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Volume 4
Chapter 28
 Chapter 28: "Nine-Tails" The chakra of the monster inside Naruto begins to leak out, healing and empowering him. Kakashi panics and rushes to end the battle. Naruto grabs Haku out of the air and with one punch, sends him crashing through a mirror, breaking his mask and defeating the mirror techique. Haku realizes he cannot defeat the enraged Naruto.
Chapter 29
 Chapter 29: "An Important Person" Naruto stops himself from killing Haku by a split second when he recognizes who he is. Haku informs Naruto of his past as a persecuted child and his joy of finally being wanted by Zabuza. Kakashi traps Zabuza in the meantime with his summoned dogs and prepares to deliver the final blow.
Chapter 30
 Chapter 30: "Your Future Is..." Kakashi shows his own personal technique, Raikiri (Lightning Edge). Haku begs Naruto to kill him now that he is useless to Zabuza. Naruto is about to avenge Sasuke, but Haku makes a last-second deception and vanishes when he senses that Zabuza is in danger. As Kakashi lands his killing move, he recoils in shock as he sees his hand piercing through Haku’s body. Haku’s final act was saving Zabuza’s life as a human shield.
Chapter 31
 Chapter 31: "Their Own Battles" Inspired by Naruto and Kaiza, Inari attempts to round up the locals to rebel against Gato. Sakura weeps for the fallen Sasuke but Zabuza seems heartless at Haku’s death. Kakashi evades Zabuza’s near-fatal slice and slices his arms at strategic points, disabling them permanently. Just as Zabuza is rendered harmless, a spectator arrives to comment.
Chapter 32
 Chapter 32: "A Tool Called Shinobi" Gatô arrives with a small army of hired thugs, and the proceeds to kick Haku’s corpse in revenge for him guarding the recovering Zabuza. Naruto’s emotional outburst to protect those who love you inspires Zabuza, who borrows his kunai. Zabuza runs the gauntlet of thugs and slays Gato in front of them by clutching the kunai in his teeth and decapitating Gatô.
Chapter 33
Chapter 33: "The Bridge of Heroes" – Sasuke comes back from the brink of death, apparently “killed” in the same way Haku “killed” Zabuza. Sakura rejoices too soon as Gatô’s army closes in to finish their job, however, Inari and the rebels appear in far greater numbers. Naruto and Kakashi back them up with each performing Kage Bunshin. After the thugs flee, Zabuza and Haku are buried together as companions. Out of respect for Naruto’s deeds, Tazuna names the completed bridge after him. The team departs for Konoha, ending their adventure in the Wave Country.
Chapter 34
 Chapter 34: "Intruders!?" Introduces Moegi, Udon and the Konohamaru Corps. Being his usual perky self, Naruto runs around Konoha being loud and meets Konohamaru and his new play-gang. Sakura has a bad first impression of them which sends them fleeing, until Konohamaru literally bumps into an unknown pair of ninjas. The male one takes offence and grabs him violently. Then the Third Hokage announces to an assembled group of Jounins that soon, the Chuunin (mid-level ninja) Exam will begin.
Chapter 35
 Chapter 35: "Iruka Vs Kakashi" Introduces Kankurou, Temari, Sarutobi Asuma, Yuuhi Kurenai and Gaara. The Jounins nominate their entire teams for Chuunin selection, with Iruka disagreeing uselessly against Kakashi’s decision. Sasuke forces Kankurou to release Konohamaru and Gaara steps in before Kankurou can spill blood. The 3 intruders are revealed as Hidden Sand ninjas arriving for the Chuunin exam. However, they are not the only outsiders...
Chapter 36
 Chapter 36: "Sakura's Depression" Introduces Rock Lee, Hyuga Neji and TenTen. Despite Kakashi nominating them for the exam, Sakura feels inferior to her teammates. Various Genins from Konoha and other villages gather for the exam. Lee is smitten with Sakura and makes a promise to protect her for life. Upon recognising who Sasuke is, Lee makes a request of him. Before the exam begins, he’d like a fight with Sasuke.

