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This team was created by the Fifth Hokage for the purpose of retrieving Sasuke Uchiha, who had recently gone to join Orochimaru in the Sound Village. The original five members were Shikamaru Nara, Naruto Uzumaki, Kiba Inuzuka, Choji Akimichi and Neji Hyuuga. The team traveled through the Konoha forest until finally meeting the Sound Four. Choji stayed behind to fight Jirobo, and after a brutal fight, defeated his enemy, leaving him in a critical state. Next the group met Kidomaru who, due to his unique spiderweb abilities, could only be fought by Neji. With only 3 members left, the group was severely separated. The trio of Shikamaru, Kiba, and Naruto devised a plan that saw them retrieve Sasuke, but the untimely intervention of Kimimaro allowed the team to lose Sasuke once again. Kiba became separated and ended up fighting Sakon and Ukon while Shikamaru chose to stay behind and stall Tayuya in order for Naruto to catch Kimimaro and Sasuke. Each had trouble with their opponent and Kiba and Shikamaru almost were outright defeated. Rock Lee, recently healed from his injuries attained in the Chunin Exams, came to Naruto's aid so that Naruto could chase Sasuke and rescue his friend. Lee had trouble with Kimimaro as well until Gaara came to his aid. Temari then came to Shikamaru's aid and Kankuro to Kiba's aid, telling them that they received Konoha's plea for help and came as soon as they could. Afterwards, Naruto chased down but ultimately failed to return Sasuke after a lengthy battle. When all the Genin were returned to the village, both Choji and Neji were treated and survived their injuries.

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