- Title: You Failed! Kakashi's Final Decision
- Premiere date: October 31, 2002
- Episode Code: 005
- Episode Length: 24.5 minutes
- Episode Airdate:
- Japan: October 31, 2002
- Germany: September 22, 2006
- Poland: February 16, 2007
- US: October 1, 2005
- Manga Arc: Exposition
In other languages
- Polish: Oblałeś! Ostateczna decyzja Kakashi'ego
Though Kakashi initially fails all three members of Team 7 (Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura) due to their lack of teamwork, the students nevertheless are later able to demonstrate selflessness and teamwork and become the first team that Kakashi ever passed.
It is revealed that Kakashi had in fact used a "Substitution Jutsu" to evade Sasuke's volley of kunai and shuriken. In his place is a smoking, pincushioned log, which drops to the ground. Kakashi reappears and resumes the fight with the students, paying more attention to Sasuke and Naruto than Sakura, who is in hiding in some bushes. As Sasuke and Kakashi battle farther away, Naruto, who had been dangling upside-down from a snare, manages to free himself with a kunai. Unfortunately for Naruto, he merely reactivates the snare and once again is dangling upside-down.
The melee continues as Kakashi exploits each of the member's weaknesses. Kakashi deals with Sakura by luring her into a genjutsu, which in this case is Demonic Illusion: Hell Viewing Technique. The genjutsu causes Sakura to see Sasuke pierced with twenty or so kunai knives, and she faints pathetically.
Sasuke continues combatting Kakashi, and Sasuke uses Great Fireball Technique. Kakashi is apparently roasted in the flames; however, Kakashi is revealed to have evaded the techinque. Kakashi then uses Inner Decapitation Technique to pull down Sasuke so that only his head is above ground, causing Kakashi to state: "You're right, you are different from the others, but as we say different is not always better. The nail that sticks up is the one that gets hammered down."
Meanwhile, Naruto notices two boxed lunches on top of a rock and bush formation. Being extremely hungry from skipping breakfast, he attempts to eat the food, but is caught by Kakashi and tied to a wooden post.
Sakura, who at this point is released from the genjutsu, finds Sasuke's head and faints since he is apparently a head with no body. When Sasuke talks to her, she then realizes that he is indeed alive and is greatly relieved. Sasuke, on the other hand, is frustrated and annoyed that Sakura is getting in his way.
Suddenly, the time is up. It is now noon, and none of them have gotten a bell. Kakashi ambles to the stone formation and gazes at it, stating that the names of some of the village's greatest warriors are engraved upon it. Naruto exclaims that he wishes to have his name engraved upon the stone as well one day, to which Kakashi mutters that every person on the tablet had sacrificed their life for the village, which silences Team 7.
At this point, Sakura and Sasuke are on either side of Naruto, who is still tied to a post. Then, Kakashi informs them that they have all failed the test because of an atrocious lack of teamwork. Due to Sasuke's arrogance, Sakura's obsession with Sasuke, and Naruto's attempt to do everything by himself, the team failed. Kakashi then apparently relents and states that they will have one last try after lunch. The catch was that Naruto would not be permitted to eat because of his attempt to steal the lunches. Kakashi sternly admonishes them that any member of the team caught giving Naruto food will fail, and then he disappears.
As Sakura and Sasuke eat, Naruto's stomach moans pitifully, and his face is contorted with pain because of his hunger. Sasuke turns around and offers Naruto some of his lunch; Sasuke states that he does not sense Kakashi nearby and that Naruto would be a liabilty to them later since his weakness would impair their teamwork. Sakura sees this and offers Naruto her food as well, though she is none too happy about having to feed him since Naruto's hands were tied to the post. As soon as Naruto is fed, a puff of smoke announces Kakashi's appearance.
Kakashi: You broke the rules! I hope you're ready to take the punishment. (makes some hand seals, ominous thunderclouds cover the sky, and lightning strikes.) Any last words?
Sakura: We gave him food because he's our teammate and that the three of us are one!
Naruto: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Believe it! Believe it!
Kakashi: The three of you are one!? That's your excuse!? (pause; team cowers in fear) You pass. (The team is confused.)
He informs the team that they are the first team to ever pass his test and that they are now officially his students. He explains one of a ninja's most important rules: Those who break the rules are scum, but those who abandon their friends are worse than scum.
The jubilant team departs the training area, except for Naruto, who is still tied to the pole despite his pleas for help.
- The Japanese title of this episode literally translates to Failed! Kakashi's Decision
- Kakashi's chronic tardiness is introduced, as well as his obsession with the Icha Icha series (Make-Out series in the English anime)
- Kakashi reveals that all the people that are important to him have been killed, showing that Team 7 is made up of people who are loners. (Sakura was an outcast as well due to her large forehead, though it is only revealed in later episodes)
- This episode first introduces the tablet of ninjas who were Killed in Action (KIA).
This is a list of chapters from the manga this episode is from.
- Number 6-Not Sasuke!
- Number 7-Kakashi's Decision
- Number 8-You Failed!
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