Naruto 642 – Breakthrough
Lo’ and behold. The landing of the vaunted combination attack of epic proportions… ends up dealing absolutely no damage whatsoever. Granted, we anticipated this outcome last week already, but it doesn’t quite change the fact that it’s still kind of ridiculous to actually see it happen. Combine that with the fact that even the Edo Tensei Hokage are now mortal in the face of Obito, and we’re talking about serious levels of “overpowered-ness” at this point.
With that said though, it’s quite interesting that this overpowered nature is actually balanced off by the revelation of an actual “weakness” to Sage techniques, and it’s admittedly one thing I didn’t exactly see coming considering how focused we’ve been on his Bijuu Mode and what not. Still, despite the surprising nature of this revelation, I found myself quite satisfied at the fact that Kishimoto actually bought it back in the first place, and at the fact that this weakness arguably demonstrates that it’s not necessarily about the raw power of the techniques you use to fight, but of the type of technique you use. Up until now, the types of different techniques have been noted quite a few times (along with their effectiveness in certain cases vs. others), but they haven’t quite gone that far with it besides the elemental attributes/combination attacks that’ve been done.
Essentially, Kishimoto hits two birds with one stone with this revelation (maybe three if you consider how it seems to set up the next chapter as well), and it ends up being a decent chapter overall despite having elements that may have put off some readers (in this and some of the previous chapters). Say what you will about the recent developments, but whether or not you’ve liked the recent chapters, you do have to admit Kishimoto’s shown that he’s still got something left in the tank in terms of how he’s still able to pull out some nice twists from time to time, and seems to be at least aware of some of the loose ends he’s left us hanging with from a little while back (even though it’s still questionable whether he’ll address them at some point).
EDIT: Just a note. Jump is on break for the week of the 11th.