Naruto Shippuden just aired its hour-long special episode, The Final Battle, and it was, for lack of a better term, perfect. With Studio Pierrot practically giving fans everything that was demanded, the special episode went above and beyond viewers' expectations, finally giving the epic series the treatment it deserves.
Naruto Shippuden The Final Battle Recap
The Final Battle started off without much of Studio Pierrot's trademark time-killers. From the onset of the episode, the anime wasted no time bringing fans what they wanted all along: the brutal fight between Naruto and Sasuke. Through the duration of the two episodes, it was evident that Studio Pierrot poured in all of its effort and funding in making the sequences as smooth and aesthetically pleasing as possible. In this respect, the anime more than delivered.
What was very admirable in The Final Battle was the fact that each of the sequences in the hour-long special was animated with great care, thereby bringing the personal, gritty and intensity of the two ninjas' battle to life. Over the course of the episodes, numerous fans stated that they were quite literally brought to tears, as scenes were played out beautifully with seamless animation.
The fact that there was no background music for most of the fight actually added to the allure of the episode. Doing so allowed viewers to feel the physicality of the fight, and it made the battle all the more interesting. When the music played, however, it was spot on, especially when Need to be Strong, a classic Naruto track from years back, played during the battle.
Overall, The Final Battle turned out the way it was supposed to be - a heartfelt love letter to Naruto fans who have stuck with the series for more than a decade.
Naruto Shippuden Episode 478 Preview
One thing that was confirmed in The Final Battle were the rumors which alleged that the anime would not end with the hour-long episode. Indeed, The Final Battle ended with the two young ninjas meeting each other head-on for one final, definitive attack. As fans of the series would know, there is still a lot more to the Naruto story after the two ninjas' final clash.
From the preview that was shown after the hour-long special, Episode 478, The Unison Sign, would cover the events that transpired immediately after Naruto and Sasuke's final battle. Very little was shown in the preview, but the scenes that were shown in the brief teaser appeared to suggest that the next episode would once more be filled with flashbacks and a whole load of introspection on the part of both Naruto and Sasuke.
If any, the presence of the Episode 478 teaser is proof that, at least for the next few weeks, possibly for the next month, Naruto Shippuden can finally arrange the way it would bid its loyal fans goodbye.