Rock Lee vs. Naruto Uzumaki
|← Sasuke Uchiha||Konoha Academy →|
Rock Lee vs. Naruto Uzumaki!! is volume 5 of the manga.
When Team Guy stops at a sweet shop, they witness Ino Yamanaka, Choji Akimichi and Shikamaru Nara deciding that their team will disband. It is revealed that they all disagree on which chip flavor is the best, Ino believing that the Consomme Punch flavor is the best, Choji thinking that the Lightly Salted version is greater, and Shikamaru considering the Salted Seaweed Flavor better. Lee immediatly agrees with Choji and Neji sides with Shikamaru. Tenten remains neutral, but soon the entire village is consumed in the battle of the flavors. Choji's team gains the most supporters, though Shikamaru uses his Shadow Possesion Technique to restrain the movements of Choji's men while Neji uses a move called Eight Trigrams Seaweed Sixty-Four Palms on them and they automatically defect from Choji's side and join Shikamaru and Neji. Ino has her own plan however, and uses her Mind Body Switch Technique to enter Yamato's body and control him, making him eat her favorite flavor of chips. Soon, nearly everyone is on Ino's side, Shikamaru and Choji beings exceptions. Choji has a brief flashback of his academy days with Shikamaru and realizes that his chips don't taste good when he's alone. Choji is then attacked by members of Ino's party, but Shikamaru gets in the way of their attack. Shikamaru tells Choji his favorite chips are the ones he eats with him, Choji agreeing. Ino watches their conversation from behind a wall and joins them.
Lee strives to become on par with that of Naruto and constantly trains, but he does not fail to notice the differences between him and Naruto. After Naruto saves Sakura, Lee challenges Naruto to a duel. Naruto agrees and it is decided that the winner of the duel will be allowed to take Sakura on a date and Lee and Naruto head to the training grounds. As they battle, they compare each others Sexy Techniques and Naruto summons Gamabunta. In response, Lee "summons" Hiashi and somehow becomes drunk and punches Hiashi. Finally becoming serious, Lee activates the Eight Gates and Naruto activates his Sage Mode. Naruto sends his Wind Release: Rasenshuriken at Lee, but Lee is able to avoid it. However, Naruto's attack hurtles towards Sakura, and in an attempt to save Sakura, Lee is instead hit by the attack. Lee believes it to be his loss, but Naruto reprimands him and tells him that he was the loser this time.
While Naruto and Lee fight over Sakura, Sakura's father appears. After making a pun about his hairstyle, Sakura becomes embarrassed and storns away, accidentaly leaving a photo of her and Sasuke behind. Seeing the picture, Sakura's father becomes anxious about his daughter and becomes depressed, believing that Sasuke and Sakura were dating and he was never told. Naruto and Lee try to assure Sakura's father about his daughter's relationship with Sasuke, but directly after, they hear two shinobi talking about the rumour that Sasuke had been seen around the village. Sakura's father is at once aghast, believing that Sasuke and Sakura had been meeting in secret. Lee and Naruto join him and vow to find out the truth about Sakura and Sasuke. Sakura's father dresses up as Sasuke and appears infront of Sakura. In an attempt to act cool, he makes a bad pun and is called back by an angered Tenten. He switches out with Lee and Lee approaches Sakura under the guise of being Sasuke. However, he is too called back and replaced with Naruto, who uses a tranformation technique to turn into Sasuke. However, he turns into the Road to Ninja version of Sasuke instead of the normal version. "Sasuke" questions Sakura on her thoughts on Naruto and Sakura replies that she thinks he is amazing, but despises his idiot perverted ninjutsu. "Sasuke" defends the perverse techniques and performs the Sasuke's Sexy Festival Technique, making Sakura faint. As Sakura wakes up, she reveals that she had stopped believing in their tricks long ago and explained that she and Sasuke were no couple. After punching away the three of them, the real Sasuke appears, but Sakura, thinking him to be another disguise, punched him. After Sakura finishes telling her tale to her mother, her mother realizes that her husband is late to getting home and searches for him. She finds the actual Sasuke and drags him home, much to Sasuke's shock.
