"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.
|Role||Seiyū||English Voice Actor|
|Naruto Uzumaki||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko||Maile Flanagan|
|Sasuke Uchiha||Noriaki Sugiyama||杉山 紀彰||Sugiyama Noriaki||Yuri Lowenthal|
|Sakura Haruno||Chie Nakamura||中村 千絵||Nakamura Chie||Kate Higgins|
|Shikamaru Nara||Shotaro Morikubo||森久保 祥太郎||Morikubo Shōtarō||Tom Gibis|
|Ino Yamanaka||Ryoka Yuzuki||柚木 涼香||Yuzuki Ryōka||Colleen O'Shaughnessey|
|Chōji Akimichi||Kentaro Ito||伊藤 健太郎||Itō Kentarō||Robbie Rist|
|Rock Lee||Yoichi Masukawa||増川 洋一||Masukawa Yōichi||Brian Donovan|
|Might Guy||Masashi Ebara||江原 正士||Ebara Masashi||Skip Stellrecht|
|Zaku Abumi||Keijin Okuda||奥田 啓人||Okuda Keijin||Sam Riegel|
|Dosu Kinuta||Daisuke Egawa||江川 大輔||Egawa Daisuke||John DeMita|
|Kin Tsuchi||Akiko Koike||小池 亜希子||Koike Akiko||Stephanie Sheh|