I’ve come to the determination that once this season of Naruto is complete, I’ll be switching to another anime to review. As such, we’ve only got three more episodes to review, including this one. We’ll pick this anime back up at a later date. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how Naruto episode 50 has aged. Is it still worth watching today?
Where can I watch Naruto episode 50?
Sometimes I want to just copy and paste this section from reviews of previous episodes of Naruto. Google doesn’t like when you do that, though, so I have to figure out ways to say the same thing time after time. I also don’t know if you’re following along with the review series so this might be your first time seeing this. Oh well, I’ll try to make this original and compelling.
If you want to watch episode 50, there are a number of good places that you can find it. There are also probably a number of pirated sites that you can watch it, but I don’t encourage you to do that. I’m a firm believer in supporting those who’ve gone through the trouble of bringing you anime through the proper channels. You also don’t know what potential security risks you’re taking when you stream from a pirated site.
The best places I’ve found to stream Naruto episode 50 are Netflix, Funimation, Crunchyroll and Hulu. I rank them in the same order that they’re listed. Netflix is my favorite option while Hulu is a last resort. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, so it’s up to you to decide which one works best for you. FYI, Crunchyroll is the only one that doesn’t have the English dub, if that’s what you’re looking for. I know I’d rather watch Naruto with the dub since that’s how much of my audience would’ve experienced the anime for the first time.
How was the story in Naruto episode 50?
I’ve definitely said this before, but there’s nothing here that a seasoned anime fan hasn’t seen a million times. Rock Lee powers up by using a forbidden technique only to lose in the end to a more talented bad guy. In the process, Rock Lee sustains damage that appears to have permanently ended his ninja career. In the process of all of this happening, there’s a lot of angst surrounding Rock Lee’s decision and its results.
Sound familiar? I thought so. Naruto has gotten into a rut where it’s basically one anime trope after another. I guess you can say that it was more original back when it first came out. That’s not true now. The story is just like any other Shonen anime, only done better than most.
That’s a pretty generic description. Is there anything specific from the story that’s worth mentioning?
One thing that episode 50 really tried to do was to make things emotional. While I’m sure it was successful in doing so when it first came out, looking at Rock Lee’s story today wasn’t as impactful. I’m watching the anime for the first time and yet I still know that this isn’t the end for Rock Lee. He’ll find some way to recover and become a ninja. Therefore, the dramatic feel that episode 50 is going for is dulled.
It’s like going back and watching the old Dragonball anime. I’m talking about the original one, where Goku was a kid. Spoiler Alert! In the original Dragonball anime Krillin dies. This is long before death became a completely meaningless act in the series. It was an emotional moment to watch Goku lose his best friend.
Watching Dragonball today wouldn’t have the same effect. We all know that Krillin is going to come back, get killed by Frieza, come back again and so on. In fact, numerous characters are going to be killed only to return later after the dragon balls are collected. You get the picture here right? Moments in the story that were dramatic and shocking at the time are less impactful now because the story has already given us what’s going to happen in the future. That’s why Naruto episode 50 isn’t as dramatic as it takes itself.
What did Naruto episode 50 get right?
That being said, I do appreciate the sad music. It’s obviously there to set the mood and it sure does a good job of trying to make us feel the gravity of Lee’s decisions. I’ve always been a sucker for sad piano music and it’s turning into Naruto‘s go to choice for music during moments like these. I think it hits the nail on the head here.
I am also glad that Rock Lee escapes death here. It would be a shame to say goodbye to him at this point in the anime. It’s not due to Gaara not trying either. The Sand Coffin move that ends up getting Rock Lee’s arm and leg was meant to get Lee’s whole body. We saw it kill that ninja team during the second round of the exam not too long ago.
Killing off Lee now would just feel meaningless. Why spend all that time on him when you’re just going to kill him off? I know it means we’re going to get the stereotypical quest to recover story now, but it’s not that bad. I’ll deal with that when we come to it. For now I’m just happy Naruto episode 50 didn’t kill off Lee.
What did it get wrong?
My biggest complaint about the episode is that it’s a little dull. Like I mentioned before, the impact of this episode has been lessened over time because of what’s happened in the almost 20 years since it first aired. Even for someone like myself, who has only caught bits and pieces of Naruto, episode 50 doesn’t have a huge impact.
Unfortunately this even bled over into the fighting. Yes, it was exciting to watch Rock Lee open up the fifth gate and really take it to Gaara. If only I hadn’t seen the exact same type of story over and over again, then it would’ve been better. We’ve already seen it used in Naruto already. It’s actually already been used in this story arc. I can only take so much of this type of power surge until it becomes meaningless.
How well does Naruto episode 50 hold up?
I’d say that Naruto episode 50 holds up pretty well. It definitely shows its age, don’t get me wrong. We’re long removed from the animation style of the 1980s that does not look all that appealing these days. Naruto‘s animation has been pretty good and there have even been some signs of it getting better.
The voice acting is also pretty good. I’ve been watching the English dub, which can always be an interesting adventure, but I haven’t really regretted it. Well, I regretted it when Naruto kept saying “Believe It!” Now that he’s kicked that habit I don’t really have any complaints about the dialogue. It actually feels like characters are talking with each other. I don’t feel like we’re listening to voice actors recite lines. That’s my ultimate test for an anime’s dialogue and Naruto passes it.
The music also holds up pretty well. Naruto episode 50 has a decent soundtrack that helps build the mood. Not once did I think that it was overused or didn’t fit. It feels like Naruto knows all of the ingredients to put together a solid anime episode. That’s encouraging to me as we continue on this road of one of the biggest anime out there.
Is Naruto episode 50 worth watching?
Yes, Naruto episode 50 is worth watching. That is, if you’re looking to go down a trip through memory lane. If you don’t like Shonen anime, or you’ve gotten tired of typical Shonen tropes, don’t watch episode 50. You actually probably want to steer clear of Naruto altogether. For those of you who like Shonen or don’t mind the typical Shonen plot, Naruto episode 50 is perfectly fine.
Rock Lee gets to show off his power boost. Gaara gets pushed to the edge for the first time in the anime. There’s some suspense at the end after we see what’s happened to Rock Lee’s body. It’s an interesting anime episode overall, there are just a few things out of its control that have made it less impactful. If you know and accept that going in, I think you can enjoy yourself.
Now go watch some anime!