Re: Naruto Shippuden Episode 284 "The Helmet Splitter: Jinin Akebino!" – Discussion
Well, I'm satisfied with the overall result of this episode, it had a good quality for filler standards even if it wasn't exactly what I was expecting.
Seriously, I'm really disappointed with Jinin's spotlight and skills. When I saw him slaying all these fodders and crushing the ground I thought he was going to have an epic fight with Kakashi afterwards and see a great expansion of his skills, but then he got defeated in one hit and Kakashi even remarks how his defense is weak. This guy sucks!
However, this episode also focused on another point that saved it for me. Even if the fight with Jinin wasn't all that great it was good to see the anime working more on Sai's character. The whole negative energy explanation may have come out of nowhere, but in the end it actually fits on his character arc and also provided a good explanation on why Sai was so unsure about using it in the manga. Another thing I wasn't expecting was Lee's little clash with Gari and it was awesome to see him finally reenacting one of his moves.
The next episode seems to give actual character focus on one of the edos. It is nice to see the anime still cares about giving backgrounds to their characters, but what really caught me offguard is the possibility of expanding Maki's character too. That may be interesting and I hope to see more Scorch Release techniques as well.