Naruto: Shippuden Episode #341 Anime Review

Naruto: Shippuden Episode #341 Anime Review

Naruto Shippuden Episode 341

He’s baaaaack….

What They Say:
Suigetsu and Jugo finally catch up to Sasuke. In order to learn the truth behind the Leaf’s actions, Sasuke decides to resurrect the one man who can help him find the answer—Orochimaru.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Having the reanimated characters that have plagued the world for many months now revert and head back to the other side was a big part of the previous episode and it worked well, though it felt like it came out of the blue because of the way the series has worked lately. It wasn’t bad and it made us realize once again that Madara is his own special brand of wacky out there, but it just felt so sudden that it wasn’t all that easy to process in a way. And now we get Sasuke, who has seen Itachi go to the other side and impart some good words of wisdom while doing so, now has to cope with some of the fallout as his compatriots have arrived and there’s a fair bit of anger among some over what’s happened. Especially now that they have Kabuto right there and are trying to grasp what he’s up to.

Suigetsu is naturally the loudest but he has some good reason to be in that this is the group that has survived and overcome a number of obstacles and risen to the top. Suigetsu makes it clear that he wants to be a part of the winning side and bringing Orochimaru back isn’t the way to do that since he was the cause of so many problems along the way. Not surprisingly, Orochimaru is brought back and he has his own issues with things, but the intriguing part is seeing what’s going on with Sasuke. While he has his own goals and plans, and continues to state his hatred for the Hidden Leaf, he’s unable to understand how Itachi has managed to let go of that to some degree and even in his post-death life consider himself a part of the Hidden Leaf Village. It’s a disconnect that young Sasuke cannot grasp.

While this sets Orochimaru out into the world again with a pack around him, the series thankfully goes elsewhere for much of the second half, instead giving us Naruto and the others that are facing down Madara. While they’re obviously relieved that so many smaller opponents are gone, there’s a huge battle that’s in the making with what Madara represents and we see how they have to get a lot done before Ten Tails comes back to life, which strikes a good bit of fear into the elder Hidden Leaf members we have here. It’s all a solid buildup to take care of business before Ten Tails hits the world in a huge way, which as we learn is something that people from time past have considered to be a sign of the end of the world. While there’s no real action here, it’s all stage setting for what’s to come and with Naruto back in play, it feels like there’s some real weight to the situation at hand.

In Summary:
While there was some interesting material to the Sasuke/Itachi/Kabuto storyline as we got it, it did feel like it got overly bogged down as it went on. But as it turns the corner here, bringing Orochimaru back (which makes me miss the Rock Lee series all the more), you can get the sense of just how badly things are going to go for everyone in the near future, especially with what’s going on topside with Madara and the rest. There’s a lot to like here, but it’s the kind of material that will work better when viewed with what’s to come next since it teases and sets up so much.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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