It’s good to know that I wasn’t the only one discontent with Minato’s sudden decision, as Kushina was pretty much on the same page as me. She more or less brought up every point that was bugging me last chapter, so it was like music to my ears hearing (reading) about her disapproval. In the back of my mind, I was all, “Oh hell yeah, you tell him Kushina!” Even though the outcome didn’t change with Minato taking half of the Nine-Tails’ chakra with him in death and sealing the remaining half in Naruto, I’m happy that the story didn’t gloss over the rational train of thought that I and many others had. I still feel there could have been a better way about it, and I really wish Kushina didn’t let Minato win this argument of all things, but her questions on how he can place a huge burden on their son to maintain the balance of the tailed beasts and how he can sacrifice himself for her sake were relieving in a way. She took the words right out of my mouth, as they were the exact same questions that I wanted answers from Minato from. I probably wouldn’t have been so critical about his quick decision last time if they came up before he used the Demon Seal technique.
Even now, I’m not too fond of how he sugarcoated his argument by saying he can’t substitute for Kushina as Naruto’s mother, suggesting that a few minutes with her is better than a lifetime with him. Call me crazy, but I strongly feel a single father is better than no parents at all. Hands down, no contest. Naruto would have absolutely loved Minato too, since he’d be the “coolest dad in the world” to him growing up and probably would have taught him a lot of amazing things — both about life and ninjutsu. In any case, I’m much more okay with the tragic outcome after knowing that there was some protesting from Kushina, and even got a bit teary-eyed in the scenes where she tried to give him as much motherly advice as possible in her and Minato’s final moments. The emotions there only really hit me when she tearfully added that she wanted to stay with Naruto and expressed the desire to live. With the way that all the characters have remained cool to the end with their valiant sacrifices, it’s good to see someone speak up about not wanting to die for a change.
While Naruto is still a very emotion-driven guy, he’s been through so much now that he’s a lot stronger mentality than he gives off. As such, it was very much like him to thank Kushina for giving him this life, before adding some sappy words about how her and Minato filled him with love before making him a Jinchuuriki. It’s hard to believe that saying only came up six chapters ago, but has already come back to make the impact that it did when Naruto said it to his mother. Evidently, Naruto’s good at bringing out emotions in other people as well, and this was probably the most profound one in the series thus far. Now that Naruto has learned the truth behind his past and fully accepted everything that’s happened thus far, his mental fortitude looks like it’s gone up just as much as his powers have with the Nine-Tails’ demonic chakra under his control. I dare even say he’s the “complete ninja” that Minato was banking on him becoming. Time to Hokage him up as the “Rokudaime”!