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Thank you for being a long time follower Ntimidation!! ^^ I apologize greatly to you and all my fans for my lame hiatus!! It eats me up inside to read new chapters and not have the mojo to write my musings. Thankfully, my mono seems to be clearing and I was even able to return to work for a few hours the other day! I’m just glad I took this semester off from classes, I can’t even image trying to juggle it all like I did before. I itch to return to reviewing soon though.
I appreciate your complements about my analytical ability! And I’m glad to hear my observations help you interpret chapters on a deeper level. I try my best! :) And I would be happy to look over your theory. I do enjoy reading Naruto theories - I’ll let you know what I think.
Hahaha yes, Kaguya’s story is actually one of heart break and jealous baby daddies. xD “SHINOBI I AM YOUR FATHER.”
The idea might seem strange, but this prediction is based on a popular theme found in numerous myths, wherein a young woman becomes miraculously preggers after consuming something - often it’s a fruit, which bearing seeds is sexual by nature. (Our ancestors were dirty)! Since Kishimoto is drawing upon so many other folktales in his story, I figure he might as well throw this one into the batch.
JUUBI’S FINAL FORM IS REVEALED…!! And it’s a TREE!! Flower… dick thing.
So this chapter opens with Juubi as it finishes burrowing itself into the ground, its body morphing and peeling away to reveal organic plant-like structures. As Obito observes the progress, he notes that taking down his barrier should pose little harm, and boy does he remove it just in time!!
The sudden explosion of writhing braches and roots tears through the landscape immediately seeking out the awestruck people below it like the reaching arms of an arboreal octopus, and it isn’t long before the dire consequences of coming into contact with these branches is revealed.
Come oooon, how could one not think of DBZ? xD
As the terrified members of the Shinobi Alliance flee before the chakra-absorbing branches, an obvious shift in odds against our good guys begins to settle in despite Naruto’s upgraded mass Kyuubi Cloak protection. As still and haggard bodies start to litter the ground, the scene shifts to Hashirama and Madara who still face each other while taking care to dodge the malicious branches. Prompted by Hashirama’s questioning, Madara explains that the Shinju, or God Tree, is simply collecting chakra the was originally its own, and as if to demonstrate, the Susanoo flames protecting him are hungrily sucked away by surrounding branches.
Madara takes this moment to fully reveal the history of the Shinju and its relationship to the shinobi world starting with the fact that all chakra originates from this godly tree.
Entering story mode, we see a series of pictographic images illustrating events beginning with the time before shinobi which was marred by war and strife. During this era the Shinju existed as a massive tree that was worshiped as a vessel for god and once every 1000 years it sprouted one massive fruit. This succulent of the God Tree was forbidden to man, though the origin of this ban is not known; however, a princess named Ootsutsuki Kaguya, who tired of seeing her fellow man die in battle, took it upon herself to eat the forbidden fruit and end all war. The fruit gave her a fraction of the immense chakra power of the Shinju and most importantly opened her understanding to controlling it, and in the wake of her insurmountable strength all battles ceased. Solidifying her position as the Mother of Shinobi, she later gave birth to a son named Bagoromo who inherited the Shinju’s strength and his mother’s ability to manipulate it. Sharing this knowledge with his fellow man he established the art of ninjustsu and brought about the Age of Shinobi, becoming its hero later by taming the Shinju who grew angry and sought the return of its chakra by taking the animal-noid form we know of as the Juubi. Of course, we know this man as the legendary Sage of Six Paths whose acts over time turned from history to legend to myth.
Concluding his lecture, Professor Madara states that this information is all recorded on the Uchiha Clan Tablet, and as the action returns to him and Hashirama playing dodge branch, he remarks that this history speaks to the fact that mankind’s violent nature never changes. Indeed, by introducing more powerful into the game Princess Kaguya only aggravated the situation.
Seeing chakra and the knowledge to wield it as a curse, Madara’s hollow expression communicates his despair for mankind’s fate of endless violence and confirms his character’s resolve for completing the Moon’s Eye Plan. It’s clear that even if chakra were not a factor, Madara believes man is doomed to kill his brethren, but by sedating the world perhaps the “true” dream of peace can be achieved. As Hashirama thinks back to the words Madara spoke before his departure from Konoha he realizes his former ally has been planning for this moment since that day so long ago.
