Naruto 622 – First Meeting
The flashbacks continue this week on Naruto, as we get more details about the first meeting between the First Hokage and Madara, and the events that would lead to their truce and the founding of Konoha. For the most part, it’s another one of those chapters where I can’t say anything major happened to really spend that much time talking about, but I did find it interesting how “normal” Madara was back then. Well, I mean, as normal of a kid as you could be given the situation. Sadly though, we all know that it’s going to be short lived — considering we already know what’s going to happen — but it does highlight how in the end, even the most hated/disliked/crazy adults were just typical kids at one point. It really gives you a sense of perspective to say the least.
Speaking of perspectives… perhaps the biggest thing for me this chapter was the obvious disconnect between the views of the adults and those of their children. There’s just this whole commentary here — at least, for me — about how perspective really changes things. See, the adults have known nothing but the lives they’re living… while on the other, the children know the life they could be living rather than the one they’re forced into due to the fighting. Neither of them can theoretically be blamed for having their views, but at the same time… if one side were able to really see the perspective of the other side (both literally the opponents as well as adult/children opposition), it could’ve really gone a long way to stopping things before they escalated so far. And well, it’s just something I feel in general is pretty important in real life as well. Sadly though, it just seems like in some cases, you need something major to happen to forces you to recognize that there has to be another way… and well, the death of children in this chapter really hammers that in.
Philosophical discussions aside though, it looks like the next few chapters’ll probably be dedicated toward more flashbacks. Personally, it’s been somewhat interesting seeing the blanks fill themselves in… but sadly, these kind of chapters don’t particularly lend themselves to being things I could really talk about at length. Guess that’s it for this week!