- Story: Masashi Kishimoto.
- Art: Masashi Kishimoto.
- Released: December 7th, 2004.
- Imprint: Shonen Jump.
- Pages: 184.
The Chûnin Exams are under way. Many ninja have gathered from several lands to participate in the Chûnin Exams. The first portion of the exams will be a written test. But even the written test harbors different rules than the standard test and is full of surprises. After the written test the shinobi that have passed are now to survive in the Forest of Death. Each team is given two scrolls and the goal to bring them to the tower at the center of the forest. Can the teams survive elimination and the Forest of Death for five days?
This volume was full of character developments. Notably Naruto has come through in multiple situations. Even with written exams being one of his biggest weak points he managed to keep his cool and push forward. Not to mention the excellent, but brief fight between Sasuke and Rock Lee. This volume had all kinds of amazing high points. A particular point worth mentioning would be the introduction of Might Guy and his protégé Rock Lee.
In part of the developments and the one fight scene, this volume served mostly as an introduction for the shinobi from the other villages and proctors for the exams. That is not to say that this volume was dull, rather this volume set the stage for the big things to come. The first exam produced a high amount of drama with multiple shinobi failing the exam and losing their chance for promotion. The second exam looks to provide an even larger challenge for the passing shinobi. I wonder what dangers await the shinobi in the Forest of Death.
The young ninja have already faced and conquered so much, I wonder how much more they can take. The way this Forest of Death sounds, it will be no cakewalk, and I cannot wait to see what it has to throw at the Chûnin hopefuls. With the ninja that we have seen so far, I’m willing to bet that quite a few of them will pass and become Chûnin. However bearing in mind the twists and surprises that we have seen so far, anything can happen.
This volume was an excellent entry. With all things considered this is one of the better entries in the series. I say that because with all of the lead up, drama, and character introductions this volume has set the stage in a very big way for the things to come. I am very excited to see what is in the works for the series. Naruto volume 5 was an amazing read.