As we observe this large stem and bloom which has emerged from the Shinju, Madara finally explains how the Infinite Tsukuyomi will be cast, for apparently concealed with in the bloom is an eye which will gaze upon the moon allowing a genjutsu to be reflected. In Shinto mythology, “Tsukuyomi” is the god of the moon, so there is a symbolic connection that this genjutsu’s ultimate form requires the moon to activate, but I can only assume the Shinju would choose to cast it because Obito will force it to (otherwise why would it care for such an idea). The panel of the stem and bloom is actually quite symbolic as well, for the goal of the Moon’s Eye Plan is to create a “new world,” and while the flower structure is blatantly phallic, the moon is generally considered to be a feminine form in many mythologies. By drawing these two forms touching visually, Kishimoto suggests the act of coupling to bring about creation. We knew you were a dirty old man Kishi!!
Finally returning to our hero, we see Naruto is in trouble as the deadly branches close in around him despite Tobirama and Minato’s efforts to help, but thankfully they aren’t the only Hokage around!
As Sandaime Hokage springs Naruto and himself towards his fellow undead colleagues, Tobirama quickly uses the Flying Thundergod jutsu to teleport them a save distance away from the Shinju near Sasuke. As Sasuke solemnly observes Naruto’s weakened condition, the latter grits his teeth with shock and anger at the fallen shinobi he worked so hard to protect. It’s like a slap in the face to Naruto’s optimism and speaks to how quickly the tide can turn on the battlefield.
As the chapter closes out the camera angle pans away for an all-encompassing view of the God Tree, its bloom thrusting into the sky, and from this we can truly appreciate the Shinji’s massive scale.
The fact that the Juubi’s final form is a tree doesn’t come as a major surprise as Kishi has hinted at it up to this point with the Juubi’s odd flowers that fire BIJUU BOMBS and growths from its body that resemble the roots of a carrot or daikon radish. In the context of the Japanese religion of Shintoism, in which trees are regarded as sources of power, a final form resembling a tree makes sense as well. Though how Madara knows a bloom can be coxed from the Shinji to cast a genjutsu that will be successful remains a mystery – was that written somewhere on the Uchiha tablet as well??
For folks who are familiar with Judeo-Christian beliefs, the story of the Shinju and Princess Kaguya probably remind you first of Eve and the Tree of Knowledge. Though there is no doubt that Kishimoto is drawing on this motif in his story, it should be noted that “forbidden fruit” are popular in mythology and folktales across the world; even the Monkey King, Son Goku, partook of some in Heaven, and by bringing this well established and loved idea into his manga, Kishimoto successfully strengthens the mythos of his own story.
As he enjoys doing, Kishimoto draws upon another popular story in this chapter with the introduction of Princess Kaguya, who is the starring character in one of the very oldest folktales of Japan. The original story casts her as a princess from the moon (Sailor Moon anyone?) sent to earth for her own protection (or banishment depending on the telling) who is later found in the stalk of a bamboo tree. It’s this princess-tree-moon parallel that Kishi is clearly interested in for his story, and like the numerous others present in NARUTO, those fans familiar with the tale will smile knowingly at the reference. And in case the moon connections were too subtle, Princess Kaguya’s sir name “OostuTSUKI” also references the moon (Tsuki, 月 = moon).
The parallels between the reasoning of NARUTO’s Princess Kaguya and Nagato Pain are worth pointing out for they shared the belief that an all-powerful weapon would scare the population into peace. Princess Kaguya proves that this idea indeed works as she took on the powers of a god and single handedly stopped all war, the fear of her preventing any further conflicts, but her story shows how this is only a temporary solution for peace and perhaps speaks for what would have been an ultimate failure for Nagato had he been successful for some reason.
It’s hard to miss the similarities between the Shinju’s branches and Hashirama’s powerful MOKUTON abilities, and perhaps speaks to why this chakra nature is considered among the most powerful in the Shinobi World. If the strongest thing on the earth was once a huge ass tree then it makes sense that a jutsu that creates them would be powerful in this world.
