Naruto Shippuuden 190 Breakdown: Another good filler? Yay! *Continues to ramble pointlessly so that his title can be longer than Captain Pickles’ even though he doesn’t really know what else to say.* <_<
Hello everyone, and welcome to another weekly Naruto anime breakdown. I’m your host, Tenrai Senshi (weird name huh?) and I will be guiding you, yet again, down the path seldom walked in the anime world. The path of the filler episode.
*Que plotkai music.*
I have to say though, these fillers are just full of surprises nowadays. Just two weeks ago we had a remarkably good filler with the likes of Naruto, Ino and Sakura taking part in a wild and funny adventure in an effort to search for ingredients for medication to aid a hospitalized Lee and now we have yet another gem that takes on a far more action-orientated and dramatically stylized from. In fact, it was so good, that it might as well have been cannon and I would have gladly accepted it as such.
If things keep up like this, dividing by zero may just become possible after all.
If you’re all wondering what this episode is about, that it has me so enthralled, well to put it plainly, we have yet another flashback into the intricacies of Konoha’s past, only this time our story follows right after Orochimaru’s attack on Konoha, with a misfit team of shinobi tasked with defending the Fire Countries borders in these times of adversity. With the threat of foreign invasion now more prevalent than ever in this time of Konoha’s weakness, it is important to keep up an air of vigilance in order to show the other shinobi nations that they still haven’t eased up their military might or their ability to protect their lands.
Now, that may all sound like pretty standard fanfare, but what makes this episode particularly unique is the fact that our team consists of a majority of unknown shinobi, the likes of whom we have never seen before prior to this episode, including two jounin and an ancient gennin who has remained so for almost 50 years. The only familiar character along for the ride, of course, is Naruto himself. However, if you think this is just another bunch of forgetful faces that would no sooner fade out of memory, you couldn’t be more mistaken.
I was actually genuinely surprised by how likable these characters are. From the seemingly lazy, yet stern food-loving Tekuno, to the wise and knowledgeable, yet easy-going old man Kosuke, these are characters that I immediately grew fond of to the point where I would have loved to have seen more appearances from them in the future.
In terms of production qualities, there is nothing that I can actually find wrong with this episode. The animation is good, the music suits each moment that passes and there is more than enough action to keep any enthusiasts happy. However, in saying that, there are quite a few moments in this episode that are a bit more laid back and generic while others feel far more exhilarating. Because of this, the pace seems to vary from the serene to the dramatic and yet even despite that, it always manages to perfectly harmonize with each and every scene and not a single minute seems to feel wasted or unimportant.
Speaking of action, as I mentioned before, there is plenty to be had in this episode and each character is great at showing off their skills with a dramatic flair you can’t help but love.
Strangely enough, Naruto takes a bit of a back seat this time around to let the other characters have their moment to truly shine, and shine they most certainly do. However, the real star of this show is Kosuke himself, who, even though seemingly frail, is more than capable of holding his own in the face of adversity.
This old man has more than a few tricks up his sleeves, many of which had been passed down to him by the previous Kage and it is an absolute delight to see him in action.
I have to commend the great job the animators did with the action scenes in this episode, however, it does beg the question as to why we didn’t get the same quality in the far more pertinent Pein invasion arc? (I’m beginning to notice how I keep calling that arc something different every time I refer to it.)
At the end of the day, the underlying message and ultimate lesson, belies a familiar theme involving the will of fire passed on form each generation to the next. Kosuke, through experience, has realized that each and every shinobi of Konoha, from the lowly genin to the Hokage himself, is just as equally precious and valuable and is not to be sacrificed so carelessly without thought.
What struck me in particular was the way in which the two leading jounin of the group were the first to lay there lives on the line to give the genin a chance to escape, which is an action that stands in sharp contrast to the enemy’s “let the weak be sacrificed first” mindset. It goes a long way in showing the understanding of the value of every human life and that was just the cherry on top for me.
Well, that’s it form me this week. I hope you enjoyed the episode.
Here is last week’s caption contest winner.
3rd) Hamslam1: Easy mon! I don’t have any ganja on me!
2nd) Dragon: Pedocat thought he could rape Sasuke, but he didn’t know he was into “THAT” stuff. O_O
As for this week…
Well, it was actually difficult finding a good screen out of this episode, because none of them really seemed to offer any form of potential fun-making. I was about to skip this week’s contest altogether, but then I eventually found one screen that might just suffice.
Yeah, I know, it’s not exactly inspiring, but it was the best I could find. Let’s hope you guys can come up with at least something for this one.
Last, but not least, here is next weeks preview, which is, yet again, for another filler episode. This must be the longest filler arc I can ever recall watching.
See you in the comments. ^ ^