「新忍刀七人衆！！」 (Shin Shinobigatana Shichininshu!!)
“The New Seven Ninja Swordsmen!!”
Last week, I said it would be awesome if Chojuro showed how he could finally kick some real ass. And I have to say, everything started off great. Some punk kids steal a couple of very important swords, but the situation is completely under control. Nothing has escalated yet, and the general public are clueless. Most importantly, the Mizukage and previous Mizukage are both at the scene, ready to take serious action. What’s more, they take a hard stance. Nothing wishy washy, also known as ‘I’ll bring back Sasuke from the dark side‘. Chojuro was going to straight up murder these kids for daring to be a nuisance towards the Hidden Mist village, and that was like totally cool, if not slightly unethical.
However, he completely bombed it. Firstly, getting sense talked into him by two 8 year old kids, then getting blackmailed by Boruto of all people. But none of this came nowhere close to being the worst offender for me. I mean, seriously?!? You’re telling me some kids pulled a few cheap tricks, and had the Mizukage looking like Christ on the cross? Not only does Chojuro seem like the weakest kage, but he probably also wins out at being the lamest one of all time. This episode became nothing short of a complete disappointment, since the preview from last time baited me into having high hopes. Honestly shaking my head here. Of course, this could be a time old attempt at the legendary Talk no Jutsu. But it seems rather ineffective right now, given how he’s getting ignored. Suddenly trying to pull off the Uzumaki ultimate technique like it’s nothing. Pffft, who does Chojuro think he is?
Usually I’d dabble harder to figuring out Chojuro’s endgame, before jumping towards conclusions. However, I’m just mad that we needed to go through this tripe first, and feel saltier than an overcooked piece of smoked gammon steak. No matter what, I can’t see how his gambit can be justified, even if it pulls out a positive result at the end. As for something that needs answering, these feudal lords from the Land of Water clearly need to get checked for serious brain damage. Waging a war against the Hidden Leaf Village, using some upstart brats as proxy… what in flying f*ck are you gonna gain from provoking Naruto and Sasuke? It’s like they’ve totally forgotten the previous Shinobi war. There is no territorial expansion to be had, where these two literal gods hand your ass to you a thousand times over. That’s like sticking a middle finger at Zeus, and expecting a close fight, when he’ll just instantly smite you with lightning. Just thinking about it is slowly lowering my IQ, so I’m probably going to stop there.
So those are my biggest gripes for this episode, other than the fact it decided to end at a less than ideal point. That is to say ending just short before any action could occur. Annoyingly, I’m actually excited for next week as a result. I can’t wait to see the base sharingan in action, after many years of Mangekyo/Eternal Mangekyo/Rinnegan. Hopefully Sarada will put up a decent fight against Bumtan, and maybe even get around to stealing some lightning jutsu for a decent powerup.