Asuma’s Last Words.
Naruto returns this week with Asuma collapsing as he was mortally wounded. Shortly after striking the final blow, Ino, Chouji, Raido and Aoba appear as the team’s backup. Hidan and Kakuzu are distracted by the crows sent to hinder their view, so as to save Asuma and his team.
After taking Asuma to a safe area, they begin fighting Hidan and Kakuzu but are unable to defeat them. The Akatsuki leader communicates with Hidan and Kakuzu and orders the two back to seal the Two Tails Jinchuuriki. Hidan and Kakuzu retreat, warning the group that they will return.
Meanwhile, Ino, Shikamaru and Chouji are trying to save Asuma, but they too realized that this was his last moments. Ino tries to treat Asuma, but fails, as Hidan’s attacks had damaged vital organs.
Asuma leaves advice for his students, with each supported by flashbacks of the most important times they spent with their teacher. He mentions that he now knows who the “king” that the ninjas Konoha must protect it. As he smokes a final cigarette, he dies of his injuries.
This week’s episode had to create a very strong effect on the viewers for the character of Asuma and boy did it do well. Yes, it was overly dramatic. Yes, Naruto Shippuuden is advancing slowly. But, with all these negatives, it still makes it very interesting and makes the viewers want to watch the next episode. The episode was very dramatic with the flashbacks and the melancholic music but all this makes it really special. In my opinion, it was a very strong episode and a great way for the exit of Asuma’s character.
There was nothing great in terms of animation as it was an episode without any fights. The opening and ending themes remain the same.
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