Naruto 641 – Triumphant Combination
Phew. Now that’s more like it. Following of last week’s rather lackluster chapter, we get a bit more in terms of action this week, and it’s all about combination tactics. Of course, the latter’s been expected for a while now, but even then, I didn’t quite expect the result we got here. As it turns out, we not only get Sasuke and Naruto combining for an epic Rasenshuriken x Kagutsuchi strike, but also the Second and Fourth Hokages combining multiple techniques in order to ensure the hit lands.
And I gotta say, it was quite fun to read, as it demonstrated both how ridiculous the Hokages can be now that they don’t have to worry about their bodies taking damage and how in the end, it’s the current generation’s ninja that should be the “main stars” instead. Since the arrival of the former Konoha Hokage, there hasn’t been much of a chance for anyone else from the current generation to really shine since, and it was nice to see that they’re actually still being kept somewhat relevant (even if it’s pretty much only Naruto x Sasuke at this point in time).
With that said, the bit about potential Hokage material comes into play once again in the form of Shikamaru and his ability to “change people’s hearts,” and Konoha really has no shortage of candidates at this point in time. Still, until Obito (and Madara) end up vanquished, all this candidacy stuff’s for naught… and I’d be quite surprised if Obito takes any kind of serious/fatal damage from this transaction. It definitely feels like there’s more to be done in terms of power-ups before our protagonists are going to be able to do anything significant, but one wonders if Madara’s going to get involved sooner rather than later. It’s still a bit up in the air exactly what he’s trying to do by holding the First Hokage back, but there’s definitely a lot of questions and a lack of answers to them at this point, and Kakashi’s whereabouts is one big one too. Guess it’ll be a “look and see” for the next few weeks.