Shippuden 103 & 104: Dynamic Spirit Sensing, Dynamic Metal Rain, Dynamic Marking, and Tobi Peeps
Finally some action in here, this double episode packed a wallop and I actually found myself excited about the anime again! Like, jump up and down, e-mailing people about it halfway through kind of excited. This is Mollie (Ibiki Teishi) with your Shippuden review for this week’s awesomeness double episode.
I have to say, I’ve been a little apathetic about Naruto lately. The Konoha invasion in the manga has been dragging by, drawing out the action and teasing the plot for far too long. The anime has been, quite frankly, sucking some major azz until it’s raw. Here’s the thing…even the best experience turns annoying if there’s no change in rhythm. Words to live by. You heard ’em here. So this double anime ep woke me back up…and it wasn’t just the action, it was the ensemble cast.
For so many weeks we’ve been focused on Naruto, Naruto, Naruto…and yeah, I love that little swirly, pressed-fish product in my ramen as much as the noodles, but in the end, there can be too much of a good thing. I’m Naruto and Rasengan exhausted. I fell in love with this manga/anime because of the characters, because Kishi had managed to build an entire community around his hero saga. It’s been great watching Naruto learn FRS and sage mode, but that growth has come at the expense of the ensemble cast.
All you haters, stand down. I love Rock Lee’s exuberance, Ten Ten’s deadly accuracy, Kiba’s testosterone-packed bravado. I’ve pined for more Shino, AND Ino. You all can pop off and spout about their weaknesses, the cast of characters, their frailties and talents, their arguments, comic relief and heroic flashes of brilliance are why I love this manga. Hell, I even hunger for more Sasuke at this point…which is a very good thing as the anime is about to go there, big time.
My excitement kicked in right off the bat when there was a new credit roll intro…YES! can you taste it? The Sasuke Grows arc is about to take off and the new opening is steeped in curse seal, snake, sharingan eye and Naruto Sasuke yin-yang symbolism. YES! We’re about to switch arcs and I’m SO ready. Past ready. I was getting to that point where I was ready to roll over and go to sleep–leaving Kishi there to nurse his blue balls in the dark. Ahem…perhaps a little less innuendo…ne?
SO, episode 103 opens with the three Leaf teams springing into action. The “girl” team (f!ck, Kishi, sometimes I hate you and your backward notions about appropriate gender roles…and no one better point at Ten Ten and say a word, Naruto already did) starts the sealing jutsu. Ino is the weak link in the chain, and its her relationship with Sakura that pulls her through. Not just because of the rivalry, but because of the support as well. It was a nice development on Ino, reminiscent of Sakura’s memory with the hair ribbon.
Lee storms into smoke screen set up by Team Guren, and it takes a flashback with Gai Sensei to set him straight. He uses the force and completely frickin’ PWNS! Heck…I’ll just show you. I think I was cheering through this, because it was so good to have some action, and to top that off…it’s Rock Lee!!!! The only thing better would have been drunk Rock Lee, but I think that truly would have blown my mind. SPIRIT SENSOR….ON! LMAO…
Ten Ten had a delicious moment of raining metal into the smokescreen. I know there are plenty of Ten Ten bashers out there…believe me, I read your bubbles…and I don’t want to hear it. She’s quick, she’s sharp and she’s on target, just like her weapons. And it was great to see one of the gals truly anxious to get some game on. She ROCKS!
Kiba, not to be outdone, got out dynamic marking. Why didn’t you think of that before, Kiba? Still it was great to see this team in action.
Naruto, Sai, Shino and Kakashi took on Guren. Shino works up his bugs. Sai takes on Gozu, the big muscles guy who has a thing for mud. Guren takes on Kakashi and Naruto backs him up. It was a nice battle, Kakashi taking out crystal with lightning was all I had been hoping for.
Tobi gets left behind by Deidara, who still hadn’t forgiven him for his previous hijinks. And he watches the seal, talking to himself and Deidara (who isn’t there, so Tobi’s a frickin nut). Hmmm…THIS is Madara? THIS is the Mizukage? Why play the part when not being watched? Or does he know Deidara is there? Or is Zetsu not really his guy and he’s watching? I’m intrigued…is it just more bullsh!t filler stuff, or does this mean something?
Rock Lee and Ten Ten step in to protect Team GRRRRRL, just as one of Guren’s minions attack. 😄 Did I mention how happy I was about the return of the supporting characters?
Kabuto shows himself to be a prick and a half, and blackmails Guren even as she realizes she was the jerk who killed Yuukimaru’s mummy and left him alone with crazyass visions of red camelias. Then, our silver haired minion maneuvers Guren and Yuukimaru together, thinking that the time has come.
So…next week not a double ep…and I’m wondering…will this wrap up in one, two, three or (heaven forbid) MORE?! I’m anxious for the finale, and if this week’s tasty treats were any indication, it should be a show stopper! How close are we, do you think? Did this episode make you laugh (or at least these clips)? I laughed a lot at these episodes, belly laughs at the outrageousness and the thrill of jutsu other than rasengan. Tell me what you thought in the comments.