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Naruto Shippuden Episode 19


Naruto is a staple anime series and one of the greatest shonen classics out there. Throughout its long run, there have been some amazing and unforgettable episodes. From iconic fights to heartfelt moments, the series has plenty for fans to enjoy.




Naruto Shippuden Episode 19



Though it feels almost impossible to choose the best episodes of the series, there are some that shine above all the rest. They are so good they have the audience coming back to watch them again and again. These are the episodes everyone talks about. They make fans laugh, cry, and inspire them in ways never thought possible.


One of the first examples of how Sakura has changed since the early days of Naruto is when she and Chiyo face off against Sasori. The gripping fight between them and the Akatsuki member keeps fans at the edge of their seat, the stakes high with Gaara's life on the line. This episode showcases Sakura's strength in ways the audience has never seen, putting her full power on display. Though it is only a taste of how strong she will become, it is a great episode to rewatch and see just how far Sakura has come since her childhood.


This episode is a fan favorite for many reasons. It is one of the first times Naruto encounters someone like him, comparing the two Jinchuriki's lives. He realizes how lucky he is to have his loved ones in his life. If he hadn't had them, he may have ended up just like Gaara, filled with hate and anger. This is one of the early moments of the series where Naruto is able to reach the heart of someone lost and suffering, and fans rejoice when they see Gaara's redemption. The episode sets the precedent for future Jinchuriki encounters throughout the series, with many finding new light in their lives after meeting Naruto, just as Gaara has.


The Chunin Exams arc is filled with amazing fights that fans remember for years to come. One of these iconic showdowns is between Naruto and Neji during the Chunin Exams finals. From the start, Neji looks poised for victory, but Naruto is unwilling to give up. His persistence and fighting spirit bewilder Neji, who is sure that no one can ever escape their fate. This episode is crucial for Neji, showing him that no one is tied down to destiny. It opens his eyes and changes him for the better, creating a life-long friendship between him and Naruto.


When things look bleak during Naruto's battle against Pain, Hinata rushes to his aid. He implores her to stand down, saying the battle is his to fight, but she refuses. Fans of Naruto and Hinata have waited for this episode for years and are exuberant when Hinata finally tells Naruto her true feelings. This episode brings a new start to Naruto and Hinata's relationship and is the turning point for them. Though it takes time still for Naruto to return her love, her confession is the beginning of their eventual relationship and life together.


When Rock Lee first appears, he seems goofy and strange. None of his fellow genin seem to take him seriously. His match with Gaara proves that Lee can accomplish incredible feats, especially considering he uses taijutsu alone. "Lee's Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu" is the first taste of what he can really do. It also gives the audience a closer look into Lee's life and the struggles he's faced that brought him where he is now. This episode is one of Rock Lee's finest moments and is a perfect example of what a brilliant Shinobi he is.


This episode is the most unforgettable of the entire arc, with the long-drawn-out battle with Zabuza and Haku coming to a sad end. Zabuza's change of heart in his final moments touches fans as he looks over his life with regret. This moment sticks with fans, as well as Team 7, serving as a lesson for the up-and-coming ninjas.


The battle between Sasuke and Itachi has been anticipated since the beginning. Sasuke had been fighting his entire life, preparing for the moment he could take his revenge on his traitorous brother. Fans watch in awe as the two go up against each other, but no one is prepared for how it ends, especially Sasuke. In Itachi's final moments, he reverts to the softer, kinder brother Sasuke knew as a child. He pokes his forehead one last time, leaving the younger Uchiha shocked and confused. This episode is the beginning of Itachi's redemption in Sasuke's eyes and brings a twist that no one could have expected.


This episode is in the middle of Naruto's internal battle with the Nine-tailed Fox demon Kurama. As he fights for control, Naruto meets with a mysterious woman. When he realizes he has come face to face with his own mother, Naruto can't contain his emotions, and neither can fans. This meeting is one that many have hoped for, and the moment when Naruto is finally in his mother's arms is so heartwarming and satisfying. Fans also get a deeper look into Kushina's life and how she and Minato fell in love. It is a wonderful and joyful episode that gives fans exactly what they always wanted.


