Episode 488 brings Sasuke's Story: Sunrise to a satisfying, if action-light conclusion. For the first time in a long while, Naruto Shippūden is able to wrap up a non-manga-inspired story without leaving any gaping plot holes or a sense of incompleteness in its wake

While some viewers might be tempted to give credit to the author of the original novel, this story apparently shares little in common with its source material outside of the title, so kudos go to the anime staff. If this much effort went into all their anime-original material, many fans would probably view Naruto filler in a more positive light.