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Naruto 630 – The Arrival (Just In Time)

Starting this chapter off… I gotta say, there was something very surreal (and kind of funny) about a guy standing there with a hole in his chest trying to preach moral superiority against a guy who clearly won’t bend. Symbolism-wise it was one of those nice, as literal as you can get (LOOK AT THE HOLE IN MY HEART, DON’T YOU SEE IT!?) moments that really hammers in the issues that Obito has… but yeah, the ultimate result was definitely a hit and miss, and the remainder of the philosophical argument turns out not so different compared to the things we’ve already heard before.

Still, that’s not to say nothing happens this chapter, because as we shift back to the main battle itself… it was admittedly nice to see the other Shinobi start doing something without Naruto’s aid. Sakura’s involvement in this chapter—with her “battle cry” to rally everyone and snap them out of their trance, as well as her healing of Naruto—was easily more than what she (and most of our other side characters) have done in the previous nearly dozen chapters now, and it’s something that’s nice to see as a kind of change of pace. Arguably though… it seems pretty late in the game for this kind of development to happen now, despite Shikamaru’s sudden reintroduction into relevancy (with his interesting take on quantity versus quality Earth barricade idea) adding a nice touch to the battle as well.

In the end though, I guess the big solace we get to have as a result of all these developments is the passage of time—which leads to the father and son reunion we’ve been waiting quite a while for. Interestingly enough, Naruto seems to have expected his arrival, so the shock value for him wasn’t as much as anticipated (although Sakura seemed totally shocked in that panel)… but hey, i guess you can’t have everything. Either way, I gotta say—the next few chapters look like they’re gonna be darn fun, provided they don’t cut too much of the impending Hokage involvement with too much banter from the Obito/Kakashi side of things…

May 15, 2013 at 8:57 am
  • May 15, 2013 at 9:04 amYanDaMan

    I find it pretty funny how I point out in last week’s post that Obito didnt seem like he died when the post seems to mark him off as dead/giving up, as he was perfectly fine with the hole in his chest. Then my post gets downvoted for it for no reason.

    This week confirms he’s perfectly fine.

    I dont get you Naruto fans at all.

    • May 15, 2013 at 12:45 pmZephyr

      Lol, I think that can be explained by people hoping/praying/wishing Obito’d just croak at this point.

  • May 15, 2013 at 9:16 amNadester

    I’m curious if everyone will have a reaction to Naruto calling the 4th Hokage “Dad”, considering his parental lineage was pretty confidential through most of the series.

    And LOL is the Juubi evolving into a Venusaur?! XD

    • May 15, 2013 at 9:25 amNadester

      Madara: Venasaur use solar beam! Lol :P

      • May 15, 2013 at 11:43 pmAezy

        Shinobi army: “Oh god, my fucking knee! That’s my knee, damnit! Shit!”

      • May 16, 2013 at 5:38 amNadester

        LOL Awesome Series ftw.

    • May 15, 2013 at 9:32 amL002

      Hard to say, the Raikage seemed to know that the 4th is Naruto’s father.

      Plus, I REALLY find it hard to believe everyone is ignorant who Naruto’s father. His surname is Uzamaki, THERE WAS ONE ONE PERSON NAMED UZAMAKI IN THE ENTIRE KONOHA, which was his mom, HOW CAN ONE MISS THAT; not to mention everyone would know that the 4th was all lovely-dovy with Kushina, it is like me not knowing who the President’s first lady is. Like how Kurama’s secret was known to everyone, except Naruto, I am sure his lineage was something known but people kept it a secret.

      I am more curious about the ten-tails. Kurama said the 10 tails lacks a consciousness to possess feelings or ideals. Madara noted that it is panicking, so I guess the emotion of FEAR was installed in that ten tails.

      Also, WHY ISN’T THAT THING ATTACKING MADARA. I mean, Naruto I understand since it may “See the sage of 6 paths in him.” But what about Madara, he has the actual Rinnegan of the sage, should the big guy fear him of all people.

    • May 15, 2013 at 4:11 pmVivace

      Although Juubi looks like venasaur on the 1st sight, but the flower is actually a Rafflesia, so that, vileplume is more accurate if judged it solely based on that flower.
      However, vileplume cannot learn vine whip.

      • May 16, 2013 at 1:03 amsortedevaras

        What would Professor Oak have to say about this?

