The Terrifying Secret!
Naruto returns this week with Kakashi and Team 10 in battle with Akatsuki’s Hidan and Kakuzu. Kakuzu had just let out a fire jutsu, which resulted in the fact that he can use all 4 elements. Shikamaru realizes that each of the entities created by Kakuzu, has it’s own heart plus the heart of Kakuzu himself. In other words, Kakuzu has five hearts, each of which must be killed before he dies. Hidan angers Choji, who then advances for a reckless attack.
Choji is stopped by Shikamaru’s Shadow technique and is saved by Kakashi. While Hidan keeps Kakashi busy, Choji is attacked by Kakuzu and is unable to stop his attacks. Hidan is supported by the entities formed by Kakuzu, to create an opening against Kakashi. As Kakuzu goes for the final blow, he is distracted by Ino and Shikamaru, but Shikamaru is confronted by one of Kakuzu’s entities. This gives time to Kakuzu, who then holds both Ino and Choji hostage. Kakashi also leaves an opening and is hit by the wind and fire jutsu. Hidan strikes Kakashi, only to realise that it was a shadow clone.
This gives Team 10 the upper hand, as it buys them time. Shikamaru creates a pool of water and electrocutes Kakuzu, which helps them retrieve Ino and Choji. Shikamaru reasons that separating the two Akatsuki is the only way to defeat them. Shikamaru then steps forward to fight Hidan one-on-one, while the others focus on defeating Kakuzu. He tries to catch Hidan’s shadow, while Kakashi begins attacking Kakuzu. Finally, he catches him with the Shadow Possession technique and leads Hidan to the forest.
Kakuzu then reveals that he has more experience under his belt than all of the three put together. He reveals that the last Konoha shinobi he had fought was the First Hokage and has managed to extend his life by stealing the hearts of powerful shinobi he defeats before the present one dies out. Elsewhere, Shikamaru starts planting bombs in order to trap Hidan. His Shadow Possession technique dies out and Hidan attacks him, drawing blood. The battle turns in favour of Hidan, as he prepares for his ritual to kill Shikamaru. Kakuzu combines two of his hearts into a single entity and prepares to face Kakashi, Ino and Choji to get a replacement heart.
Summarizing the review, this episode carries on the epicness of this fight from the last episode. The episode progresses very quickly, keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat. The episode potrays Hidan and Kakuzu’s combat ability gracefully and how they work together so well. It also shows some background on Kakuzu’s character. It shows the secret behind Kakuzu’s five hearts.
The fight scenes, once again were top notch, with fluid animation supporting them. The intensity created is pretty amazing. The music suits this episode extremely well.
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