Naruto Shippuuden Episode 114: The Ominous Red Sky

Kishi loves symbolism.  This one is a very powerful one - Hokages surrounded by the blood red skyKishi loves symbolism. This one is a very powerful one – Hokages surrounded by the blood red sky

This is Penny (TsunadesTwin) with your weekly Naruto Shippuuden anime write up. Although this was titled “Eye of the Hawk,” it could easily have been called “The Bloody Red Sky,” given the nature of this episode.  This episode, more than any other Naruto episode I’ve seen – and I have seen every single one since epsiode 1 – has a very dark, sinister and ominous tone. This is not a lighthearted episode by any stretch.  It shows the demise of one sinister, evil, vengeful yet very misunderstood character and the birth of one far more sinister, evil, vengeful and also misunderstood.  I’m not a heavy fan of Bleach but I do know the premise behind it and its general tone.  I’ve heard many comparisons of this part of Naruto Shippuuden to Bleach and its darker themes.  For those of you who are also Bleach fans, it would be interesting to hear your opinions on that.

As has been the pattern for the past few episodes, we see canon manga material mixed in with either filler items or symbolic items such as in this episode.  There is the flashback used throughout with clips of the manga material mixed in for good measure – and to finish that portion (there wasn’t much manga material left).   There are notable events shown that had a dramatic impact upon him:

  • The discovery of the skin of the rare white snake at the grave of his parents’ who died in one of the great shinobi wars.  Their deaths were very traumatic and it is clear that hearing of the white snake’s mystical background – that it symbolizes rebirth and good fortune – was a definite emotional tug for him.

Orochimaru was the name of the 8 headed snake from Japanese folklore.  No wonder this kid had a fascination with snakes...Orochimaru was the name of the 8 headed snake from Japanese folklore. No wonder this kid had a fascination with snakes…

  • His direct observance of the death of his fellow Sannin, Tsunade’s younger brother Nawaki.  Although tragic, seeing Orochimaru’s rather emotional reaction to this event as it occurred provided a very different picture of Oro.

Tsunade's brother, Nawaki, runs to his death while Oro watches...Tsunade’s brother, Nawaki, runs to his death while Oro watches…

  • Oro’s reaction upon arriving on the scene where Tsunade tries desperately to save the life of her beloved Dan – and fails.  Oro, upon seeing and hearing the turn of events, sheds tears at his loss – and mourns the fact that humans are fragile and have a finite existence.

Yes, people are fragile.  Seeing a tear from Oro is not what you would expect.Yes, people are fragile. Seeing a tear from Oro is not what you would expect.

  • Oro’s emotional reaction upon discovering a young boy about to undergo a severe and dangerous round of training to test himself (see above) – Itachi Uchiha.  Oro reacted very strongly to seeing what would have been most certain death for most and yet was fascinated at how Itachi, with his Sharingan, was able to look death in the face and beat the odds. However, this first encounter with the Sharingan begins his lust for obtaining the powers of that Kekkei Genkai.

Imagine being able to anticipate the s**t that hits the fan and being able to avoid it all.  Oro sure did upon this first glance at Itachi.  However, his quest ended in the ultimate failure - death in his current form.Imagine being able to anticipate the s**t that hits the fan and being able to avoid it all. Oro sure did upon this first glance at Itachi…

Given all that has occurred in the manga, you often forget about the fact that Orochimaru, initially, had a fascination with knowledge.  He wanted to have “everything”;  to have all knowledge to impart to the next generation.  The imparting of knowledge to the next generation is what is considered proper. However, it is absolutely impossible to know “everything.”   Even if one extends his lifespan, it is still impossible – the definition of “everything” continuously changes.   Oro’s quest for immortality would be futile and not just because he encountered Sasuke.  It would be because that “everything” would be impossible to learn – ever.  However, that didn’t stop Oro from trying – not even acts that were forbidden or considered cruel and inhumaine. After a while, that knowledge and the power that came with it blinded him – absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Oro was even willing to cross the line into the forbidden; the cruel.  This was the infamous experiment on sixty children with the Shodaime Hokage's DNA.  One would become Tenzo/Yamato.Oro was even willing to cross the line into the forbidden; the cruel. This was the infamous experiment on sixty children with the Shodaime Hokage’s DNA. One would become Tenzo/Yamato.

