"Special Report: Live from the Forest of Death!" (絶対必見!死の森直前ルポ!木ノ葉の学級新聞だコレ!, Zettai Hikken! Shi no Mori Chokuzen Rupo! Konoha no Gakkyū Shinbunda Kore!) is episode 26 of the original Naruto anime.
Naruto is waiting in front of the Forest of Death to begin the second stage of the Chūnin Exams. He notices a square rock following him. The rock explodes, and the Konohamaru ninja squad appears. The kids tell Naruto they are here for an interview. Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura recap their adventures up to this point complete with their own respective biases. Konohamaru interviews Naruto, who shares his opinion of the rest of Team 7 but mainly brags about himself and his abilities. Moegi interviews Sakura, who explains different techniques, but focuses on Sasuke and Kakashi. Udon interviews Sasuke, who tells them that Naruto's recap is more fantasy than reality. Sasuke also lists the different abilities of the other Genin but says that he is better than all of them. Naruto and Sasuke start arguing, but Sakura reminds them that they have to work together. After the interview, Konohamaru and his friends leave.
- This is the first filler episode of the Naruto anime.
|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|
|Kakashi Hatake||Kazuhiko Inoue||井上 和彦||Inoue Kazuhiko||Dave Wittenberg|
|Iruka||Toshihiko Seki||関 俊彦||Seki Toshihiko||Quinton Flynn|
|Konohamaru||Ikue Otani||大谷 育江||Ōtani Ikue||Colleen O'Shaughnessey|
|Anko Mitarashi||Takako Honda||本田 貴子||Honda Takako||Julianne Buescher|
|Moegi||Noriko Shitaya||下屋 則子||Shitaya Noriko||Wendee Lee|
|Udon||Tomo Shigematsu||重松 朋||Shigematsu Tomo||Kate Higgins|