Haha, okay, that was pretty awesome. Right after I said Naruto’s three-handed Rasengan is pretty gimped, he comes back with multiple no-handed Rasengans that he can spam like crazy. I just love eating my own words, if it means the story’s going to move in a direction that I’m hoping it would. The best part of it all is that it wasn’t one new technique that Naruto had adapted with his new form, but several ones that bring his versatility up to Sasuke’s level (…finally). It sure helps having demon chakra arms doing all the work for him, especially when it comes to pulling in enemies into a huge Rasengan that will rip them to shreds, but my favorite one was actually his ninja star-sized Fuuton Rasenshuriken.
I like the idea that he can potentially throw a lot of them at once, plus they’re not as obvious as the full-size one, nor an all-or-nothing one-shot deal kind of technique, regardless of whether he has a seemingly limitless amount of chakra now. Given the destructive force of the Rasenshuriken, it properly works well as a defensive technique to rip through enemies’ attacks too, making it one of the best new additions to Naruto’s repertoire. I can just picture someone like Sasuke flinging out shuriken or kunai, while Naruto counters with one-finger Rasenshurikens and slices them all to bits. Too cool, too cool. I honestly don’t recall the last time I’ve been so excited about seeing a character bust out a new technique (Kakashi’s Kamui comes to mind), though I gather having Naruto out of the spotlight for so long is a big part of it. The quick Gamahiro summon at the end just went on to show that Naruto’s abilities are second nature to him now. For the first time, he actually looks like a Kage-level ninja, simply because he isn’t fumbling over small fry White Zetsus and exudes confidence with the way he handles the situation.
As much as I enjoyed the action picking up in a big way, this chapter did remind me that poor Yamato’s been completely forgotten. Not only was he subjected to gruesome intelligence gathering techniques, his DNA housing the unique wood element was used to strengthen the White Zetsu army. The upside is that he is being kept alive for the time being, so a rescue should be in order at some point. Someone just has to tell Naruto that Yamato was captured while protecting him, then all hell’s going to break loose (in a good way for a change).