Ok, for you Sasuke fans who want to see kick-ass action, here’s one for you:

Sasuke in rare, third state form battling the snake known as Orochimaru.Sasuke in rare, third state form battling the snake known as Orochimaru.

Speaking of Sasuke, like I said last week, I can’t imagine how anyone would NOT know about what had been going on in that interdimensional space known as the Snake’s Den.  Kabuto is just down the hall; minding his own business and mixing the latest “patch” medication for his soon-to-be destroyed mentor.  What was he doing?  Listening to his i-Pod?

Eventually, Kabuto gets his arse in gear and journeys back to his Master’s den only to find someone appearing to be Sasuke.  Question:  is it truly Sasuke or is it Oro inside Sasuke’s body?  Well, the true answer turns out to be a bit of both, but Kabuto can’t tell.

Are you Sasuke or Oro?  "Which one do you think?" Sasuke asks Kabuto.Are you Sasuke or Oro? “Which one do you think?” Sasuke asks Kabuto.

You occasionally hear about people that die doing what they love to do, such as a dangerous hobby like flying or skydiving; something like that.  However, Oro was doing something he believed in also but I don’t think he counted on having that belief turned back on him.

Uh, Oro?  Maybe it's me but,  somehow I don't think this is what you had in mind for your reanimation jutsu.Uh, Oro? Maybe it’s me but, somehow I don’t think this is what you had in mind for your reanimation jutsu.

And one last shot…I had to include this very classic picture.  Just a couple of weeks ago, we saw Kabuto laughing like an absolute demon in the last arc. Funny how a couple of weeks can change things.  Now, we have Kabuto in total fear of what Sasuke – who he thinks is Oro – is capable of.

Kabuto?  I'd be afraid, VERY afraid if I were you.  Sasuke is no one to mess with!Kabuto? I’d be afraid, VERY afraid if I were you. Sasuke is no one to mess with!

A piece that was added to the episode was a visual “tribute” (in a demonic sense) by the five people that were directly impacted by Orochimaru in his current form:  Anko (who kunai’ed a white snake), Naruto, Tsunade, Jiraiya and Itachi.  All were observing a blood red sky that appeared ominous and signaled that something disturbing had occurred.

Naruto, Anko, Itachi along with...Naruto, Anko, Itachi along with…

...Fellow Sannin Tsunade and Jiraiya observing the tribute to Oro:  the blood red sky....Fellow Sannin Tsunade and Jiraiya observing the tribute to Oro: the blood red sky.

Well, we have now made it past the Orochimaru “death watch.”  To give you a hint of what is coming next week, here’s a glimpse:

There he is!  Suigetsu...Sasuke's first teammate.There he is! Suigetsu…Sasuke’s first teammate.

Upcoming Episodes

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 115:   Zabuza’s Great Sword,” (Zabuza daitō – introducing Suigetsu) to be aired on June 25, 2009

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 116: Keeper of the Iron Prison” (Teppeki no bannin – yup, that hot babe, Karin) to be aired July 2, 2009

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 117: Jugo of the North Hideout” (Kita ajito no Jūgo – live from the North Hideout, Jugo) to be aired July 9, 2009

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 118:  TBA

That’s all from here.  Later…

–Penny

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~ by 綱手-Tsunades Twin on June 21, 2009.

5 Responses to “Naruto Shippuuden Episode 114: The Ominous Red Sky”

  1. lol i dont usually comment here but iwas wondering why u didnt mention that they showed Pein for a second in this episode during the flashback. that was the most interesting part of the episode to me (im a huge Pein fan)

    I had originally mentioned Pein in one of my passes at writing this but my article would have been long. Besides, Pein’s appearance was a very minor part of what this episode was about. This was about Oro’s journey up to his battle with Sasuke. I am sure we will start to hear from Pein very soon.

    –Penny

  2. Why does Suigetsu look like a monkey in the preview ?
    And I can’t believe they showed Pein’s face, just like that …

  3. hmmm, I didn’t even notice that they showed Pein might have to go back and watch it again…
    Great job Penny as always!

  4. great review Penny.

    Im not sure if Orochimaru ever truly felt something for the people tsunade lost. I think those events were a little more like reminders that his own existence was temporary and that he would too perish someday. Maybe im just biased because im used to seeing Oro as the bad guy 🙂

    The only time i saw true pain in Oro was when he was a child. that must have been quite a challenge for the artist to make Oro look so vulnerable.

  5. da.. go to narutobase.net 4 complete episode

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