Naruto sprains his own ankle and Bee gets inadvertently taken out by Samehada’s love for his chakra, setting the stage for a one-on-one showdown between Guy and Kisame. That was um… rather convenient to say the least, since the odds were completely against Kisame when he came flying through the waterfall last time. I guess it had to happen one way or another though, seeing as their previous encounters more or less built up an unspoken rivalry between the two of them. Be that as it may, l can’t help but jest about how the future doesn’t bode well when the two remaining Jinchuuriki are taking themselves out in battle. It’s almost like they’re so powerful with their respective tailed beast’s chakra under their control that they’re likely to cause their own defeat before anyone else does.
In retrospect, that was only a quick thought that crossed my mind while reading this chapter, as the rest of it was so focused on Guy’s pursuit of Kisame that Naruto and Bee’s mishaps were quickly forgotten. Starting with Guy’s release of the sixth Gate of View and Bee catapulting him towards Kisame’s direction to catch up to him, the use of his Asa Kujaku (Morning Peacock) against Kisame’s wall of sharks felt like their battle had already jumped to the final stages. Followed by the release of the seventh Gate of Wonder for the first time, it almost looks like the battle may end the very next chapter too. However, I say “almost” because I’m skeptical about cliffhangers resulting in a concluded fight at the very start of the next chapter. If anything, a killing blow tends to be shown at the very end, leaving the aftermath for the next one. I will be pleasantly surprised if Guy’s sure-kill technique blows Kisame away, so I actually wouldn’t mind being wrong about this one in light of the never before seen “Hirutora” (Afternoon Tiger).
It would be kind of odd if Kisame’s undercover operation is spoiled after all the attention it’s gotten, so if he does bite the dust then the scroll with the information he gathered will likely make its way back to Madara. Between using Kisame’s stint as a means to showcase Naruto’s new sensory ability or to provide a somewhat significant turning point in the story, I’d wager things are headed towards the latter after spending almost twenty chapters on it. That’s nearly half a year of build-up believe it or not, which makes it hard for me to believe that nothing will come of Kisame’s spying. Whatever happens, the one thing that has me convinced that this fight won’t drag on too long is Guy pulling out all the stops to try and prevent the information from being leaked. We’ve already seen how taxing opening gates is on one’s body, so if Kisame isn’t going to be defeated from this attack, Guy may just pass out from overexerting himself.
Naruto’s probably too gimped to make it on time and Bee’s passed out himself, leaving Yamato as the most likely person to come barging in if things get to that point. Seeing as this is a rivalry and all, I gather this fight will end without anyone else’s involvement though, in which case my money’s on Guy because he’s way too interesting of a character to be killed off… ever!
* I find it funny how Guy summons a turtle when he’s ridiculously fast himself. Maybe it’s to contrast that fact?