I'm three episodes into this ANBU Kakashi arc (I know, I'm so behind and late on this) and it's been interesting, but I have some issues.
First, why does younger Hiruzen's hair look so ******. They got it perfect during the little Jiraiya the Gallant flashback, filler arc. No excuses.
Next, I'm a bit bothered that Kakashi's entrance in the ANBU is just portrayed as simply favoritism by Minato rather than a recognition of skill. Also, the lame Chidori spamming doesn't help. Why did that tree explode when he used it against that Iwagakure imposter, like what the ****?
Third on the list, I have a hard time believing that Kakashi would ever give the time of day to Danzo to this extent. I know they want to make Kakashi's moral judgement more.....all over the place with Rin/Obito's deaths and then the Kyuubi incident along with Kakashi's general pseudo-depression, but I can't see that **** happening. Being from Hiruzen's line of ideology, he would likely dismiss Danzo's little games. Hiruzen planned the Kyuubi incident, come on, no one would buy in that bullshit. J-man would have taught Minato to steer clear of Danzo and Minato would carry that down to his students. I'm not expecting Kakashi to be a yes man to every opinion that descends down Hiruzen's legacy, but let's be real. He may be conflicted, but playing Danzo's mind games seems a bit off even for a young Kakashi. But, I can deal with it.
Now, I just got to part where Danzo orders his large team of ANBU to assassinate Hiruzen. Danzo is a lot of things, but he is neither stupid or messy. Only idiot would think half a dozen ANBU have any chance against Hiruzen Sarutobi -- doesn't matter if it's Root or not. Also, Danzo has never tried to go for Hiruzen's head or even hint at it in the manga. This is just not the Danzo I know and enjoyed as a character, this one is a bit less tactful. Though I find it hilarious how he literally gets cockblocked by Hiruzen during important meetings.
These issues were just glaring for me.
Also, on a less important note, since when did it snow in Konoha? I don't know, must have missed the memo.
The filler's not bad or anything though. And we even got some Minato x Kushina moments, so there's a plus.
Then again, I should be happy the anime team is trying and actually making use of this manga's lore to make something decent for fillers. God knows the actual story is atrocious.
That's all from me for now, need to finish the whole thing. This is the first time I've watched more than one recent episode of Naruto in a long time. The feeling is almost nostalgic.
EDIT: And one thing that annoyed me was Danzo calling Hiruzen weak and indecisive. Konoha was most powerful and prosperous under his tenure. Sure, he ****** up with Orochimaru and somewhat the Uchiha business, but come on. He's acting like Hiruzen was Jimmy Carter!
Edited by Peleihno, 13 April 2014 - 10:01 PM.