Posted by Kamui_Takahashi 2 years ago -
Events circle closer to Naruto who is still being kept protected and unawares.What They Say:
Kabuto and a reanimated Deidara attempt to grab hold of the jinchuriki, but are stopped by the Tsuchikage, who has come to protect Naruto.The Review:Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While there is some campy nature to Naruto and his animal army, it does fit in with the overall world that has been built here over the last five hundred episodes or so. It was played for laughs but some light material was needed after the background material that we got with Madara and what he was up to with Koneko in the episodes prior to that since things got a bit full of exposition and darker storylines that helped to flesh out what the bad guys have been up to. So starting off here with a bit more of the animals, Naruto and some almost Hindu like dialogue from Killer Bee didn't surprise me much and added a little more fluff and lightness to get things going. Sometimes starting off with the bigger and more angst filled material can get to be a bit wearing.
Not unlike previous episodes overall, Naruto isn't the big focus here but rather an underlying story, which works well. Keeping the Akatsuki in play as they work through their missions, it brings different story elements together well as Kabuto and Deidara are making the attempt at getting the Eight and Nine Tails that they need, which are obviously still together and on the moving island on the sea. With the general idea still to keep Naruto out of the way and hard to find for the Akatsuki, it's made clear that this isn't working and the big players are getting involved in making sure that the Akatsuki are dealt with as we get Tsuchikage and his small group coming out to add support. When the "old timers" get involved there's usually a differen tkind of fun about it since they have so much experience and skill, but not always the stamina or ability to truly go the distance since a good part of the series is about the transition of the generations.
What we do get are some great looking sequences, both in action and in deed, such as the massive snake that begins to wrap around the turtle island, constricting it and causing earthquakes. Not that Naruto understands what's going on while inside the turtle since he's being kept in the dark about things, so that's something that lightens the mood even as things turn darker. The action does dominate here overall though and while it's not hugely intense or anything, it's fun in a kind of basic way as the two sides go at it while trying to protect Naruto along the way as well. The main fun comes in watching Tsuchikage going up against Deidara since it's an airborne matchup that has some nice little bits to it with the manipulations Deidara can do. The same can be said of what goes on with Kabuto as he's dealt with, at least for a bit, with some creative touches from Yamato. The unpredictability of the Akatuski and of Kabuto in particular continues to be a draw for me.In Summary:
Naruto: Shippuden doesn't jump out in a big way with this episode but it does continue to progress the storyline well by bringing together some different groups that haven't been near each other for some time. The use of Kabuto is a big positive for me as he's one of my favorites when it comes to the bad guys and even Deidara has some fun moments to him as he goes up against the Tsuchikage. It's an interesting encounter overall but it's just a piece of the puzzle that's being put into the place that doesn't have large significance, but ties into other events. With one of the crew spirited away in the midst of the fight, Naruto's animal army being worked over and some entertaining if non-threatening fights at hand, the episode does good but not outstanding.Grade: