Naruto 644 – Fist Bump For The Ages
And there we have it folks, the fist bump heard around the world. Combining the two halves of the Nine Tails’ chakra via the fist bump link, the Fourth manages to come in at the right time (again), and uses his teleportation skills on all the members within the barriers. Suffice to say though, it was pretty amazing when you consider the immense scope of it all, but alas… the use of the technique, as well as the explanation for it (even if it did give me a few chuckles seeing that bit with the Second Hokage and Naruto) end up taking up pretty much the entire chapter.
Generally, I’m still somewhat content with the chapter overall—especially the part where Naruto’s all like “it’s all good, I know what you want to say”—but if there’s one thing that really nagged at me a bit, it was the fact that any animosity between Sasuke and Naruto seems to have outright disappeared at this point. I mean, this started a little while back when Sasuke decided to jump in and declare himself a Hokage candidate, but it’s still somewhat shocking—for lack of a better expression— just how fast he’s flipped sides and how fast the others have been to accept that. Granted, the grim situation likely plays a part in this, but I just can’t help but feel this prodding at me like a sharp stick every once in a while, and the whole “let me give you some of my chakra too” portion of the chapter was one such prod.
I mean ultimately, it’s something I’ve come to accept in terms of how Naruto as a series rolls, but there are just sometimes where some nice positives are taken away from due to some negative aspects that just weren’t done as well. The father and son plot line here in particular was nicely done, but the impact for me was taken away somewhat by the decision to give Sasuke a few big panels in the middle of it all—even if it might set-up as a potential “learning moment” where Sasuke kind of realizes his shortcomings in regards to Naruto and leading. Either way though, it seems like Obito’s content to try and systematically demolish the army before he gets on with his illusion technique, and one wonders just exactly when we’ll finally get the return (if this happens at all) of the other Kages and/or Kakashi—the latter of which I can’t help but feel will play a key part in the coming weeks, as each chapter that Obito hangs around seems to make this more and more likely. Guess we’ll see how it goes, though it may turn out to be quite a wait before the bigger developments in this fight.