Quite frankly, I don’t mind the direction the Naruto story takes as I’m more or less in it for the ride, but I still find the whole “being a Jinchuuriki is a life full of hardships” matter a bit overdone. I can’t speak for everyone, but when that point has been made crystal clear several times already, sometimes I just want to stop and say, “I get it.” However, that’s not intended to be an outright knock on Kishimoto’s direction in this series, as I’m sure younger generations love it when you reinforce a notion that they’re already aware of. In fact, when I was younger, taking notice to such things in a story often made me feel good about myself — like I was a fan in the know. Still, as I get older and more jaded, I feel like I can point this stuff out just for the sake of pointing it out. So yeah, Bee suffered just as much as Naruto and Gaara — got it.
While their circumstances are evidently different, the end result is the same with this Jinchuuriki “curse”. In light of that, I do find it somewhat refreshing that Bee never moped around feeling sorry for himself day in and day out like Naruto. It’s likely that was because he was more or less a willing candidate and knew what he was getting into, but I still give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to handling both the cold stares by the masses and an assassination attempt by his own friend. In the latter case, I couldn’t help but feel that the whole Bee/Motoi backstory was a bit rushed though. If the intention was to invoke some sort of emotional response from the reader with the sudden revelation of the death of Motoi’s father and how he came to resent the Eight-tails within Bee all in the span of a mere chapter, it was clearly wasted on me.
Maybe it worked for some people, but there wasn’t enough time for any of the character introductions to sink in and attachments to build up for me to start feeling sympathetic towards Motoi’s past. As such, I can’t help but wonder if Kishimoto himself feels that the whole Jinchuuriki thing has been overemphasized already and wanted to get through it as quickly as possible this time. Regardless, I won’t deny that it’s made Motoi seem like a more significant character in the overall story, seeing as I didn’t think much of him up until this point.