|This is the article on chapter 125 of the manga. For similarly named chapter 230, head to The Time of Awakening!!.|
"The Time of Awakening…!!" (目覚めの時…!!, Mezame no Toki…!!) is chapter 125 of the original Naruto manga.
Sasuke reluctantly agrees to let Shino deal with Kankurō. Shino prepares his kikaichū while Kankurō prepares his Karasu. Gaara, sensing that Sasuke is near, sends Temari away so that they can face each other, the monster within him craving Sasuke's blood. Having dreamt of fulfilling this lust for the past month, Gaara begins the transformation that he initiated during the Chūnin Exams.