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Volume 1
Chapter 1
Chapter 1: "Uzumaki Naruto" – Introduces Naruto, Iruka, Mizuki and Sandaime Hokage. Naruto fails his genin trial for the third time, so Mizuki tricks him into stealing the Scroll Of Sealing. Iruka gives chase and acknowledges Naruto as Mizuki is about to kill him, but Naruto demonstrates what he learned and defeats Mizuki with Tajyuu Kage Bunshin (Mass Shadow Replication). Iruka passes Naruto as a ninja.
Chapter 2
Chapter 2: "Konohamaru"  Introduces Konohamaru and Ebisu. Naruto encounters Sandaime Hokage’s grandson and his tutor. Both discover they want to be known for themselves instead of their reputations while training. Ebisu tries to pull Konohamaru away from Naruto, but Naruto defeats him with Harem No Jutsu. The boys acknowledge each other as rivals for the Hokage title.
Chapter 3
Chapter 3: "Uchiha Sasuke" – Introduces Sakura and Sasuke. A one-way love triangle occurs between Naruto, who likes Sakura, who in turn likes Sasuke. The three are put into a team as part of their training. Naruto’s pranks end up causing some confusion among the team while Sandaime shows their instructor around Naruto’s house to help assessment. He doesn’t seem impressed.
Chapter 4
Chapter 4: "Hatake Kakashi" – Introduces Kakashi. The team formally introduce themselves to him and discuss their ambitions. Kakashi devises a test, to steal one of two bells from him. The person without one will have to return to the academy. Kakashi permits them to act as though they are trying to kill him.
Chapter 5
Chapter 5: "Carelessness is Your Worst Enemy" – Kakashi schools the team in the 3 main categories of techniques, barely flinching once while remaining calm and even reading a book while fighting. This also marks the first use of Sennen Goroshi. Naruto uses Kage Bunshin to try and steal a bell, but his plan messes up at the last second.
Chapter 6
Chapter 6: "Not Sasuke-kun" – Naruto ends up falling for a rope trap and while Kakashi seems off-guard, Sasuke finally makes his move. Kakashi educates him about Kawarimi (replacement) and then teaches Sakura about Genjutsu (illusion techniques). All three learn the hard way.
Chapter 7
Chapter 7: "Kakashi's Conclusion" – Kakashi and Sasuke square off. Sasuke’s fingers lightly brush a bell, but after an exchange of Goukyaku and Shinzu Zanshu between them, Sasuke ends up buried up to his neck in the ground. Kakashi decides that after Naruto tried to steal the reward and the others were simply too weak, all three should stop trying to be ninjas.
Volume 2
Chapter 8
Chapter 8: "That's Why You're Failures" – Iruka and Sandaime discuss Kakashi’s methods, revealing he has never passed a team before. Kakashi, meanwhile, tells the team that working together was the key to obtaining the bells. He gives them another chance after lunch, but demands Naruto not be fed. The team defies him and feed Naruto against Kakashi’s orders. To their surprise, he passes them for showing true team spirit.
Chapter 9
Chapter 9: "The Worst Possible Client" – The team are sent out on a mission to escort bridge expert, Tazuna. Kakashi speaks about the 5 Great Shinobi Powers to the team. Further down the line, the group are attacked by two unknown ninjas who ambush them, shredding Kakashi to pieces in front of the team and Tazuna.
Chapter 10
Chapter 10: "Two Down" – Introduces Gouzu and Meizu, the Demon Brothers and Zabuza; ninjas who have gone missing from Hidden Mist. Sasuke does his best to protect Tazuna, but Kakashi makes a surprise re-entry withy Kawarimi and praises Sasuke for his effort. It is revealed Tazuna was the target. Elsewhere, the assassination is discussed by Zabuza and his client.
Chapter 11
Chapter 11: "Disembark!!" – Introduces Gato. Tazuna tells of how he is targeted by a greedy businessman who’s profits would be cut by the bridge Tazuna is working on. Kakashi prepares for the worst and Zabuza makes his true entrance, forcing Kakashi to play his trump card...
Chapter 12
Chapter 12: "It's Over" – Zabuza addresses “Sharingan Kakashi”. The Sharingan is revealed as a highly beneficial eye condition which he possesses. Zabuza attempts a quick kill with Kirigakure no Jutsu (Mist Hiding) and Mizu Bunshin (Mist Clones), but Kakashi outdoes him and gains the upper hand by stealing his moves.
Chapter 13
Chapter 13: "I'm a Ninja" – As the two continue, Kakashi becomes trapped and helpless, with Zabuza now having an ace up his sleeve. The team starts devising a plan to strike back but also have to protect Tazuna. Suddenly, Sasuke and Naruto come up with an idea to kill two birds with one stone.
Chapter 14
Chapter 14: "Secret Plan" – The past of Zabuza is revealed. Even as an infant, he was a brutal killer that slaughtered a hundred children, abusing the rules of his village. Sasuke and Naruto put their plan into action. Using trickery, Naruto gets behind Zabuza and aims right for his head with a kunai.
