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“NO MATTER THE COST”
HOLY YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The boss is in business!!!!!
I don’t think the inevitability of this power up was ever in question for Madara, but that doesn’t make it any less EPIC to finally behold!!
Keeping up the adrenaline and quick pacing that has catapulted the past five chapters into the realm of legend-waitforit-dary, the drama continues to play out in this week’s installment.
Kurama’s plan to save Naruto finally comes to light in this chapter as the beginning scene focuses in on Gaara and Sakura’s efforts to save our rapidly ailing hero. For those theory-hungry fans, the revelation that sealing Yin Kurama in Naruto will save the young Uzumaki comes with little surprise, as the fate of the Yin half of Kurama currently sealed in Minato has been a hot topic for debated.
And as expected this solution to save Naruto presents a twist to the rule the Zetsu were so kind to restate last chapter, that once a jinjuuriki looses his or her Bijuu, he or she dies. Now we know a work-around exists, which is to reseal a part of the Bijuu’s chakra back into the host. So I think we see how Naruto is getting out of this alive.
As for our other wayward jinjuuriki, though most of Gyuuki was sealed along with Yang Kurama into the Gedo Mazou, Killer Bee most likely managed to escape in the jettisoned tentacle we witnessed cut free during Madara’s assault. And if the rule now stands that as long as a little Bijuu chakra remains sealed with in a jinjuuriki, that person will live, then Killer Bee will most likely live to rap another day, for now.
Now that she understands no amount of medical ninjutsu will save Naruto, Sakura takes matters into her own hands, literally, to save her comrade. As all his vitals flat line, Naruto technically enters into a state of death - yes, Naruto technically dies in this chapter!! But at this most desperate of moments, Sakura steps up to the plate as her training kicks in a move that would make Kano or Mola Ram jealous she literally forces Naruto’s heart to beat.
Though the purpose of chest compressions in CPR is to keep a person’s heart beating, Sakura’s visceral approach is much more symbolic as she literally holds the hopes and dreams of her comrade in her hand, as well as the fate of the world. For Sakura’s character it is a great moment to shine. And I can only assume her remaining chakra is being used to keep her laceration to Naruto’s side from bleeding out.
We receive a brief update on Sasuke’s condition through Tobirama’s perspective, and it is not looking much better for our young Uchiha. Tobirama makes mention of using his ability to “move his soul” to save Sasuke, perhaps in the way Edo Tensei Dan saved Tsunade, and it leads us to suspect that Tobirama may have actually invented the Spirit Transformation Technique. Whatever the case may be, with the chakra rods still impaled within his body, Tobirama is rendered useless to Sasuke’s cause.
Team Taka has a moment to shine in this chapter as well, beginning with Karin who’s desperation to save her love, Sasuke, awakens a latent ability to wield chakra chains. Some fans considered this sudden power up for our young Uzumaki woman a bit of an ass-pull. However, I would argue that these instances of miraculous increases in power due to acute stress are a trademark in this series; it’s basically the formula for any Uchiha power up for example. And Karin gaining powers similar to her fellow clan member Kushina makes sense in this perspective. Frankly, it was refreshing to see her gain an impressive offensive technique and really speaks to her desperation to help Sasuke’s plight. It should also be noted that Orochimaru is not surprised by the manifestation of Karin’s new ability, and in fact suggests he has been waiting for it to develop.
After Karin finishes ripping apart the massive Senju Buddha Statue, the rest of Team Taka jumps into action in a combo attack that is refreshing to see. As Karin takes a hit from Swirly Zetsu, Suigetsu uses a water gun technique similar to the Second Mizukage that reveals someone IS inside Swirly Zetsu! And as Juugo carries Karin away to safety, Orochimaru poisons Swirly Zetsu with a curse mark that temporarily freezes his motion. Overall, it is a great demonstration of Team Taka’s ability to work together and with their obstacle removed and Karin healing herself, they rush forward to get to Sasuke.
What can I say about this moment, other than THANK YOU.
