Naruto Shippuden has pleasantly surprised fans of the long-running anime for a few weeks now, as the plot of the series shifted once more to the manga's canon. With the anime following the source material once more, it appears like Studio Pierrot, the production company behind the anime adaptation of Naruto Shippuden, is finally starting to wrap up the series.

The Anime's Current Pace

The current pace of the anime is so far covering the chapters of the manga fairly well, and while Naruto Shippuden is still prone to overextending its episodes with a ton of flashbacks, the progression of the manga's plot in the anime is fairly consistent.

Thus, unless Studio Pierrot decides to stuff filler episodes down fans' throats again, Naruto Shippuden would be entering its final arc very soon. If this is indeed the case, things are about to get very real in the anime.

Possible Animation Quality Issues

Considering that Naruto Shippuden might be on its way to wrapping up its story, it would be starting its arguably most important arc to date. As fans of the manga know, the finale of Naruto Shippuden would feature a brutal, no-holds-barred fight between Naruto and Sasuke, which would end with both fighters being permanently maimed.

With this said, however, many fans are getting a bit apprehensive due to the tendency of Studio Pierrot to cut costs when producing the Naruto Shippuden anime's episodes. This could be seen in the last two episodes alone, with a number of scenes in Obito's death sequence looking out of sync and showing poor animation.

Will Naruto Shippuden Do the Manga's Finale Justice

Fans of the manga know that the finale of Naruto Shippuden would be Naruto and Sasuke's most intense, violent fight. Considering that the two young ninjas' fight is the climax of the Shippuden timeline, numerous fans of the franchise believe that Studio Pierrot must make it a point to keep the animation and OST top-notch.

Fortunately, the anime has so far been meeting the expectations of fans with regards to its soundtrack. During the last few weeks, Naruto Shippuden has exhibited masterful integration of the series' OST for the most important scenes. Thus, all Naruto Shippuden really needs to do now is to make sure that its animation can match up to the anime's already awesome soundtrack.