「サスケとサラダ」 (Sasuke to Sarada)
“Sasuke and Sarada”
As much as I love this show, I hate it whenever things slow down like this.
Let me preface this paragraph with this one simple statement — I love this show and want it to be the best god damn show ever. That said I can’t look past it when the story decides to suddenly nosedive into stale and somewhat overused territory. Especially when we know just how amazing the story can be!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I personally think that everything up to the end of this week’s episode was pretty damn good. We had Sarada finally getting some decent screen time which in turn finally allowed the story to develop her character from something more than just being the student who excelled at things. We got to see that she’s a good kid who tries hard for her family and doesn’t mind going out of her way to help out those who are close to her. We even got to see her breakdown a bit as the stresses of real life started crashing down (both literally and figuratively) around her! All things that when put together would of made for some fantastic storytelling. Except, instead of that, we now have to deal with the threat of Uchiha Shin, a new villain that seems to have enough clones to give Star Wars a run for its money. A threat that I think the show is using in the completely wrong way.
At the heart of it all, there isn’t anything inherently wrong with a new villain appearing. The Naruto series has always been known for its progressively stronger antagonists and I don’t we could have asked for anything better than a surprised Uchiha. However, the introduction of this new villain and how the story is trying to tie it into Sarada’s story is beginning to drive me insane. Like, if you look back at this week’s episode, there were so many opportunities for Sasuke (or Sakura) to answer Sarada’s questions that it actually hurts to think about it.
Anyways, before closing this post out, let me change gears for just a moment to talk about Naruto. As someone who grew up without parents and is having trouble dealing with Boruto, I have to give him massive props for being the father figure Sarada needed. While it would have been nice to know about any major interactions in the past, there’s no denying I got some really strong goosebumps from the nostalgia trip I went on whenever I thought of how Iruka-sensei did the same thing for Naruto when he was a kid.
Overall, not that bad of an episode and if anything I’m just biased. In any case, I’ll catch you guys in the comments next week since Zaiden should be back from his excursion out into the wilderness. It’s been a blast and I hope we all get to see Sarada have a happy ending soon :’).
See you later!