I think these episodes are basically how far I got when I was watching Shippuden when it aired. Then I decided that I was going to stop watching it until I'd gotten caught up with Naruto. It's really nice to kind of have a story-line that's contributing to the plot as opposed to the filler I've been watching for months now. I think I've been getting through the series faster now, and I'm not sure if that's just because I'm more into it now or I really am watching episodes faster.
I know quite a bit about what's going to happen later in the series, but even so these episodes are really well done. I may not be worrying as much as I would be if I didn't know certain characters are definitely going to make it past this point, but I still get really into it when I watch it.
I should mention the first couple of episodes and everyone's reactions to Naruto being back. I really loved that. I'm a really sentimental person I guess, so stuff like that always makes me emotional.
I feel like I should mention the first scene of the first episode where you see Sasuke, but I really don't have much to say about it. I'm excited to get to that part of the story though.
I love the sibling relationship that Gaara, Kankuro, and Temari have. I really love Gaara's whole story-line. He's probably one of my favorite characters. (In fact, I would consider Gaara and Sasuke my favorite characters, which is a bit odd as I typicall don't like those kinds of characters.)
I also really like when the Akatsuki are in the show. I think they're really great villians and the kind of characters that you kind of love to hate. They're interesting and not boring or anything. Plus, a lot of them really creep me out.
I don't think I really have much else to say about these episodes. There's been some awesome fighting, but that's about it. I can't wait to watch the coming episodes. (I've actually watched through episode 20 at the moment.)