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Naruto Part Two Guide
Naruto Manga Chapter 245 served as new beginning for the Naruto series. With Akatsuki going to wait three years to go after Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto decided to create a timeskip for the Naruto series. Fast-forwarding two and half years into the lives of the characters. This guide will examine some of the changes to the series through this period, including costume changes, rank advancements and plot developments. Please note that the anime series was renamed during this period to Naruto: Shippuuden, which continues the storyline and doesn't constitute a new series.

Also please note that this guide will only focus on the art of the manga. This will help shows Kishimoto's development as an artist and the way his style has changed over time.
Gaara
Costume and Rank changes
Aburame Shino
Shino
Part One
Name: Aburame Shino
Rank: Chuunin
Age Post Skip: 15
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 282
Shino
Part Two
Shino
Shino in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank, Shino advanced to Chuunin. Keeping in line with the style of dress of his father and clan, Shino wears a black high collar outfit. He also wears a large oversized jacket, with the hood in the up position. He also wears a satchel across his back, this may be to carry more bugs or his ninja equipment.

Akimichi Chouji
Akimichi Chouji
Part One
Name: Akimichi Chouji
Rank: Chuunin
Age Post Skip: 15
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 282
Akimichi Chouji
Part Two
Chouji
Chouji in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank, Chouji advanced to Chuunin. Keeping in line with the style of dress of his father, Chouji now wears samurai-esque battle armor. He has also grown his hair out longer. He has also developed enough to enlarge his body limbs with almost no effort.

Gaara (Kazekage)
Gaara
Part One
Name: Gaara
Rank: Kazekage
Age Post Skip: 15
Notable changes: Advancement to Kazekage
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 247
Gaara
Part Two
Gaara
Gaara in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank. Gaara took the highest leap, going from Genin to the Kazekage of Hidden Sand. Inspired by Naruto to protect those precious to him to be truly strong, Gaara's powers have developed far more extensively. He has gained greater control of the sand around him and can create new sand by crushing the surrounding rock.

Gamakichi
Gamakichi
Part One
Name: Gamakichi
Notable changes: Grew large in size
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Shonen Jump Poster
Gamakichi
Part Two
 
After the timeskip, the humans were not the only ones to grow in size. The animals did as well, including the toad summon Gamakichi. Gamakichi wears his same blue vest and has now donned black gloves.

Haruno Sakura
Sakura
Part One
Name: Haruno Sakura
Rank: Chuunin
Age Post Skip: 15
Notable changes: Highly improved ninjutsu skills
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 245
Sakura
Part Two
Sakura
Sakura in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank. Under the training of the Hokage Tsunade, Sakura greatly improved her techniques. She has gained the ability to finely manipulate chakra, giving her super-strength. She has also learned medical jutsu to compliment her already proficient abilities in Genjutsu. Sakura has kept her hair short and wears a short skirt and a sleeveless shirt. When preparing for battle, she will also put on gloves to protect her fists during her powerful strikes. Finally, she wears a full shin guard around her lower legs.

Hyuuga Hinata
Hinata
Part One
Name: Hyuuga Hinata
Rank: Chuunin
Age Post Skip: 15
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 282
Hinata
Part Two
Hinata
Hinata in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank, Hinata advanced to Chuunin. Hinata has matured over the years, attaining a fuller figure. She wears an oversized jacket, pants and more formal sandals. She has also grown her hair longer down past her shoulders.

Hyuuga Neji
Neji
Part One
Name: Hyuuga Neji
Rank: Jounin
Age Post Skip: 16
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 253
Neji
Part Two
Neji
Neji in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank. Neji was one of the few who advanced to Jounin. Though a Jounin, Neji does not wear a flak jacket, instead wearing a robe-like shirt and pants. This may be to allow him to better release his chakra for his Byakugan techniques. Neji also still works with his fellow teammates Lee, TenTen and former master Guy.

Inuzuka Kiba and Akamaru
Kiba and Akamaru
Part One
Name: Inuzuka Kiba and Akamaru
Rank: Chuunin
Age Post Skip: 15
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 282
Kiba and Akamaru
Part Two
Kiba
Kiba in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank, Kiba advanced to Chuunin. After the timeskip, of the two Akamaru changed the most, becoming monsterous in size. No longer the little puppy who could ride on Kiba's head, Kiba can now ride on Akamaru's back. Kiba has not changed much over the years, dropping his jacket and hood look for a form fitting black jacket and pants.

Kankurou
Kankurou
Part One
Name: Kankurou
Rank: Jounin
Age Post Skip: 17
Notable changes: Carries scrolls on his back rather than his whole puppets
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 249
Kankurou
Part Two
Kankurou
Kankurou in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank, Kankurou advanced to Jounin. Though he has risen in rank, he still retains an outfit very similar to the old one. He now has a loose cloth hanging off his waist and wears three scrolls on his back. It appears he can use these scrolls to summon Karasu, Kuroari and a new third puppet named Sanshouuo (Salamander). He has also modified his kabuki make-up to a new third style.

