While Naruto may be ending soon, the creators of this franchise has shown us that it is not afraid to take daring and exciting new risks with this new installment. As a fan of Naruto, any new addition to the story is always welcome and appreciated, so you can imagine my excitement through the 11 minutes of this special. What's the 11 minutes comprise of, you say? A fun lil' beach/fanservice episode? Cool idea, but no. Is it a cool flashback of when everyone other than Shikamaru making Chunnin? Great idea, but NAH. A story of when Minato was Naruto's age? Neat idea, but you
know I'm saying no. Nah, what we got is 11 straight minutes [SPOILER ALERT: CONTINUE READING AT YOUR OWN CAUTION/LIFE] of Itachi cooking eggs. Yes. You heard me right. Eleven. Straight. Minutes. Of Itachi cooking eggs. Needless to say, this is flawless and fucking brilliant. Where can you possibly go wrong with this idea?
The story starts off with Itachi cooking eggs (fuck yeah) and him getting frustrated that his eggs are weak as 2 Yamachas fusing into one (fuck no). So progressively he gets more and more frustrated while he has a cooking montage that you can set Joe Esposito's "You're The Best Around" to. And it gets heated (no pun intended), Itachi's cracking, simmering, boiling, mixing the fuck out of these eggs, man. All the while to some of the best animation that a regular episode of Naruto rarely sees, sakuga Studio Pierrot, sakuga. Then, out of nowhere, bam Sasuke! That's right, mofos, Sasuke, you expecting someone else? Cause it ain't. And then Itachi is like "Ey man, want some eggs?". And then Sasuke is like "Sure." And then Itachi is like "NO." And then Sasuke is like "Dude, there's liek a hundred eggs on the floor." And then Itachi is like "YOU WON'T EAT ANY OF THAT... SLOP. YOU WILL EAT ONLY THE FINEST EGG, FROM THE FINEST CHICKEN." And then Sasuke is like "k."
And then, in a M. Night Shyamalan twist, every egg gets a sharingan, that's right homies, every single one. Meanwhile, Itachi is chanting demon talk and asking the great lord Satan to bestow him the most finely crafted egg ever known to man. He's like Uncle from Jackie Chan Adventures going all "Yu Mo Gwai Gui Fai Di Zao, Yu Mo Gwai Gui Fai Di Zao..." But then, in another harrowing twist, Itachi ran out of eggs. He's absolutely devastated. He checks the fridge, he checks the freezer, he checks where they keep the vegatables. Nothing. Needless to say, all hope is lost. You're on the edge of your seat. You're just wondering "AREN'T THEY EVER GONNA EAT SUM EGGS?!??!?!?!?" Until Itachi finds a chicken out in the lawn. The day is saved. Oh yeah, meanwhile him and Sasuke are talking about how they're not participating in the fourth ninja war cause they got better things to do.
Like eating eggs. And do they ever. Itachi uses his ninja skills to craft the best set of sunny-side eggs out in this side of Konoha, a set of eggs that would make Gordon Ramsay declare defeat. And then Sasuke is like "thanks, i guess." And then brother and brother share a moment between that will be forgotten, never be destroyed... and then he wakes up. That's right, guys. There were no eggs. There was no Itachi. Only heartbreak. Only Naruto. And then it turns out that's a dream, Naruto and Sasuke are in a boiling pan, and Itachi is literally a god. THE END.
Story - 10/10: Itachi cooks eggs, and then he cooks his brother. What more could you want from an anime? Moving on.
Art - 10/10: Naruto characters look like Naruto characters. What more could you want from an anime? Moving on.
Sound - 10/10: When you hear Itachi cooking dem eggs, it's like you are the egg. In real life. Moving on.
Character - 10/10: Very true to the story's canon. I remember in episode 81 of the original Naruto anime where Itachi was speaking to Kisame and he was like "Ey, you know my brother Sasuke just lllllloooooves his eggs?!". And then Kisame was like "..no." And then Itachi is like "He does tho!... Let's go kill him and Naruto." And then they left. (sigh) Good times.
Enjoyment - 10/10: Better than Iron Chef.
Overall - 11/10: Cause meth... math.
This special is a work of art! Story? full of it. The way Itachi cares for his brother by cooking him the perfect egg even if it was just a heatstroke-induced dream? That's what I call a brotherly bond. The art is a work of God, the detail put into the yolk make this worth watching. The sizzle of the pan sound just like a real egg being cooked! Very realistic! The length that Itachi will go through to create the perfect egg for his little brother is a great insight into Itachi's dedication to Sasuke. He even used his Sharingan! I enjoyed this special
very thoroughly, there's nothing I love more than a respectable man making sunny side up eggs for his little brother. So, overall things like this define Naruto as one of the most popular animes. In the end, the main focus of this is dreams are weird, especially if your brother kills your entire family and you're looking for revenge.
It doesn't get any weirder, and I guess the picture of the OVA is enough to justify that. There have been a lot of weird try hards OVA on the lifetime of the Naruto franchise, but never to this degree.
- Art (7/10):
Given the nature of the OVA, they put a lot into the visual production, at some instance, even more so than the parent show. However, the abomination was released once the background was out of focus, at first glance, you do appreciate the fines and the quality of the art, but just wait until the camera zooms out a bit, and it all becomes
- Sound (8/10):
Decent voice acting, but more importantly, the killer soundtracks really helped raise the suspense of the raging moments.
- Enjoyment (8/10):
I had a vivid idea of what I was getting myself into, but I never imagined it to be to this degree. I literally the top of clumsiness as far as the tone of the Naruto story goes. A certain character is there, doing something they would never do, at some timeline or probably a Genjutsu-level dream.
- Overall (7.6/10):
Is it worth it? Totally, It's only 11 minutes and it offers something really odd by new to the table. Not top of the comedy to be honest, but the sight of randomness totally sells it.