^ Yeah, it is unfortunate how the K12 have been pushed into the background. They were major players in Part 1. But now the story is mostly about Naruto, the larger world around him, and the Uchiha. Outside of Shikamaru, and one rare instance with Hinata, most of Naruto's friends do not matter.
The anime though feels the K12 are important stars and always tries to keep them involved with filler.
Episode sucked...The whole war in the anime has been sub par at best IMO....They could atleast improve the animation..I mean it is the 4th Shinobi WORLD WAR for crying out loud...Sigh