Naruto Shippuden 99: Tobi’s saucy balls, Sanbi’s rolling eye, Guren’s crack up
Tobi and Deidara finally make an appearance and stop to enjoy some saucy balls (dango, get your mind out of the gutter!). Guren contains the Three Tails; Naruto gets the stink eye; the girls (Sakura, Hinata and Sai) rescue Kakashi and crew; Yuukimaru makes his choice.
This is Mollie (Ibiki Teishi) with your fresh anime review. Finally, we get somewhere in the filler, which makes me think the battle in Konoha is about to wrap up in the manga. My guess is, a savvy marketer would put the anime back onto the manga plot about the time the fu with Peins and Naruubi wind down. That could be in a couple more weeks or twelve…we’ll see how long it plays out, huh?
No Sai on Guren action this week, but I keep hoping for more. I get excited every time I see it in the opening. I think it might be the purty colors.
Lot of vids to show this week, because the second half of this episode was non-stop fu…there was fog fu and frog fu, tsunami fu and crackling shard fu, interdimensional fu and…Deidara ‘splosion fu where he sent Tobi flying like Team Rocket. (Seriously? Yes…seriously.)
Tobi’s voice actor was exactly as expected and complete awesomeness. This little nothing scene where he and Deidara stop for dango played well. It’s funny for people who have no idea who Tobi is about to be, funny but sinister to those of us in the know. At any rate, before we get to the fu, here’s Tobi pulling aside his mask (kinda) to eat some dango.
Next we see Naruto sent to spy on the lake on his own. He’s most likely to survive on his own despite the huge chakra badness coming from there–fan service. I like Naruto and all, but gag me. Kakashi’s gush over him was a bit much. Kakashi, Kiba, Shino and Tenzou (Yamato) stay to ambush Team Guren. Naruto jumps a little too far into the lake and has to call for help.
Now the fu…hold on to your hats, this is a lot of vid coverage. I don’t like to post this much as a rule, but we’ve been waiting for this action since this arc began (way back on December 18th). So here it goes.
Kabuto’s pills call Sanbi (yes, we knew that from last time), and here’s what he has to say on arrival.
RAAAAWWWWWWWRRRRRR! Man, can you imagine the breath that thing must have living down at the bottom of the lake, er, abyss? er, another dimension? Yep, yep. Apparently it came from another dimension.
Meanwhile, Kakashi and the others are being ambushed by the rest of Team Guren. The girls come to their rescue, and thanks to the byakugan, Sai and Sakura kick a little Team Guren tail. mmmm…..tasty grrrl fu.
I kid, but that was actually pretty good to see. I’ve noticed that the anime seems to have a larger female fanbase, so the anime does a little better job at pumping up the female characters. (Yes, yes, I do know Sai is technically a guy.)
Back on the lake Guren manages to seal up the rampaging Sanbi, and finally we see more grit from the kunoichi part of this world. The fu and action is pure awesomeness, so I leave you to it.
Sanbi is contained; the lake goes quiet. Naruto’s toad arrives and just about the time they realize that the crystal turtle pendant is actually a Bijuu…Sanbi’s eye rolls. Naruto gets the hairy eyeball, like the stare down you get from a yappy chihuahua’s behind. Whups…recognition busts the crystal house and things get snappy (YAY!) once again. This is a long clip, but I wanted to show you Yuukimaru’s growth; he makes a conscious choice here to control Sanbi at the end.
Meanwhile, Team Kakashi, having fought off Team Guren is just reminding everyone that Hinata’s byakugan can see in the fog when the stuff starts to clear. TSUNAMI!! Sanbi’s little tempter tantrum is bearing down on them in a wall of rage. Run, Kakashi, run!!!!!! But I guess we’ll have to tune in next week to find out what they did.
Yuukimaru is an odd duck. His jutsu seems to be linked to an ambient fog that appears when he is afraid. Or perhaps when he’s calling Sanbi. He also seems able to shift very rapidly through space. He’s appeared twice to Naruto all of a sudden. Both times he left evidence behind that proved he was physically there, and wasn’t just some odd apparition.
So I’m still not convinced Sanbi isn’t actually in him and popping out when called. I’m also not convinced that they aren’t separate entities. Confused yet? I am. And this last scene I have for you just made it worse. I had to play it back, because I thought I’d missed something. Then…WTF? Yes, here is how this episode actually ends. You figure it out.
Then…the fact that Sanbi was this big ol’ super turtle reminded me of some really awful, AWFUL Japanese monster movies. You’ve heard of Godzilla, right? Hmm. Well there is a giant turtle rip off called Gamera, who loves children and saves them from the evil polluting war-mongering adult douchebags. Before there was manga…there was Gamera. Here is the 1969 classic Gamera theme song. Enjoy… (really, don’t skip this one, you’ll pee your pants…)