Naruto Episode 40 Review

It’s no wonder that Kiba Inuzuka said that the ninja he’d want to face the least would be Shino Aburame. Naruto episode 40 goes fully creep factor by introducing us to the ninja who has a symbiotic relationship with bugs. Just thinking about it now gives me the chills. Shino has a special type of beetle living inside his body that obeys his commands. The trade off is that they get to live off of his chakra while not in use. No thanks!

Naruto Episode 39 Review

Where can I watch Naruto episode 40?

I’m back at Netflix for this anime. They’ve got all 220 episodes of the first part of the greater Naruto story. That’s impressive for Netflix. Usually, they won’t carry entire runs of an anime unless it’s something that they had a hand in making or funding. That’s why I ended up stopping my reviews of One Piece. It’s so much easier watching one of these anime at the streaming giant.

Besides Netflix, you can watch Naruto over at Funimation, Crunchyroll or Hulu. At Funimation and Crunchyroll, a free membership will get you access to a majority of the series. I’m not exactly sure if they’ve gotten any limits to this 20-year-old anime, but I know that you can watch a good bit of the anime free of charge. Just expect to have commercial breaks. I know that’s hard to take, but those of us who remember life before streaming grew up in a time when commercials were the norm. It’s not nearly as bad today as it was back then.

You’ll need to have a subscription at Hulu if you want to watch there. Even if you have the basic membership package, you’ll get commercials. At Hulu, you don’t get rid of commercials until you take a step up in membership level. We’ve got it only because it’s a part of one of Disney+’s options. I would rate Hulu as the least attractive way to watch Naruto.

Watch Naruto Episode 40 at Netflix, Funimation, Crunchyroll or Hulu

How was the story in Naruto episode 40?

There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done a thousand times since episode 40 aired. You’ve got the sad backstory of the ninja from the Sound Village. There’s Orochimaru creating some dark foreshadowing. Then there’s Shino Aburame, the ally who’s also highly dangerous because of his ability. Everything is what you’d expect from a Shonen anime.

Thankfully, Naruto episode 40 gets all of these story elements right. I could feel the tension between Orochimaru and Kakashi. Even for someone as skilled as Kakashi, Orochimaru was too much. If he wanted to, Orochimaru could’ve walked out of there with Sasuke. The only reason he didn’t is because of his faith in Sasuke’s curse.

Even though I know what’s going to happen in the end, I could feel my heart start to race. The whole atmosphere of the scene draws you in. Is Orochimaru going to strike out at Kakashi? How does the leader of Team 7 compare to the outlaw ninja? What’s the backstory between Orochimaru and all of the other ninja at the Village Hidden in the Leaves? All of these things raced through my head while I was glued to the screen.

What about the fight?

During the match between Shino Aburame and Zaku Abumi, we get to learn a little bit about Zaku’s backstory. It’s the standard anime affair. Zaku was dirt poor and forced to steal to survive. Orochimaru sensed something special in the boy and offered him a chance to grow stronger. In reality, Orochimaru was only using Zaku for his own purposes.

It makes you sad for Zaku while at the same time also wanting to see him defeated. Orochimaru is the bad guy after all and his followers have to be stopped. It feels like Zaku is more of a victim of Orochimaru and is a precautionary tale about what the outlaw ninja has to offer. Zaku ends up destroying his arms in the fight because of his desire to be useful to his boss. It’s all just sad.

If you change the names and faces, then you’ve probably seen this story play out before. That’s unfortunately one of the negatives to the story in Naruto. Because stories like what we saw here in Naruto episode 40, everyone else did their best to it off. It’s kind of like the never-ending tsunami of Isekai we’ve been getting. Someone finds something that works and it has to be run into the ground.

What did Naruto episode 40 get right?

The whole deal with the bugs made me squirm. I’m sure that was the purpose of them, so I’ll say that was a high point in episode 40. The whole idea of beetles draining away someone’s chakra is cringe worthy. To have those bugs reside in their master, that’s even worse. I have to stop talking about it now because I want to stop thinking about it!

Ok, I can’t stop talking about it. There have been some weird characters in Naruto so far, but none of them hold a candle to Shino now. Can you imagine making a pact with some bugs to live inside you? Who even thought up that idea? It’s going to be hard for this anime to top the creepy factor that it just established here.

What else was good?

Another part of episode 40 that I think was done well was Orochimaru’s aura. Think about what he did for a moment. Orochimaru revealed himself to one of the stronger ninjas in attendance. He did so because he felt no real threat. Orochimaru was not going to be stopped by anyone there and he knew it. Not only that, but he’s so confident in his curse that he willingly states what his objective is.

Orochimaru is a walking ball of confidence and you know what? I don’t blame him. Everything about the rogue ninja screams a bad guy who can’t be stopped. At least no one has been able to so far. There also hasn’t been anyone that’s been shown to even be on the same level. Maybe the Hokage, but we haven’t seen the old man in action yet. It’ll be interesting to see who takes Orochimaru down and how it happens.

What did Naruto episode 40 get wrong?

Would it kill Netflix or whoever else to put some subtitles when the participants are being chosen to fight? I know it’s not that big of a deal since we get to see the participants square off shortly after, but not having those kills the mood. In both fights, Naruto spent some time making the bouts out to be a big deal. The expression on some of the characters’ faces indicated as much.

Because I couldn’t read what was on the board, all of that emotion that was meant to be stirred up was missing. How can I get anxious over a fight if I don’t know who’s matched up? The only emotion I had was confusion. Is Naruto fighting Sakura? Are Naruto and Sasuke going to fight? Is it finally Gaara’s turn? That’s not what the anime was going for so I consider it to be a negative.

Is Naruto episode 40 worth watching?

Yes, Naruto episode 40 is worth watching. Longtime fans of anime will recognize a lot of what goes on though. Because of that, you could get the feeling of “been there, done that.” If you think that takes away from this anime episode just remember one thing, this one probably came out long before most of the other anime you’ve seen. You can’t blame the original, good anime for the myriad of clones that came later. Feel free to give episode 40 a shot, it still holds up pretty well after all of this time.

Now go watch some anime!

Naruto Episode 41 Review

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