Naruto Shippuden Episode 30: Aesthetics of an Instant
Naruto Shippuden is a popular anime series that follows the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. In episode 30, titled “Aesthetics of an Instant”, Naruto and his team face off against Kakuzu and Hidan, two members of the Akatsuki, a criminal organization that seeks to capture the tailed beasts that reside within certain ninjas.
The episode begins with Naruto unleashing his new technique, the Wind Style: Rasenshuriken, a powerful attack that combines his signature Rasengan with wind chakra. However, Kakuzu manages to dodge the attack and reveals that he has four extra hearts that he stole from other ninjas, allowing him to survive fatal wounds. He also shows that he can manipulate different elements of nature with each heart, such as fire, wind, earth and lightning.
Meanwhile, Hidan engages in a fierce battle with Shikamaru Nara, a genius strategist and Naruto’s friend. Hidan uses his scythe to draw blood from his opponents and then performs a ritual that links his body to theirs, causing them to share the same injuries. Shikamaru realizes that Hidan needs to stay within a circle drawn on the ground to maintain the connection and uses his shadow manipulation technique to trap him outside the circle.
As the fight continues, Naruto tries to use his Rasenshuriken again but fails to hit Kakuzu. Kakashi Hatake, Naruto’s mentor and former leader of Team 7, steps in and uses his Lightning Blade to pierce through one of Kakuzu’s hearts. He then tells Naruto to use his Rasenshuriken as a finishing blow. Naruto agrees and charges at Kakuzu with his ultimate attack.
The episode ends with a cliffhanger as Naruto’s Rasenshuriken collides with Kakuzu’s fire and wind blasts, creating a massive explosion. The viewers are left wondering if Naruto succeeded in defeating Kakuzu and what will happen to Shikamaru and Hidan.
The next episode, titled “The Legacy”, reveals the outcome of the clash between Naruto and Kakuzu. Naruto’s Rasenshuriken proves to be too powerful for Kakuzu to withstand and destroys his remaining hearts, killing him. Naruto collapses from exhaustion and is praised by Kakashi for his achievement. However, they soon realize that Hidan is still alive and has escaped from Shikamaru’s trap. Hidan vows to avenge Kakuzu and attacks Shikamaru with his scythe.
Shikamaru manages to dodge Hidan’s attacks and lures him into a forest. He then uses his shadow technique to control Hidan’s movements and makes him stab himself with his own scythe. Hidan laughs and says that he is immortal and cannot die. He explains that he is a follower of Jashin, a god of death and destruction, and that he sacrifices his enemies to him by killing them in the same way he injures himself.
Shikamaru reveals that he has a plan to defeat Hidan and that he has been leading him to a specific location. He activates a series of explosive tags that he planted in the trees and causes a large explosion that engulfs Hidan. Shikamaru then tells Hidan that he has buried him in a pit that belongs to his clan, the Nara clan, who are known for their deer breeding. He says that Hidan will never be found or dug up by anyone and that he will be left to rot for eternity.
Shikamaru pays his respects to his fallen teacher, Asuma Sarutobi, who was killed by Hidan in a previous episode. He says that he has avenged him and fulfilled his promise. He then leaves with Naruto, Kakashi and the rest of his team, who congratulate him for his victory. The episode ends with Hidan still alive but trapped in the pit, cursing Shikamaru and Jashin.