Naruto Shippuuden 186 Breakdown: This one’s tight!!! *Coughs*

I have to say, after watching one dreary episode after the next following this current arc, I was starting to lose any remaining hope I had for the integrity of these fillers, especially after the dreadful episode 185, which nearly made me fall into a deep and very unpleasant coma.

To be completely honest, this filler arc has had its fair share of ups and downs, much like a roller coaster ride has its rises and its falls, and much like a roller coaster, we began our journey with a nice, calm, upward journey towards a bright and happy sunshine. It started off pleasantly enough, with an interesting look back into the lives of Iruka and Naruto and the beginnings of their fruitful relationship and that was followed by an equally decent adventure with the likes of Inari. The animation was crisp, the story telling palatable and the overall feeling left after each journey was fulfilling enough to be satisfying despite everything.

Unfortunately, after that, we went down our first, big fall and boy was I screaming. It almost felt as if I was riding without my safety harness and I am quite sure many of my fellow viewers feel the same way. And just when I thought all hope was lost, as the light of my life flashed ever so poetically in front of my watering eyes, a small glimmer of hope and salvation suddenly brought everything to a screeching halt.

It was only then that Naruto finally realize, that 'Xavier's School for Gifted Youths' wasn't just your average, typical educational facility.

Finally, after suffering for so long, we finally have an episode that is worth at least some reasonable degree of attention. I almost cried when I watched it, and believe me when I say that such tears were not evoked by any form of melodrama, so much as simply an overwhelming sense of relief.

For those wondering what the story is about this time around, we are basically taken on another trip back through time, only this time with the focus landing marginally on a hospitalized Lee, who is currently preparing for his surgery to help him recover from his wounds following his battle with Gaara. Having learned of a certain special medication that may help the green-clad genin recover faster, or in the least, help keep his spirits up, Naruto sets out on a quest, along with Ino and Sakura, to find the fabled ‘Jofuku Flower’ in an effort to aid their comrade.

The plot may not sound very cohesive, and, admittedly, it doesn’t serve much of a purpose beyond giving our heroes a reason to go on another random, crazy adventure, but let me assure you that even though it may feel a bit shallow, this is a fun ride that you will definitely enjoy. If that isn’t enough to convince you, we get to see Naruto in green spandex the entire time. <_<

This reminds me of that time I ran into a pole... but we won't talk about that. <_<

*Coughs*

Okay, so I will admit, that may not have been the best encouragement I could have given, but I will stick to my stance nonetheless. This episode, surprisingly, manages to deliver well enough on just about every level. It has a pleasant amount of humor, great animation, music that will evoke a sense of nostalgia and even a fair amount of action near the end.

I found myself giggling more than once as I watched each scene go by and it almost felt like we had the good old Naruto back again, as it was pre-timeskip. Ah yes, fond memories. This is how a flashback filler should be.

Of course, we can’t have an episode with Naruto wearing green spandex without a poll to go with it, so here it is.

Ah yes, the filler content everyone has been waiting for all along. <_<

Speaking of action, we get a nice treat in the form of a brief battle between Naruto and a clone of Gaara, whose presence is explained in the body of the story, thankfully. The scene was actually quite fun to watch, which should please action buffs, but more importantly, it represents a hurdle of sorts and the symbolism behind it soon becomes apparent.

With Naruto wearing Lee’s outfit, battling the foe that his bushy-browed companion could not fell, it’s almost seems as if he is taking on the burden of his friend’s hardships and trying to help him overcome them.

His subsequent victory, is also a representation of Lee’s ultimate triumph as well and clearly represents what can be achieved through faith and perseverance, while simultaneously having the right friends at your side to share that heavy and seemingly unbearable load.

Naruto would soon find himself waking up in an awkwardly precarious position. X__X

At the end of the day, I enjoyed this episode quite a bit. I’m not sure if everyone else agrees with me, but at the very least, it is worth taking a try and seeing for yourself, for those who have yet to take the plunge.

All I can hope is that the next episode is just as pleasant, because as it stands right now, we aren’t out of the filler woods just yet.

