I still find it amusing how advanced technology is in the Naruto world, given that we’re dealing with ninjas and all, but it’s because I see it as Toriyama Akira‘s influence on Kishimoto coming through (i.e. the Capsule Corp. in Dragon Ball). As for the chapter itself, it served as a good precursor for things to come, most notably with Sasuke inheriting Itachi’s eyes. That, and the feudal lords (daimyo) accepting the ninja alliance amongst the various countries.
However, what irks me a bit is how Naruto is keeping his plan to shoulder all of Sasuke’s hatred from the others. I realize he doesn’t want to tell them that he’s willing to die with Sasuke, but I can’t help but feel he could’ve gone about keeping that one detail a secret another way. He could’ve still enlisted the help of his fellow ninja, but ask that they let him deal with Sasuke personally when the time comes. I gather no one would complain either, seeing as Naruto’s recognized as one of the strongest ninjas in Konoha after “defeating” Pain. All he’s done now is cause disorder because they have no idea what he’s up to. Given his character development as of late, I was hoping his stubbornness would’ve been met with a bit more rationale, but I guess he’s still the same old Naruto at his core. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I was hoping he’d surprise me with a change.
As for Kakashi, this is now the second time he’s been snubbed for the Hokage position. Not for a moment did I think Tsunade would die so easily, but I was looking forward to seeing what direction Kakashi would take things while he was temporarily in charge.
Finally, I should note that this will be my last post about the Naruto manga (on AnimeBlogger anyway). The coverage was relatively short-lived, but it’s been fun discussing things and hearing what others think. This won’t be my last post here about anime/manga though, so stay tuned for at least one more. =)
Note: This post is late because I was working on the Spring Preview for the past week, which isn’t something I was originally planning to do.