It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that Naruto and Bee are still going at it with the former’s training, though at least now we get the impression it took a considerable amount of time to master the chakra balance for the Jinchuuriki Imari whenever they do join the battlefield. It may have only been nine chapters, but with the weekly release schedule (barring breaks), that translates to just over two months since we’ve seen Naruto grace the pages of his manga.
So the fifth and final treasure makes its appearance after all, and happens to be named the Amber Purifying Pot (Kouhaku no Jouhei) 「琥珀の浄瓶」 rather than the Jade Flask. Regardless, we have a container of sorts and one that’s even more overpowered than the gourd with all its prerequisites. I would normally say it was anti-climactic how the pot made short work of Kinkaku with the current generation Ino-Shika-Chou as the key players in doing so; however, I’ve admittedly had my fill of the Kin-Gin brothers and was hoping that the fight against them wouldn’t drag out any longer. It’s odd because I figured there would’ve been more excitement from seeing Kinkaku transform into a mini Nine-Tails and start wrecking havoc, which even had me thinking that Naruto would’ve rushed in to help after sensing a demonic chakra conspicuously similar to his own. Still, kudos to Ino and co. for getting some limelight during the war while representing Konoha. I’m just surprised that her mind transfer technique worked on Kinkaku, whom I thought would’ve been surrounded by so much overwhelming chakra that could’ve easily repelled it.
Anyway, the arrival of Kitsuchi’s division and part of Gaara’s seems to suggest that the beach battle will shift into “clean up” mode. At the moment, I’m just wondering if there will be any focus on Asuma and Hizashi before the story shifts to Gaara and all the Kages he’s stalling. I’m a bit torn between seeing more of the sentimental Konoha-related battles and some crazy Kage-level ones, so hopefully the next chapter will kick off both in parallel before giving more focus on one or the other.