Madara’s assent to god-hood is exciting and keeps the level of intensity for our heroes and the story alive. I am sad to see Shirtless!Madara go, but in his place an amazing new character design emerges. Each incarnation of the Sage of Six Paths features a unique style while impressing the same elements of power. In Sage Madara case, he gains a head guard with horns reminiscent of the original Sage, and the tomoe that were featured on Juubio’s chest and Naruto’s appear on the front his energy-jacket, the quality of which reminds us of Naruto’s energy jackets when he is in Kurama Mode. We see the nine Black Energy spheres as well as the symbol of the Sage on his back. But aside from his wardrobe, Madara’s pimp-stick features the most unique element, as it is a half circle on top the likes of which we have not seen in a Sage stadd. Whether this is simply a unique design or if it perhaps states Madara’s incomplete state without his left eye, we still have yet to know.
But DAMN does Juudara know how to wear clothes. And the ease into which he accepts the Juubi’s power is impressive when we think back and compare it to Obito’s struggle, during which he came dangerously close to being mentally ripped apart. My only qualm with this new character design is that Madara’s hair is now white, and though this may symbolize the sacrifice and wisdom that comes with wielding great power, his dark hair is a trademark that we must apparent let go of.
As our updated master villain takes stock of his new power up, he states his intended next move, which is to reclaim his left eye. Being that it is still in Obito, we can assume a show down of sorts is going to occur in the coming chapters involving Obito, Kakashi and Minato. And with Sakura, Gaara and Dead!Naruto on the way to the same destination, things are abound to get even more interesting.
As Sakura performs mouth-to-mouth CPR on her technically dead teammate, the physical contact naturally requires their lips to touch. And this simple act has set off a firestorm in the hearts of NaruSaku fans across the world and spread to other rival pairings. Personally, I don’t think the action should be taken out of perspective. It is a personal act to save someone, and in this case, someone Sakura cares deeply about, but this doesn’t mean NaruSaku is canon. Calm your butts everyone.
This does not take away from the emotion of the scene however, as Sakura relieves flashbacks of Naruto’s will and dreams, as she has witnesses first hand as his teammate. Her thoughts and desperation serve to stir our own as we realize our hero is truly in dire straights. But the most important thing to take into consideration in this scene is Sakura’s statement that she will not allow Naruto to die, “no matter the cost.” As I mentioned before, the door is open for the possibility of Sakura pulling a Granny Chio and exchanging her life for Naruto’s. However, I’m not confident this will actually happen, thought the set up may occur. Team 7 standing tall at the end of this war is an important image Kishimoto is most likely planning to conjure, so Sakura’s death would be ill advised. But hey, it is Naruto, so we’ll see what Kishimoto decides to drive the drama.
The chapter closes with this provocative panel of a mysterious someone making his or her appearance near Sasuke, thus signaling that Sasuke’s recovery will be the main focus of next chapter. When we think of who is current barefoot in the series, we realize the list is quite small and only includes Juugo, Karin, Obito and Kabuto. And with two currently in route to Sasuke and the other dying and possessed by Black Zetsu, that leaves Kabuto as the most likely owner to the “mysterious foot.” And frankly, now is the perfect time for Kabuto to makes his appearance again in the war as a changed man, or so we expect from his experience under Itachi’s Izanami. The story is currently in its finale, as the sideways text on page one reminds us, so there is little opportunity later for Kabuto to reappear.
As for the mysterious man inside Swirly Zetsu, the best guess is still Yamato, for Yamato’s MAKUTON enhancement abilities continue to nicely explain how Swirly Zetsu is so much more powerful than his Zetsu brethren. Though whether or not Yamato is conscious, my suspicion is he either is not or has no control over Swirly Zetsu’s actions. I get the feeling we will have to wait a bit before Kishimoto decides to make the reveal (we know how he is about masks, HA).
Overall, this chapter is both an exciting transitional and set up chapter that manages to keep the thrilling tempo of the story on pace. Not only do we get a pulsing insight into Naruto’s condition as well as Sasuke’s and the desperate measures their allies are willing to take to save them, but we also get to see the next evolution in Madara’s power, which only speaks well to the future battles and excitement of the story.
