I understand the sentiment Kishimoto’s trying to establish between Naruto and Sasuke, but our nine-tails hero still tends to force the issue too much. Add in the fact that they’re both guys and I couldn’t help but picture Naruto telling Sasuke they’re butt buddies when asked why he’s so insistent. If not for that humorous outlook, I’d have to say they’re cutting the cheese awfully thick in recent chapters. I imagine these scenes would make much more of an impact if they were animated with voices and music, but from the manga alone, I’m just not feeling it.
So as expected, Madara comes in to stop the fight. No surprise there, but with Zetsu around and Kakashi/Naruto still arguing over who gets to fight Sasuke, I think they should just cut the chit-chat and all go at it. Somehow, I get the feeling we’re just going to be left with Kakashi fighting half of Zetsu though. On the plus side, at least it sounds like Kisame might still be kicking around like I suspected some chapters ago.
* For anyone wondering, I’ve decided to drop coverage of Letter Bee after falling behind. I’m still actively following the series and quite thrilled about Inoue Marina being in it, the story getting back on track about Gauche, and the announcement of a second season coming this fall, but don’t feel compelled enough to write about it on a regular basis.