The previous episode feels like it could be best summed up by asking what happened to the dozen or so episodes that needed to precede it in order to set it up properly. It felt like it leapfrogged over a ton of necessary material in order to give it the right build-up and flow. With it playing out as it did, it felt like we were watching a very different show with only a mild connection to what we were watching before. While this series has handled the balance of fun and serious well, it went too serious too fast and left most viewers wondering what the hell just happened.
That feeling permeates this episode as well, one where it eschews a traditional opening in order to squeeze in more of the show itself since there's apparently a lot of ground to cover. Keena is assuring everyone that Sai is still alive but he's kept off screen for a bit as most everyone is preparing to deal with Yamato and the apparent invading ninja army that he has set up. There's a definite rush for certain surprises to be revealed as well, such as Eiko's true role her family and whose death she's responsible for. It felt like things did in the previous episode where things were just thrown out there for the heck of it. The supporting cast, the third rank characters really, are out in full force here as they try to stem the wave of the attack ninjas by defending their school as best as they can. It's all decent action material with a touch of humor mixed in, but it is the third stringers for the most part so it's fairly forgettable.
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