    • May 17, 2013 at 5:58 amk

      A rafflesia flower

      • May 18, 2013 at 3:36 amVivace

        yeah, i know, strictly speaking, rafflesia is not a flower, is a parasitic plant

  • May 15, 2013 at 9:38 amronri

    Re-posting what I wrote up about the previous chapter last week as I think that it still applies for this one:
    <blockquote.Wait, I thought people were complaining how everything Obito has done will feel like a stupid move BECAUSE he doesn’t know about the context of Rin’s death? And yet here, when he finally explains that his motivations has evolved past the incident (despite taking root from Rin’s death), having fully delved into why he wants to recreate the world, people find it forced and think it’s just out of nowhere?

    Personally, I greatly enjoyed it. It pretty much pushed away what could’ve been another “WHAT HAVE I DONE” situation, and Obito’s back-story had the weakest presentation that it could’ve amounted into a very half-hearted attempt at the tired shonen tradition of “converting” bad guys. Inverting that by actually having Obito say that he rejects Kakashi and Rin for failing to actualize his final wish and that they’re merely “impostors” in comparison to the “real” world he will create, is actually pretty damn impressive and cements the insanity of his role as a villain. Personally with that mentality, I wouldn’t want to see this guy redeemed simply because it seems so fitting, hell even he admits that there’s nothing else left in him for Kakashi to feel guilty about. Now let’s just hope that Kishi keeps at it, because he’s certainly handling the whole Rin/Kakashi affair a lot better than I expected him to.

    As it stands with what’s currently happening, I hope that with Obito’s constant defiance and delusional attitude that Kishi sticks with that sort of given role and mentality for him. Given that Kakashi seems to recognize how low Obito has fallen, I really hope that we won’t get some sort of full-on redemption arc for him since everything seems to fall into place much better than how the flashback initially set up the idea behind Rin’s death.

    • May 15, 2013 at 9:40 amronri

      Son of a… just pretend that the quote in my post starts from “blockquote” right up to the 2nd last paragraph at “Now let’s just hope that Kishi keeps at it, because he’s certainly handling the whole Rin/Kakashi affair a lot better than I expected him to.” >_>

  • May 15, 2013 at 9:51 amwise

    minato comes at last, they sure know how to milk the readership out of us after 3 weeks

  • May 15, 2013 at 9:57 amWill

    This is probably it. Naruto’s last power up. With minato here with the other half of Karuma’s power im excited to see what he can do at full strength vs half.

  • May 15, 2013 at 9:58 amhrd

    Wut… finally minato come to rescue, i sense prelude for epic chapter ahead :)
    Epic last page, and when i saw that kunai OMG ……. its Konoha yellow flash MAN !!!

  • May 15, 2013 at 9:59 amMelgar

    The arrival of the 4′th hokage was the coolest thing I have seen for a while

  • May 15, 2013 at 10:06 amMisk

    Hey Naruto, your dad is a zombie, aren’t you surprised at all?

    I dunno how could Naruto know that Minato was supposed to arrive. I don’t recall him using Sennin mode? That’s when he can sense chakra, right?

    • May 15, 2013 at 10:12 amhrd

      Sage mode aside, naruto chakra sensory increased during kyuubi mode aswell, i guess he already detect minato chakra during ten tails using tenpechii

      • May 15, 2013 at 10:16 amMisk

        Even if that’s the case, still no surprise that his dad is (sort of) alive?

    • May 15, 2013 at 10:29 amhrd

      But madara can detect hashirama chakra so far away and he seems excited about it, so its not hard for naruto recognize his father chakra especially when naruto have strong bond with his father…

      • May 15, 2013 at 11:05 amluvintulips

        Pretty sure seeing all those dead shinobi come back to life sort of changed them all, nothing probably surprises any of them. But he’ll most likely be more surprised about Sasuke of course.

  • May 15, 2013 at 10:15 amK C M

    So let me see if I understand this clearly, the only ones that know or could have known that the 4th Hokage Minato Namikaze is Naruto Uzumaki’s father are the 3rd Kokage Hiruzen Sarutobi, the copy Ninja Hatake Kakashi, The Hermit Sage Jiraya, the 5th Hokage Tsunade, Obito Uchiha, Captain Yamato, the 4th Raikage A, the eight Tails Jinchuuriki Killer Bee, Orochimaru(perhaps), Sai(perhaps), [Danzo, Homura and Koharu(perhaps)]. But for everyone else it’s breaking news.

    • May 15, 2013 at 1:24 pmRickyMack

      naruto only calls minato dad in the last panel, and the panel just shows naruto. so technically we don’t know how anyone else reacted to his statement. more likely, sakura is surprised that there’s a zombie hokage seeing as how the hokage’s bodies were sealed.