"Naruto Shippuden" is a complex anime masterpiece where one dynamic story arc leads to another, coming together to create Naruto's compelling hero's journey. The series starts off with the criminal organization Akatsuki making big moves to take down the jinchuriki hosts of the legendary tailed beastscon. It winds through Naruto getting next-level powerful and joining his friends for the future of humanity in the Fourth Great Shinobi War. Still, any anime that makes it to 500 episodes is going to have some filler.


Filler is a necessary evil to keep your favorite anime on the air long enough to tell the full story from its source manga. Masashi Kishimoto, artist and creator of the "Naruto" manga, worked insane hours to churn out compelling comics regularly. Still, given the low cost and efficient process for making anime, at some point a given series will probably get ahead of its source material. This is why long-running shows like "Naruto" and "Naruto Shippuden" create episodes that aren't canon and add little to nothing to the storyline.


Before we say anything else, the canon episodes of "Naruto Shippuden" are 1-27, 29-56, 72-90, 113-143, 152-169, 172-175, 197-222, 243-256, 261-270, 272-278, 282-283, 296-302, 321-346, 362-375, 378-388, 391-393, 414-415, 417-421, 424-426, 451-463, 469-479, and 484-500.


These episodes are taken directly from the manga, centered on Naruto's progression toward achieving his destiny alongside his colleagues from Konoha and the other hidden villages, as well as his longstanding alliance with his original teammates Sakura and Sasuke. This is the bildungsroman of Naruto as completed in "Naruto Shippuden." The original "Naruto" series began with him as a troublemaker and weak student shinobi. "Naruto Shippuden" ends with him as the most powerful shinobi on the planet, with various evolutionary forms he can turn on when the battle really heats up. At the beginning, Naruto is a hated troublemaker; by the end, he's the world's savior. If you want to watch the bare minimum of episodes, these are absolutely not to be missed.


Many of these episodes are standalones or mini-arcs with no relevance to the storyline, some flashbacks to young Naruto and his friends going on some silly, pointless adventure. There's a drawn-out arc of Naruto and Yamato being seasick (at some point, Naruto's clones turn on him) as they head to Naruto's training with Killer B. One, Episode 271, only exists as a sort of advertisement for "Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie," and it should be added that none of the movies are canon, though they can be fun.


These filler episodes add nothing to the story and, in general, aren't worth watching. In fact, as some of these drag, on you'll often find yourself just wanting to jump forward to watching the canon episodes.


These "Naruto Shippuden" episodes have good stories and introduce some cool new abilities. We see a Land of Fire monastery full of formidable fighters, and any ninja story with legendary fighting monks is always awesome. (Just watch the old Shaw Brothers kung fu movies.) Several Akatsuki members show their power in wiping out some extremely powerful monks to collect bounties on them, including one monk with a jutsu, the Welcoming Approach: Thousand-Armed Murder, that looks like later jutsu involving manifesting powerful larger beings. (Hashirama's Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands specifically comes to mind.)


Plus, these episodes present the idea that a warrior can possess some tailed-beast chakra and still get the benefits. The fact that part of a tailed beast's chakra can reside inside somebody and turn them into a partial jinchuriki, even giving that person a tailed-beast cloak, will come in to play later.


There are plenty of elements that play into the canon. One is the introduction of the fact that there are Orochimaru compounds full of powerful shinobi, all of whom possess unique and, in some cases, truly frightening jutsu. There's a compelling story about how even an "evil" Orochimaru disciple can change for the love of another. We see the Three-Tails for a few episodes, more than any other time in the series. And we see the Four-Corner Sealing Barrier being used on a tailed beast, which will have a huge role towards the climax of the Fourth Great Shinobi War.


The beginning and end of most of these episodes show the villagers working together to rebuild the Village Hidden in the Leaves. Yet in between the open and close, we get mostly flashbacks. Many of these center on Naruto and how the individual shinobi rebuilding the village remembered the troublemaker years ago, and how proud they are of the shinobi he's become. None of the episodes make any changes or have any real bearing on the story, though they are fun, and again, the beginning and end of each episode is part of the main story.


Episodes 288 and 289 also connect to the story. Analogous to Episode 284, in 288, Kakashi and Might Guy have to fight and seal up other reanimated Legendary Swordsmen of the Mist. In Episode 289, they have to fight yet another reanimated Legendary Swordsman. These episodes are strong and fit into the current story so well that you might not even identify them as filler if you don't know. 041b061a72


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