First off thanks for keeping the anime section going. Secondly the intro did catch me off guard but I enjoyed it.
Now as for the episode itself it was fuckin awesome. It helped relay the unspoken messages that didn't come across to well in the manga. In the manga the footprints annoyed me but with the focus on how everyone felt about Naruto really came across beautifully.
Inoichi.. what a beast. I liked how his personality showed and thats a hard thing to do with a strong silent type character. Kishi does a good job of it with Juugobut Inoichi has always been silent. and I guess thats due to him not having a way with words which will make any kind of speach he has to give have all the more weight to it.
The filler snippet was good too and Sasuke's entrance was very wel executed.
ALL in ALL I would give this episode a 5 out of 5 the animation was seamless. the voice acting was great and it helped flesh out the emotion that kishi dropped th eball on. all things a good manga to anime episode to be.
Here's to a continuation of this