Naruto Shippuden 100: Needs action like a school marm on a Saturday night
After last week’s action-packed episode this one’s a bit of a snooze. Guren and Yuukimaru adjust. Naruto finds the others and almost rasengans Kiba in the face. Kabuto is still lurking. Gozu (the big, ox-looking guy) finds team Guren and goes looking for his gal. Tsunade sends back up with orders to seal Sanbi. Naruto goes looking for Yuukimaru.
10 awesomeness points to whoever can tell me where those lyrics in the caption came from. Let’s see if I’m really Queen of the Nerds of if someone out there knows. @.@
So Sanbi’s chillin’ out on the lake, and he calls up that funky fog of his. Guren wakes up with Yuukimaru holding her hand, after having some weird cross-contaminated dream of his mum spewing blood on a bunch of white camelias. If you’ve been following along, Yuukimaru’s been babbling about the white camelias turning red and now, mixed in with Guren’s Orochimaru dreams, there is the little urchin’s mom getting sliced.
Kabuto’s lurking by the shoreline, weenie, having escaped the worst of the battle in the last episode. He’s got something more up his sleeve, you can tell by the glint on his glasses. Guess we’ll find out next time, because nothing happened this time. Really. Nothing.
Dontcha just hate when you’re walkin’ along, minding your own beeswax and Orochimaru invades your quiet place? Naruto has a vision, or gets trapped in genjutsu. I guess it depends on how you see this and what happens next week. Could be part of Sanbi’s fog mystery. Could be Kabuto working on his mysterious ‘next step’. Could actually be a vision of Sasuke. No matter how you look at it, it’s weird. Although I thought I’d laugh myself silly when Kiba almost eats a rasengan. Ahhh…good times.
So Guren realizes that Yuukimaru has a fever again and it’s her turn to wait and hold his hand. It’s pretty touching *sniff* and I think I need a tissue. Wish there was more action or plot movement to contrast this, because it sort of fell flat for me. Maybe I have ice in my veins, afterall. Yes, it’s sweet, but the momentum here is more like inertia (it doesn’t want to move, it just really doesn’t want to move, despite all of last week’s action).
Meanwhile, Kakashi sends Hinata up on Sai’s big bird for some reconnaisance. Yeah, cause why would he believe Naruto about the presence of Sanbi, despite the fact he gushed all over him last episode.
Tsunade is alerted by Pakkun and she calls in some reinforcements; she’s decided to catch Sanbi herself before Akatsuki or Orochimaru can. So she assembles team back up: Shizune, Ino, Rock Lee (!) and Ten Ten.
Hmmm….and what have Rock Lee and Ten Ten been up to? OH…I’ll just show you, because any attempt to explain will sound dirty as hell. It involves the two of them, some kind of compatabiilty ‘training’, a rope, Maito Gai watching and 5 hours of tantric…oh…just watch the clip.
Tsunade assembles her next team, team seal the Sanbi. Shizune’s heading this one and it’s great to see her put down the pig for a mo. Here’s an interesting tidbit. She lists off the med nins who are to do the sealing…interesting: yeah, all the chicks but Ten Ten. Hinata? Really? Since when? Hmmm….interested to see if this plays out next week or if Tobi and Deidara will swoop in and steal the prize before team Turtle Soup in a Seal-a-meal works out.
Naruto wants to go find Yuukimaru, but Kakashi won’t let him go after the whole, Orochimaru-vision and Kiba’s close up view of rasengan. He’s thinking hard, which leads Sakura to look for the source of that burning smell. Naw…she comes to bust his balls about not keeping good watch, but has a change of heart, mostly. (She still busts his balls…c’mon, it’s Sakura, that’s what she does…ball bustin’ and rock bustin’…it’s all the same deal.)
They have a twisted conversation about home being where people think of you. She immediately thinks Sasuke, and agrees with what he says…but he’s actually thinking about Yuukimaru. Naruto feel responsible for the kid being in trouble, because he thinks the things he said to him (about Sasuke) led to him being with Oro’s minions. He takes off to find the kid and set things right.
That was it really. Not a whiff of action. A lot of plot set up. It was a bit of a snooze, but next week promises a bit more excitement after this set up.