Chapter 15
Chapter 15: "Sharingan Resurrected" – Naruto’s distraction frees Kakashi. He and Zabuza once again clash, only with Kakashi now predicting and copying every one of his moves, then appearing to read Zabuza’s mind. To prove it, he beats Zabuza to the punch in making a move and reveals another Sharingan bonus, to see the future. Right as Kakashi predicts Zabuzas death, the Hidden Mist ninja drops to the ground with needles in his neck, flung by a newly arrived masked ninja.
Chapter 16
Chapter 16: "Who Are You?" – Introduces Tsunami. The masked ninja explains that Zabuza is a criminal and it was his job to hunt the traitor. Naruto is outraged at the child’s ability to kill Zabuza in a flash. The masked boy takes Zabuza’s corpse for disposal, but turns out to be his accomplice who helped Zabuza fake his death. Kakashi and the team recover at Tazuna’s home, but Kakashi awakens with a bad feeling about Zabuza.
Chapter 17
Chapter 17: "Preparation for Battle" – Introduces Inari. Kakashi realised he was deceived by the masked boy. Inari’s cynical and pessimistic attitude displeases Naruto. To prepare for Zabuza’s counterattack, Kakashi trains the team in Chakra control and the proper technique to perform jutsus.

Volume 3
Chapter 18
Chapter 18: "Training Commences!" – Introduces Haku, Zouri and Waraji. Kakashi has his team learn to control chakra by making them run vertically up trees using a balanced amount of chakra in their feet. Zabuza recuperates in Gato’s HQ, but Gato thinks the failure is wearing out his welcome. Zabuza’s accomplice, finally named as Haku, warns Gato not to trouble Zabuza.
Chapter 19
Chapter 19: "Symbol of Courage" – Sakura is assigned to watch Tazuna while Naruto and Sasuke continue the tree exercise. The Wave Country is revealed as a poverty-stricken area thanks to Gato’s extortion. Tazuna’s bridge would make them independent from his methods. The team and Tazuna accidentally strike a nerve with Inari over dinner about the “hero of the city”.
Chapter 20
Chapter 20: "The Country That Had a Hero" – Introduces Kaiza. A flashback shows Inari’s father figure, Kaiza, who saved him from drowning and rescued the entire village against incredible odds when the dam broke. To break their hopes and make them dependent on his shipping, Gato amputated Kaiza’s arms and publicly executed him. Naruto vows to restore the faith of the city.
Chapter 21
Chapter 21: "Encounter in the Forest" – Naruto trains in the forest again and bumps into Haku. Haku recognises him but Naruto is oblivious to the “girl’s” identity. Haku peacefully leaves Naruto to his training, which has improved his skills. Back at Gato’s HQ, Zabuza has fully recovered and tells Haku that now is the time to make their move.
Chapter 22
Chapter 22: "A Rival Appears" – Naruto and Inari clash again over believing in hope. Worn out, Naruto rests while the team goes back to the bridge with Tazuna. They arrive to find Zabuza and Haku waiting, with many workers face down. Zouri and Waraji pay Tsunami an unfriendly visit. Sasuke impresses Zabuza and Haku with his new skill, marking him as Haku’s rival.
Chapter 23
Chapter 23: "Two Surprise Attacks" – Sasuke and Haku fight. Gato’s henchmen attempt to kidnap Tsunami. Naruto rescues her with Inari’s help and the two reconcile their differences. Naruto heads off to the bridge while Inari alerts the rest of the people in the area.
Chapter 24
Chapter 24: "Speed" Sasuke and Haku continue their duel with the advantage slipping between each other until Sasuke out-manoeuvres Haku in terms of speed. Kakashi warns Zabuza and Haku not to grow overconfident. Haku then performs Makyou Hyoushou (Demonic Ice Crystal Mirrors) and traps Sasuke, then slices around him with unbelievable quickness. Sasuke takes a real beating, but then Naruto shows up with a flashy entrance.
Chapter 25
Chapter 25: "For the Sake of Dreams" – Naruto attempts to rescue Sasuke from Haku’s technique, but ends up needing rescuing himself as Sasuke’s fire-breathing moves have no effect on the mirrors. Kakashi finally realises Haku must be of a special bloodline that matches even his Sharingan for power. Naruto refuses to give up and his words make Haku remember how Zabuza saved him as a homeless urchin. Kakashi promises to end the confrontation with Zabuza as fast as possible.
Chapter 26
Chapter 26: "Crumbling Dreams" – Zabuza admits to Kakashi that he knows the secret of the Sharingan’s weakness. By using Kirigakure again, Zabuza lowers the visibility and relies on his special style of attacking based on conditions without sight. Naruto and Sasuke remains helpless in Haku’s trap. Zabuza makes his move to kill Tazuna again, bypassing Sakura. Kakashi steps in, but Zabuza appears to be too quick...
Chapter 27
Chapter 27: "Awaken" – Sasuke rouses his own Sharingan eyes, less potent than Kakashi’s but slowly adjusting to Haku’s trap. Kakashi himself survived Zabuza’s sword, but not perfectly. He then promises to show Zabuza his techniques that don’t rely on the Sharingan. Sasuke, meanwhile, shields Naruto from an attack that seems fatal, dropping him to the ground while full of needles. Under immeasurable emotional stress, Naruto begins to unleash the power inside himself.
Summaries by Leaf Ninja