Naruto Shippuden 98: Kabuto pulls a Jacko, Naruto’s frog eats Hinata’s crystal
Hinata’s caught in crystal; Naruto works his toad. Yuukimaru puts on Kabuto’s funny hat, swallows a handful of pills and, as Kabuto puts it, starts to have some fun. Sanbi no Isonade starts to take form at last.
This is Mollie (Ibiki Teishi) with a breakdown of Shippuden episode 98. Those of you who have been to my fanfic site, you’ve probably seen most of this, it was written last Thursday when everyone was certain Hinata was dead. From here out, on orders from ma pimp, I’ll be posting these regularly to iareawesomeness. If you want to see the rundown for older episodes, feel free to visit my fanfic blog (reviews go back to Episode 82).
Yuukimaru’s camelia imagery continues, I loved this pic and kept wanting to catch this half sec of vid because the camelia only forms for a second and drifts away. Japaneses art, fer sure, dude…appreciate it. The frames before telegraph it’s arrival though; it appears for a sec, and then it is gone. It was groovy, and I couldn’t let it pass by without capturing it for you. For those of you not currently watching the anime, Yuukimaru is the presumed host of the three tails. He’s a messed up kid with a unisex name like Robin or Pat or…Sam. He sure does have a think for camelias tho.
This was a much improve episode. Good amounts of jutsu, suspense and finally a show down between Team Guren and Team Konoha. There was fu, but no injury, a standoff and hostage situation, a rescue, a mistake that worked out and a Guren Yuukimaru reunion. Kabuto comes along looking like a…I don’t want to say it…he honestly looks like a villain reject from an old Scooby Doo episode. He comes in wearing a baggy cloak with a hood that drags the ground and sleeves that hang past his hands. This ep starts where the last one ended, Naruto bringing down the crystal jutsu house with toad spit! We see some great teamwork by Tenzou (Yamato) moving Sai into action as Naruto takes a typical “Naruto style” lead and fires off his jutsu even as Kakashi tries to stop him. Guren counters, turns the spit to a big pink crystal dragon and shatters Sai’s big ink bird. Priceless! But instead of just blabbing about it, let me show you.
The justu, the action…the…GULP! Did you catch that? Naruto’s frog tongue just ate Hinata, and…that’s all I have to say about that. Then the frog had to get her back up, so there was a little crystal barf. Gamatatsu…I have to say he’s kind of growing on me. Water pistol, toad gullet. And with the manga in it’s current state, I’m wondering if Gamabunta survived or if Gamatatsu is destined to be his successor?
Now, thanks to last week’s special guest appearance by insert unnecessary filler character here, oops, I meant Tsunade…we learned that getting turned into jewelry was actually not a pretty thing. Oh! Look, a byakugan sun catcher! No, not nice at all. Apparently the jutsu crystalizes everything in its path. Everything. That includes spit, snot, flegm, bile and blood. Oof. That means Hinata is one big Folger’s flavor crystal and we’ve secretly replaced her regular blood with rich, delicious Guren crystals.
But then! A miracle! And you all reading the manga should sit up and pay attention.
This is the second time the anime and the manga have converged conveniently at the time of serious character threat. The first time was with Kakashi. The day he went down in the rubble, he was saying “I will survive” in that day’s anime episode. Fan service? Creepy timing? Coincidence? Could be.
Then today. Hinata faces down Pain and it looks bad…THIS is what they give us on Hinata. Twice now. And the anime has been moving backward, marching in place until this very day. This is intentional. Take a look at the clip and let me know what you think…
Hmmm…unusual don’t you think?
Provides a way that Hinata could have rescued herself. Provides a little foreshadowing to her future confession to Naruto. Was it fan service and marketing? Or does it add to the story? Is it a hint? I think we’ve got hints and foreshadowing here and I’m reasonably sure this was planned timing.
But meaning? or marketing?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Team Leaf split up to go after Guren’s squad. Finally the bats are used to lure the enemy out of hiding, but not before a well placed fart joke. What did I say up there? That you probably had had enough of my snot and puke shots…so, here’s something a bit different. Pootin’…and I don’t mean that guy from Russia.
Ah, there is nothing like the breath of fresh air from a well-placed fart joke. It’s da bomb! Light a match, er, don’t light a match. Let’s crack a window instead. (Now, young ‘uns…the art to the fart is to use the element of surprise…spring up on someone unexpectedly, but then…disappear just as suddenly. Don’t. Dwell. You could have a real problem on your…uh…in your…) MOVIN’ ON.
A lot of people have asked how I know Yuukimaru is the destined host to the three tails. Well, the name of the arc references the three tails, Kabuto’s been doing weird experiments on her, uh, him, uh the kid. Then we also have the poster of the beast hosts (manga #320). I think the important thing to remember is the color of the eyes here; my pic reproduced like crap, but in the live anime the color is very obvious and unusual.
I’m looking forward to how he gets the massive scar, but other than that, sure seems to me that Yuukimaru is the Three Tails host from the manga. I wonder if Akatsuki is about to show up to claim their demon? Looks like somewhere along the line he also gets a hair cut. But it is filler and therefore we must continue to wait and see…wait and see…zzzzzz….wake me when somehting happens, huh?
Kabuto comes in and scolds Guren for leaving Yuukimaru and in general acts like Big Man in the Clubhouse. It really doesn’t help that he…looks like a bad imprsonation of a crappy Scooby Doo villain reject. All he needs is a teal colored mask with goofy glowing eyes. His sleeves and hem are both too long and…he just looks dumb, ok?
Anyway, Kabuto takes Guren and Yuukimaru for a ride in a boat. Suits the kid up in that funny hat of mystical drug experimentation and barks at Guren, reminding her that THIS mission might put her back in the running to be Oro’s next…erm…batting glove (well, you come up with a euphemism for his reincarnation jutsu. ish.) Kabuto offers the kid a fistful of pills and…well I’ll let you see…
Now, I ask you, do you think Michael Jackson has anything on Kabuto in this scene? Chilling. Blech. Guren almost stands up to him, but in the end thinks better of protesting and encourages the kid to play along with Kabuto. Sanbi starts to appear. See you in the comment threads.