This chapter deserves the obligatory “oh snap” reaction thanks to the end result of Naruto absorbing the Nine-tails’ chakra before locking him back up with a turn of the seal on his abdomen. Of course, Naruto going Sage Mode in his mental battle and unloading a barrage of massive Rasengans was a pretty action-packed display leading up to that. The biggest surprise however was how Naruto’s sealing technique caught the Nine-tails by surprise given its similarity to that of Rikudou Sennin’s, a.k.a. The Sage of the Six Paths and first Jinchuuriki who managed to harness the power of the Ten-tails. For now, I’m still unsure as to whether the chakra/body separation technique that Naruto used is simply reminiscent of what Rikudou Sennin used to divide the Ten-tail into the nine beasts we know today or if it implies that Naruto has inherited his spirit through the Senju in some way. However, I gather we’ll learn more about that in the coming chapter now that Kushina has revealed that she was the Nine-tails’ host before Naruto.
If my memory serves me correctly, the Nine-tails did attack Konoha at one point and forced Minato to give up his life to seal it within Naruto. This likely explains why people were after Kushina in the past then, as well as hinting at the possibility that Naruto was still in Kushina’s womb at the time. If that is indeed the case, I can only imagine the drama that unfolded when Minato had to give up his own life and take Kushina’s to stop the Nine-tails before sealing it within Naruto — the son they never got to meet while alive. Talk about one huge family sacrifice for the sake of their village and people. Anyway, while the story is clearly taking big turns lately, I’m still a bit stoked about seeing what Naruto can do now that he’s harnessed the red demonic chakra. It doesn’t look like he has the same buddy-buddy relationship Bee does with the Eight-tails though, so I don’t foresee him transforming into a huge fox.
* Of course, just when things are getting exciting story-wise, there just had to be no chapter next week.