Naruto Shippuuden 195 Breakdown: Shikamaru shows us his brains, Chouji eats a lot and Ino…. becomes a pig? O_o
Greetings everyone and welcome to yet another weekly Naruto anime breakdown. Unfortunately, it seems we are still trapped in the never-ending cycle of fillers that seems to have consumed our very beings of late and for the time-being, it doesn’t look like they are going to let up just yet.
I have heard from the grapevine that they will likely be coming to a close at the end of this month, but we all know how grapevines can twist the truth, especially if they have been fermenting for too long. <_<
So, for now, we will simply trudge through the forest of thorns, hoping every once in a while to come across a blossom, which have fortunately appeared more often this time around than most. The only question is, does our latest offering live up to our expectations, or are these fillers just about empty of substance?
To answer my above question simply, I would say this episode falls somewhere in between both the good and the bad we have seen so far with regards to these fillers. It was reasonably enjoyable and there isn’t much I could say that would count significantly against it, but it was also missing that special flair that made some of the other episodes a real blast.
In this particular instance, we have yet another flashback episode focusing, this time around, on team 10, or more specifically, one Nara Shikamaru.
The idea was interesting enough – a battle of wit and intelligence between our young genius Nara and an antagonistic bandit mastermind – but one could say that it is a scenario we have seen one too many times before.
It wouldn’t be the first time our favorite lazy genin has taken the spotlight with his tactical genius, and I believe that is what ultimately plays against the credibility of this episode as a whole. I would have preferred to see the focus shift onto someone who hasn’t seen as much attention, such as Chouji, or perhaps even Ino, but it seems we have no such luck this time around.
Despite those gripes, just about everything else in this episode was mostly consistent – from the animation, to the sound – although the pace itself felt a little bit slow throughout the entire twenty or so minutes that passed, and the plot, although interesting, simply never fleshed itself out as much as it could have. Ultimately, a lot was left to be desired and I finished this episode feeling like it could have been better than it was.
Even despite that, it’s worth giving a go and some of you may even enjoy it a lot more than I did. As far as fillers go, it gets an “A”, but as far as any real anime goes, it is still floating just above par.
*Gets beaten up by Naruto clones, fangirls and Kantonkage for his cruel joke.* T__T
Well, I guess that’s all from me this week then. I hope you enjoyed the breakdown and the episode. Here are last week’s caption contest winners.
4th) Kantonkage: Well, the saying did go “There a thin line between love and War,” but this is ridiculous!
3rd) MissMandi: Mmmmm cherry chapstick.
2nd) Prawlkage: Ka-GAY-bunshin-no-jutsu!
And the winner is…
Come on now guys, if you keep letting Prawlkage dominate the caption contests every week like this, we’ll never see the end to his reign of terror. Oh and btw, the winner for caption contest 192, which everyone (Kanton and Prawl) has been asking me about, is Prawlkage!
*Accepts cheesecake bribe while no-one is looking.* <_<
*Cough.* And now, here is this week’s screen! ^ ^
And last, but not least, here is the preview for the next episode.
You guys watch that while I catch a plane to some unknown destination, in an effort to avoid the angry mobs that will no doubt want to tear apart my soul. <_<
See you all in the comments! ^ ^