anime. But at least for Ino, Shikamaru, Chouji, the parents thing seems to be the case anyway.
Well, I think, if you look at the teams closely, it's always: one calm boy, another talky boy and then, a girl. So, I guess Kishi just made that team like that so they could do the Ino-Shika-Cho thing.
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Yeah I noticed it too, I think it's because Naruto started the academy before the others.