Naruto Shippuuden 191 Breakdown: Is this love at first sight? Or does this relationship hold more than meets the eye?
Lately, I’ve been noticing how quiet the anime breakdown comment’s section has been lately and I am guessing that it has something to do with the fact that we are in fillers and there isn’t much that can be discussed with regards to those, so in an effort to make the breakdown more interesting and, hopefully, more discussable, I am going to go a bit on the deeper side here again, like I have many times in the past.
I normally don’t go through these lengths for filler episodes, mostly because they don’t elicit such an effort due to their own lack of actual depth, but this particular filler has offered me an interesting theme to work with that might just do the trick.
So, let us begin with a nice, healthy dose of “reality”.
In this particular episode, we have an interesting, albeit somewhat unexplored story about a young woman name Hanare, who is a spy that has been sent to infiltrate Konoha in an effort to learn some of its secrets, which would later be used to the political advantage of the Hidden Lock country.
Unfortunately for this kunoichi, or so it seems, she was captured before she even managed to infiltrate the village gates, after which she was subsequently taken in for interrogation with none other than Imino Ibiki, our resident expert when it comes to honesty. Although the theme of torture and interrogation is only a marginal part of the episode itself, it does bring about an uncomfortable sense of reality into this filler as a whole, a feeling that ended up leaving a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth.
Causing others pain is something that doesn’t sit too well with me. The question is, what could be considered morally acceptable as far as protecting one’s own safety is concerned?
Now, I am sure this is quite a debatable subject in and of itself, but let’s put our cards on the table to begin with and see what we have here.
On the one hand, this kunoichi is a potential threat to Konoha and any information she had ascertained might compromise its safety, as well as the safety of all those who reside in it. Extracting that information and deducing what she knows, could alleviate that problem and reduce the risk. On the other hand, torturing someone is a very inhumane practice that exists on a level of practical barbarism, so the act in itself constitutes a very emotional response that tests one’s level of morality and acceptance.
What really stunned me though, was seeing how the Third Hokage, who by face value has always come across as a gentle and caring old man, talked about the procedure as if it was a perfectly normal and acceptable practice. It made me realize that, at the end of the day, even the outward frailty and gentleness exuded by his age only belies what he truly is deep down inside. A firm leader and a deadly shinobi, who is trained to deal with even the most morally ambiguous situations with a resolute mind and a hardened heart.
Suddenly, Konoha just feels that much darker than it did before. What I really want to know, however, is what everyone else thinks about this subject matter.
Despite the seemingly dark theme of this episode, it eventually lifts up quite a bit as things move along. After Inoichi uncovers memory of Kakashi as a child in Hanare’s mind through his own interrogation, it is eventually decided that Kakashi should spend some time with her, in an effort to learn more about her mission and where she is from.
From here on out, things take a sudden turn to a far lighter end of the spectrum as we see this odd couple wondering through Konoha, on what practically seems to be little more than a personal date between two admirers. This observation doesn’t go unnoticed by Kakashi’s own three student gennin and the results are enough to bring a smile to one’s face as the three youngsters spy on their sensei in order to learn more of this sudden, new-found relationship.
I have to say, I quite enjoyed this part of the episode. The strange antics of a younger team 7 as they followed Kakashi around the village, much like children would spy on a parent or older sibling, definitely bought about a few acknowledging smiles and chuckles from me.
Even Sasuke seemed to be in the spirit of things, a factor that reminds me fondly of a similar situation in the past, where these three tried to uncover the face hidden underneath Kakashi’s mask. Even Kakashi seemed to be quite enamored by his feminine charge and it definitely goes a long way in striking up the question as to whether he really did feel anything towards Hanare after all. It almost feels like something akin to a “Romeo and Juliet” type scenario, where potential love is sadly restrained by the unforgiving pull of two separate and, ultimately, distant worlds that refuse to coexist peacefully.
The end of such a relationship, although not quite as tragic as its similar counterpart, is also a solemn one that leaves me questioning whether love can truly transcend all boundaries, or if one must ultimately draw the line at some point.
I can honestly say that in the end, this was definitely a good episode that is worth watching and definitely one of the better fillers of this arc. I guess that means another score for the anime team, although I wish they would keep this up on a more consistent basis. However, in the end, I guess any good filler is a blessing for all of us, so I will just be grateful for now.
That’s all form me this week as far as this episode is concerned. I hope you all enjoyed it. Here is the winners of last weeks caption contest.
5th) Iamnotreallyhere: Red rover, Shinobi style =P
4th) Dragon: Secret Ninja Technique: Killer Flatulence!!! *pulls fingers and legs at the same time*
3rd) Holydemonandy: Look ma, I’m a pattern! (This one really made me laugh for some reason. Maybe I am just weird. <_<)
2nd) Prawlkage: Filler-bunshin-no-jutsu! For when you want to save the “good shadow clones” for those special occasions.
Well, it looks like Prawlkage dominated with two great captions, but to be honest, all of them were so good, it was hard placing them. Well done to everyone. ^ ^
Here is this week’s screen.
Hahaha! The way Sasuke looks in the background makes me laugh and Sakura looks like a cat jumping out of the bush!!! Meeeeooowww!!! ROFL!!! *Dries tears from eyes.*
Okay, I’m weird, but good luck anyway. <_<
Last but not least, here is the preview for our next episode.
See you all in the comments! ^ ^