Don't bother watching this episode until the 7 minute 34 second mark. It's all filler until then.
After that, it pretty well follows the second half of chapter 698, ending at the same place as chapter 698 in the manga. This means we still have yet to adapt chapters 699 or 700.
Luckily, the anime isn't over yet. Against my expectations, they've managed to drag this thing out so long that we're now in extra innings. Hopefully the next episode(s) of Naruto will adapt chapter 699, and then as for 700 who knows when that will be covered.
However, the preview for the next episode of anime has no scene from any portion of chapter 699 of the manga. So who the hell knows what they're planning. You would think that adapting chapter 699 is inevitable, since without it Sasuke and Naruto just bleed to death laying on the ground, but maybe they'll concoct some filler-tastic way to avoid the canon once again, like they've been doing for the past couple years.
You would think adapting two lousy chapters of manga wouldn't be so hard. Normally this all could've been finished in a single episode. But it's like trying to kill a monster from a horror story, the resilience of a money-making show is legendary.
The good news is the fall season will continue to include more Naruto. The bad news is there's no reason why they had to take this long. I guess now the plan is to drag things out all the way until the winter season. Ugh.
At least I've finished off one horror story monster, my Tales of Symphonia music project. Now I'm on to Tales of Abyss. This is also a large playlist, but thankfully only half as large as Symphonia's size was. Symphonia's music is not only the longest, it's also the best in the series so far. It's no wonder this game still stands out in people's memories as compared to the rest of the Tales franchise. With Symphonia done, I'm officially 60% finished with the overall Tales music project. At this rate I'll have listened to every good Tales song 100 times, proving the music really is good, sometime in 2017. Then I can do some fun things like have Final Fantasy and Tales music compete directly in head to head matchups, and then having the winners compete with music from Xenogears, Chrono Trigger and Ogre Battle, thus creating the ultimate video game music playlist. But that's looking a little too far ahead for now. For now it's Abyss or bust.
My fall 2016 anime first impressions post is having a hard time getting off the ground, seeing as how Idol Memories and Stella no Mahou still haven't even been translated. Maybe next week.
Vivid Strike, Hibike! Euphonium and Brave Witches require no first impressions, since they're sequels. It was known coming into this season that they would be great, and they all were. It's obvious they're going to be some of the best shows to have aired all year. www.Working has a lot more to prove. Its first episode was only mediocre, and I don't see how the new cast can possibly match up to the previous one. But Working is Working, so there's no way I can abandon this show no matter how bad it gets.
As the situation stands, 2016 now has 39 great anime franchises with new content, as compared to 2015's 41. But all we need for that to change is for the Akatsuki no Yona oav's to be translated, Kin-iro Mosaic's oav to be translated when it comes out in November, the Wake Up, Girls! movies to be translated, or for a new fall season show to turn out to be great that no one was counting on. Odds are 2016 will surpass 2015, but sadly there's still room for disappointment if all the chips fall the wrong way.
Meanwhile, it appears CW shows can be watched on CWtv for free, so there's no need to wait, it's time to dive in to the new seasons of Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow that are all starting now~