I always thought that Minato’s Hiraishin no Jutsu, a.k.a. “Flying Thunder God Technique”, was more akin to Goku’s Shunkan Idou (Instant Transmission), so I was surprised to learn that he needs to place a seal of sorts at the places he wishes to teleport to. I guess that goes to show how overpowered Goku’s ability was in comparison, but I do appreciate how Minato’s one requires more tactical prowess to make effective use of. For the few Naruto fans out there that watched Senkou no Night Raid, you’ll probably recall that the same disparity was seen in Kazura’s teleportation ability compared to Kuze’s in episode six. The key difference there is that Kazura has a limited amount of times he can use it in a given period, whereas Goku could always have a field day with his.
Anyway, it might have just been me, but I went through this chapter at blistering speed because events just snowballed after Minato saved Naruto from the explosive tags. I was pretty surprised I was at the end of it when Minato threw on his “Yondaime Hokage” coat, because I was looking forward to seeing him take on Madara and the newly freed Kyuubi that’s under his influence. After hearing about how that night went down for years now (our time, not the story’s), I’m really looking forward to seeing exactly how Minato’s battle against Madara and the tailed beast unfolded. I gather Kushina doesn’t have much time left after having the demon fox forcibly removed from her body, but I get the feeling that she’ll stick around long enough to put her mark on Naruto’s seal after Minato sacrifices himself to perform the Shiki Fuujin (Dead Demon Consuming Seal).
For a final shot in this chapter, it was pretty ominous seeing Itachi holding a baby Sasuke, as their fates would be intertwined in the ongoing Senju/Uchiha struggle that persists to this very day. A lot of the details on this night haven’t been divulged yet, but we do know where things stand between Naruto and Sasuke now. It’s a repeat of history with Sasuke out to destroy Konoha, though his hatred seems to stem more from Itachi being used to eradicate his clan. Sasuke may not see it as such, but it still comes down to the Uchiha clan having a beef with the Senju.