Naruto 678 – All A Dream
As the Infinite Tsukuyomi gets under way, it’s off to lala land for virtually everyone on the planet, and there’s a kind of charm to a chapter that ends up playing out the way it does. Because although in some ways it’s a cruel teaser to fans of certain pairings, it’s also a nice montage demonstrating the many hopes, dreams, and desires of the cast. In the end, everyone has their own brand of what they’d believe to be the ideal future—though some may be more realistic about it than others—and it’s a notion that rekindles the debate of whether or not it’d necessarily be a bad thing to live in a world such as the one produced by Madara.
Granted, the debate isn’t quite as strong for that now that everyone’s clearly united against him in this universe—and the unity makes it so it’s not exactly a bad world to live in—but it’s still an interesting topic to ponder about in terms of a philosophical context. That said, I won’t go repeating the same debate of many chapters ago, so I won’t go further on this subject—which leaves us with what’s generally another in a line of expected happenings: the rise of Kaguya’s will and the “betrayal of Madara” that occurs shortly after.
With Madara seemingly powerless against this sudden and literal backstabbing, the question does subsequently become, what exactly happens now? After all, we know what Madara had in store for everyone—a forced brand of “false” peace” that he arguably succeeded in doing for the most part. We know that Kaguya also achieved a similar brand of peace by using her powers to end all wars and lead as an undisputed god-like figure. In many ways, Madara’s successfully duplicated her feat in a slightly different manner, and it makes you wonder what Kaguya’s planning to do now that she’s back and in the driver’s seat. Is she going to just rule over things again as she did before? Or is she now of the view that there’s no saving a humanity that ultimately responded in part by weaponizing chakra? And doesn’t this mean that she was actually the one behind everything, including Madara?
Definitely a lot of questions to say the least, and generally it’s a chapter that’s both interesting and potentially disturbing in regards to future developmental direction as well, as I can see how we might just end up with Madara coming back and sealing Kaguya instead—which is something a fair amount of people probably wouldn’t want to see. In the end though, I guess it’s a give and take, as I’m quite sure a fair amount of people enjoyed the bit where Sasuke’s busy telling everyone that they’re useless… Guess we’ll see how things end up.