And so I take over handling the Talkbacks. Like Tsunade, I will do my best in succeeding this thread's Hiruzen- macattack (at least until Lent comes along to affect things temporarily). The first episode in this phase begins with what is called The Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha, probably the longest filler arc of Shippuden (and this will never happen again in the series, oh no no no no…). The Arc’s plot structure is centered to the past, as the cast reminisce about times before Part 2. The introductory episode- first of a three-parter- is about Iruka Umino remembering when he was first assigned Naruto Uzamaki as his student. How do you teach the transformed murderer of your parents? Official Naruto Shippuden Talkback Thread Last time on NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Now, I understand this arc is dealing with situations that have already happened (“Oh no! I really doubt Pre-Chapter 1 Naruto will live to see another day!”), BUT NO SPOILERS ON PLOT SITUATIONS (OR AS-YET UNREVEALED MYSTERIES) AFTER NARUTO CHAPTER 449/NARUTO SHIPPUDEN 175, ALTHOUGH BOTH MANGA AND ANIME HAVE ENDED (Such spoilers should be discussed in The Anime Forum and by Private Message). Poor Iruka already has enough trouble right now.