Watching a battle between two ninjas who can manipulate space-time had me wondering if it was going to be come down to whoever blinked first. It’s kind of scary to think that Madara’s abilities are so powerful that even the likes of The Fourth Hokage are quick to acknowledge them as being superior to his own. We’re talking about one hell of a genius ninja here and one of the best to ever come out of Konoha after all. As such, I have some difficulty picturing how Naruto’s going to deal with Madara in the present when his father was even sweating a bit in the face of him. Perhaps Naruto’s inability (or negligence I should say) to discern exactly how powerful his opponent will prove to be the difference maker, since his recklessness has worked out pretty well for him in the past. Being somewhat dumb and careless has its advantages, as it saves him from ever feeling intimidated regardless of whoever he’s up against. It’s his forte in a way, which only seems to work because his survivability is absolutely ridiculous compared to everyone else’s. He’s definitely an “act first and think later” kind of guy, and a ninja full of surprises for that very reason.
I gather there’s much more to follow from Minato and Madara’s battle even after the former was able to land a Rasengan by teleporting a matter of inches, but the brevity of their first exchange didn’t take away from the epic proportions of it one bit. I saw it as something along the lines of two extremely skilled samurai squaring off and deciding the outcome of the fight in one clash. From a broader perspective, it simply looks like it came down to a matter of who’s faster, but it’s hard to see it as just that when I take into consideration exactly who we’re dealing with. The two of them could probably go at it for hours and a victor would never be decided, so an unsaid agreement to end things with a single exchange is a pretty big thing in my eyes. Of course, I’d love to see more of Minato’s abilities, so hopefully he’ll provide some action fan-service with a flashier display next time. I haven’t forgot about Sarutobi and the insane amount of jutsu he has at his repertoire either. It was pretty cool when he unleashed so many different techniques during his final battle against Orochimaru, so I’m curious to see what The Third did against the Kyuubi when he was younger. The next chapter should be pretty awesome on both fronts.