Hey everyone! I’m here with the Naruto Shippuden Episode 494-495 Review. We recently completed Shikamaru’s Story, which saw Shikamaru take on Gengo from the Land of Silence.
Now, we’re shifting focus from Shikamaru’s Story to Konoha’s Story. More specifically, to Naruto and Hinata’s Wedding. I’m sure all the fans have been eager to see this momentous occasion ever since the animation of Konoha Hiden was announced.
Timeline-wise, the story takes place before Sasuke’s story even began. Naruto and Hinata are already married by the time of Sasuke’s Story.
I’m pretty sure most of the students from Naruto’s generation must find it hard to believe that he’s the first one to get married. However, he is the protagonist, after all. Even the teachers, like Kakashi and Iruka Sensei are having a hard time thinking of mere words for Naruto and Hinata’s big day. Nonetheless, each friend of Naruto does congratulate him in their own way, which ranges from Rock Lee’s ” have a hot wedding”, to Ino’s “Naruto, Hinata, how are you?”.
Iruka Sensei was the focus of this episode, as he is offered the position of Vice Principal of the Konoha Academy. But in the end, he chooses not to go for it, since he realizes teaching children is what he loves the most. His current students mean a lot to him.
The episode was filled with funny moments. After the tense arcs of Sasuke and Shikamaru, the fans definitely deserve something more upbeat and laughable. Kakashi has also taken it a step further, by making everyone bring gifts to him, so they can rank the gifts. By doing this, he is prepared to become the “worst Hokage in History”.
The next couple of episodes will be focused on what gifts people decide to bring to Naruto’s Wedding. Episode 495 covered Rock Lee and Tenten’s troubles over the wedding gift pretty well. While the episode was really funny, Studio Pierrot took a step backwards in this episode, animation wise. However, it was to be expected, since this episode took a lot of instances from Naruto’s spin-off anime, Naruto SD: Rock Lee’s Springtime of Youth.
Lee and Gai ultimately decides to get Dumbbells for Naruto and Hinata. They think newly weds require muscle work a lot. Meanwhile, Tenten ends up with a getting them a custom made Kunai.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a glimpse of either Hinata, or Naruto in this week’s Naruto Shippuden Episode 494 or 495. However, they will turn up sooner or later.
Orochimaru also made an appearance in this episode and Congratulated the couple as well. On a serious note, I also liked the progress Konohamaru has made. He definitely looks far more stronger and reliable now, so the anime did a great thing changing things with him. Another important instance was the moment when Lee was able to open the Seventh Gate of Shock. I don’t know if it happens in the novel or not, but it implies Lee too has progressed even further now.
Anyway, let’s look forward to what this arc has to offer. Although it won’t include much fighting action, it will still be a great arc.
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