「写輪眼の少年」 (Sharingan no Shounen)
“The Boy with the Sharingan”
Boy, the people behind the series really know how to take my heart and squeeze it in just the right way.
With the story finally picking up and the next arc slowly kicking into gear, I’m so excited to see that some older members of the Naruto cast may get some of the spotlight sent their way. With Naruto already staying on screen for much longer than any of his previous appearances, it almost feels like we’re getting spoiled with Sasuke about to dive into the limelight. Nostalgic feelings aside, let’s dive into it!
As a character, I can honestly say that I haven’t been the biggest fan of Sarada. Between her somewhat cocky attitude and the smarts to back it up, it’s pretty clear that she’s the true embodiment of Sakura with a tiny bit of Sasuke mixed in there. Luckily, I think this week did a fine job at finally giving Sarada’s character the development it needed to break free of the “shadow” that Sakura had inadvertently cast on her. Specifically, I really enjoyed how the story amped up the feelings of neglect and abandonment that Sarada has been dealing with and how compared to everyone in her immediate friend group, she’s the only one dealing with the lack of a father figure. If anything, it’s actually somewhat amazing that it took this long for the story to accentuate these bitter feelings Sarada has been harboring since I think one of the mainstays of this series is children dealing with loss of parents and/or loved ones. Now for the naysayers out there, I can understand being a little disappointed with just how easily things fell into Sarada’s lap. From discovering that her favorite picture was actually a fake to stumbling about Naruto just as he was about to head to Sasuke, I won’t deny that it felt a little too good to be true. However, after experiencing the first arc and some of the slowdowns that occurred as the story tried to create artificial tension, I’d take this over a slow and wasted episode any day.
That said, Sarada and her familial troubles weren’t the only thing that this week’s episode focused on and boy am I excited for what’s coming. Tying into Sarada’s situation quite nicely, it’s actually a little scary when you think about some rogue Uchihas running around out there. Besides the terrifying notion that multiple Sharigans users are out there, I’m really curious where the story is going to go with this. We’ve seen one side of the Uchiha clan, will we see another?
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week since I’ll be covering this show for one more week. See you then!