Naruto (Dub) Episode 209
Naruto is an anime series based on Masashi Kishimoto's manga series of the same name. The series centers on the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja of the Hidden Leaf Village, searching for recognitions and wishing to become the ninja by the rest of the village to be the leader and the strongest of all. The series was directed by Hayato Date, and produced by Pierrot and TV Tokyo. The episodes are based on the first twenty-seven volumes in Part I of the manga, while some episodes feature original, self-contained storylines.
Naruto (Dub) Episode 209
The 220 episodes that constitute the series were aired between October 3, 2002, and February 8, 2007, on TV Tokyo in Japan. The English version of the series was released in North America by Viz Media, and began airing on September 10, 2005, on Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block in the United States. On September 20, 2008, Cartoon Network ended its Toonami block, but the channel continued sporadically airing episodes of Naruto in the time slots originally occupied by Toonami's programming until January 31, 2009 when episode 209, the last episode to air in the US was shown, due to the closure of Toonami Jetstream.
On March 23, 2009, Viz stated that they were still dubbing new episodes and intended to see them aired on television. Ultimately, the final eleven episodes of the series never aired in the United States, but they were collected on DVD by Viz, which was released on September 22, 2009. The remaining eleven episodes of the English version aired on YTV's Bionix programming block in Canada from October 25 to December 6, 2009. Adult Swim's relaunched Toonami block reran the first 52 episodes in a completely uncut format from December 1, 2012, to November 30, 2013. After the 52nd episode, the series was removed from the schedule rotation to make room for its successor series, Naruto: Shippuden.
For the GymLeaders you'd think it'd be super easy; just take their teams from thegamesand use those as-is. But the show likes to switch things up every nowand then and so sometimes they swap one Pokémon out for another.Which, OK, fine. But in this episode's case, why go tothe trouble of replacing Shijima's Okorizaru with an old Generation 1Pokémon (Goriky) instead of something more current and exciting?I mean, he has a Kapoerer rightfreaking there! The PocketMonsters Gold &Silver video games were pretty shit when it came to promotingits 100 new Pokémon(half the Gym Leaders don't have a single Generation 2 Pokémonon their teams, for crying out loud!) so this is an area the show couldhave improved upon. But it just...chooses not to.
This episode alsomarks one of the last times the show will try to cram both a GymLeader'sintroduction and their Gym Battle into a single episode. Fromthis pointonward every Gym Leader will get at least two episodes per series, achange that I think we can all agree was the right one.The Gym Leaders act as sort of goal posts for this franchise, afterall, and so they deserve more than one single episode! This episode also wraps up the "Akari-chan issick" storyline and sets upthe upcoming Whirlpool Islands arc and yetsomehow nothing about these 22 minutes seem rushed. Screenplay writerShinzo Fujita did a fantastic job of jam packing this episode with amillion events and I think he should get major props for that.
The Englishversion's fourth season, "Johto League Champions," ends with thisepisode. Itactually works out to be a perfect season finale, if you think aboutit; you get the wrap up of the whole "Amphy Sparkle is sick"storyline, a battle in which Ash earns his fifth Johto League badge,and a tease forthe little mini arc that's about to come up. The Season 5 premierewould endup airing on Kids' WB! the very next weekend so it wasn't really muchof a cliffhanger at all, but still! 041b061a72