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Welcome to the Village Hidden in the Leaves, where deadly serious ninja roam the land and the seriously mischievous Naruto Uzumaki causes trouble everywhere he goes.
The opening theme was not played in this episode, but the song is heard running over the events of Naruto running from his pursuers.
"Rocks" by Hound Dog (Japan)
"Rise" by Jeremy Sweet and Ian Nickus (U.S. TV)
Naruto is a young boy struggling to fit into his world. His parents were killed by the Nine-Tails and he grew up as an orphan. Many of the villagers still remember that the creature inside him killed so many of their loved ones and they all shun him for it. He reacts to their animosity by acting out. He vandalizes the monuments of the past leaders of the village just to get attention.
He is finally captured by the shinobi guards and sent back to the Ninja Academy where he is training to become a ninja. Naruto is reprimanded for repeatedly failing his classes. He does so badly that Iruka, his teacher, tells everyone they have to do the transformation technique. They all have to change their appearance to copy the teacher. Naruto transforms into a naked girl instead and makes Iruka furious. After class, Iruka takes him out to clean up the mess he made of the Hokage's statues. He feels sorry for Naruto and treats him to some ramen. This single act of kindness sparks a small change in Naruto, and he decides to try harder to become a ninja.
The next day it is time for the final exam at the ninja academy. Naruto has repeatedly failed to pass the previous exams and is determined to do it this time. To pass, he has to do the Replication Technique and make a copy of himself. He fails miserably and Iruka flunks him once again. Mizuki is a friend of Iruka and is the other proctor of the exam. He sticks up for Naruto and asks that he be allowed to pass, but the failure is final. After the exam, Naruto sits by himself as a lonely failure while he watches the other kids doted on by their families. Suddenly Mizuki appears. He tells him of a forbidden scroll called the scroll of sealing, which will let him learn a powerful technique and allow him to graduate. He carries it outside the village where he is supposed to meet Mizuki. While he waits, he opens the scroll and practices as hard as he can on the first technique he finds: the Shadow Replication Technique.
Meanwhile the whole village is trying desperately to find the scroll before it falls into enemy hands. As Mizuki runs to the meeting place, he reveals that he plans kill Naruto and take the scroll for himself. He was just using him to get it out of the village. Iruka later finds Naruto and confronts him. Moments later, Iruka pushes Naruto out of the way as a rain of knives hit him. Mizuki appears and demands Naruto hand over the scroll. He tries to turn turn him against Iruka and claims his teacher hates him. Mizuki tells Naruto how he is the reason so many villagers died and reveals the story of the Kyuubi sealed inside him. Mizuki throws a huge shiruken at Naruto, but Iruka jumps in front of it and protects him. He reveals that he knows how Naruto feels being an orphan because he grew up the same way. In fact it was the Kyuubi that killed them. Naruto runs off as fast as he can with Mizuki and Iruka in hot pursuit. Mizuki transforms and disguises himself as Iruka to try to get him to hand over the scroll. Iruka had himself transformed to look like Naruto and attacks Mizuki instead.
Mizuki is about to kill Iruka when Naruto jumps out from behind a tree and knocks him down. He then uses the Shadow Replication Technique that he had just learned. Suddenly there are hundreds of copies of himself surrounding Mizuki. The army of replications then beat him into a bloody mess.
Iruka gives Naruto his own forehead protector as recognition that he has passed the academy and become a true ninja. For the first time in his life, Naruto is recognized and approved of. He has finally found a friend and his days as an outcast are over. This marks the beginning of Naruto's journey from being a bratty outcast to becoming a great hero.
"Wind" by Akeboshi
|Sakura Haruno||Transformation Jutsu|
|Sasuke Uchiha||Transformation Jutsu|
|Naruto Uzumaki||Sexy Jutsu|
Clone Jutsu (failed)
Multi-Shadow Clone Justu
|Iruka Umino||Transformation Jutsu|
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|Sasuke Uchiha ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Sakura Haruno ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
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|Hiruzen Sarutobi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Hinata Hyuga ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Ino Yamanaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Shikamaru Nara ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Kurama ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Minato Namikaze ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Gamabunta ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Choji Akimichi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Kiba Inuzuka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Shino Aburame ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Mizuki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Ibara ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Tsubaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Masashi Kishimoto||Original Concept||He is the creator, writer, and artist, of the successfully popular manga and anime series: NARUTO|
|Hayato Date||Director||Hayato Date is the famed anime director who has directed the entire Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series.|
|Toshio Masuda||Music||Toshio Masuda is a Japanese composer who has done music for several Japanese television shows and anime series. Not to be confused with the film director of the same name.|