Naruto: Shippuden Episode #188 Anime Review

Naruto's journey in the past with Jiraiya lead them to a village where some small ties were made to a different story earlier in time, which is made more plainly clear in the episode summary. Kandachi's position as a former right hand man to Hanzo from the Hidden Rain may be memorable to some, but it completely eludes me since it's been some time since I saw episodes from the first Naruto series and a lot of the smaller plots really didn't leave an impact at all. Whether you knew that bit of info or not about Kandachi, it still comes down to the idea that he's a big fish in a small pond and his domination of this village makes it plain to see.

Much of the previous episode was focused on the set up and exploring how the village fell to Kandachi's hands, which allows this one to focus more on the resolution side with attacks and combat that doesn't paint Naruto well. In fact, after the first bit of subterfuge which I do think worked well, it falls apart kind of quickly as Naruto is repeatedly beaten back by Kandachi. He keeps getting up after each attack from the conch Kandachi is in control of and never gives up, giving us the moral part of the story. It also serves to remind others watching, such as Tanishi, what it's like to stand up for yourself and to not be intimated. Considering what his father went through, it's a defining moment for Tanishi since it gets him to actually get involved, which leads to others.

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