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"The Final Rounds: Rush to the Battle Arena!" (モー烈 モー追 モーダッシュ 本選開始だってばよ, Mō Retsu Mō Tsui Mō Dasshu Hansen Kaishi Dattebayo) is episode 59 of the original Naruto anime.

Synopsis

Naruto goes to the entrance of the stadium where there's a banner announcing that the Chūnin Exams will be the next day. He eats at the Ramen Ichiraku, where Teuchi and Ayame gave him a big bowl of ramen on the house, since his match will be tomorrow. The previous Ino–Shika–Chō eat at a restaurant, with Inoichi being teased about the fact that he has a daughter. Chōza places an additional order, and then Shikamaru appears, telling his father they need to go home. Temari and Kankurō are preparing their weapons, while Gaara is sitting on the rooftop. Neji and Tenten are shown to be practising, as well as Shino. The next day, Naruto meets Hinata where Team 7 had their bell test. Hinata concludes that he may defeat Neji, adding that Naruto's words of encouragement during her match with Neji made her a better person. This prompts Naruto to say that he likes people like Hinata and invites her to watch his fight against Neji. Hearing fireworks, he rushes to the stadium so he could make it in time. On his way, he sees Konohamaru who tells Naruto that he knows the shortcut to the stadium, but Konohamaru just brings him to the other side of the village. He then tells Naruto to ride the daimyō's bulls to the stadium; Naruto kicks the bull, causing a stampede. Despite the trouble, Naruto finally arrives to the stadium, just in time for his match.

Trivia

  • Most of the events from this episode do not occur in the manga.
  • The entrance that Naruto made was ironically related to the event in Pamplona, Spain. This is when people race in to the bullfight on narrow streets and try their best to get into the stadium.

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
KankurōYasuyuki Kase加瀬 康之Kase YasuyukiMichael Lindsay
GaaraAkira Ishida石田 彰Ishida AkiraLiam O'Brien
TemariRomi Park朴 璐美Paku RomiTara Platt
Shikamaru NaraShotaro Morikubo森久保 祥太郎Morikubo ShōtarōTom Gibis
Ino YamanakaRyoka Yuzuki柚木 涼香Yuzuki RyōkaColleen O'Shaughnessey
Neji HyūgaKoichi Tochika遠近 孝一Tōchika KōichiSteve Staley
Hinata HyūgaNana Mizuki水樹 奈々Mizuki NanaStephanie Sheh
Kiba InuzukaKosuke Toriumi鳥海 浩輔Toriumi KōsukeKyle Hebert
TentenYukari Tamura田村 ゆかりTamura YukariDanielle Judovits
Genma ShiranuiHiroaki Hirata平田 広明Hirata HiroakiJohnny Yong Bosch
TeuchiEisuke Asakura朝倉 栄介Asakura EisukeLex Lang
Third Hokage: SarutobiHidekatsu Shibata柴田 秀勝Shibata HidekatsuSteve Kramer
KonohamaruIkue Otani大谷 育江Ōtani IkueColleen O'Shaughnessey
AyameMasayo Hosono細野 雅世Hosono MasayoDanielle Judovits
Shikamaru's fatherHiroshi Yanaka家中 宏Yanaka HiroshiJonathan Fahn
Chōji's fatherNobuaki Fukuda福田 信昭Fukuda NobuakiMichael Sorich
Ino's fatherDaiki Nakamura中村 大樹Nakamura DaikiKyle Hebert
ChūninMasayuki Kato
Masao Harada
加藤 将之
原田 正夫
Katō Masayuki
Harada Masao
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