Pssst. It’s still crap.
What They Say:
The Masked Man is satisfied that the Hidden Leaf Genin chose the importance of life over their mission, but orders his team to continue their surveillance. Meanwhile, Naruto is frustrated at his inabilities, and recalls why his father Minato sealed the Nine Tails inside of him.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Tsunade’s getting to the good part of her book and…
Why are we caring again?
Naruto: Shippuden continues through the story in a book being read in a dream by the Tsukiyomi that Tusnade has been caught in and I, like seemingly almost every other Naruto viewer, aren’t sure what the hell is going on. More so that this particular plot is going on as long as it is. While I’ve always had some level of problem with filler that comes from very long running series, I’ve also understood the purpose of it and that a lot of the short stories that can be told within it have some good potential. But Naruto has mastered the ability greater than any other in producing utterly pointless, baffling and essentially insulting stories. Which is really unfortunate considering the time, resources and money that goes into making each and every episode. There are animators that have sweated and missed lives in order to produce these in a timely fashion.
Which is why the blame for such terrible storytelling goes to the producers for allowing it to happen. Having watched and written about a lot of anime original episodes, this arc has me feeling like it’s back in the whole Naruto on a boat adventure to drag things out with meaningless and pointless adventures. That’s all we’re getting here and after, what, five episodes worth of it so far? I’ve watched it but still can’t see any reason at all to get enthused or interested in it because it’s all essentially a Tsukiyomi fanfic. And not a terribly interesting one either. It continues to be well animated in the scope of how Naruto has been animated, and the actors are all putting in their time here without it coming across badly, but with another month or so of this ahead of us at least, it’s just draining.
Even when it comes to shows that I really don’t care for I do my best to be respectful of the work and effort involved in producing it and the understanding that every show has fans. And I’m still a Naruto fan on some level because I like the core story and some of the elements that come from it. Arcs like this, and this one in particular as we’re close to the end of the main series, are simply far more painful because of it and it really shows. Especially since there are far better ways to draw out the time and do something that actually shows some effort.
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