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Killer Kunoichi and a Shaky Shikamaru
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Shikamaru Tajitaji!? Kunoichi-tachi no Atsuki Tatakai

Episode Chronology
Adopted From

Naruto Chapter #73
Naruto Chapter #74




Chūnin Exam Arc

Air Date

July 30, 2003


July 15, 2006

Theme Music
Opening Song

Haruka Kanata

Ending Song


Episode Guide
The Ultimate Battle: Cha!
Akamaru Unleashed! Who's Top Dog Now?

Killer Kunoichi and a Shaky Shikamaru! (シカマルタジタジ!?くの一達の熱き戦い, Shikamaru Tajitaji!? Kunoichi-tachi no Atsuki Tatakai) is episode 43 of the original Naruto anime.


Tenten and Temari are chosen to fight next. Tenten makes the first move and Temari easily dodges it. Team Guy was surprised that no weapon could even scratch or hit Temari. Tenten tries another attack that Temari repels using wind from her Giant Folding Fan, before warning Tenten that if she sees all three stars (moons in the English anime) in her fan, the fight will be over. Tenten uses her Twin Rising Dragons technique. Uncovering the second star, Temari repels the attack, then Tenten uses strings to re-use the weapons. Uncovering the third star, Temari repels the attack and traps Tenten in a cyclone. When Tenten falls from the cyclone, Temari makes her land on her fan, knocking her out. After being declared winner, Temari tries to throw Tenten on the many weapons scattered on the floor, but Rock Lee descends and catches her. He then attacks Temari, only to be stopped by Gai, who warns the Suna shinobi to not underestimate Lee.

Shikamaru and Kin Tsuchi are then next. Shikamaru tries the Shadow Imitation Technique but Kin easily evades and throws some senbon with bells attached at him. Shikamaru recognises the trick and mocks her for using such basic techniques. Kin then rings the bells on the senbon, starting her genjutsu. Shikamaru gets caught in Kin's Illusion Bell Needles, unable to move, while Kin proceeds to attack him with more senbon. Hovewer, when Kin tries to attack again, she suddenly realises that she can't move. Shikamaru tells her that he extended his Shadow Imitation Technique through the shadow of the wires she's holding. He then throws a shuriken at Kin, which she imitates. When Shikamaru ducks backwards to evade it, Kin is forced to imitate him, but she did not realise that she was too close to the wall, hitting her head and knocking herself out, making Shikamaru the winner of the match.

The names appear on the screen and Naruto and Kiba are chosen to fight next.

Characters In Order of Appearance

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