Naruto Shippuuden 200 Breakdown. The Kage summit begins. (Yeah, so I couldn’t think of a better tittle, alright. <_<)

Greetings everyone and welcome to yet another weekly Naruto anime breakdown. I’m your host, Tenrai Senshi, here again bringing you the goods.

Firstly, I would like to thank Miss Mandi, once again, for kidnapping me and hiding me away in her secret dungeon of ghastly torture filling in for me once while I did the manga breakdown.

So without further delay, let’s get on with the show.

Arrrr.... we there yet? x_O

I think this episode may be a subject of controversy for many Naruto fans out there, mostly because it contains one of the few scene in which Naruto is trying desperately to fight for his former friend Sasuke’s life, by preventing his execution at the hands of those who seek him out.

Although there are many on both sides who either support Naruto’s actions, or otherwise loath them, at the end of the day, it still doesn’t detract from the emotions contained within such scenes. In particular, the way in which Naruto bows his head as he pleads with the Raikage, says a lot about just how sincere he is, because we all know that Naruto isn’t one to simply back down to others or show weakness in any event.

Warm tears melt the icy snow, but even the most sincere of pleas cannot melt a heart frozen with hatred.

“A ninja does not bow his head so easily. A ninja values actions and strength.”

The Raikage’s response comes across very coldly, but in a way, he is speaking from the experiences of an entire lifetime living in a world that has no pity on those who stay their hands. Those who have power ultimately survive, while those who show compassion are simply allowing their enemies to become stronger while they themselves become vulnerable to treachery.

It’s a difficult pill to swallow, but ultimately, I suppose it is the very essence of their world in a nutshell.  I guess one could say that there was only truth in the Raikage’s words, which means his response was not purely cynical in nature. However, in saying that, we also know that Naruto’s mission set to him by his father and Jiraiya, is to break down the old shinobi system that has fueled this world for so long and to bring about a change that would lead to peace. This moral dilemma he now faces in light of another unavoidable truth, creates an interesting hurdle for Naruto to overcome and ultimately creates a greater opportunity for his growth as a character overall.

Of course, that doesn’t make the bitter pill of such a painful defeat any easier to swallow, but we have to fall a few times before we learn how to fly…

Now this is taking the name "Storm Trooper" to a whole new level. X__x

All emotional evaluations aside, we have an episode here which does a good job of showcasing the heightened quality of the anime as it is right now, with what can only be described as clean, crisp and clear artwork that is at the highest level I have seen in a long time. The music does a good job of portraying the somber atmosphere imposed in each scene and there really isn’t any fault I can find with the overall production values.

The only gripe one might have is the dialogue heavy content of this episode, which leans far away from the action that many anime watchers might love, for a more calm and considerably serious tempo. The Kage Summit in particular, is very heavy on narration and little else. However, in saying that, the quality of the episode  itself more than makes up for this loss and the dialogue itself, despite being overbearing at times, does a good job of pacing itself generously while maintaining a sense of intrigue throughout.

For those who have already read the manga, this one could quite easily be given a skip, but even then, I would recommend watching it anyway, just for the quality alone.

Woah! Hold on just a minute there! Let's take a little break and admire the scenery for a while, shall we? @__@

Yes… quality….. so much… quality… @___@

*Tenrai continues to admire the ‘scenery’ when Mandi suddenly bursts into the room.*

Mandi: Alright, that’s enough scenery for you cupcake. *Mandi grabs Tenrai by the collar and drags him out of the room.*

Tenrai: NOOOOOOOEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO ME!!!!! TAKE ME BACK!!!!  T__T

*Tenrai disappears into the darkness, with only blood-chilling screams left in his wake.*

*Advanced artificial intelligence comes online to finish the breakdown.* Now introducing this week’s caption contest screen.

*Insert caption here.*

*Mandi walks into the room, panting.*

I’ll be closing the breakdown for Tenrai. He’s…. preoccupied at the moment. In any case, I guess this is where I give you the preview for the next episode, so here it is.

