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"Kunoichi Rumble: The Rivals Get Serious!" (ライバル激突!オトメ心は本気モード, Raibaru Gekitotsu! Otome Gokoro wa Honki Mōdo) is episode 41 of the original Naruto anime.

Synopsis

Kankurō easily wins his battle against Misumi by tricking him into attacking Karasu, Kankurō's puppet. In retaliation, Karasu snaps Misumi's neck, though he survives due to his ability to contort himself. The fourth match is between Sakura Haruno and Ino Yamanaka. The two begin fighting instantly, although they both fail to successfully attack the other. Neji wonders if their fighting skill is the best kunoichi can do, only for Tenten to state that their lack of fighting prowess is not because they are female, but rather because they are restraining themselves. Sakura, unwilling to lose to Ino and not happy with the fact that Ino is pulling her punches and taking pity on her, insults Ino.

A flashback is shown, where Sakura chooses to wear her forehead protector on her head instead of on her forehead, telling Ino that she'll only wear it on her forehead when she becomes a true shinobi. After trading insults, Sakura removes her forehead protector from her head and places it on her forehead; Ino removes hers from her waist and also places it on her forehead. As true rivals, the pair then rush at one another, finally deciding to take the battle seriously.

Trivia

  • In a flashback, Sakura visits Ino in the woods to tell her that she was placed on Sasuke's team, and Ino reacts as if it is news to her; however, Ino was present in the classroom when Iruka Umino placed Sakura on Sasuke's team. However, it should be noted that Ino being present during the team formations is exclusive to the anime, as she was not present in the manga.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
Ino YamanakaRyoka Yuzuki柚木 涼香Yuzuki RyōkaColleen O'Shaughnessey
Kakashi HatakeKazuhiko Inoue井上 和彦Inoue KazuhikoDave Wittenberg
KankurōYasuyuki Kase加瀬 康之Kase YasuyukiMichael Lindsay
MisumiKunihiro Kawamoto河本 邦弘Kawamoto KunihiroRichard Cansino
Rock LeeYoichi Masukawa増川 洋一Masukawa YōichiBrian Donovan
Neji HyūgaKoichi Tochika遠近 孝一Tōchika KōichiSteve Staley
TentenYukari Tamura田村 ゆかりTamura YukariDanielle Judovits
GaaraAkira Ishida石田 彰Ishida AkiraLiam O'Brien
Shikamaru NaraShotaro Morikubo森久保 祥太郎Morikubo ShōtarōTom Gibis
Chōji AkimichiKentaro Ito伊藤 健太郎Itō KentarōRobbie Rist
Hayate GekkōNozomu Sasaki佐々木 望Sasaki NozomuLex Lang
Might GuyMasashi Ebara江原 正士Ebara MasashiSkip Stellrecht
Asuma SarutobiJurota Kosugi小杉 十郎太Kosugi JūrōtaDoug Erholtz
SuzumeTomoko Miyadera宮寺 智子Miyadera TomokoMary Elizabeth McGlynn
AmiEma Kogure小暮 英麻Kogure EmaJessica Lauren