Naruto 682 – Different Yet Similar
What do you do when you face an omnipotent God-like entity that can shove you in and out of dimensions in the blink of an eye? Well, if you’re Naruto, you bring back an age old technique and—what what?
I have to say, the chapter name ends up being right on all count. I didn’t see that coming at all. I mean, really? Out of all the possible things he could’ve done, he pulls the “Reverse Harem” jitsu? And Sasuke agreed to it? AND it actually worked for a moment? Are they going to bring back the koncho or what not too?
Jeez. After that chapter, I don’t know if I should be laughing, crying, face-palming, or shaking my head. Because however ridiculous it was to see Naruto pull that jitsu out again, it actually ends up quite appropriate given the situation. In many ways, it emphasizes how Naruto’s still got the same viewpoint/personality he’s had in the beginning, and it brings a measure of truth to the fact that some things never change. You can change how someone looks, how strong they are, and/or how others view that person, but inevitably things carry over, and it’s clear that’s been the case for not only Naruto, but practically the entire cast.
In this way, everything here ends up quite fitting considering how much Kishimoto loves to bring things full circle, and it really is an enigma how Kishimoto manages to do it. Week after week, despite making things more and more over the top as he goes, he manages to piece together plot pieces in ways we didn’t think were possible, or surprises us with something we thought we’d never see again. At times we’ve come to realize that some of the clues were actually in chapters from months ago, and it’s like: is he a genius? Crazy? Lucky? A good writer or a bad writer? One just can’t tell, and I think these past few chapters are a perfect example of just hard it is to pin him down as anything.
Ultimately though, it’s another rather short chapter, and the highlight really ends up just that jitsu and the fact that things are looking grimmer than ever before now that our new godly pairing of Sasuke and Naruto are separated by who knows how many dimensions… which means the previous Hokage are going to play a part soon right? Right? Maybe? What ever happened to Yamato again?