Next chapter will most likely focus on Sasuke through the introduction and actions of his new visitor, along with Madara’s appearance before Kakashi and friends. Some folks are suggesting that Kakashi could entrap Madara in Kamui land, but now that our Uchiha boss is Juudara I am confident he would be able to wiggle out of the attempt somehow. I look forward to seeing Team Taka’s reactions to Kabuto and how Obito will try to resist Madara’s intent to retrieve his eye. And when Sakura and Gaara finally arrive to the “party,” things will get even more interesting!
Overall, I give this chapter a RATING of:
Many Tobi’s going towards Madara of course! Followed by Sakura’s decisive medical action and Karin’s new found ability to kick ass.
As always, let me know what you guys thought of this chapter!!
Kakashi is literally throwing a party with Minato because hey, it’s the end of the world so why not.
Madara beats Sakura and Gaara to Minato & Obito, and Obito will die in a manner that saves Kakashi from having to fend off Madara.
Swirly Zetsu is actually harboring Yamato in hopes that he can vicarious experience a bowl movement.
Till next time!!
“THE END OF REALITY”
What can I say, this chapter is like watching something catch on fire and crisp; the destruction seems inevitable and I just can’t. stop. STARING.
NARUTO got the extra special treatment in this issue of JUMP with a cover image, bonus colored drawing and colored first page! This only happens a couple times a year and feels like a feast for the eyes because of it - especially with Madara on the cover.
However, I will say this is not my favorite cover stylistically. The washed out colors and the repetition of the bulky lines throughout don’t add effective drama or punch. But as I said this is a personal preference.
Well, I guess Kishimoto is a fan of this movie! As it states clearly on the side of Gamakishi’s mecha gear, this drawing pays homage to “Elysium.” Kishimoto is known for having a great love of mecha so it makes sense this crossover would come out of his imagination.
Ahhh, here’s our colored first page of the chapter!! (Perhaps with more blushing). Notice how nicely it basically sums up the last chapter and this chapter in three panels! If Madara oppressing the “light of hope” is wrong, I don’t want it to be right.
For the most part, the focus of this chapter centers on the consequences of Madara’s actions against our “lights of hope,” Naruto and Sasuke, but we do get a special appearance – Spiral Zetsu!! It’s not clear where our spirally, poop-lusting fiend has been the past 17 years, but his appearance now is remarkable by the amount of power he can wield. It is truly colossal. Before this point, only Hashirama was shown being able to summon and control a Senju Buddha Statue, but here Spiral Zetsu does so as well with equal ease. His strength in this way is actually quite apparent, as all zetsu to our knowledge lack this amount of individual strength, which is why their main roles, aside from fodder, have been spying. One possible explanation for this increase in strength could be that Spiral Zetsu has someone hidden inside him, Obito style, say, like our long-lost captain – Yamato! As stated by Kabuto, we know Yamato’s Hashirama DNA acts as a power boost for Zetsu through absorption, which was a reason for his abduction. Perhaps we’re going to get the answer to that burning question, what the hell happened to Yamato??
The struggle against Spiral Zetsu serves to display the weakening resistance of the Shinobi Alliance as it is only really Edo Tensei Hiruzen with his unlimited zombie chakra that can successfully resist every attack. It’s actually a big moment for Sandaime Hokage to shine as he counters the Senju Buddha blow for blow with elemental based attacks via clones. However, as Shikamaru points out as well these actions are merely keeping everyone alive while the Alliance is backed into a corner as each time someone use their own chakra they dig themselves deeper into a hole. What remains of the army is barely saving itself, much less Naruto and Sasuke from Madara.
Orochimaru’s role in this war is an exciting prospect as our long and sorted history with his character suggests that a very clever move or technique could be in store. He appears to recognize something about Spiral Zetsu that we can only assume will lead to a means of defeat, but for now Kishimoto is making us wait. If you’re a fan of the Yamato-inside-Spiral-Zetsu idea, then Oro’s open-ended reaction has the potential to add fuel to the theory fire, as it is conceivable that our snakey friend might be able to recognize his creation, Yamato, in some manner.
