From Danzo becoming Hokage, to Madara declaring war on the five nations, to a Team 7 reunion, the months of February, March, April, May, June, and July were full of awesomeness! Naruto Shippuden was a true joy to watch! However, all good things must come to an end. As of episode 220, the anime has covered almost 489 chapters of the manga’s 548 – a close distance of 59 chapters. And with the one hour Naruto Shippuden special scheduled to air this Thursday, we’re sure that gap may shrink.
So, what has Naruto’s animation house, Studio Pierrot, done to mark sure Shippuden doesn’t catch up to Masashi Kishimoto’s phenomenal manga? They have introduced fillers, episodes that have nothing to do with the progression of the manga’s storyline. The month of August contains 4 filler episodes!
Episode 223: The Young Man and the Ocean -August 04, 2011
A young, reckless fisherman named Yuusuke is determined to stop a ship-attacking monster for killing his father. In his attempt to do so, he meets Naruto and crew who are having ship trouble.
Episode 224: The Merchant Ninja of Venice – August 11, 2011
Naruto and the crew traveling with him make a stop at an uninhabited island where they surprisingly meet with Sakura, who’s gathering medical plants.
Episode 225: Cursed Ghost Ship – August 18, 2011
Due to thick fog, Naruto and crew come to a near stand still in their travel. All of a sudden, they notice a ghastly ship emerging from the distance.
Episode 226: Battleship Island – August 25, 2011
Naruto and crew continue their travels when they are suddenly hit by a band of pirates on a battleship-like island.
As you can see by the titles and brief summaries, it looks like we’ll be at sea for the month. What does that mean? Well, remember the current opening, Naruto Shippuden Opening 9. Naruto meets Killer Bee and they travel on a ship. This is canon, it happened in the manga. However, in the manga the trip was quick one. By the looks of it, the anime is extending the trip, including some side filler adventures for Naruto before he actually meets Bee. But again, opening 9 has Bee in it, which gives us a feeling the anime will be returning to canon episodes soon, if even for a brief period. Each opening spans 25-26 episodes, and well, the September/October time frame, episodes 232-233, is when we should be getting a new opening so we are expecting (or guessing, but definitely not confirming) we’ll get some canon episodes around then!