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Naruto: Shippuden Episode #270 Anime Review

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The fight against Kinkaku gets underway in full as there’s a lot of power to deal with there.

What They Say:
Darui manages to seal away Ginkaku. Fueled by the rage of losing his brother, Kinkaku transforms into a monster that resembles a jinchuriki’s Tailed Beast State.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The success Darui had in sealing away Ginkaku is a double edged sword to be sure as it causes his brother, Kinkaku, to go all out in his transformation in a big way. One that resembles a heck of a lot of what Naruto is like when his Tailed beast cuts loose. It certainly shows off the kind of power that he has in him, but there’s also a sense that he doesn’t have a lot of control over it. Which isn’t too bad of an issue at this point since they are on a war footing and a giant, rampaging semi-jinchuriki isn’t going to hurt their odds when it comes to going against the Allied Shinobi Forces. It’ll certainly clear away a lot of the fodder that the forces have assembled.

With Kinkaku in this form, it’s certainly gotten the Allied Forces attention as those in charge are taking a much closer look at it, while making the distinction that it’s definitely not a jinchuriki even if it looks like one. While they believe there is a solution to dealing with Kinkaku, one that they want to get to Darui, it does give us a good bit of action as the ongoing battles along the shore get caught up in Kinkaku’s rampage. What helps ease some of the chaos is that a lot of what gets killed are the white resurrected bodies, so you don’t feel quite so bad, but they do show some losses on the Allied side as well, which is definitely a necessity. But as one can expect at this stage, no name characters are getting their asses handed to them so it’s just fodder and nothing more.

As the battle goes on, we get to see some creative tactics applied as familiar faces get involved and there’s some good scale brought to things, both in terms of power and size when dealing with Kinkaku. It’s a good bit to see the tide turn some and how it rallies many people, but there’s also the basic problem that they’re mostly dealing with the raised dead ninja more than anything else. When we do get some of the other types from the enemy side, like Kakuzu, it feels like it connects a bit better since there’s an actual name and face behind things. But there’s also the out that they take with it to have some dialogue time spent so that the animation can catch a breather from the more active fights that just took place.

In Summary:
After a week off, Naruto: Shippuden feels like it’s moving a little bit better here and a touch more focused. While Naruto does at least show up in this episode briefly, it’s focused mostly on the larger war effort that’s underway and I have no problem with that. Once Naruto enters the picture in full, everything else will more than likely fall away, just like it did during the fight with Pain. What we get here is the chance for everyone else to shine and deal with the varied fights that come with such a wide war that’s going on. Of course, all of this is just leading up to some filler time as next week is a side story that looks unrelated to everything else but may give Naruto a chance to be in his own show again in some form…

Grade: B-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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