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Naruto Shippuden Episode 373: Team 7 Assemble!

WARNING: This contains spoilers.

The episode starts with Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura standing in front of the juubi which is still trapped inside the red barrier created by the four hokage. As they are about to attack, Hashirama stops them to see the Ten-tails going on a rampage. It fires out a tailed-beast bomb but fortunately, the barrier is strong enough to contain the bomb and instead, the attack is sent upwards. Hashirama then creates some Wooden Clones and assists each group of shinobi to the entry points in the wall so they can go in and out of it and attack the sealed beast.

HashiMada Alert: One of Hashirama’s clones goes to meet Madara to settle their score once again. However, Madara tells him that he doesn’t want to fight a mere clone. He will not be satisfied unless he fights the real Hashirama, so he will just wait for him to come. Teehee. )

Back to the battlefield. Even though the juubi is already restrained by the seals, it still manages to spawn some of its clones directly from its body to prevent the allied forces from getting near it. Team 7 prepare themselves to battle, as Sakura takes her time to reminisce the days when Naruto and Sasuke had to protect her all the time. Back then, she had to constantly look at the back of her teammates helplessly while they were fighting to shield her from danger. And to be a full-pledged kunoichi, she pleaded the fifth hokage to take her as an apprentice and she spent the next few years training to be stronger. And now, she is finally able to show off her worth as Tsunade’s disciple.

She unleashes the Byakugo no In (Strength of a Hundred Seal) and a mark on her forehead appears. She punches the ground and its impact sends the humanoid-like clones off, scaring Naruto and impressing the First Hokage with her strength that’s probably much greater than Tsunade’s.

Naruto gets frightened by Sakura's immense strength.

Naruto gets frightened by Sakura’s immense strength.

The power that the trio display in their attacks inspires and motivates the other teams to join the battle and show off their own techniques. Sai also finally makes his appearance as part of Team 7 (yey! I thought they already kicked him out of the group lol). However, before he can even attack the ten-tails from above, he gets assaulted by one of the clones and falls mid-air but is luckily saved by Naruto.

The enemies keep getting bigger in size and in numbers, so Sai asks Naruto if he can share his chakra with everyone again. Unfortunately, Kurama is still not yet finished amassing his chakra so it’s impossible to do it. This makes it even more difficult for Sai and the rest of the shinobi to get past the clones, and so Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura respond to Sai’s concerns by weaving their Summoning Technique. And poof! Gamakichi, Aoda and Katsuyu appear!

They are indeed the disciples of the Legendary Sannin

They are indeed the disciples of the Legendary Sannin

Oh yeah! It’s like seeing the new generation of the Legendary Sannin! Minus the recollection of Sakura, everything else is totally sugoi with all the action scenes and techniques being shown by the characters in the episode. I got really excited watching each team’s development and new techniques. Kiba’s got a new jutsu (Man-Beast Team Transformation Combo) and gives birth to a Three-Headed Wolf (which is pretty cool). Shino’s Parasitic Gigantic Beetle Infestation, from the name itself, infests the body of its host and devours its flesh if the amount of chakra given is not proper, thus, resulting to the abrupt growth of the parasites inside. (My initial reaction was very much similar to that of Ino’s. Gross. But still amazing. 🙂 ) Hinata, on the other hand, manages to surpass her limits and proceeds to use her Eight Triagrams Sixty-Four Palms. As for Team 10, their Ino-Shika-Cho Combination Attack just leveled-up and they form a Human Boulder Yo-yo (which reminds me of Ultraman lol).

Team 8: Kiba, Shino and Hinata Team 10: Shikamaru, Chouji and Ino

Team 8: Kiba, Shino and Hinata
Team 10: Shikamaru, Chouji and Ino

Well, the throwback scenes about Sakura were necessary to fully convey her growth as an average shinobi to a more powerful one, enough to be on par with her master, Lady Tsunade. Look forward to more awesome battle scenes in the upcoming episodes of Naruto Shippuden!

Next time on Naruto Shippuden: “The New Three“.

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