Naruto Shippuuden 165 Breakdown. Run for your lives! Tenrai is back, and he is hungry! @__@
Good day everyone and welcome to another weekly all you can eat buffet Naruto anime breakdown. I am your host, Tenrai Senshi, and I am more than happy to eat you all treat you all to dinner and a show. ^ ^
The main course, of course, *cough* is the breakdown itself. As for desert…. <_<
*Sprinkles some sugar on Supertrek.* >_>
I hope no-one here has any allergies I don’t know about. I know some people here don’t take digestion very well, but alas, for now, I must resist my primal urges that compel me to eat everyone and get on with the show. Firstly, I would like to say thanks to Mandi for covering for me with a double breakdown, during my two week’s absence. I was going through a bit of a rough time and she graciously offered to ease a bit of the load from my shoulders.
*Gives Mandi a cheesecake.* ^ ^
As for the episode itself, firstly, I would like to say that I was somewhat disappointed with the last two episode personally. I know a lot of people enjoyed them and I can’t really say they were actually bad, but there were quite a few animation flaws that ruined many key moments that should have had a much larger impact in my opinion.
Compared to any other normal episode, one could say that they were more or less on par with what we have come to expect, so it wasn’t really as if the episodes were bad, but when you consider the scale of what is happening and compare it to how the animation is normally juiced up for similarly epic battles in the past, I just found the impact completely underwhelming and, consequently, disappointing.
Fortunately, this latest episode has, in my opinion, lifted things up a bit. Although the animation was still more or less on the same level as the last two episodes, the scenes didn’t feel as rushed, which helped retain a lot of their intended effect.
In particular, this episode itself was brimming with emotion, and you could almost feel the tension through every minute that passed by. Even though most of us knew what was going to happen, seeing it in motion is a different experience altogether. You could easily tell that the battle with Pein was quickly slipping out of Naruto’s favor and that sense of desperateness is cleverly imbued with sites and sounds and even expressions, and it manages to prevail throughout.
*Is about to take a bite out of Marksman, but realizes the audience is staring at him awkwardly.*
*Quickly drops the knife and fork and pretends nothing happened.* <_<
So… moving along, one thing I can say about the episode is that despite all the positives, it still had some drawbacks as well, although not too significant. The most prominent is still the animation, which although decent, still wasn’t quite at the level I had hoped for considering the importance of this arc.
Many of the scenes are presented more as still frames with an abstract sense of movement cleverly implemented through an illusionary process, like well timed camera panning, more than actual animation. When the action picks up, a lot of the movements feel static and the frame rate of the animation is somewhat underwhelming, however, even despite that, the animators at least did their job from an artistic perspective.
Character details were more or less in proportion throughout and during some of the scenes, such as the introduction of Nagato’s real body, the colour saturation really helped set the mood and create a rich atmosphere.
When Naruto is finally subdued by Pein, with his hands firmly pinned to the ground while his body is paralyzed with foreign chakra, one thing that struck me in particular was when Pein referred to Naruto as the Nine-tails and spoke of taming him as if he was nothing more than some animal.
It really drove home how Jinchuuriki are seen, not just by Akatsuki, but as a whole. To those around them, they are nothing more than the monsters they contain. They are beasts who are hunted and tamed, broken in more ways than one and treated no better than abused animals whose only purpose is to do the bidding of others and live by their fate or decree. They aren’t seen as human beings who also have a right to live their own lives beyond the purpose others give to them, and their power is coveted far above their humanity.
The question is, knowing how much potential power they contain, is it simply their fate to be used for the good (or evil) of others? Do they have no say in their own lives and who they are?
The flashbacks shown while Pein and Naruto exchanged words also drove a lot of feelings as well. For the most part, it makes us want to hate Pein in a way and at first, many did when this arc was first shown in the manga.
We hated him for killing some of our favorite characters and we hated him for destroying Konoha. Eventually, those feelings helped us understand how Naruto must feel as well, how hatred can grip the heart of one who has lost so much at the hands of someone else.
To Naruto, Jiraiya was the closest thing he had to family and now he is facing down the very person responsible for his sensei’s death. One can understand his feelings of bitterness, in fact, I think many can even relate to it. However, in the same breath, we are taught something else…
… We are taught to let go.
They say that to err is human, but to forgive is divine, but few people realize just how powerful those words really are. I think the act of forgiving is the most difficult step one can undertake and being able to let go of all that hurt and pain that compels us to feel bitter, because of the wrongs others have done to us, often feels impossible.
How do you let go? How do you forget that pain and anger? I for one know how it feels to hold onto a lot of feelings that have done nothing more than hold me back. I know how it feels to be angry and resentful, where all you can think of is how much people have hurt you. It blinds you and stops you from seeing things clearly anymore. You end up forgetting how to feel good about yourself.
In a way, I think it can also even prevent us from seeing the pain others are in as well. We don’t want to understand them because they hurt us, even though they may have been acting in consequence of their own feelings as well. How can we ever break that awful chain if we lack compassion and understanding? How can we stop ourselves from hurting others if we cannot forgive those who hurt us first?
Why do we always find it so hard to let go?
In the end, we are given a glimpse of Nagato’s real body and, I must say, I was pleased with the way the anime presented this scene. The dark lighting and cold atmosphere really did feel tangible and the lighting definitely created a sense of foreboding.
I think when most people saw this scene in the manga for the first time, Nagato seemed a bit underwhelming in many ways, with his bony physique and alarming case of anorexia. He needs to attend some of my eating classes so I can have an extra snack show him how it is done. Actually, it was so underwhelming that it almost dampened his character as a whole in a way, by making him seem fragile and, dare I say it, weak.
I felt the anime did a much better job of representing him in this scene. The scenery, the colour saturation and even the sounds made him much more imposing and created a deeper sense of dread than the black and white manga panels ever could. It also gives us a glimpse of how much our own hatred can twist us and destroy us. When anger and bitterness is all that is left in your heart, it begins to show.
Well, I guess that is it for this episode. I am looking forward to episode 166, because judging from the previews, it looks like they decided to finally pump up the animation by a considerable amount, and rightly so.
Because there wasn’t a caption contest last week, I will simply be providing the new screen.
I hope you all have fun with this one. I thought this image might bring out quite a few funny captions, but let’s see how it goes.
Here’s a preview for next week’s episode. It’s sure to be a killer. ^ ^
Well, that’s it from me. I hope you enjoyed the breakdown. I know it was a bit deep, but I guess that’s just how I feel right now.
Now… where did that desert go… @__@