Naruto 646 – Shinju
This week on Naruto, the Infinite Tsukuyomi countdown has finally been activated, and the the final form of the Ten-Tails (Shinju) reveals itself. Interestingly enough, the reveal of this final form also gives us some other answers as well—the most important of which was what was written on the Uchiha tablet. And I gotta say, I didn’t expect this answer to come at this juncture, but it’s a pleasant surprise if I’ve ever seen one.
As it turns out, the tablet basically describes the creation of Shinobi and how the concept of chakra essentially came forth from mankind seeking a greater power. This power itself came from the consumption of a forbidden fruit of sorts—which was consumed by the mother of the person who would become the Sage of Six Paths—Ootsutsuki Kaguya. With that said, it suddenly becomes quite interesting to note that Kimimaro from a little while back was part of the Kaguya clan too… and the whole story ends up actually somewhat nice in terms of how it links to war and conflict repeating over time. Basically, the weapons change but the act of fighting amongst each other hasn’t, and it’s arguably something that can be applied readily to real life too.
Still, despite the interesting nature of the revelation, I can’t help but feel like it’s a bit of a hit and miss as well. For one, the large amount of references to other sources (Adam and Eve anyone?) makes it lose some of its novelty. Furthermore, the concept it brings up regarding fighting across history as a human thing isn’t exactly new either, and the fact it has been used or mentioned in many other previous works also takes away somewhat from the overall enjoyment. And while I personally did find this chapter a pleasant surprise, I reckon a fair amount of you out there probably didn’t feel the same, just because the revelations may or may not have had the same impact on you depending on who you are.
Either way, that’s about it I guess… and well, let’s just say time’s really ticking now that the “final countdown” is on. Admittedly, I’m wondering what exactly Madara’s going to try doing though, as his assertion that he’ll be the person to complete the Tsukiyomi could give us a very interesting twist in the future (perhaps he’ll end up taking down Obito himself somehow?). Guess we’ll see how that goes.