Naruto 617 – True Bonds Never Fade
The battle continues this week on Naruto as the clones finally finish distributing their chakra to the respective members of the main cast. To say the least, Kishimoto makes a darn good choice both in leaving Lee as one of the final recipients and also timing it with his Neji flashbacks. That tap on the back of the shoulder from Naruto was just full of unspoken words and I gotta say, I got some chills from that moment. It was just one of those times where they didn’t need to say anything for us to know what they’re thinking… which is that “I know exactly how you’re feeling, but you and I both know that Neji lives on in our hearts and memories.” Some powerful stuff.
Moving on, we get a little more detail into how the whole plan of attack was formed as well, as we see Kakashi flashing back to his discussion with Shikaku. There’s also a nice bit about how Naruto’s at a point where he’s officially become everything the Fourth Hokage imagined he would be, having mastered the ability to distribute chakra in a way that caters to each individual ninja and able to resonate with the Nine Tails chakra more than anyone else ever did (or could). Interestingly enough, that whole diagram showing this chakra distribution looked straight out of some science textbook about enzymes and how they work in a “lock and key” method… but heh, I guess I’m probably the only one who thought that.
In any case, all of this sets the foundation for the full scale attack from the Shinobi army, and it’s some pretty crazy stuff—to the point where some of the scenes had so much going on, it was hard to decipher! Overall though, despite some surprise from our overpowered Uchiha duo, they’re still standing, and it looks like the battle’s got a long way to go… Meanwhile though, Sasuke and Orochimaru finally arrive at their destination and it looks like we’ll finally get the reveal of exactly who/what it is they’re seeking in the coming chapter. Admittedly, I can’t say I really have a theory regarding this respect, so it’ll be quite interesting to see how this alternate plot line works out. Anddd there goes yet another week sadly. Time sure flies!
P.S. Gotta love how Naruto called out Obito this week as well.
“THIS IS WHERE YOU AND I DIFFER! I’LL NEVER SEVER THE BONDS I’VE MADE!”