Konohamaru
Konohamaru
Part One
Name: Konohamaru
Rank: Genin
Age Post Skip: 11
Notable changes: Perfected Oiroke no Jutsu
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 245


Konohamaruu
Part Two
Konohamaru
Konohamaru in Action
After the timeskip, Konohamaru and his teammates in the Konohamaru Corps have become Genin. He and his teammates Moegi and Udon now operate as a team under his former personal instructor Ebisu. Konohamaru has grown in size and wears a similar outfit as his previous one, with longer pants, and a white jacket with a dark stripe down the middle. He also retains his long scarf.

Nara Shikamaru
Shikamaru
Part One
Name: Nara Shikamaru
Rank: Chuunin
Age Post Skip: 15
Notable changes: Chuunin Examiner
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 247


Shikamaru
Part Two
Shikamaru
Shikamaru in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank. Shikamaru was already a Chuunin and stayed at that rank over the years. He has gotten a new job however, serving as a Chuunin Examiner. Shikamaru's outfit has modified slightly. He has replaced his older shirt and pants with a long sleeve and pant variation which ends in fishnet.

Rock Lee
Lee
Part One
Name: Rock Lee
Rank: Chuunin
Age Post Skip: 16
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 253
Lee
Part Two
Lee
Lee in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank. Lee advanced to the rank of Chuunin. Lee has become even more like his idol Guy-sensei. Lee now wears a Chuunin flak jacket over his training outfit. With Lee's growth in height, he looks very close in appearance to Guy. Lee also still works with his fellow teammates Neji, TenTen and former master Guy.

Temari
Temari
Part One
Name: Temari
Rank: Jounin
Age Post Skip: 18
Notable changes: Sand liaison to Leaf
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 247


Temari
Part Two
Temari
Temari in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank. Temari was one of the higher advances, owing to her older age and advanced skills. She advanced to the rank of Jounin and serves as a liaison between Hidden Sand and Hidden Leaf. In this position, she has helped in the overseeing of a new Chuunin Exam. She has changed her outfit to a more form-fitting short sleeved kimono. The wide sash across her waist allows her to carry her fan.

TenTen
TenTen
Part One
Name: TenTen
Rank: Chuunin
Age Post Skip: 16
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 253
TenTen
Part Two
TenTen
TenTen in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank. TenTen advanced to the rank of Chuunin. TenTen currently wears clothing similar to her previous ones, being Chinese in appearance. She also now wears a large summoning scroll on her lower back, which she uses for her new projectile throwing techniques. TenTen also still works with her fellow teammates Lee, Neji and former master Guy.

Uchiha Sasuke
Sasuke
Part One
Name: Uchiha Sasuke
Rank: Genin
Age Post Skip: 15
Notable changes: Carries sword
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 306

Sasuke
Part Two
Sasuke
Sasuke in Action
Sasuke left Konoha behind and joined Orochimaru to undergo training. For this reason he may still officially be a Genin. During this time Sasuke increased the number of jutsu in his arsenal. Sasuke wears a variation of the traditional Sound garb. Sasuke wears black pants and a large rope belt. What appears to be a sword is hung from the back of this belt. He wears a loose long sleeved shirt which hangs open across his chest. Underneath this shirt he wears a close fitting black cloth on his arms. The top back of his outer shirt also bears a small Uchiha fan. He also wears a pair of open-fingered gloves.

Uzumaki Naruto
Naruto
Part One
Name: Uzumaki Naruto
Rank: Genin
Age Post Skip: 15
Notable changes: Finally taller than Sakura
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 245

Naruto
Part Two
Naruto
Naruto in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank... Naruto didn't. A sideaffect of being away from the village was he could never participate in the Chuunin Exam. This doesn't mean he is unskilled however. The years spent being Jiraiya's apprentice has helped Naruto refine his skills and learn many new ones. Naruto's outfit has undergone modification after being worn to shreds during training. The outfit retains the orange color but the jacket is much more form fitting and the upper shoulders area is now black in color. The forehead protector has also changed, with Naruto moving the metal portion to a new longer black bandana.

Yamanaka Ino
Yamanaka Ino
Part One
Name: Yamanaka Ino
Rank: Chuunin
Age Post Skip: 15
First Appearance Post Timeskip: Chapter 284
Yamanaka Ino
Part Two
Ino
Ino in Action
After the timeskip, most of the ninja in the series advanced in rank, Ino advanced to Chuunin. Wearing clothing similar to her old outfit, she wears a sleeveless button-up shirt with a short mini-skirt. She also wears fishnet over her elbows and knees. She has also regrown her hair. Like Sakura, Ino has also learned medical healing.