If the producers were dead-set on showcasing pieces of Naruto's training with Jiraiya, they should have at least shown us something new or unusual. After the fight, the two are seen laying in hospital beds, with Naruto apologising about what he had done to Jiraiya, only for him to say that it wasn't his fault. Unfortunately, even though less time is spent away from the action this week, they had more to do in the previous episode. Rating: C+ Naruto Shippūden is currently streaming on. As easily the third most important character after Naruto and his eternal frenemy Sasuke, Sakura deserves better.
As head toward the main tower, Sakura begins thinking about how weak she was before and that she always needed and to protect her. They're so cartoonishly over-the-top, they're practically an homage to , and it works this time. This time, it's the titular , but no one was dying to know what the long-absent star of the show did during his two and a half years of intense training. . Sakura's most recent turn in the spotlight was far from memorable. As the team realises that the sandstorm is unnatural and that someone is after them, Saya uses her to create sand dolls in order to attack and confuse her foes, with Sana using her to disguise Mamushi as one of the creations. She thinks back to a time when her training failed and she almost loses the battle against the enemy ninja of the day.
To this mini arc's credit, the enemy ninja are amusing to watch—the doll-obsessed leader in particular. That said, the Naruto interlude is a smaller part of the episode than Sasuke and Karin's interruption last week, and the rest remains focused on Sakura's journey down this well-worn path. While it's true that feeling left behind inspired her to train under Tsunade and become the multi-talented kunoichi she is in the current timeline, she devotes entirely too much time to thinking about the other two thirds of Team Seven. As Jiraiya asks whether the boy will give up, Naruto tells him that he won't, even if it'll seem impossible. She then removes the poison from her allies and thanks them for letting her join their team. This week's follows in the footsteps of last week's scattershot offering, as the series once again devotes time to a character who is in no way involved in the chunin exams. It's tiresome to see her squander her screen time reminiscing about characters who have already received more than enough focus.
At the same time, is seen training Naruto, asking to weaken the on Naruto's belly. We've seen Naruto and Kurama exchange verbal jabs at the prison gate inside Naruto's mind countless times. As Chōji fends off the dolls, one of them turns out to be Mamushi, who to both him and Ino. Meanwhile, Sana uses her to stop Team Asuma in their tracks. Amy is a who has loved anime for two decades. Although there's a surprising twist to these villains—and a menacing character who might look at home in Child's Play makes an appearance—they're primarily there to receive a beatdown from the Hidden Leaf ninja. She then reflects on a time when her training went better, which somehow gives her the strength to defeat the baddies and win the battle for her team.
Sakura, recalling her and the request to for an acceptance in the Chūnin Exams, manages to replenish her and finish off her foes in. As the seal weakens, the boy falls under the control of the , manifesting four tails and attacking his master. We also know that they've finally become allies in the current timeline, so the prospect of Kurama taking over Naruto's body and running wild fails to illicit any real tension. Her curiosity over what they're up to forms the tenuous connection to scenes featuring Naruto and Sasuke, but it's still a jarring transition each time it happens. Sakura, on the other hand, is there just to reminisce about how inferior she feels compared to Naruto and Sasuke. Sakura's arc would have played better if not for two things: the lack of cohesive focus in both the previous episode and this one, and reducing her character to someone who only thinks of herself in relation to Naruto and Sasuke.
Summary As , while under the control of 's , charges at , takes over her foe's control over her team-mate and charges at instead. Three years in the manga. . . . .
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