I definitely think Lee win's this one, hands down. @__@

That’s it for me this week. I hope you enjoyed the episode and the breakdown.

And just in case you didn’t, I’ve decided to reintroduce the cation contest to you all again this week, just for a bit of fun.

In any case, here is this wees screen.

*Insert caption here.*

I hope you all find some inspirational captions to submit this week.

In the meantime, here is next weeks preview as well. Hopefully it will be at least as good as this one was, but the fact that it has Jiraiya in it is already a good sign in my books.

See you all in the comments! ^ ^

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~ by Tenrai Senshi on November 23, 2010.

24 Responses to “Naruto Shippuuden 186 Breakdown: This one’s tight!!! *Coughs*”

  1. FIRST!!!

  2. Second DAMN YOU PEIN *shakes fist*

  3. Nice Breakdown ^:_:^ I like how u saw the bright side but um what was the point of the flowers? I don’t watch the episodes so ur breakdowns are like spoilers 😛 O_O

    Caption: He has seen it

  4. Caption: MORE FILLERS NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Caption 1:

    TINY NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    Caption 2:

    TRICK OR TREEEEAAAAATTT!!!! <_<

    And on a side note… *Notices Kantonkage losing to Pein and getting second place… again. Stuffs head into a pillow and tries not to laugh.*

  6. CAPTION:

    No one can understand how truly irritating it is to have so much sand in so many sensitive places.

  7. CAPTION:

    BITE MY SHINY SAND-FILLED ASS!

  8. Yondaime Raikage.

    *activates lightning armor and kicks kantonkage into Tenrai’s open mouth*

  9. *Catches dragon’s foot* I have the birthday week of immunity NYAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  10. *fires a menancing ball at both Dragon and Tenrai*

  11. *watches as Kantonkage fires his menacing balls at Dragon and Tenrai, then laughs uncontrollably at the inuendo of ‘menacing ball’ *

    *Prawl then notices that he is surrounded by Kanton-clones*

    “SHIT!”

  12. “Kantonkage fires his menacing balls at Dragon and Tenrai”

    WTF!? (I love taking suggestive things out of context)

  13. *realizes that most things I say is twisted into a Ho Yay type statement Takes out liquid nitrogen blaster and fires* MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  14. Ewww, “liquid nitrogen blaster”??? I guess there is a lot of nitrogen in urine…

  15. It’s nice to see so much feedback about the episode or the breakdown in the comments section…

    *Gets hit by only heaven knows what and dies.*

    T____T

  16. *Crawls out of dead Tenrai’s stomach to comment on the episode*

    FILLERS SUCK! Especially non-canon flashbacks!

    *Slips on Kantonkage’s super-cold piss-puddle, breaks neck, and dies*

  17. *revives Tenrai, Dragon and Prawl using Edo Tensei*

    *Sends them to attack Kanton*

    *power of the first over rides birthday week 😛 *

  18. <__>

    <_<

    Barbra Streisand

  19. Lol, ever wanted to make your own filler? Well you can generate fillers here:

    http://www.baka-raptor.com/NarutoFiller/index.php

  20. Finally a filler about Jiraiya and Naruto training well Poor naruto he saw Sasuke and sakura in thier true forms.
    *uses the power of insanity and obliterates everything in sight*

  21. Epic Breakdown Tenrai. I always enjoy reading them, even if they are sucky yucky fillers. T__T

    Regardless, Another job well done Senshi.

  22. *all Edo Tensei revive and continue to attack Kanton* <_<

    Yeah Jiraiya training… but why that specific why not when Naruto went 4 Tails on his @$$ O_

  23. *Uses A well timed Kawarimi with Pein and watches as he get attacked by his edo tensei zombie.*
    Epic fail when Naruto point his hand at Minato’s face Tsunade’s face was there.
    *in a deadpan voice* next week stars Uchiha “Asspull” Sasuke. Yay.
    *claps mockingly*

  24. Caption:
    I want a cookie!!!

    Caption:
    Filler arcs, it gives u a run kick f$%k slap…

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