Pivotal episode this week. Also has a bigger budget than usual too. By the way, you're going to be hearing a crazy organ in the background music in this episode. The guy playing the organ is Yasuharu Takanashi, the person who becomes the eventual composer for the Naruto Shippuden series. Here, he's just a musician hired by Toshio Masuda, who is the composer for this Naruto series. Useless trivia of the day Official Naruto Talkback Thread Opening 2: "Haruka Kanata" by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION Ending 2: "Harmonia" by RYTHEM Both the OP and the ED, along with all past and future Naruto OPs and EDs, can be downloaded in high quality from the Toonami Digital Arsenal. Last time on Naruto: Spoiler With Naruto, Sasuke, and Rock Lee all down for the count, Sakura is forced to fight alone. However, Kin Tsuchi, the third member of the Sound team, seizes Sakura by Sakura's hair and berates Sakura for putting her hair ahead of her training. Sakura is forced to cut her hair in order to break free of Kin's grip, and Sakura assaults Zaku, managing to injure him but Zaku responds by beating Sakura to a pulp. Ino, watching this happen, is reminded of her past friendship with Sakura before they became rivals and enemies. Ino decides to jump in and protect Sakura, and Shikamaru and Choji reluctantly go along with her. No spoilers: No talk of future arcs, events, etc! All spoiler talk must be taken to the anime forum or through pm! Please have respect for all new viewers or else Orochimaru will be coming for YOU. Believe it! Enjoy the episode. Sleep is always for the weak.