As if to remind us that our minds are truly more concerned about the fate of Sasuke and Naruto, the next four pages focus on Naruto’s condition and the hope-breaking reaction of the Alliance to it. However, it’s clear this is just a pit stop for Gaara who ask immediately for a medical ninja, and as Sakura is the only one with chakra left, she is taken along to keep Naruto stable as Gaara focuses his attention on his true destination, which I can only assume is Minato at this point.
There is a very cute NaruHina moment during this exchange that is worth mentioning as Hinata tries to reach Naruto and his weakening heart beat, only to ungracefully face plant. If anything, it shows that all the severely weakened Alliance can do now is put their faith in Sakura and the plan Kurama entrusted to Gaara. Almost to reinforce the weak prospect of hope, Spiral Zetsu and White Zetsu have an exchange which serves to confirm that once a jinjuuriki looses his or her Bijuu it is a death sentence. Their blatant rehashing of this rule however serves to remind us that rules are made to be broken, especially in NARUTO.
The following three and a half pages turn the focus of the story to Sasuke’s condition, and we see our Uchiha heartthrob struggling against the ground after Madara summons the Gedo Mazou away, perhaps to allow it transform into the Bijuu again, a process which should be quicker due to more of Gyuuki and Kurama’s chakra being present. As apposed to his rival’s calm, unconscious form loosing life, we witness Sasuke’s wrenching struggle to remain alive. A young man full to the brim with potential watching the sand pour from the hourglass, his trembling hands ineffective to stop the breach. With egging words for Madara, Sasuke’s mind turns to his brother and the dreams he has vowed to carry out for his dearly loved sibling. But these thoughts only breed desperation and despair as Sasuke’s body begins to give out. As Madara turns away, we get side-by-side shot of Sasuke and Naruto’s prone forms as their fates run similarly parallel.
The chapter wraps up with the perspective jumping between Sakura and Karin as they confirm for us what we already know – that Sasuke and Naruto are knocking on deaths door!! And that if something doesn’t change very soon, NARUTO is wrapping up sooner than expected. xD
Of course, neither of our main characters is going to die from this encounter, but it makes for some delicious drama! Which is basically the purpose of this chapter, to hype up the situation as nothing else of great significance occurred. In this way it is effectively transitioning us through the drama to whatever the results may be!
For Sasuke, I think the intention of Madara’s assault is clear. When Madara looks upon Sasuke in this chapter, he comments that Sasuke’s possession of the EMS clearly reveals that the younger Uchiha has gone through much pain in his life, but that he must also harbor great dreams for the future. No sooner is this spoken then Sasuke begins to lament for his goals and aspirations through feels-wrenching flashbacks of Itachi. This level of despair and stress is similar to what Madara must have faced in old age at the edge of death with his dreams for the future laying unfinished. In this moment of acute emotional pain Madara was able to awaken the Rinnegan, which restored him back to life, and this is surely what Madara intends to happen to Sasuke. We already know the recipe for Rinnegan: EMS + Senju power + experiencing the edge of death; and with this knowledge in mind it would appears the pie is hot in the oven.
As for our fading Uzumaki, the easiest solution to save his life still stands to be for Minato to seal the Yin half of Kurama into Naruto, thus making him a jinjuuriki once more and saving his life. The only other method could be Sakura pulling a Granny Chio and giving her life in exchange for Naruto’s, a la Gaara. As for Karin’s role, if she can make herself move despite her misery she could potentially give chakra to Sasuke, though he is rather unconscious and mostly unable to swallow her blood. I have a feeling we’ll find out the direction of our boys’ fates in the next chapter!!
Overall, I give this chapter a RATING of:
Drama, drama everywhere!
As a Naruto fan, it is very exciting to see our heroes facing a true threat of death! According to Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Cycle,” every good protagonist must face death in order to become a stronger version of themselves, in whatever form that mat take. I’m looking forward to seeing how the drama of this situation plays out and what power ups our long time rivals will achieve!
As always, let me know your guys’ thought on this chapter and theories on what you think will happen next!! Thank you for all your support! :)
Till next time!!
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!!
