Hey everyone! Sorry for being late with the Naruto Shippuden Episode 488 review. Without wasting any more time, I’ll just dive right into the stuff.
Episode 488 finally ended Sasuke’s side story, in a remarkable way. The animation was top notch, once again, and I hope it continues throughout the light novels’ adaptations. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a decent Naruto filler, and if the rest of the novels are as good as this one, we’re in for a treat! We left off the previous episode at Chino looking for vengeance on the Uchiha Clan.
As Sasuke and Chino begin their battle, more light is thrown on the powers of the Ketsuryugan. However, even that doesn’t stop Sasuke from overpowering her. Chino’s defeat ends on a positive note though.
Sasuke explains to her how he was able to turn his dark past into light, because of Naruto, and how she has a similar friend in Fushin. With this, the Lightning Gang is taken into custody by Leaf, and later transferred over to the Mizukage, who wants them to fight for the village.
Meanwhile, Sasuke fights each and every slave at the Coliseum, and since he becomes their owner, he sets them all free.
The Raikage Ay, also makes an appearance to arrest the patrons involved at the Coliseum. En Oyashiro, however, manages to escape and is revealed to be Chino’s father, and another surviving member of the Chinoike Clan.
Sasuke finally plans to return to Konoha, since according to him, it’s been a while since he’d been home. With that, the arc comes to a beautiful conclusion.
I personally loved how these fillers panned out, and the way Sasuke has changed.
It reflects his true form, whilst picturing his sad past. We’ll be starting Shikamaru’s story now, and I hope it is every bit as good as Sasuke’s. I’ll see you next week.
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