Danzo proves exactly what kind of power hungry ass he is as he lies in wait while the village is under attack.
What They Say
The Leaf Village is under heavy attack from the Akatsuki. Underneath the village Danzo takes action to achieve his ambition. Meanwhile, searching through the Rain ninja's mind, Inoichi Yamanaka is about to stumble upon valuable information.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In watching this show in split form, seeing the episodes in the thirties for the first time now while watching the newest ones, it at least confirms to me that Danzo is indeed one of the bad guys of the series no matter what his real motivations truly are. With the village under attack by the Akatsuki, he's got his loyal followers hidden about down below as they wait for events to play out above. He's simply convinced that this is the end of Tsunade's time as the Hokage and he intends to let that period wash away, even at the expense of some of its citizens as he knows that she'll stop the attack in the end. His main concern is grabbing power and making sure Naruto isn't taken by the Akatsuki.
There's a lot going on with this episode though it's keeping to relatively low key moments overall. A good deal of it is given over to the fighting going on in the village as the Akatsuki leap to and fro with various beasts under their command that they've summoned. The destruction continues to spread and it's pretty sizeable overall, the first really strong impact on the village that I'm aware of as well. That said, everyone is keeping their cool for the most part and fighting against the ones they come across, though they tend to not have much success on an individual level. The action does play out well and because it has that calm and cool factor to it, it's got a nice seriousness that some past fights have lacked earlier in the series in general, though the Shippuden series has managed to stay in this mode most of the time when it's really necessary.
The fighting side of it takes up most of the episode, though there is a nice push for continued information discovery early on. Naruto's training to be able to merge with the old frog has been ongoing but that's hit a snag that certainly makes sense since anyone who wants to try and merge with him has to deal with the Nine Tailed Beast within him. And it's pretty hard to imagine said beast wanting to merge with anyone else considering what kind of wild spirit it feels like. That adds to a whole lot of frustration to Naruto considering the training he's been undergoing in order to perform that merge. There's also a far too short section involving Inoichi as he delves deeper into the enemy's mind and starts to put the pieces together with what's there. It's just a continuation of what we've seen before, but it's an intriguing piece that ties into a fight in this episode, naturally, which really just raises more questions than answering anything else.
While there are some little nuggets here and there for the larger storyline, this episode is for the most part all about the action. And considering the way the show didn't get into it all that strongly at first, I'm not going to complain about it. The only thing that gets me is the kind of ways that the summoned beasts are fought against as it's still just too corny for my tastes with giant cookie jars basically falling and trapping people. But these kinds of jutsu's are long a staple of the series so it's not that much of a complaint, just an admission that it still strkes me as too silly and detracts from the importance of the moment. All told though, there are some good tense moments to be had here and the scope of the battle and its impact is coming through nicely, a rarity in the show in general from what I've seen.
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.