Following on from the previous series, Naruto begins to seek out his former team-mate Sasuke and bring him back to the clan, while Sasuke forms a team of ninja to seek revenge on his brother and at the same time Naruto and co are hunted for the beast residing in our yellow-haired hero.
The majority of this series is back story, beginning with Jiraiya’s youth and more information on Ssuke and his brother’s relationship. The initial first couple of episodes appear to be filler and may be a disappointment to Shippuden fans but please persist, these episodes in fact include some vital information that only add to the story’s structure and value.
Naruto Shippuden never fails to provide crisp, clear images throughout the series. Each frame is bright and a pleasure to look at which always enhances scenes which may otherwise be slow and uninteresting to an action anime fan.
It may have taken a while to get going, but this series of Shippuden finally gets to the good stuff. With action sequences aplenty and a great variety of plot devices used, fans of the series will not be disappointed.
The story takes itself a lot more seriously, adding gruesome scenes and emotion makes this very mainstream anime improve every series. The only problem is, you have to watch the previous series to understand what is going on.
Least to say fans can finally feel rewarded for sticking with this series, the plot builds to a crescendo for a few episodes which are not only entertaining, but completely unlike the very first series of Naruto. Having sat through this many series of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, it is great how far the series has come.