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Yamanaka Ino

: Yamanaka Ino
Blood Type : B
Height : 151 cm
Weight : 38 kg
Current Team :Team 10 (Asuma Sarutobi, Shikamaru Nara, Choji Akimichi, Ino Yamanaka)

Yamanaka Ino was a genin assigned to Asuma Sarutobi's Team 10. She is a skilled kunoichi and with her teammates, Shikamaru Nara and Choji Akimichi, they make up the 2nd-generation Ino-Shika-Cho Trio. At first, it seemed as though Ino disliked both Shikamaru and Choji (Shikamaru for being dull and unpopular and Choji for being fat), but she actually holds a strong bond with both of them. Ino is the daughter of Inoichi Yamanaka and part of the Yamanaka family, who owns a small flower shop in Konoha. Part of her bond with her teammates might come from her father, as he was teammates and good friends with the fathers of Shikamaru and Choji. At her graduation she was known as a high-level female rookie. She is talented in the way of the flower (Ikebana) as well as mind-altering jutsu. She is the friendly rival of Sakura Haruno.

Yamanaka InoAs part of the 'Rookie Nine', Ino was chosen to participate in the Chunin Exam. One of the weakest teams in the exam, they had trouble locating the scroll to complete the exam. While trying to find a weak enough team to ambush, they ran into Sakura fighting Dosu, Kin, and Zaku. As Sakura's fight with Zaku deteriorates, Ino recalls the good times she had with Sakura as a child; Ultimately she decides to assist Sakura in defending the still unconscious Naruto and Sasuke. Just before Ino comes to help, the female sound ninja Kin then grabs Sakura's hair and admonishes her for being more focused on keeping it pretty and stylish rather than giving all her time and effort to her ninja training. Sakura then cuts her hair with a kunai knife, releasing Kin's grip on her and leaving Ino amazed as she kept her hair long to impress Sasuke and cutting her hair was an equivalent to her giving up her love for Sasuke. Sakura is able to bite Zaku in the arm, but he brutally fights her off and prepares to use his Decapitating Air Wave on her.

It is at this moment that Ino's team decides to jump in. Shikamaru uses his Shadow Imitation Technique to bind Dosu. Ino then tells Shikamaru to take care of her body as she uses Mind Body Switch Technique to transfer to Kin. She then holds a Kunai to her throat and threatens to kill Kin (which, interestingly, is the equivalent of committing suicide, since, as Zaku finds out a few minutes later by attacking Ino-possessed Kin, anything that happens to whoever she possesses happens to her body also). After Sasuke chases the Sound Nin away, Team 7 and the Ino-Shika-Cho Second Generation part ways. Ino and her team supposedly take a scroll off-screen because they are seen as three of the participants of the Third Exam Preliminaries.

In the preliminary matches of the Chunin Exam, Ino and Sakura are paired up to fight. Ino cleverly performs her Mind Body Switch Technique successfully, but is unable to make Sakura (and, to Ino's surprise and horror, "Inner Sakura" for that matter) give up. The two knock each other out and neither continues on to the final matches. After the matches, Ino and Sakura rekindle their friendship as Ino fully recognizes that Sakura has "bloomed into a beautiful flower" and tells her such.

Yamanaka InoIt is also during this fight that Sakura gives Ino a reprimand similar to the one Kin gave to her in regards to Ino's beautiful and well-kept hair. Not to be outdone or insulted by Sakura's newfound determination, Ino cuts her hair as well, shocking everyone (Shikamaru actually thinks Ino has "completely snapped.") except for Sakura, who simply states, "You are so simple-minded." But it isn't until later that Ino reveals that she really severed her locks so that they could serve as a lasso to subdue Sakura and hold her in place long enough for Ino to perform her Mind Body Switch Technique later in the match.

Ino makes her Naruto II debut in Chapter 284 showing up just after Choji and Shikamaru fought Sai, yelling because Choji was late for a mission they were both leaving on with Asuma. She is seen wearing a button-up top and skirt. She has apparently done away with the full-body bandages she wore and has also grown her hair once again. Like the other rookies during the 2.5-year time jump, she has also become a Chunin. She doesn't wear her ninja headband around her waist anymore as she previously did.

Ino first meets Sai when her team, including Asuma Sarutobi, pays a visit to Kakashi in the hospital. Immediately, Ino recognizes the resemblance between Sai and Sasuke and, in classic fashion, develops a juvenile infatuation for the new face. Her sudden feelings are only strengthened further after Sai gives her the nickname ˇ°gorgeousˇ± or ˇ°pretty lady,ˇ± which is seemingly a compliment on her appearance, when in fact, Sai was simply complimenting her out of fear of a similar violent reprieve to his calling Sakura "ugly".


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