There wasn’t a lot of progress considering that Darui’s division only clashed with Zetsu clones, so this felt like a setup chapter for the most part. Kitsuchi’s been informed of Shikaku’s pincer plan, Gaara’s patiently waiting for the Kages so he can stall them, and Kankurou’s got his hands full with Chiyo, Kimimaro, and company. There was a lot of build-up on several fronts, including the old feudal lords that need to be protected, suggesting that things might start unfolding really quickly in the coming chapters. I’m starting to think this upcoming battle will be the deciding one for the entire war, since all divisions the forces will be collapsing on one point. I wouldn’t say it’ll mark the end of the war though, seeing as Black Zetsu is snooping around and will likely get the jump on Mei, the fifth Mizukage.
At this point, I can picture the ninja alliance coming out on top of the beach battle, yet suffering a significant blow on the feudal lord side of things. Both Madara and Kabuto have proven to be far too cunning to not have multiple layers to their plan, which could very well take into account the reshuffling of divisions sent to counter their forces. With Zetsu’s surveying the entire battlefield, they may already know enemy reinforcements are on the way, so it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a trap lying in wait for Kitsuchi’s division. For now, those developments look a little ways off though, as the focus will likely be on Darui’s moment in the spotlight with his storm element Bloodline Limit, while Hiashi contends with his twin brother Hizashi. In the latter case, there’s always the possibility that Hinata and Neji will join their parents’ fight, making it a complete Hyuuga family reunion.
On a completely unrelated note, I think both Tenten and Hinata are overdue for some more feminine ninja attire. Kishimoto should promote his female characters better, especially in the middle of a huge war where girls kicking ass and looking stylish at the same time is an easy sell.