyata Hikaru Beau Billingslea
Koharu Utatane Junko Midori 翠 準子 Midori Junko Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Yūra Hideo Watanabe 渡辺 英雄 Watanabe Hideo Keith Silverstein
Fourth Raikage: A Hideaki Tezuka 手塚 秀彰 Tezuka Hideaki Beau Billingslea
Killer B Hisao Egawa 江川 央生 Egawa Hisao Catero Colbert
Darui Ryota Takeuchi 竹内 良太 Takeuchi Ryōta Catero Colbert
C Kenji Fukuda 福田 賢二 Fukuda Kenji Vic Mignogna
Fifth Mizukage: Mei Terumī Yurika Hino 日野 由利加 Hino Yurika Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Ao Tadahisa Saizen 西前 忠久 Saizen Tadahisa Steve Blum
Third Tsuchikage: Ōnoki Tomomichi Nishimura 西村 知道 Nishimura Tomomichi Steve Blum
Akatsuchi Kenta Miyake 三宅 健太 Miyake Kenta Kyle Hebert
Kiri chief elder Shinobu Matsumoto 松本 忍 Matsumoto Shinobu Patrick Seitz
Suna shinobi Kosuke Goto 後藤 光祐 Gotō Kōsuke Yuri Lowenthal

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