Volume 5
Chapter 37
 Chapter 37: "The Worst Match-up" Lee’s impressive martial arts easily make short work of Naruto and Sasuke, even rendering the Sharingan useless. Lee explains that while Sasuke can see his moves, his body is too slow to react to Lee’s insane speed. However, before Lee can unleash an unnecessarily powerful move, he is interrupted by someone telling him to stop.
Chapter 38
 Chapter 38: "Start" Introduces Maito Gai. Lee’s Jounin trainer appears riding a turtle and looking like an older version of Lee. He gives Lee physical discipline about abusing his moves and also talks to the team about his eternal rival, Kakashi. The team then heads off to finally enter the exam together.
Chapter 39
 Chapter 39: "Challengers" Introduces Yamanaka Ino, Nara Shikamaru, Akimichi Chouji, Inuzuka Kiba, Hyuga Hinata, Aburame Shino and Yakushi Kabuto. Kabuto, a veteran of the Chuunin exam, gives everyone a few tips on how to complete it. Sakura and Ino argue over Sasuke while Naruto shoots his mouth off in a fit of overconfidence, which only provokes a trio from the crowd to test his claims.
Chapter 40
 Chapter 40: "The First Test" Introduces Dosu Kinuta, Tsuchi Kin and Zaku Abumi. Three ninjas from Hidden Sound demonstrate their abilities against Kabuto but the fight is broken up by an intimidating examiner. He imposingly tells them how they will take a written test and that their actions will also affect their teammates. Moreso, they will be closely studied in case of cheating.
Chapter 41
 Chapter 41: "The Devil's Whisper" Sakura and others soon notice that the test is intentionally too hard and that cheating is the only way to win, but the less obvious cheats will prosper as someone caught for the fifth time is disqualified and shown the door. Naruto struggles with it as other ninjas use their special abilities to take down the correct answers from others.
Chapter 42
 Chapter 42: "Each Person’s Battle" Hinata willingly risks failing herself to help Naruto, but he declines. More and more teams fail, slowly choking up the grip on the candidates. The classroom seems extremely strict with experienced Chuunins making up the cheat-detectives. With only a short time remaining, the mysterious tenth question is revealed…
Chapter 43
 Chapter 43: "The Tenth Question" Introduces Morino Ibiki. The Jounins discuss the head examiner, a sadistic torture specialist named Ibiki who works for Konoha’s secret assassination squad, ANBU. Placing a heavy decision on each of the candidates’ heads, he reveals the price of failing the final question will be a ban on ever taking the exam again and permanent Genin position. Naruto’s unshakable confidence not to quit inspires everyone else, where Ibiki shocks them all by congratulating them for passing.
Chapter 44
 Chapter 44: "Tested Ability" Introduces Mitarashi Anko. Ibiki explains the written test was to examine their information gathering and decision making skill. Before anyone can celebrate, the next examiner appears in the shape of Anko, an energetic young woman who leads the physical part of the exam. She gleefully announces her intent to halve the number of successes in the next round, taking place in the “Forest of Death”.
Chapter 45
 Chapter 45: "The Second Test" Anko’s darker nature plays up as she even spooks Naruto with a bloody lick on the cheek, even surprising someone who sneaked up on her. Everyone is now aware that blood will be spilled and lives will be lost. The goal is to obtain two different scrolls by taking one from another team and successfully reaching a meeting tower. Briefed, everyone enters the forest with their lives in their hands.
Volume 6
Chapter 46
Chapter 46: "The Codeword is..." – Deception and trickery come into play as people transform into other teammates to try and steal scrolls. Sasuke and Sakura fend off a poor copy of Naruto, then set a password which Naruto forgets. As another separation occurs, the false Naruto gives himself away, revealing himself as a Grass ninja that challenges all three of them alone.
Chapter 47
Chapter 47: "Predator" – Naruto barely escapes a huge snake’s belly. Sasuke and Sakura contend with the Grass ninja, who seems to be two steps ahead of each of them and controls another huge snake, even possessing a snake-like body. At the last moment, Naruto shows up with a grand entrance to distract the snake-man.
Chapter 48
Chapter 48: "The Purpose is" – Sasuke tries to negotiate with the snake-man, but Naruto refuses to back down, enraged to the point of going berserk with the monstrous fox’s chakra emerging again. After once again dodging being eaten, Naruto manages to take down the biggest snake summoned yet right in front of Sasuke.
Chapter 49
Chapter 49: "Orochimaru" – Introduces Orochimaru. Anko is alerted that prior to the exam, foul play took the lives and even faces of three Grass ninjas. The one currently battling the team is someone from Anko’s past. Naruto's Kyuubi chakra is disabled by the snake-impostor’s sealing, while Sasuke makes a stand. His skills impress the Grass ninja, who leaves him with a different seal and a name to follow.
Chapter 50
Chapter 50: "I Must..." – With Sasuke and Naruto completely incapacitated, Sakura cries in desperation. Anko arrives with the intent to kill Orochimaru, her former sensei and mentor who used and discarded her, but fails. He reveals his plans; to eventually start a war with and steal strong ninjas from Hidden Leaf. Leaving Anko to retreat with a heavy threat, three of his new pupils close in on the team...
Chapter 51
Chapter 51: "The Beautiful Beast" Introduces Dosu and Zaku. Sakura grows weak protecting her friends and surviving. As the Sound Trio approach, she is threatened but before they grow close to their target, Sasuke, they are knocked back by Sakura’s self-appointed protector, Rock Lee.
Chapter 52
Chapter 52: "Condition of Usage" – Lee digs deep into his bag of tricks and uses a forbidden move, the Omote Renge (Front Lotus), to protect Sakura. However, his numbers disadvantage against the Sound Trio soon causes problems as they gang up on him.

Chapter 53
Chapter 53: "Sakura's Decision" – The Sound Trio reveal their use of air vibrations as their weapons. Sakura is held by her hair as Lee is also taken out. After a hard choice, Sakura cuts her hair to free herself, spoiling her best physical feature to ensure the safety of Sasuke, Naruto and Lee.
Chapter 54
Chapter 54: "Sakura and Ino" – Introduces Kin. Sakura tries her most desperate moves against Zaku but still fails to defeat him. Ino comes to save her childhood friend and rival along with her team after being unable to stomach seeing her take such a harsh beating.

Summaries by Leaf Ninja