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Naruto: Shippuden Episode #323 Anime Review

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Naruto Shippuden Episode 323
Naruto Shippuden Episode 323
The stakes get raised even more as Madara takes on the Five Kage.

What They Say:
The power of the reanimated Madara Uchiha far exceeds what the Allied Forces expected. Despite the difference in power, the Third Tsuchikage, Ohnoki, along with Naruto and Gaara, refuses to give up.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The return of Madara (and the non-filler episodes at that) certainly changes the dynamic of the series at this point as things have gotten serious. While I definitely enjoyed the way everything suddenly ramped up and turned on a dime with his arrival, some of it just didn’t sit well with me at the same time as it was just a case of too much. But such is what happens in shonen series that go on for too long as everything has to be bigger and more over the top than ever before. Because of what Madara offers as an opponent though, we get to see how Naruto steps up his game and has Nine-Tails all set to actively work with him and give him his strength and power as he’d rather be caged by Naruto than to have someone like Madara as a master. And though it’s a small piece of the episode, it’s an important one for setting the tone and understanding the scale of the threat. Which, for me, works better than tossing giant meteorites around.

With a relatively small group that’s now doing their best to stand against him after so much carnage, it’s amusing in that we see that Madara is just interested in toying with them at this point, to stretch his jutsu muscles and see what he can do. Of course, the others have been taken down a few pegs so there’s definitely an issue there, but as is often the case, there’s a will and desire to carry on that will bring the various kage there, such as the Tsuchikage, to do all that he can even as he gets beaten down further and further after all that’s happened.

Bringing together all of five of the kage’s definitely ups the ante in this episode though, making sure that it doesn’t all fall on the Tsuchikage’s hands to deal with everything, and having Naruto and a few others there raound it all definitely helps. But the main focus is all on the Five Kage’s as they’ve realized that the whole thing has changed with this war now that Madara is here and it’s less about just protecting him from being caught up in it all, but rather just protecting everything in existence as it’s hard to imagine Madara not just rolling over everything and ruling over ruin as he savors his power. There’s a bit of rallying that does go on here in the face of everything, which is needed since there has been so much division among the villages at times in recent years, but seeing them come together for common cause hits all the right notes, especially as the Tsuchikage plays it up in a very grandfatherly way with Naruto ahead of what he himself must do.

In Summary:
While it felt like it came out of the blue after what seemed like never ending amounts of dull and mind numbing filler, Nrauto :Shippuden has gone big and it’s doing it in a great way here, though it’s take some time to really wrap yourself back into it after what’s been here before. This episode continues to showcase just what kind of a talent Madara is and what it will take to stop him, but it also does some solid team building exercises and commentary along the way they helps to reinforce the changes all of the villages have gone through recently because of the war. It’s a pretty good sequence with all the kage and with Ohnoki being the lead on it in trying to get Naruto to understand his place in it all and that helps to smooth out things a bit more so it’s not all on Naruto’s shoulders once again.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV 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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