With only a few matches left to be fought in the preliminaries to the third portion of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams, the highly anticipated bout between mysterious Sand ninja Gaara and intense, earnest Konoha ninja Rock Lee begins. Will Gaara's bloodlust and his strange powers of sand manipulation be too much for Lee to handle? Or could Lee prove that dedication and an amazing work ethic are enough to make him a splendid ninja?
リーの秘密!! (Rī no himitsu!!)
絶対防御·崩壊!? (Zettai hōgyo, hōkai!?)
努力の天才...!! (Doryoku no tensai...!!)
今こそ...!! (Ima koso...!!)
立派な忍者...!! (Rippa na ninja...!!)
予選終了...!! (Yosen shūryō...!!)
サスケは...!? (Sasuke wa...!?)
ナルトのお願い...!! (Naruto no onegai...!!)
修業どーすんだ!? (Shūgyō dōsun'da!?)
Pakkun and the rest of the Ninja Dogs appear only in this volume on the splash page of Ch. 90.