Overall, this chapter was mostly exposition provided by Professor Uchiha, but it was in no way uninteresting; Not only do we learn the origins of shinobi and the discovery of chakra, but the Sage of Six Path’s name is revealed and the story of his mother whose actions sealed the fate of the Shinobi World. The action we did get in this chapter had a dramatic impact as a majority of the Alliance was felled, and we also got to see Tobirama taking the offensive and Hiruzen finally, FINALLY showing up again. But most importantly, this chapter acts as a set up for 647, which based on its longer than usual page count suggests shit is really about to go down!!
I give this chapter a RATING of:
As always, let me know what you guys thought of this chapter! Do you like the story of Princess Kaguya and the forbidden fruit? Will the Moon’s Eye Plan actually go into effect?? Are you on the Alliance or Team Moon’s Eye side?
Till next time!!
The situation is dire, the end of the world is upon us – time for the Gokage Rangers to arrive finally!!
It’s been about 1000 years since Kaguya so time for the Shinju to sprout another Millennial Fruit!! Naruto figures out what’s actually supposed to do be done with it and saves the world!! The end.
Along with making her powerful, the Shinju’s fruit actually got Kaguya pregnant as well, so the Sage of Six Path’s father is the Juubi – that’s why they have similar eyes.
Awwwww can’t you just feel the father-son love fest kicking into high gear? My feels = OVER 9000!!!!
So this chapter opens up with our dynamic Kurama-jinjuuriki duo charging up each other by way of fist bumping. As it was explained last chapter, Naruto has a plan to save the Alliance trapped inside Juubito’s barrier, but to accomplish it he will need the complete Yin & Yang chakra of Kurama as well as his father’s expertise.
As their fist bump connects, we see how this physical contact between Naruto and Minato is acting as a chakra puzzle piece, unlocking the full power of Kurama sealed between them. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this interesting visual “puzzle piece” analogy used to represent the molding of chakra, as it originally served to explain Naruto’s ability to protect everyone in Kyuubi Chakra Cloaks. The important thing to remember is that manipulating chakra in this way is extremely difficult and speaks to both Naruto and Minato’s advanced abilities.
As Kurama’s chakra is united once more, the scene transitions to the two parts of Kurama who now have the ability to communicate, with Light-Yang Kurama noting with relief how much Dark-Yin Kurama’s presence saves their butts, to which the latter humbly replies he is merely a part of their greater whole. Looking down at the father and son duo below them, Dark-Yin Kurama can’t help draw a similar parallel between Minato and Naruto.
On the battlefield, Obito observes what is transpiring with a curious eye as the Dark Energy enveloping his body continues to enclose him in a protective sphere, while the four flowers of the Juubi Tree begin charging up four massive BIJUU BOMBS. The surviving members of the Shinobi Alliance can only analyze the situation somberly with Shikamaru quickly noting the similarities - and thus impenetrability - of the barrier they are trapped in to the impressive one the Hokage erected earlier.
The scene refocuses back on Minato and Naruto as Sasuke voices the question that is on all of our minds, namely, what exactly does Naruto have planned?? In response, Naruto’s brow furrows in concentration while Minato takes a moment to really look at his son, at how physically powerful and resourceful he has become. Thinking to some of his final memories of Kushina lying next to infant Naruto, Minato cannot help wondering if his wife was able to share in the bittersweet joy of seeing their son so mature. And with this thought follows feelings of guilt at not being present in Naruto’s life to help him through the hardships that gave birth to the hero Konoha has come to recognize.
Of course, being connected to his dad, Naruto is aware of the thoughts passing through Minato’s mind and before Minato can become too sentimental, Naruto focuses him back to the task at hand as suddenly Kyuubi Cloaks rage to life over the other members of the Alliance. As everyone marvels at how much more powerful these Cloaks appear to be, Sakura informs us that she sensed their presence as she healed people and confirms that they never truly deactivated making it easy for Naruto to reignite them.
With time to act drawing to a close, Jugo quickly approaches Sasuke to formulate a plan to escape, suggesting his leader employ a summoning jutsu.
But before Sasuke can move forward, Naruto tells his recovered friend to instead accept a Kyuubi Cloak as well, to which Sasuke’s reply is questioning, but with little time to spare he decides to put his faith in Naruto, an important moment to note as it reveals how much Sasuke recognizes Naruto as a capable shinobi and trustworthy leader.