See you all in the comments.

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~ by Tenrai Senshi on February 28, 2011.

39 Responses to “Naruto Shippuuden 200 Breakdown. The Kage summit begins. (Yeah, so I couldn’t think of a better tittle, alright. <_<)”

  1. FIRST!!!!!!!!

  2. Nice Breakdown ^_^

    This episode looks awesome the quality is top notch looking forward to this arc now ^_^

  3. Great breakdown Tenrai.

    Even though I would have preferred a photo of the Mizukage just like Samui’s… 😉

  4. *eats cheesecake and watches with glee as Tenrai is taken again by Mandy*

  5. An excellent Anime breakdown once again. You never cease to amaze us.

    And eat us. <_<

  6. Caption:
    When you bring beer to an AA meeting!!

    Caption:
    When the Raikage enters a room…. its party time ^_^

  7. I swear I’m catching up on the anime today!

    Nice short and sweet breakdown Tenrai. As I said before Naruto bowing down to the Raikage and earnestly begging for his friend’s life takes a strength and chunk of pride most men don’t have. This isn’t his Kage and no one is making him do it because he doesn’t have to do it. He’s doing it out of his own volition. A coward would give up on his word and let his friend die. He probably wouldn’t even confront the Raikage.

  8. Those were some harsh words Naruto needed to hear. Pretty words wont change the world.

    This episode annoyed me because Naruto was essentially threatening the Rikage by talking about how his friends would want revenge. That isn’t the Raikage’s problem. Its Naruto’s job to make sure his friends don’t try to get revenge because Sasuke is a ccriminal. At this point Naruto knows Sasuke attacked an innocent man and sent him to his death and is a member of Akatsuki. I repeat, NARUTO NEEDS TO GET LAID!

  9. *CAPTION*

    “MAdara is coming! Quick! Everyone look cool!”

  10. @ Kisu – yeah this is where Speech no jutsu failed epically ^_^ finally 😀

    Pain attacked the village and deserved to be killed by the hands of Naruto, this would of angered the Rain Village with Konan and the rest of Akatsuki against them plus then most of the Village would still be dead. Raikage is in a sense the most self absorbed of all the Kage’s. He called a meeting of all the Kages just because his little brother got in a tiff, you didn’t see the rest of the Kage’s resorting to this measure and I bet if it wasn’t for Bee being lost and a kage meeting was called the Raikage would of done nothing to help.

    Technically Bee became a missing nin too @__@ yet he is forgiven for his deserting his village 😛

  11. @Kisu

    “Those were some harsh words Naruto needed to hear. Pretty words wont change the world.”

    I could paste a link pointing out a certain speech by Gaara that proves otherwise, but I don’t think it’s necessary, because you should be able to remember it yourself. As you have said before, this is a manga, not the real world, and as such, things like world peace are possibilities after all. 😛

    “This episode annoyed me because Naruto was essentially threatening the Rikage by talking about how his friends would want revenge.”

    I don’t see how warning someone about the possible ramifications of a certain act on their part, is threatening them. If anything, Naruto was giving the Raikage a means to prepare himself for it if it did end happening. Perhaps that was selfish of him though. O_o

    “At this point Naruto knows Sasuke attacked an innocent man and sent him to his death and is a member of Akatsuki.”

    And the Raikage knew he was ordering the kidnapping of an possible subsequent death of an innocent girl when he tried to obtain the Byuakugan, but that doesn’t seem to matter now, does it? The Raikage’s words may be true with regards to the nature of their world, but he is also somewhat of a hypocrite when it comes to playing fair and following the very words he so easily offers to Naruto. He expects Naruto to take responsibility for what is happening with Sasuke, yet he never once tried to take responsibility for his own actions involving the Hyuuga clan, that could have just as easily lead to war and just as many subsequent deaths.

