Season 9 Episode 18


Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Unknown on TV Tokyo

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  • Gaara resumes control over Shukaku and finally defeats Seimei. The three Sand ninja thank the Leaf shinobi and leave. Jiraiya appears before Naruto, and the two set off to train for the next two years.

    The anime Naruto finally concludes its long fillers. The battle with Seimei was a bit rushed (or actually, merely faster than usual filler battles), and the second half of the episode was focused on Naruto's departure. The appearance of Neji, Hinata, and Lee, for example, shows their growing respect for Naruto's opportunity to train with one of the Sannin, Jiraiya. All characters show some character development that hints of maturity in the long-awaited Part II of Naruto.

    For some reason, art was done well in this episode, probably due to the artists' attention to their last filler. In fact, one would almost think that this episode is the last of Naruto, or at least until some new title such as Naruto Returns! arises.

    A high filler rating for this; its second half was splendidly done to set up the scene for Naruto Part II.