Naruto Shippuden Episode 363 Review

Posted May 29, 2014 by Fadi Amer in Nerdy Bits

“The British are coming, the British are coming!” Paul Revere passionately cried, a warning of the imminent orgy of excitement and insanity about to pass over colonial America. Well, ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake- Paul Revere was referring to this week’s episode of Naruto Shippuden. Episode 363, “The Allied Shinobi Forces Jutsu.”

I know… you feel it too. That touching feeling that feels so feely as it holds your hand and proceeds to swing merrily in the meadows. With a strong start that seemed only to evolve in strength throughout the fleeting moment that was this episode, one would even begin to wonder how in the world Paul Revere was able to get his hands on a TV.

After what seemed to be century after century of stalling, albeit insightful and touching, filler, episode 363 begins to carry over where the previous episode left off, yet with an exciting touch that leaves one wanting more. In this episode, we encounter a perplexing view of the mind of Obito, and the intricate web that is the relationship between the characters that we have come to love and/or despise. In a strange yet thought provoking manner that wonderfully emerges in precise bursts throughout the series, monumental character and plot developments were made in the ever-short run-time of this episode.

The episode begins with the reveal of the ten-tailed beast with a bark so intimidating it threatens the fate of the world in a flamboyant display of supremacy. Here we are introduced to a creature that exemplifies the monstrosity behind the Obito-Madara duo, which appears only to grow more invincible. Unsurprisingly, the efforts of Naruto and co. to counter the insane power of Ten Tails fail miserably initially. Yet it is during this conflict that we delve deeper into the troubled psyche of Obito. In the scene where Naruto shoves Kakashi out of harm’s way, with one of Ten Tail’s tails heading right for the two, Obito comments on the just how similar Naruto and himself are. It’s very likely that as the Fourth Great Shinobi war comes to a close, we will see Obito transform from the vengeful villain into a character that grows to hope for a better future, and seeks to eradicate hatefulness without the artificial dream world of the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Yes, we’ve seen this before with the Pain arc and pretty much every arc thus far. Yes, it’s incredibly cheesy and basks in the romantic sentiment, but isn’t this the whole point of Naruto? Recurring in the series is the deep moral backbone, and the development of heroes and villains alike, that goes on to overcome strife and tribulations for the common good. For any avid follower, this comes as no surprise and, frankly, this is why I watch Naruto.

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So this is the Ten Tails, eh?

What’s so awesome about this development is how it draws on what we’ve known about the rich history between Kakashi and Obito in days long past, and it seems like it’s going to cycle back to where it all started. We began with the adorable trio under Minato, and Obito’s struggle for Rin’s affection. Afterwards, we witnessed the beginning of Kakashi’s growth, as he learns the values of friendship with Obito’s dying breath (going on to plan the end of the world). But as I write this, I can vividly picture Obito finding himself once more, inspired perhaps not by Kakashi, but by a Naruto that symbolizes all that he once stood for. “What about Sasuke?” you may ask. Well… YES. SASUKE. If there’s anything that can bring Obito back to his senses, it’s a Naruto-Sasuke development reminiscent of the time Obito movingly gave Kakashi his Sharingan amazingness. It would be of no surprise to me if this is the direction the plot moves in, keeping in mind that I have not followed up on the manga (I’m horrible, I know).

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And so, we find ourselves in the middle of the episode, with our valiant heroes climbing an uphill battle, in the rush to defeat Ten Tails and crush Obito and Madara’s plans for world destruction. This is where things get a tad more interesting, just a teeny, tiny, insignificant bit. Of course, I meant that with all the irony my brain can muster, because this is where everyone starts to lose their s%$#. Out of nowhere, and I truly mean nowhere, we find the entirety of the Allied Shinobi complex gathered at the frontline. Before I continue, I’ll take the time to say that they could have at least thrown in a better transition; to me, it seemed rushed in an effort to throw more awesomeness into the episode, but it was just that- rushed. Anyhow, we start to see something that we’ve never truly seen up until this point. Previously, we’d seen various Shinobi groups working together against the common enemy, but nothing as immense in scale as this. The screen dramatically pans, one half showing Obito and the other, Naruto; the former saying “The world will end!” and the latter, “The world will not end!” With what Naruto aptly calls “The Allied Shinobi Forces Jutsu,” and another brilliant strategy by Shikaku, all join hands in an effort to bring down Ten Tails. A glorious combination of the Lightning, Gale, Wind, Earth, Lava, Water and Fire styles sets it off, followed up by a full-frontal assault on the wicked trio. But is it of any use?

As the episode starts wrapping up, we’re treated to a cocky dialogue between Obito and Madara, discussing just how futile the hopes of the Allied forces are. Also, we witness what appears to be the Ten Tails unraveling, or shedding, for some unknown reason that places the conclusion of the Fourth Great Shinobi war in question. We’ve seen it time and time again, the failures a hero must endure to reach the final goal of peace and the victory of the good over the evil, and we’re most definitely going to see it again. This heroic attack is likely to epicly fail, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Allied Shinobi forces decimated, with the deaths of some, if not most, of our beloved characters (with the haunting tune to Asuma’s death lingering in the background). But I don’t care. I honestly don’t. The reason I don’t care, however, is because I love this show and I want it to go on. Besides, a quick victory would be too anticlimactic… I expect a bang, and I will get one come hell or high waters (which doesn’t seem all too ‘out there’ considering the massive scale of your typical jutsu). Here’s to more Naruto goodness and the conclusion of an arc with an affection that only grows fonder.





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At the tender age of four, Fadi encountered his first dragon. With a mighty roar and a wingspan as wide as his childish imagination, the battle was on. It was this experience that set him on the path of the nerd, and what a compelling path it is.

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