    “I repeat, NARUTO NEEDS TO GET LAID!”

    And I bet you are experienced in this regard, no? 😛

    Pein made some good points though. You should read his comment. Either way, it looks like we have another possible debate on its way. Lol.

  12. “I could paste a link pointing out a certain speech by Gaara that proves otherwise, but I don’t think it’s necessary, because you should be able to remember it yourself.”

    Actually, I tried to forget that. I wish I could just kidnap Kishimoto and throw him in some impoverished country so he can see how the world really works. His messages are pretty juvenile. Not all wars are fought because of hatred. But anyway, lol a speech cured decades and decades of animosity.

    “And the Raikage knew he was ordering the kidnapping of an possible subsequent death of an innocent girl when he tried to obtain the Byuakugan”

    There’s no proof of this anywhere. The Kumo Head Ninja liked his loli >_>

    “And I bet you are experienced in this regard, no?”

    Weeeeelll I don’t want to tout my own horn 😉

    @Pain, lol as if Naruto could’ve killed Nagato. Besides, as far as Amegakure knows their great leader died by the hands of a Konoha ninja, yet they’ve made no move to attack (yes I remember what Konan said but she’s kinda dead now). It also seems Killerbee goes MIA quite frequently but always returns.

    Kakashi needs to be an even more hip sensei and capture both Naruto and Sasgay and throw them in two separate brothels (just so they don’t get any ideas, if you know what I’m saying -_-). I’m pretty sure getting laid would solve a lot of their problems.

  13. @ Kisu – True, but you know the old saying the enemy of my enemy is my friend… Look at WW2, France and England used to HATE each other, USA rebelled against the English and they weren’t the best of friends, even USSR and Nazi Germany at one stage had a treaty for peace… If Kishi wants to continue the war it would be cool if one Village Mist cough cough… Turns against the Alliance 😉

    “There’s no proof of this anywhere. The Kumo Head Ninja liked his loli >_>”

    Be that as it may the kidnapping is still a crime that could of brought about war… Like Sasuke, would it be less of a crime if he thought Bee was hot 😛

    “And I bet you are experienced in this regard, no?”
    Weeeeelll I don’t want to tout my own horn 😉

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Brilliant… Reading that made me laugh well done 😛 Guess if you are experienced in it you don’t tout ur own horn hahaha

    Konan signed a peace treaty and the people of Ame have accepted that they are a small nation and without Pein they pretty much useless @___@

    Hahaha, I think both Sasuke and Naruto wouldn’t know what to do, Naruto will spend the whole time looking for Sasuke and Sasuke will kill the people…

  14. “Konan signed a peace treaty and the people of Ame have accepted that they are a small nation and without Pein they pretty much useless @___@”

    Best comment ever. I gotta admit, after reading these pages

    http://www.mangafox.com/manga/naruto/v40/c369/9.html
    http://www.mangafox.com/manga/naruto/v40/c369/13.html
    http://www.mangafox.com/manga/naruto/v40/c369/14.html

    my thoughts of Pain being the most powerful shinobi thus far have been reinforced. This guy is what a ninja should be.

    “Hahaha, I think both Sasuke and Naruto wouldn’t know what to do, Naruto will spend the whole time looking for Sasuke and Sasuke will kill the people…”

    Seriously dude? After spending 3 years with Jiraiya Naruto should be a freaking expert :P. I can definitely see Sasuke not knowing what to do though. Lol, he thinks killing innocent-ish people will return his clan instead of good old fashioned procreation. Genius

  15. @Kisu

    “Weeeeelll I don’t want to tout my own horn.”

    Yes, I am sure. <_<

    "I wish I could just kidnap Kishimoto and throw him in some impoverished country so he can see how the world really works. His messages are pretty juvenile."

