Naruto Shippuuden 162. It’s just one epic entrance after the other!!! ^ ^
*Takes deep breath.*
*Passes out from lack of oxygen. Wakes up only a few minutes later and realizes that someone stole my cheesecake and put ink marks on my face.* T__T
Well, that would be one way of summing up our latest Naruto episode if you don’t care much for self preservation, but you aren’t all here just to watch me hospitalize myself, so hello everyone and welcome to this weeks Naruto anime breakdown (AKA, a much longer way of saying what I have already said above in just a single sentence). It’s Tenrai Senshi here once again bringing you the goods, only this time without the threat of emo-bunnies, and I am happy to announce that episode 162 is definitely worth every bit of praise I am about to give it, which would be a lot. ^ ^
To say that this episode was epic, would be like saying Jiraiya was a pervert, that’s just how true it is, and everything from the animation to the sound quality, and even the moments of action, were all injected with a great deal of brilliant production efforts.
In fact, I think it is quite safe to say that in terms of quality, this is the best episode we have been given in a long time. There was no dodgy animation, no awkward design proportions and no unnecessary procrastination or boring filler content. Everything that happened felt like it happened in good time and the pace was as smooth as it was exhilarating. The filler content that was there was exciting and entertaining as well and by the time the episode ended, it almost left me wondering if I had really watched the full twenty odd minutes that had already disappeared in what felt like such a short space of time.
That is just how absorbed I was in the moment.
Of course, it seems no anime episode would be complete without at least some form of extra content that is otherwise non-existent in the manga, and sometimes that extra content can be more harmful than good. In this case, we are given a bit more insight into the battles between the Aburame clan and Konan, as well as that between the Inuzuka clan’s Kiba and Tsume versus Pein.
In this instance, these extra scenes provide a wonderful example of ‘good’ filler content, because it is always fun and interesting to see a side to characters that we have otherwise never had the opportunity to observe. Witnessing how Konan can use her origami techniques in a way that is inventive and powerful (who would have though of mixing explosive tags into the fray?) is just one example, and you can just never get enough of the Aburame and their stylish shades and monotone expressions.
Of course, the real star of the show, and rightly so, is Pein.
Of all the villains in Naruto, there have been few that are anywhere near as enigmatic or imposing as the self proclaimed god himself. Every action he takes, every word he speaks and even the way his eyes narrow in such a cold and ruthless expression, all add so much to his personality.
You can almost taste the overwhelming anger and bitterness hidden underneath such a gesture, despite the otherwise calm and methodical demeanor he always seems to adopt and it shows us that despite all that cool pride and confidence shown on the outside, there is a lot of turmoil beneath the surface.
A lot of these inner inhibitions only really start to show for the first time during Pein’s talk with Tsunade, where he shows a far more dangerous side to his mentality, especially after she denies him his prize and defends the peace Konoha has seemingly sought for so long. Of course, once Pein has learned the real location of Naruto from Shizune, discovering that his target is no longer in the village, that is where things really begin to pick up.
Realizing that he no longer has a purpose in Konoha, Pein decides then to instead leave it with a parting gift to share his pain.
Not the least of which results in Shizune’s death, although she is only one of many more casualties to come.
From there, everything begins to blur together into a frantic and exhilarating rush, as the episode begins to jump between scenes, showing the points of view of each group of shinobi fighting against this crisis, as well as Naruto and Fukusaku, who have just learned that Konoha is in some form of danger.
It all becomes very epic, and you can’t help but feel a small rush of adrenaline. Seeing Pein slowly rise into the sky above Konoha in a fashion that can only be described as ‘otherworldly’, invokes a sense of curiosity and dread all at the same time.
It truly does give him a sense of unmeasurable power.
And that is where it all comes down to one catastrophic finale, as Pein destroys Konoha in a single, ruthless blow.
It almost makes your heart sink when you hear him speak the name of the jutsu that will destroy everything and even more so after taking a glance of the aftermath. I felt that the episode did a good job of showing the power and magnitude of the jutsu, especially seeing the massive cloud of dust in the distance from Konan’s standpoint, and the quality of the animation, as well as its fluidity, was as good as one could hope.
I would have preferred if they showed a bit more of it, because to me it felt a bit brief, but otherwise I have no complaints. It was still epic regardless.
*Allows for a brief moment of silence for Konoha.*
One thing that I did find odd, was that the subs for the anime referred to Pein’s jutsu as “Almighty Push.” Now I know that may be a more literal translation of the techniques name, but I would have preferred it if they just left it as ‘Shinra Tensei’, in the same manner the Rasengan is not just called “Spiral Sphere” or Chidori as “One Thousand Birds”.
Or perhaps they could have even just called it the “Big Badda Boom no Jutsu!!!!” ^ ^
Of course, once Konoha’s new swimming pool had finally been dug out, Naruto finally decided to come and inspect the renovation. However, he quickly realizes that it was a few meters deeper than it was planned out to be in the blueprints, so he’s quite angry now.
This is where things really become quite epic, so let’s hope the next episode is as good as this one was. With everything that is happening now, we can only hope.
Dum, dum dum!!!!
Well, that’s it from me this week. I hope you all enjoyed the breakdown! However, let’s have one last pole just for good measure. ^ ^
Caption contest winners:
5th) Kisuzachi: Oh no, tentacles. Why’d we have to be Japanese?
4th) Kantonkage: Heimlich maneuver gone wrong..
3rd) Pein0avenue: Pein’s Dental Plan: We take Personal service to a whole new level!
2nd) Lousytv: Now Showing – Bareback Konoha 2: Make oral love, not war!
Well done to everyone who gave it their best shot. It wasn’t exactly the easiest screen I have used, so I apologize if it didn’t get the creative juices flowing. T__T
Now here is this weeks screen. It looks like Sakura made a epic weird entrance of her own. <_<
Hopefully, this one is a bit easier to be creative with. ^ ^
And now for the preview of next weeks episode. With the battle finally upon us, let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.
That’s it from me.
See you all next time! ^ ^
Cheers! ^ ^