Naruto Shippuuden 169 Breakdown. Time goes by, so slowly…
*Drags self into WRA and plonks down onto the nearest sofa.*
Well… that was cumbersome. And yes, I am referring to the latest Naruto episode. Hello everyone, and welcome to another weekly Naruto anime breakdown and boy does this episode put the “break” into that word quite effectively…
I am not sure how everyone else felt after watching that, but I can definitely speak for myself when I say that it just completely exhausted me, almost as if the twenty odd minutes of anime sucked the life clean out of me and left me for dead. Although it was interesting in its own way, it was severely lacking in entertainment value, respective to some of the other episodes we have seen.
From a philosophical point of view, one can gain a lot from this episode, because there is a lot of hidden meaning in every minute that passes by. That gives us a lot to talk about, thankfully, which means this breakdown won’t be completely without some form of body, but it doesn’t do much more than that.
The greatest problem with this episode is actually the pacing, which, to put it lightly, was excessively redundant. What could have been shown in a matter of maybe six or seven minutes was somehow stretched out into a twenty minute episode that seemed to drag on forever, which made every scene feel unnecessarily long and boring. It’s amazing how one can seemingly move forward for such a long time without ever actually going anywhere. This feeling of dissatisfaction was only further exemplified by the poor animation, which left a lot to be desired.
Character models were lazily drawn throughout and sometimes the severity of such lopsided features and details was enough to make me shake my head in dismay.
Aside from the monotony, there is still a lot of depth in the meaning of this episode, as mentioned before, which is what I will now focus on.
From the moment that Naruto defeated the last body of Pein and removed the chakra rods from his body, you could already see a sense of conflict and confusion in his eyes, almost as if he was some how feeling hesitant about his own feelings regarding his momentary victory.
Of course, he still had one more task he had to complete and that was to face the real menace behind Pein in person. I am sure that inside, Naruto’s emotions must have been in great turmoil. After all, how do you prepare yourself for such an encounter, knowing how much hatred you feel in your own heart? A hatred that is only driven further as he stabs himself with Pein’s chakra rod, which seemingly gives him a glimpse of the deaths caused by Pein, including that of Jiraiya and Kakashi.
When we look into the mirror and see the monster of hatred staring back at us, it can be scary knowing that those feelings are so deeply wedged inside our own hearts…
When Naruto finally comes face to face with the perpetrator behind his recent suffering and the death of his sensei, we see his eyes shift from a golden yellow to a deep red, and the slits that define the fox’s influence over him begin to clearly show through.
To me, this scene was very symbolic. In a way, I think Naruto wanted to lose control of himself. He didn’t want to forgive Nagato, he just wanted to let go and allow hatred to take over, so that he didn’t have to think about what he would be doing once that happened. That way, killing Nagato would be easy.
I think in some ways, that reflects a lot on how society behaves today. Human beings allow themselves to be blind to the problems we face, or to be ignorant of them, because it is a lot easier than facing our own feelings and dealing with the pain that comes hand-in-hand with them. The truth is, by acting that way, all we are doing is allowing more damage to be done while we allow ourselves to feel content by becoming blind and numb to it. I also believe that the presence of both Naruto’s sage eyes and the fox eyes crossing over one another also represent the conflict inside Naruto in a way, as the two sides of his consciousness battle within his heart.
The way Naruto also lets Nagato’s chakra rod hit him also suggests that he wanted his enemy to feel his hatred, to feel his pain and his emotions. It was a form of revenge in its own right, because in the same way Pein acted to make Naruto feel his pain, Naruto responded with a similar gesture.
In the end, though, even despite all that anger and all that hatred, Naruto still had something to hold onto. Hope came in the form of his memories of his sensei Jiraiya and the words shared between them, as well as the words of his own father, who had placed his faith in Naruto.
It was that love for them that eventually overcame his hatred and allowed him to recollect his mind and, instead of listening to the voice inside his head that was urging him to take revenge, he decided to rather take the time to listen to Nagato and hear what he had to say. Once again, this drives another important message home and that is the lesson of understanding.
It is a lack of understanding that causes ill feelings, because instead of trying to discern for the actions of others and what emotions or circumstances fueled those actions, we take everything at face value and assume that such actions are simply shallow and purely malicious. Imagine, per say, the actions of a bully as he hurts those around himself. A bully is often hated or even despised by his peers, or his victims, but one must wonder if perhaps such a person came from an abusive home life. Suddenly, when we consider that possibility, it is harder to hate that person and instead, we may want to try and understand them or even help them, but it takes that first step to initiate such a healing process.
Taking the time to understand one another can go a long way in healing the wounds that afflict our emotions. We need to learn to be patient, to allow ourselves to take a chance and grow closer to others, before we can let go of our ill feelings and move forward again.
Is it simply an empty hope to hold onto the ideal that we can truly change the world for the better simply by being more compassionate and understanding? And even if it is just an empty hope, does that make it any less worth trying?
Well, I will leave you all with those words to think about. That’s all I have for this breakdown, so I hope you enjoyed it. ^ ^
Here are last week’s caption contest winners.
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*Still can’t stop laughing.*
Kantonkage: I’ll kill you. -____-
*Kantonkage takes out scythe and pwns me.* T__T
And now for this weeks screen… X__X
Ah yes… this one just had to happen, we all know it. And boy are those even bigger than they were in the manga. <_<
I can only imagine what kind of captions we’ll get for this one, but I am quite sure they will be interesting to say the least. What I really want to know, however, is whether Hinata’s life is in danger because of the wound inflicted by Pein, or because of the risk of suffocation due to the pressure on her lungs.
Anyway, just to let you all know, it seems as though the anime team has decided to throw us a curve ball in the form of a filler from next week’s episode, which is odd considering we are right at the end of an arc. The episode (or episodes, seeing as how there will be more than one from the looks of things) will take place back with the old Team 7 when our heroes were in their younger years.
Here is the preview for the next episode if anyone is interested.
Well, that’s all from me this week. Although the episode may not have been the best, at least the omake at the end redeemed it to some degree.
*Walks away with scythe still protruding from back.*
Funny how Hinata wasn’t in that scene.
Cheers! ^ ^