    I thought manga were supposed to be a form of escapism from the real world, as opposed to always being a perfect reflection of it. The stories contained within will often be based on real themes – that much is certain – but at the end of the day, those themes always tend to be softened by quite a degree to make them seem less imposing or overbearing. This is why anime or manga tend to have a lot of light hearted humor interspersed throughout, to help define that separation from the real world. Any examples shown to be contrary to this, are often an exception and not necessarily the rule.

    If you want a more real or personal look at war and the cruel effects it has, watch the animated movie called "Grave of the Fireflies" from Studio Ghibli. Provided, of course, you have the heart for that kind of movie, because they can be a bit heavy.

  16. @Ten, some realism is required for a series to be believable, even in its own context. And no, I don’t like heavy stuff. Most of the heavy things people call masterpieces I call boring and silly, like Neon Genesis Evangaleon or however you spell it, Akira (it was boring), Spirited Away etc. Years and years of DBZ has slowly made me only like a specific type of animes. Its a miracle I love Death Note so much 😀

  17. @Kisu

    “@Ten, some realism is required for a series to be believable, even in its own context.”

    It’s funny how you say that as an avid DBZ watcher. Lol. That anime, of all the examples I could have possibly given, is probably the one that takes itself the least seriously of them all. It’s one of the few anime where death is basically inconsequential, where people turn each other into chocolate and eat each other and where the winner of just about every battle is decided almost purely on one’s level of power – where wit, cunning and intelligence play almost no part at all.

    It was still awesome though. @__@

    P.S. Death Note is just awesome that way. <_<

  18. hahaha… I just saw something to describe Kisu…

    Kisu is Itachi @___@

    @ Kisu – Death Note is awesome cause it test your sense of justice, and makes you think same way I guess Naruto can be with less thinking I guess 😛 Death Note Manga is almost impossible unless you a die hard fan… like me <_<

    I think though if it comes down to it, Naruto is more about suffering and sacrifice. The Raikage has shown he is only willing to sacrifice if it means he gains and never just for the sake of peace and even then lets say Sasuke didn't attend the meeting, what was he trying to achieve, getting his revenge would not bring back his brother. Konoha had eliminated most of Akatsuki O_O Sasuke even more so. Deidara, Itachi, Orochimaru (former but still), Sasori (Sakura and chiyo) Kakazu/Hidan (Naruto, Shikamaru).

  19. The Cloud never did anything, they always expected others to make sacrifices and would rather go to war then let things go, they demanded the Hyuuga clan head ninja. They the most selfish nation, besides Bee he is cool like that 😉

  20. @Tenrai, I don’t know about the Jap version, but the Funimation dub took itself very seriously, and every second was epic. But Majin Buu felt really out of place…until he became the first villain to ever successfully blow up the Earth ~_~

    Now if you’ll excuse, its time to watch CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!!!

    @Pein, everything goes back to the fact that people in that world only care about protecting their own people. Pain was a beacon, he wanted to save everyone.

    *waits for someone to make a sarcastic comment about Pain*

  21. CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!!!

    <_< I think every comment on for the rest of this breakdown should start with that sentence….

    CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!!!

    @ Kisu – Blow up everyone to save everyone… You ever read Soul Eater? Don't watch it, read it @__@

    I will never make a sarcastic comment about a man with ginger hair and trying to blow people up… that would just be weird @__@

  22. Caption:

    Stop… Hammer time 😉

    Caption:

    You think Fu is jealous that Durai’s is bigger…

  23. @Kisu

    “Pain was a beacon, he wanted to save everyone.”

    So is Naruto. Note, I said “Is” because he is still trying to. With Pein, it’s past tense because he was killed by a book. 😛

    *Gets ready for retaliation from Pein fans.* @__@

  24. @kisu yup he wanted save Konoha that’s why he destroyed their village. He wanted save Hinata that’s why he stabbed after rendering her mobile.
    *Shoots Kisu in the face* Let me to save you with PAIN!!!!!
    Also you should watch Mahou Shoujo Madoka. It’s perfect for you.
    *Stabs Kisu in the chest with a broken light bulb* I want to help you. Yea you should Read Soul Eater Okubo (Aka BETTER THAN KUBO).
    *Destroys Kisu’s home* Are you saved, yet?

