So it turns out that Kisame did indeed bite the dust here, albeit in a very samurai-like seppuku fashion. As I mentioned last chapter, I was actually hoping he would die this chapter instead of miraculously escaping, just so that the flashbacks we saw weren’t made light of. Well with another here involving his past with Itachi, it was looking more and more like they were waving his death flag.
That being the case, I still wasn’t expecting him to summon sharks to eat him so that no further information on Akatsuki would be leaked. I was surprised just like Naruto at the sight of that, simply because Akatsuki doesn’t seem like an organization where their members care about one another all that much. However, it then hit me that Kisame probably wasn’t so concerned about what happens to Akatsuki or if Madara is successful in his plan, so much as his duty as a ninja to not let information leak from him. Instead of living with the shame of falling captive and giving away information in hopes of escaping, he chose to go out in a blaze of glory with his pride as a ninja intact. For that, he earned Guy’s respect (and mine), plus immortalized himself in his mind. It’s kind of funny how that happened, because it made it feel like Guy’s been purposely forgetting Kisame’s name up until now.
With the victory music playing in my head, I honestly thought, “wow, so much fail” when arguably some of the most powerful ninjas all got owned by a trap in a scroll. Quite frankly, I’m amazed that Naruto can’t simply couldn’t break out of the Water Prison technique with brute force at this point. If we go back to the very beginning of the story when he was just starting out as a ninja, he witnessed Zabuza using the same C-rank technique on Kakashi. Granted, Kakashi couldn’t get out of it either at the time, but it’s easy making fun of Naruto by comparing him then to now and coming to the conclusion that he hasn’t grown at all. That’s right, even with the Rasen-Shuriken, Sennin Mode, and now the demonic chakra of the Kyuubi, it’s still the same old Naruto who can’t overcome the Water Prison technique either. Maybe in another three years he’ll finally be ready to become Hokage. 😛
On a more serious note, it’ll be interesting to see what comes from that scroll since it’s likely going to make its way back to Madara. Seeing as the cost of that information was Kisame’s life, I would think what’s written there is significant enough to change the course of the ninja war. It doesn’t look like we’ll find out too soon though, as Konan and Nagato’s Rinnegan are being brought back into the picture. Now that’s a completely new direction that may span a bunch of chapters.