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YMMV: Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth
  • Ear Worm: The ED, Twinkle*Twinkle.
    • Also, the OP (both versionsnote ), and the second ED for that matternote ...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sasuke's status as this is lampshaded in the popularity contest (ranking #1) and the episode title where he finally gets the spotlight ("The Shinobi You've Been Waiting For!").
  • Flanderization: Hinata
  • Hate Dom/Fan Hater: Many Bleach fans are mad that it replaced the anime. Ironically Bleach was pulled both because it was dwindling in popularity and the anime had caught up to the manga.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment/Hilarious in Hindsight: Happens with some of the jokes, considering the serious turn the main series took.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The entire series has become this with Neji dead and Gai opening the eighth gate in the manga.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Played for Laughs when Sai asks whether Lee has a penis and Lee promptly answers that he does and drops his pants.
    Sai (stunned): Th... This is indeed the beautiful blue beast of Konoha!"
    • When the Narrator reveals Lee's most embarrassing secrets in Episode 33B, he mentions that the reason why Neji is a girl in a lot of Lee's skits is because Lee finds it to be cute. Make of that what you will.
    • Episode 25-A, when Team Guy notices that the middle character on Gaara's forehead has changed from “Love” to “Romance”. Lee deduces that the person who Gaara has a crush on is...Neji, the former falling for him while he was once again Dragged into Drag by Lee.
  • Les Yay: Tenten wins the "Mr. Leaf" contest despite being female. Even though Tsunade explains why (she protected Tsunade from the other contestants when they got a bit too Hot-Blooded), it's unavoidable. Tenten's Hero-Worshipper tendencies regarding Tsunade don't help either.
    • The Love Bugs drama in Episode 42-A, where Hinata plays a schoolgirl who has a romancenote  with a boy that saves her from gangsters...and Tenten is the one who acts as the boy.
    • When the girls all visit an onsen together, dialogue from off-screen suggests that Ino at some point grabs Sakura's breasts.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Mild example. "Male Tenten" shows up briefly in the second half of Episode 3, yet has a good amount of fan art and fanfiction.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Between Neji and Hinata of all the characters, as it's clearly implied quite often that Neji has more than familial affection for Hinata.

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