Naruto 53

I noticed that the whole front page of this ostensibly anime blog has not a single image, so I rush to correct this regretful oversight. Behold:

The steam is not removed for the DVD since it's a part of the transformation, see the hand gesture.

Naruto 53 is another of my favourites together with 22 and 80. There's a lot more going for it in addition to the above, such as Ero-sennin's deceptive mentorship style. We don't see anything like it until Milch of Nodame takes it to the next level (actually, Tanioka-sensei was first to manipulate Chiyaki into "upperclassman teaching", but you know what I mean).