This is basically a brief rundown of everything from Naruto and Sasuke meeting up to where Sassuke goes off with Orochimaru, Akatsuki and Sai enters the picture. It does mention a possible connection between Sasuke and Itachi but that's about it. The setting is a high school in a modern time. So the story is modified slightly to suit the time but it's basically like an update summary. Very cute and very funny. Unfortunately it is quite short. I'd recommend watching it if only to see a transvestite version of Orochimaru.
Konoha Gakuen Special is, basically, an extended version of the second Shippuden ending, narrated by Sakura, Ino and Hinata.
This is an elseworld where the characters are students or professors of Konoha Gakuen, a prestigious high school. Here, Naruto is a transfer student, and immediately claims he's gonna be "the most important souban (Yakuza leader) in Japan". From there, at lightning speed, we'll see Naruto interacting with his new classmates... which mean, basically, challenge them to a fight. They're, among others, Kiba, Rock Lee (soccer's team captain), Chouji, Tenten, Neji (student council president, and martial arts specialist) and Sasuke... specially Sasuke.
and Orochimaru appear too, but I will not tell you more (it's for your own good, people).
Oh, and some shippers will be very happy n_n.
There's not animation at all, just pictures in black and white (manga style) with a black background.
About the sound, the only voices we hear are from Sakura, Ino, Hinata, Naruto and Sasuke. The music did a good job with the ambientation, and it gives a little dynamism to all the static images.
For closure, I must say this is an interesting special. It put the characters in a similar situation to the ones in Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel (but better done). People, these are eight minutes done for you to laugh, to see the characters in a nicer, less dramatic environment. Don't take this very seriously. Very, very recommendable for Naruto fans (and if you like it, I think there are tons of versions in Devianart).
And I almost forgot, this special will tell you, once and for all... why Sakura cut her hair at the end. Watch and get the answer.
Konoha Gakuen Special es, a grandes rasgos, una versión extendida del segundo ending de Naruto Shippuden, narrado por Sakura, Ino y Hinata.
Básicamente, es otra realidad, donde los personajes son estudiantes y profesores de Konoha Gakuen, una secundaria prestigiosa, donde Naruto es un estudiante nuevo y clama que quiere ser “el souban mas importante de Japón” (souban es un líder Yakuza). A partir de ahí, a la velocidad del rayo, vemos como Naruto interactúa con el resto de sus compañeros... lo que significa, básicamente, que los desafía a pelear para ver quién es más fuerte, entre ellos están Kiba, Rock Lee (capitán del equipo de futbol), Chouji, Tenten (que fue de las que menos ligo en este especial...), Neji (presidente del concejo estudiantil, y experto en artes marciales) y Sasuke... muy especialmente Sasuke.
También hacen su aparición Akatsuki y Orochimaru, pero no voy a darles mas detalles. Ah, y ciertos shippers van a estar muy contentos n_n.
La animación es inexistente. Solo son imágenes en blanco y negro (como las de un manga) con un fondo negro. En cuanto al sonido, solo se escuchan las voces de las narradoras, Naruto y Sasuke. La música se las arregla para darle un toque de dinamismo a tanta imagen estática.
Para dar un cierre, este especial es interesante. Pone a los personajes en una situación similar a los de Evangelion en Girlfriend of Steel (pero sin la exageración de Gainax). Gente, estos son ochos minutos para que se rían, para que vean a los personajes en un ambiente más amable y menos dramático. No se lo tomen muy en serio. Muy, muy recomendable para los fans de Naruto (y si les gusta, creo que hay alrededor de mil versiones dando vuelta en Devianart).
Ah, y en este especial se responde de una vez por todas, porque Sakura se corta el pelo al final!
In my opinion this is the cleverest special for this series. Pretty simply, its an eight minute special of Sakura and Ino retelling the first 135 minutes of Naruto with as if they were high school students instead of ninjas. It's very smart and you have to pay close attention to fully enjoy it. The only problem I had was the artwork, which was black and white and little movement. There wasn't really much of a soundtrack either. But considering that it is very short and funny, I recommend watching it if you enjoyed Naruto.
I never really understood the beauty after picture dramas, and I guess for me, “Naruto Shippuuden: Shippuu! "Konoha Gakuen" Den” a view changer.
- Art (7.5/10):
Simple still panels from what it looks like original manga art translating the one after the other, in black and white. You'd think at first it would be like no other casual chapter read but it actually was better than having the whole thing animated and risk the probably bad animation.
I really loved the slightly different feel of the art style, it appears to be killing the modern high school drama art style and worked surprisingly like a charm.
Probably the greatest
thing about this, and having the setting be a normal high school, the clothing was just a massive overhaul, it made all of them look like fresh characters from some other series, especially Naruto.
- Sound (8/10):
The voice acting was a whole other experience from what you get in any other Naruto animation production. As the panels go by, the immersion from the characters narrating their lines take you by surprise on how cozy their speech pattern appears to be, a lot of dynamic and un-scripted (although it was) on the surface, as if you're listening to some rural storyteller talking about one of his old adventures.
- Enjoyment (8/10):
I loved the crazy references and the circle jerking they had going on about the main series. A lot of brilliant fourth wall breaking regarding manga references even. I'd say, the greatest comedic attempt Naruto has ever done brilliantly to let me genuinely let down some gags and appreciate what they were going on.
- Overall (7.8/10):
I really, and strongly recommend seeing this as it offers a lot than a simple picture drama does by the words. Fan of the series or not, it sure has got at least a couple of laughs in store, and it's only 8 minutes long.