Oh, boy… kancho.
Back in high school, there were a number of exchange students from Korea who loved to play their country’s version of that prank. The teachers had to pull them aside and quickly explain how running around and forcibly goosing peers simply wasn’t as acceptable in America. It was one of the more amusing instances of culture clash I ever witnessed. I always wondered if noogies or wedgies could be as… transgressive in other parts of the world.
Focusing on playground pranks is probably appropriate, because this episode is where the show’s ‘recess rumble’ really hits a nice stride. Not only did Kakashi’s slacker-y approach to ninja wisdom continue to tickle me so, I also found his lecture to these kids about teamwork and breaking rules to be rather sage.
It gave me the warm and fuzzy feels, all right?
Putting on the more serious-minded “Genre Evaluator” hat, I ought to say that shape-shifting is really one of the more ‘dangerous’ abilities to play with if you’re watching out for ‘power creep’ in an ongoing serial. It causes a lot of issues with X-MEN, in particular. When any given scene can potentially not be about whom appears to be about - - and especially after the ol’ “switcheroo fake-out” has been pulled too many times already - - it sort-of stretches the problem of the “It was only Dream” ending over the entire story. Quite quickly, you can’t feel much suspense over any plot twist, because you know they writer’s probably just pulling your leg.
After five episodes, I’m done with my NARUTO sampler pass, so I won’t find out, for sure. However, I’ve got a hunch that this probably becomes more of an issue as the series gets hire into the triple digits. Could one of you more learned NARUTO fans square that for me?
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