Team Guy battles against several missing-nin. The battle appears to be going down hill, when suddenly, Gaara, Temari and Kankuro appear and defeat the enemy shinobi. Somehow, all of Kankuro's puppets conjoin and almost destroy Gaara. Gaara is able to block the attack with his sand, but Temari scolds Kankuro, reminding him that it was their duty to protect Gaara. Gaara explains that he and his siblings were on their way to Konohagakure for a meeting with the Hokage, but fund Lee and his teammates in a bind with the missing nin and decided to aid them. After escorting Gaara to Tsunade's office, Team Guy comes across Kankuro. When asked on what he was doing, Kankuro replied that he was on guard duty. When Tenten points out how Kankuro isn't like Gaara at all, Lee described the three siblings. Temari, the eldest and a top-class, fan-wielding Jonin, Gaara, the youngest of the three, the Kazekage and a genius Gaara. Lastly, Kankuro, described by Lee as the unrecognizable middle child and unrecognizable without his make-up. Kankuro is displeased by his description, but admits that he was no genius and used to fear Gaara's power like the rest of the village. He reveals that Gaara used to be quite different, but after time, began to truly change. He tells Team Guy that he wants to become the source of power for his little brother, though he hasn't done any acts that are considered brotherly towards Gaara. Team Guy and Kankuro hear Hinata and Neji's voice. Team Guy and Kankuro watch as Neji carries Hinata on his back because she sprained her ankle. Lee realizes that Neji is the ideal brother and claims he is the "King of All Brothers". Using Hinata and Neji's relationship as an example, Lee tries to help Kankuro become a better older brother towards Gaara.
Lee takes Kankuro to the Hyuga Estate and Neji teaches Kankuro. Kankuro learns that the ideal older brother must be strong. After watching Neji defeat Hinata, Kankuro attempts to do the same with Gaara. However, he is immediately beaten. Realizing fighting Gaara was a bad idea, Neji decides to play with Hinata instead. Neji plays dolls with Hinata, and Kankuro uses his puppets to play with Gaara. He even controls Gaara with his chakra strings.
Naruto appears, and Neji scolds him, telling him that he was not to sneak up on Hinata. After his previous failed attempts of copying Neji and Hinata, Kankuro vows that he will perform perfectly. Naruto invites Gaara to lunch with him and in an attempt to look after his brother's safety, Kankuro tells Naruto that Gaara is unable to go. Gaara dismisses Kankuro and only tells him that he has been acting rather obnoxiously lately after agreeing to Naruto's invitation.
After eating with Naruto, it begins to rain. Knowing that Gaara's sand is weakened by water, Kankuro rushes to his side. Gaara is approached by several missing-nin, but Kankuro protects him and combines his Crow, Black Ant, and Salamander and himself to create Puppet Battle Zord Kanku-Robo. Kankuro defeats the missing-nin, and the next day, he and his siblings leave for their own village. On their way back to the village, Kankuro gives Gaara a piggyback ride (as Neji previously did to Hinata) and Neji adopted a certain version of Kankuro's new technique.
Lee is given a mission to spy on the Akatsuki. The Akatsuki gathers, and their leader, Pain, orders them to all go on summer break. He explains that in summer, people are known to gain special powers, such as completing a long role-playing game in one day or finishing an entire summer break's worth of homework on the last day before school. The Akatsuki complies, and all the members go do summer activities. Deidara creates a sand castle, but finds that Sasori has made a much bigger castle already. The two begin to fight with their sand castles and Itachi observes that the two can get along sometimes. Later, Tobi tells Deidara to split open a watermelon. Deidara attempts to do so with a bat and blindfolded, but instead of splitting the watermelon, stabs Pain.
Meanwhile, Zetsu checks on Itachi and Kisame. The two appear to be fighting, but the two are revealed to actually be catching cicadas. When checked on again by Zetsu, the two appear to be fighting again, but are revealed to only be watching bugs fight.
Kakuzu opens a beach house and cooks food for its visitors. He approaches Hidan to tell him to get back to work, but finds Hidan laying under the air conditioner. He remarks that even the way Hidan cools off is creepy.
Lee overhears two men talking about a swimming contest, but does not hear the entire conversetion. However, he soon comes to the conclusion that it must be swimming contest only for female ninjas. He is proven wrong however, and it turns out to be a swimming contest for only Zetsu's.
Sasorri, Deidara, Pain and Konan begin to play a video game. When Pain's turn comes, Konan remarks that Pain has never lost in his life. However, Pain loses the game quickly, but retries again and again. Even after everyone leaves, Pain stays and attempts to defeat the game.
Next, the entire Akatsuki lights sparklers and Pain declares that the one whos sparkler lasts the longest is the winner. Pain remarks that he has never lost this game, but it is quickly pointed out by Konan that his sparkler was the first to die out. Eventually, only Tobi, Deidara and Sasori's sparklers were left. However, Sasori and Deidara's sparklers fused together, and eventually Tobi's became fused with theirs as well. It soon got too heavy and the sparklers fell off the strings, causing there to be no winner. Everyone tries to redo the game, but they make the sparklers too big and a big explosion is caused. After everyone stands once more, Pain realizes that their skin has darkened. He believes it to be a power up of some kind, but in reality, the Akatsuki simply got sunburned.
Lee gets distracted by watching Sakura and Ino at the beach and loses track of the Akatsuki.