Years before he became Naruto’s teacher, Kakashi served as a member of the ANBU Black Ops team, so ruthless he earned the nickname “Cold-blooded Kakashi.” But despite his reputation, he is haunted by the deaths of his closest friends during the Third Great Ninja War. As he wrestles with his loss, Kakashi must uncover who is behind illegal genetic experimentation, survive threats from within his own organization, escape capture at the hands of Orochimaru’s followers, and battle a young shinobi who possesses formidable and very rare Wood Style Jutsu. And after these trials, another young ninja joins his unit–Itachi Uchiha!
Set 28 covers episodes 349-361 which is a filler arc in the Naruto Shippuden series. At over 480 episodes, the vast majority of episodes are in fact fillers but every so often the fillers are fun. This set gives us a great look back at all the key players in Naruto’s past and that of the leaf village. We knew most of Kakashi’s background by now but this gave us just how much his former teammates deaths weighed on him. We also got to see what finally changed him, which was Team 7.
I enjoyed the background of Itachi and Shisui and the events that lead up to the destruction of the Uchiha clan. Although a lot of it was already known from previous reveals, there was some additional insight which helped things make a lot more sense. However I think my favorite part of this arc was Tenzo (Yamato) and Kakashi. As one of Orochimaru’s test subjects, we learn just how much the leaf knew about his dealings.
All in all a worth while watch , even if it doesn’t progress the main plot. Unlike many of the side story arc’s this actually gives us some additional background on key characters in the current events that make us better understand their motivations.