Episode 1.21 : Identify Yourself: Powerful New Rivals

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TV Info

Episode Premiere

January 28, 2006


Cartoon Network, Viz Media


Animation, Action, Adventure

Show Period

2002 - 2008

Production Company

Studio Pierrot Co. Ltd.

Cast and Crew


Hayato Date


Marc Handler

Main Cast

  • Steve Blum
  • Maile Flanagan
  • Steve Staley
  • Nana Mizuki
  • Kentaro Ito
  • Yasuyuki Kase
  • Koichi Tochika
  • Akiko Koike
  • Rumi Ochiai
  • Naoki Sakata
  • Nozomu Sasaki
  • Richard Cansino
  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
  • Liam O'Brien
  • Robbie Rist
  • Stephanie Sheh

Additional Cast

  • Wendee Lee
  • Cindy Robinson


The Leaf Village decides to choose representatives of their own for the Chunin (middle rank ninja) Qualification Exam. Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura are among those who are chosen to take the examination. But Iruka vehemently opposes the participation of Naruto and his team. He argues that the members are too young and lack the adequate level of experience and skills for the challenge. There are rookie teams in the test that already passed it once before and refined their skills since then. Iruka understands very well that passing the test will not be easy for the three. He questions Kakashi, who recommended the three for the test, if he is willing to jeopardize the young ninja' potential while they are still not ready for the test. But Kakashi believes clearly that they have grown and are more than ready.

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