Naruto Shippuuden 189 Breakdown: Someone’s let the cat out of the bag this time…

Greetings and salutations everyone. It’s Tenrai here once again, bringing you through yet another filler episode in this seemingly never-ending “History of Konoha” arc.

Unfortunately, due to the rather simple nature of this episode, this breakdown won’t be as long as some of my others, so don’t expect too much in the way of content. In fact, the very words I am writing right now are nothing more than an elaborate plan to waste time and space and to make it seem like this review is actually longer than it is.

Brilliant, isn’t it? ^ ^

Of course, none of you know that, because my plan is perfectly secretive, so let’s just carry on as if things are normal while I pretend to actually know what I am doing.

Sakura, just to let you know, there's a brainless brain sucker behind you that's about to waste its time.

So, what is this particular episode about I hear you ask? Well, it starts with a mission briefing handed down by our favorite jounin, Hatake Kakashi, which involves the hunt of a powerful creature known as Nekomata (Think ‘demonic ninja cat’) in an effort to record its paw print for an encyclopedia of sorts.

It’s a mission that our young brooding Uchiha, Sasuke, takes very personally, mostly because it was a task inadvertently handed down to him by his older brother Itachi long ago and is now something of a hurdle or boundary he sees himself having to surpass in order to overcome his brother in some weird psychological way.

Yep. I'd also be running like hell if THAT was behind me.

It all comes across as a fairly simple plot for what may, at first glance, be seen as a very shallow episode and, truth be told, it is, but it would also be prudent of me to state that this episode was not without its moments of fun.

Sticky animation and sub-par story aside, I couldn’t help but laugh during some of the scenes that unfolded in this episode, mostly because it was hilarious to see Sasuke, the seemingly eloquent and sophisticated Uchiha, lower himself to such degrading acts, such as acting like a cat, in order to achieve his goals. The way he mentally curses his own misfortune, further escalates the humor that much more, so if not anything else, this episode did have its fleeting charms.

Priceless! @__@

Unfortunately, charm can only get you so far and even the humor that makes up the structure some of these scenes come across as a bit immature at times, despite its best efforts to be appealing. It gives the entire episode a somewhat childish undertone that is a bit hard to simply push aside or ignore and it ends up dampening the overall feel a bit. Then again, I suppose it has been a long time since we started our journeys with these younger versions of our favorite heroes, so perhaps we have all just grown up a bit since then in a way, much in the way they have as well.

As for the action itself, one could consider it passable for an episode of this nature, and at times it even manages to shine, but even then I was hoping for a bit more quality in this regard. One scene in particular, that sees Sasuke fighting off a very acrobatic and aesthetically horrid black cat, held a lot of promise and was definitely a pleasant showing overall, but the rest of the actions scenes didn’t follow quite as nicely and ended up feeling slightly disappointing overall.

*Sees everyone unanimously facepalm*. Alright, fine, I give you all permission to shoot me. <__<

All-in-all, I would say this was a decent episode. It could have most certainly been better, but at the same time, it could have also been a lot worse as well. So for now, I suppose I am content to say that it was watchable.

I hope you all enjoyed this weeks breakdown, even despite its somewhat short length.

Here is last week’s caption contest winner.

Pein0Avenie: Luckily Sasuke and Sakura had no dignity to loose @_@

Alright, so I have to admit, last weeks screen was a bit difficult to say the least, but even then, I expected at least a few more interesting entries. What happened to the inexplicable wit and unfounded insanity that had once made up the foundation of WRA?

*Points at all the readers.* You… yes YOU… you all fail!!!! >_<

Now, let’s see if we can do better this week.

*Insert Caption Here.*

There, you can’t possibly not find something that is at least remotely funny to submit for that screen. If you guys can’t pull it off this time, then maybe hope truly is lost after all.

In any case, last, but not least, here is next weeks preview.

Yes, it has cheap advertising at the beginning, but we will just ignore that for now.

See you all in the comments. ^ ^

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~ by Tenrai Senshi on December 6, 2010.

11 Responses to “Naruto Shippuuden 189 Breakdown: Someone’s let the cat out of the bag this time…”

  1. First!!!!!

  2. Caption: Welcome to extremely odd fetishes 101 starring Sasuke.

  3. Caption: At least we now know why sasuke isn’t into girls.

  4. Caption: Easy mon! I dont have any ganja on me!

  5. Nice Breakdown

    Seems the next filler will be slightly better, what I want to know is when and how did the 2nd Develop Edo Tensei?

  6. Great breakdown!

    CAPTION: Pedocat thought he could rape Sasuke, but he didn’t know he was into “THAT” stuff. O_O

  7. Caption: Sasuke “curiosity” Killed the Cat

  8. Caption 1:

    Simba knew right there and then, that “Hakuna Mattatta” Just wasn’t going to be enough this time.

    Caption 2:

    Just try to say Mufassa… one more time.

    Caption 3:

    I’m gonna make you my lion queen. <_<

    Caption 4

    Ja-maican a scary face maan. T__T

  9. Awesome breakdown Tenrai. You always keep me laughing. 🙂

  10. *caption*

    Sasuke: IF I CANT DO IT, NO ONE CAN!!!!!! EVEN THIS AWKWARDLY POSITIONED MALE LION!!!!

  11. Caption:

    As I walk through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil….

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