Episode 1: Explosion! This Is The Naruto Ninpocho!
Air Date: Apr 7, 2004
Gaara’s transformation into Shukaku of the Sand is complete. Naruto realizes that he can’t fight this terrible monster by himself. His only hope is the frog boss Gamabunta. Luckily, Gamabunta does appear when Naruto uses Summon no Jutsu. However, it requires some convincing to get Gamabunta to fight the huge demon. Surely the boss of frogs can defeat Shukaku?
Episode 3: The Third, Forever...
Air Date: Apr 21, 2004
Orochimaru's attempt to invade Konoha has failed. 3rd Hokage managed, by giving up his life, to seal Orochimaru's hands, making it impossible for Orochimaru to use ninjutsu techniques. The funeral for 3rd Hokage is held. Every citizen and ninja of Konoha village is in mourning.
Episode 4: Coming Home In The Morning Mist
Air Date: Apr 28, 2004
Sand Village's top ninja, Kazekage, is found dead. The man who was watching the Chuunin exam with Hokage was an impostor.
After the 3rd's death, Konoha needs a new Hokage. Naruto's new sensei, Jiraiya, seems to be the best choice. Meanwhile, two unknown ninjas have arrived to Konoha village.
Episode 5: Sharingan Vs. Sharingan
Air Date: May 5, 2004
It is revealed that the intruders are Itachi Uchiha, Sasuke's brother, and his ally, Kisame Hoshigaki. They easily defeat both Asuma and Kurenai, who were sent to confront them. It's Kakashi's turn to test his powers against these powerful enemies.
Episode 7: Growl Chidori, Howl Sasuke
Air Date: May 19, 2004
After finding out that Naruto is being targeted by his brother, Sasuke is trying to catch up with him. Sasuke reminiscences about his childhood. Finally the two brothers meet. Itachi uses his evolved Sharingan to torture Sasuke by showing again and again, how all of those closest to him were killed by his brother.
Episode 8: Foolish Little Brother: Despise Me, Hate Me!
Air Date: May 26, 2004
The confrontation between Sasuke and Itachi continues. Jiraiya arrives to help Naruto and Sasuke, but Sasuke doesn’t want to defeat his brother himself. After Sasuke gets caught in Itachi’s illusions again, Jiraiya uses his Frog Mouth Trap technique to end the battle. However, Itachi and Kisame manage to escape this supposedly inescapable prison.
Episode 9: The Pursuit Of Knowledge! I'll Definitely Get Stronger!!!
Air Date: Jun 2, 2004
Naruto and Jiraiya continue their search for Tsunade. They arrive to a lively town, where a festival is currently being held. After taking a little break from their duties, Jiraiya starts teaching Naruto a new and amazingly powerful technique.
Episode 11: The Konoha Mark And Forehead Protector
Air Date: Jun 16, 2004
Naruto’s extraordinarily fast progress in learning the new technique impresses Jiraiya. Orochimaru, desperate to get his hands healed, is trying to find the only person capable of healing them, Tsunade.
Episode 12: Ripples
Air Date: Jun 23, 2004
Naruto has completed the first two phases needed to completely master the new technique. Orochimaru has found Tsunade and offers her a deal. If Tsunade heals his hands, Orochimaru will bring two of her most loved ones back from death.
Episode 13: Angry Explosion! I Won't Forgive You!
Air Date: Jul 1, 2004
Jiraiya and Naruto finally find Tsunade. Jiraiya offers her the position of 5th Hokage, but Tsunade refuses immediately, because ’only idiots become Hokage’. Naruto is furious about Tsunade’s comment and challenges her to a duel. However, Naruto can’t harm Tsunade at all. His only hope is the new technique, which he isn’t even near mastering.
Episode 15: Yes Or No! Tsunade's Decision!
Air Date: Jul 22, 2004
The time for Tsunade to make her decision has come. Will she betray her home village and her friends in order to get back the two people she loved the most?
Episode 16: Negotiations Breakdown
Air Date: Jul 29, 2004
Tsunade decides to do the right thing and refuses Orochimaru's deal. Instead, she attacks Orochimaru. Jiraiya and Naruto arrive to aid Tsunade in her battle against Orochimaru and Kabuto.
Episode 17: Attack! Fury Of The Rasengan!
Air Date: Aug 5, 2004
Jiraiya and Tsunade continue their battle against Orochimaru and his huge snakes. Naruto directs his efforts toward defeating Kabuto.
Episode 18: Become The 5th! Sacrificing Her Life To Fight!
Air Date: Aug 12, 2004
Naruto’s clever attack against Kabuto isn’t a complete success. Kabuto is still alive and Naruto was severely wounded in the process. Tsunade quickly helps Naruto, who is on the brink of death.
Episode 20: Naruto's Hot Springs Adventure
Air Date: Aug 19, 2004
Orochimaru and Kabuto were defeated but they both managed to escape. Tsunade changes her mind and decides to become 5th Hokage, leader of the Hidden Village of Leaf, after all. After finishing their battle, the group decides to relax for a while at hot springs.
Episode 21: Quit Being A Ninja! Tsunade's Announcement
Air Date: Aug 25, 2004
The group is back at Konoha village. Immediately after arriving to the village, Tsunade puts her exceptional medical abilities to use.
Rock Lee’s injuries are so bad that he might have to quit being a ninja. His only chance is a surgery from which only 50% get out of alive!
Episode 22: The One Who Inherits The Will Of Fire
Air Date: Sep 1, 2004
Everyone is relieved that a new Hokage has been found. There is however one exception: Konohamaru, grandson of the 3rd Hokage, refuses to accept Tsunade as the new Hokage. Can this stubborn little boys mind be changed?
Episode 25: It's A New Batch Of Missions! Rescue The Tea Country!
Air Date: Sep 22, 2004
Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura receive a new mission. They are to guard Idate Morino, a boy who can run amazingly fast. Idate is taking part in traditional race between two families. The family that wins the race will be the next leader of the village they both live in.
Episode 26: Sinking Naruto! The Great Whirling Sea!
Air Date: Sep 29, 2004
Our group is having tough time keeping up with Idate. While the group is crossing the river with a boat, they are attacked by three ninja they've met before. Idate reaches the other side of the river, only to be attacked by a ninja hired by the other family.