    • May 15, 2013 at 6:38 pmTasa

      Seeing how Naruto’s mother died during the nine tail’s outbreak and her giving birth was a secret. People probable thought that her baby died along with her. When naruto started to look like his father the village was probable in denial due to having a huge hatred towards naruto (they see the nine tails rather than a little boy looking for attention) but loving the sacrifice the 4th hokage made for them. So in other words how can something so evil (naruto who carries the nine tails) be related to such an good person (Minato)

  • May 15, 2013 at 10:20 amssj4jw

    So the Juubi is a Mutated Rafflesia arnoldii or Stinking Corpse Lily:

    Does that mean the final transformation is a plant instead of a animal?

  • May 15, 2013 at 10:22 amYukie

    YES Sakura is back in the picture!

    • May 15, 2013 at 11:32 amwise

      she only cares for sasuke

    • May 15, 2013 at 1:23 pmK C M

      @ Yukie.
      And your point is?

    • May 15, 2013 at 8:50 pmhrd

      but still pretty useless… Naruto’s Father save the day

      • May 18, 2013 at 10:03 amCainx10a

        And she was healing Naruto. Sure, with Kurama’s chakra Naruto will have a massive regenerative ability, but still, at this point, I am sure he is grateful to have one of the best from the medic corp at his back.

        So she can’t really be that useless after all, eh?

        Seriously, I used to despise that annoying little brat pre timeskip, but she has grown to be a great asset to the team. Being a medic who can keep the team in the fight is better than badass who only gets a few minutes to shine, or in the case of Naruto, a few panels to shine.

        *cough* still prefer a NarutoXHinata though :3

  • May 15, 2013 at 10:27 amTechim

    “Naruto seems to have expected his arrival”
    I don’t think Kishimoto made a story error there.
    Some opinions on the facebook fan page discussed Naruto having sensed Minato’s chakra ever since he reappeared through Edo Tensei.
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • May 15, 2013 at 10:28 amrai

    The difference between 1 of the 4 former hokages compared to an army and the 8 tails is night and day.

    Minato makes it disappear, while everyone else struggles to do anything about it.

    • May 15, 2013 at 10:33 amhrd

      Well, space time barrier jutsu only transport bijuu dama and move to somewhere else…. but this chapter minato made it vanished and i still dont know where the blast is (or maybe he move to another dimension i guess… )

      • May 15, 2013 at 12:45 pmSekai

        Probably just sent it to a rival village.

    • May 15, 2013 at 12:29 pmSwarz

      Minato is known as one of the strongest and talented shinobi in the history for a reason. I must say, it has been a while since I was looking forward to a chapter release of Naruto.

  • May 15, 2013 at 10:31 amThe Truth is in the Axe

    Gotta admit, there was some gleeful smiling at seeing the 4th jump in all dramatic.

    Makes me want to have the next chapter have everyone freaking out over having Minato there, like, I dunno, have some sort of moving moment where it’s a rallying cry from beloved heroes.

  • May 15, 2013 at 10:35 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    Sadly, looks like Obito is gonna turn after the talk no jutsu. Though, at least it’s from Kakashi and not Naruto, though that’s not much consolation. Though, I wish we got more insight on his obviously messed-up mind. One bad thing that didn’t go his way and he just gives up on everything. With someone like Obito, from what we saw of him when he was younger, it just feels a bit forced, especially considering Rin dying was her own choice and she did it to protect her family, friends, and home (even if that whole development felt forced too), yet Obito acts like Rin had no choice and was forced to do it because of the system, even though Kakashi clearly tried to convince her otherwise.

    Hopefully the battle of the undead will be cool, even if no one would be able to win under normal circumstances, leading me to think undead Minato will…um…kill himself…again…with the Shiki Fujin to stop undead Madara. Either that or Sasuke and co. will pop up and the Shinigami Mask will play the role again.

  • May 15, 2013 at 11:42 amAnanas

    • May 15, 2013 at 2:45 pmThe Truth is in the Axe

      wouldn’t that mean Madara requires an elemental stone for it?

      • May 15, 2013 at 7:42 pmMasterDragonKnight

        That is why he needs Hashirama’s DNA. Wood style is the equivalent to a Leaf Stone.

  • May 15, 2013 at 12:25 pmfakface

    To me it felt like the chapter started at the last page

  • May 15, 2013 at 12:26 pmwise

    I can see it now, sasuke, the hero who brought back the previous hokages defeats madara and saves the world is given the title of hokage and unites the 5 countries in a new era of peace, while all of naruto’s supporters are already dead.