  25. @Tenrai, I always thought Nagato died from the same thing that killed Kimimaro and Itachi, the great Ninja AIDS.

    @Kanton, Utopia Justifies the Means. Tv tropes it. But I’m sure glad you attacked my body double 😉

  26. @Kisu

    We’ve already seen what good weapons of mass destruction have done to make our world a Utopia. Oh yeah, they didn’t. <_<

    Funny how people will always find a reason to fight even with the threat of a nuclear apocalypse looming over their thoughts. Pein's ideas of acquiring peace were no greater or more effective than anyone else before him. The ends never justify the means if the ends are fruitless and judging by the evidence we see in the world around us every day, there is no proof to suggest that Pein's methods for attaining peace would have even been effective at all. After all, he himself was created by the very same methods he sought to use to create a world with no wars (Making others feel pain) which in itself is an irony, and he himself caused more devastation and suffering than any large number of shinobi put together as a result. If anything, he proved, without any measure of a doubt, that all he was doing was giving people more of a reason to be hateful towards one another.

    Look what happened after he destroyed Konoha. That attack pretty much had the same effect as a weapon of mass destruction, yet instead of cowering in fear as Pein had suggested people would once he had given his ultimate weapon to the world, they only became more compelled to retaliate. Look at Inoichi and his burning hatred, which was so great he wanted nothing more than to kill Pein. That doesn't look like an effective result to me. O_o

    Gaara's speech no jutsu was more effective. 😛

  27. So I finally got around to watching this ep and the funniest part had to do with the Tuchikage calling the members of akatsuki “skilled PROFESSIONALS”. What part of Hidan, Kakuzu, and Deidara is “professional”? lol

    @Tenrai, exactly. Pain wasn’t naive enough to believe that people would instantly turn friends and watch the Care Bears together. Once his weapon is used they will have NO CHOICE but to start cooperating together. Its like if I took you and the person you hated the most and threw you two in the wilderness, you’d HAVE to cooperate with each other or die. What the Leaf got wasn’t severe enough to make them drown in despair. A Super-weapon that can destroy a whole country, now that would make even cats and dogs become best buddies O_O

  28. “What part of Hidan, Kakuzu, and Deidara is “professional”? lol”

    I bet the Taliban or Al Qaida would dream to have them on their team. They take suicide bomber to a whole new level.
    Only one problem, where do you let them practice…

    “A Super-weapon that can destroy a whole country, now that would make even cats and dogs become best buddies O_O”

    Pain should have realized what Dr. Manhattan realized. Instead of creating an ultimate weapon he should have turned himself into the world’s villain. As powerful as Pain was he could have accomplished what Dr. Manhattan did. Like Pain said, peoples fear for the Super weapon will fade. Peoples fear for a supreme being won’t.

    It’s like living next door to Chuck Norris. You know you’ll never ever turn the music up. Letting Lady Gaga blow out of your speakers at volume 10 isn’t worth the risk of receiving a roundhouse kick to the face by Chuck Norris.

  29. @ Kisu – when a child bites another child at a young age, usually the best way to teach that child, is to bit him, let them know that what they are doing is sore and wrong. It is a childish concept that feeling anothers pain would make you hurt. But when you older and you know right from wrong, if someone hits you, you don’t want to just hit them back you want to hurt them more… You want to win! In the end I like Redbaron’s Idea, that it would be Pain’s job to give justice to the world but then it could be a very childish Idea of right and wrong and Pain was not Immortal so that fear would disappear too.

