Naruto enters the field of battle, to the surprise of others.
What They Say:
The Fourth Company continue their fight against the reanimated Kage. Gaara and Ohnoki team up to hold off Second Tsuchikage Mu, while the remaining shinobi take on the Second Mizukage, who is willing to be sealed away.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As is the case with a lot of shows and manga in Japan, hitting certain marks in the run don’t generate the kind of additional promotion or specialty to them as we see in US comics and the like. While we may get issue 75 or issue 100 anniversary material, these kinds of things tend to mean less when it comes to manga and anime. With Naruto: Shippuden hitting episode 300, you could imagine some sort of episode that would celebrate that achievement, something the previous incarnation didn’t hit. But what we get is mostly just another episode in the ongoing war, one that doesn’t really feature Naruto until the second half, which is kind of awkward when you consider the significance of the count reached.
The episode does have a pretty odd feel to it though as it works through the material involving Gaara and the company that he’s with as they go up against Tsuchikage Mu and Mizukage, two fairly powerful reanimated individuals that the Akatsuki are using. In an interesting twist though, Mizukage doesn’t want to fight them and actively wants to be sealed because he knows that none of this is right. Of course, because he wants to be dealt with, that has Gaara going after Tsuchikage Mu instead because of his desire to fight, which leaves the rest of the company to deal with Mizukage. Who is quite powerful and is not easy to deal with. He practically has to give them the answers in how to defeat him so they can seal him since none of them seem to have any real knowledge of him.
When Naruto does arrive, it’s in the nick of time to help deal with Mu as Gaara and Ohnoki are having their problems in coping with him and his power level. He has the intensity to push them a bit which makes him definitely dangerous. Naturally, that means Naruto deals with him handily since he’s so overpowered at this point that he’s literally on fire. And eager to get into more battles to push towards the end goal. His arrival does spark some concern among others, notably with the way that Gaara questions him, but there’s some reasonable things being asked here. A lot of what we get here is pretty minimal in terms of action and where it’s going with things, more of a mop-up for a lot of it, but its core goal seems to be to bring Naruto back into the forefront of things with Gaara, which is important considering his leadership position here.
Sometimes you get an episode of this series where it seems like things are just sort of… there. Good moments are had in places but it doesn’t feel like it’s really going anywhere with it for a lot of it and it’s just going through the motions in order to hopefully get to a better place. The reanimated characters here are nothing to write home about overall, though there are some comical moments with it, and we do get Naruto back in play with those leading the direct charge in the war. There are some obvious but welcome questions asked with minimal answers given, but there’s a sense that things are now getting closer to actually feeling like it has some meaning, similar to the arc where Pain attacked the village. With Naruto returning to the forefront, events are on the cusp of moving again. I hope.
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