The past takes the center stage again as we see Kabuto’s early plans taking shape.
What They Say:
Three years ago, Leaf Anbu Yugao Uzuki lost her lover Hayate Gekko in battle. Unable to cope with his death, Yugao has since left the Anbu and joined the Medical Corps. Meanwhile, Kabuto has reanimated Hayate.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
We’ve seen some of the toll of the war before as this arc unfolds, but as is the case for most of it, the real casualties are the supporting players who may not have been seen in years. And even more often is the case, it’s the reanimated characters that get taken down after not being alive for years in some cases, especially those that were dealt with in flashbacks before. The cost of the war has not been among the principal cast, though they’re feeling the emotional burden of it pretty well. It’s hitting Sakura pretty hard as she’s dealing with the medical side of things, coping with being able to help only so many while seeing others simple go beyond the point of return and having to stop helping them. Or to simply see them die right before her eyes.
This episode works a fair bit of flashback into things as well as it goes to a time when Kabuto was a more hands on operative and we see a past mission that has him going up against Gaara, though using the others in his group to do so. Seeing the young Gaara once again is rather fun since he has a particular style to himself that’s not quite carried to his older self now, especially with him being in command and taking things even more seriously. The fight does provide for a good bit of fun in and of itself since it has Gaara losing out to the thing within him because of the moon, making for a fight that lets him cut loose a bit in his transformed self. Not that it’s a pretty looking version of himself, but it makes for a creepy fight.
The flashback is mildly useful since it shows us Hayate, who he has reanimated in the present to go against the various villages and alliance as a whole. There’s still a grudge between the two as Hayate has no love for Kabuto, but he’s generally under his sway and in a difficult position because of it. The time in the past is what’s exposed here the most as we get a few sequences worth of it, but the material in the present has an interest as well since we get to see a touch of how some of those that are reanimated deal with their own pasts. But there’s a certain fun in those past sequences that shows us Kabuto doing his thing, inserting himself into the Hidden Leaf village and how he impacted others. It’s almost quaint to see him in that way again, especially when you see how he converts people to his side in the present as he reveals the truth of the present day to Hayate in his cave.
While we get a new opening with this episode, one that teases some real fun ahead, right now we’re still mired in the filler and side stories. This one has some interesting moments to it, but it once again comes across as nothing more than passing time until we get to something that actually means something. If we had these scattered more in between the bigger stories, it’d be one thing, a breather for the fans, but when we get months of it at a time it just turns you away from it. I’m still interested in the series as a whole, but the more filler there is, the easier it is to ignore the filler and be dismissive of it, even when there may be good pieces to it and interesting characters to work with. It simply becomes self defeating.
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