“THE CURRENT OBITO”
Poor Obito, that looks like it hurts!! >_O;
So this chapter, as anticipated, draws us back into the high-stakes fight between former friends and comrades Obito and Kakashi. As blood takes to the air from their simultaneous, chest piercing attacks that concluded last chapter, we see the weariness of the battle showing on Kakashi’s face, as well as his determination to end the skirmish quickly. Panning away from their locked stances, we learn that this display is actually an illusion, a genjutsu, which the real Kakashi, standing several paces away from Obito, declares he’s had enough of, thus proving my prediction from last week that Kishimoto, for better or worse, was pulling a Breaking Dawn Part 2. Oh Kishi…
Now that Kakashi is ready to dispense with genjutsu attacks and end the battle in earnest so that he can return to the main battlefield, he raises his hand and forms the shinobi seal signaling the intention to battle while stating all that awaits Obito is death. Obito, the embodiment of Uchiha stubbornness and arrogance, looks unperturbed as he too raises his hand and invites his former comrade to proceed.
Facing his former teammate instantly reminds Kakashi of the younger, gentler Obito whom he spared with constantly as a child under Minato-sensei’s watchful eye and Rin’s kind smile. He enters into a flashback of one such spar and Kishimoto uses it in tandem with the attack current Kakashi and Obito launch into to demonstrate how little Obito’s battle technique has changed over the years but how much his ability has increased as seen in his KATON fire jutsu.
As the battle plays out, Kakashi has a poignant internal monologue that reaffirms his commitment to serve as Naruto’s shield and to see the will of young Obito carried on in himself and in Naruto. And most significantly, he states his willingness to save the memory of the “old Obito” and all that the young Uchiha embodied, even if it means destroying the current Obito before him. But now that he can no longer use KAMUI, Obito is fighting Kakashi on equal ground as they once did in the past, and just like in the past, Kakashi comes out on top.
It’s ironic that being the cause for Obito’s presumed death has plagued Kakashi throughout his life, but now he confidently chooses to truly kill his former friend.
After falling back from one another, Obito hacks up an alarming amount of blood while Kakashi painfully pulls out the rod that Obito was able to skewer him with, the pain dropping him to his knees. This black rod is peculiar because it looks similarly to the chakra rods both Obito and Pain employed to control dead bodies, but Obito’s ability to create them from his own body is a unique technique we haven’t seen before and one that will play a crucial role as the chapter progresses.
Panting and gazing at the new hole he has formed in Obito’s chest, Kakashi declares that this is the end for his former comrade, but Obito only laugh and coughs up more blood in response. With a defiant look, he declares that Kakashi may have won this battle but that he will not allow him to win the war and manages to successfully KAMUI himself and return to the battlefield where he lands in a painful heap on top of the Juubi’s body.
The scene focuses on Madara who complains aloud that Hashirama’s clone is a joke since the real Hashirama is focusing most of his energy into maintaining the barrier surrounding the Juubi. But as he flicks away the clone from his SUSANOO’s sword like a scrap of old wood, it vaguely mentions that Madara, too, has “always had something,” but what this statement means is very unclear, either on purpose or because of the translations… Either way, as the clone crashes into the ground, Madara notices Obito falling from his KAMUI, noting his mortal wound and how he will no longer be able to use said Uchiha. It is here he decides that, even though he wanted to battle Hashirama for fun, he must set play aside and move the Moon’s Eye Plan forward once more. Forming the one handed seal, Madara immediately forces his influence on Obito’s body who’s Hashirama arm begins to sprout multiple black rods like the one he created to stab Kakashi. Whether these rods are transmitting Madara’s chakra is not clear but they are strikingly familiar to the rods that Old Man Madara created once from the Hashirama Flower back in chapter 606.
To visually emphasize that Madara’s will is now infecting Obito’s Senju cells, the limb and the scared side of his face immediately begin to turn black and resemble Black Zetsu down to the round eye, who is the result of Madara’s will once it has fully infiltrated Hashirama’s DNA. The look is greatly symbolic as well, as the scarred side of Obito’s face has always symbolized his darker goals while the normal side of his face represents his more innocent past self.
