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This is the article on the episode. For the chapter, head to The Chūnin Exams Begin!!.

"The Chūnin Exams Begin!" (中忍試験、開始!, Chūnin Shiken, Kaishi!) is episode 395 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

Arriving in Amegakure, Kakashi reveals his identity, and says that he wishes to speak to Hanzō. Entering Hanzō's fortress, Kakashi gives him the message sent by Suna and Konoha. Unbeknownst to him, Hanzō is actually dead, and is merely Konan in disguise. Telling Pain of the Chūnin Exams co-hosted by the two villages, the Akatsuki leader orders Konan to send a few genin teams to join. Tsunade receives Amegakure's response that they will join the Chūnin Exams, though suspect they might have a secret agenda, and orders Shizune to keep a close watch on the Ame genin. Elsewhere in Takigakure, Shibuki meets with , regarding the invitation of the Chūnin Exams sent by Konoha and Suna, and ultimately agrees for her to participate, but warns her to be cautious. Meanwhile in Sunagakure, Gaara speaks to Kankurō, and reveals his intention to supervise the exams, while also wanting to make amends with the rebels against him, much to Kankurō's dismay. Back in Konohagakure, Tsunade informs the jōnin of the impending Chūnin Exams, and asks for them to recommend their respective genin pupils. Asuma recommends his team to take part (excluding Shikamaru), and Ino invites Sakura to join because they needed a three-man squad to qualify, but she turns down this request in the fear her non-combat skills may hinder Ino and Chōji's chances. However, after realising her capabilities, Sakura decides to participate while Naruto reaches a new step in his training. Meanwhile, all of the genin from other villages participating enter Konohagakure, signifying the start of the Chūnin Exams.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Naruto UzumakiJunko Takeuchi竹内 順子Takeuchi JunkoMaile Flanagan
JiraiyaHochu Otsuka大塚 芳忠Ōtsuka HōchūDavid Lodge
Sakura HarunoChie Nakamura中村 千絵Nakamura ChieKate Higgins
Shikamaru NaraShotaro Morikubo森久保 祥太郎Morikubo ShōtarōTom Gibis
Chōji AkimichiKentaro Ito伊藤 健太郎Itō KentarōRobbie Rist
Ino YamanakaRyoka Yuzuki柚木 涼香Yuzuki RyōkaColleen O'Shaughnessey
ShihoShiho Hisajima久嶋 志帆Hisajima ShihoLaura Bailey
Kakashi HatakeKazuhiko Inoue井上 和彦Inoue KazuhikoDave Wittenberg
Fifth Hokage: TsunadeMasako Katsuki勝生 真沙子Katsuki MasakoDebi Mae West
ShizuneKeiko Nemoto根本 圭子Nemoto KeikoMegan Hollingshead
Asuma SarutobiJurota Kosugi小杉 十郎太Kosugi JūrōtaDoug Erholtz
PainKenyu Horiuchi堀内 賢雄Horiuchi Ken'yūMatthew Mercer
KonanAtsuko Tanaka田中 敦子Tanaka AtsukoDorothy Elias-Fahn
Hanzō of the SalamanderIkuya Sawaki沢木 郁也Sawaki IkuyaRichard Epcar
Fifth Kazekage: GaaraAkira Ishida石田 彰Ishida AkiraLiam O'Brien
KankurōYasuyuki Kase加瀬 康之Kase YasuyukiDoug Erholtz
Ryoko Shiraishi白石 涼子Shiraishi RyōkoKari Wahlgren
KegonDaisuke Nakamura中村 太亮Nakamura DaisukeLiam O'Brien
YōrōSho Okumura奥村 翔Okumura ShōKirk Thornton
ShibukiIsshin Chiba千葉 一伸Chiba IsshinBrian Beacock
Ame shinobiKosuke Goto
Shinobu Matsumoto
後藤 光祐
松本 忍
Gotō Kōsuke
Matsumoto Shinobu
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