So it turns out thinking about one’s overused word isn’t the other criteria that sets the gourd off, but simply saying nothing at all. A sort of fail-safe mechanism if you will, for the opponents who think they’ve outsmarted its ability so easily. And here I was, thinking it was overpowered enough to unsuspecting victims. Regardless, I find it hard to believe that Darui was neck-and-neck with the number of times he’s said “dull” and “sorry” his entire life, that a few more times of the latter would have put it as his new number one word of choice.
It would be like saying he’s said “dull” 17,932 times and “sorry” 17,930 times when he was getting sucked in, and the three more apologies he made as he was flying to his doom suddenly saved his life. I don’t know what was more unbelievable — that or the fact the the gourd knows the exact number of times everyone in the entire world’s said something and is willing to revoke its effect as soon as that changes. I realize this is a fantasy ninja series where even more outrageous things have happened, but there’s something a little too intangible about an item that keeps that level of tabs on the world. Once numbers and math are involved to a certain degree, real world views tend to come into play for me. I’m not even going to try to explain why I can’t accept that at face value, when I can do the same with chakra doing practically anything, such as resurrecting the dead and turning them into obedient killing machines. It just has to be anything but math! It’s a magical gourd for goodness sake, not a super computer with an unworldly database and a huge soul-sucking vacuum cleaner attached to it. 😛
It may sound like I’m a bit irked by how Darui was saved, but in reality I’m more bewildered than anything else. My reaction was more like, “Wow Kishimoto Masashi, you did not write that into your story. Oh my god you did.” Quite honestly, I never took the Kumogakure ninjas all that seriously despite their “cool moments” every now and then, so perhaps this is just another way of showing how they can just freestyle anything, whether it’s rapping or saving their own lives. Anyway, go Darui, kick some mini Nine-Tail ass!