Sakura and Ino continue to fight. The girls’ strength and skills are on the same level, making it impossible for either one to overpower the other. The fight drags on and they begin to tire. Sakura comments on Ino’s focus on her appearance rather than her ninja training, which enrages her. Ino cuts off her ponytail and throws her hair to the ground. Ino, in desperation, tries to apply a mind transference technique to get Sakura to admit that she herself has lost. But Sakura knows that this technique is rather imprecise, and if Ino misses, she will be incapacitated for some time. Sakura dodges the attack and seems to have won, but suddenly the girl stops moving, trapped by Ino’s scattered hair, which was purposely filled with chakra. The girl performed a deceptive maneuver to immobilize Sakura and prepared to really use her technique. She manages to gain control of Sakura’s body.