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!

Talk about moral support!  Tobi, I don't think that is what your Master wanted to hear (see subtitle)

Talk about moral support! Tobi, I don't think that is what your Master wanted to hear (see subtitle)

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.

Ok, Sasuke.  You sure you want to play with explosives like this?  Oh, and watch that ability to recreate themselves.  It's a bitch.

Ok, Sasuke. You sure you want to play with explosives like this? Oh, and watch that ability to recreate themselves. It's a bitch.

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?

Ok, dude.  You have two Akatsuki and one of you.  What's your next move?

Ok, dude. You have two Akatsuki and one of you. What's your next move?

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.   

Ok, Deidara.  You have managed to get a reaction from this Uchiha.  Even Sasuke is shocked at this C4 monster.

Ok, Deidara. You have managed to get a reaction from this Uchiha. Even Sasuke is shocked at this C4 monster.

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…

Yeah, Sasuke.  THAT guy.  I wouldn't totally forget about him either...

Yeah, Sasuke. THAT guy. I wouldn't totally forget about him either...

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.

Gee, Tobi.  Makes you wonder what's in this for you?  You on Sasuke's side or your Senpai's?

Gee, Tobi. Makes you wonder what's in this for you? You on Sasuke's side or your Senpai's?

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?

Ok, Sasuke.  Now Deidara's getting seriously pissed off.  You've moved up to C2 chakra.

Ok, Sasuke. Now Deidara's getting seriously pissed off. You've moved up to C2 chakra.

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.

Now, Sasuke.  This is NOT the time to find out that your tech has limits!

Now, Sasuke. This is NOT the time to find out that your tech has limits!

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.

Yeah, that's one helluva ace up your sleeve.  Nice move, Sasuke!

Yeah, that's one helluva ace up your sleeve. Nice move, Sasuke!

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.

Uh, what's with the sword?  Sasuke?  Can you clue us in here?

Uh, what's with the sword? Sasuke? Can you clue us in here?

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.

Note the foothold on the handle of the sword.  Now, that's impressive!

Note the foothold on the handle of the sword. Now, that's impressive!

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.

Remember these eyes, Deidara.  These eyes will be your undoing...

Remember these eyes, Deidara. These eyes will be your undoing...

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…

You think you've had bad days?  There's nothing worse than having a jutsu backfire on you.

You think you've had bad days? There's nothing worse than having a jutsu backfire on you.

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.  

Not even Gaara got this one.  Sasuke, you should consider yourself to be flattered - or flattened.

Not even Gaara got this one. Sasuke, you should consider yourself to be flattered - or flattened.

Upcoming Episodes:

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.

–Penny

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

9 Responses to “Naruto Shippuuden Episode 123 Breakdown and Discussion: Art versus Sharingan”

  1. FIRST! great breakdown Penny!

  2. They must’ve hired new animators, the animation in this episode was near flawless.
    It looks like a bit of Sasori’s art rubbed off on Deidara, ’cause the way he controlled those clay beasts with strings from his hands looked nothing short of a puppet imitation.

  3. Well, we’re going to see a massive explosion of major proportions either this week or next. And, I don’t mean Itachi – which is coming faster than a rasengan from Naruto

  4. I think this will be one of the top battles of Naruto Shippuden so far. It shows the complexities in battle between Sasuske and Deidara, it is action packed and i simply loved it so far. I can’t wait till we see Sasuske fight Itachi. I can feel is comming just around the corner.

    ART IS A BLAST !!!

  5. Good battle scene! Anyone know the battle theme title while the two are fighting?

  6. @Osiris: I’ve been wanting to know that for WEEKS! It is a blend of the Akatsuki theme with some amazing guitar solos…and that other one came in during this arc only when Sasuke was battling Oro. Love them all.

    If anyone can find out, let us know. I’m going nuts over that one!

  7. There were a few additions in the fight (when compared with the manga). Unless I have totally forgotten what happened in the manga fight (that was ages ago, thanks to the useless fillers). But like the Sakura, Ba-Chan, Sasori fight, the additions in this episode were good. They complimented the fight. The animation was average considering the new Shippuuden animators’ (team) performance through the season.
    SPOILER ALERT:
    Looking forward to the end (probably ends in the next episode) unless they add some unnecessarily long flashbacks just before deidara loses.

  8. Itachi fighting is coming hold on ppl i tel u that it will be best fight pure power some jus that will not see or perform can blow village

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