Naruto Shippuuden Episode 121 Breakdown and Discussion: Three Groups, One Target

This one is dedicated to my daughter...and he is the target of this episode.
This one is dedicated to my daughter, a HUGE Itachi fan…and he is the target of this episode.

What do Akatsuki, Konoha and Team Hebi have in common?  Yup, they all have, or will have, some connection to Itachi Uchiha.  Here’s where the real action begins; the beginning of the end for Itachi.  And,  he has been expecting this time to come.

And, add the new movie footage in the intro.  Yes, it is the footage from “Inheritors of the Will of Fire” that has been released in Japan.  Hmmm…those of us in the West will have to wait unti, uh, next year?!?  Gahhhhhh!

This is Penny (TsunadesTwin) with the latest episode, titled “Assemble.”  And, everyone does just exactly that – assemble.  This is the beginning of some dramatic clashes, one of which is the long-awaited battle between Itachi and Sasuke, the focus of Sasuke’s revenge.

We begin with Itachi and Kisame with their latest “catch,” the Jinchuurki for the four-tailed bijuu.  Apparently, it was Kisame’s target and he handled the battle himself.  To me, it is interesting that of all the Akatsuki teams, Kisame and Itachi not only work well together but have a very amicable working relationship.  Each respects the other’s abilities and acknowledge them openly.

The subtitle was spoken by Itachi.  Seems suspicious to me since you are going to kill that guy...

The subtitle was spoken by Itachi. Seems suspicious to me since you are going to kill that guy...

There is a discussion about the ultimate plans for Akatsuki.  As of this episode, there are only a few Jinchuuriki left – including Naruto.  As Naruto is Itachi’s target, there is considerable discussion about capturing him; Kisame wants to beat him to near death while Itachi brings up the point that Akatsuki is now a very open presence that even Konoha is aware of.  As he knows Konoha’s security structure and of its ties to various countries it can enlist to assist if necessary, Itachi notes that the Kyuubi will be last on the “hit list.”  Somehow, discussing Naruto as a target seems a bit crude and impersonal to me…

As the discussion is happening, they are awaiting a signal from Akatsuki to bring the Jinchuuriki of the four tails to have it’s bijuu extracted into the Gedo Mazo statue (that ugly thing with nine eyes and two hands) – which finally comes.  Upon their arrival, the other surviving members have assembled (note the key word of this episode) to hear news that is, well, old news to all of us – word of Orochimaru’s death at Sasuke’s hand, which Kisame makes a note of to which Itachi, characteristically, remains silent.  Makes you wonder what he’s thinking…There is also discussion about who killed Hidan and Kakuzu (Kakashi, Naruto and the gang – with that forbidden Fuuton Rasen Shuriken) whom Kisame calls the “Zombie Twins” to the stern smackdown by the leader, Pain.  I must admit that the title of “Zombie Twins” fits Hidan and Kakuzu to a “T” given immortality of Hidan and the continued mortality of well beyond approximately 80 years for Kakuzu.

You know something's up when Pain summons these guys.  Hmmmm...we now only have 7.

You know something's up when Pain summons these guys. Hmmmm...we now only have 7.

We also see the beginning of a hunt by Deidara and Tobi for one of two targets:  Kakashi and Naruto for revenge against his ultimate defeat in the rescue of the Godaime Kazekage, Gaara OR Sasuke for defeating Orochimaru, Deidara’s next target.  Needless to say, Deidara gets rather worked up over the prospect of catching either of them while Tobi baits him.  Pain, smacks them down, as well.  Being the referee/parent, doesn’t sit well with the leader, Pain – who openly sighs out of impatience and frustration.

Ah, yes.  Tobi and Deidara; the colorful pair of Akatsuki, fighting as usual.

Ah, yes. Tobi and Deidara; the colorful pair of Akatsuki, fighting as usual.

Bitch, moan, complain.  Deidara’s got a more than a few grudges, Tobi is a major prankster, Itachi and Kisame are…well, Itachi and Kisame.  Oh, I am more than certain that Pain is, uh, well, having the migraine of his life.

Who says managing a ragtag bunch of characters would be so easy, Pain?  I'll bet you wish you hadn't taken this job...

