The Night Before the Second Exam


The Night Before the Second Exam” (二次試験、前夜, Niji Shiken, Zen’ya) is episode 398 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

At night in Sunagakure, a masked individual breaks into the Kazekage’s office building. Kankurō confronts him, and questions his identity, which he claims to be one of the extremists seeking reform in the Land of Wind. As the assassin makes his escape, Kankurō pursues him. Seemingly cornered, he attempts to commit a suicidal attack, but Temari arrives in the nick of time to save Kankurō. The next morning, Kankurō and Temari alert Gaara that his rebels are stepping up their efforts against him, but the Kazekage refuses to cave in under pressure.

Elsewhere, the main teams of the Konoha 11 all arrive safely to the Demon Desert checkpoint to secure their qualification, while those that arrive late are eliminated and are instructed to return to their respective villages. During dinnertime, a fight breaks out between the genin after the Konoha shinobi accidentally ruined the food. As Fū arrives and is seemingly hoping to make friends, the other genin leave the cafeteria, much to her dismay. Back in Konohagakure, Kakashi reports to Tsunade of his failure to infiltrate Amegakure, suspecting the state of things after having not met Hanzō in person. Meanwhile, Chōji sneaks out to the building where the jōnin are, hoping to get food. Sakura and Ino follow him, and they are all attacked by a giant scorpion. Fortunately, Fū arrives to their rescue. Arriving to the scene, Gaara notices the similarity between Fū and Naruto due to her unique charisma. The next day, the second phase begins, and, as in the previous Chūnin Exams, half of the teams are given the Scroll of Earth, while the other half are given the Scroll of Heaven, meaning each team must retrieve the counterpart scroll to pass the exam.

Trivia

  • Even though it takes three days to travel to Suna from Konoha, no matter the route, Kankurō and Temari were able to reach the village in two days.
  • A kunoichi from Suna in one frame was shown to have failed the exam as she didn’t make it to the Demon Desert in time and in the other frame was shown sitting with her fellow Suna genin, albeit with a slightly different colouring palette. Whether this was on purpose or an accident is unknown.

Credits

Role Seiyū English Voice Actor
English Japanese Rōmaji
Sakura Haruno Chie Nakamura 中村 千絵 Nakamura Chie Kate Higgins
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
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
Might Guy Masashi Ebara 江原 正士 Ebara Masashi Skip Stellrecht
Kakashi Hatake Kazuhiko Inoue 井上 和彦 Inoue Kazuhiko Dave Wittenberg
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
Fifth Hokage: Tsunade Masako Katsuki 勝生 真沙子 Katsuki Masako Debi Mae West
Asuma Sarutobi Jurota Kosugi 小杉 十郎太 Kosugi Jūrōta Doug Erholtz
Kurenai Yūhi Rumi Ochiai 落合 るみ Ochiai Rumi Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Ryoko Shiraishi 白石 涼子 Shiraishi Ryōko Kari Wahlgren
Totchi Daisuke Nakamura 中村 太亮 Nakamura Daisuke Liam O’Brien
Kun Sho Okumura 奥村 翔 Okumura Shō Kirk Thornton
Matsuri Maya Sakamoto 坂本 真綾 Sakamoto Māya Laura Bailey
Yukata Tomomi Nakatsuka 中塚 智実 Nakatsuka Tomomi Stephanie Sheh
Mikoshi Kengo Kawanishi 河西 健吾 Kawanishi Kengo Robbie Daymond
Shibire Daiki Hamano 濱野 大輝 Hamano Daiki Lex Lang
Kazami Hiromichi Tezuka 手塚 ヒロミチ Tezuka Hiromichi Robbie Daymond
Muyami Takuya Iwahana 岩端 卓也 Iwahana Takuya Bryce Papenbrook
Burami Kosuke Goto 後藤 光祐 Gotō Kōsuke Joe Ochman
Shira Yuhei Takagi 高木 裕平 Takagi Yūhei Ray Chase
Ameno Arisa Shida 志田 有彩 Shida Arisa Dorothy Elias-Fahn

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