And… a pretty anticlimactic chapter… depending on what you were expecting. The statue and storming the battle were merely fronts for stealing the treasures, and Madara is surprisingly desperate for once. Finally impatient with his plans or something? Needs the moon to be on the right day (this might have actually been explained lol)? The treasures are playing a larger role than I thought they’d be, and if so, is this the biggest reason he even teamed up with Kabuto? It just feels so specific, though I’m sure using Kabuto to speed up the process of the moon eye plan is the general idea nonetheless. Then again, Kabuto kind of implies that Madara still needs more of Bee and Naruto’s jinchuuruki chakra, so it kind of makes the treasure stealing moot. Then again, he might go ahead with the plan anyways, and use some backdoor method to still somehow extract the eight and nine tailed beasts and add it to the ten tails (or after Madara’s become a jinchuruuki himself).
I’d say the Shinobi’s losses are worth far more than Akatsuki’s, despite Akatsuki losing more, since they pretty much just consist of clones, and people that were already dead before. I liked the surprise first encounter between Shikamaru and Madara, and though brief words were exchanged, I feel like Shikamaru’s the only match intelligent enough for Madara (…but the only person with hax on the level of Madara is Naruto). Maybe they’ll team up and fight someday. After last chapter’s sudden ramping of, “oh snap, main antagonist gonna finally do something,” the guy retreats and it turns into night! Regardless, it reminded me that the war is only half a day old. I’m still wondering about where the rest of the dead that were brought up and if they’ll be shown, because if not, that’s some serious good content wasted right there. I’ve also been waiting for Naruto to kick some ass for about three chapters too… so… meh. At least the story’s moving on.