Naruto Shippuuden 220 Breakdown: It’s like a yummy pastry filled with air.
Ah yes, our latest episode of Naruto is indeed like a yummy pastry filled with air. Nice, sugary and crunchy on the outside, but lacking the delectable filling that makes it feel full and complete.
It’s like a jam doughnut without the jam. Soda without the bubbles. Or Chuck Norris without a roundhouse kick. But, even despite the missing centerpiece, you still want to eat it because it is still sugary and crunchy on the outside.
To make sense of my senseless sensibility, I guess I’ll have to put things into perspective. Here we have an episode that, although decent, finds itself focusing on too many different aspects at the same time.
From Tsunade’s sudden awakening from her coma, to a brief snippet of Sasuke’s post-operation banter with Tobi, we find ourselves floating through several jumbled scenes including Karen’s interrogation and Naruto’s untimely visit to Mount Myoboku. In between all of this, we also have a fairly substantial filler scene involving Naruto and team Ebisu.
It’s all very light-hearted fun and seeing Konohamaru and his gang back in action may appeal to many viewers who miss having the tiny tykesaround, but ultimately, it lacks the drive that keeps one engaged on a higher level of stimulation.
One of the highlights of the episode, however, was seeing Naruto wandering through the still incomplete streets of Konoha (or, as Kevinphoenix put it, the village hidden in the crater), only to find that, once again, he had quickly become the source of many a gaze and most certainly the center of the attention of all those around him.
Only, this time, the eyes that look on him are no longer filled with hatred, loathing or discontent. Instead, these eyes are friendly, warm and accompanied by cheerful smiles. Words of approval and encouragement are offered gently from parted lips and Naruto finds himself strangely at odds with this new, unfamiliar and obviously overwhelming sensation. You can clearly see his awkward sense of discomfort at being noticed and even admired in such a positive light for a change.
Another equally inspiring scene was that involving Hinata and Shikamaru, whereby Hinata takes a moment to explain the situation where Naruto had succumbed to the Kyuubi’s hatred when he thought she had died and how it took over him and replaced his own consciousness.
Interestingly enough, instead of fearing Naruto or fearing the Kyuubi’s escape following this unsettling discussion, Shikamaru adopts a very compassionate mindset where he decides that he and all of Naruto’s friends will protect Naruto from both Akatsuki and from the Kyuubi itself, so that there would be no need to rely on its power anymore or risk it taking over. It was a very sentimental approach to what would have normally been a much more bleak and overly negative reaction had the same even occurred a few years before, when Naruto had yet to gain everyone’s faith approval and it also shows that Naruto’s friends truly do see him for who he is as a completely separate entity from the Kyuubi he contains.
I was, however, hoping for a bit more on the love confession that has largely been ignored in both the manga and anime, but it seems my curiosity on the matter won’t be satiated just yet.
Well, that’s all from me for now.
Let’s get underway with out weekly formalities, shall we? We’ll be starting, of course, with the winner of last week’s caption contest.
As a Portal player, I found this quite funny. Please don’t eat me. If it’s any consulation, Kantonkage came second.
*Runs away while laughing maniacally.*
And here is this week’s screen.
It’s a difficult one this week, but hopefully you guys can be creative. I’m counting on your ability to think here. I know that pretty much dooms us all, but miracles do happen, right? ^ ^
Last, but not least, here is the preview for next week’s episode, which will apparently be a double episode. That means more work for me on my next breakdown.
See you all in the comments. ^ ^