Fillers of the Shinobi War Arc – Your thoughts?
Well the last episode was the last filler. Canon will be back starting on the 18th of July! As for now, there is a one-week break so that means no episode will be released this week Anyway, this Shinobi War arc first started on the 10th of May with the release of Episode 262 “War Begins”. There have been countless fillers ever since that episode was released, and below is a list of all the war fillers and my short review on each one of them.
279 – (The White Zetsu’s Trap)
280 – (The Artist’s Aesthetics)
281 – Allied Mom Forces!!
284, 288 & 289 – The Seven Swordsmen Arc (Helmet Splitter: Jinin Akebino!; Danger: Jinpachi and Kushimaru and Lightning Blade: Ameyuri Ringo)
285 – Scorch Style User! Pakura of the Hidden Sand
286-287 – Tsunade’s First Meeting With Ay Arc (Things You Can't Get Back and One Worth Betting On)
290-295 – Chikara Power Arc
303-305 – Sound Four Arc (Ghosts of the Past; The Underworld Transfer Jutsu; and The Vengeful)
306 – (The Heart’s Eye)
307-308 – Hayate & Yugao Arc (Fade into the Moonlight and Crescent Moon Light)
309-310 – Tatewaki Arc (An A-Rank Mission: The Contest and The Castle Falls)
312 – (The Old Man and the Dragon’s Eye)
313-315 – Yota Arc (Rain Followed by Snow, with Some Lightning; The Sad Sun Shower; and Lingering Snow)
316 – The Reanimated Allied Forces
317 – Shino vs. Torune!!
318 – (A Hole in the Heart - The Other Jinchuriki)
319 – (The Soul That Dwells Within a Puppet)
320 – Run, Omoi!
Note: I skipped a few fillers because they didn’t relate to the war in any way e.g. episode 311 “Prologue of Road to Ninja” was just created to promote the movie RtN. I apologise if I have missed any war-related fillers, and please also note that these ratings/comments are just my perspectives (that may change over time) and you may strongly disagree with them, particularly if you’re usually/always a filler-hater.
Conclusion: Most of the Shinobi War fillers are awesome and it has been great fun to watch them, so I thank the animators for making such amazing fillers. These episodes gave much more screen time to the characters we didn’t see alot in the manga and this gives something for fans of Sai, Omoi, Deidara, Sasori, Temari etc... to cheer on. The fillers also gave us a ‘war feeling’ of what war was truly like – something I think Kishi hasn’t delivered well in his manga. However saying that, I think the animators should have added more blood effects. In many occasions, you see shinobi dying from being hit by a kunai (or another weapon e.g. shuriken) but it appears that wasn’t the case because they seem to have not suffered from any signs of physical wounds or external bleeding. That is very unrealistic and is not a good portrayal of what real war is like (even though this is just an anime). Also, there were some episodes that had a bit too much talking and I thought there were a few reanimated shinobi who were sealed too easily. But still, most of the Shinobi War fillers were wonderful to watch!
Now that I am done, may I ask you which of the war fillers above did you enjoy watching? I will create a poll soon... and my vote will go to the episodes that I have rated 3.5+/5. I want honest answers please. Also, please tell me which one is your favourite filler. Mine is definitely the Pakura filler!