Naruto Shippuuden Episode 123 Breakdown and Discussion: Art versus Sharingan
What about this, hmmm? Deidara fails to inform Tobi of their next target…and it’s Sasuke. Based on their initial clash in episode 122, this promises to be awesome!
This is Penny (TsunadesTwin) with the weekly Naruto Shippuuden breakdown. It is titled “Clash” but it could easily be “Art versus Sharingan.” And, as we find out, Deidara has more than just a few resentments gathered in that exploding bag of clay he carries.
Deidara does most of the battle while Tobi provides comic relief and a bit of preparation support for his Senpai in preparing his techniques – all of which explode, of course. One of his most original pieces of, uh, art, reminds me of Disney’s (yes, I’ve got kids) Hercules. It takes place during the battle of the Hydra, where Hercules determines “well, if I just cut off their heads, things will be good,” only to find that for each head he slices, three more pop out. Well, Sasuke, who initially dismisses these rather explosive toys as mere “child’s play,” tries that same tactic with these walking zombie bombs – apparently, C1 variety. Unfortunately, he has similar results as Hercules did.
Well, well, well. Sasuke finds himself at a loss as to what to do next. Man, these two Akatsuki are turning into a real pain in the a**. Every time he turns around, there’s something new to contend with. Geez! And, all he wants is his brother Itachi’s head on a platter. Sasuke? You didn’t think that these guys were going to be such a pushover, did ya?
However, much to Deidara’s frustration, Sasuke finds numerous ways to avoid being killed – but at a price that has yet to be seen. What’s even more interesting, we see that Deidara’s techniques illicit an emotional reaction from Sasuke – his facial expression. What????? Emotion? Sasuke? Even I can’t believe that. But, it’s true. The previously unflustered Uchiha becomes seriously flustered by Tobi and Deidara.
Even Sasuke cannot believe the lengths to which this rather “explosive” Akatsuki will go to annihilate him. However, that is what makes this episode one of the best so far in this arc. This is Sasuke’s first real challenge in battle and, man, is it a good one! Deidara and his explosions, Sasuke and his “absorbed” techniques and Tobi…well, he makes himself known to Sasuke early on. Sasuke uses his rather heightened Teleportation Technique and slices Tobi – only to have Tobi stand up again as if he was never hit at all. Of course, Sasuke notices. Little does he know, he’ll meet Tobi later on…
What’s worse? Tobi is actually watching Sasuke’s moves and his reactions to Deidara’s explosive “artforms.” If you’ve read the manga, you know why he is doing so. However, it is making Deidara’s mood far more explosive than any of his explosive jutsu.
We move up to the C2 chakra variety after Deidara’s continued frustration with Sasuke. Even Tobi is impressed and gives us a “blow by blow” account of what’s next. Now, we’re into some of the best action of the battle yet. We start off with a C2 dragon – what explosives hide within this beast?
Even Sasuke sees that this one is going to be a very difficult weapon to counterract. It belches out smaller bombs that Tobi hides within the ground as “land mines.” So, we have an explosive dragon that flies and land mines. Sounds like Sasuke has his hands full. Oh, and there IS a weakness that Sasuke displays in his techniques. Remember that lightning-element beam transformation that tied up Oro way back when? He tries it again – only to have Deidara remind Sasuke of the original creator of the tech, Kakashi – but finds it falls short.
Well, that limit doesn’t last for long. Deidara appears to have Sasuke both coming and going. Sasuke makes the “error” of stepping into a pit of land mines only to have an ace up his sleeve…the cursemark.
The order is from Deidara: land mines on the ground so Sasuke cannot land a foothold and a guided missile attack so he can’t dodge it. So, if he attempts to dodge the attack yet step on the land mines…BOOM! Talk about your back against the wall! So, Sasuke tells him to “bring it on” only to have a surprise appear at the point of the explosion.
Well, we soon see that Sasuke has now lost a wing in this latest explosion. But, from the old Konoha trickbook, he uses wired Shuriken to eventually pin Deidara to his C2 Dragon. How does he do it, though? Well, the sword provides a foothold – something that Deidara was clearly not expecting. Seems that Sasuke is countering every single shot that Deidara is handing him.
Ok, now Deidara is seriously pissed off. He cannot seem to shake this younger Uchiha with anything that he throws. Unfortunately, that anger is based on the past – Itachi Uchiha. Deidara, apparently, has a few “issues” with the Uchiha Sharingan. We have a flashback series where it was Itachi that placed a bet with Deidara: if Itachi wins a bet over a fight, then Deidara – who was not going willingly – joins Akatsuki. Well, we all know how THAT fight ended up – and he became Sasori’s partner. So…Deidara has been working up various ways to eliminate Itachi from the very beginning.
Itachi then takes on the “bad guy” role in recruiting Deidara for Akatsuki, who is less than eager to go willingly. The bet is that if Itachi does not win the battle, Deidara will remain out of Akatsuki. Well, it all looks good at first. Then, those eyes and…
So, Akatsuki he became – much to his resentment. And, so we are now in the present moment with Itachi’s little brother. We have one seriously stunned Sasuke facing the likes of something that he has never seen in his life – a C4 creation of Deidara.
Naruto Shippuuden Episode 124: ”Art” (Geijutsu); air date August 27, 2009
Naruto Shippuuden Episode 125: “Disappearance” (Shōshitsu); air date September 3, 2009
Naruto Shippuuden Episode 126: “Dusk” (Tasogare) ; air date September 10, 2009
Well, that does it from here. Wow! What an episode. It’s amazing that Konoha hasn’t heard any of these explosions – or maybe they have. We’ll see soon enough. Talk to you next week.