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…