"Sakura Blossoms!" (サクラ咲く!決意の後ろ姿, Sakura Saku! Ketsui no Ushiro Sugata) is episode 32 of the original Naruto anime.


With Rock Lee unconscious, Sakura has to defend herself and her teammates. One of the Otogakure genin, Kin Tsuchi, takes hold of her hair and insults her for spending so much time on her looks. This remark spurs her into cutting her hair to free herself from Kin's grasp. Freed, Sakura battles Zaku Abumi by using several substitutions, slashing him with a kunai, and pinning him to the ground while biting him to immobilise his other arm, though he quickly gains the advantage. Zaku then proceeds to beat Sakura's head until she begins to bleed. Unknown to Sakura, Team 10 is watching from a distance while Ino remembers their childhood memories. Team 10 runs to Sakura's aid before Zaku can kill her, Ino stating that she promised never to let Sakura show her up.


  • This is the second episode rated TV-14-V in uncut format.