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.
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.
“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…
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.
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.
*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.