Travis Bruno of Capsule Computers writes:
"When a series such as Naruto makes it into the five hundred episode range, viewers have obviously taken a liking to the franchise and have become invested in what will happen to these characters. Throughout the original Naruto anime and now Naruto: Shippuden, we’ve seen Naruto and Sasuke turn from enemies, to reluctant allies, to friends, to bitter enemies. However no matter how dark Sasuke’s path seemed to turn, Naruto always believed that he could bring his friend back to the light. Now, after the events of the last set, will Naruto: Shippuden Set 17 be able to capitalize on the major developments that took place?"