Naruto Shippuden Episode 155 Recap: “The First Challenge”

Original Airdate: 4/8/2010

Toonami Airdate: 4/22/2017

Hey, do you not like the toads on here like I do, and wish they could go away? Well, too bad. They are here for the time being, and are gonna teach you and Naruto a couple things along the way. Learn your Nature Energy, and just sit back and relax. For real, that’s the moral of this episode.

As where it left off at the end of the last episode, Fukasaku had to tell Naruto he isn’t actually gonna die from Nature Energy. It was a stupid analogy from Gamakichi. Basically, for Naruto to gain nature energy, he will has to absorbed all of it into his body by not moving. He has to be like an animal to feel nature throughout. Of course, the little hyperactive blonde thinks it’s easy, but really, you try sitting still for awhile. It’s not so easy. Plus, he can’t take this so lightly since they are still dealing with Pain. But Naruto knows are about Pain’s info, so he has no time to lose. Luckily, there is a shortcut through this. Fukasaku points to the waterfall that gives off oil for the toads here. Fukasaku rubs some on Naruto’s arm. Whenever this oil is on Naruto, he will be able to feel nature energy. However, there’s a risk. If a normal person isn’t used to the oil, they turn into a frog. And guess what’s happening to Naruto?

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Oh, don’t worry. Fukasaku has a way to handle these situations: Beat him up. He beats Naruto with the baton, and it just so happens to turn him back to normal. Naruto needs to learn to balance his own charka with nature energy. And if he learns in due time, he won’t need the oil. But, if he uses too much, he may never be human again. That’s what Gamakichi met by “dying”. Actually, turning into a frog isn’t the worst thing. You can be one of the former students who didn’t get Sage Jutsu down pat and turned into one of the frog statues. Hell, even the best student at it, Jiraiya, still had issues since he still had some frog features during Sage Jutsu. Naruto will go through with it, since it’s his Ninja Way. Meanwhile, the Akatsuki make their plans to go after Naruto. They know the Leaf will be after them, so they have to hurry. Konan will make the preps, as more Pains show up to get ready to go to the Leaf.

As Naruto trains more, he keeps turning into a frog, having Fukasaku beat him. It’s not going well, but Naruto decides to use Shadow Clones to speed it up. It’s a good idea, but Fukasaku only allows him to use 4, cause if one turns into a frog, it’s over. He gets the clones out, but they all turn, and in turn, Naruto gets all Rodney King’d by Fukasaku. Naruto can’t take any more of this.

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Of course, Naruto and Jiraiya are exceptions when it comes to humans using Sage Jutsu, since they got alot of chakra stored up. It takes alot of chakra to take in Nature Energy. Naruto will go on with all the beatings.

In time, Naruto does finally see and sense Nature Energy, which he celebrates. He then eats the food which Shima made. This time, it tasted good. He’s becoming like them. So now, it’s time to lift the frog statue like Fukasaku did. He tells Naruto to try with his ninjutsu chakra. It doesn’t go too well. Now it’s time to use nature energy. Naruto stays still, has all the nature energy he can muster go into him, and again tries to lift the statue. He struggles at first, but he is able to lift it. And then, he lifts it fully over his head. Naruto is going quicker than Jiraiya did. However, he’s not as bright as his master, as shown when he throws the statue into another one, causing a chain reaction that collapses all the statues.

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Since he can control nature energy now with the oil, he will have to do so without it. It uses a lot of chakra, but nature energy does make you stronger and heal you faster, even faster than Naruto can with the 9-Tails. But before Naruto can move on, Fukasaku gives him a book he wants him to read. It’s Jiraiya’s first book, “Tales of a Gutsy Ninja”. In it, a ninja faces an enemy, enemy thinks he’s won, there’s talk of curses, peace, and finding peace, you saw this before. The good ninja doesn’t give up, and wins. Who is he? Naruto reads it, and cries from it. It then flashes back to younger Naruto and Jiraiya, talking after Sasuke left. Jiraiya had the same deal with Orochimaru, who lost his way after his parents died. Jiriaya may have not understood Orochimaru, but what influenced the ninja world was hate. Jiraiya hoped to bring harmony to this world, and if he didn’t, then Naruto would for him, which he promised Jiraiya he do, making his master proud. Naruto got something very valuable from this, and thanks Jiraiya. Back at the Akatsuki hideout, Killer Bee is getting his 8-Tails power taken away. But during it, his body turns into an octopus leg. Sasuke didn’t get the real one, as Killer Bee is still out there.

Overall, this was a pretty good episode. I been saying these were good episodes the past few weeks. What has happened?! But for real, the training stage could be alot worse than this, as I said. The fact that the pace here isn’t going at a sloth-like speed makes it better. For Shippuden, this is a NASCAR-like approach. Also, I can appreciate the advice from Fukasaku when he says sitting still ain’t easy. You try being hyperactive all the time like Naruto is. It ain’t easy being still for so long. I should know, since I had ADHD all my life, and sitting still for even one minute is almost damn near impossible. Even better, the book part was actually pretty good too. We all know who the character in the book is, since we saw the “Tales of a Gutsy Ninja” part before this. So knowing his Master did care for him was a cool moment. Also cool, come on. Seeing Fukasaku beat down Naruto was pretty funny. It’s better than seeing him getting beat up by Sakura for no damn reason at all. Another good episode which makes it 3 in a row now. 3.5 Frog Beatdowns/5.

 

Naruto Shippuden can be seen at 2:30 AM Saturday on Toonami

 

 

 

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