First Naruto, now Gaara. Mothers sure know how to take care of their Jinchuuriki children even in death, and that means leaving some chakra within them to help control their powers later on. It’s a little weird seeing Gaara’s backstory brought up again after all this time, since it seemed to have concluded with Naruto’s big battle against him, but it does come with an added twist when the Fourth Kazekage’s flashback revealed that all the assassins sent after Gaara were to test how stable he was as the village’s Jinchuuriki.
From an emotionally devoid perspective, it was a little bit of tough love to help Gaara control his abilities; however, it was pretty hard to see it as such when Gaara was forced to kill his own uncle, Yashamaru, and was left with the belief that even his mother Karura hated him. Not once did Gaara’s father take into consideration the psychological and emotional scarring from putting his son through all that, making Gaara’s past much more traumatic than Naruto’s by a long shot. I guess someone forgot to give him the memo about how Jinchuuriki need something to keep them mentally strong, and that forcing them into a corner isn’t the way of going about it.
Interestingly enough, the former Kazekage appears to be the most problematic ninja in the revived group of Kages right now, even more so than Muu, as the others have resigned to getting sealed away. The Fourth Kazekage on the other hand was still bent on trying to measure his son’s worth, before Gaara’s Karura-shaped sand technique brought him to his senses. Given his track record, I’m still suspicious of whether or not this is another ploy to lower Gaara’s guard, but hopefully that isn’t the case and he can finally redeem himself in death. Before he gets sealed away, I wouldn’t mind hearing what Temari has to say to her deceased father (if anything).
* Is it just me or was it a really stupid idea to send all the ninjas charging in against a bunch of Kages? Luckily Gaara stopped their movements before they all became cannon fodder.