Naruto: Shippuden Episode #185 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Release Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010

A story told from the point of view of an ostrich. I really do think the show has hit absolute bottom now.

What They Say:
Condor, the ostrich previously captured by Team 7, now lives in a forest with baby ostriches. Since his last escape, Condor has trained himself to become a ninja ostrich.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Way, way back in the distant past, I have a vague recollection of a bad time in the Naruto storytelling world where they had a period focused on an ostrich that had escaped and Naruto and the others had to deal with it. Or perhaps I'm confusing Naruto with other shows that have dealt with an ostrich. Sadly, that's not narrowing it down since a number of shows have done ostrich gags of one sort or another over the years that you can't really just say it's from any particular show. That said, the writing team has managed to scrape the absolute bottom of the barrel for the latest filler story.

Though I have to admit, in watching just the first couple of minutes, I liked the way that Rock is basically presented as an overly hyper ADD character that can't stop moving. You really want to slap him even more than usual. Anyway, as the episode progresses about some pointless story about the ostrich, it has the old gang together trying to do their darndest to' capture the ostrich. And while that is truly awful enough in itself, they actually have the gall to provide a quick bit involved a boxing kangaroo going up against Rock. And making matters even worse, as the ostrich named Condor becomes the first true Ninja Ostrich, we get to hear dialogue from said ostrich. The others can't understand him, thank goodness, but we get subjected to it. I'd almost say the episode would be slightly more bearable if we couldn't understand him. I really did not need to her an ostrich making ninja grunting and attacking noises. Not in the slightest.

In Summary:
It's very rare that I feel insulted by a show but Naruto really manages to do that by giving us a truly awful filler episode. I've gone on over some of the previous ones with really good ways that the writers can take advantage of this period while still fitting into the context of the series and the manga run without disturbing anything. Yet this is what we get. This isn't the B team of writers, this is the C team of writers. Young Naruto is bad enough, though it's understandable in wanting to go back to a simpler time after recent events, but stories like this are pretty much insulting to the viewer after all we've seen of him, his growth and his potential. Ninja ostriches and boxing kangaroos that give Rock and the others a run for their money. Terrible, terrible stuff.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: F
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Naruto