As Hashirama takes in the Kyuubi Cloaks protecting the Alliance, he notes that Naruto’s ability to project this much chakra suggests the young Uzumaki’s power is comparable to his own legendary amount. Though after consideration, Hashi notes that Naruto is also making use of Kurama’s chakra, suggesting that Naruto isn’t quite at Hashirama’s level yet after all, but the fact that he is close is still impressive.
Obito decides to give whatever Naruto is planning little credit as he finishes curling up in his black blankie, which is symbolic of the darkness he chooses to loose himself in. As he bids the world “disappear” the four Juubi Flowers release their explosives.
The barrier expands and contracts dynamically to compensate the massive energy blasts, which are directed harmlessly into the sky, and as the smoke clears and Obito releases himself from his Dark Energy, it becomes apparent to his trap was ineffective. As the Alliance realizes and marvels at how they were quickly transported to safety outside of the barrier, it is clear that Minato accomplished this by used the Flying Thundergod Technique. Though Minato remains humble to the praise he receives from Tobirama and Gyuuki, Naruto’s expression makes it clear he is as proud of his old man as Minato is of him.
At this point, Jugo begins the questioning process that leads to the explanation of what exactly transpired to save the Alliance. Though Naruto himself is not very good at explaining the process as usual, with the help of his dad he gets across that it was through the combination of his, Minato’s and Kurama’s chakra. For a specific explanation, Tobirama steps in to clarify that by sharing his chakra with the Alliance, Naruto was in essence turning each member into a “clone,” thus linking them to him. And since Naruto was also connected to Minato, this linked the Alliance to his dad as well, thus allowing the Yellow Flash to transport them all to safety using the Flying Thundergod Technique. It is the exact combo that Minato used to rescue Naruto and Sasuke from Obito slamming their brains out only moments early, taken to the next level.
As Minato watches Tobirama and Naruto’s exchange with amusement, he thinks back to the moment only a short while ago of Naruto explaining his plan to save the Alliance, during which they have a touching exchange when Minato begins to lament about wanting more time to spend with Naruto to express his feelings. Naruto, however, is quick to reassure his old man that he already knows how much Minato loves him with only a glance, just as he knows how much Kushina loves him from his previous in depth conversation with her chakra. In this way, Naruto’s encounter with his parents mimics the moments before their death to which Minato thinks back to, as at that time Kushina conveyed all their wishes, while Minato spoke little but still express much, and as the chapter closes out we see Minato’s eyes begin to mist over with emotion at Naruto’s warm smile.
Overall, this chapter featured pretty straightforward action that built upon jutsu and cleverness we were shown earlier in the story, but though there were no real surprises, the wow factor of the BIJUU BOMBS and the tender moments between Naruto and Minato lent it substance and served to highlight Naruto’s maturity. The Hashirama-Naruto parallel have been pretty apparent already, but this chapter reminded us of them once more and lent us perspective on Naruto’s current power level. Though he may not be able to articulate how a jutsu works like Tobirama can, Naruto’s ability to let his instincts guide him has always been one of his charming traits and I can’t wait to see what his next power up will be!! Perhaps a new chakra jacket is in order…?
Now that the set up and the action for this scene has passed, in many ways we are left to think, what’s next?? I doubt Hashirama and Madara - our most awesome players on the field - have been erased permanently by the BIJUU BOMBS like Minato’s arm, so when they regenerate will Maddy continue to stall his rival? Or will he play his mysterious trump card?? There doesn’t appear to be any reason why Obito needs to kill off Naruto and friends to activate the Infinitue Tsukuyomi, unless perhaps it will take time to power up. Will he turn his focus to that or wait till midnight when it’s October 10th to makes things that much more symbolic for everyone? The door is open for anything to happen next!
I give this chapter a RATING of:
We got some nice fireworks and some great teamwork from Minato and Naruto that warmed our hearts, but there was nothing truly new or surprising about the action taking place. Tobirama injected some humor that was enjoyable but overall this chapter felt like a stepping stone for more dramatic things to come! Hello Kage???
Hiruzen is randomly missing because he’s old, got lost, and just decided to take a nap. You know, old people problems.
Juubito will begin preparations for the Infinite Tsukuyomi - but perhaps this will be the opportunity Madara’s been waiting for to make his next move.
Madara will finally get a goddamn flashback. Come on Kishi we’re waiting!!! T_T
Till next week!!