✴️ NARUTO ナルト ✴️ Arc 2: "Chūnin Exams" ⚔️

:memo::ninja: Welcome to the NARUTO ナルト Arc 2 Discussion :ninja::crossed_swords:

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The “Chūnin Exams” Arc covers Volume 4 through Volume 13.

Natively Rating: Level 25 (JLPT N3) Furigana: Yes

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:fish_cake: Chūnin Exams Arc

No. Volume Name
4 The Hero’s Bridge!! (英雄の橋!!) Ch. 34 start
5 The Challengers!! (挑戦者たち!!)
6 Sakura’s Decision!! (サクラの決意!!)
7 The Path That Should Be Followed…!! (進むべき道…!!)
8 Life and Death Battles!! (命懸けの戦い!!)
9 Neji and Hinata (ネジとヒナタ)
10 A Splendid Ninja…!! (立派な忍者…!!)
11 Desiring Apprenticeship?! (弟子入り志願!?)
12 The Great Flight!! (大いなる飛翔!!)
13 The Chūnin Exams, Concluded…!! (中忍試験、終了…!!)

This arc ends after Chapter 115, midway through Volume 13. For comments or questions regarding Chapter 116 onward, please move on to the discussion for Arc 3.

:fish_cake: General Discussion Rules

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Despite NARUTO’s widely recognizable orange main character, there are many of us who have neither read nor watched any part of this series. Avoid giving accidental spoilers by using Blur [spoiler] [/spoiler] or Hide Details [details="Summary"] [/details] for predictions, comments containing specific plot points, or any story-revealing panel images.

If you ARE familiar with this series, it is also a good practice to hide decades-old memes or jokes that come to mind, as they too can contain accidental spoilers. :sweat_smile:

When asking language-related questions, please include the chapter number, page number if available, and/or general context surrounding the sentence. This will make it much easier to answer questions without confusion.

:fish_cake: What Should I Post in a Manga Discussion?

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Great book club discussions include more than just grammar questions! If you want to join the discussion but aren’t sure how, try adding these:

  • Interesting panels you saw
  • Moments that made you laugh
  • Moments that made you cringe :grimacing:
  • Predictions about where the story could go
  • Clues or foreshadowing that stood out to you
  • Questions about characters or settings
  • Comparisons to the anime (though this can tiptoe a spoiler-y line, please be careful!)

I hope that you will join in on the discussion, or poke it when it needs some new energy. Fostering an enjoyable reading atmosphere is my ninja way, believe it!

:fish_cake: Casual Speech

Some of the characters speak with casual contracted grammar. I suspect this is to emphasize 1) that there is a distinct hierarchy in the world of ninja, and 2) that Naruto doesn’t abide by it!

Check out this guide on contracted forms, just in case any stump you during reading: What are the chau, cha verb endings?

:fish_cake: Vocabulary Sheet

Vocab sheets are a community project, meaning that we can all work together to add new/unknown vocabulary for fellow readers to reference. Please read the guidelines on the first tab to ensure the sheet can remain clean and easy to read.

:fish_cake: Polls

Polls are anonymous and your answers can be changed at any time

:open_book: Readers: How far are you in the story?
  • I’m not yet at Arc 2, but I hope to be soon!
  • I’m taking the First Exam
  • I’m fighting in the Second Exam
  • I’m hoping to survive the Third Exam
0 voters

Want to rejoin the discussion when future readers have questions or comments? Set the thread status to Watching below!

I wanted to have the vocab sheet’s “important characters” tab finished before posting it to this thread, but there are sooo many important characters in this arc that I won’t be able to add them all until I am actively reading along. And now I’m impatient to finish the Land of Waves to get to the second arc :unamused:

Anyway, when you notice that tab mostly empty, please know that I am working on it I promise!! :innocent:


me right now (possible spoiler)

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overthinking everyone like “does he count as important character or just recurring”

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i dunno why i clicked on this, but now i feel sad that i don’t read naruto because it’s clear you put a lot of time and energy into this! would love to discuss naruto with you!


omg this is the best compliment ever!! :sob: i love this series so much, so I’m just very excited to post about it haha

and maybe someone in the future will read it, too, and want a place to discuss the crazy ups and downs of the plot :innocent: so even if I’m the only one using these discussion threads for now, i hope you at least enjoy my ramblings ahaha!! if you ever decide to read along, even if you just skim it for fun, i’d love to discuss it with you! :3