Surprisingly sad episode. It was ok.
2 part story arc that was surprisingly was really good and sad in the end! should use akatsuki members in that style more in filler flashback episodes
I like what they were shooting for with backstory on canon characters but this just makes Sasori look bad. He was bragging to his grandma over taking over a nation of a single samurai and normal people with no battle experience? Not to mention he needed Deidara's help of shock and awe? It also takes away from Sakura's accomplishment of beating him.
If this was even remotely canon this makes Sasori look a lot weaker than he was hyped to be. I would even say Deidara his troop is stronger than him which can be argued regardless.
While the episode was much better than i thought it would be im disappointed that this epic ass opening is being wasted on filler
The same thing with other anime fillers. Bleach is guilty of this act very much.