Naruto and his team return to the Village Hidden in the Leaves after their battle in Land of Waves. Even though they complete new missions that are assigned to them, Naruto is not satisfied with the daily routine. Traveling beyond the village for the first time and engaging in a fierce battle against Zabuza and Haku, his view of the world expanded and he gained the understanding that there are countless powerful enemies waiting in their path. Naruto becomes restless, as he complains that "these types of missions are not gonna make me stronger.." But soon after, he learns that outsiders are gradually arriving in Leaf Village. They are individuals, chosen as representatives of each village to participate in the "Chunin Exam."