I’ve gone back and watched this episode quite a few times now. It’s, by leaps and bounds, my favorite of the entire series. The stylization, the way everyone interacts with each other, how drawn out and frozen everything feels… the whole thing is buried in this overwhelming sense of loneliness. I find it so incredibly moving. It’s crazy to think that this little action anime I watched as a young kid, could grow to represent the idea of coping with death so maturely, and beautifully.

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    I agree completely. It was bizarrely cinematic for a Naruto episode, and it was incredible to see a stylized editing...
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