Thursday, April 30, 2015

Naruto Shippuden Review: Episodes 241-245

It's been two and a half months since I last posted a Naruto review here, and the saddest part is that it wasn't because I was posting them on my Youtube channel instead. As you can possibly tell from the title, I've only done one review on Youtube in those two and a half months. Here's hoping that summer break means I'll get more time to watch Naruto.

A lot of these five episodes was still filler, and if you can remember back far enough, I have no been all that excited about that filler lately. I was getting so tired of Naruto and co. being on that boat. The filler that focused on other characters was a nice change but still not exactly what I wanted. I'm so glad they finally get off that boat in episode 243. Let me focus on 241 and 242 first though.

241 was focused primarily on Kakashi and Guy, which I liked. I don't fee like their rivalry has ever really been focused on, and if it was, it was long enough ago that I don't remember it by now. Kakashi has a line in this episode about trusting Guy implicitly, and we also got to see a flashback about how their rivalry originally started. I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff, and I'll admit that I got a tad bit emotional. I'd say I liked that episode overall. It was good as far as the episodes preceding it had been.

I wasn't as into 242. I don't think I got anything out of that episode. I don't really remember anything that made me react in any sort of way during it.

Then, in 243, they finally reach the island. Thankfully. Naruto and Bee have met, which I was waiting for, and moving onto the other two episodes too, he's going to help Naruto control the Nine-Tails. I have been waiting and waiting to reach this point, and I'm excited.

244 was a bit less exciting because it was mostly flashback and whatnot, but I appreciate that it showed us that Bee had a similar childhood to Naruto. I don't think that's so difficult of a conclusion to come to on your own, but I think it's kind of nice to see it stated. I probably would have been more enthusiastic about it if it weren't for the sorts of episodes that came before it.

Episode 245 was what really got me excited. I loved Naruto confronting the dark part of him and talking about how he has to believe in himself and also hugging that part of him to make him a part of him and all of that. I liked that, and I liked seeing Naruto come to peace with himself.

Of course, the episode ends with Naruto breaking the seal and beginning to fight the Nine-Tails. Unsurprisingly, that has me very excited for the next episode, which I'm hoping to get to really soon.

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