Anime Reporter hits the ground running for Naruto Shippuden Collection 17 (episodes 206-218).
Following on from the events of Naruto Shippuden Collection 16, people are in a little bit of a bother because, well because war was declared. It’s all building up to one hell of a conflict, the Akatsuki versus the assembled ninjas of the five great nations. But first, there’s just a little matter of some personal business to resolve.
At the end of Collection 16, Naruto was about to set off in search of Sasuke, (because why break the habit of the past two hundred episodes, right?), when Sakura dropped a major bomb on him, telling him that she loves him and doesn’t want him going after Sasuke anymore. Alas, if only it were that simple, but we all know that Naruto’s ninja way means that he can’t turn back when he sets himself a goal. Naruto eventually manages to set off once more on the hunt for his old friend.
In the meantime, Sasuke and Tobi have managed to track down Danzo for Sasuke’s latest quest for revenge and that turns into a pretty intense battle of the calibre which only Sasuke seems capable and Sasuke’s thirst for vengeance is revealed for the monster it is when some familiar faces finally intervene.
We also get to see Akatsuki’s latest attempt to snag themselves a tailed-beast as Killer Bee faces off against the shark-like swordsman, Kisame. Killer Bee won’t be going down easily though and he shows us just what a Jinchuriki can do when they make their tail-beast their ally.
The rest of the collection focuses on the tension of the leaders of the ninja nations and on Naruto’s and Sasuke’s troubled past.
It has to be said that perhaps a lot less time could have been spent on establishing the nature of Naruto’s friendship with Sasuke and on the flashbacks which quickly become repetitive and even a little heavy-handed. The emotion and intensity of these memories are vitally important to the tale but, most fans of the series will be acutely aware of exactly how complex their rivalry had become and even for absolute newcomers, it really does feel a bit redundant after a certain point.
Collection 17 takes up the majority of season 10 of the series, bringing us from the fallout of Naruto’s battle against Pain and into a truly new era, which is why it’s perhaps important to give his quest for Sasuke a sizeable farewell for the time being. Naruto’s defeat of Pain has made him the hero of his village and finally won him the respect and friendship that he struggled after for so long. The scene is set, the players are ready.
Bring on the fourth great ninja war!
Naruto Shippuden Collection 17 is currently available on DVD in the UK and Ireland from Manga Entertainment UK. For more information, check out the Manga UK Twitter page and their Facebook page and stay with us at Anime Reporter as we’ll do what we can to keep you up to speed.
Character Development: 8
Use of Flashbacks: 5
74% – “A Sturdy Bridge”Despite its fairly heavy use of flashbacks and the repetitive theme of its episodes, Naruto Shippuden 17 is an excellent bridge between Naruto’s quest for his friend and the next, truly monumental saga; the Fourth Ninja War. Don’t miss Collection 18!