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Naruto Shippuden episode 453 Review – Sharingan’s Awakening!

Naruto Shippuden Episode 453 - Itachi's sharingan

Naruto Shippuden Episode 453 – During the past two weeks we got two episodes on Itachi’s life story. Which gives us brief explanation on Itachi’s life and what made him so sensitive! This episode was no different than those two. But in fact this episode gave the exact reason for Itachi’s behavior, his wisdom, and his vision.

Also read – Naruto Shippuden episode 451 review 

Also read – Naruto Shippuden episode 452 review 

In addition to all that, we also got to see how Itachi awakened his Sharingan and what was the exact reason behind that awakening!

Naruto shippuden episode 453 review

Naruto Shippuden Episode 453 - Itachi's headband
Naruto Shippuden Episode 453 – Itachi’s headband

Episode 451 and 452 depicted Itachi’s life as a kid and now episode 453 shows the starting point of the Itachi’s life as Genin. Last episode showed that, Itachi graduated in the 2nd year of his academy, with top score (obviously). This episode has a bit of unique start. Itachi sitting in his house and remembering the events that happened ever since he became ginin by looking at the headband and the focus point of that memories were again “The weight of life” that was burdening Itachi since childhood!

Itachi meets his father on his way back to home, his father was discussing something with fellow elite clan members when he sees Itachi, “He tells them that we will talk later.” During the conversation Itachi’s father Fugaku mentions that

“It has been 3 years since Uchiha relocated outside the village, and all our rights were taken by the people sitting at upper echelons. Majority of people are still dissatisfied with this behavior, We have to regain our power, staus and pride back.”

These words were enough for me to convince that Uchiha started to plan their rebellion when Itachi became genin. But Itachi didn’t seem to care about that as he was proud to walk side by side his father who was the leader of clan member that everyone in the clan respected! Fugaku decides to treat Itachi but they had to give up on that because the dish he loved (Dango) was sold out. On the way he meets Izumi Uchiha the girl that was with him since childhood.

Naruto Shippuden Episode 453 - Izumi Uchiha
Naruto Shippuden Episode 453 – Izumi Uchiha

She says that it’s first time they met since Itachi graduated from the academy, and she didn’t even got to congratulate him. She offers Itachi is favorite dish Dango as a present but assume a talented guy like him doesn’t like sweet. But seeing Itachi’s face after he saw Dango she knew that he likes it very much and then she gives him to eat.  But she soon starts to laugh, as it feels weird for Itachi to like sweets. She tells him that she will make it up to him and asks him – “Is there anything you want?” Itachi stares at her eyes and she understood that he wants sharingan. So she says – “Sorry, This is something that i can’t give you.” In the mean time Itachi’s team member comes to inform Itachi that there is next mission for him so stop flirting and get ready. Itachi decides to go and then Izumi tells that “I cannot give you sharingan but i will pray that you will soon awaken your sharingan!”

I always thought that Itachi was the first person among his age group to awaken the sharingan but it seems Izumi was the one who awakened it!

Naruto Shippuden Episode 452 - Itachi and his girlfriend
Naruto Shippuden Episode 452 – Itachi and his girlfriend

The cause of that is the Kyuubi incident where Itachi saved her while she was searching for her parents and if she didn’t found them that means she must have lost her parents. Coming back to the episode, Itachi and his team goes on a mission and that mission is to capture a cat but this is the different one, This time they have to infiltrate in the country of cats as cat people and capture the rebellious cat and the mission was requested from their leader. The cat country was first shown in Naruto shippuden special – Sasuke’s paw encyclopedia.

Naruto Shippuden Episode 453 - Itachi cat ears
Naruto Shippuden Episode 453 – Itachi cat ears

So this episode is not the first ever episode where we saw Itachi wearing “Cat ears.” He was shown wearing cat ears during that special episode too! So basically i am gonna skip the details about the mission since it doesn’t worth that much. But there is another member “Tenma,” in Itachi’s team who is jealous of him and always wanted to compete against him.

Itachi’s sharingan awakening

After ending the mission, thoughts crossed his mind and thinks that everyone is thinking for about their clans. Whereas Tenma thinks something else. After having a little fight scene reverts back to the starting where Itachi was thinking and remembering all the things that happened since he became a genin. But he suddenly starts crying as he remembers that he lost all his friends and bonds that he made, during an escort mission.

Naruto Shippuden Episode 453 - Itachi and Obito
Naruto Shippuden Episode 453 – Itachi and Obito

Yes, During a certain escort mission, Itachi’s team was slaughtered by Uchiha Obito in front of his eyes. But for some reason Obito kept Itachi alive as Itachi was the only survivor during that incident. The sadness and guilt of loosing someone dear and special results in awakening of Itachi’s sharingan and Itachi understands, that when a Uchiha feels sadness of loosing someone very special that time he awakens his sharingan!

Wrapping up

Although this episode did depicts Itachi’s life as a genin, the pain he suffered and what he gained but most importantly the shocking revelation at the end finally answered a certain question which always bothered me.

In Naruto shippuden it was shown that Itachi was the only one who knew about Madara (Uchiha Obito) is alive, and the rest of the clan members were not aware of this so it must be because of this incident i.e Obito slaughtering Itachi’s team. Must have made Itachi to keep tabs on Obito’s movements

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