    Peace is impossible, there is no way to bring it about, not in a true sense of the word. You can’t just sit around the camp fire and sing kumbiya, its not viable, cause the human condition is to hate and fear, to get angry and jealous. We are incapable at gaining peace, and I can live with that, each person to there own. Turning the other cheek can help but it can also just mean you weak, standing your ground take patience, attacking you need a reason. Humans are evil, and if there was someone passing judgement in a Kira sort of sense it could work but not where the enemy is everyone.. It will never be enough etc

  30. “Peace is impossible”

    This. We humans find any silly little reason to go to war. The only ways everlasting peace can exist is:

    1. We go extinct

    2. We are replaced by unfeeling robots

  31. 1. We go extinct, yet lions kill to eat. Fight for their territory etc

    2. You not seen the matrix @_@ or terminator, it will end up all macs will fight the rest 😛

  32. 1. Does that count? They aren’t capable of the level of thought humans can do.

    2. LIES! The machines are always fighting with the humans 😛

  33. @1redbaron1

    An interesting view. To be honest, this debate actually made me think of “Watchmen” and, when you consider the manga story as it is now, it isn’t far from being a reasonable outlook as well, because the same thing you suggested is already happening. The only difference is instead of Pein, Madara is filling the roll of the ultimate enemy threatening the world.

    The shinobi alliance exists precisely because of that single great threat that Madara now poses so, in essence, he is playing the role of Doctor Manhattan.

    There’s only one problem with that idea though. Although it is often the case where people align with one another to deal with threats greater than they can handle alone, once the threat is gone, they often fall back into their old petty conflicts. If the Shinobi Alliance manages to defeat Madara, will peace last long after that?

    I guess that depends on whether or not people remember what happened. If they teach the next generation the important lessons they themselves learned, maybe they can continue that cycle of peace through ideology, but living through the experience and simply hearing it by word of mouth are two completely different things altogether, and eventually, people will no longer have that sense of unity and the risk of conflict begins to rise again.

    Is there no real chance of peace? In our world, that is most likely the case. But this is a work of fiction, so in the end, anything is possible. Just look at Gaara’s speech no jutsu.

  34. I don’t even want to deride Gaara’s Speech no Jutsu. The jutsu already gets enough heat when Naruto does it, so I’d rather just forget and pretend it never happened. Except this part.

    http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/8373/63252004.jpg

    No matter how you feel about Pein he was right about one thing. You need to understand and feel pain in order to try and understand someone else’s pain. Even if those two pains are of varying level *cough* it’s a good start to building a relationship of reconcalliation and understanding.

  35. caption:
    “And the man at the back said
    Everyone attack and it turned into a ballroom blitz”

    actually i can see an awesome music video being made to “ballroom blitz” starting from about this point

  36. Caption: Lights Camera Gang Up On The Token Minority.

  37. @supertrek89

    A lot of people feel pain. You don’t need to force it on them to make them understand it. If you ask me, that isn’t even the real problem. The biggest problem is, even when people have felt the same pain, or lived through the same circumstances, that doesn’t mean they are going to react the same way and suddenly start to understand one another.

    Everyone has their own viewpoint on their experiences, even when those experiences are identical. The contrast shown by some of the characters in this series is a testimony to that.

    Some people react negatively and become bitter or destructive, while others use their own misfortune as a lesson to help them assist others in the same situation (I.E. they try to understand others). Hell, I’ve seen people who have had nothing but bad things happen to them in their lives, one after the other, yet they still try their best to be possitive and strong, while trying to set a good example for people to follow and to show them that there is always hope no matter what. There are others, on the other hand, who allow themselves to become bitter and cynical over far less grievous circumstances.

    P.S. What was the cough for? O_o

  38. *walks in and reads the breakdown*
    o.o wow i miss this place haha. great breakdown per usual and now that the fillers are finally done *boomshakalaka* i shall re catch up on the anime *fist pump* so happy right now *sky dives out of the blog*

  39. *Eats Ace Gamer so he can’t dissappear again.* @__@

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