Animenewsnetwork - Naruto Shippūden episode 403 falls victim to a number of issues that have plagued recent installments in this lengthy filler arc. There are the "look at this gross fat ninja" jokes that continue unabated. There are the constant mentions of an absent Naruto, as if no secondary character in his universe could possibly have a life outside of him. (While it makes sense for Hinata to mention him from time to time, Kiba's the one thinking about him most in this episode, and even Shino chimes in.) Finally, there are the filler-within-filler scenes: this time it's a training montage set in the days of the original series.