  • May 15, 2013 at 2:03 pmn30nl16ht

    Damn, there is no one else who can turn over dramatic entrances and cheesy one liners from nadda to spine shivering, hair tingling, heart pounding, (okay enough with the exaggeration) awesome cool moments. Kishidono certainly made minato mysterious enough to make people think hes something really cool.

    BUt i fear hes gonna get overshadowed by the sheer power of the first two hokages.

  • May 15, 2013 at 4:29 pmRuirNeko

    Considering Karen is also of the Uzumaki Clan and an ultra sensory ninja, I wouldn’t be surprised at Naruto’s latent sensory skill being at work here.

  • May 15, 2013 at 6:04 pmArashi Yamato

    Naruto looks like his dad…Karen is of the Uzumaki clan…please don’t throw a curve ball to sink the Hinata or Sakura ships.

  • May 15, 2013 at 6:37 pmOscar

    ill admit that the only good thing was the last 2 pages, the rest felt kinda borring, also from the last chapter i know alot of people would hate the idea but if Naruto is reveal to be the reincarnation of the sage of six path i would actually enjoy that.

    Still from the last chapter i cant help to feel that the shinobi are gona waste time and thus the Jubi wil transform into his true form which will have actually more intelligance and actually reconize Naruto as the sage.

    Like you im actually hoping for the next chapters, damit kishimoto is taking to long to finish the series

  • May 15, 2013 at 7:28 pmTingster013

    Imagine he pull a fairy tail here. Curse you.

    Naruto will destroy the Juubi because he have a Ninetales and Juubi is a plant.

    • May 16, 2013 at 4:16 pmYuu

      Naruto: Ninetails, use Firebomb!

      It’s Supereffective!

      Juubi is exhausted!

  • May 15, 2013 at 7:32 pmrandom viewer

    My two favorite characters (Kakashi and Minato) in a chapter again. Love~

  • May 15, 2013 at 7:49 pmSecsuey

    oh fuck Minato is here GG Madara.

  • May 15, 2013 at 10:32 pmlmeke

    I actually want Obito and Minato to meet instead, come on why did Obito fly off with his little space justu. I guess Minato will never know who he hit that day with rasegan, lol. Otherwise i wanna see some space flying infinite combos on madara, big huge blacky whole bomb madara, then some hokage woody to wood madara, then some staffy to staff madara, then boil madara in some water justu, then some Kirin on his head till he pwn everybody again with sasanoo. i think madara will just go away once he been lecture on how his dream is complete already then he will go away and fly lilke a birdy to the sky. i dont see how he will be defated by any hokage even the 1st is noobish now

  • May 15, 2013 at 11:25 pmgrktos

    i think its gonna be real intersting to see what the other hokages are gonna do. dont forget they were brought back by orochimaru and cant perish unless sealed away or the undead jutsu is released. so if you got 4 on 1 who cant die unless sealed away, gonna be real intradasting about whats going to transpire. also, i cant wait to see what sasuke is gonna do since he obviously had to get a lot stronger

  • May 16, 2013 at 2:22 amDestiny-

    am i the only one that think its weird that naruto isnt surprise that minato is revived n isnt under control of someone? (basicly free will at the moment)

    • May 16, 2013 at 4:47 amKirashi

      he is Ninja Jesus,so whatnot

      • May 16, 2013 at 2:42 pmTeehee~ ♥

        “Ninja Jesus” LOOOOOOOOOOL that’s like, the funniest thing I’ve read for once in a while.

        UNRELATED 100%: Chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai season 2 has been officialy announced :)

    • May 16, 2013 at 4:44 pmLK

      There’s a Kung Fu Jesus.


  • May 16, 2013 at 9:21 amhanabi

    ohh here we go!! here comes the hokages!

    Also, welcome back zephyr! hope your ok.

  • May 16, 2013 at 4:43 pmLK

    I predict Obito to be defeated by Kakashi’s talk-no-jutsu and help fight Madara with everyone. It’s clear as day that you will only have Madara as the finall OP-boss.

    • May 16, 2013 at 8:07 pmOscar

      MAybe but the ultimate evil is not Madara is the Jubi and from what has happend the thing seems to be gaining or regaining intelligace so i would be surprice if the Jubi itself ends up saying Madara was a pawn himself.

      • May 18, 2013 at 7:16 pmwise

        the juubi created the sharingan then

  • May 17, 2013 at 8:56 amBoozerX

    ♥ dat kunai ♥

  • May 19, 2013 at 10:32 amwjat

    hmm.. is it me or don`t u think its odd that the sage of 6 paths,4th hokage and naruto share the same hair colour?? i still feel the second sage of 6 paths is some1 else and he is pulling the strings!!