After mentioning how Tsunade tends to spoils Naruto two chapters ago, I was pretty confident she’d respond the way she did. It would’ve been out of character for her to side with A, or at the very least, disruptive toward all the build-up in the series on her faith in Naruto. What was surprising was the sudden change of pace, when the flashbacks ended abruptly after some more showmanship by Minato. The scene with the former Hokage taking a liking to Bee was a nice touch given Naruto’s current friendship with the Eight Tails Jinchuuriki, but I was happy to see Naruto put a stop to all the reminiscing and take us back to the present. For me, the story’s already driven the point home that a Jinchuuriki needs something or someone to keep them going, so this chapter was primarily reemphasizing that notion for anyone who hasn’t caught on yet. I’m never opposed to these story-oriented flashbacks, but I’m getting pretty antsy about seeing Naruto turn some heads on the battlefield with his newly acquired abilities.
To the chapter’s credit, it sure made things interesting with Naruto and Bee clashing against A though. It looked kind of goofy when A and B were using their lariats on one another, even though there was a deeper meaning behind doing so. In any case, I imagine this Kage/Jinchuuriki stand-off is more or less settled after their exchange, so I’m already looking forward to the next phase of the war. The big difference is, this time our hero will be included.