While there are undoubtedly shounen fans who don’t care for the sappier moments in Naruto, I actually found the reunion between him and his mother rather sweet. For one, it’s cute how he takes after his mom for the goofier side of things, such as her “dattebane” variation of his slang and declaration to become Hokage in the past. The story’s already hinted at how he takes after her more than his father, so it was pretty cool seeing the two of them get along really well. In addition to the touchy first meeting he’s ever had with his mother, it was nice to learn a bit about her and Minato’s past together. I’d say the whole bit about Kushina not liking her red hair was a somewhat cheesy means for her to fall in love with Minato, but in all honesty it worked really well given the brevity of the flashback. There is still a Nine-Tail demon fox not too far away from where they’re chitchatting and reminiscing about the past after all.
Other than that, I have to say that Naruto’s still quite a dork when it comes to complimenting his mom on her looks and giggling like an idiot after finding out how she fell in love with his dad. His comedic take on everything almost ruined the mood, but at the same time showed us the loud personality he’s best known for. I can only imagine how this scene will look animated, as I’d probably get a bit teary-eyed seeing the two of them hug if the music leading up to it set the mood really well. Given how nicely this all played out, I’m actually willing to overlook how convenient it is that Kushina’s chakra was used to help form Naruto’s seal at some point. Sure it makes sense, but without any precedence or foreshadowing that that may be the case, it just comes off as something that could have been written in at any point — such as right now. For all we know, Jiraiya might have left something in Naruto as well while he was training him, so it would feel the same if his chakra-embedded self showed up later on.
As for my post title, “yellow + red = orange” is of course in reference to Naruto’s horrible choice of color to wear as a ninja.