Originally Posted by jekyl_hyde
I get what you're stating, because that was stated in the manga back in part 1.... but how the fuck did Sakura become a chuunin then?
Like I said, Kishi fucked up his timeline and parameters he set for his own story back in part 1... over a decade ago.
I hope you get the point I'm trying to make.
The Chunin Exams did allow for special circumstances regarding that rule. Sakura would've had such a case with Naruto being gone for 3 years and Sasuke's defection. Kakashi just being more awesome than his teammates isn't a special circumstance nor would it account for him being placed with people who graduated around Naruto's age when he was stated to have graduated at 5.