Eventually, Ino decides to request Tsunade to train her to become a stronger kunoichi. Nonetheless, they carry out their orders to deliver the Raikage's official letter to the Hokage, when Danzo appears and announces that he is the new Hokage. Later, Ino hears Sakura's reason for training and decides to not let time bother her. In the present, after she uses her Medical Water Style: Water Mosquito to extract poison out of a wounded sand ninja out of respect, Ameno and her team decide to go after Sakura's group with knowledge that they are dealing with an apprentice of the Fifth Hokage. All the arriving genin wait in line for the first part of the exams, Neji catching Konohamaru posing as Naruto after learning the older ninja who would not be attending the Chunin Exam. Afterwards, as they restock their provisions with scorpion meat, Ino heals Sakura's hand while remembering an event in her past after Naruto left the village.
After Tsunade explained that the new Chunin Exams are to lure out the Akatsuki, Gaara offers his help in her plan as it the event would also weed out conspirators among his people who are staging a coup d'état against him. Elsewhere, Kakashi arrives to the Hidden Rain Village where he encounters Hanzo. After breaking free from the genjutsu, Neji detects a Sand team up ahead and Team Guy engages them. Questioning Team Shira's motives, Sen reveals to Team Guy that Shira had only recently become a shinobi. Lee was about to seetle thing when Shira intervenes, stating that he has only himself to blame for not having trained hard enough as he offers his team's scroll to Team Goji.
After an exchange of fists with Shira, Lee reveals that Shira is like him: unable to use ninjutsu and genjutsu. As Sakura, Ino, and Choji were about to reach the oasis, they are stopped by Team Ameno. The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend Uchiha Sasuke from the grips of the snake-like Shinobi, Orochimaru. When Shira accidentally destroyed a boulder that was set to prevent sand erosion, the recently appointed Gaara noticed him and tested his skill. Elsewhere, having an ulterior motive to test their skills, Sasuke frees Suigetsu so he and Karin can hunt him down. But when Sakura gets into a heated argument with Ino, their group is ambushed by a giant scorpion with Choji overpowered.
They try to deceive their way through, only for a respond that the second rounds of the Chunin Exam is under the Sand's jurisdiction. Sen explains to Team Guy how Shira, who was not allowed to attend the Academy, trained on his own in taijutsu before she and Yome noticed him. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. While Ino did not have enough time to use her clan techniques, Sakura easily kills the creature with a single punch. Ino attempts to ask Sakura to join her but is turned down as her friend wanted to train more. As the genin of each room try to deduce Shikamaru's test, Sakura and Neji come to the same conclusion that each team's members' points must collectively equal the required score to pass.
His team rendezvous with two of the Sand teams with the intent to ensure all Sand Village genin pass, Shira finds himself and his teammates betrayed. Elsewhere, Gaara is informed that Fu's teammates are actually jonin yet orders his people not to convey this information to anyone else as he uses his Third Eye to spy on Team Fu. As Team Goji departs, Shira accepts Lee's request for a match. Ino manages to break Saya's hold over Choji, allowing him to redirect his charge on Sakura to Team Saya with Saya unable to dodge it. Shira activates the Seven Heavenly Breaths, his own self-made equivalent of the Eight Gates, enhancing his lung capacity and his attacks to another level. Though both now seem evenly matched, Lee soon win activating the Fifth Gate of Limit.
Ultimately, Suigetsu is put into a jelly-like state after being hit by Karin's Adamantine Attacking Chains. Ameno politely advises the Leaf ninja to hand over their scroll for access to the oasis and any needed medical treatment. Arriving in the Hidden Rain village, Kakashi gives an Chunin Exam invite to who he believed to be Hanzo. Once on the surface and reunited with their respective team-mates, Team Guy and Team Ajisai agreed to not continue fighting and instead promised to meet each other in the third exam. But the two encounter a giant ant that leads them to a giant ant nest where they can escape. Team Saya makes their move when Sana uses her Sandstorm jutsu to fence Sakura, Ino, and Choji in so Saya can overwhelm them with her Cursed Sand Puppets.
Asuma, Kurenai and Guy are seen observing the sandstorm, noting that postponing the Chunin Exams was a wise decision. Soon after, all the participating genin are placed in three separate rooms to take the test that is concocted by Shikamaru: that those who score high or below average will fail. But this results in Naruto losing control and transforming into his four-tailed jinchuriki form for the first time. After falling into the ruins underground, the teams decided to have a ceasefire to find them. But Neji notes that Lee will sustain more damage as Shira has a much superior physique. As Choji fends off the dolls, he learns too late that one of them is Mamushi in disguise as he poisons both him and Ino.
As the three approach the desert, they are stopped by Sand shinobi. Guy receives a message from Tsunade to protect Gaara upon receiving intelligence that the Kazekage's assassins are on the move. After deducing Saya's method to be an imitation of her clan's abilities, Ino uses her Mind Transfer jutsu to enter Choji's body to force Saya out of their team mate while Sakura attempts to figure out to hold Choji at bay while maintaining her chakra flow. Tenten and Ajisai are forced to co-operate with each other to escape back to the surface. Tenten, motivated by Ajisai's words, summons an big amount of water to take out the wall. Season 10, Episode 1 July 13, 2013 Season 10, Episode 1 July 13, 2013 Team Samui of the Hidden Cloud arrive at the Leaf Village and are shocked to find it in ruins.
Luckily, Temari saves her brother in time and the two inform Gaara of the events the following morning. Lee sheds light to the mystery of why someone of Shira's calibre had only become a shinobi by reaching the conclusion that they have a commonality: Both limited to use only taijutsu. Elsewhere, while training Naruto, Jiraiya asks Gerotora to weaken Minato's seal so the youth can harness the Nine-Tails's chakra. But the Leaf gennin refuse with Ino taking initiative before being knocked unconscious by Shishio's sand lions. Shira accepts Lee's offer to an one on one battle, the appearing to equally on par with one another.