Who says managing a ragtag bunch of characters would be so easy, Pain? I'll bet you wish you hadn't taken this job...

Meanwhile, in Konoha, the discussion is continuing on the plan to capture Itachi in order to lure him back to Konoha – only to have Kakashi mysteriously enter the discussions.  He indicates that capturing and interrogating an Akatsuki member is difficult, if not impossible, due to the ones encountered being so dangerous.

Funny how you seem to arrive just at the right time.  You often hang around open doors, Kakashi?

Funny how you seem to arrive just at the right time. You often hang around open doors, Kakashi?

Naruto, for some reason, doesn’t look too happy while walking through Konoha.  Jiraiya (Ero Sennin) stops him and indicates he hasn’t seen his “apprentice” in a while and wants to spend time with him.  I am mentioning this as…nah, I won’t give it away.

One last look; a master and his apprentice sharing a meal for possibly the last time...

One last look; a master and his apprentice sharing a meal for the last time for a while...

While all of this is going on Itachi and Kisame arrive at their target destination – another of Akatsuki’s rather voluminous hideouts where we see the near – dead carcass of the Sanbi (remember Yuukimaru?).  The order is:  seal the three and four tailed Bijuu at the same time.  Considering that even at nine members it took three days and nights to seal one, I can’t imagine how long it would take to seal TWO at the same time with only seven members.  Talk about a major project!

Ok, boys.  Back to work.  We've got a big job ahead of us...

Ok, boys. Back to work. We've got a big job ahead of us...

Well, we cannot forget Team Hebi where Karin is in her PMS-bitch mode scolding a weakened and dehydrated Suigetsu for always stopping to take a water break.  Of course, this doesn’t sit well with Suigetsu who wants Karin to simply disappear.   Oh, so do I, Suigetsu!  So do I!

What a pair!  God, oh how I wish Karin would STFU.  I have to agree with you, Suigetsu.

What a pair! God, oh how I wish Karin would STFU. I have to agree with you, Suigetsu.

Sasuke announces, “We’re heeeeere.”  However, we don’t know where “here” is – neither does the rest of his team (anyone see a communication issue here?).  It is some strange abandoned outpost used as an Uchiha weapons hideout.  And, then…cats???  Yeah, lots of them.  Oh and there’s an old woman who is obsessed with them to the point she dresses like ’em.  Whoa, Sasuke.  This is more than a bit strange, don’t you think?

Oh, now you've done it, Sasuke.  A woman who dresses like a cat.  You sure know how to pick 'em.

Oh, now you've done it, Sasuke. A woman who dresses like a cat. You sure know how to pick 'em.

Ok, I’ll give this one to you, Sasuke.  She DID give you some supplies and, finally,  some boots for poor Juugo, who’s been traveling around barefooted.  Nice leader, aren’t ya, Sasuke?

I'll have to admit, you guys look good.  But...are you really a team or just another band of characters?

I'll have to admit, you guys look good. But...are you really a team or just another band of characters?

As we end things, we see the end result of Kakashi’s careful planning and strategy:  Konoha’s Team of 8 – again, the combinations of Teams 7 and 8.  Naruto, of course, is fired up – Kiba, as usual, thinks Naruto needs to cool off.  Ah, they are so much alike, aren’t they?  The final order from our lovely Hokage:  locate, capture and restrain Itachi Uchiha and return him to Konoha.

The final order by Tsunade - and to Naruto:  Don't stop at Ichiraku first...

The final order by Tsunade - and to Naruto: Don't stop at Ichiraku first...

Well, here we go – off and running in the middle of this arc.  So far, I am enjoying this one immensely and I hope you are, too.  Off I go until this week’s episode where we see Konoha’s Team of 8 in action.

Upcoming Episodes:

Naruto Shippuuden episode 123:  “Search” (Tansaku) air date of August 13, 2009

Naruto Shippuuden episode 124: “Clash” (Gekitotsu) air date of August 20, 2009

Naruto Shippuuden episode 125: “Art”  (Geijutsu) air date of August 27, 2009

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~ by 綱手-Tsunades Twin on August 12, 2009.

32 Responses to “Naruto Shippuuden Episode 121 Breakdown and Discussion: Three Groups, One Target”

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