“No,” said the little prince. “I am looking for friends. What does that mean—'tame’?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. It means to establish ties.“
”‘To establish ties’?“
"Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world …”
Okay, I get that Shippuuden and anything that followed are touchy subjects within a great part of the Naruto fandom. I also get that an even greater part of the fandom absolutely refuses to acknowledge gajillion filler episodes that made Shippuuden drag on (and on and on and on) for ages.
But why on earth is nobody ever talking about flippin’ Naruto Shippuuden episode 185?
Has the fandom just come to the decision to collectively repress the sheer insanity of that episode? What exactly happened during production? Who made the decisions? What drugs did the writers ingest? How on earth did we end up with: