Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination!

Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination! is an anime episode of Naruto that was released on 06/18/2003
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Chunin Exams Arc

Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination! - 合格者二分の一!?イキナリ試合だってばよ!! (Gōkakusha nibun no ichi!? Ikinari shiai dattebayo!!)


Opening Theme-

"Haruka Kanata (遥か彼方)" by: Asian Kung-Fu Generation (Japan)

"Rise" by Jeremy Sweet and Ian Nickus (U.S. TV)

As the episode opens the Third Hokage is giving a speech to the teams that made it through the Forest of Death and have moved on to the third round of the Chunin Exams. Among these teams is Team 7, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura. Among the other teams that made it through are team Kurenai, Team Gai, Team Asuma, the Sound team, the Sand team, and Kabuto's team. The Third Hokage explains that to fight in the Chunin exams is to fight for your villages honor, dignity, and the honor of your friends. He then allows the proctor for the third exam, Gekkou Hayate, take the stage and explain how this part of the exams will work. Gekkou then drops the bomb, and says that everyone will fight in preliminary matches in order to determine who will advance to the third round. The Genin are confused, and Gekkou explains that there are too many examinees for the third round to commence, so the weak ones must be weeded out. He says that the preliminaries will start immediately, and anyone who wants to drop out now may. Gekkou asks if anyone will withdraw, and Sasuke determinedly declines his offer. As Sasuke looks over to the sound team's captain, his curse mark begins to hurt him.

When Sakura sees that Sasuke is in pain, she urges Sasuke to drop out of the exams. The Hokage, Kakashi, and Anko notice Sasuke's pain. Anko recommends that Sasuke be forced out of the exams and be put under heavy guard by anbu agents. Here we see the Anko has a curse mark just like Sasuke's. Kakashi thinks that Sasuke should be allowed to compete. Meanwhile Sasuke is telling Sakura to shut up. Kabuto interrupts their argument by willfully dropping out of the Chunin exams. Naruto is shocked at this move and asks why Kabuto is dropping out. He responds by saying that his body is completely worn out, and he cannot hear out of his left ear because of the fight he had with Dosu before the exams even started. Anko remarks that Kabuto has now failed the Chunin exams six times in a row. Anko goes on to say that Kabuto passed the graduation exam for the academy on his third try, had average grades, and hasn't done anything remarkable yet. Anko also mentions that when Kabuto was a baby he was rescued from a battle at Kikyo Pass. A medical ninja from Konoha took custody of Kabuto because his real parents had been killed in the fight. As Kabuto is leaving, Yoroi, who is one of Kabuto's teammates, tells him not to act on his own, and asks if he has forgotten Lord Orochimaru's orders. Kabuto tells Yoroi not to worry, and that he should have no problem in his fight, because of his special ability. As Kabuto leaves his thoughts can be heard, which are that he is disappointed that he can no longer play with Naruto and Sasuke, but since Orochimaru will be watching the preliminaries himself, his presence here is no longer needed.

Gekkou asks if there is anyone left who wishes to drop out, and as Sakura raises her hand to tell the teachers about Sasuke's bruise, he grabs her wrist and keeps her from raising her hand. Sasuke urges her to be quite, and Sakura replies by saying that she cannot stand to see him like this. Sasuke tells her that she is just being nosy. Sasuke says that he is an avenger, and then he is using this test to see if he is strong. He says he wants to fight everyone who is strong, and we see flashbacks of Gaara, Neji, Rock Lee, and the Sound Trio. He finishes by telling Naruto, that he wants to fight him as well. The Hokage decides to let Sasuke fight in the exams, but if his curse mark opens and his power becomes uncontrollable, he wants the teachers to stop him. Gekkou says that the preliminaries will by one on one matches, and since there are now 20 Genin participating there will be 10 matches total. The matches will have no rules, and the fights are to continue until one person is killed, knocked out, admits defeat, or the match is stopped by Gekkou. A screen is revealed behind the teachers, which will randomly select two Genin to fight. The first fight will be between Akadou Yoroi, and Uchiha Sasuke.

Sasuke and Yoroi step forward, and everyone else moves to the balconies. As Kakashi passes he urges Sasuke not to use his Sharingan, because if he does the curse mark could take over his body. Sasuke and Yoroi stare each other down for a few seconds until Yoroi whips some shuriken at Sasuke, who counters by throwing kunai, but he trips and Yoroi's shuriken fly over him. Suddenly Yoroi is right next to Sasuke and he raises his hand to strike. Sasuke rolls out of the way and takes Yoroi down. As Sasuke puts Yoroi into an arm bar he grab Sasuke's chest, and Yoroi's special ability is revealed. Yoroi sucks some of Sasuke's chakra out before moving away from him, and then pouncing back on top Sasuke, grabbing his head and sucking out some more of his chakra.

Ending Theme-

"Harmonia (ハルモニア)" by Rythem

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Masashi Kishimoto Original Concept He is the creator, writer, and artist, of the successfully popular manga and anime series: NARUTO
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