Focusing intently, Madara mentions to himself that it is about time for Obito to use the RINNE TENSEI to revive him to life so that he can become the Juubi’s jinjuuriki and Obito can do little to resist as he yells in pain but seems resigned to his fate. A placid image of Rin comes to his mind and we can feel his heart ache at the idea that he is about to sacrifice himself to return her to “life” once more but will not be around to see the result.
With the full moon shining behind Obito, Madara either forces him to form the hand seal to perform the RINNE TENSEI or Obito forms it himself while releasing a yelling that embodies all his pain, regret and perhaps determination to create a new world with Rin in it. This yell attracts the attention of all who are on the battlefield, including Minato and Naruto, and as the chapter closes out we see that the tides are indeed beginning to turn from the Alliance’s favor as Juubi fodder continues to close in on Team 7 and other Alliance shinobi while the Moon’s Eye Plan finally enters its next phase.
Even though Obito is one of my favorite characters, it is fitting that his seemingly impending death will be at the hands of Madara, who is the person who gave him a second chance at life. This brings up a topic that speaks to one of the many reason why I enjoy NARUTO so much, and that is the fact that villains in the series are morally gray. They perform what most would consider negative acts but committed in pursuit of a perceived greater good. In the case of Madara in this chapter, sacrificing Obito must feel within his rights because he believes Obito owes him for saving his life, which Madara has stated before back in Obito’s flashback. Even though saving someone’s life should not be held against them under normal moral circumstances, it makes sense logically why Madara chooses to see it this way and use it to his advantage.
Though, if we remember Pain’s death after using the RINNE TENSEI, we can expect it will not be an instantaneous thing. Obito will probably lie around as he slowly expires, which would give Kakashi time to make his way out of Obito’s dimension and possibly retrieve his fallen former comrade, or at least sit by him and share an emotional moment. It must be stated though that Obito could have the opportunity to perform the IZUNAGI in order to save his life at the expense of his Sharingan, if that is possible after just performing such a high level jutsu like the RINNE TENSEI. But I guess we’ll just have to see how Obito is feeling later, aside from the wind blowing through his chest.
Overall, this chapter really puts the story back into motion, as Madara finally gets the ball rolling again on the Moon’s Eye Plan. THANK YOU!! And actually it’s quite risky of him to be willing to turn back into flesh in blood because at the moment he is invincible as an Edo Tensei zombie. Hello, unlimited chakra and impossible to kill. I believe this goes to illustrate Madara’s dedication to his plan for world peace because he is willing to take this risk, to become living once more in the presence of many powerful, undead shinobi who could cause him problems if they eventually stopped standing around holding a barrier up. But perhaps if Madara is successful at becoming the Juubi’s jinjuuriki once it undergoes its final transformation he will not need to fret about his undead foes. Personally, I really hope Madara is successful at becoming the jinjuuriki, or if not him, Sasuke, because that would escalate the story in all the right ways! OH MAN, after a few weeks of slump I’m finally feeling really pumped to see the next chapters!!
I give this chapter a RATING of:
It was a very straightforward chapter but really served to set up some exciting things to come in regards to the Moon’s Eye Plan, which has sadly been on the back burning lately. Kakashi VS Obito was concluded in an effectively concise manner through an effective and less annoying use of flashback, which also stirred our feels for Team Minato, both past and present. I eagerly hope that Minato realizes sooner than later that the screaming man is his lost student Obito and also can’t wait for Minato’s reunion with Kakashi, so THANK YOU Madara for moving the plot forward once more!! Maybe you will even stand up soon.
As always, let me know what YOU guys thought of this chapter!! Do you think Madara will successfully become the Juubi’s jinjuuriki? Do you want him to?? Will Obito die for sure or use IZANAGI?
Obito will focus so hard on Rin that he accidentally RINNE TENSEI’s her back to life instead of Madara. OOPS.
The Juubi will FINALLY reach its ultimate form and break out of the barrier around it so the Hokage can stop standing around. You know the manga has been slow when the most powerful players have been standing still or sitting, yeesh.
Madara or perhaps Jinjuuriki!Madara will still work on getting Sasuke on his side if need be. Hello, Madara flashback??
Till next week!!