…or something along those lines is probably what Gaara was getting at when faced with his father. It feels like forever since the resurrected Kages were shown (a good 19 chapters ago by my count), so I don’t know what’s more unbelievable: Gaara’s division kiting them around through the night or the Kages patiently walking towards them the entire time. This goes all the way back before the beach battle after all, which concluded at nightfall and saw all the survivors return to the med camp for treatment. I guess a more sensible (and probable) explanation is that we’re being now being shown what took place concurrently, except it sure doesn’t seem that way when Naruto and Bee are shown rushing to the scene just before.
Whatever the case, this felt like a bridging chapter of sorts to hype up Gaara’s battle with the Fourth Kazekage, as well as Oonoki’s clash with his predecessor, the Second Tsuchikage Muu. As things stand now, it sure looks like a pretty lopsided tilt with the Third Raikage and Second Mizukage present, leaving me wondering if Naruto and Bee will arrive to even things out. The next best thing to a Kage-level ninja is probably a Jinchuuriki, plus it comes with the added pairing of Bee versus the Third Raikage — the next best thing to A himself showing up. I’d definitely say it’s a possibility, since Naruto and Bee are looking to make a big splash on the battlefield right away, and taking out a couple of resurrected Kages would do just that. For comparison sake, it would also show that Naruto is able to defeated a Kage-level ninja, much like Sasuke’s already done. (Granted, one could argue that someone like Pain is Kage-level+.)
If the two of them don’t meet up with Gaara, I’m looking at Madara and/or Kabuto to finally get into the mix themselves, seeing as the latter took immediate notice to Naruto’s return when he crushed the magnet-element bloodline limit user like he was nothing. As unfortunate as it was for him and his short-lived screen time, I have to say that F probably had it worse. I mean, the guy was doomed to fail ever since he got that name. I’m going to take a wild stab and say that when White Zetsu caught him off-guard, his immediate reaction was, “Oh f…”
Anyway, bring on the big guns next time.