There continues to be nothing as disturbing as Naruto in female form being all seductive.
What They Say
Konohamaru, Moegi, and Udon are shocked to see the disaster that has struck their home village. But to fulfill their duties as genin, each races out to direct the villagers to a safe location.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Not exactly filler, but more of a side story, this installment of Naruto is one that does help to flesh out the events playing out in the village somewhat nicely. At the same time, it can't help but to remind me of Dragon Ball Z in how a sequence is stretched out further than it should be, where it makes for a good chapter in a manga volume but less thrilling when it's an entire episode of an anime. So much is going on in the village right now with the Akatsuki attack, that it's a double edged sword to spend time on one particular member as he conducts his search for Naruto.
This particular attack deals with some of the lower level ninjas of the village as he takes them down easily and uses an unusual jutsu to gain information from them. When he has a pair of them in his hands, literally, a massive head forms behind him and the ninja's tongues of sorts come out from their mouths. The big head then has hands come out of its mouth which then grasps the tongues and determines whether they're telling the truth or not about whether they know where Naruto is. It's rather creepy to be sure, but it's just another aspect of the Akatsuki and of the jutsu's out there that pushes the boundaries of what works and what doesn't work. Only those in the grasp of the Akatsuki can see it though, which adds a little more to it being a hallucination trick of some sort perhaps.
One of the main aspects of this episode is that it focuses some on the next generation of Leaf ninjas with Konohamru and the others doing their best to help. Unfortunately for Konohamaru, he gets caught up in this particular attack and does try to get away, but he's nowhere near lucky enough. To his surprise, Ebisu does arrive on the scene and attempts to distract him, but Konohamaru is the kind of kid who has a lot going on in his head. And a lot of that was filled up by Naruto as we see in a couple of flashbacks, so he doesn't just sit around waiting for things to happen or tries to get away. He tackles the problem head on, full "believe it" mode, even against a far superior opponent. There's a lot of potential in him though and it's talked about rather openly, but it's also displayed in a way that surprises even Ebisu.
As a side story, it's not that bad as it paints more of a picture of what the village is going through as Tsunade and the others attempt to push back against the Akatsuki. Sometimes getting to the smaller stories alongside a larger event is good as it adds more context, though more often than not they come across as filler. This one doesn't quite hit the filler feel, so it didn't feel like a time waster. There's also more material showing Naruto in his attempts to gain more power since the merge didn't work with the frog sage and he's slowly coming to an understanding of what he needs to do next, something that may even shock said sage. This works as a nice bit of continuity to tie the episodes together, but hopefully it doesn't last too much longer otherwise it's going to feel too drawn out. Not a bad episode, not a great episode, but one that fills in a few little blanks and moves things along an inch or two.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.